Category Archives: Breakthrough Tech

Hypocrisy is at the heart of Facebook’s refusal to ban false political advertising | John Naughton

On 20 December last, Andrew Bosworth, a long-time Facebook executive and buddy of the company’s supreme leader, Mark Zuckerberg, published a longish memo on the company’s internal network. The New York Times somehow obtained a copy and reported it on

Daniel Susskind: ‘Automation of jobs is one of the greatest questions of our time’

Daniel Susskind is an economist and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He has held policy roles in the Blair and Cameron governments. His new book, A World Without Work, explores how society should respond to the increasing automation of employment.

$1tn is just the start: why tech giants could double their market valuations

Alphabet, the tech giant formerly known as Google, on Thursday night became the fourth company in history to reach a trillion-dollar (GBP776bn) valuation. In less than 24 hours, some analysts were predicting that the company, founded in a messy Silicon

Elon Musk set to cash in at Tesla as deliveries and shares soar

One of the options on a fully loaded Tesla is “ludicrous mode”, a setting offering a 0-60mph acceleration time of 2.8 seconds for drivers who find its “insane mode” too sedate. To some investors, that’s similar to chief executive Elon

Microsoft pledges to be ‘carbon negative’ by 2030

Microsoft has announced it aims to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2030 and hopes to have removed enough carbon to account for all the direct emissions the company has ever made by 2050. The computer

BT and Vodafone to lobby PM to allow use of Huawei equipment

BT and Vodafone are set to lobby Boris Johnson to allow Huawei technology to be used in the UK’s 5G phone network. BT’s chief executive, Philip Jansen, and Nick Read, his counterpart at Vodafone, are drafting a letter to the

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

The EU could temporarily ban the use of facial recognition technology in public places such as train stations, sport stadiums and shopping centres over fears about creeping surveillance of European citizens. A prohibition lasting between three and five years is

Google owner Alphabet becomes trillion-dollar company

Google’s owner Alphabet has become a trillion-dollar company for the first time, making it only the fourth US firm to reach the bumper valuation. Alphabet’s value, based on the price of its Wall Street-listed shares, passed $1tn (GBP776bn) in the

Wattam review – wacky world where, from acorns, golden poos grow

Over a decade has passed since developer Keita Takahashi’s first major work in surrealist game design. Katamari Damacy – a glorious fever dream of the PlayStation 2 era which was recently named one of the Guardian’s 50 best video games

Was anyone ever so young? What 10 years of my Instagram data revealed

In the 10 days leading up to Christmas, I searched on Instagram for three of my exes, an acquaintance I met on a trip to Cuba four years ago, an account dedicated to astrology memes, a past roommate, my own