Council workers suspended over TikTok cemetery videos

Three council workers have been suspended over “insensitive and disrespectful” TikTok videos filmed at a cemetery. Derby City Council said it was “extremely disappointed” by the videos, filmed at Nottingham Road Cemetery. The clips, viewed thousands of times, show two men dancing while carrying a coffin and another joking around near an open grave. The […]

EU approves data flow to UK but adds sunset clause

Flows of personal data from the EU to the UK will continue, after the European Commission adopted two “data adequacy” decisions. The decisions include a sunset clause, which runs out after four years. They will be renewed only if the UK ensures an adequate level of data protection, the commission said. UK firms had been […]

Is Windows 11 the beginning of the end for Skype?

Microsoft has officially announced Windows 11, its new operating system which will replace the current version over the next few years. Among all the new features are two seemingly small but related things that jumped out. First – Microsoft Teams, the video-calling app which saw a boom during 2020’s pandemic, will be integrated into Windows […]

Microsoft unveils Windows 11 operating system

Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11, its “next generation” operating system, at a virtual event. The new software will let Android apps run on the Windows desktop. Product manager Panos Panay promised smaller, faster security updates – a common complaint for Windows users – and said they would happen in the background. Windows 11 will also […]

EU wants emergency team for ‘nightmare’ cyber-attacks

The European Commission has announced plans to build a Joint Cyber Unit to tackle large scale cyber-attacks. Recent ransomware incidents on critical services in Ireland and the US has “focused minds”, the commission said. It argued cyber-attacks were a national security threat, as incidents in Europe rose from 432 in 2019 to 756 in 2020. […]

Bitcoin tumbles below $30,000 on China crypto-crackdown

Bitcoin has fallen below $30,000 for the first time in more than five months, hit by China’s crackdown on the world’s most popular cryptocurrency. The digital currency slipped to about $28,890, and has lost more than 50% of its value since reaching an all-time high of $64,870 in April. China has told banks and payments […]

Online shopping boom drives rush for warehouse space

“I’ve been working in logistics for 30 years and I’ve never seen demand like this,” says Robin Woodbridge. The company he works for, Prologis, owns and manages warehouse logistics parks across the UK. They’re building as fast as they can, but it’s been a struggle to keep pace with the boom in online shopping in […]

Nuclear energy: Fusion plant backed by Jeff Bezos to be built in UK

A company backed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is set to build a large-scale nuclear fusion demonstration plant in Oxfordshire. Canada’s General Fusion is one of the leading private firms aiming to turn the promise of fusion into a commercially viable energy source. The new facility will be built at Culham, home to the UK’s national […]

TikTok owner ByteDance sees its earnings double in 2020

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the smash-hit video app TikTok, saw its earnings double last year. An internal memo released to staff showed that the firm’s total revenue jumped by 111% to $34.3bn (£24.7bn) for 2020. The figures underscore TikTok’s continued global popularity. It comes as ByteDance and several other Chinese technology giants have come […]

The relatives frozen in time on Google Street View

Social-media users are sharing Google Street View images featuring friends and relatives who have since died. It was sparked by a post on the Twitter account Fesshole, which asks followers to submit anonymous confessions – many of which are explicit. The original poster said they had searched the map platform for images taken before their […]