• iPhone issues see UK government dump centralised model for Covid-19 contact-tracing app

    In the latest twist of the ongoing saga of its production, and hours after a government minister hinted that the much-delayed product may only be ready by winter, the development of the UK coronavirus contact-tracing app is to undergo a fundamental shift away from its much-criticised centralised model.

    Health secretary Matt Hancock announced that the government is to abandon the development for the original version of the app after conceding that trials taking place on the Isle of Wight found that the app does not estimate distance well enough. He said that while usage on Android devices had been better,

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  • Enterprise cloud adoption accelerates in face of Covid-19, says research

    The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has prompted an acceleration in the adoption of cloud technologies by IT leaders worldwide, which looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.

    That’s according to data accrued by IT asset management firm, Snow Software, which polled 250 IT leaders from around the world about how the onset of the pandemic had affected their cloud adoption plans.

    Out of those surveyed, 82% said they had ramped up their use of cloud in direct response to the pandemic and the shift to remote working patterns this had ushered in, with 60% saying their use of off-premise technologies

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  • US pulls out of talks with Europe for global digital tax

    The US has suspended talks with European countries about creating an international tax regime for multinational technology companies such as Google and Facebook, warning of retaliatory measures if they press ahead with their own taxes.

    In a letter seen by the Financial Times, US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin told British, French, Italian and Spanish finance ministers the discussions had reached an “impasse,” and that “the United States remains opposed to digital services taxes and similar unilateral measures”. 

    “As we have repeatedly said, if countries choose to collect or adopt such taxes, the United States will respond with appropriate commensurate

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