• TikTok-Oracle partnership moves forward for consideration

    The proposed partnership between TikTok and Oracle will – if approved by the US authorities – see the creation in the US of a brand new company and 20,000 jobs, it has emerged.

    The joint proposal from TikTok’s China-based parent ByteDance and Oracle was made to the US government over the weekend and is designed to appease national security concerns around the data TikTok holds on millions of US citizens and devices.

    Under executive orders signed in August by president Trump, the TikTok service, which rocketed to prominence during the Covid-19 pandemic, faces an imminent ban.

    On Monday, US

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  • Google commits to sustainability and erasing its carbon footprint

    Following on from Microsoft’s decision to undo its carbon footprint, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced the company’s sustainability commitments.

    Pichai said the company will be eliminating its entire carbon legacy, covering all operational emissions backdated to 2007, when the company became carbon neutral.

    In a blog post outlining the company’s sustainability plans, Pichai wrote: “We were the first major company to match our energy use with 100% renewable energy in 2017. We operate the cleanest global cloud in the industry, and we’re the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy. 

    “In our third decade of climate action,

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  • Julian Assange faces solitary confinement if extradited, court hears

    Julian Assange would effectively be held in solitary confinement if he were to be extradited to the US, a court heard today.

    The WikiLeaks founder faces 20 years in a high-security jail under the best scenario, but could be sentenced to 175 years, a US legal expert said.

    Eric Lewis, a US lawyer with a master’s degree in criminology who has represented high-security prisoners, including those accused of terrorism offences, told the court that the US decision to increase the number of charges against Assange would “significantly increase the jeopardy” Assange faced.

    The most severe espionage charges imposed in the

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