• Openreach claims UK first as it moves from copper to full-fibre in Salisbury

    In the next step in the transformation of Salisbury from cathedral city to digital powerhouse, Openreach, the UK broadband provision division of BT, has announced that customers in the Wiltshire city will no longer be able to buy a traditional copper landline or broadband product, and instead will only be able to order fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP or full-fibre) broadband technology.

    Since March 2020, more than 22,000 homes and businesses in Salisbury have been able to take advantage of Openreach’s full-fibre broadband network following a multimillion-pound investment in the city by the UK’s digital network builder. The Openreach fibre network gives users

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  • Allied Irish Bank prioritises digital services as it cuts workforce

    Allied Irish Bank (AIB) is cutting its workforce by 1,500, merging branches and vacating premises as it attempts to cut costs following a review influenced by the acceleration of digital banking and home working during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The bank’s latest announcement included a commitment to spend more on IT.

    The pandemic has seen banks across the world rely heavily on IT to both serve customers and enable staff to work remotely during lockdowns, both of which can also reduce operating costs.

    AIB wants to cut its costs by 10% a year by 2023, but said it will spend €300m

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  • Lax Android app developers putting millions of users at risk

    Android application developers are putting millions of users at risk by failing to update Google’s widely used Play Core library to cover off a bug that was fixed in April 2020, Check Point has warned.

    The CVE-2020-8913 flaw is a local, arbitrary code execution vulnerability which enables a malicious actor to create an Android Package Kit (APK) targeting a specific app that lets them execute code as the targeted app, and access its data held on the user device. This may include private information such as login credentials, financial details, private messages or photos.

    It is rooted in the Play

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  • Salesforce confirms rumoured Slack acquisition on eve of Dreamforce 2020

    Salesforce has announced the acquisition of Slack, reported on last week, ahead of the virtual iteration of its Dreamforce event.

    The CRM supplier said it has agreed to buy Slack Technologies for $27.7bn in stock and cash.

    As noted by the Financial Times, the deal is the largest in the cloud software-as-a-service industry, eclipsing Microsoft’s $26.2b splurge on LinkedIn in 2016.

    Marc Benioff, chair and CEO of Salesforce, said: “This is a match made in heaven. Together, Salesforce and Slack will shape the future of enterprise software and transform the way everyone works in the all-digital, work-from-anywhere world.

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  • Greater Manchester launches digital inclusion taskforce

    The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has launched a new digital inclusion taskforce to address the shortcomings of the region in that field.

    With senior representatives from the industry, community groups and local government, the group will aim to address the barriers of digital exclusion and inequality in internet access, through a joined-up approach informed by local needs and shared learning, resources and expertise.

    The taskforce will be meeting for the first time on 10 December, and the group is calling on anyone who is active in the digital inclusion space or benefits from people being online to get involved

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