DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 5th of April 2019

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In this edition of the DIGIT Weekly Roundup, we highlight some of the top-trending tech and business news stories permeating the airwaves in the week beginning 1st of April.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Millions of Facebook Records Exposed on Amazon Cloud Servers

Facebook Misery RoundupMore than 540 million Facebook records have been publicly exposed on Amazon’s cloud computing servers, according to researchers at cyber security firm UpGaurd.

The researchers found two separate sets of Facebook user data on the public servers. Linked to the Mexican media company Cultura Colectiva, the data set with 540 million records included information such as comments, likes, reactions, account names, Facebook IDs and more.

The other set was found to be linked to a now defunct Facebook app called At the Poll, while significantly smaller the data contained 22,000 plain text passwords.

The larger database was swiftly shut down after Bloomberg, which initially reported the incident, alerted Facebook to the problem – Facebook then contacted Amazon. Similarly, the smaller set was taken offline during UpGuard’s investigation.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Modelling Tools Used to Find Areas for Reintroduction of Eurasian Lynx

Researchers have used modelling technology to identify the Kintyre Peninsula as the most suitable location in Scotland to reintroduce the wild cat.

Developed at the University of Aberdeen, the state-of-the-art Rangeshifter tool was used to help researchers model the proposed reintroduction of the solitary wildcat in Scotland.

It is believed that the Eurasian Lynx went extinct during the medieval period, and its proposed reintroduction in recent years has sparked heated debate on the matter.

Researchers used the model to identify the best location for reintroduction and demonstrated how this choice might impact population size and expansion over the next 100 years.

The team are confident that their model can be applied elsewhere and used to inform and support decision-making around the reintroduction of large carnivores worldwide.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Scottish Space Firm Helps Stop Deforestation in Ghana

cocoa beansAn Edinburgh-based tech company is leading a UK Space Agency-backed project to halt deforestation while encouraging sustainable farming in West Africa.

Satellite mapping specialist Ecometrica is launching a platform to help monitor forests in Ghana and the Ivory Coast in an effort to better understand how cocoa farming in Ghana is driving deforestation.

The project, backed by the UK Space Agency and led by Ecometrica, will use a combination of aircraft, satellites and tools on the ground to gather images in order to build a landscape-level map.

It can often be hard to identify cocoa as it usually grows under the forest canopy. To tackle this issue, the firm plans to add an additional level to the map that can see through foliage to give a detailed 3D impression of the forest’s health and possible crops.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


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Orkney Becomes “Test Bed” for Energy System of the Future

A “green” electricity grid mixing renewable energy with battery technology is being created in Orkney.

The ‘smart energy’ scheme, backed by £14.3m of UK Government funding, will use domestic batteries and electric vehicles to “balance” the local power network by meeting supply with demand.

About 10% of homes in Orkeny create their own electricity, compared with an average of 2.8% UK-wide.

The county also has about four times more electric vehicles per home, compared to the rest of the UK.

Claire Perry, UK Energy Minister, said: “What we are seeing here on Orkney is a test bed for the energy system of the future.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Steal’ Instagrammer’s Username

Prince Harry and MeghanAn Instagram user has had his name taken away and handed to Prince Harry and Meghan.

Driving instructor Kevin Keiley had been using the name @sussexroyal for three years because he lives in West Sussex and supports Reading FC, which is nicknamed the Royals.

He said that Instagram had changed his username and given it to the royals without his consent or knowledge.

Instagram says his handle was changed because the account was inactive.

Prince Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account was created on the 2nd of April 2019 and references their royal title – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Their new account broke a world record for reaching one million followers in the fastest ever time.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Sungard Availability Services Files for Bankruptcy

Sungard Availability Services, which is in $1.3 billion (£0.99 billion) debt, is preparing a bankruptcy filing that would give its debtors control of the company.

On the 1st of April, Sungard, which employs in excess of 3,000 people, published a notice to its investors announcing a restructuring agreement with a majority of its creditors and the company’s equity sponsors to restructure and reduce its debt. More than 75% of the secured lenders and more than 85% of the noteholders have committed to voting to accept the agreement.

The lenders, who hold Sungard’s $421 million (£322 million) loan and $380 million loan, due in 2021 and 2022 respectively, are expected to take over 89% of the reorganised company. The remaining 11% of the company will go to holders of $425 million (£325 million) in unsecured notes.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.



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