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DIGIT Tech News Roundup: 11th of October 2019

Ross Kelly


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In this edition of DIGIT’s Weekly Roundup, we highlight some of the top-trending tech and business news stories in the week beginning 7th of October. 

DIGIT’s Top-trending Stories

WeWork broadband issues forced Edinburgh tenants to rely on 4G data


Tenants at the new WeWork Edinburgh offices have complained of poor connectivity issues after the firm failed to install broadband before companies moved in.

A host of companies from Edinburgh’s technology scene have moved into – or are set to move into – the luxurious offices which offer panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle. The co-working space, which is the third WeWork office to open in the UK, can house up to 800 residents.

Initial teething issues led some firms to complain about sub-standard broadband services. Other tenants (who wish to remain anonymous) told DIGIT that they were unable to move into the building due to the lack of connectivity, while others were streaming 4G data to stay connected.

One source said: “The building is not fully operational because WiFi is provided by 4G dongles only. They are working on a solution but not confirming if they have fibre in the building.”

Tenants were led to believe that connectivity issues may persist for some time, with one source noting they were told it could be a “couple of weeks” until the issues were set to be resolved.

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

Children to be given treatment for gaming addiction through NHS

The NHS has announced that a new centre will begin offering specialist treatment for children and young people battling video game addiction.

A new service launched by the health service, part of the Centre for Internet and Gaming Disorders, aims to provide treatment for people aged from 13 to 25 years old. Health professionals will offer advice and treatment via Skype consultations.

The move follows extensive discussions over the growing impact of gaming disorders on young people. In June, the NHS confirmed it will offer treatment to children with gambling addiction and create 14 adult NHS gambling clinics throughout the country.

Commenting on the announcement, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said: “Health needs are constantly changing which is why the NHS must never stand still – this new service is a response to an emerging problem, part of the increasing pressures that children and young people are exposed to these days.

“However, the NHS should not be left to pick up the pieces – gambling and internet firms have a responsibility to their users as well as their shareholders and should do their utmost to prevent rather than cash in on obsessive or harmful behaviour.”

In May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) voted to recognise video game addiction as an official illness. The organisation defines gaming disorder as behaviour or patterns that must be of “sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning”.

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

PayPal first to ditch Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

PayPal has become the first business to drop out of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency.

As one of the original members of the Libra association, PayPal did not offer details as to what prompted the decision to pull out, but did say it still remained “supportive of Libra’s aspirations”.

In an emailed statement to TechCrunch, the company said: “PayPal has made the decision to forgo further participation in the Libra Association at this time and to continue to focus on advancing our existing mission and business priorities as we strive to democratize access to financial services for underserved populations.

“We remain supportive of Libra’s aspirations and look forward to continued dialogue on ways to work together in the future. Facebook has been a longstanding and valued strategic partner to PayPal, and we will continue to partner with and support Facebook in various capacities.”

In response to PayPal’s withdrawal, a spokesperson for Libra Association said: “It requires a certain boldness and fortitude to take on an endeavour as ambitious as Libra – a generational opportunity to get things right and improve financial inclusion.

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

Fresh Instagram redesign sess ‘following’ tab removed

Instagram has confirmed it will remove the Following tab feature and that users will no longer be able to see the activity of accounts they follow, only their own activity.

The company said it had decided to remove the feature because only a small number of users used it on a regular basis. Instagram’s head of product, Vishal Shah, said the tab was removed for the sake of simplicity and to cut down on a feature most people were not aware existed.

“People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing. So you have a case where it’s not serving the use case you built it for, but it’s also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up,” Shah told Buzzfeed News.

While some users have vented their frustration others have welcomed the move, labelling the feature as “creepy”.

Launched in 2011, the Following tab is one of the platform’s early features that debuted long before it released the Explore tab.

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

British Airways customers given the go-ahead to join class-action lawsuit

A High Court ruling by Justice Mark Warby means half a million customers can join a lawsuit against British Airways (BA).

Following a 2018 data breach, an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that the names, payment details and addresses of roughly 500,000 customers were stolen by hackers. Part of the hack saw customers being diverted to a fake website through which their details were stolen by hackers.

In July this year, the ICO announced its intention to fine the company £183 million – the first and largest to be levied under GDPR by the ICO. In a statement, the ICO said it had found that BA had been compromised due to poor security arrangements at the company.

Under GDPR, the ICO can levy up to 4% of a firm’s global turnover, BA’s fine represents 1.5% of its global turnover. The High Court ruling will see additional costs added to the already high cost of the fallout from the breach. Before GDPR, the ICO could only impose a fine of up to £500,000 with 20% off for early payment.

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

Scotland-Japan subsea tech partnership secures £9m funding

Companies in Scotland and Japan are set to receive £9 million in funding to collaborate on the development of innovative subsea technology.

Funding will be provided by Scottish Enterprise alongside the Nippon Foundation and follows a similar investment last year which earmarked £7 million for five research programmes.

The announcement was made during a visit by Scottish external affairs secretary, Fiona Hyslop, to Japan this week. The initiative aims to foster closer ties between the two countries and will see 12 Scottish firms partner with Japanese counterparts on six projects.

Commenting on the funding announcement, Hyslop said: “I am encouraged by the continued collaboration between Scotland and Japan in marine resource development and subsea technologies. In Scotland’s Climate Week, it’s good to see that a number of these projects contribute directly to reducing long-term CO2 emissions.

“The Scottish Government is committed to retaining our position as a global leader in subsea engineering – investing in our innovation infrastructure to grow Scotland’s market share and supporting opportunities in other sectors.”

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

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JavaScript cookie used to hack Sesame Street online store | IT Pro

Security researchers have revealed that Sesame Street’s online store has been targeted by hackers as part of a sophisticated credit card fraud scheme.

Customer card details are believed to have been collected by malicious code dubbed ‘JavaScript Cookie’, which hackers embedded into the site’s shopping cart software. The software, developed by e-commerce firm Volusion, is used by around 20,000 customers worldwide and is thought to have been compromised via a Google Cloud storage domain name.

Security flaws were first discovered while Marcel Afrahim, a researcher at Check Point security, was shopping for Sesame Street memorabilia.

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

Apple removes app used to track Hong Kong police services | Sky News

An app which allowed Hong Kong protestors to track police has been removed by Apple following pressures from Chinese authorities.

The app, called, was used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to evade police services during ongoing demonstrations and violent protests.

Although Apple originally banned the app, last week it allowed the app to be featured on its App Store. The inclusion of the app led Chinese authorities to hit out at the technology giant and the communist party’s official newspaper, People’s Daily, described it as “poisonous”.

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

Ross Kelly

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