Pompeo: US removing ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps to protect Covid vaccine work – video | US news- Tempemail

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, says the Trump administration wants the removal of ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps from service in the country. Calling popular social media platforms TikTok and WeChat dangerous, Pompeo also raised concerns around data theft of intellectual property, including potential Covid-19 vaccines, through cloud-based services. Speaking Continue Reading

Will Covid make countries drop cash and adopt digital currencies? | Kenneth Rogoff | Business

As the Covid-19 crisis accelerates the long-term shift away from cash (at least in tax-compliant, legal transactions), official discussions about digital currencies are heating up. Between the impending launch of Facebook’s Libra and China’s proposed central-bank digital currency, events now could reshape global finance for a generation. A recent report Continue Reading

The Guardian view on empty offices: goodbye to all that? | Editorial- Tempemail

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a digitally driven trend that was already in train. We need to plan for the downsides In The Good Life, a much-loved 1970s sitcom, one of the main characters would regularly arrive home from work cursing the trials and tribulations of the daily commute. Jerry Continue Reading

Carl Bergstrom: ‘People are using data to bullshit’ | Science- Tempemail

Carl Bergstrom is a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. More than a decade ago he conducted research on the role of government in pandemic planning, and has been a trenchant critic of the current response. He is the co-author with his colleague Jevin D Continue Reading

‘After Boris Johnson’s Zoom call, all hell broke loose’: inside the world’s favourite video app | Technology

On 6 January, a day after the World Heath Organization first reported a strange cluster of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, a party invitation dropped online. “Mark your calendars”, read the invite sent out by Zoom, a video-conferencing company based in California, “for Zoomtopia 2020!” Innocently enough, Zoom was announcing Continue Reading

Madonna takes on new role as Covid-19 conspiracy theorist | Music- Tempemail

Dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, director – Madonna has had quite the career. But the queen of pop’s latest reinvention came this week in the form of a video posted on Instagram that shared a coronavirus conspiracy theory with her 15 million followers. Madonna claimed a vaccine existed but was being Continue Reading

Is the #ChallengeAccepted trend simply a Miss Instagram pageant or something more? | Nadine von Cohen | Opinion- Tempemail

In 2020, as a global pandemic enters its eighth deadly month, Black Lives Matter protests continue across the world and the US presidential campaign nobody wants ramps up, cutting through the noise of social media with a campaign is near impossible. So it was with incredulity that this Tuesday past Continue Reading

Google commits to vast London office despite rise of remote working | Business

Google has reaffirmed its commitment to its new central London headquarters, a horizontal skyscraper known as the “landscraper”, and will move thousands of workers there once it is completed. This is despite the tech firm’s decision to allow all of its global employees to work from home until July 2021. Continue Reading

California investigates Amazon’s treatment of workers during pandemic | Technology

Amazon is under investigation in California for failing to protect its warehouse employees from the new coronavirus. California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the San Francisco department of public health “have all opened investigations into Amazon’s practices” around the pandemic, San Francisco superior Continue Reading

End of the line? Queueing apps threaten the greatest British institution | Life and style

Name: The queue. Age: As old as Britain. Appearance: The only system this country has left to be proud of. You’re not going to like this news, then. Why? Is someone pushing in somewhere? Show me who. I want to tut at them. It’s worse: the queue is dead. I Continue Reading