Users report issues as Covid-19 app launches in England and Wales | World news

The launch of the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales has exposed problems with the programme, some of which were known about in advance, and some of which will come as a surprise to both the government and users. Although there were hundreds of thousands of downloads of the Continue Reading

Take-up of NHS contact-tracing app could be only 10% | World news

Take-up of the NHS Covid contact-tracing app being launched in England and Wales on Thursday – and once touted as key to controlling the pandemic – could be as low as 10% in some places, government sources believe. International examples show take-up rates of similar apps at between 10% and Continue Reading

Facebook and Google announce plans to become carbon neutral | Greenhouse gas emissions

Facebook and Google are becoming carbon neutral businesses, joining competitors Apple and Microsoft in committing to put no excess carbon into the atmosphere, both companies have independently announced. But the details of the two companies’ ambitions differs greatly. At Google, which first committed to going carbon neutral in 2007, the Continue Reading

Twitter and Google join Facebook in tightening rules on US election claims | US elections 2000

Premature claims of victory will be blocked from Twitter and Google in the run-up to November’s US presidential election, as both companies follow Facebook in trying to fight the prospect of a stolen vote. Under its new rules, Twitter will treat as harmful misinformation any tweet which makes false claims Continue Reading

Google and Apple app stores investigated by Australia’s competition watchdog | Australian media

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an inquiry into how Google and Apple run their app stores for Android and iOS devices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, in its latest action targeting digital platforms, on Tuesday announced it would be examining the app stores with a focus on how data Continue Reading

Morrison warns Facebook and Google he won’t respond well to any threats over news code | Australia news

Scott Morrison has warned big tech companies against employing “coercion” in their arm wrestle with the Australian government over paying for the use of news content. The Australian prime minister warned he does not respond well to threats on Monday, commenting on an escalating campaign against a proposed media industry Continue Reading

Why Google and Facebook are being asked to pay for the news they use – explainer | Google

The Australian government has released draft legislation to compel Google and Facebook to negotiate with Australian media companies. The digital platforms have responded aggressively, warning users of dire consequences and, in the case of Facebook, threatening to remove news from Australian Facebook pages. Here’s what the fight is about. Why Continue Reading

Regional publishers hit back at Facebook’s ‘inflammatory’ threat to ban news sharing in Australia | Media

Facebook’s threat to ban news sharing in Australia rather than abide by a media bargaining code is an inflammatory overreaction, regional publishers say. Facebook broke its silence on Tuesday and said it would block Australians from sharing news on its platform if the landmark plan to make them and Google Continue Reading