Philip Ellis
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Weekly Tech Roundup: September 29

Uber boss to meet TFL chief to try to regain licence

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is set to meet with Mike Brown, head of Transport for London, following the organisation’s ruling that Uber is not “fit and proper” to hold a transport licence in the city, due to its track record of reporting criminal conduct — the latest blow in a series of scandals for the embattled ride-hailing service.

Net ‘not ready’ for vital security update

Internet administrative body Icann was forced to put its plans to update security protocols on hold, as it was concerned that tens of millions of users would be affected and left without internet access.

What the world’s financial bigwigs think about bitcoin

Bitcoin has gone from an obscure exercise in cryptography to one of the most controversial topics in the financial world. Here’s what leaders from the US Federal Reserve, Bank of England and JPMorgan have to say on the subject.

Amazon is creating Alexa gadgets for every use 

This week, Amazon rolled out five new Alexa-powered devices which cater to different needs and behaviour, such as the Alexa Look, designed specifically for fashion device, and the Echo Show and Echo Spot, both of which are more appropriate for video.

Twitter banned more than 200 Russia-linked propaganda accounts

Twitter has disclosed that over 200 accounts linked to “Russia and other post-Soviet states” had been used to proliferate misinformation and propaganda on its platform. This statement comes following pressure from Congress to investigate ads bought in 2016. The company is now working to prevent people trying to manipulate Twitter.

80% of Instagram users voluntarily connect with brands on the platform

Instagram is keen to “shrink the distance between businesses and customers,” and at Advertising Week the company’s COO Marne Levine revealed that in the last month alone there have been 180 million consumer interactions with businesses.

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