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Cyberattack forces 15 UK schools to stop online learning
A "sophisticated" cyberattack on the Nova Education Trust has forced 15 schools across Nottinghamshire to shut down their IT networks. The schools have not had access to their “usual modes of communication” since 3 March, including email, phones and their websites. The situation has forced remote learning to stop. The UK's National Cyber Security Centre is currently working to resolve the matter.
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Brazil court opens investigation over Amazon rainforest land sale on Facebook
Brazil's Supreme Court has opened an investigation over the findings of a BBC report that revealed that pots of land in the Amazon rainforest were being put for sale in Facebook Marketplace. The court asked the government to "take the appropriate civil and criminal measures". Facebook has said it is "ready to work with local authorities" but will not take independent action to stop the trade.
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Telehealth firm TytoCare raises additional $50m
TytoCare has extended its Series D round to raise an extra $50m. This comes less than a year after it landed an initial $50m for its telehealth platform. Capitalising on the rise of remote health practice due to COVID-19, TytoCare offers AI-powered remote medical examinations and devices for patients. Insight Partners led the extension, with other participants includes Qualcomm and Tiger Global.
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IBM and Moderna to collaborate on COVID-19 vaccine data sharing
IBM is to work with biotech company Moderna to investigate how advanced tech could improve COVID-19 vaccine management. They will explore how the likes of artificial intelligence, blockchain and hybrid cloud can accelerate data sharing between governments and healthcare providers. "If ever there was a time to rally around open technology and collaboration, it's now," said an IBM spokesperson.
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GM to build a second US EV factory
General Motors is considering building a second battery factory in the United States through, the company has confirmed after. The new plant would be built in a joint venture with South Korean battery-maker LG Chem. GM said it hopes “to have a decision on the potential project” by June. The initiative is in line with the company's aim to become completely carbon neutral by 2030.
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New York and IBM test blockchain-based COVID-19 digital health pass
IBM is testing out a COVID-19 digital health pass in New York State. The blockchain-based tech offers a voluntary and secure method for showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. It is being trialed for a week in New York as a means of allowing spectators into sports venues. IBM says the tool can tap into different data sources and can be "easily tailored" for other use cases.
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Singapore rebrands e-government platform SingPass
Singapore has rebranded its e-government services platform SingPass. The app allows access to over 1,400 services from more than 340 organisations in both private and public sectors. The app is integrated with Singapore's digital location check-in tool SafeEntry, which supports the country's COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. SingPass was launched 18 years ago and it has over 4 million users.
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COVID-19 vaccination data in England and Wales made available for research
COVID-19 vaccination datasets in England and Wales have been made available for research. Immunisation data can now be found on the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway, a common online portal for research and innovation. The aim is to learn more about the effectiveness of the vaccines. Twenty million citizens in the UK have now been inoculated against COVID-19.
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Google to stop using tracking tools
Google plans to stop using or investing on tracking technologies to identify web users once it begins phasing out existing technology from its Chrome browser next year. The decision is a huge blow to the advertising industry, as the tech giant will stop selling ads based on user's preferences. Google and several social media platform's tracking tools have been criticised by privacy activists.
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Six U.S. utilities team up to build EV charging network
Six electric utility companies in the United States have come together to plan a comprehensive electric vehicle charging network. The Electric Highway Coalition, which counts Duke Energy and American Electric Power among its members, will look to build stations across major highways systems. President Biden has pledged to build 550,000 new EV charging stations across the country.
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