5-For-Friday – News Roundup – 06/07/18

Welcome again to – 5-For-Friday – your unofficial weekly tech news roundup.

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1. The UK leads Europe’s tech startup scene.

Computer Weekly has reported that more tech startups were registered in the UK than any other European country, over the past five years – following research by digital financial services company Paymentsense.

The study showed that a total of 392,627 professional, scientific and technical startups were registered in the UK Between 2013 and 2017 – which is 70,000 more than France, who was second on the list.

The UK achieved Europe’s highest growth for startups – 5.09% over the past five years.

2. UK and France to sign AI and data partnership.

Europes top two leading countries for technology startups have joined forces to sign an AI and data partnership.

UK Tech News report that Digital Secretary Matt Hancock will speak at a bilateral conference on data and the digital economy and announce a package of measures to strengthen ties between the UK and France’s tech industries, focusing on the UK’s ‘world-leading’ capabilities for AI and data.

3. MEPs vote to reject a controversial copyright law.

The European Parliament voted against controversial copyright laws that could put at risk, free and open internet.

Article 13 of The Copyright Directive – which would add rules to make tech companies responsible for ensuring any copyrighted material is not spread over their platforms, was rejected by 318 votes to 278, with 31 abstentions.

This isn’t the end, however, as reforms will now be debated again in September. So, watch this space and keep an eye out for further updates from us.

4. Vivo Announces 3D Sensing Technology with 300,000 Sensor Points.

VIVO announced and showcased a smartphone solution leveraging time-of-flight technology at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018.

Instead of using it for 2D measurements, their 3D Sensing Technology creates 3D scans of objects using a whopping 300,000 sensor points.

VIVO claims that their Technology will be precise enough to capture entire objects and could be used for education and medical purposes.

5. Sony posts a whole movie on YouTube in the trailer’s place.

Finishing on a lighter note this week.

Someone at Sony Pictures Entertainment made a bit of an error this week, by posting the full 90-minutes of the low budget movie ‘Khali The Killer’ – in place of the trailer.

The story has been trending on forums and social media, with some suggesting the ‘mistake’ was a PR stunt to help to promote the movie’s US release – after a pretty unsuccessful launch in Europe.

If it was the latter, then we think the stunt deserves a round of applause.

That’s all from us. Until next week. Have a great weekend!


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