5-For-Friday – News Roundup – 28/09/18

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1. Google celebrates their 20th birthday.

Search giant Google is celebrating its 20th birthday.

They replaced its trademark doodle logo with an occasional animation paying tribute to eminent figures from the worlds of science, the arts and history.

Google’s exact birthday remains a mystery, but the company officially lists September 27, 1998, as the day the company began.

2. Elon Musk could be forced to step down from Tesla.

Elon Musk and Tesla have been sued for fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The move could see Musk being banned from leading a public company, or potentially a hefty fine for both him and the company.

The SEC and the US Justice Department have been investigating Tesla and Musk after the company’s aborted plans to take the electric car company private.

3. TSB and HSBC suffer banking app issues.

TSB and HSBC customers had trouble accessing after the banks were hit by computer glitches.

TSB customers and users of its app and internet banking were having difficulty logging in.

HSBC said about 50% of mobile users had trouble connecting, although the bank says its problems have now been resolved.

It is the latest in a string of IT outages for the banking industry, including the recent high-profile meltdown at TSB.

Last week, RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank reported problems with customers unable to access their bank accounts online.

4. Uber reportedly look to buy Deliveroo.

Uber is reportedly in early talks to buy UK tech firm Deliveroo, in a deal that could see the peer-to-peer ridesharing company pay several billion dollars.

The potential takeover shows Uber’s attempt to dominate the on-demand food delivery space in Europe.

Uber could, however, walk away from the deal. Deliveroo and its investors have so far been reluctant to give up it’s independence.

5. Samsung Electronics chairman indicted for alleged union sabotage.

Prosecutors in South Korea have indicted Samsung Electronics chairman alongside dozens of other senior executives, following an investigation into alleged sabotage of unions.

Samsung – one of the world’s largest and richest technology groups – has been attempting to rehabilitate its image after years of scandal involving the company’s executives, including the vice-chairman serving a suspended sentence for corruption.

Until next week. We hope you have a great weekend!


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