5-For-Friday – News Roundup – 29/06/18

Welcome again, to our new news series – 5-For-Friday – your unofficial weekly tech news roundup.

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1. The $5bn tech boss who grew up without electricity.

The BBC series ‘The Boss‘ – a weekly profile of a different business leader from around the world, focused this week on Stewart Butterfield, the founder of technology companies Flickr and Slack.

The interview charts how Stewart went from living a hippy lifestyle in British Columbia with his parent’s – to amassing a personal fortune of £500m.

2. Facebook lifts cryptocurrency ban amid rumours of Coinbase bitcoin exchange takeover.

The Independent has reported that Facebook’s now reversed its controversial ban on cryptocurrency adverts.

The sudden u-turn has prompted further speculation that Zuckerberg Inc. is planning something major in the bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies space.

The ban – put in place in January – was welcomed amid fears that ads were used for fraud.

3. World Cup fever and the VAR system was born.

The first video referral in World Cup history happened during the Group B opener between Spain and Portugal, in Sochi, with the VAR operations room, 1,620km away from the action in Moscow, replied that all was OK. The goal was allowed to stand.

So – if like most people – Russian World Cup fever is high and you’re similarly enjoying the added suspense and drama of VAR, then you’ll love this great article on Wired.

4. Wimbledon 2018 to use AI player emotions to edit highlights.

Keeping with the sports theme – the BBC reported that Wimbledon and its digital partner IBM have fine-tuned their artificial intelligence (AI) systems this year to help automatically edit the top action.

With an average of three matches per court, per day, video from matches can add up to hundreds of hours of footage. AI-analysis uses crowd noise, player actions and match data to edit video.

5. Identity theft warning after a major data breach at Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster UK announced this week that it had identified malicious malware attack, that had affected nearly five per cent of their customers, allowing unknown third-party access to customers data including payment details and login information.

Tech Crunch further reported that Ticketmaster UK knew of the reach but failed to take action.

That’s all for today. Until next week. Have a great weekend!


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