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    • EU launches new blockchain association

      EU launches new blockchain association

      The European Union announced the launch of the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) on its official website on 3 April. The charter has been signed by more than 100 members including IBM, Accenture and Deutsche Telekom. Among the blockchain-related members are also Iota, Ripple, ConsenSys, and the Sovrin Foundation.

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    • Microsoft, BMW launch industrial cloud platform

      Microsoft, BMW launch industrial cloud platform

      BMW has big plans for its iNext electric and fully autonomous vehicle, but making the car will require a streamlined, coordinated, and automated manufacturing system — something Microsoft wants to help them build. Thus, on Tuesday during the Hannover Messe, the companies announced a partnership to launch a new open-sourced industrial manufacturing platform called the Open Manufacturing Platform, or OMP.

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    • Facebook improves political ads rules

      Facebook improves political ads rules

      On Thursday, Facebook unveiled new tools designed to counter foreign interference in the run-up to the vote to elect new members of the EU Parliament and increase transparency around political advertising across Europe in general.

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    • Apple enters credit card industry

      Apple enters credit card industry

      You might want to forget about Apple's TV+ and ignore Apple News+, as well. The real big news surrounding the tech giant as its splash into the lucrative credit card industry - a bold move for Apple that no other media giant has sought, even Google and Samsung, two companies that also have robust mobile payment systems.

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    • The ‘Godfathers of AI’ honoured with Turing Award

      The ‘Godfathers of AI’ honoured with Turing Award

      The 2018 Turing Award, also known as the “Nobel Prize of computing,” has been given to a trio of researchers who laid the foundations for the current boom in artificial intelligence (AI). Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun - sometimes called the ‘godfathers of AI’ - have been recognised with the $1m annual prize for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning.

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    • Microsoft creates DNA drive

      Microsoft creates DNA drive

      Microsoft is on its way to replacing optical-storage systems like Facebook's Blue-ray disc-based cold storage by booting up the first “DNA drive” for storing data. Developed by the tech giant and researchers from the University of Washington, the photocopier sized device now could successfully automate the process of translating digital information into DNA and back to bit.

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    • Google enters the gaming industry

      Google enters the gaming industry

      After months of rumors and recent teases from the company itself, Google finally revealed its big gaming announcement that all have been waiting for during a Game Developers Conference keynote on 19 March in San Francisco. And now we could fairly say that the tech giant is getting into gaming in a big way with a direct challenge to the giants of console and PC gaming. This challenge is called Stadia.

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    • Siemens leads in European patent application

      Siemens leads in European patent application

      Siemens submitted more patent applications than any other company in Europe in 2018, overtaking Huawei to first place in the European Patent Office's application rankings. According to data, company's employees submitted around 3,900 patent applications and 7,300 invention disclosure reports worldwide in fiscal 2018. 

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    • Tim Berners-Lee calls for web salvation

      Tim Berners-Lee calls for web salvation

      The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has published an open letter to mark the 30th anniversary of the day - March 12, 1989. The day when he submitted his original proposal for an information management system that went on to underpin the birth of online services.

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