SCIENCE

Christmas shoppers to be targeted by facial recognition technology in London’s West End

Christmas shoppers in London's West End are to be targeted with facial recognition technology for the first time, under a new police trial. The technology is capable of scanning the faces of thousands of members of the public and matching their faces against a criminal database in real time. Police are using images from a "watch...

MPs call on Parliament to investigate dangers Huawei poses to the UK’s national infrastructure

Cross-party MPs have called for an independent investigation into Huawei’s involvement in the UK's national infrastructure amid concerns that the Chinese company may pose a security risk. Members of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee said the country can no longer “proceed with our eyes shut” as intelligence agencies around the...

The tech founders who cannot bear to let go of their baby

‘After this I have control,” Mark Zuckerberg once wrote in an instant message to a friend. It was the dawn of Facebook Inc and Zuckerberg was plotting to force his former partner, Eduardo Saverin, out of the business via an arcane legal manoeuvre. Today, that control is something he...

Blippar investor dispute to go down to the wire as company seeks emergency funding

Founded in 2011, Blippar has raised $150m (£120m) from investors to fund its growth. The company’s app uses augmented reality technology, which imposes virtual images over the real world. The start-up runs an augmented reality brand advertising service, but has also invested heavily in artificial intelligence and computer vision technology. Several...

Watchdogs close in on Silicon Valley giants as monopoly concerns mount

Mr Simons said “roll-up” acquisitions were a key area in hearings the regulator is running on reforms to US competition law. “We’re getting lots of comments, we’ve had very good testimony and that will inform how we improve our abilities to deal with these acquisitions of nascent competitors,” Mr...