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The 37 coolest startup CEOs in UK tech
Posted May 25, 2016 11:36 PM
The 37 coolest startup CEOs in UK tech

The UK has one of Europe's most vibrant startup communities. From fintech to fashion technology, the country is host to a range of new tech companies.

The people at the heart of the startups are the CEOs and cofounders who built and continue to lead the companies. We rounded up a selection of some of the UK's best startup CEOs.

Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments — we want to know about them.

Additional reporting by Oscar Williams-Grut, Lara O'Reilly, Will Heilpern, and Max Slater-Robins.

37. Rodolfo Rosini of

10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted May 25, 2016 11:36 PM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel confirmed that he secretly funded Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker. Thiel says "it was worth fighting back" against the news outlet.

2. Eric Schmidt says breaking up Alphabet is "as unlikely as anything I could imagine." Schmidt was asked at a conference whether the Google parent company would consider breaking off divisions.

3. Amazon has scored yet another huge win from newfound buddy Salesforce. Amazon Web Services has been picked as Salesforce's "preferred public cloud infrastructure provider."


STATE DEPARTMENT: Hillary Clinton 'did not comply' with government policies in using a personal email account

Hillary Clinton "did not comply" with State Department policies when she chose to use a personal email account to conduct government business, according to an inspector general's report released Wednesday.

The State Department faulted Clinton and previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer information and for slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.

The report cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" related to communications that precede Clinton's appointment as secretary of state. The State Department singled out Clinton's failures as "more serious," however, according to the Associated Press.

"At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act," the report reads.

The man that sold his big data company to HP for £7.4 billion questions the role of wearables in healthcare

Health data collected by wearable devices is a "big distraction" to doctors and clinicians, according to big data billionaire Mike Lynch, who says he has been working with the UK government on the issue of wearable health.

Lynch, the scientific entrepreneur behind Autonomy, a big data company that was sold to HP for £7.4 billion in 2011, questioned what GPs are supposed to do when patients present them with data they have collected on their own wearable devices.

Devices like the Apple Watch and the Fitbit can now track a person's heart rate and sleeping patterns while more niche wearables can monitor vital organ signs and perspiration levels.

We're on the cusp of an explosive change in how we treat one of America's most ignored health problems

You've probably been there: Something stressful is happening in your life, and you're feeling more anxious than usual. You'd love to talk to someone about it, but you don't know who to turn to.

Therapy is one option, but A) it can be crazy expensive, and B) you don't want to be that person who has to see a shrink.

Turns out, there is no that person. Roughly one in every five Americans, or about 43 million people, suffers from mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. About 60% of us received no treatment in the past year.

Stigma isn't the only problem. For many, treatment is simply

AT&T reportedly wants to buy Yahoo's internet business (YHOO)

AT&T has made a bid for Yahoo's core internet business, Bloomberg reports, citing "people familiar with the matter."

The company had initially decided against bidding in April but has since changed its mind, according to Bloomberg.

This development puts AT&T into competition with Verizon, which is considered one of the likely parties to buy Yahoo's core business.

Bloomberg reports that Yahoo got 10 initial offers, "ranging from about $4 billion to $8 billion," again citing people familiar with the matter.

The Wall Street Journal

Apple's new data centre could become Ireland's biggest energy consumer (AAPL)

Apple's proposed €850 million (£644 million) data centre in Ireland is set to become the country's biggest energy consumer, according to a report in The Irish Independent.

Apple wants to use the data centre to store European user data and to help power online services including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri for customers across Europe, according to a press release announcing the development in February 2015.

The company that builds iPhones is replacing workers with robots (AAPL)

At one Foxconn factory in Kunshan, China, 60,000 workers have been replaced by robots, a Chinese official said — another data point that indicates that electronics production is increasingly being automated.

Foxconn is best known as one of the primary assemblers for Apple products, but it also assembles gadgets for essentially every major electronics brand.

According to the South China Morning Post, the factory has reduced its workforce from 110,000 to 50,000. Officials are hopeful that other "major companies" in the region will soon follow suit:

Google is building a self-driving car center near Detroit to be closer to potential partners (GOOG)

Google is building a new self-driving car research and development center near Detroit to be closer to current and future partners. 

The Novi, Michigan space will help Google "collaborate more easily and access Michigan's top talent in vehicle development and engineering," according to a Google+ post.

The news comes not long after Google announced that it's working directly with an automaker for the first time through a partnership with Fiat Chrysler to make a fleet of self-driving minivans.

Execs have said that Google doesn't intend on manufacturing its own self-driving car models, so planting a flag near the auto-industry capital of America makes a lot of sense as it pushes to get its technology out of testing and into the real world. 

Microsoft's mobile surrender (MSFT)
Posted May 25, 2016 0:19 AM
Microsoft's mobile surrender (MSFT)

Early Wednesday morning, Microsoft announced further reductions to its smartphone hardware business, including the elimination of up to 2,000 jobs, mostly in Finland, where Nokia was based. This is on top of more than 25,000 layoffs related to its smartphone business since it bought Nokia in 2014.

This chart from Statista shows why. Global market share for Microsoft's phone platforms dipped below 1% in Q1 2016. That's barely a footnote.