Weekly Tech Round-Up | #5

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Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google claims to have made progress on its so-called privacy sandbox plans to remove third-party cookies from its Chrome browser amid concerns about the browsers market dominance and privacy protections. The data that cookies allow advertisers to collect on web users has provoked significant legal and piracy concerns, promoting google to announce last year it would begin to phase them out in Chrome over the next two years.

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The role of apprenticeships in attracting and retaining tech talent

The Open University estimate that around 600,000 vacancies in digital technology are costing the UK economy approximately £63 billion a year. Covid-19 has further accelerated this trend. Research from Tech Nation suggests that vacancies within the UK tech sector rose by 36% between June and August 2020. Apprenticeship schemes can play an integral role in identifying and training new members of staff, particularly younger people and equipping them with tech skills they need to excel within the business.

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Investors becoming wary of big tech

Investors are cooling on technology stocks, however the sector remains dominant in a top-heavy market. For the first time in 16 months, the technology sector is no longer the most crowded trade in global markets, according to Bank of America’s fund manager survey.

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Twitter launched a crowdsourced fact-checker

Twitter launched a pilot program called ‘Birdwatch’, which aims to prevent the spread of misinformation on the platform. The program allows users to fact check tweets by submitting valuable, contextual notes. However, it is only currently available to a select number of US participants. This comes after Twitter has struggled to stop users from spreading misinformation and propaganda.

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