Weekly Tech Round-Up | #6

The latest tech news from all over, find out what has been going on in the tech industry.

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Has this woman just invented the rocket that will take us to Mars?

Dr Fatima Ebrahimi has invented a new fusion rocket thruster concept, which could potentially power humans to Mars and beyond. Ebrahimi is a physicist who works for the US Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has designed the rocket which will use magnetic fields to shoot plasma particles- electrically charged gas- into the vacuum of space.

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Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon’s CEO later this year and be replaced by AWS CEO Andy Jassy

In a letter to Amazon employees, published Tuesday afternoon, Jeff Bezos announced he would transition to the executive-chairman role and focus on “new products and early initiatives.” Bezos said that he would still be involved in important initiatives at Amazon, but will spend more time on philanthropy- including the Bezos Earth Fund and his Day One Fund.

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Uber is buying alcohol delivery service Drizly for $1.1 billion

Uber have announced that it is buying the alcohol delivery service Drizly, in a deal worth $1.1 billion, as the ride sharing company continues to build out its stable of food and other delivery services. Drizly is an online delivery storefront for existing local liquor stores. The company parters with local sellers and then enlists delivery drivers.

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UK tech outperformed the entire private sector last year

The tech sector in the UK rounded out 2020 with an impressive fourth quarter, outperforming the entire private sector, a new index from IHS Markit and KPMG suggests. The final quarter of 2020, saw the UK tech sector demonstrate such resilience in the face of ongoing pandemic disruptions and some client spending delays ahead of the Brexit transition deadline,” said Bernard Brown, Vice Chair at KPMG UK.

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