This week in our Technology industry news round-up WhatsApp for business has arrived, Stripe drops support for Bitcoin, the MP wants UK to take the lead on ethical AI and a report finds that 2017 was the worst year ever for cyber-attacks.
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Stripe drops support for Bitcoin
Payment processor Stripe has announced it will no longer be supporting bitcoin as a payment method. By fully transitioning away from bitcoin over the next three months, Stripe will fully end its support for Bitcoin on April 23rd. The payment processing business enabled bitcoin for the first time in 2015 but the decision to move away from Bitcoin could be down to its lengthy and failed transactions, along with growing fees.
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(Coin desk) 23/01/2018
WhatsApp for business has arrived
WhatsApp has tailored their messaging app towards small and medium-sized businesses and specifically marketers to make it easier to manage interactions with their customers. Business specific profiles have been announced along with a mobile app that will be available initially only on Android to businesses located in the US, UK, Mexico, Italy and Indonesia.
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(Marketing Land) 18/01/2018
MP wants UK to take the lead in ethical AI
In her speech at the World Economic Forum, Theresa May announced that she wants the UK to lead the world in deciding how AI can be implemented safe and ethically. She also declared that there will be a new advisory body that will work and coordinate efforts in ethical AI with other countries. UK has been making advances in AI technology over the last few years and the PM backed up the UK’s claim to leadership on ethical AI due to the growth of its start-up economy.
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(BBC Tech) 25/01/2018
Report finds 2017 was the worst year for cyber-attacks
It may come as no surprise that 2017 was another bad year for data breaches and cyber-attacks across the globe. A new report from the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has found that cyber-attacks on businesses more than doubled in the past year. The Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report found that there were 156,700 cyber incidents in 2017 in comparison to 82,000 in 2016.
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