England and Wales finally get contact-tracing app after months of delays — bit shit, but it’ll do

After months of delays, U-turns, technical issues, and criticism from privacy campaigners, the UK government has finally launched its contact-tracing app in England and Wales. The revamped NHS COVID-19 app uses Bluetooth to track the time people spend near other users and the distance between them. When an individual falls ill, they can report it […]

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BlackSky will add sharper focus and night vision to future Earth-watching satellites

One of BlackSky’s Global satellites sits on a stand that’s visible at the center of this view of the LeoStella satellite factory floor in Tukwila, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) BlackSky’s satellites are already producing frequently updated, high-resolution views of planet Earth — but now the company says its next-generation spacecraft will kick things […]

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Wirecard left a $30B hole in European fintech — can Dutch startups fill the gap?

Three months have passed since Wirecard’s implosion, and while authorities continue to piece together exactly how much of the German payments processor actually existed, EMEA investors might be wondering: who will replace Wirecard, and how can I buy that company’s stock? The Netherlands plays host to a number of apparent alternatives. For one, there’s Adyen, […]

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