Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 109

Marketing 18th March 2022

If you’re curious to know what’s been happening in the tech space this past week, then look no further… our Friday Tech Round Up is your weekly dose of the latest and greatest tech news!

In episode 109 we explore deepfakes, the UK being home to a quarter of Europe’s prospective unicorns, and a $10million grant for Webflow community members – just to name a few.

UK home to a quarter of Europe’s prospective unicorns

Out of the 321 unicorns in Europe – companies which hit a valuation of $1bn or more – the UK is home to over 100 of them. Whilst fintech continues to lead the way, we’re starting to see organisations develop beyond and into health tech, gaming and insurtech.

In the words of Co-founder and managing partner at GP Bullhound, Manish Madhvani:

“That’s a staggering share, and testament to the unique capability of this country to produce world-beating, innovative businesses. This list is proof that we also have a healthy pipeline of companies well on their way to become unicorns of tomorrow.”

 

Deepfake Putin

This past week has seen three social media platforms taking down deepfake videos of world leaders.

A deep fake video of Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on Twitter declaring peace, while Meta and YouTube took down a deepfake video of Ukraine’s president talking of surrendering to Russia.

Whilst many are seeing the videos for what they are, the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications has warned the Russian government may well use deepfakes to convince Ukrainians to surrender – exposing the power of social media and the state of misinformation in this conflict.

 

Website builder will invest $10m in grant program for community members

Webflow, a well-funded no-code startup that helps customers build websites, has committed to provide investment and reimbursements through its community grants program. This news comes off the back of a $4 Billion valuation as Webflow nears $100 Million revenue and a $120 million Series C funding round.

 

An Interview With Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani

Taarini Kaur Dang tackles the topic of gender inequality in her latest piece, looking at why corporations were never designed for women and how home can solve gender inequality in an interview with Reshma Saujani. Reshma is the founder of Girls Who Code, an author and reclaimed public speaker.

In the article, Saujani explains that she continues to fight for women by debugging the myth: ‘women can have it all’. She believes this phrase is a euphemism before exploring different avenues organisations can take to support women in the workforce.

 

Say goodbye to account sharing on Netflix

On Wednesday, the streaming giant unveiled a new feature to crack down on people who don’t live together using the same account. Despite growing its subscribers by almost 10% (up to 221.8 million subscribers, adding 8.3 million subscribers in the fourth quarter alone) Netflix cited unauthorised account-sharing as

“impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films for our members.”

 

ECS shoutouts

Hugely excited to announce we will be hosting the next DevOps Playground in the London office on March 30th. Free to open, this session is a unique Data Science (DevOps) Playground where we will walk you through some of the core fundamentals of Data science including building your first classification Model using the MNIST Hand-written Digit dataset to get you started on your Machine Learning Journey!

Sign up here.

On the topic of data, a big thank you to everyone who joined us for the free two-day ECS Data Science Immersion Workshop, in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

We’re also super excited to announce our Tech³ Podcast giveaway!

Ash Winter Rob Meaney

First up is an exclusive interview with Ash Winter and Robert Meaney. Not only is it a great conversation, we’re also giving you the chance to win a free, signed copy of ‘Team Guide to Software Testability’ written by Ash Winter and Robert Meaney all you need to do is:

🎧 Listen to the Tech³ Podcast’s latest episode ‘Software Testability with Ash Winter and Rob Meaney’
✍️ Fill in the below form, answering the competition question
👍 Follow ECS and our hosts Ben Shonubi and Andy Tebb on Twitter

What are you waiting for?! https://hubs.la/Q015K6Sb0

Make sure to come back next week for even more tech news.

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