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Friday roundup: A week in tech, 15 October

It’s a very brief roundup the week, regular readers will be relieved to learn, as there’s only so much time in the day.

So, China. The big country has been busy proscribing more things, to add to its cave of forbidden stuff – and, once again, it’s been prohibiting with the assistance of western tech outfits.

Firstly, Apple has apparently willingly removed a Koran app from its Chinese App Store, after officials complained.

The Quran Majeed app is available across the globe and is said to be quite popular – too popular for China’s boss class, which cited the hosting of illegal religious texts when it leaned on Apple.

So, it looks like Chinese Koran fans will have to turn to old-fashioned book copies from now on, if they haven’t been banned too.

Next up is LinkedIn. Microsoft is shutting down its Facebook-for-business-types enterprise because of increasing challenges operating in the one-party state.

LinkedIn was quizzed about its reasons for blocking the profiles of some journalists, as if anybody was even slightly puzzled as to why.

Rather than face such questions, and no doubt future examinations, Microsoft have pulled the plug on the whole thing, with senior vice-president Mohak Shroff blogging: "We're facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China."

But a remnant will remain. The firm says it will release something called InJobs later this year, which won’t feature troublesome things like the ability to post or share things, or, presumably, any ads for journalists.

Next week: China bans internet connections.


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A forest has gone 5G. Yes, you read it here first. Nottinghamshire County Council is apparently concerned that people don’t find Sherwood Forest interesting enough, so has brought in drones, robot dogs, and 5G to liven up the boring old trees and tiresome wildlife. Read more about this amazing idea here.

The UK government’s totally innocent order to ministers to delete messages from apps such as WhatsApp has been challenged! The likes of Cori Crider, from law group Foxglove, reckons the directive flies in the face of transparency, destroys evidence, and so on. What a disgrace! As if our government would even dream of being dishonest!

Crider said: "We're doing this to defend the integrity of our public debate. We can't learn from history if the evidence has vanished into thin air." Looks like it's heading to court. Read more here.