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Friday roundup: A week in tech

While demonstrating that though we here in England might not be the greatest at soccer, we still excel in such areas as racism, general bigotry, hate, stupidity, violence, selfishness, drunkenness, and moral bankruptcy, Instagram (prop, Facebook) simultaneously continued to press its credentials in the world of catastrophic clumsiness. 

In the wake of England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy, and subsequent and wholly predictable wave of horrific abuse that followed it, the cretinous enabler of digital sewerage failed to remove racist comments and emojis from its febrile network.

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri (net worth, $120m) said the offending content was ‘mistakenly’ identified as benign, but that the problem has now been fixed and everything’s ok again.

Apparently, such comments will be ‘reviewed properly’ from now on, which is immensely reassuring, isn't it?

One of those on the end of the vileness was 19-year-old England forward Bukayo Saka. The kindly BBC reported the filth pasted onto the player’s Instagram and quickly received a message from the network claiming the content “probably doesn’t go against our guidelines”.

A model of restraint, Saka – who, once again, is 19 – has calmly written: “To the social media platforms...I don't want any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that me, Marcus and Jadon have received this week."

And so it goes, week in, week out, with no end in sight. Promises, pledges, apologies – yes. But never a solution.

Instagram is worth $100bn.


Heard about the proposed new massive electric car battery factory in town? No? Well, read on! Yes? Well, read on anyway – what else have you got on?

Plans have been put forward by Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd for the ‘gigafactory’ in Huddersfield. Only joking! They hope to build it at Coventry Airport, which is in Coventry.

Powered by 100% green energy, the behemoth could be operational by 2025 and create 6,000 jobs.

Council leader George Duggins thinks Coventry’s the perfect place for such a venture: "We are the ideal location for a gigafactory as the home of the UK automotive sector, alongside world-leading research in battery technology.”

Cars that run on increasingly unpopular street fuels, such as ‘petrol’ and ‘diesel’, are soon for the chop, thus the future’s electric. How we’re going to provide the infrastructure to charge the things is, I suspect, a problem for another time/government/generation.

But back in present day Coventry, Steve Turner, from union Unite, thinks the project will be “a shot in the arm for the region”. Probably more in hope than expectation, he’s even imploring the people who ostensibly run the country to do their best: "We urge the government to get onside, work with us to get this gigafactory up and running so that the country can take another step forward in electric battery production.”


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WhatsApp, yet another Facebook-owned enormous communications system, is hoping to make itself even more available. If tests prove agreeable, users will no longer need their phone to send messages. Currently, you need to connect your phone to your PC, tablet etc if you wish to utilise the system's wonders. But soon, maybe, no more! Not that interesting, is it? Read more here.

Google has been getting some GBH of the earhole from Scottish mountaineering charities for suggesting climbers take routes up the mighty Ben Nevis that, they claim, could be fatal. I haven’t really got anything to add to that so read the story and form your own conclusions/wisecracks.

EE has claimed it’ll be able to supply 5G ‘anywhere’ in the UK by 2028, probably about the time that 6G becomes widely available. So we can all look forward to getting abused on Twitter while taxing our cars before we die near the top of Ben Nevis. Hurray! Here’s the tale.