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How China’s Ant is evolving from a payments app into a technology champion

This is the second in a series of four articles analysing the Hong Kong and mainland stock markets, delving into the reforms, emergence of the Star Market as a solid fundraising venue, upcoming technology champions and the way forward. You can read part one here.

When Starbucks was looking to boost its digital traffic in China to help sales recover from store closures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, it turned to Alipay.

The Chinese mobile app with 900 million users scattered across the nation integrated a pre-order and pickup feature for Starbucks into its popular app last month, a service … Read more

What went wrong with the UK’s contact tracing app?

Graphic illustration showing a UK app icon next to an Apple/Google app
Graphic illustration showing a UK app icon next to an Apple/Google app

After months of work, the UK has ditched the way its coronavirus-tracing app works, prompting a blame game between the government and two of the world’s biggest tech firms. So what went wrong?

At the end of March, I got a text from a senior figure in the UK’s technology industry. This person said they were helping the NHS “on a very substantial project that will launch in days and potentially save hundreds of thousands of British lives.”

That was the first I knew of the plan to

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The UK will use Apple and Google’s technology for its contact-tracing app after months of floundering

The NHS is ditching its contact-tracing app.
The NHS is ditching its contact-tracing app.

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  • The UK is to adopt Google and Apple’s technology for its coronavirus contact-tracing app after several months of trying to pursue its own course.

  • The UK has avoided basing its contact-tracing app on the tech giants’ software, because it wanted to pursue a more “centralized” approach that gave it greater access to people’s data.

  • However, sources highlighted a number of technical issues that faced the UK app, such as getting its underlying Bluetooth mechanism working properly.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The UK will abandon its own approach for its

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It looks like the UK caved and will use Apple and Google’s technology for its contact-tracing app after months of floundering

The NHS is ditching its contact-tracing app.
The NHS is ditching its contact-tracing app.

NHSX

  • The UK is to adopt Google and Apple’s technology for its coronavirus contact-tracing app after several months of trying to pursue its own course, the BBC reports.

  • The UK has avoided basing its contact-tracing app on the tech giants’ software, because it wanted to pursue a more “centralized” approach that gave it greater access to people’s data.

  • However, sources highlighted a number of technical issues that faced the UK app, such as getting its underlying Bluetooth mechanism working properly.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The UK will abandon its own

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Canada to ramp up COVID-19 testing and tracing, recommend digital app

By Steve Scherer

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will ramp up COVID-19 testing and contact tracing as it gradually lifts restrictions and is working closely with Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on a mobile phone app to help, the prime minister said on Friday.

In his daily news conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government was already helping Ontario, the most populous province, with contact tracing and was open to do the same for the other 12 provinces and territories.

Businesses and citizens “need to know that we have a coordinated approach to gradually reopen that is rooted

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