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Weekly Tech Roundup: July 21

Apple starts blogging about AI work

The ‘Apple Machine Learning Journal’ is a new website dedicated to showcasing the strides Apple is making in its AI endeavours. Posts are authored by Apple engineers, and the core aim seems to be educating consumers on these topics in an accessible way.

Facebook hires Uber’s former PR chief

Rachel Whetstone is Facebook’s new VP of Communications across Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. Formerly the Head of Public Policy and Communications at Uber, Whetstone left the company in April amid its reputational crisis. She is also experienced in political comms, having worked as Chief of Staff to Conservative leader Michael Howard back in 2003.

Scientists create comfortable e-skin wearable that lasts for a week

A team of researchers in Japan has created a skin sensor which is lightweight, stretchable, and inflammation-free, capable of tracking heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar for a whole week. Controlled tests have found it to be entirely non-invasive and comfortable for users, with no damage to the skin.

Facebook lets brands create their own groups within Pages

Good news for social media managers; Facebook is now allowing organisations to create their own Pages, without the need for an admin to use their own personal account. Moving forwards, brands will also be able to set up Groups, enabling better communication with consumers.

Google appeals against ‘right to be forgotten’

Search giant Google has filed an appeal against the French data protection agency CNIL’s decision on the ‘right to be forgotten. The ruling supported the right of private citizens to request that search engines remove incorrect or out of data information relating to them. Google’s appeal is now heading to Europe’s top court.

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

The value of one bitcoin has been like a yoyo this week, dropping to $1,863 on Sunday then rising to $2,402. Rising fees have also made bitcoin transactions slower and less cost-effective, but the cryptocurrency community can’t settle on a single solution, prompting some to speculate that bitcoin could effectively split, resulting in two incompatible new cryptocurrencies.

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