Hermann Hauser: ARM sale to Nvidia would be a disaster

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Image caption The smartphone industry is built on the foundations of ARM's technology

The co-founder of the company described as the jewel in the crown of British tech has said it would be disastrous for it to be sold to a US computing firm that is reportedly negotiating a takeover.

It's the second time in four years that the future of Cambridge-based chip-designer ARM Holdings has been uncertain.

In 2016, Softbank ended up buying it. But the Japanese firm is now reportedly in advanced talks to sell it to Nvidia.

Hermann Hauser told the BBC he thought the UK government should intervene.

The tech entrepreneur - who spun off ARM from Acorn Computers in 1990 - says ministers should help make it an independent UK business again.

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Tech Tent: Congressman, that's a great question!

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It was perhaps the biggest collection of wealth and power ever gathered on one video call - and I'm not talking about the members of the House Judiciary Committee.

In this week's Tech Tent podcast, I ask whether the Congressional hearing with the tech titans has done anything to curb the power of these immensely wealthy businesses.


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Openreach: Fibre target at risk without government plan

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Image caption Digging the trenches where fibre cables run is part of the work

BT has warned the government's broadband manifesto promise is at risk, if money for rural areas is not allocated soon.

Its Openreach division has unveiled a plan to bring full-fibre broadband to many places in the hardest to reach parts of the country. 

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Tech Tent: Have we seen our AI future?

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It could be evidence that artificial intelligence has made a great leap forward and human writers and software developers will soon be redundant.

Or maybe it is just the latest example of the hype getting way ahead of the reality? On this week’s Tech Tent we find out what the big fuss is about something called GPT-3.

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Contact tracing app 'working in Ireland'

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Image caption Ireland's app is working as intended, say health authority officials

This week, we have been looking at contact tracing apps using the decentralised Apple Google toolkit which the NHS in England has now adopted.

We concluded there was little evidence they were working because no country could supply data showing how many people had received alerts telling them they may have been in touch with an infected person.

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Coronavirus: England's test and trace programme 'breaks GDPR data law'

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Privacy campaigners say England's test and trace programme has broken a key data protection law.

The Department of Health has conceded the initiative to trace contacts of people infected with Covid-19 was launched without carrying out an assessment of its impact on privacy.

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Huawei: Time to ditch UK's laissez-faire policy to tech takeovers?

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For Britain's telecoms industry, at least, there is now some clarity. The future of our networks will have to be built without Huawei, even if that sets our 5G rollout back a few years.

The question is how did we get here? Why did we become so reliant on a high-risk vendor and what does that imply for the way we manage homegrown technology companies in the future?

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Tech Tent: China and US, the great tech schism

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In Hong Kong, Western tech giants have stopped handing data over to the authorities.

In the United States, the Trump administration has talked of shutting down Chinese-owned TikTok. And in the UK, it’s looking more likely that China’s Huawei will be banned from any involvement in 5G.

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Coronavirus: Ireland's Covid Tracker app is out - where's England's?

Image caption Ireland and Germany have launched apps based on Google and Apple's technology, but England remains wary

This morning I installed Ireland's just-released contact-tracing app on my phone, where it joined Germany's Corona Warn-App, which was released three weeks ago.

Gibraltar recently released its Beat Covid Gibraltar app, based on the Irish code.

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Tech Tent: Facebook's ad agony

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Another week, another Facebook crisis, and this feels like a big one - leading brands from Lego to Coca-Cola have decided they are uncomfortable selling their wares on the social network.

This week’s Tech Tent asks whether this is just a blip or signals a permanent cooling of the relationship between Facebook and the advertisers on which its business depends.

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