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Tech to cut young drivers' insurance bills

The cost of insuring a car has never been higher. For young people it is not uncommon to be quoted amounts in excess of £4000 a year – sometimes more than the car is actually worth. Not long ago, the only option for young drivers was “black box” insurance to help them reduce such premiums. Under this system, a data recorder box is fitted to your car and sends information to your insurer. Now there’s a rival technology in the form of dash cam policies, based around mini video recorders…

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Broadcom unveils tech sector's largest ever bid for rival

Computer chipmaker Broadcom has announced a $ 103bn (£79bn) bid for rival Qualcomm in the largest-ever takeover for the technology sector. Broadcom, which makes chips for products such as smartphones, is offering $ 70 per share for Qualcomm. Qualcomm had yet to comment on the bid, the latest development in a wave of consolidation sweeping the industry. Broadcom is waiting for regulatory approval to buy Brocade, while Qualcomm is in talks to buy NXP Semiconductors. Meanwhile, Qualcomm is currently engaged in a legal battle over royalty payments with its biggest…

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UK to help CES tech start-ups after expo chief's criticism

The chief of the CES tech expo has revealed that the UK government is helping fund a selection of start-ups to attend its next event in January. The funding of a “pavilion” within the show’s Eureka Park start-up zone represents a strategy shift for the UK. Gary Shapiro had previously said it was “a source of embarrassment” that small UK companies had not received such support at the 2017 show. Ministers had insisted that UK firms still had a “significant” presence. TechUK – an industry group that has partnered with…

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Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours

Tech giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted. The accord was decided at a two-day meeting between the G7 nations and the tech firms, hosted on the Italian island of Ischia. The aim, according to officials, is to remove jihadist content from the internet within two hours. In a tweet, Twitter said the talks had been “important and productive”. Twitter and Google declined to give further comment. Italy’s interior minister Marco Minniti said they were “important…

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At 57 I decided to enter the tech industry. It was a steeper learning curve than I imagined.

Five years ago, at 57, I decided to turn my life of experience in career management into my first software company. Perhaps I was naive, but it didn’t occur to me that I would face ageism or sexism in this new venture. This was the “innovation sector” after all – surely it would be full of progressives? I met many remarkable people who were very supportive, but I also learned that there is a small but pervasive section of tech with a distinctive ‘bro culture’ – who hadn’t really encountered someone of my background before. At an early funding pitch, I was told outright: “Anne, you need to be 35, male and cutting code to…

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