Have a Great Christmas Break

We will be doing a lot of background work over the next couple of weeks as we have some great stuff we are implementing to be even more super useful to you all. Until then we hope you all have a lovely brilliant relaxing and safe Christmas – and here’s hoping that you don’t have some rather overweight beardy strange guy coming down your chimneys and spreading COVID, seriously shouldn’t someone tell him its not a great idea during a pandemic! and is he really a key worker ..?

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on I case you missed it

Some Mashable Highlights:

A running list of American antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook

Now the other shoe has dropped, in the form of hundreds of pages of legal documents. Facebook and Google are both facing scrutiny about the ways they have eliminated or defeated competition in a manner that stifles innovation, degrades consumer privacy, and/or translates to higher prices for advertisers and, consequently, consumers.

Tesla full self-driving manages San Francisco’s famously curvy Lombard Street

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it is ending its live video service, Periscope, as a standalone app. The app will cease to exist as of March 2021, and people won’t be able to make new Periscope accounts starting with the next release.

ISS astronauts are testing biomining in space

The European Space Agency’s BioAsteroid experiment, conducted aboard the International Space Station, will test the impact of microgravity on the ability of bacteria and fungi to extract minerals and metals from solid rock.

MIT Technology Review:

Potato innovation has stagnated for decades. Sexual reproduction might get it unstuck.

Halving the number of potato chromosomes could open the way to many more new varieties with useful traits.

Many people eat too much protein, and many others suffer from a lack of it

A data visualization

Why people still starve in an age of abundance

Our wonderful global supply chain is not just failing to prevent hunger—it’s causing it.

BBC:

SolarWinds: UK assessing impact of hacking campaign

UK security officials are trying to establish the extent of the impact on the UK of a major hacking campaign that threatened national security in the US.

US cyber-attack: Russia ‘clearly’ behind SolarWinds operation, says Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Russia for what is being described as the worst-ever cyber espionage attack on the US government.

Cyberpunk 2077: How did the release go so wrong?

Sony and Microsoft removed the game from online stores and are giving refunds to anyone who bought it.

Conferences

Its the christmas break – enjoy some zzz’s 😴

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.