The week in business tech: 7/11/2014

Brid-Aine Parnell

Friday 7 November 2014

In tech news this week, the UK’s hunger for 4G leads to speeds halving, Google is accused of “passive-aggressiveness” on EU’s data privacy rules and Facebook’s government user data requests go up by 24 per cent. Meanwhile, Britain looks set to get its most advanced drone lab at Imperial College London and new research shows over 150 new malwares are born every minute.

Brits pile onto 4G networks

The faster speeds promised by 4G networks have almost halved in the last year, according to consumer group Which?, as users pile onto the new speedy services.

Google accused of passive-aggressive attitude to data protection

A director in the European Commission’s justice department has said that Google’s public meetings on the “right to be forgotten” are part of lobbying efforts against the EU’s attempts to protect data online.

Governments ask for even more Facebook data

The social network says that requests from governments for user data have gone up by nearly a quarter in the first half of this year, as it fights a US court order to hand over details on 400 people.

Imperial College London plans million-pound drone lab

The university reckons the proliferation of smartphones and the low cost of GPS chips warrants an investment of £1.25m in a state-of-the-art drone testing lab, part of its push into next-generation robotics.

Oculus Rift is months away – but it might be “many months”

Speaking at Web Summit 2014 in Dublin,  Oculus Rift chief executive Brendan Iribe promised that his firm’s virtual reality headsets were on their way to consumer shelves in months – but stressed that the company wants to get it right before they launch.

There’s 158 born every minute

Malware monitor PandaLabs says that 227,747 new malware samples are released every day. Most of them are Trojans, but the firm reckons nine per cent are viruses and four per cent are worms.

Building the next-gen data centre

Where traditional and web-scale apps co-exist