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- BBC News breaks down the key points from Rishi Sunak’s 2021 Budget this week, from the extension of furlough to the hike in corporation tax.
- In 2022, Google will stop using people’s internet history and other personal data to target adverts at individuals as people become increasingly concerned about their online privacy.
- PwC’s latest Women in Work Index shows that the pandemic is causing a “shecession”, as women’s economic empowerment is expected to decline for the first time in almost a decade, by more than 2% between 2019 and 2021.
- UK Finance has published a proposal for a new service company that will support the UK’s open banking infrastructure, enabling UK consumers, small businesses, and corporates to benefit from a safe Open Data and payments market, while adhering to regulatory obligations.
- New market research has found that companies using circular economy models have seen sharper revenue upticks than their traditional competitors, also reporting cost-saving benefits, higher customer loyalty and higher brand recognition.
- In the world’s first experiment of its kind, conducted by a team from Tel Aviv University, a bio-hybrid robot has heard sounds through the ear of a dead locust, receiving electrical signals from the environment and responding accordingly.
- Speaking of locusts, a start-up is helping local communities in Kenya battling locust plagues to transform pests into profits, by paying them to harvest the insects and mill them, turning them into protein-rich animal feed and organic fertiliser.
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