Tomas Gulbinas, a former ambassador-at-large for the Lithuanian government, and Georgios Mavros, an advisor to a French member of the European Parliament, are two recent Google hires.Both were hired as lobbyists in 2015.The CfA claims Google has also hired from the likes of Poland s ministry of economy, NATO, the European Parliament, the British Embassy to the US, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Spain s justice ministry.The UK government appears to be one of Google's preferred preying grounds, with Google hiring Conservative and Labour officials from 10 Downing Street, the Home Office, UK Treasury, House of Commons, and Departments of Education and Skills, International Development, and Transport.The hire came months before the announcement that Downing Street had struck a settlement with Google to pay just £130 million in back taxes over a period of ten years.Elsewhere, Verity Harding, a special adviser to the former Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government, Nick Clegg, was hired by Google in 2013.Dame Margaret Hodge, who has served as a Labour MP since 1994, told the CfA that Google's strategic hires help it to gain influence in the public sphere.In the process, they Google have gained "valuable contacts at the heart of the decision-making process," the CfA writes.Among the appointments were Baroness Joanna Shields, a former managing director for Google, who was appointed the UK s Minister for Internet Safety and Security at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and Google s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, appointed by British Prime Minister David Cameron to his business advisory council.Hodge added: "One gets the impression that government ministers are in awe of Google.The CfA claims that Google went on a hiring spree in 2011 after the European Union announced a formal investigation into alleged antitrust violations by the company.
UK technology startup bosses give their dim views on Brexit, but a silver lining from London's Fintech sector.But despite the concern, some pointed to the dynamism of Fintech financial technology startups and their ability to out-manoeuvre banks and other large financial institutions.It opens up many uncertainties about the future.Prime Minister David Cameron announces his resignation on the steps of 10 Downing StreetMichael Kent, founder and CEO of Azimo, a money transfer service in London, said he and his company are "disappointed that the British electorate has decided to leave the EU...we passionately believe that the world needs less borders, not more."Brexit is like a gaping wound that will take years to heal and no one truly knows the scarring it will leave behind."Where traditional financial firms will likely suffer from Brexit, Fintech startups could thriveMike Laven, chief executive of London-based money transfer company Currencycloud, said that, despite initial "significant volatility", advantages like London's time zone, plus "strong financial history and financial exchange expertise aren't going to disappear overnight."
A man carries a EU flag, after Britain voted to leave the European Union, outside Downing StreetAn online petition calling on the UK government to hold a second EU referendum has come under attack by internet trolls using automated 'bots' to add tens of thousands of false signatures to the poll.The House of Commons Parliamentary Petitions committee is currently investigating the petition for fraudulent activity after being forced to remove 77,000 signatures entered from numerous locations outside the UK – including North Korea, Vatican City and Antarctica.The petition, which currently has over 3.7 million digital signatures, quickly became the focus of attention on the notorious 4Chan messageboard /pol/ - Politically Incorrect with a number of commenters claiming to have used scripted computer programmes to automatically tamper with the petition system.On Twitter, one commenter claimed: I personally signed over 22k times alone for North Korea."Indeed, it appears the petition website does not have such safeguards in place to block automated scripting programmes frequently used by online pranksters.Previously, Helen Jones, chair of the petitions committee, said in a statement that it takes allegations of fraud "extremely seriously" but did not elaborate on any links to the 4chan website.
Protesters demonstrate outside Downing Street following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the EUJune 23, 2016 is a day many of us will remember with either a smile or shiver.But the political battle wasn t just fought in television studios, tub-thumping speeches and a blizzard of leaflets – the EU referendum also dominated the digital world.Our political lives are moving online, from the noble, generous and high-minded to the vicious and terrible.Social media is a crucial new political battleground, alive with all the arguments and disputes the referendum provoked, and now still raging in the aftermath of the decision itself.How were people using it to express support and solidarity for migrants and religious and ethnic minorities?
But perhaps former Home Office minister Bradley s biggest challenge will be making herself known to a group of creative industries who are largely clueless about her views andIndeed, she is such an unknown quantity that some media watchers joked that her elevation was a case of mistaken identity and 10 Downing Street had actually meant to appoint Baroness Karren Brady.
If culture secretary Karen Bradley is something of an unknown quantity to the BBC, her new junior minister Rob Wilson will be all too familiar to the UK public broadcaster.10 Downing Street named Wilson as the parliamentary under secretary at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport DCMS on Sunday and the BBC will recall his record as a vehement critic of its work during his
Philip Hammond and SoftBank boss Masayoshi Son shake hands outside 11 Downing Street"When are we going to have a British Google?As the company whose chip designs feature in the iPhone and almost every mobile on the planet, it has been a beacon of British engineering and innovation.Hermann Hauser, who helped create ARM out of Acorn Computers in 1990, called it a sad day for technology in Britain .Vince Cable said it was worrying that we are simply unable to grow large tech companies in Britain and, wait for it: We are never going to grow a Facebook or a Google.Cadbury s acquisition by Mondelez has seen it close factories and introduce controversial tax measures.
A cross-party committee of MPs has urged the BBC to publish the pay packets of its biggest stars if they take home more than Prime Minister Theresa May s annual £143,462 $189,000 salary.Under plans for its future, the British broadcaster has already agreed with the government to reveal the earnings of on-air talent from next year if they are paid more than £450,000 $593,000 .
One sunny Friday morning in May this year, Alex "Solly" Solomou and Mimi Turner - TheLADbible's co-founder and marketing director respectively - passed through police security at the entrance to Downing Street in Westminster and made their way to the prime minister's residence at Number 10.They had been invited to a meeting with David Cameron and about 40 people from technology startups, at which Cameron would encourage the companies' attempts to persuade young people to register to vote in the EU referendum.Four years ago, the site, and other titles such as UNILAD, were publicly blamed by Laura Bates, founder of campaign group Everyday Sexism, and the National Union of Students for contributing to the growth of sexism, misogyny and what Bates described as "rape culture" on university campuses.In a piece for The Independent, Bates referred to a TheLADbible article setting out a "holiday points system" that included three points for anyone who managed to "slip a finger in on the dance floor"; one comment suggested adding "a straight 20 points for cherry picking.The platform's Facebook reach - the number of feeds in which its content appears - is more than 400 million, the equivalent of a quarter of all the social network's global users."It matched the rules of what keeps people watching: about a minute long, very simple proposition, very clear picture at the top, very clear text, three to five seconds of pre-title sequence footage, then a title card to say what it's about," Connock says.
Apple is "welcome" to come to the UK Downing Street reportedly told The Telegraph on Tuesday.The comments came just hours after the European Commission ordered Ireland to reclaim €13 billion £10 billion; $14.5 billion from Apple in back taxes — a move that has angered both Apple and the IrishBritain is open for business,
Members of Parliament look set to vacate the Palace of Westminster for six whole years so that the entire building can be refit and refurbished.According to The Guardian the Westminster Repairs Committee, which is made up of MPs and Lords will be officially recommending that the entire legislature abandon ship, so that important repairs can be made to the crumbling Victorian building.The move will apparently cost £4bn - and the reason they want to turf everyone out at once is because this is the cheaper option than having the maintenance work carry on with the building still functioning, as that would cost £7.1bn.If the repairs don't take place then it could be disastrous for the Palace, which is listed by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.If MPs accept the plan, the builders would move in between 2022 and 2028.It is thought that Parliament would then temporarily set up shop in Richmond House, a hideously ugly building just opposite Downing Street on Whitehall, which currently houses the Department of Health.
Members of Parliament look set to vacate the Palace of Westminster for six whole years so that the entire building can be refit and refurbished.According to The Guardian the Westminster Repairs Committee, which is made up of MPs and Lords will be officially recommending that the entire legislature abandon ship, so that important repairs can be made to the crumbling Victorian building.The move will apparently cost £4bn - and the reason they want to turf everyone out at once is because this is the cheaper option than having the maintenance work carry on with the building still functioning, as that would cost £7.1bn.If the repairs don't take place then it could be disastrous for the Palace, which is listed by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.If MPs accept the plan, the builders would move in between 2022 and 2028.It is thought that Parliament would then temporarily set up shop in Richmond House, a hideously ugly building just opposite Downing Street on Whitehall, which currently houses the Department of Health.
10 Downing Street is a place few people ever get to set foot in, but thanks to Google anyone can now get a peek inside.The tech giant has taken its Street View technology and applied it to the famous residence, enabling users to virtually wander the halls and rooms of the prime minister s base for the first time.Among the areas now open to virtual exploration are the Thatcher Room, which served as the office of the late prime minister, and the Rose Garden, used as the site for the first press conference of the coalition government in 2010.The British Museum was also recently added to Street View, with thousands of the museum s specimens captured by Google in order to create a virtual guided tour.Similar to the educational stance the British Museum Street View takes, Google has also gathered educational resources for Downing Street too, having collected portraits, videos and speeches from former prime ministers and included them within the experience.Amit Sood, director of Google Arts and Culture, said: We re delighted to be able to share our technology to open and promote the history behind another emblematic British institution.
Its corridors of power are typically reserved for the select and chosen few, but the doors of 10 Downing Street have now been opened thanks to Google Street View.The Prime Minister's residence – currently occupied by Theresa May – has been opened up to those wanting to get a glimpse inside the walls of the 332-year-old building.Every prime minister since 1735 has lived inside the building designed by Christopher Wren, and the doors to the building are rarely opened to cameras.Google's Street View cameras were used to capture nine areas of the building.These include the Thatcher Room, the Anterroom covered with images of the Queen , and the entrance hall, which mysteriously has a painting blurred on the right-hand side.One of the few familiar sights captured by the Google team include the rose garden – where former prime minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, first publicly appeared as part of the coalition government of 2010.
How Google Street View appears inside Number 10Few members of the public are allowed inside Number 10 Downing Street, with the Prime Minister s residence one of a handful of British landmarks that has remained off-limits to tourists.But online visitors can now virtually walk its halls after a partnership with Google allowed its famous halls and rooms to be included on Google Maps Street View.Users will from today be able to navigate the 332-year-old building, including the Cabinet room, the Thatcher Room – used as the late prime minister s main office – and the rose garden, where the first press conference of 2010 s Coalition government was held.10 Downing Street is not typically open to the publicThe residence, which has been home to every prime minister since 1735, does not allow tours and Downing Street itself is gated, only opening to the public on rare occasions.
Check out 10 Downing Street on Street View for the first time everEver wanted to have a nose around the Prime Minister s house?Google has finally snapped the interior of 10 Downing Street for Street View, opening up the hallowed Prime ministerial residence on the service for the first time ever.Starting today, you ll be able to tour the 332-year-old building, which is unsurprisingly generally closed to the public.Using Street View, you can check out areas like the Thatcher Room, the Cabinet room, and even the rose garden, as they were in January 2016.The actual Downing Street road first arrived on Google Street View back in 2012, giving users a glimpse of the Prime Minister s famous front door.
Google has launched a new virtual tour experience of 10 Downing Street that enables anyone to take a look inside the rarely seen 332-year-old building that has housed all the UK prime ministers since 1735.The 10 Downing Street virtual reality experience works on both iOS and Android devices, as long as users download the Google Arts and Culture mobile app, or you can use your desktop computer to explore the rooms from your web browser.If you've always wanted to know what it's like to live in 10 Downing Street, Google is offering a brief 360-degree tourOf course, this is not the first virtual tour experience that has been created for 10 Downing Street – there is already one hosted on gov.uk that was created by London-based VR and 360-degree content agency Eye Revolution.The difference is that the Google tour applies its super easy-to-use Street View technology to help you feel as if you're really inside Number 10, although you're not allowed to go inside every one of the 100 rooms in the building.Nevertheless, you do get to see a nice chunk of the property in HD, from the Thatcher Room an elegant study that features a painting of Margaret Thatcher hanging in it , to the gorgeous Regency-esque gold gilt furnishings, crystal chandeliers and stunning paintings of the White Room, to a stroll around the state dining room, the rose garden and a realistic walk down one of the grand staircases to the ground floor.
Larry, resident cat of 10 Downing Street sits on one of the cars used by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in central London, Britain September 22, 2016.In the first wave, cats spread from the Middle East into the eastern Mediterranean, alongside human farmers.The second wave of expansion started in Egypt — where cats had religious significance and were often mummified — and spread by sea to Eurasia and Africa.These discoveries come courtesy a study of the mitochondrial DNA of 209 ancient cats whose remains were preserved at archaeological sites.Mitochondrial DNA is passed down through the maternal line and is separate from the nuclear DNA that comes from both parents.See Images of the Ancient Egyptian Cats
It s an exciting premise, and if the pilot episode is anything to go by it looks set to be the new show this year to watch.I started by asking the obvious: Do we have a plan?But this isn t a quick process – and Dr Eyal reckons it is getting slower because all of the major parties tend to pick leaders through long leadership elections with party membership, rather than have MPs decide.In the US, the Constitution and other laws spell out that the Vice President is next in line, followed by the Speaker of the House – and this line of succession works its way all the way down to the Secretary for Agriculture and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Kiefer Sutherland s character in the show .Dr Eyal explains that the official situation is that only succession in the monarchy is written into law, but unofficially he thinks that there is almost certainly a list of who gets to be in charge of the British government in an emergency.It s well known that when a new prime minister enters Downing Street for the first time they are given details on Britain s nuclear defences and are asked to write a Letter of Last Resort , offering some final instructions to what our submarines should do in the event that the British government is completely wiped out.
Then use that technology to solve everything else, said Demis Hassabis, co-founder of DeepMind, after winning the Innovation in AI category of our awards series.As mission statements go, it s a deceptively simple one.Some of our recent highlights include trying to add memory to neural networks, then having them play Go at a world championship level, said Hassabis.So when testing the ability of its AI algorithm – the deep Q-network – DeepMind instructed it to maximise the score while playing a series of Atari games, feeding it just the data stream of 30,000 pixels per frame.But the founders are quick to defend their intentions.The what3words address for 10 Downing Street in London is simply wishes.areas.jump, for example.
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