Stay tech savvy with the Eligo Technology news roundup, featuring the latest news and updates from the Tech industry each week. This week ending 16/06/2017 Google opens a new tech hub, Uber CEO steps down, Python programming language grows in popularity and Ford launches a ‘smart mobility’ office.
Google opens new UK tech hub for digital skills
Google is opening a huge new space in London designed to give the nation training in vital digital skills. The Academy will offer lessons to anyone, from schoolchildren to chief execs at the 40,000 sq ft space in Victoria with input from Google staff and other industry experts. The opening comes after the tech company’s promise to offer skills training to everyone in the UK for free. Google is also putting more than £1bn into a new headquarters in Kings Cross which is due to open next year, creating up to 3,000 new jobs by 2020.
(City A.M.) 13/06/2017
Uber CEO steps down
Following the controversy over a damning report about Uber’s workplace culture, CEO Travis Kalanick has announced he will take an indefinite leave of absence. A workplace review led by the law firm of former US attorney general Eric Holder called on the company to “review and relocate” Kalanick’s responsibilities. Uber’s board of directors voted unanimously to adopt the recommendations of the report.
(The Guardian) 13/06/2017
Python programming language grows in popularity
Since its release in 1991, the Python Programming language has come a long way and today it is quickly becoming a first-class enterprise language used in production. Stack Overflow’s recently released Trends solution shows Python has grown 14.3% from 2015 and 2016. In an interview with SD Times the Python Software Foundation (PSF) board of directors wrote “It seems like Python is used in every domain – system operations, web development, deployment, scientific modelling, etc etc. There is no other language that is so versatile.”
(SD Times) 15/06/2017
Ford launches a ‘smart mobility’ office in London
As London seeks to cement its place as a tech investment centre on year after Brexit, Ford Motor Co. is opening a new office in London to focus on future mobility solutions for Europe. Ford’s new venture will hire around 40 specialists and open later this year becoming their third “smart mobility” office. Ford’s Europe chief, Steven Armstrong gave a statement about the new London office “Basing our rapidly growing team here in the heart of mobility innovation in London is critical to accelerating our learning and development of new technologies.”
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