‘After Boris Johnson’s Zoom call, all hell broke loose’: inside the world’s favourite video app

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On 6 January, a day after the World Heath Organization first reported a strange cluster of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, a party invitation dropped online. “Mark your calendars”, read the invite sent out by Zoom, a video-conferencing company based in California, “for Zoomtopia 2020!” Innocently enough, Zoom was announcing a real-world get-together for its […]

Telephone review – dial S for stranger in a night of unexpected connections

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The range of theatrical experiences emerging online is truly impressive. So far, I’ve tracked down a missing woman, been pulled into a whistleblower’s shady investigations and summoned up storms alongside a Shakespearean spirit. But Coney’s latest show, Telephone, is in a whole new genre: an entrancingly low-key combination of storytelling and shared conversation which explores […]

BT and Vodafone told to stock up on Huawei kit over US sanctions

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British security officials have told telecoms operators to ensure they have adequate stockpiles of Huawei equipment owing to fears that US sanctions will disrupt the Chinese firm’s ability to maintain critical supplies, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Senior officials at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), who are studying the impact of new […]

Vodafone UK faces complaints over call connection problem

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Vodafone has been inundated with complaints on social media from mobile customers struggling to make and receive calls on Tuesday afternoon. Users started reporting problems shortly after 5pm, according to the Downdetector website. The problems are believed to have affected people across the country. The issue prevented voice calls connecting, but customers have still been […]

How false claims about 5G health risks spread into the mainstream

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A year ago, hoax theories about the dangers of 5G had barely pierced the public’s consciousness, largely remaining confined to serious conspiracy theorists such as David Icke. In recent weeks, baseless claims about risks associated with the next-generation mobile technology have gone mainstream. Claims linking 5G to the coronavirus pandemic have led to petrol bomb […]