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NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

Technology
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal.Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. The court case against the health service, which was announced today, could force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. ...

Silicon Valley start-up Plaid plans European hiring spree despite Visa deal falling apart

Finance
Zach Perret, CEO and co-founder of Plaid, speaks during the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., on Jan. 31, 2020.George Frey | Bloomberg via Getty ImagesLONDON — Financial technology start-up Plaid plans to more than double its European workforce this year, even after scrapping a deal to be acquired by Visa amid U.S. antitrust concerns.The company looks to be taking news of the $ 5.3 billion merger agreement falling apart in its stride, hoping to capitalize on a shift toward online banking services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.Plaid's software connects some of the most popular fintech apps in the U.S. — such as Venmo, Robinhood and Coinbase — with a user's bank account. It's part of an emerging trend in finance known as "open banking" that calls on lenders...
‘Hottest temperature on Earth’ as Death Valley, US hits 54.4C

‘Hottest temperature on Earth’ as Death Valley, US hits 54.4C

Science
'Hottest temperature on Earth' recorded in USWhat could be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth - 130F (54.4C) - has been reached in Death Valley National Park in California. The recording is being verified by the US National Weather Service.It comes amid a heatwave on the US's west coast, where temperatures are forecast to rise further this week.The scorching conditions have led to two days of blackouts in California, after a power plant malfunctioned on Saturday.What were the previous records?Sunday's reading was recorded in Furnace Creek in Death Valley.Before this, the hottest temperature reliably recorded on Earth was 129.2F (54C) - also in Death Valley in 2013.A higher reading of 134F, or 56.6C a century ...
Southwest Valley awarded $524M for border wall construction in Arizona

Southwest Valley awarded $524M for border wall construction in Arizona

Business
March 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded $ 524 million to Southwest Valley Constructors for design and build of a section of wall along the U.S. Mexico border, the Department of Defense announced. The deal modifies an earlier contract, originally awarded in May 2019, for design build replacing the section of the wall near Tucson, Ariz. In February, Southwest Valley received a $ 175.4 million contract for border wall construction in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The Arizona Daily Star has reported that the Albuquerque, N.M.-based contractor was formed in 2017 in Delaware by officers with the Omaha-based, multibillion-dollar construction firm Kiewit. Kiewit has also received about $ 1.8 billion in border wall contracts. The project has an estimated completion date of Sept. 7, 2021. ...
Southwest Valley Constructors receives $175.4M for border wall in Texas

Southwest Valley Constructors receives $175.4M for border wall in Texas

Business
Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Southwest Valley Constructors was awarded a $ 175.4 million contract for border wall construction in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, the Pentagon announced Friday. Work on this contract will be performed in Rio Grande City, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 4, 2021, according to the Department of Defense. The project is funded with Fiscal 2018 and 2019 appropriation funds, with the full amount of the award being obligated immediately. In May 2019 the Pentagon awarded Southwest Valley Constructors with a $ 646 million million contract for design and build of the border wall at Tucson, Ariz., after being selected to compete for each order of a $ 5 billion bid earlier that month. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Albuquerque, N.M.-based contractor was formed in D...