Friday Five: Calls to cut data fees for online schooling

1. Calls to cut data fees for online schooling

With most children learning at home again, there have been calls for broadband companies to do more to help low-income families. Many disadvantaged children live in homes without a fixed broadband connection and are dependent on pay-as-you-go or monthly phone subscriptions that only include a small data allowance.

2. Trump locked out by Twitter and Facebook

Donald Trump has been suspended from Twitter and Facebook for inciting violence and spreading misinformation after tweeting praise to supporters who stormed the US Capitol. In a video that was later removed, Trump told protesters to go home but said “we love you” and repeated false claims about election fraud.

3. Amazon Pharmacy has side effects for rivals

Chemists in the UK are watching nervously after Amazon Pharmacy launched in the US in November. Americans can now order medicines through Amazon and receive them within two days if they have a Prime account. And while Amazon hasn’t announced plans for other countries, it’s expected to branch out before long.

4. Musk wins the battle of the billionaires

Here’s some rare good news at the moment: Elon Musk has become the world’s richest person! Well, it’s good news if you’re Elon Musk, I suppose. The controversial entrepreneur reached the summit yesterday thanks to Tesla’s share price, which has shot up by 830% since March 2020. He’s now worth a cool $188bn, apparently.

5. Dall-E shows the surreal side of AI artistry

If there’s one thing you don’t see enough of these days, it’s pictures of baby radishes wearing tutus while taking their dog for a walk. So thank goodness, then, for Dall-E, a new AI system that has been trained to generate pictures from short text-based descriptions, using 12 billion images and their captions sourced from the internet.

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