Biggest global tech stories of 2018

2018 was the year when Facebook started to lose its lustre with data breaches and security problems.

It was also the year when the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations kicked in, which flooded web users with privacy notices and opt-in messages.

Here is a look at the biggest global technology stories which dominated headlines in 2018.

Facebook hit by massive hack

Facebook’s engineering team discovered a security breach in September which affected “almost 50 million accounts”.

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Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal

Cambridge Analytica misused the private information of 87 million Facebook users.


GDPR kicks in

On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect.

Bitcoin bloodbath – Many coins drop to zero

Bitcoin’s meteoric rise last year had many observers calling it one of the biggest speculative manias in history. The cryptocurrency’s 2018 crash may help cement its place in the bubble record books.


Elon Musk charged with securities fraud

In September 2018 the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Elon Musk for his explosive August tweet about taking Tesla private.

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Meltdown and Spectre

A major security vulnerability in Intel processors was discovered.

Microsoft finalises $7.5-billion acquisition of GitHub

In October 2018 Microsoft officially closed a deal to acquire social code repository GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock.

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IBM acquires Red Hat to take on Amazon and Microsoft

IBM’s purchase of Red Hat Inc. is a $33-billion bid aimed at catapulting the company into the ranks of the top cloud software competitors.

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Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian

Uber halted autonomous vehicle tests in March 2018 after one of its cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving the technology.

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5G standard finalised

The final meeting of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) working groups to complete the 5G wireless standard happened in May.

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Google Duplex

Google unveiled its Duplex voice technology, which allows Google Assistant to call up humans and book appointments or reservations.


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