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Today's Tech: Apple iPhone 5S odds on to feature fingerprint scanner and Google engages in data scrap with NSA spies

New reports indicate that Google has accelerated its plans to encrypt the data flowing between the company's various datacentres. The company is allegedly working to complete a project months ahead of schedule that would finally integrate "end-to-end" encryption within its datacentres: both the information on Google's servers will be protected, as will the data passing through the high-speed fibre-optic lines that connect said datacentres to one another. Google's efforts aren't foolproof, however. Rather, it's likely that the encryption efforts will simply prevent government agencies like the NSA from having an easier ride finding the information it seeks.

Vodafone has announced its 4G network will be switched on in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield on 28 September. The telecoms giant added that by the end of the year Vodafone 4G will also be available in Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. It initially launched the service in London at the end of August The company expects to have 98 per cent indoor 4G coverage across the country by 2015. Vodafone also announced today that it is adding an extra 4GB of data per month to all is Vodafone Red 4G ready plans for a limited time only.

China's telco giant Huawei is currently working more closely than ever with British governing bodies, a European executive has told ITProPortal, as the company fights to earn greater trust in western markets. Lars-Christian Weisswange, Executive vice president of Huawei's Consumer Business Group in Germany, explained to ITProPortal at IFA 2013 that, "honestly speaking, we are working very closely with GCHQ [Government Communications Headquarters] just to make sure that the British government is happy with our network equipment." Huawei has repeatedly emphasised its policy of increased transparency as it seeks to limit reputational damage caused by multiple security accusations, and Weisswange said the campaign is paying dividends and providing a platform for growth in new markets.

Finally, it looks like Apple's iPhone 5S will indeed come with a fingerprint scanner, with new pictures online adding further fuel to the already raging fire. Technology blog iPhone in Canada carries a photo of the retail box for the new iPhone 5S that shows a distinctive silver ring around the normal plain black home button at the foot of the screen. If included, the new feature will help to ramp up security on the device and is expected to initially allow users to unlock the device before the possibility at the later date that it's used to authenticate payments and transactions. There's less than 24 hours between us and the big iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch, so follow our live updating coverage to find out everything you'll need to know.