Intelligencia Blog

Aimed at entrepreneurs and C-level executives the Intelligencia Blog is a rolling commentary on the latest news, industry trends and outlook. Join serial dot-com entrepreneur and investor Robert J Phillips as he navigates items of interest across the platform economy.

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German trade union calls for pre-Christmas Amazon strike

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German trade union Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, often shortened to ‘Verdi’ has called for workers at a key Amazon logistics centre in Germany to go on strike over the crucial final shopping days befor...

Should governments regulate social media platforms, as a means to prevent election manipulation?
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Facebook, privacy activist Schrems battle nears an end

It has taken some seven years, but the battle between the Austrian privacy activist and Facebook seems to be nearing an end, when on the 17th of this month an adviser to Europe’s top court will state his view on whether tools used by companies ...


Lyft expands rental car program in San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles

Reuters – Lyft Inc has said that it is offering rental cars to a wider group of users across the San Francisco bay area and Los Angeles. The company first introduced a rental option via its app to targeted users in the two metro areas last spri...


Google and Apple asked if apps like TikTok must disclose foreign ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Chairperson of a US congressional panel wrote to Alphabet’s Google and to Apple on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties, a concern that follows reports o...

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ByteDance unit establishes venture with Chinese state media firm

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – A business unit of ByteDance, the owner of video-sharing platform TikTok, has established a joint venture with a Chinese state media group, official registration documents showed.


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SoftBank’s China strategy wobbles as key bets disappoint

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – For Tokyo, Japan-based SoftBank Group Inc, the financial technology firm OneConnect’s IPO should have been a vindication of an aggressive China investing strategy.


Just Eat caught up in GBP 5 billion festive food fight

AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) – The battle for Britain’s Just Eat, which pits investment giant Prosus against Dutch food ordering service, is set to roll on through the Christmas holidays.


US regulator weighs action against Facebook over how its apps interact: WSJ

Reuters – The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering asking a court to stop Facebook from moving ahead with plans to integrate its WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger subsidiaries, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing pe...


Australia tells Facebook and Google to commit to competition rules

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australia government said on Thursday technology giants such as Facebook Inc and Google will have to agree to new rules to ensure they do not abuse their market power and damage competition, or the government will impose ...