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Federal Communications Commission

Departing FCC chair warns of threats to telecoms from China

The outgoing US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said possible Chinese espionage and dangers to US telecom networks and internet freedom are the biggest national...

Wall Street

Significant tech IPO’s we’re expecting in 2021

Yes, 2020 was a blockbuster year for initial public offerings (IPO) across the global platform economy, with the likes of Snowflake and DoorDash, amongst a myriad of others debutin...

Twitter

Twitter says it locked account of China’s US embassy over Xinjiang-related tweet

Twitter has locked the account of China’s US embassy for a tweet that defended China’s policies in the Xinjiang region, which the US social media platform said violated...

Jack Ma

Alibaba’s Jack Ma makes first public appearance in three months

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma made his first public appearance since October when he spoke to a group of teachers by video, easing concern about his unusual absence from the limeli...

Google

Google asks US judge to move states’ antitrust lawsuit to California

Google has asked a US judge in Texas to transfer an antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 states in December to a court in California, a state that has more relevant witnesses and document...

Amazon Coronavirus

Amazon offers to help US with vaccine efforts in letter to President Biden

Amazon.com Inc has offered to help with the United States’ efforts involving the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a letter addressed to President Biden, seen by journalists.

WhatsApp

India asks WhatsApp to withdraw privacy policy update

India’s tech ministry has asked WhatsApp to withdraw changes to its privacy policy that the popular Facebook-owned messenger declared this month, saying the new provisions ta...

ByteDance

ByteDance launches Douyin Pay, its mobile payment service for China

ByteDance has launched its third party payment support for its Chinese version of its hit brief video app TikTok,”Douyin Pay”, as it presses to enlarge in the e-commerc...

Twitter

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media laws

Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest as soon as they failed to appoint local agents in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decision...

COVID-19 coverage

UK hospitals use blockchain to track COVID-19 vaccines

Two British hospitals have been using blockchain technology to keep tabs on the storage and supply of temperature-sensitive COVID-19 vaccines, the businesses behind the initiative ...

Parler App

Parler partially reappears with support from Russian tech business

Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American way right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology business.

Huawei Technologies

Trump admin slams Huawei, halting shipments from Intel, others

The Trump admin has advised Huawei suppliers, including Intel, that it is revoking licenses to sell to the China-based vendor and intends to deny dozens of other applications to pr...

Grab

Southeast Asia’s Grab considering US IPO this year

Southeast Asian ride-hailing and food delivery giant Grab is researching a list in the United States this year, encouraged by strong investor appetite for IPOs, a number of sources...

Facebook

Facebook says starts process of appointing Turkey representative

Facebook has said it had begun the process of appointing a legal entity as a local representative in Turkey in compliance with a new social media law which critics have said will m...