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Amazon

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...

Facebook App

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 EuropeR...

Lyft

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...

TikTok

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 requ...

ByteDance sign

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, offic...

SoftBank

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 ...

London

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 Takeaway.com, is set to roll on t...

Facebook

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...

Facebook

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 the...

Twitter

Twitter plans to build ‘decentralised standard’ for social networks

Reuters – Twitter Inc plans to set up an independent research group to create an “open and decentralised” system for social networks, CEO Jack Dorsey said on Wedn...

Crypto

New York state regulator proposes new framework for crypto coin listings

Reuters – New York State’s financial regulator proposed a plan yesterday that would allow licensed virtual currency firms that have already received approval for coin l...

Disney Plus

Disney+ mobile apps have been downloaded 22 million times since launch

More information is gradually emerging on the launch of Disney+. The new streaming service has been downloaded some 22 million times across mobile devices since launch in November,...

Amazon

Amazon’s Deliveroo acquisition put in jeopardy by UK regulator’s ‘serious concerns’

LONDON (Reuters) – Amazon’s purchase of a stake in online food delivery group Deliveroo has been put in doubt by Britain’s competition regulator which said it rai...

Netflix

Netflix tests cheaper annual subscription plan in India

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Netflix Inc is testing longer subscription plans in India as it looks to attract more users in a highly competitive market where smartphone and internet...