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Apple

Apple to reopen about 100 stores in the US, most with curbside pickup

Apple plans to reopen about 100 stores in the United States, mostly with curbside pickup but some with walk-in service, the company said on Tuesday.

Tencent

Marvelous shares untraded as China’s Tencent takes 20% stake in game maker

Shares in Japanese games maker Marvelous Inc were untraded with a glut of buy orders on Tuesday and looked set to close up at the daily trading limit of 17% after announcing China&...

Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

Latvia to launch Google-Apple friendly coronavirus contact tracing app

The small Baltic nation of Latvia aims to become one of the first countries to launch a smartphone app using a new toolkit created by US technology giants Apple and Google to help ...

Apple

Irish regulator questions Apple over recordings

The Republic of Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), Apple’s main regulator in the EU, has said it was in contact with the company after a whistle-blower calle...

Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

Apple-Google contact tracing app draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets

Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Google, the companies announced as they released the initial vers...

Facebook

Facebook to launch new shopping feature across apps

Facebook is launching Shops, a service that will allow businesses to display and sell products on the world’s largest social network’s platforms, CEO Mark Zuckerberg sa...

Trump Cook

White House panel: Build new tech infrastructure for future jobs

A White House advisory panel will call for the government and private industry to work together to build new technological infrastructure to support future jobs and provide the und...

New Zealand PM

New Zealand to roll out ‘digital diary’ app to help people track movements

New Zealand will launch a contact-tracing app on Wednesday to help people track their movements as the country eases one of the world’s most rigid lockdowns designed to slow ...

Apple

Apple reopening 25 more stores in America, will soon top 100 worldwide

Apple will this week reopen more than 25 of its branded stores in the US, the company has said, continuing a gradual process that has unlocked doors at nearly a fifth of its worldw...

Gaming Industry

Epic Games online store crashes after reports of free ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ offering

Epic Games’ digital video game store went down as it recorded huge traffic after reports that it was giving the premium edition of “Grand Theft Auto V” for free.

India Contact Tracing App

India follows China’s lead to widen use of coronavirus tracing app

India is aggressively pushing a state-backed contact tracing app to fight the spread of COVID-19, raising fears that the world’s second-most populous nation is on its way to ...

TikTok US

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children’s privacy rules

A group of privacy advocacy organisations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protectin...

European Commission

European Union looks for evidence to rein in US tech giants

Tech giants such as Facebook and Amazon could face tougher rules as EU regulators seek evidence to curb their role as gatekeepers to the internet and access to people, information ...

World Health Organisation WHO

WHO readies coronavirus app for checking symptoms, possibly contact tracing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) plans to launch a smartphone app this month to enable people in under-resourced countries to assess whether they may have the novel coronavirus,...