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Facebook's Instagram

Senators: Facebook research shows company knew of Instagram harm to teens

US senators have grilled Facebook on its plans to better protect young users on its apps, drawing on leaked internal research that showed the social media giant was aware of how it...

Platform Industry: Google News

Google adds visual search features in shopping, video push

Google users can soon combine images and text in search queries, a feature that could help the Alphabet Inc unit expand its role in e-commerce and dominance in online video.

Microsoft

Microsoft to allow Epic Games, Amazon storefronts on its app store

Microsoft Corp have said it will allow Epic Games Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other firms to integrate their app stores into the technology giant’s marketplace, giving more optio...

Platform News: Google

Google, in fight against record EU fine, slams regulators for ignoring Apple

Google has blasted EU antitrust regulators for ignoring Apple as it launched a bid to get Europe’s second-highest court to annul a record 4.34-billion euro (approximately $5....

EU and US

EU says US trade, tech council to boost its clout, set rules for 21st century

The US-EU Trade and Technology Council will give the declining EU more clout and set standards and rules for the 21st century, the EU’s trade and digital chiefs said, undersc...

Amazon Prime Video Platform

Amazon launches bundling service for video streaming apps in India

Amazon.com in India has launched a bundling option on its video platform for global and local streaming services, in a move aimed at boosting subscriptions.

Platform News: Epic Games, Fortnite

Apple bars Epic’s ‘Fortnite’ from App Store until all court appeals end

Apple Inc has blacklisted “Fortnite” from the iPhone maker’s popular App Store for several years until all the court appeals are done, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney ...

Platform News: Facebook usage

Facebook warns it is ‘underreporting’ iOS ad results amid Apple privacy changes

Facebook Inc said it is underreporting the results of its advertising business on Apple Inc iOS devices, acknowledging that recent privacy changes from the iPhone maker have made i...

Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

Domination: Alphabet to buy more real estate in NYC, as big tech swoops

Google plans to buy an office building in Manhattan for $2.1 billion, as the Alphabet Inc-owned search engine giant joins fellow technology companies in investing in prime real est...

Platform News: Big Tech

States rally around proposed US laws to rein in Big Tech

A bipartisan group of US state attorneys general sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to pass a series of bills that tighten antitrust laws aimed at Big Tech companies like Faceb...

Platform News: Big Tech

Big Tech’s little mergers draw more US antitrust scrutiny

US Federal Trade Commission staff presented data on small acquisitions by five big technology companies, and the agency scrapped guidelines on vertical mergers which combine a comp...

Platform News: WhatsApp messaging app

WhatsApp launches test of in-app business directory

Messaging service WhatsApp launched a new feature to make it possible to search for businesses within its app for the first time, the company told journalists.

Platform News: Search engine Google

Google says it offers more than $10 billion in consumer benefits in South Korea

Google has said its presence in South Korea equates to nearly 12 trillion won (approximately $10.16 billion) in economic benefits for its users, as the US tech giant faces increase...

Platform News: Russia and Twitter

Russia fines Facebook, Twitter for not deleting banned content

A Russian court has said it had fined US social media companies Facebook and Twitter for failing to delete content that Moscow deems illegal, part of a wider crackdown by Russia on...