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Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google asks judge to dismiss most of Texas antitrust lawsuit

Google has asked a federal judge to dismiss the majority of an antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas and other states that accused the search giant of abusing its dominance of the onlin...

Amy Klobachur

US bill targeting Big Tech approved by Senate panel despite hefty lobbying

The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would bar tech giants like Amazon.com from giving preference to their own businesses on their websites, despite hefty lob...

Platform Industry: Microsoft logo

Microsoft faces challenge cleaning up Activision Blizzard’s culture

The success of Microsoft’s biggest deal ever rides on rehabilitating Activision Blizzard’s culture, Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella declared after announcing the $69 billio...

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Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet

Microsoft Corp is buying “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake the...

Apple App Store

Apple pulls Wordle knockoffs from App Store

Apple Inc said on Wednesday it has removed from its App Store several knockoffs of Wordle, a website-only word game that has seen a recent surge in popularity thanks to celebrities...

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Regulator: Apple submits plans to allow alt payment systems in South Korea

South Korea’s telecommunications regulator has said that Apple had submitted plans to allow third-party payment systems on its app store, to comply with a law banning major a...

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Take-Two to buy Zynga for $11 billion in largest gaming deal

“Grand Theft Auto” video game maker Take-Two Interactive has said it would buy Zynga for $11.04 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that will add popular mobile titles suc...

Platform News: Apple retail store

Apple becomes first company to hit $3 trillion market value, then slips

Apple Inc on Monday became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before ending the day a hair below that milestone, as investors bet the iPhone maker will keep...

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Is Apple worth $3 trillion? Bulls, bears examine the case

Is Apple Inc really worth $3 trillion 16 months after becoming the first company valued at $2 trillion?

Platform News: Apple logo

Antitrust: India orders Apple probe over alleged abuse of app market

India’s competition watchdog on Friday ordered an investigation into Apple Inc’s business practices in the country, saying it was of the initial view that the iPhone ma...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

Big Tech critics ask Raimondo for meeting after critique of European proposals

Critics of tech giants like Google pressed Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo for a January meeting after she expressed concern about proposed legislation in Europe aimed at reining ...

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

US SEC rejects Apple bid to block shareholder proposal on forced labour

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has declined an effort by Apple Inc to skip a shareholder proposal asking tech titan to provide greater transparency in its efforts to kee...

Platform News: NFT

Controversial social media app Parler plans to expand into NFTs

Social media platform Parler has said it will expand its business into non-fungible tokens (NFT), in a move that underpins the rapid growth of the digital asset in recent months.

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

EU Parliament backs tough new rules to rein in US tech titans

EU lawmakers have voted to beef up draft rules to rein in US tech giants, including extending the scope to their retailing activities and to their business users outside Europe, as...

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US concerned by Canada’s pursuit of digital services tax

The office of the US Trade Representative will consider “all options” if Canada imposes a digital services tax, a USTR spokesperson has said in a statement.