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Platform News: Google search engine team

Google says employees flouting vaccination rules will eventually be fired

Alphabet Inc’s Google told its employees they would lose pay and eventually be fired if they do not follow its COVID-19 vaccination rules, news network CNBC has reported, cit...

Platform News: Tim Cook is the happy CEO of Apple

Apple closes in on $3 trillion market value

Apple Inc’s market value hovered just shy of the $3 trillion mark, following a stunning run over the past decade that has turned it into the world’s most valuable compa...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

Biden administration reviewing app security recommendations

The Biden administration is holding talks among federal agencies about the security of Americans’ data and whether the US government has adequate tools.

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Apple inches closer to $3 trillion market cap

Apple Inc is within striking distance of a $3 trillion market capitalization, a milestone that would make it as big as the world’s fifth largest economy after Germany, just o...

Platform News: Epic Games, Fortnite

Apple wins last-minute reprieve from App Store changes

Apple has won a reprieve from having to make major changes to its lucrative App Store while it appeals an antitrust lawsuit brought by “Fortnite” creator Epic Games.

Roku television aggregator

YouTube stays on Roku devices as companies strike multi-year deal

YouTube and Roku Inc announced on Wednesday a multi-year pact to end a battle that dragged for months over accusations of anti-competitive conduct and threatened to strip the inter...

South Korea Cartoons

South Korea’s “webtoon” leverage low-cost stories with huge upside

Netflix’s most-watched series in late November, “Hellbound”, is making a splash on TV, but it first appeared on much smaller screens as an online comic, or “...

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

How Big Tech is faring against US lawsuits and probes

Big Tech platforms Meta Platforms and Google have been hit with a series of antitrust lawsuits by the US federal government and states on charges they are operating monopolies and ...

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Apple’s alleged restriction on workers’ Slack use sparks labor complaint

Apple has restricted employees’ use of workplace messaging app Slack, hampering workers’ ability to engage in protected speech and organizing, a former employee alleged...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple starts legal action against Russian regulator in App Store dispute

Apple has started legal proceedings against Russia’s anti-monopoly regulator in a dispute concerning alternative payment options on its App Store platform, the RIA news agenc...

Platform News: Google

Lawsuit: Google failed to honour ‘don’t be evil’ pledge in firing engineers

A group of former Google employees are suing the Alphabet Inc unit alleging that it breached their employment contracts by not honouring its famous motto “don’t be evil...

European Union

EU countries agree on common stance on new rules for US tech giants

EU countries have now agreed on a common position on new rules to curb the power of US tech giants and force them to do more to police their platforms for illegal content.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Former Apple worker inspires Washington state measure seeking to curb NDAs

A former Apple Inc employee who had filed a whistleblower complaint related to Apple’s use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) has inspired draft legislation in Washington st...

Life360

Apple critic Tile Inc acquired by Life360 in $205 million deal

Tile Inc, a maker of tracking tags that was a vocal critic of Apple Inc, has been acquired by Life360, a location-sharing app maker.

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Apple tells workers they have right to discuss wages, working conditions

Apple delivered a message to employees on Friday that was striking given its reputation for secrecy: a reminder that workers may discuss wages, hours and working conditions.