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China cyberspace regulator drafts new rules for internet behemoths

China’s cyberspace regulator has drafted new guidelines that will require the country’s internet behemoths to obtain its approval before they undertake any investments ...

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Apple complies with watchdog ruling on payment options in Netherlands

Apple has said it would allow developers of dating apps in the Netherlands to offer non-Apple payment options to their users, complying with an order from the country’s marke...

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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...

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China drafts rules on security reviews for apps influencing public opinion

China’s cyber regulatory body has issued draft rules governing mobile apps, including a requirement for security reviews of apps whose functions could influence public opinio...

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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...

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China orders cybersecurity reviews for businesses seeking overseas listings

China has said it will put in force new rules to increase its oversight of plans by Chinese platform businesses to list on overseas stock markets in the latest move to tighten its ...

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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 ...

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Microsoft’s $16 billion Nuance bid gets EU antitrust approval

The European Commission has granted Microsoft unconditional antitrust approval for its $16 billion bid for artificial intelligence and speech technology company Nuance Communicatio...

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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.

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Palantir to localize UK data operations as privacy regulations tighten

Palantir Technologies Inc has said it plans to shift its entire UK data processing out of the United States, at a time when data privacy regulations are tightening across the globe...

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How SAP uses ‘social sabbaticals’ to retain employees

The pandemic era upended the world in all sorts of ways, but one of the most fascinating is the so-called ‘Great Resignation.’ Employees are moving out of their previou...

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Facebook to win conditional EU nod for Kustomer buy, sources say

Facebook is set to gain EU antitrust approval for its acquisition of Kustomer after offering remedies that allow rival products to function with those of the U.S. customer service ...

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Dutch town approves licence for Meta data centre, biggest in Netherlands

The town of Zeewolde, 50km east of Amsterdam, on Thursday approved plans by Meta to build the largest data centre in the Netherlands from which Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp can...

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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.