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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: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon faces Teamsters union drive at nine Canadian sites

The Teamsters Union has launched campaigns to organize employees in at least nine Canadian facilities of U.S. e-commerce company Amazon.com, according to Reuters interviews with un...

Platform News: Amazon

Amazon faces Teamsters union drive at nine Canadian sites

The Teamsters Union has launched campaigns to organize employees in at least nine Canadian facilities of US e-commerce company Amazon.com, according to interviews with union offici...

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: Amazon building

‘Amazon won’t change without a union’: warehouse is Canada files for union vote

Workers at one of Amazon’s Canadian facilities have filed a request with a local labour board to hold a vote to form a union, Teamsters Canada has said, in the latest challen...

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

DC attorney general broadens Amazon lawsuit

Washington DC, has broadened its antitrust lawsuit against Amazon to challenge the online retailer’s agreements with wholesalers as well as third-party sellers, city Attorney...

Platform News: China

New regulations: China tells tech giants to stop blocking rivals’ links

China fired a fresh regulatory shot at its tech giants, telling them to end a long-standing practice of blocking each other’s links on their sites or face consequences.

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

China tells Alibaba, Tencent to open platforms up to each other

China’s industry ministry has told technology companies including Alibaba and Tencent to stop blocking each other’s website links from their platforms, the 21st Century...

China Platform Economy

Chinese content platforms pledge self-discipline

Chinese content platforms including Weibo and Tencent Video have agreed to enforce more self-discipline to help maintain a “clear” cyberspace environment, a government-...

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

Federal Trade Commission meeting will investigate Big Tech’s small deals

The US FTC will hold its next open meeting on the 15th of September to hear staff findings on deals that Big Tech businesses such as Facebook and Apple make which are sometimes too...

Shopee

Sources: Shopee to debut in Europe with Poland launch

Sea Ltd’s Shopee is preparing to launch in Poland and is currently recruiting sellers, two company sources with knowledge of the matter told journalists.

Platform News: China's Alibaba online marketplace

Chinese prosecutors drop case against former Alibaba employee

Chinese prosecutors have dropped a case against a former Alibaba Group Holding Ltd employee accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague, saying they had determined he had com...

Platform Industry: ByteDance China company building

Tech workers bemoan China’s crackdown on compulsory overtime

The Chinese communist government’s campaign to improve conditions for workers has spurred companies, particularly some of its tech giants, to cut down on long hours of compul...

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

Amazon CEO unveils 55,000 tech jobs in first hiring push under his watch

Amazon.com Inc is planning to hire 55,000 people for corporate and technology roles globally in the coming months, its new CEO Andy Jassy told journalists at our partner news agenc...