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UK Parliament

UK warns tech firms over risks of China expansion

The UK’s digital and tech businesses must be wary of the ethical, legal and commercial risks of expanding to China and accepting Chinese investment, according to a UK governm...


Alibaba CEO says China’s draft anti-monopoly rules ‘timely and necessary’

China’s move to draft rules aimed at preventing monopolistic behaviour by online platforms is timely and necessary, Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang has said.


Over a COVID Christmas US rivals to challenge Amazon under the tree

The new services try to take some of the drudgery from gift-giving. The attributes let consumers purchase a gift online and get it delivered to the recipient with, as an example, t...

Big Data

Apple, GroupM and others ask for tough protection for data in Google lawsuit

Apple Inc, advertising giant GroupM and many others requested that the judge hearing the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google on Friday to let them de...

Top Joe Biden adviser seen as making tech regulation more likely

Top Joe Biden adviser seen as making tech regulation more likely

Joe Biden’s top tech advisor helped craft California’s landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects platforms from a...

Amazon Drones

Amazon lays off staff at Prime Air drone project has said it had laid off tons of employees working on the e-commerce giant’s delivery drone job as part of a reorganization of the team.


Amazon launches online pharmacy in new contest with drug retail has launched an online pharmacy for delivering prescription drugs in the United States, increasing competition with medication retailers like Walgreens, CVS Health and W...


COVID-19 vaccine hope dampens prospects for stay-at-home darlings

The surge in stocks of Netflix , Zoom and other of this year’s stay-at-home company winners has been brought to a sudden halt by promising vaccine data suggesting a possible ...


Europe charges Amazon with using dominance and data to squeeze rivals

The European Union charged Amazon with damaging international competition within the retail space, alleging that the US tech titan uses its size, power and information to obtain an...

European Union

What’s going on: EU regulators versus top tech

EU regulators have charged Amazon with distorting competition in online retail and opened a second investigation into its business practices, as antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager ...


China publishes draft competition rules for online platforms

China’s economy regulator has just printed draft rules aimed at preventing monopolistic behaviour by internet platforms, in a move that will boost scrutiny on the countryR...

COVID-19 coverage

EU urges online platforms to gird for new wave of COVID consumer scams

The European Commission has urged online platforms to prepare for a brand new wave of consumer scams linked to the resurgence of all COVID-19 infections in Europe and said they wil...


Alibaba beats sales forecasts on China e-commerce growth

Alibaba Group beat third quarterly revenue estimates on Thursday, driven by e-commerce expansion after China arose from coronavirus lockdowns, and said it was assessing the suspens...

Amazon Warehouse

Amazon drops French Black Friday ad campaign as lockdown starts

Amazon is withdrawing advertisements for pre-Black Friday reductions in France, after the government said the effort was unfair to small shops at time when a coronavirus lockdown h...