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Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon sued by warehouse workers over COVID-19 screening pay

Amazon.com Inc has been accused of violating Colorado state law by failing to pay warehouse workers for time spent undergoing COVID-19 screenings before clocking in at work.

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EU lawmaker says US tech giants should be regulated where they are based

US tech giants such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon should be regulated by the EU country where they are based under proposed EU rules, a top lawmaker said on Tuesday, knocki...

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Amazon settles with employees allegedly fired for criticizing working conditions

Amazon and the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have apparently reached a settlement with two former employees who alleged they were fired last year for criticizing the wor...

Platform Industry: Google News

Google adds visual search features in shopping, video push

Google users can soon combine images and text in search queries, a feature that could help the Alphabet Inc unit expand its role in e-commerce and dominance in online video.

EU and US

EU says US trade, tech council to boost its clout, set rules for 21st century

The US-EU Trade and Technology Council will give the declining EU more clout and set standards and rules for the 21st century, the EU’s trade and digital chiefs said, undersc...

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...

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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.

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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-...