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Alphabet names Nobel laureate Frances Arnold a new board member

Google’s parent Alphabet Inc yesterday named Nobel laureate Frances Arnold as a new member of its board, filling a vacancy left by the retirement of Canadian academic Shirley...

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Huawei to roll out itds Harmony OS to more products next year

Huawei Technologies, the Shenzhen, China-based tech titan plans to equip more of its products with its Harmony operating system next year, and will promote them at home and abroad....

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Bezos says Amazon wants to work more with the Pentagon

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – The founder and CEO of Amazon.com Inc, Jeff Bezos said it would support the US Department of Defence as technology companies vie for more defe...

Libra

Global financial watchdogs take aim at Big Tech’s data dominance

LONDON (Reuters) – Google, Alibaba and other “Big Tech” companies could be forced to share data on financial services customers with banks and financial technolog...

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Federal Trade Commission finds Cambridge Analytica did deceive Facebook users

Regulators in the United States have found the now defunct and controversial political consulting business Cambridge Analytica did deceive consumers about the collection of data fr...

SenseTime

Exclusive: China’s SenseTime expects $750 mln 2019 revenue despite U.S. ban – sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese artificial intelligence start-up SenseTime, which Washington put on a trade blacklist in October, expects its 2019 annual revenue to increase by m...

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Swedish start-up Epidemic Sound tunes into demand for original music

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Epidemic Sound, backed by Spotify’s investors, is one of a new wave of music companies expanding rapidly on the back of demand for easy access to ...

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US lawmaker says Uber must take action after disclosing sexual assault reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urged Uber Technologies Inc to take action after the company disclosed on Thursda...

Poor left behind

Trade war goes digital: countries eye tariffs on Internet economy

GENEVA (Reuters) – A 20-year global moratorium on imposing tariffs on digital trade could end next week if India or South Africa makes good on threats, according to trade off...

Facebook

Facebook sues ILikeAd, alleges ad fraud

Reuters – Facebook Inc on Thursday sued a Hong Kong company that it said baited people into clicking on celebrities’ photos and bogus advertising links, so it could ins...

Tesla

Survey: consumers are divided on electric and self-driving cars

Reuters – Automakers, ride-hailing and tech companies plowing money into the development of electric, self-driving and shared car services will find more enthusiastic consume...

Libra

European Union agrees tough line on digital currencies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Private digital currencies like Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed in the European Union until the risks they could pose are clearly addressed,...

Platform News: Google

Union accuses Google of illegally firing workers to stifle unionism

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Communications Workers of America union filed a federal labor charge against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday, accusing the company of un...

Big Tech

Big Tech faces growing number of US probes

Reuters – Big tech companies such as Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc face a slew of US antitrust probes by the federal government, sta...