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Platform News: Apple logo

Apple, Intel file antitrust case against SoftBank-owned firm over patent practices

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc and Intel Corp on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, alleging the SoftBank Group Corp unit stockpiled...

Platform News: Google movements

Google to let sites block personalised ads under California privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Websites and apps using Google’s advertising tools will be able to block personalised ads to internet users in California and elsewhere as par...

Platform News: Social Media Giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter

Factbox: How social media services handle political ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online platforms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google face growing pressure to stop carrying political ads that contain false or misle...

Platform News: Google

U.S. lawmakers question Google about collection of health records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren along with fellow Senators Richard Blumenthal and Bill Cassidy wrote a letter to Alphabet’s Google o...

Platform News: President Donald Trump in talks with Apple CEO Tim Cook

Trump mulls whether to exempt Apple from China tariffs

President Donald Trump was quoted on Wednesday that he was considering whether to exempt Apple Inc from tariffs on Chinese imports.

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

Some Huawei suppliers get U.S. approval to restart sales to blacklisted firm

Reuters – The Trump administration on Wednesday gave Huawei its second reprieve this week, allowing some suppliers to restart sales to the Chinese telecoms giant after it was...

US Regulators

U.S. regulator proposes splitting auto safety spectrum to boost Wi-Fi

Reuters – A little-used block of spectrum set aside for auto safety should be split to accommodate the rapidly growing number of wireless devices, the chairman of the U.S. te...

PAyPal

PayPal to buy rewards platform Honey Science for $4 billion

Reuters – Payment processor PayPal said on Wednesday it would buy privately held shopping and rewards platform Honey Science Corp for about $4 billion (£3.10 billion).

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon uses aggregated seller data to help business, it tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc uses “aggregated data” from sellers in its third-party marketplace to improve its overall business, the online retailer said...

Big Tech

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple offer defence in congressional antitrust probe

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four top U.S. tech companies, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Amazon.com and Apple, responded to questions from a congressional commit...

Platform News: Alibaba online marketplace

Alibaba will raise up to $12.9 billion in Hong Kong listing – sources

(Reuters) – Alibaba will raise up to $12.9 billion in its Hong Kong secondary listing, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Qualcomm

Qualcomm expects 5G phone sales to double in 2021

Reuters – Qualcomm Inc expects global smartphone makers to ship 450 million 5G handsets in 2021 and another 750 million in 2022, the world’s largest supplier of mobile ...

Google Stadia

Google enters gaming with cloud-based streaming service Stadia

Reuters – Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday launched Stadia, a cloud-based service that allows users to stream games including “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey̶...

MSFT

Microsoft Teams surpasses 20 million daily active users; rival Slack shares slip

Reuters – Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday its workplace messaging app, Teams, has more than 20 million daily active users, up from 13 million users in July.