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Tencent WeChat

WeChat makes content searchable on Google and Bing

WeChat has made its content searchable on some foreign search engines such as Google and Bing, checks have showed, in the latest tearing down of “walled gardens” in Chi...

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

US consumer watchdog to query tech giants over financial data

The US consumer watchdog is expected this week to query tech giants including Facebook, Amazon and Google on how they handle consumer financial data as part of a broader effort to ...

Chinese Flag

China to keep up scrutiny of internet sector – Xinhua

China will continue its scrutiny of the internet sector, rooting out practices including the blocking of site links by rival platforms and ensuring smaller players have room to dev...

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

Big Tech to face another bipartisan US antitrust bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, headed by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Republican Chuck Grassley, plan to introduce a bill that would bar Big Tech platforms, like Amazo...

G20 - Rome, Italy

After G20 endorses tax deal, Italy says its digital levy could stay for two more years

G20 finance leaders have endorsed a global tax deal that calls for the elimination of unilateral digital services taxes, but Italy’s economy minister said it may take up to t...

Platform News: Google

Google Cloud unveils carbon footprint tracker, satellite imagery suite

Google will tell its cloud customers the carbon emissions of their cloud usage and open satellite imagery to them for the first time for environmental analysis, as part of a push t...

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

Facebook-backed group launches misinformation adjudication panel in Australia

A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter has said it has set up an industry panel to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the go...

San Francisco

California bars forced non-disclosure clauses in severance agreements

California will bar companies from requiring non-disclosure agreements in settlements with employees over workplace harassment claims under a bill signed into law in a win for tech...

Platform News: Google

Google to invest $1 billion in Africa over five years

Google plans to invest $1 billion in Africa over the next five years to ensure access to fast and cheaper internet and will back start-ups to support the continent’s digital ...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google rivals want EU lawmakers to act via new tech rules

DuckDuckGo and three other search engine rivals to Google urged EU lawmakers to take action against the Alphabet unit via new tech rules, saying they have yet to see positive resul...

Platform News: European Union flags

EU mulls changes that could bring European companies under EU tech rules

European Union lawmakers may lower a threshold that determines which companies will be subject to new tech rules, a top EU lawmaker has said.

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

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...

Platform Industry: Wall Street, IPO's and stock performance

Investors eye Big Tech as stock market wobbles

Technology stocks are bearing the brunt of a recent market selloff, putting a spotlight on how an extended downturn in the sector could weigh on broader equity indexes.

Platform News: Google

‘Consumers aren’t stupid’: Google lawyer rejects EU market abuse ruling

Billions of people use Google because it’s the best, not because of deals the company made to stay competitive, Google’s lawyer has said, wrapping up a week of testimon...