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ByteDance founder defends TikTok’s US strategy

ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming has told employees that there were misunderstandings on Chinese social websites concerning TikTok’s situation in the US and that the business c...


Alphabet Inc issues record $10 billion bond at lowest-ever price

Alphabet Inc borrowed $10 billion in the company debt market on Monday, the Google parent’s biggest bond issue, which it secured during its lowest-ever cost of funding.


Google advertising rebound offsets Alphabet’s first-ever sales drop

Google’s advertising sales have recovered since they plummeted back in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, parent Alphabet Inc said on Thursday, easing worries about its ...

Scott Morrison

Australia to make Facebook and Google pay for news content

Australia will make US platform giants Facebook and Google financially cover Australian media outlets for news articles at a landmark move to safeguard independent journalism. The ...

Google Fitbit Wearables

Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal faces EU antitrust investigation

Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit will face a comprehensive EU antitrust investigation next week, people knowledgeable about the matter has sa...

Tech Titans

US lawmakers accuse Big Tech of crushing rivals to boost profits

Google and Facebook took the sharpest jabs from politicians at a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most notable tech Chief Executives in the p...

Congress Hearings Big Tech

At big tech hearing, the non-denials speak louder than words

At Wednesday’s hotly anticipated congressional hearing on ‘Big Tech’ Chief Executives, much of what they said was utterly predictable, namely we’re not that...


Shareholder Tencent offers to take Sogou private

China’s Sogou Inc said on Monday shareholder Tencent Holdings has made a preliminary offer to get the remainder of the web search company it did not yet control, in a deal wh...


Australian regulator sues Google over personal data use

Australia’s competition regulator has launched court proceedings against Google for allegedly misleading consumers about the enlarged use of private data for targeted adverti...

Tech Titans

US House panel reschedules its ‘Big Tech’ CEO hearing for Wednesday

A congressional hearing on digital marketplace competition featuring the Chief Executive Officers of the biggest American technology companies has been rescheduled for Wednesday, a...

Tech Titans

Big tech antitrust probe report from Congress likely by early Autumn

A much-anticipated deep dive into antitrust allegations against four of the largest US tech companies and recommendations on how to tame their power could be released by early autu...


Google bans ads on coronavirus conspiracy theory content

Google has said it would prohibit websites and apps that use its advertising technology from running ads on “dangerous content” that goes against scientific consensus d...

Attorney General Barr

US Attorney General accuses Hollywood, Big Tech of collaborating with China

William Barr took aim at Hollywood companies, including Walt Disney as well as large tech businesses such as Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Microsoft over company actions with ...


Google hit with 600,000 euro Belgian privacy fine

Google has received a fine from Belgium’s data protection authority of 600,000 euros for not complying with European rules on a person’s “right to be forgotten...