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Platform News: President Joe Biden talking about technology on the campaign trail

Pressure on Big Tech builds as Biden picks another critic for Justice post

Joe Biden nominated lawyer and Google critic Jonathan Kanter as the Justice Department’s antitrust chief in the latest sign the White House is determined to rein in the world...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

EU court to rule on Google’s $2.8 billion EU antitrust fine on November 10

Europe’s second-top court will rule on Google’s challenge against a 2.4 billion euro (approximately $2.8 billion) EU antitrust fine on Nov. 10, the first of a trio of c...

Platform News: Dreamers

US tech companies disappointed with DACA ruling, urge Congress to act

Some US tech companies expressed disappointment with a ruling by a federal judge that blocked new applications to a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United ...

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

EU lawmaker gets backing for tougher EU tech rules

A key EU lawmaker at the European Parliament steering the debate on tough new rules aimed at Facebook, Google and other large online platforms, secured backing to beef up Europeans...

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

How Big Tech is faring against US lawsuits and probes

Big Tech platforms Google and Facebook were hit with a series of antitrust lawsuits by the US federal government and states on charges they are operating monopolies and abusing the...

Platform Industry: Google News

France fines Google 500 million euros over copyright row

France’s antitrust watchdog slapped a 500 million euro (approximately $593 million) fine on Google for failing to comply with the regulator’s orders on how to conduct t...

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After US push, EU pauses tax plan, but Ireland sticks to its guns

The European Union has agreed to delay a corporate tax plan for the bloc following pressure from the Biden-Harris administration and in a bid to facilitate a broader global tax dea...

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Dozens of US states sue Google alleging antitrust violations

Dozens of US state attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court against Alphabet Inc’s Google, according to an entry in the court docket.

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

Industry group warns law changes may force tech firms to quit Hong Kong

An Asian industry group that includes Google, Facebook and Twitter has warned that tech companies could stop offering their services in Hong Kong if the Chinese territory proceeds ...

Tencent Holdings

Chinese antitrust regulator to block Tencent’s videogaming merger

China’s antitrust regulator is set to formally block Tencent’s plan to merge the country’s top two videogame streaming sites, Huya and DouYu, three people familia...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank pays $1.6 billion for Yahoo Japan rights

SoftBank’s internet business Z Holdings Corp said on Monday it has agreed to pay Verizon Communications Inc 178.5 billion yen ($1.61 billion) to secure the rights to Yahoo br...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google reports soaring attrition among Black women

Workers identifying as “Black+” or “Latinx+” left Alphabet Inc’s Google at higher rates last year than in 2019, the company has said.

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ACCC may authorise media group talks with Google and Facebook

Australia’s competition watchdog has said it issued draft proposals to authorise regional newspaper industry group, Country Press Australia, to negotiate with Google and Face...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

US Justice Department says Google depositions should be in person

An attorney for the US Justice Department has said that he wanted depositions planned for August in an antitrust lawsuit against Google to be live rather than on Zoom.