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US senator wants to ban ‘Big Tech’ from buying anything ever again

GOP Senator Josh Hawley, who has been a staunch critic of Big Tech over the past few years has introduced a bill that would ban all mergers and acquisitions by any company with a m...

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Chinese tech start-ups pull IPO plans as Beijing tightens scrutiny

A growing number of Chinese tech start-ups are cancelling plans to list on Nasdaq-style markets at home with some eyeing Hong Kong share sales instead, as regulators tighten scruti...

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China’s antitrust regulator bulking up as crackdown on behemoths widens

China’s competition watchdog is adding staff and other resources as it ramps up efforts to crack down on anti-competitive behaviour, especially among the country’s powe...

Platform News: Baidu search engine in China

Baidu defeats US shareholder lawsuit over China internet law compliance

A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Baidu Inc of defrauding shareholders about its ability to comply with Chinese regulations governing internet content.

Platform News: Google

US Supreme Court backs Google over Oracle in copyright case

The US Supreme Court handed Google a major victory, ruling that its use of Oracle’s software code to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s sm...

Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

Google: ‘not up to us’ to dictate how news companies spend its $1 billion

Google has reached licensing deals with over 600 news outlets around the world and is seeing a “huge increase” in users requesting more content from specific publicatio...

Platform Industry: Google News

Google Maps to start directing drivers to ‘eco-friendly’ routes

Google’s Maps app will start directing drivers along routes estimated to generate the lowest carbon emissions based on traffic, slopes and other factors, the company has anno...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook, Google plan new undersea cables between Southeast Asia and America

Facebook has said it planned two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America in a project with Google and regional telecommunication companies to boost in...

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

American lawmakers fume over Big Tech’s answers on misinformation

In their first appearance before Congress since Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, the chief executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter were asked by lawmakers whether their ...

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

US Senator speaks to Biden White House about key internet law

US Senator Mark Warner has said he has been talking to President Biden’s staff about Section 230 – a law protecting platform businesses – and expects his recent l...

Platform News: Google movements

Google payments chief quits after 15 years at company

Caesar Sengupta, the head of the search platforms payment initiatives, announced on Monday that he was leaving the company next month, after 15 years.

Platform News: Google

BoE governor wants UK bill to make Google tackle online scams

Andrew Bailey, the new Governor of the Bank of England has been lobbying the UK government to introduce a legal requirement for internet giants such as Google to take down financia...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

US DOJ accuses Google of dragging its feet in antitrust trial

The Department of Justice in the US has accused Google of dragging its feet in providing documents in preparation for a trial on allegations that it broke antitrust law while the s...

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Apple gets boost in French privacy fight, but still faces probe

Apple has been given a boost as France’s antitrust watchdog rejected advertisers’ requests to suspend the iPhone maker’s upcoming privacy feature, but it still fa...