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FBI says Russian FaceApp is ‘potential counterintelligence threat’

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers any mobile app developed in Russia to be a “potential counterintelligence threat,” it said...


EU regulators said to be investigating Google (again)

Over the past decade the EU has been heavily invested in litigation against big tech. Notable personnel within the current and past US administrations have seen this as an unoffici...


Exclusive: Amazon’s cloud unit readies more powerful data centre chip – sources

Reuters – Amazon’s AWS cloud computing unit has designed a second, more powerful generation of data centre processor chip, two sources familiar with the matter told Reu...


U.S. to announce findings from probe of France’s tech tax on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. trade officials said they will announce any proposed action toward France on Monday when they release the findings from their investigation into t...


Google must help stop illegal marketing of mini-bond schemes

LONDON (Reuters) – Google must do more to stop illegal online marketing of money-making schemes that can lead to small investors losing their savings, Britain’s regulat...


Senate Democrats unveil privacy bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if ...


Microsoft granted licence to export ‘mass-market’ software to Huawei

Reuters – Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had been granted a licence from the U.S. government to export software to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.


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...

Social Media Giants

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...


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...

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...


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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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, and Apple, responded to questions from a congressional commit...

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...