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Yahoo

Yahoo leaves China for good, cites “challenging” environment

Yahoo said it had stopped allowing its services to be accessible from mainland China “in recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment”, th...

Faang

After Facebook change, Big Tech’s FAANG considers toothless MAANG

Facebook’s rebranding to Meta Platforms has launched a search for a new name for the high-flying FAANG group that also includes the likes of Apple, Amazon.com, Netflix and Al...

Platform News: European Union flags

EU countries aiming for common position on tech rules this month

EU countries aim to agree on a common negotiating position on two sets of draft rules to curb the powers of US tech giants on November the 25th, people involved in the discussions ...

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

US consumer watchdog to review Big Tech data, promote lending competition

Chief consumer finance watchdog Rohit Chopra has told US lawmakers his agency will review Big Tech’s impact on the flow of money in the economy as leading technology firms us...

Platform News: Alphabet and Google search engine

Alphabet earns record profit on Google ad surge

Alphabet has reported higher than expected third-quarter ad sales, a sign that the business is overcoming new limits on tracking mobile users and that online shopping is as popular...

Tencent WeChat

Tencent says ‘loophole’ allowed WeChat searches on Google, Bing

WeChat has fixed a glitch that allowed some of its content to be searchable by external search engines, the owner of China’s most popular messaging app has said, raising ques...

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 ...