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Social Media Giants

Platform CEO’s will testify before US Senate committee

The CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to voluntarily testify in a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on October the 28th about an integral law prote...

Google

Google drops Australia from its News Showcase launch

Google has postponed the roll-out of News Showcase in Australia citing regulatory complications, just 3 months after announcing the product, as the US search giant grapples with on...

Senate

Democrats discuss tougher antitrust law, some in the GOP agree

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel discussed ways to tighten antitrust laws on Thursday, with two Republicans on the Democrat-dominated pan...

Joe Biden

Amazon and Big Tech cozy up to Joe Biden

Having a framed Joe Biden poster in the background, Amazon’s Jay Carney made no secret of his long history with the presidential candidate when speaking at a digital policy r...

Google CEO

Google to pay publishers $1 billion over three years for news content

Google intends to pay $1 billion to publishers globally for their news over the next 3 years, its Chief Executive has said, a measure that could allow it to win over a powerful gro...

Belarus

With warm words and fast visas, neighbours woo IT workers in Belarus

After Max Korolevsky stated he was detained and then beaten by security forces during protests in Belarus, he asked the IT company he works for to transfer him to neighbouring Ukra...

Google

European Union drafts rules to force big tech to share data

The EU is preparing to force big technology companies to share their client information with smaller rivals, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing an early draft of its...

Google

China preparing an antitrust investigation into Google

China is preparing to launch an antitrust probe to Google, considering allegations it’s leveraged the dominance of its Android cellular working platform to stifle competition...

Google

US expected to sue Google next week as DOJ seeks support from states

The US Justice Department is expected to sue Google when next week, and is presently urging state attorney generals to sign up to the litigation, according to three sources knowled...

Google Fitbit Wearables

Google’s Fitbit deal set to win okay from EU regulators after fresh concessions

Google is set to win EU antitrust approval for its $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracker maker Fitbit to carry on Apple and Samsung from the wearable technology market, people f...

Google

Bing, along with smaller firms, win Google’s Android search auction in Europe

Microsoft’s Bing, PrivacyWall and Info.com were among the search engines which won a penny auction by Alphabet’s Google to show up as search choices on new Android appa...

Google

Google to enforce Play store tax on the 3% of apps not paying

Google has sought to rebut criticism that it selectively enforces its 30% mobile app shop tax, demanding that the more than 3% apps selling digital items without complying follow t...

Tech Titans

Democrat on Senate panel opposes sending subpoenas to tech leaders

The ranking Democrat on the US Senate Commerce Committee rejected a request by Republicans to subpoena three top tech executives to testify at an upcoming hearing, telling them of ...

Trump Social Media

What’s in the law protecting platform businesses – and can President Trump change it?

The US Justice Department on Wednesday issued a proposal to reform a legal resistance for online companies and follows through on President Donald Trump’s bid from earlier th...