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Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

More US states join antitrust lawsuit against Google

Four more states have joined a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas and others against Google that accuses it of breaking antitrust laws to boost its already dominant advertising bu...

Platform News: Google

Google and Facebook fight bill that would help US news industry

Lobbyists for Facebook and Google threw their weight against new US legislation that seeks to aid struggling news publishers by allowing them to negotiate collectively against the ...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft and Google openly feuding amid hacks and competition inquiries

Driven in part by pressure from lawmakers and regulators over the extraordinary power the two technology giants wield over American life, the two players are wrestling to throw eac...

Founder of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners Lee

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says “fad” of platform giants will pass

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has said the dominance of internet giants is a “fad” that does not have to endure, adding that urgent change was ne...

Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

US hearing on tech dominance of news outlets will include Microsoft

A House Judiciary panel focused on antitrust will hear from three witnesses who represent a range of news organizations with concerns about how big tech platforms like Facebook and...

Platform News: Google search engine

How brands will target ads to you after the death of browser cookies

Next year, Google plans to phase out technology in its Chrome browser that lets other companies track users’ web browsing. But that does not mean you will see irrelevant ads,...

Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

Google won’t use other web tracking tools after it removes cookies

Google will not build or use alternate tools to track web browsing traffic once it begins phasing out existing technology from its Chrome browser next year, it said in a blog post ...

Platform Industry News: Facebook India

India tightens regulatory grip on Facebook and WhatsApp with new rules

India has announced new rules to regulate content on social media, making the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp and others more accountable to legal requests for removal of posts and sha...

Facebook and Google versus Australia

Aussie lawmakers expected to pass amendments to Facebook and Google law

Australian lawmakers are expected to approve amendments to legislation to force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for news content, despite opposition from some minor poli...

Platform News: Google

French antitrust investigators say Google breached its orders on talks with publishers

French antitrust investigators have accused Google of failing to comply with the state competition authority’s orders on how to conduct negotiations with news publishers over...

Platform News: the Tech Titans

BofA: Big tech-led equity inflows fuelling ‘mother-of-all asset bubbles’

A record rush to ‘big tech’ stocks saw equity funds bagging $27.8 billion inflows last week with the ongoing ultra-easy monetary policy creating the “mother-of-al...

Platform Industry: Google News

Google fires second AI ethics leader as dispute grows

Google fired staff scientist Margaret Mitchell, a move that fanned company divisions on academic freedom and diversity that were on display since its December dismissal of AI ethic...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook ‘unfriends’ Australia: uproar as news pages go dark

Facebook is facing significant backlash from publishers and politicians after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government over a law ...

Platform News: Publisher Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of News Corp

News Corp signs news partnership deal with Google

News Corp struck a global news deal with Google, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company has said, in one of the most extensive deals of its kind with big tech.