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Google hit with third lawsuit as US states sue over search dominance

Google faced its third major lawsuit in two weeks as some 38 US states and territories accused the $1 trillion search titan of abusing its market power to attempt to make its searc...


Genius Media, The Nation sue Google in advertising antitrust lawsuit

Online publishers such as Genius Media Group and news site The Nation alleged in a lawsuit seeking class-action status on Wednesday that Google has unlawfully stifled advertising c...


US lawsuit claims Google, Facebook cooperated to undermine ad competition

Facebook and Alphabet’s Google, the two largest players in online marketing, used a series of deals to combine their market power illegally, Texas and nine other states alleg...


Search giant Baidu considers making own electric vehicles

Baidu is considering making its own electric vehicles and has held talks with automakers about the possibility, three people with knowledge of the matter said, the latest move in a...

Tech Titans

EU moves to rein in tech giants with threat of fines and break-up

US tech businesses including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google face penalties of up to 10% of the annual turnover and might even be forced to divide beneath draft European Union ...


China to crank up anti-trust heat on Big Tech after unprecedented fines

China’s unprecedented anti-trust squeeze onto its technology giants isn’t only just beginning.


California files to join US antitrust lawsuit against Google

On friday the US state of California asked to join the US Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Google, which makes the nation’s attorney general the first ...

European Union

Big tech platforms face 6% fines if they breach new EU content rules

Significant platform businesses like Google and Facebook will face fines of up to 6% of turnover if they don’t do more to tackle illegal material and reveal more about advert...

Google France

Google, adtech firms hit with fresh EU privacy complaints

Google and other digital advertising businesses were struck with fresh privacy complaints to national watchdogs in six EU nations on Thursday on how that they sell advertisements t...


French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

France’s data privacy watchdog has given out its largest ever fine of 100 million euros (approximately $121 million) to Google for violating the country’s principles on...


Google faces $417 million claim from Czech search engine Seznam, the Czech Republic’s leading home-grown search platform, said on Thursday it had promised 9.072 billion crowns ($417 million) in damages from Google, alleging that...


Facebook faces lawsuits that could force sale of Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook might be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram following the US Federal Trade Commission and almost every US state filed lawsuits against the social medi...


Google will lift post-election political ad ban on 10th December

Google will lift its temporary ban on election-related advertisements on December the 10th, it said on Wednesday.


EU sets out search ranking guidelines for Google and Microsoft platforms

Alphabet’s unit Google, Microsoft and other technology giants will have to be more transparent in the way they rank search results, under European Commission guidelines out o...