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White House

White House meets SME’s to discuss competition in tech sector

White House officials met with small and mid-sized companies to discuss competition issues in the tech sector, as momentum grows in the US Congress to rein in large technology comp...

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

Big Tech critics ask Raimondo for meeting after critique of European proposals

Critics of tech giants like Google pressed Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo for a January meeting after she expressed concern about proposed legislation in Europe aimed at reining ...

Platform News: Google movements

Russian businessman on US sanctions list claims court win over Google

A Russian businessman on a US sanctions list claimed victory over Google in a court case on Thursday and said the US tech giant now faced a potentially heavy fine.

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

EU Parliament backs tough new rules to rein in US tech titans

EU lawmakers have voted to beef up draft rules to rein in US tech giants, including extending the scope to their retailing activities and to their business users outside Europe, as...

Canadian Dollar

US concerned by Canada’s pursuit of digital services tax

The office of the US Trade Representative will consider “all options” if Canada imposes a digital services tax, a USTR spokesperson has said in a statement.

Platform News: Google search engine team

Google says employees flouting vaccination rules will eventually be fired

Alphabet Inc’s Google told its employees they would lose pay and eventually be fired if they do not follow its COVID-19 vaccination rules, news network CNBC has reported, cit...

Hackers and security

UK lawmakers call for tougher crackdown on online scammers, cyberflashing

Google, Facebook and other online services should be held legally accountable for advertisements on their platforms in order to prevent fraudsters scamming millions of consumers, a...

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

How Big Tech is faring against US lawsuits and probes

Big Tech platforms Meta Platforms and Google have been hit with a series of antitrust lawsuits by the US federal government and states on charges they are operating monopolies and ...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google delays mandatory return to office beyond January the 10th

Google has said it is pushing back its January return-to-office plan globally amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and some resistance to company-manda...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft shareholders back proposal seeking report on harassment

Microsoft Corp has said its shareholders had approved a proposal by Arjuna Capital, which sought a report from the software firm on the effectiveness of its policies to battle sexu...

Platform News: Google

Lawsuit: Google failed to honour ‘don’t be evil’ pledge in firing engineers

A group of former Google employees are suing the Alphabet Inc unit alleging that it breached their employment contracts by not honouring its famous motto “don’t be evil...

Platform News: Google

Google makes pledges on browser cookies to appease UK regulator

Google has pledged more restrictions on its use of data from its Chrome browser to address concerns raised by Britain’s competition regulator about its plan to ban third-part...

European Union

EU countries agree on common stance on new rules for US tech giants

EU countries have now agreed on a common position on new rules to curb the power of US tech giants and force them to do more to police their platforms for illegal content.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Former Apple worker inspires Washington state measure seeking to curb NDAs

A former Apple Inc employee who had filed a whistleblower complaint related to Apple’s use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) has inspired draft legislation in Washington st...

European Union

EU rules aim for more transparency in targeted political ads

US tech giants will have to provide more data on their targeted political ads or risk fines up to 4% of their global turnover under draft EU rules seen by journalists, part of the ...