Search Engine News

Platform Executive’s ongoing news coverage of internet search engines, enterprise search vendors and specialised aggregation properties.

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter makes global changes to comply with privacy laws

SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter Inc is updating its global privacy policy to give users more information about what data advertisers might receive and is launching a site to provide ...

FBI

FBI says Russian FaceApp is ‘potential counterintelligence threat’

SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers any mobile app developed in Russia to be a “potential counterintelligence threat,” it said on Monday...

Platform News: Google movements

EU regulators said to be investigating Google (again)

Over the past decade the EU has been heavily invested in litigation against big tech. Notable personnel within the current and past US administrations have seen this as an unoffici...

Platform News: Amazon building

Exclusive: Amazon’s cloud unit readies more powerful data centre chip – sources

Reuters – Amazon’s AWS cloud computing unit has designed a second, more powerful generation of data centre processor chip, two sources familiar with the matter told Reu...

Platform News: Amazon building

US to announce findings from probe of France’s tech tax on Monday

WASHINGTON – US trade officials said they will announce any proposed action toward France on Monday when they release the findings from their investigation into the European ...

Platform News: Google movements

Google must help stop illegal marketing of mini-bond schemes

LONDON – Google must do more to stop illegal online marketing of money-making schemes that can lead to small investors losing their savings, Britain’s regulator said on...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

Senate Democrats unveil privacy bill

WASHINGTON – Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if they misha...

MSFT

Microsoft granted licence to export ‘mass-market’ software to Huawei

Reuters – Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had been granted a licence from the US government to export software to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

Platform News: Google movements

Google to let sites block personalised ads under California privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO – Websites and apps using Google’s advertising tools will be able to block personalised ads to internet users in California and elsewhere as part of the A...

Platform News: Social Media Giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter

Factbox: How social media services handle political ads

SAN FRANCISCO – Online platforms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google face growing pressure to stop carrying political ads that contain false or misleading clai...

Platform News: Google

US lawmakers question Google about collection of health records

WASHINGTON – US Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren along with fellow Senators Richard Blumenthal and Bill Cassidy wrote a letter to Alphabet’s Google on Wednesday ...

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

Some Huawei suppliers get US approval to restart sales to blacklisted firm

Reuters – The Trump administration on Wednesday gave Huawei its second reprieve this week, allowing some suppliers to restart sales to the Chinese telecoms giant after it was...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon uses aggregated seller data to help business, it tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON – Amazon.com Inc uses “aggregated data” from sellers in its third-party marketplace to improve its overall business, the online retailer said in respon...

Big Tech

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple offer defence in congressional antitrust probe

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO – Four top US tech companies, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Amazon.com and Apple, responded to questions from a congressional committee by defen...

Google Stadia

Google enters gaming with cloud-based streaming service Stadia

Reuters – Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday launched Stadia, a cloud-based service that allows users to stream games including “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey̶...