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Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet

Microsoft Corp is buying “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake the...

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Bitcoin investors dig in for long haul in ‘staggering’ shift

As bitcoin heads into 2022, a growing cohort of long-term investors is doubling down on its stashes of the cryptocurrency, hoping a December dip was merely a festive blip.

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Spain moves to rein in crypto-asset advertising

Spain has moved to regulate rampant advertising of crypto assets, including by social media influencers, tasking the stock market supervisor with authorising mass campaigns and mak...

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Microsoft observed malware in systems belonging to Ukraine govt agencies

Microsoft Corp said in a blog post over the weekend that it had observed destructive malware in systems belonging to several Ukrainian government agencies and organisations that wo...

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China’s digital yuan wallets swell but usage lags

China’s digital currency has debuted on app stores with fanfare, with online wallets for the electronic yuan seeing mass adoption in the two weeks since a public launch, yet ...

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Regulator: Apple submits plans to allow alt payment systems in South Korea

South Korea’s telecommunications regulator has said that Apple had submitted plans to allow third-party payment systems on its app store, to comply with a law banning major a...

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Amazon shortens COVID isolation, paid leave for U.S. workers

Amazon.com Inc has told workers they only have to isolate for a week after testing positive for COVID-19, instead of 10 days, following updated US health guidance.

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Sony teases details of next-gen VR headset

Sony Group has teased details of its next-generation virtual reality headset for its PlayStation 5 console, as the Japanese conglomerate seeks to secure a lead in the nascent secto...

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China drafts rules on security reviews for apps influencing public opinion

China’s cyber regulatory body has issued draft rules governing mobile apps, including a requirement for security reviews of apps whose functions could influence public opinio...

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Apple becomes first company to hit $3 trillion market value, then slips

Apple Inc on Monday became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before ending the day a hair below that milestone, as investors bet the iPhone maker will keep...

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Is Apple worth $3 trillion? Bulls, bears examine the case

Is Apple Inc really worth $3 trillion 16 months after becoming the first company valued at $2 trillion?

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China orders cybersecurity reviews for businesses seeking overseas listings

China has said it will put in force new rules to increase its oversight of plans by Chinese platform businesses to list on overseas stock markets in the latest move to tighten its ...

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Antitrust: India orders Apple probe over alleged abuse of app market

India’s competition watchdog on Friday ordered an investigation into Apple Inc’s business practices in the country, saying it was of the initial view that the iPhone ma...

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China outlines vision for four mega data centre clusters

China has approved plans to build four mega clusters of data centres in the country’s north and west with the aim of supporting the data needs of Beijing and major coastal ce...

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China targets online platforms in quest to ‘clean up’ internet

China will scrutinise online platforms such as social media networks and video-sharing sites to clamp down on fake accounts and information as part of its drive to “clean up&...