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Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

Oracle enters race to buy TikTok’s US operations

The Financial Times newspaper has reported that Oracle has held preliminary talks with TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, and is said to be seriously considering buying the viral sho...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

Microsoft faces technical challenges in TikTok carveout

Microsoft’s bid to carve out parts of TikTok out of the Chinese owner ByteDance will be a technically complex endeavour that could test the patience of the Trump administrati...

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Australian government to spend $1.2 billion on cyber security

Australia will invest A$1.66 billion (approximately $1.19 billion) within the next 10 years to fortify the cyber defences of private companies and families following a rise in cybe...

Scott Morrison

Australia to make Facebook and Google pay for news content

Australia will make US platform giants Facebook and Google financially cover Australian media outlets for news articles at a landmark move to safeguard independent journalism. The ...

Platform News: Google search engine

Australian regulator sues Google over personal data use

Australia’s competition regulator has launched court proceedings against Google for allegedly misleading consumers about the enlarged use of private data for targeted adverti...

Fitbit

US and EU advocacy groups warn against Google’s purchase of Fitbit

Twenty advocacy groups from across the globe have signed a statement urging regulators to be wary of Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker company Fitbit Inc because ...

Scott Morrison

Australia to spend nearly $1 billion to boost cyber security

Australia will spend approximately $926.1 million over the next 10 years to boost its cyber security defences, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said, as Canberra seeks to combat a...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google to pay some publishers for content

Google has taken a step towards resolving its spat with publishers, saying it would pay some media groups in Australia, Brazil and Germany for high-quality content and expects to d...

Platform News: China

Australia sees China as main suspect in state-based cyberattacks

Australia views China as the chief suspect in a spate of cyber-attacks of increasing frequency in recent months, three sources familiar with the government’s thinking told jo...

Fitbit

Australian regulator says Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal could harm competition

Australia’s antitrust regulator, the ACCC warned Google’s planned $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit may give it too much of people’s data, ...

Playstation

Australia fines Sony $2.4 million for refusing refunds on faulty PlayStation games

A court has ruled that a unit of Japan’s Sony Corp broke the consumer law by denying customers refunds for faulty PlayStation games and ordered the company to pay a A$3.5 mil...

Smartphone and Telecoms News: UK Huawei Technologies 5G infrastructure

British spy chief says no threat to Five Eyes alliance over Huawei

Disagreements over China’s Huawei Technologies do not pose a threat to intelligence-sharing ties between Britain and its allies, the head of the UK’s GCHQ spy agency sa...

Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

China’s Tencent buys 5% stake in Australian buy-now-pay-later business Afterpay

Chinese gaming and social media group Tencent Holdings has bought a 5% stake in Afterpay, the Australian buy-now-pay-later firm has said. 

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Nearly 2 million Australians download coronavirus tracing app within hours of its release

Nearly two million Australians rushed to download an app designed to help medical workers and state governments trace close contacts of coronavirus patients, as PM Scott Morrison&#...