EU

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

Amazon wins $303 million court fight in blow to EU tax crusade

Amazon won its fight against an EU order to pay about 250 million euros (approximately $303 million) in back taxes to Luxembourg in a blow to competition chief Margrethe Vestager&#...

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

Gig-economy riders in Spain must become staff within 90 days under new rule

Food delivery companies based in Spain have three months to employ their couriers as staff under new rules approved on Tuesday by the government, one of the first laws in Europe re...

Platform News: China

China to restrict mobile app news notifications in internet clampdown

China’s internet watchdog has said that it will ban some mobile app notifications and tighten regulations as the CCP ramps up a campaign to rein in tech companies.

European Union and Apple

EU hits Apple with music streaming charge in boost for Spotify

EU regulators have accused Apple of distorting competition in the music streaming market, siding with Spotify in a case that could lead to a hefty fine and changes in the iPhone ma...

Platform News: BaFin Germany

German regulator warns Binance over stock tokens

Germany’s financial regulator, BaFin, warned that Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, risked being fined for offering security-tracking tokens...

European Union and Apple

Source: European Union to hit Apple with antitrust charge this week

European Union antitrust regulators are set to charge iPhone maker Apple this week with blocking rivals on its App Store following a complaint by music streaming service Spotify, a...

Platform Industry News: European Commission President

Viable plan or security theatre? The EU embraces vaccine passports

As the EU races to set up a digital health pass scheme to save the holiday season from the pandemic, technical and political obstacles are showing just how big a challenge the worl...

Platform Industry: Google News

Google Earth’s timelapse feature puts a spotlight on climate change

Google Earth has added a timelapse feature to the popular platform, providing a glimpse into how climate change, urbanization and deforestation have altered the planet over the las...

Platform News: Facebook

Ireland launches inquiry into Facebook after reports of data leak

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) said it had launched an inquiry into Facebook Inc, after a dataset reported to contain personal data relating to some 533 million F...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

60,000 computer systems possibly exposed in Germany to Microsoft flaw

As many as 60,000 computer systems in Germany were exposed to a flaw that allows unauthorized users to access systems in Microsoft Corp’s email software, the head of its cybe...

European Union

European Union: Germany is main target of Russian disinformation

Germany is the top target of Russian disinformation campaigns in the EU, a report said, as ties between Moscow and the West hit new lows over the poisoning and jailing of Kremlin c...

Platform News: European Union flags

Sources: Apple faces European Union antitrust charge on Spotify complaint

Apple could face an EU antitrust charge sheet in the coming weeks following a 2019 complaint by music streaming service Spotify, two people familiar with the matter said.

UK

Brexit Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster FinTechs

The UK government has said it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will st...

Platform News: Social media Twitter button

Twitter removes accounts it says are linked to Russia, Armenia and Iran

Twitter has stated that it has taken down some 373 accounts which it said had ties to Armenia, Russia and Iranian governments and had breached its platform manipulation policies.