Europe

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Spotify to hire hundreds to drive ad sales in Europe, Australia, Canada

Spotify Technology is planning to hire hundreds of staff to boost its advertising sales in Europe and elsewhere, as the music streaming service looks to increase revenue from custo...

Platform News: Google

Google to invest $1 billion in Africa over five years

Google plans to invest $1 billion in Africa over the next five years to ensure access to fast and cheaper internet and will back start-ups to support the continent’s digital ...

Cloud IaaS

Bank of England: Big Tech cloud services could face resilience test

Amazon, Google and other tech companies providing cloud computing to banks in Britain may have to comply with minimum resilience standards and testing, a senior Bank of England off...

Facebook

Italy data authority asks Facebook for clarifications on smart glasses

Italy’s data protection authority has said it has asked Facebook to provide clarifications over the social media giant’s newly launched smart glasses to assess whether ...

Platform News: China

China targets US IPOs, algorithms, cloud in latest tech takedown

Communist China has launched a multi-pronged attack on its tech companies, threatening to curb their ability to list in the US, seeking to tighten up regulation of their use of alg...

Orange

Orange sees role for Huawei in 5G Africa rollout

Orange, France’s largest telecoms firm, will avoid using equipment from Chinese vendors when developing Europe’s 5G networks, opting for suppliers such as Ericsson and ...

Platform News: Visa and Tink

Visa to buy Swedish FinTech Tink for $2.2 billion

Visa Inc said it had agreed a 1.8 billion euro (approximately $2.2 billion) takeover of European open banking platform Tink, months after it ditched a planned acquisition of the st...

Platform News: Apple logo

German competition watchdog launches Apple investigation

Apple became the fourth major digital company to face closer scrutiny from Germany’s antitrust watchdog after the cartel office said it had launched an investigation into whe...

nvidia chipmaker

Analysis: Nvidia’s $40 billion Arm deal could hinge on Europe

Nvidia Corp may not be able to meet a March 2022 deadline for closing its $40 billion acquisition of British chip technology firm Arm Ltd due to European regulators’ reluctan...

Platform News: Amazon packages

Amazon raises minimum pay in Germany to 12 euros per hour

Amazon will guarantee an entry-level wage at its German warehouses of 12 euros (approximately $15) an hour, the company has said in the face of a long-running battle with a top lab...

Platform News: Facebook

French watchdog: Facebook ready to commit to clear ad data access for partners

Facebook has offered to commit to providing its partners with clear and objective conditions of access to advertising inventories and ad campaign data, France’s antitrust aut...

Platform News: Apple retail store

European consumer group joins EU antitrust case against Apple

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) lobby group backed the European Union’s antitrust case against Apple which alleges it distorts competition in the music streaming ma...

Huawei Technologies

Polish trial begins in Huawei-linked China espionage case

An espionage trial involving a former Polish secret services agent and an ex-employee of Huawei begins in a Warsaw court today as some European nations consider whether to exclude ...

Platform News: Vodafone plc

Vodafone ramps up investment to capture growth opportunity

Vodafone said it would accelerate investment in its network again this year after spending more to meet the demands of COVID-19, resulting in free cash flow growth falling short of...

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