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Platform News: Airbnb

Airbnb bookings jump 52% as vaccinations spur vacation rental demand

Airbnb Inc beat Wall Street expectations for first-quarter gross bookings and revenues, as speedy COVID-19 vaccinations and easing restrictions encouraged more people to check into...

Platform News: Search engine Google's New York office

Google: ‘not up to us’ to dictate how news companies spend its $1 billion

Google has reached licensing deals with over 600 news outlets around the world and is seeing a “huge increase” in users requesting more content from specific publicatio...

Facebook

Reporters without Borders sues Facebook over hate speech

Reporters Without Borders (aka RSF) has filed a lawsuit against Facebook in France over hate speech and false information, the global media watchdog said in a statement.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Apple gets boost in French privacy fight, but still faces probe

Apple has been given a boost as France’s antitrust watchdog rejected advertisers’ requests to suspend the iPhone maker’s upcoming privacy feature, but it still fa...

Platform News: Google

Google and Facebook fight bill that would help US news industry

Lobbyists for Facebook and Google threw their weight against new US legislation that seeks to aid struggling news publishers by allowing them to negotiate collectively against the ...

Platform News: Google

French antitrust investigators say Google breached its orders on talks with publishers

French antitrust investigators have accused Google of failing to comply with the state competition authority’s orders on how to conduct negotiations with news publishers over...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google’s $76 million deal with French publishers infuriates outlets

Google has agreed to pay $76 million over three years to a group of 121 French news publishers to end a more than year-long copyright spat, documents seen by Reuters show.

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook oversight board overrules company on most cases in first test

Deciding its first-ever cases, Facebook’s supervision board has ruled that the societal networking firm was wrong to remove four pieces of articles the board reviewed, includ...

Platform Economy: The technology sector in Paris, France

US suspends French tariffs over digital services tax

The United States has said it might hold off slapping tariffs on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports in retaliation for a digital services tax Washington says will damage ...

Platform Industry News: Amazon

Ex-French minister sneers at Amazon executive’s justification of tax bill

An ex-French minister told the head of Amazon France he was “taking the piss” following the executive told a parliamentary committee that the business paid the French c...

Platform Industry: Google News

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

France’s data privacy watchdog has given out its largest ever fine of 100 million euros (approximately $121 million) to Google for violating the country’s principles on...

Platform News: Facebook

From hate speech to nudity, Facebook’s oversight board launches

Facebook’s independent Oversight Board has announced the first six cases where it might overrule the social networking business’s decisions to remove certain parts of c...

Platform Industry: Amazon branding on screen

Amazon and Apple stay away from French initiative for Big Tech

Amazon and Apple have not signed up to a brand new French initiative to get global tech firms to publicly commit to fundamentals including paying their fair share of taxes, governm...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

France orders tech giants to pay digital tax

France’s finance ministry has sent out notices to large tech companies liable for its own digital service tax to pay the levy as planned in December, the ministry has said.

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