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WeChat makes content searchable on Google and Bing

WeChat has made its content searchable on some foreign search engines such as Google and Bing, checks have showed, in the latest tearing down of “walled gardens” in Chi...

Platform News: Google

Google halves Play Store fees for subscription apps

Google has said it is lowering the fee that subscription-based apps need to pay Play Store to 15% right from day one, following criticism about its fee structure from companies suc...

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

US consumer watchdog to query tech giants over financial data

The US consumer watchdog is expected this week to query tech giants including Facebook, Amazon and Google on how they handle consumer financial data as part of a broader effort to ...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Changing Facebook’s name unlikely to deter lawmaker or regulatory scrutiny

Renaming Facebook Inc is unlikely to enable the tech giant to distance itself from regulatory and public scrutiny around the potential harms caused by its social media apps, market...

Platform News: Big Tech

US bill would stop Big Tech favouring its own products

About a dozen US senators from both parties formally introduced a bill that would bar Big Tech platforms, like Amazon and Google, from favouring their products and services.

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

Big Tech to face another bipartisan US antitrust bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, headed by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Republican Chuck Grassley, plan to introduce a bill that would bar Big Tech platforms, like Amazo...

Platform News: Google

Google Cloud unveils carbon footprint tracker, satellite imagery suite

Google will tell its cloud customers the carbon emissions of their cloud usage and open satellite imagery to them for the first time for environmental analysis, as part of a push t...

Platform Industry: US and China Relations and Politics

China has won AI battle with US, Pentagon’s ex-software chief says

China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the US and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the Pentagon’s former software chi...

Platform News: Social Media Giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter

Facebook-backed group launches misinformation adjudication panel in Australia

A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter has said it has set up an industry panel to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the go...

Platform News: Apple retail store

Dutch watchdog finds Apple app store payment rules anti-competitive

The Dutch antitrust authority has found that Apple’s rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system are anti-competitive and ordered it to make changes, four ...

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 ...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google rivals want EU lawmakers to act via new tech rules

DuckDuckGo and three other search engine rivals to Google urged EU lawmakers to take action against the Alphabet unit via new tech rules, saying they have yet to see positive resul...

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EU mulls changes that could bring European companies under EU tech rules

European Union lawmakers may lower a threshold that determines which companies will be subject to new tech rules, a top EU lawmaker has said.

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Thales partners with Google on secure cloud services

Defence company Thales and Google are partnering to offer state-vetted cloud computing services for the storage of some of France’s most sensitive data, the companies have sa...