Spain

Platform Industry: Bitcoin and digital currencies

Spain moves to rein in crypto-asset advertising

Spain has moved to regulate rampant advertising of crypto assets, including by social media influencers, tasking the stock market supervisor with authorising mass campaigns and mak...

Platform News: Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba

Jack Ma spotted in Mallorca in rare trip abroad after China scrutiny

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma was on the Spanish island of Mallorca where his luxury yacht is anchored, two Spanish newspapers have said, on his first known trip abroad since he fe...

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...

G20 - Rome, Italy

After G20 endorses tax deal, Italy says its digital levy could stay for two more years

G20 finance leaders have endorsed a global tax deal that calls for the elimination of unilateral digital services taxes, but Italy’s economy minister said it may take up to t...

EU: The European Union

Commission starts legal action against 23 EU countries over copyright rules

France, Spain, Italy and 20 other EU countries may be taken to court for their tardiness in enacting landmark EU copyright rules into national law, the European Commission has said...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Brit arrested in Spain for role in infamous 2020 Twitter hack

A 22-year-old Brit has been arrested in Spain in connection with a July 2020 Twitter hack which compromised the accounts of high-profile politicians and celebrities, the US Justice...

Gig Workers

Italian watchdog takes aim at delivery firm’s gig-worker algorithms

Italy’s data protection authority ordered the delivery firm Foodinho, owned by the Spanish start-up Glovo, to change the computer algorithms used to manage staff to avoid any...

Platform News: BBVA

BBVA opens Bitcoin trading service to clients in Switzerland

Spain’s BBVA has said it is launching a bitcoin trading service for private banking clients in Switzerland interested in digital asset investment.

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: Vodafone plc

Vodafone teams up with Google Cloud on data analytics

Mobile operator Vodafone Group and Google Cloud entered a strategic partnership to jointly develop data services, Vodafone has stated over the weekend.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Apple could block apps that do not comply with new privacy feature

Apple has threatened to remove apps from its widely-used App Store when they do not comply with the upcoming personal feature allowing users to block advertisers from tracking them...

Wirecard

Wirecard’s tech assets and platform bought by Banco Santander

Wirecard’s insolvency administrator Michael Jaffe on Monday said the payment system provider’s technology platform had been sold to Spain’s Banco Santander.

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Privacy activist files complaints against Apple’s tracking tool

A group led by privacy activist Max Schrems has filed complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities over Apple’s internet tracking tool, alleging that it all...

Libra

EU nations call for cryptocurrency curbs to protect consumers

Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands called on the European Commission to draw up regulation for asset-backed cryptocurrencies to protect consumers and maintain state ...

European Union

COVID-19 accelerates European utilities’ digital drive

When the coronavirus pandemic plunged Italy to lockdown, it was decision time at Verampio power station. The control room, which runs a number of hydroelectric plants across the Pi...

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