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Australia joins effort to censor, tax social media

Australia will introduce landmark legislation to force Alphabet’s Google and Facebook to pay publishers and broadcasters for content next week, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Friday. Australia is on course to become the first country to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content, legislation that is being closely …

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Israeli hacking company in trouble with software giants, charged with Qatar and Khashoggi crises

Tech giants including Microsoft and Google on Monday joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO, filing an amicus brief in federal court that warned that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.” The brief, filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens up a …

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EU takes issue with online fake news industry

Two years after agreeing to a self-regulatory code of practice to tackle disinformation, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Twitter and other tech rivals must try harder to be more effective, the European Commission said on Thursday. Fake news related to COVID-19 has accelerated calls for social media to be more proactive in …

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UAE telecoms regulator holding talks with Huawei

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, stressed that all vendors and manufacturers of telecom devices have to protect the consumers’ rights and provide all related services to keep stability of the UAE telecom market. Due to the latest global developments related to Huawei products, challenges in its relation with Google …

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EU fines Google $5 billion over Android antitrust abuse

European Union regulators have slapped Alphabet-owned Google with a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system, which is by far the most popular smartphone OS in the world. The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, ordered the company to put an end to illegal conduct within 90 …

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Google Innovation Hub opens at UAE University

A new Innovation Hub powered by Google has opened at UAE University (UAEU) in Al Ain as part of a collaborative effort involving Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education and Knowledge, Bayt Mitwahid Association, Google and the university. The hub is split into several different sections, including the maker area, where …

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EU readies tax on US tech titans

The European Union will next week unveil plans for a digital tax on US tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google as transatlantic tensions flare over prospects of a trade war. The move is aimed at recovering billions from multinationals that divert European earnings to low-tax countries, and opens a …

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