The Latest: Bezos can’t guarantee Amazon uses seller data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony in Congress by the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he can’t guarantee that the company isn’t accessing seller data to make competing products, an allegation that the company and its executives had previously denied. His comments […]

Lawmakers grill 4 Big Tech CEOs but don’t land many blows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional lawmakers finally got a chance to grill the CEOs of Big Tech over their dominance and allegations of monopolistic practices that stifle competition. But it’s unclear how much they advanced their goal of bringing some of the world’s largest companies to heel. Invective flew Wednesday as legislators questioned Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, […]

Lawmakers batter Big Tech CEOs, but don’t land many blows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional lawmakers finally got a chance Wednesday to grill the CEOs of Big Tech over their dominance and allegations of monopolistic practices that stifle competition. But it’s not clear how much they advanced their goal of bringing some of the world’s largest companies to heel. Invective flew as legislators questioned Facebook’s Mark […]

European countries slam US withdrawal from tech tax talks

PARIS (AP) — European countries are slamming the Trump administration’s withdrawal from negotiations over a major tax on big tech companies. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, speaking on France Inter, called it a “provocation” and said France will still implement the tax regardless of the U.S. change of heart. Le Maire was referring to […]

EU authorities open twin Apple antitrust investigations

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators opened two investigations on Tuesday into Apple’s mobile app store and payment platform over concerns its practices distort competition, opening a new front in the EU’s battle against the dominance of big tech companies. The EU’s executive Commission said it formally launched the investigations over concerns that Apple’s way […]

Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Friday it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with Australian media businesses fair pay for news content. In releasing a draft of a mandatory code of conduct, the government aims to succeed where other countries have failed in making the global digital […]

Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Monday, broadening their enforcement of a new national security law and stoking fears of a crackdown on the semi-autonomous region’s free press. Police were seen carting away boxes of what they said was evidence at Lai’s pro-democracy Next Digital headquarters. In the […]

Hong Kong residents defend free press as China cracks down

HONG KONG (AP) — Last year, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to demand full democracy, many egged on by a tabloid newspaper critical of China’s ruling Communist Party. On Tuesday, they lined up at newsstands across the city to buy that same paper, handing over 10 Hong Kong […]

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