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    📱 | US states allege Google'unlawfully' preserve…

    By Diane Bartz, Paresh Dave and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON / OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) -Thirty-seven US state and district attorneys general sued Alphabet Inc's Google on Wednesday, alleging that it bought off competitors and used restrictive contracts to unlawfully maintain a monopoly The cases threaten to force major changes to how it. The allegations about Google's Play Store stem from an investigation involving nearly every US state that began in September 2019 and have already resulted in three other lawsuits against the company. generates billions of…

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    👍 | Trump sues Facebook, Twitter and Google, claimi…

    By Jason Lange and Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former US President Donald Trump on Wednesday filed lawsuits against Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, and Alphabet Inc's Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoints. in US District Court in Miami, allege the California-based social media platforms violated the right to freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Trump is seeking class action status for the lawsuits, meaning he would represent the interests of other users of Twitter, Face…

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    👍 | Trump says he is suing Facebook, Twitter and Go…

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he was filing class action lawsuits against Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, and Alphabet Inc's Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they silence conservative viewpoints. (Reporting by Jason Lange and Jan Wolfe; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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    👍 | Twitter loses immunity over user-generated cont…

    By Aditya Kalra and Sankalp Phartiyal NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Twitter Inc no more enjoys liability protection against user-generated content in India as the US microblogging giant has failed to comply with new IT rules, the Indian government said in a court filing. statement is the first time Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration has officially said Twitter has lost its immunity after repeatedly criticising the company for non-compliance. The dispute and the public spat has raised concern that American firms will find it difficult to do business amid a more stringent regulatory env…

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    📱 | Exclusive-Google deal with French publishers on…

    By Mathieu Rosemain PARIS (Reuters)-Google has put on hold a preliminary deal with some French publishers to pay for news content as it awaits an antitrust decision that could set the tone for copyright talks on online news in Europe, two sources close to the matter said. Under the three-year framework agreement signed by Google and the Alliance de la presse d'information generale (APIG), a lobby group representing most major French publishers, the US company agreed in January to pay a total of $ 76 million to 121 publications, according to documents seen by Reuters. It is one of the highest…

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    👍 | Twitter faces new headache in India after polic…

    By Saurabh Sharma LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) -A Hindu hardline group has filed a complaint with police against Twitter's country head after politically sensitive regions were depicted outside a map of India on its website, kickstarting an investigation in a fresh headache for the US tech firm. A map on Twitter's careers page showed Jammu and Kashmir region, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan, as well as the Buddhist enclave of Ladakh outside India. That provoked an outcry on social media this week that comes amid strained relations between Twitter and New Delhi over the firm's complia…

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    👍 | Twitter hit with new headache in India after po…

    By Saurabh Sharma LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – A Hindu group has filed a complaint with police against Twitter's country head for showing regions outside a map of India on its website, kickstarting an investigation in a fresh headache for the US tech firm. A map on Twitter's careers page showed the Jammu and Kashmir region, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan, and the Buddhist enclave of Ladakh outside India. That provoked an outcry on social media this week that comes amid strained relations between Twitter and New Delhi over the firm's compliance with India's new IT rules. The compla…

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    📱 | Amazon, Google face formal fake review inquiry…

    By James Davey and Yadarisa Shabong (Reuters) -Britain's competition regulator started a formal investigation on Friday into whether Amazon and Google may not have done enough to prevent or remove fake reviews. Along with regulators in the United Sates and the European Union, the Competition And Markets Authority (CMA) has stepped up its scrutiny of big tech firms in recent years. The British regulator said it will gather more information to decide if the firms may have broken consumer law by taking insufficient action to protect shoppers. Both Google and Amazon said they were continuing to as…

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    📱 | Google likely to soon face antitrust claims ove…

    By Karen Freifeld, Diane Bartz and Paresh Dave WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of state attorneys general may file a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's Google as early as next week, accusing the search and advertising giant of violating antitrust law in running its mobile app store The lawsuit has been in the works since last year and has already been delayed, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The anticipated lawsuit follows complaints from app developers about Google's management of its Play Store for Android devices, according to one source. but seems close again, the sources…

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    📱 | Exclusive: Google's adtech business set to face…

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Alphabet unit Google could face its biggest regulatory threat, with EU antitrust regulators set to open a formal investigation into its lucrative digital advertising business before the end of the year, said people familiar with the matter. It has in the last decade fined the company more than 8 billion euros ($ 9.8 billion) for blocking rivals in online shopping, Android smartphones and online advertising. An EU probe would focus on Google's position vis-a-vis advertisers, publishers,…

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    👍 | Facebook's'Neighborhoods' faces crowded niche…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Moira Warburton (Reuters) – When Facebook began testing its new “Neighborhoods” feature in Canada last October amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant described it as a dedicated place for people to connect with their local communities. Here But Facebook, which is rolling out the, in a corner of the world's largest social network, people met neighbors, shared banana bread ingredients, helped locate missing cats and swapped local business recommendations, the feature's product manager Reid Patton said in a recent interview. feature in four US cities – Baton Rouge…

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    👍 | Twitter adds'Arabic (feminine)' language optio…

    By Lisa Barrington DUBAI (Reuters) – Twitter on Tuesday introduced an “Arabic (feminine)” language setting enabling the social media site to speak to users using feminine grammar, part of what it said was an inclusion and diversity drive. service to reflect the voices that shape the conversations that take place on our service, ”said Rasha Fawakhiri, Twitter's communications head for the Middle East and North Africa. In Arabic, verbs agree with the gender of their subject. Masculine forms are used to address mixed or unknown audiences and are the default in most texts. Twitter did…

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    📱 | Google dangles paid upgrade to businesses using…

    By Paresh Dave (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google on Monday unveiled an option for small businesses to upgrade their Gmail accounts for greater accounting, video chat and email newsletter functionalities. Google Workspace Individual, which starts at $ 7.99 monthly including a temporary $ 2 discount, adds To the company's expanding efforts to have users subscribe to some of its services such as YouTube and Google Photos in exchange for more support and features than are available for free. Subscription sales could help Google grow revenue beyond advertising. The small-business offering compares w ...

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    👍 | Analysis-Frequent run-ins with India gov't clou…

    By Sankalp Phartiyal and Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Another spat between India's government and US big tech has exacerbated disillusion among firms which have spent billions to build hubs in their largest growth market, to the extent some are rethinking expansion plans, people close The government on Saturday said Twitter Inc had not indicated compliance with new rules aimed at making social media firms more accountable to legal requests, and therefore risked losing liability exemptions for content posted on its platform. Twitter joins compatriots Amazon.com Inc,…

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    📱 | Google, Facebook pledged millions for local new…

    By Helen Coster (Reuters) – Facing regulatory and political pressure, Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google in recent years committed a combined $ 600 million to support news outlets globally – many of them local or regional enterprises foundering in a digital age. Thousands of media outlets received financial and other support for everything from fact checking and reporting to training, according to the tech giants' announcements. Some publishers express gratitude for contributions they say are essential as advertising revenue has plunged. But several media analysts and news business executives t…

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    👍 | Nigeria says it suspends Twitter days after pre…

    ABUJA (Reuters) -Nigeria said on Friday it had indefinitely suspended Twitter's activities, two days after the social media giant removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government had acted because of “the Persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence ”. Mohammed did not spell out what form the suspension would take or give more details on the undermining activities. His ministry also announced Twitter's suspension on Twitter https: //…

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    📱 | German competition authority launches probe int…

    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany's competition authority is investigating Alphabet Inc's Google News Showcase, a platform which makes news available on the tech giant's news website, it said on Friday. Cooperation with Google could be attractive for publishers and other news providers and offer consumers better “Nor must Google's strong position in access to end customers lead to a crowding out of competing offerings from publishers,” the statement said. “However, it must be ensured that this does not lead to discrimination between individual publishers,” the statement said. or other news p…

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    👍 | Facebook to take action against users repeated l…

    (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would take “stronger” action against people who repeatedly share misinformation on the platform. Facebook will reduce the distribution of all posts in its news feed from a user account if it frequently shares content that has been flagged as false by one of the company's fact-checking partners, the social media giant said in a blog post. (Https://bit.ly/3oQ6HWy) It added that it was also launching ways to inform people if they are interacting with content that has been rated by a fact-checker. False claims and conspiracies have proliferated on soci…

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    👍 | Twitter finds its AI tends to crop out Black pe…

    By Paresh Dave (Reuters) – Twitter Inc's image-cropping algorithm has a problematic bias toward excluding Black people and men, the company said in new research on Wednesday, adding that “how to crop an image is a decision best made by people.” The study by three of its machine learning researchers was conducted after user criticism last year about image previews in posts excluding Black people's faces. It found an 8% difference from demographic parity in favor of women, and a 4% favor toward white individuals. paper cited several possible reasons, including issues with image backgrounds a…

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    📱 | Slate of Google updates boost its smartwatch, w…

    By Paresh Dave (Reuters) -Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday unveiled updates across many services, including Maps, Photos and operating systems, as the company showcases its role in a world that has become more digitally connected during the pandemic. The announcements during the virtually -held Google I / O developer conference add up to a boost for the company's smartwatch efforts, which compete with Apple Inc, and for its collaboration tools that rival offerings from Microsoft Corp. They also show how Google is aiming to demonstrate that its advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) will ke…

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    📱 | Google leads US business push to preserve wor…

    By Paresh Dave (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday it was leading about 30 companies and trade groups in engaging a lawsuit that seeks to stop over 90,000 spouses of highly skilled US visa workers from having jobs in the country. The organizations contend undoing employment authorization for spouses would cause financial havoc for families, because most made life choices such as having children or buying homes based on the expectation of two incomes. A federal judge in Washington is expected to decide in the coming months on the lawsuit challenging the work permits tied to H-4 v…

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    📱 | Italy fines Google for excluding Enel e-car app…

    MILAN (Reuters) – Italy's competition regulator has fined Google 102 million euros ($ 123 million) for excluding an e-mobility app developed by Enel from the US tech giant's Android system. For more than two years, Google has not allowed Enel's JuicePass to operate on Android Auto – a system that allows apps to be used safely in cars – unfairly curtailing its use while favouring Google Maps, the regulator said on Thursday. negative spill-over effects on the growth of electric vehicles (EV…

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    📱 | Italy fines Google $ 123 million for abuse of do…

    MILAN (Reuters) -Italy's competition watchdog said on Thursday it had fined Google 102 million euros ($ 123 million) for abuse of its dominant position due to its Android mobile operating system and app store Google Play. , Google has a dominant position which allows it to control the reach app developers have on final users, ”the regulator said in a statement, adding that almost three-quarters of Italians use smartphones running on Android. The regulator said Google did not allow JuicePass , an electric vehicle (EV) services app from Enel X, to oper…

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    👍 | US state AGs urge Facebook to cancel plans fo…

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A group of 40 state attorneys general on Monday urged Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to abandon plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13. “Use of social media can be detrimental to the “Further, Facebook has historically failed to protect the welfare of children on its platforms,” they said. The letter also signed by the attorneys general of the District of Columbi…

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    👍 | Facebook has six months to determine if Trump r…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) -Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's suspension of former US President Donald Trump but said the company was wrong to make the suspension indefinite and gave it six months to determine a “proportionate response.” Trump called the decision and his banning across tech platforms “a total disgrace” and said the companies would “pay a political price.” The much-awaited board verdict has been watched for signals on how the world's largest social media company will treat rule-breaking political leaders in the future, a key area of ​​contro…

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    👍 | Trump Facebook ban remains but oversight board…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) – Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's suspension of former US President Donald Trump but said the company was wrong to make the suspension indefinite and gave it six months to determine a “proportionate response.” Trump called the decision and his banning across tech platforms “a total disgrace” and said the companies would “pay a political price.” The board's much-awaited verdict has been watched for signals on how the world's largest social media company will treat rule-breaking political leaders in the future, a key area of ​​con…

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    👍 | Trump still banned from Facebook but board dema…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) -Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's suspension of former US President Donald Trump but gave the company six months to determine a “proportionate response” going forward, a verdict that may chart how social media will treat rule -breaking world leaders in the future. The company inappropriately imposed an indeterminate suspension without clear standards, the board said, requiring a company review. The Board said Facebook should determine a response that is consistent with rules applied to other users of the platform. Facebook left…

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    👍 | Trump still banned from Facebook but board call…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) -Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's suspension of former US President Donald Trump but said the indefinite suspension was wrong, in a much-awaited verdict that may signal how the company will treat rule-breaking world leaders in the future. The Board said Facebook should determine a “proportionate response” that is consistent with rules applied to other users of the platform, and that Facebook must complete its review within six months. Facebook indefinitely blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts over conce…

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    👍 | Facebook oversight board to rule on Trump's ret…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) – Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday will decide whether to uphold the company's indefinite suspension of former US President Donald Trump, in a much-awaited verdict that may signal how the company will treat rule-breaking world leaders in the future. Facebook indefinitely blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts over concerns of further violent unrest following the Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of the former president. At the time of the suspension, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post that…

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    👍 | Facebook oversight board to announce decision o…

    (Reuters) -Facebook Inc's independent oversight board tweeted on Monday it would announce a decision May 5 on whether to uphold former US President Donald Trump's indefinite suspension from the social media platform and Instagram. Facebook blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts over concerns 6 storming of the US Capitol by his supporters. It later handed the case to the oversight board. The board, created by Facebook in response to criticism over its handling of problematic content, in mid-April said it had extended the pu…

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    👍 | Twitter breaks tech's blockbuster streak, share…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Sheila Dang (Reuters) -Twitter Inc shares sank 11% in post-market trading on Thursday as it offered tepid revenue guidance for the second quarter, warned of rising costs and expenses and said user growth could slow as the boost seen During the coronavirus pandemic fizzles. The social media company posted revenues and user numbers mostly in line with analyst estimates in stark contrast to the better performing digital ad firms like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's. It said it expected second quarter revenue between $ 980 million and $ 1.08 billion, lower than Wall Street…

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    👍 | Twitter shares fall as it warns of fizzling use…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Twitter Inc shares sank on Thursday as it reported a surge in ad sales but warned of rising costs and expenses and said user growth could slow in the coming quarters as the flow seen during the coronavirus pandemic fizzles The social media company also said stock based compensation for new hires would be more than expected this year. Shares of Twitter fell 8.7% to $ 59.30 in trading after the bell. Twitter says it wants to reset after years of product stagnation, announcing in February bold goals to expand its user base, speed up new features…

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    👍 | Facebook lifts S & P 500 to record high

    By Noel Randewich and Shivani Kumaresan (Reuters) – The S & P 500 hit an intra-day record high on Thursday, fueled by gains in Facebook following its strong earnings report, while investors awaited upcoming results from Amazon. Facebook Inc jumped over 6% to an all-time high after beating market expectations for quarterly revenue and profit late on Wednesday, helped by a surge in digital ad spending during the pandemic and higher ad prices. Seven of the 11 major S & P 500 sectors rose, with the communication services index jumping 2.6 %, boosted by Facebook and 1.6% rise in Alphabet. Apple Inc clim…

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    👍 | S & P 500, Nasdaq hit record highs on tech earn in…

    By Shivani Kumaresan (Reuters) – The S & P 500 and Nasdaq indexes hit record levels on Thursday after stellar earnings from Apple and Facebook powered a rally in tech stocks, while upbeat economic data supported bets of a swifter economic recovery. Apple Inc gained 1.0% after posting sales and profits ahead of Wall Street estimates, led by much stronger-than-expected iPhone and Mac sales. Facebook Inc jumped 6.6% to hit an all-time high on beating analysts' expectations for both quarterly revenue and profit, helped by a surge in digital ad spending during the pandemic, along with higher ad price…

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    👍 | S & P 500, Nasdaq hit record highs at open on ear…

    (Reuters) – The S & P 500 and the Nasdaq indexes opened at record highs on Thursday, helped by a rally in tech stocks, while investors parsed a barrage of quarterly reports and the latest batch of economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 35.3 points , or 0.10%, at the open to 33855.64. The S & P 500 rose 23.0 points, or 0.55%, at the open to 4206.14, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 153.5 points, or 1.09%, to 14204.515 at the opening bell. (Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva) More