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Europe agrees platform rules to tackle unfair business practices

The European Union’s political institutions have reached agreement over new rules designed to boost transparency around online platform businesses and curb unfair practices to support traders and other businesses that rely on digital intermediaries for discovery and sales. The European Commission proposed a regulation for fairness and transparency in online platform trading last April. And late yesterday the European Parliament, Council of the EU and Commission reached a political deal on ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Facebook, Ecommerce, Europe, Instagram, Ebay, Google Search, Tech, Eu, European Union, E-commerce, Search Engines, Competition, Commission


Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was commenting in a personal capacity, described it as “clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being fined a dime. The FCO’s decision instead bans the social network from linking user data across different platforms it owns, unles...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, Facebook Messenger, Commission, European Commission, EC, Margrethe Vestager, Zuckerberg, Fco, BBC Radio


German antitrust office limits Facebook’s data-gathering

A lengthy antitrust probe into how Facebook gathers data on users has resulted in Germany’s competition watchdog banning the social network giant from combining data on users across its own suite of social platforms without their consent. The investigation of Facebook data-gathering practices began in March 2016. The decision by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, , also prohibits Facebook from gathering data on users from third party websites — such as via tracking pixels and social plug-ins —...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Germany, US, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Eu, European Union, Bbc, Snapchat


Online platforms still not clear enough about hate speech takedowns: EC

In its latest monitoring report of a voluntary Code of Conduct on illegal hate speech, which platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube signed up to in Europe back in 2016, the European Commission has said progress is being made on speeding up takedowns but tech firms are still lagging when it comes to providing feedback and transparency around their decisions. Tech companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours, with 72% of content deemed to be illegal hate speech bei...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Instagram, Youtube, Germany, Censorship, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Snapchat, Artificial Intelligence


Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website late last week the Irish Data Protection Commission writes: “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, New York Times, European Commission, Nyt, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, WhatsApp Facebook


A Google linked exec and a former US politician have dropped out of a Saudi project after journalist's disappearance

Members of an advisory board for a $500 billion Saudi megacity project are distancing themselves from the organisation after the reported murder of a dissident Saudi journalist. Google-linked executive Dan Doctoroff and ex-US secretary of energy Ernest Moriz have now dropped out of the project. Apple's Jony Ive was initially on the list, but Apple says his inclusion was a mistake and he has nothing to do with the project. The other 16 members of the board did not respond to Business Insider's ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, US, Trends, New York Times, European Commission, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Oceana, Travis Kalanick, Andreessen Horowitz, Tim Brown


Apple and Google execs named to a Saudi advisory board amid controversy over reportedly murdered journalist

More than a dozen high profile tech executives, including famous venture capital investors Marc Andreessen and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are part of a newly announced advisory panel for a $500 billion Saudi mega-city project. The panel was announced as much of the focus on Saudi Arabia turns towards the fate of a Saudi dissident who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.  Shortly after the list of advisors was published, the list was changed and Apple's Jony Ive was ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Trends, New York Times, European Commission, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Oceana, Travis Kalanick, Andreessen Horowitz, Tim Brown, Istanbul


Top tech industry execs named to a Saudi advisory board amid controversy over reportedly murdered journalist

More than a dozen high profile tech executives, including famous venture capital investors Marc Andreessen and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are part of a newly announced advisory panel for a $500 billion Saudi mega-city project. The panel was announced as much of the focus on Saudi Arabia turns towards the fate of a Saudi dissident who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.  Apple's Jony Ive was initially on the list, but Apple says his inclusion was a mistake and he ha...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Uber, Instagram, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Trends, New York Times, European Commission, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Oceana, Travis Kalanick, Andreessen Horowitz, Tim Brown


Instagram is booming, and investors are salivating over Facebook as a result (FB)

Analysts are salivating over Facebook ahead of its Q2 2018 financial results due to be released on Wednesday. There are two key reasons. First, despite all the headlines, Facebook's chain of scandals isn't expected to hurt its bottom line. And then there's Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is red hot right now — and it's still growing rapidly. Facebook is facing one of the biggest crises in its 14 year history.  But don't expect to hear much about that on Wednesday, when the so...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Trends, Eu, European Commission, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Merkle, Gdpr, Facebook Instagram, GAAP, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Cambridge Analytica


Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon have too much power — so it's time for regulators to take on tech's titans (FB, AMZN, GOOGL, AAPL)

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has been facing scrutiny about its size and power.  The company has indeed become immensely powerful, but so too have Google, Apple, and Amazon. Their power has numerous bad effects for consumers and society, including the destruction of whole industries and even slow national economic growth. But for decades regulators have been ignoring such consequences of the concentration of corporate wealth. It's long past time for US regulators st...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Trends, Reagan, Chicago, Standard Oil, European Commission, Republican Party, Bernie Sanders, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump


Facebook, Twitter, YouTube praised for “steady progress” quashing illegal hate speech in Europe

 Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are likely to be breathing a little easier in Europe after getting a pat on the back from regional lawmakers for making “steady progress” on removing illegal hate speech. Read More
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Instagram, Youtube, Government, Social Media, Policy, European Commission, Hate Speech, Facebook Twitter, Freedom Of Expression


Monday’s Photos of the Day and Viral Videos

Former Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, right, crowns new Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa, right, punches Jason Sosa during the 10th round of a super featherweight boxing match Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in New York. Gamboa won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Men dressed as 1812-era Russian and French soldiers re-enact a staged battle near the Belarus village of Bryli, abou...
Tags: Photos, London, News, Bali, Indonesia, France, Russia, US, Eu, Sport, Ap, Britain, Soccer, European Commission, Belgium, Bangladesh


10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, GOOG, MSFT, AAPL)

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Thursday. 1. Facebook reported its Q1 earnings and stock soared nearly 9% after the company beat analyst expectations. Facebook's revenues for the period came in at $5.38 billion (£3.70 billion). 2. An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. It is believed to be an isolated incident. 3. Microsoft is buying 10 million strands of long oligonucleotides — laboratory-made molecules of...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, London, Instagram, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Getty Images, Britain, NHS, European Commission, Dyson, Volvo, Sheryl Sandberg, Cupertino California


Getty added to EU Google antitrust investigation

Photography agency complaint over Google Image search could see European Commission antitrust investigation expandedPhoto agency Getty Images has been added as an “interested third person” to the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Google, according to reports.Google is accused of distorting search results in favour of its own services, including Google Shopping, Maps and several others, affecting competitors from travel sites to price comparison companies. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Europe, Photography, Technology, Internet, European Union, World news, Getty Images, European Commission, Getty, Google Maps, EU Google, Google Shopping Maps



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