Technology

Facebook, eBay to crack down on fake reviews

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Britain’s competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority, said that, after it had warned them, Facebook and eBay pledged to remove accounts, pages and groups involved in the trade of fake reviews. “We’re pleased that...

Google sued for infringing patents

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The American consumer electronics company Sonos is suing Google for patent infringement. The company announced it filed a lawsuit on 7 January. It says Google used their technology to make smart speakers with multiroom music...

Poland prepares for 5G launch

Poland's mobile operator Play Communications announced it is planning to launch a 5G network in the northern city of Gdynia. “What we are announcing today is definitely the opening of the first 5G city in...

Ryanair prepared for further 737 MAX delays

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Ryanair is prepared for further delays to the delivery of its Boeing 737 Max airliners, its chief executive Michael O’Leary said in an interview. O’Leary said that he will be lucky to see any by...

Google to end controversial Dutch, Irish tax scheme

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Google’s parent company Alphabet will stop using an intellectual property licensing scheme, known as the “Double Irish, Dutch sandwich”, which allowed it to delay paying US taxes. “We’re now simplifying our corporate structure and will...

Microsoft says North Korea-based hackers stole sensitive information

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Tech giant Microsoft said on 30 December it won a court order that allowed it to take control of 50 websites a hacking group was using to carry out cyberattacks. The group is called “Thallium”,...

Ex-Nissan chief flees Japan for Lebanon

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Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has announced he is in Lebanon after he suddenly left Japan, where he faces trial on charges of financial misconduct. "I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be...

Huawei’s sales grow despite US sanctions

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Despite the US sanctions imposed on the company, Huawei's revenue grew around 18% in 2019 to more than 850 billion Chinese yuan, or about $122 billion. “These figures are lower than our initial projections, yet...

Nissan top executive to step down

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Nissan’s vice chief operating officer, Jun Seki, announced his resignation just weeks after taking the job. Seki revealed that he will step down to become the president of Nidec Corp, a Japanese manufacturer of electric...

UK insurers leave companies unprotected against cyber threats

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UK insurers’ current level of technology-related coverage may leave companies unprotected against damages from lost data and IT meltdowns. Experts say that UK clients are “very concerned” and call for new cyber insurance policies, as...

US warns UK about allowing Huawei in 5G

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The United States’ national security adviser, Robert O’Brien has warned the United Kingdom about allowing China’s Huawei Technologies into its 5G telecoms networks. O’Brien said the action would pose a risk to UK’s secret intelligence...

Tesla’s stock hits record high

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After seeing a dramatic rise for weeks, Tesla stock reached an all-time high of over $420 on 23 December. Last year, CEO Elon Musk tweeted he had “funding secured” to take the company private at...

US Navy bans TikTok app from government-issued smartphones

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The United States Navy has banned the video sharing app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying it represented a "cybersecurity threat." Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Uriah Orland explained that the "Cyber Awareness Message" that the...

BMW under investigation over US sales practices

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BMW Group said it was being investigated by the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission over the company's sales practices. "We can confirm that we've been contacted by the SEC and are cooperating fully with...

Facebook removes hundreds of pro-Trump fake accounts

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Facebook has removed more than 900 fake accounts, groups, and pages associated with a website known to publish conspiracy theories in support of United States’ president, Donald Trump. The website “The Beauty of Life” is...

Germany bans Uber’s ride-hailing services

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A court in Frankfurt has banned the US company Uber from sending ride-hailing requests to rental car companies via its app. The case was opened due to a complaint by a German taxi association. The...

ECJ opinion says EU data transfer tools are legal in Facebook privacy case

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According to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU Commission’s standard contractual clauses used for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries are...

Amazon, Google, Apple join forces to improve smart home devices

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Amazon, Google, Apple and the Zigbee Alliance announced on 18 December that they will team up in an effort to make smart homes easier to use. The group is working on a project with an...

Germany delays decision on Huawei for 5G rollout

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives along with their Democrat partners have decided to delay till 2020 the decision on the 5G security rules that will decide Huawei’s fate in Germany. Earlier this month, Telefonica Deutschland...

Europe launches Cheops satellite to study exoplanets

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Europe’s planet-hunting satellite was successfully launched on 18 December. The European Space Agency said the mission will have its first results within several months of its launch. The Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (Cheops) is a telescope...

Apple, BMW, Dell, Ford urge Brussels to tackle unfair patent deals

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Apple and a coalition of 27 tech and automotive companies sent a letter to the European Commission this week, complaining that other companies abuse the patent system by refusing to license standard essential patents...

Instagram makes big step toward fighting misinformation

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Instagram is significantly expanding its fact-checking program as a part of its efforts to combat misinformation. The Facebook-owned social media app announced it will, for the first time, fact-check posts of all of its users...

India’s internet shutdown is the longest in history

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The Indian government's shutdown of the Internet in Kashmir is the longest in history, surpassing the previous blocks of Myanmar and China. The crackdown was ordered to prevent Kashmiri citizens from receiving and spreading information...

Youtube bans ‘implied’ threats

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YouTube revealed on 11 December it would better "tackle harassment" with its strengthened anti-harassment policy. After being repeatedly accused of allowing hate speech, the video streaming platform said it will ban "veiled or implied threats"...

Vestager puts Google under scrutiny over data deals with news groups

Questionnaires were sent out to news publishers by the EU Competition authorities, as part of an ongoing preliminary probe into Google's use of reader's data and how the tech giant leverages data to personalise...

Regulatory myopia has resulted in the internet of today, and if we’re not careful...

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At AmCham EU's 7th Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy conference, I had the pleasure of leading a fireside chat with Romanian MEP with the Renew Europe Group, Dragos Tudorache, and AT&T Senior Vice President for...

China orders removal of foreign tech in public offices

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The Chinese government has ordered state offices and public institutions to remove foreign technology within three years. This is one of the latest developments in the trade war between China and the United States. The...

Spain follows France, Italy, and the UK to introduce a digital tax

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Spain will press ahead with a digital tax, following in the footsteps of France, Italy, and the UK, according to El Pais. The plan for a so-called digital tax will go ahead despite threats of...

Huawei launches new legal action against US ban

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Telecom giant Huawei announced on 5 December it has launched an authorized challenge to last month's decision by US regulators to classify it as a national security threat. The legal challenge is a response to...

Uber’s European competitor shows higher profitability

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Estonia’s car-hailing platform Bolt is profitable in two-thirds of the markets in which it operates, surpassing Uber’s profitability. Founded in 2013 as Taxify and rebranded as Bolt, the Estonian company has a 25 million customer...

“We will not let technology turn against the people”, Jourová pledges

"Technology should serve the people, not the other way around", said Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission, during a Summit organised by the Financial Times and European Telecommunications Network Operations...

Europe’s 5G state-of-play: Interview with Mark Spelman

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Mark Spelman is a British expert focused on key 5G challenges like standardisation and cyber-security. His current roles include heads the Thought Leadership at the World Economic Forum and leading the Forum’s initiative on...

European Commissioner slams Turkey’s internet censorship

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Turkey's continued block of the internet is both unacceptable and a violation of the democratic principles of the European Convention on Human Rights which protects freedom of speech, according to the Europe Commissioner for Human...

Facebook’s only Dutch fact-checking partner quits over political advertising policies

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A partnership between Facebook and the only Netherlands-based fact-checker, Nu.nl, has stopped checking for possible fake news on Facebook, ending a two-and-a-half-year partnership with the social media giant. "What is the point of fighting fake...

European Space Agency sees historic budget rise

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The European Space Agency got its biggest financial boost in a generation on Thursday, with 22 member states agreeing to invest €14.4bn over the next five years. At a two-day conference in Seville, Spain, the...

NATO signs $1 billion contract with Boeing to modernise its fleet

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NATO and Boeing Company signed a landmark contract of $1 billion, to modernise the Alliance’s fleet of AWACS aircraft, during a ceremony at Melsbroek Airport in Brussels, on 27 November. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said...

Britain steps up commitment to European Space Agency

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The UK is expected to raise its subscription to the European Space Agency. The British delegation in Seville, Spain, was instructed to raise British government support for the agency, as the UK aims to remain...