Apple in hot water over Google’s antitrust case

Written on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 10:58
The US Justice Department has filed (yet another) antitrust lawsuit against Internet behemoth Google and it could have major repercussions for Apple. It is estimated that Google pays Apple between $8 billion to $12 billion a year to be the default search engine on Apple’s devices and soon it may all come to a head. The scrutiny of the deal, which was first agreed 15 years ago and has rarely been discussed by either company, has highlighted the special relationship…

Oracle v Google: the software copyright case of the decade

Written on Thursday, 08 October 2020 09:26
Ten years after Oracle first sued Google over the code used in its Android platform, the two tech giants are finally facing off in the Supreme Court. The dispute concerns about 11,500 lines of code that Google used to build its popular Android mobile operating system, which were replicated from the Java application programming interface developed by Sun Microsystems – a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle since 2010. Oracle sued Google shortly afterward, arguing that the company’s use of the…

Oracle-TikTok deal wins US approval

Written on Monday, 21 September 2020 09:57
US President Donald Trump has given his approval to the proposed deal between ByteDance, Oracle and Walmart for TikTok’s US operations. The announcement was made a day after the US Commerce Department issued an order prohibiting business with WeChat and TikTok in order to protect national security. The agreement will see the establishment of a new company called TikTok Global, with four US directors out of five. Together, Oracle and Walmart would hold 20 percent of the new company, for…

US tightens restrictions on Huawei’s access to technology

Written on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 08:02
The Trump administration announced it will further tighten restrictions on Huawei, aimed at cracking down on its access to commercially available chips. A Commerce Department statement added 38 Huawei affiliates around the world to the "entity list," claiming that the company was using international subsidiaries to circumvent the sanctions which prevent export of US-based technology. Ramped-up US restrictions are likely to cut off the Chinese smartphone maker’s access to even off-the-shelf chips and disrupt the global tech supply chain once…

UK makes U-turn decision on Huawei after US pressure

Written on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 13:09
Huawei has called on the UK government to reconsider a ban on the purchase of its 5G equipment, saying London had reacted to pressure from Washington rather than security concerns. The Chinese telecoms giant's UK spokesman Ed Brewster called the move "disappointing", adding: "Regrettably, our future in the UK has become politicized, this is about US trade policy, not security." Britain's digital minister Oliver Dowden announced in parliament that it approved the phased removal of Chinese technology giant Huawei from…

US considers buying controlling stakes in Nokia and Ericsson

Written on Friday, 07 February 2020 07:37
US Attorney general Bill Barr has called for The United States and its allies to take controlling stakes in Nokia, Ericsson or both to battle Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's dominance of the 5G market.

The case of Huawei's Meng explained

Written on Friday, 17 January 2020 07:44
Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant and daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained in the Canadian city on a US warrant in late 2018. Her arrest put the 47-year-old at the center of the US and China's battle over Huawei's growing global reach. Hearings into whether she can be extradited to the United States will begin on January 20 in Vancouver, in a case with potential repercussions for ties between the US, China…

EU to re-launch deadlocked effort to regulate messaging apps

Written on Wednesday, 04 December 2019 06:44
The European Union (EU) plans to push for greater regulation of internet phone messaging services such as Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp.

UK government to invest £30m in 5G tech for rural areas

Written on Sunday, 01 September 2019 07:42
The UK government has decided to invest £30 million to install 5G technology in rural areas in an effort to spark a ‘tech revolution” within the country.

Facebook faces historic $5bn fine over privacy violations

Written on Thursday, 25 July 2019 06:11
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided to fine Facebook $5 billion over privacy violations from the Cambridge Analytica scandal as well as a $100 million penalty by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for releasing misleading information about user data. Notwithstanding the highest ever fine imposed on the tech giant, the FTC said that Facebook will also have to submit new sweeping restrictions and a newly modified corporate structure which aims to hold the company accountable for…

EU fines Qualcomm over alleged antitrust violation

Written on Sunday, 21 July 2019 11:30
US chipmaking giant Qualcomm has been fined 242 million euros by the EU for an antitrust violation. The fine is the second penalty imposed on the company by Brussels, the previous fine being 997 million euros back in 2018. “Our investigation found that Qualcomm abused” its dominant position in the market between mid-2009 and mid-2011 by “engaging in predatory pricing,” read the statement issued by the EU. According to the EU’s case, the chips in question are “key components so…
A French consumer rights group said that it has launched a class action lawsuit against US tech giant Google for violating the EU's strict data privacy laws.
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