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Google agrees to 945M-euro tax settlement with France

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:04 AM

The company will pay a 500-million-euro fine for tax evasion, as well as a further 465 million euros to settle claims with French tax authorities.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Big Tech backlash kicks into gear with antitrust moves

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:11 AM

The antitrust actions come against a backdrop of declining public trust in big online firms, and fines levied against Facebook and Google over privacy violations

BIG TECH. The presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a billboard in the South of Market Area of San Francisco that calls for breaking up big tech. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Antitrust probe of Facebook may be first step against Big Tech

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:58 PM

New York state attorney general says the probe is to see 'whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk'

U.S. states announce antitrust probe of Facebook

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The move marks the first official US antitrust action against one of the so-called Big Tech companies – although a landmark case had targeted Microsoft back in the 1990s

U.S. tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:47 AM

France's levy has been criticized in Washington for departing from precedent on taxing revenue instead of profits and for targeting a narrow group of companies

GAFA. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, displayed on a tablet in Paris, on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Americans' views on tech firms turn sharply negative – poll

Jul 30, 2019 - 1:45 PM

A Pew Research Center study shows the percentage of people seeing tech firms as having 'a positive impact' tumbled to 50% in a recent survey, down from 71% in 2015.

BIG TECH. This illustration picture taken on April 20, 2018 in Paris shows apps for Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple (GAFA) and the reflexion of a binary code displayed on a tablet screen. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Australian watchdog calls for controls on Facebook, Google

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'There is no option other than to put in place the right regulatory and legislative regime to protect the public's privacy,' Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says

FRYDENBERG. Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia, in April 2019 at a candidates' forum prior to the 2019 federal election. Wikipedia photo

The struggle to regulate online giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Governments are having trouble regulating the giants as they often have to work with rules that haven't adapted quickly enough to the rise of these digital companies

Is a $5 billion fine the least painful part of Facebook's settlement?

Jul 24, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The deal, which follows a lengthy investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, allows Facebook to avoid prosecution for its data protection lapses

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook app is seen in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Attacks on Big Tech likely at White House social media 'summit'

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:43 AM

President Donald Trump has invited conservative critics of Big Tech but excluded the platforms themselves

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. antitrust hammer for Big Tech: What happens next?

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Each firm has different issues, but any probes could center on whether they abused their dominant position and stifled competition