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Australian regulator says Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal could harm competition

Australia’s antitrust regulator warned Google’s planned $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit may give it too much of people’s data, potentially hurting competition in health and online advertising markets.


UK says it still wants global digital tax as U.S. quits talks

Britain will keep pushing for a global solution on taxing international digital companies such as Google and Facebook Inc after the United States left negotiations, a spokesman for the British Treasury said on Thursday.


Alibaba’s Ant Group appoints new chief technology officer

Alibaba Group’s fintech arm Ant Group, operator of Alipay, has appointed Ni Xingjun as its new chief technology officer, the company said in a statement to Reuters.


Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness

A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.


Trump administration proposes rolling back protections for big tech

The U.S. Justice Department proposed on Wednesday that Congress take up legislation to curb protections big tech platforms like Alphabet’s Google and Facebook have had for decades, a senior official said, following through on President Donald Trump’s bid to crack down on tech giants.


U.S. pulled out of stalled talks on digital services taxes: Lighthizer

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin decided to pull out of negotiations on digital services taxes with European Union officials after they failed to make any progress, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Wednesday.