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EU privacy law heralds new era in online data protection

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – New European privacy regulations that go into effect on Friday will force companies to be more attentive to how they handle customer data, while bringing consumers both new ways to control their data and tougher enforcement of existing privacy rights.

Tencent’s WeChat drops ‘sugar daddy’ dating website

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top social media app WeChat has removed “sugar daddy” dating website SeekingArrangement from its platform, after a recent surge in the popularity of the U.S.-founded service attracted scrutiny from state media.

Apple blocks Steam’s plan to extend its video games to iPhones

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has blocked the plans of the biggest distributor of PC-based video games to extend its reach into iPhones, according to the game distributor, a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital purchases made inside games on its mobile devices.

Google tries to ease tensions on eve of new EU privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google sought to ease online publisher concerns on Thursday about the effects European data privacy rules going into effect in just a few hours will have on their ad business.

U.S. jury awards Apple $539 million in Samsung patent retrial

(Reuters) – After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay $539 million to Apple Inc for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.

Oregon family finds Amazon’s Alexa has a mind of her own

(Reuters) – A Portland, Oregon, family has learned what happens when Inc’s popular voice assistant Alexa is lost in translation.