Germany seeks to curb internet giants’ dominance

By Douglas Busvine BERLIN, Sept 4 : Germany, seeking to rein in internet giants like Google and Facebook, plans to bolster the powers of its competition watchdog to prevent such companies from becoming monopolies even before they achieve scale. The initiative, announced on Tuesday, could include blocking big players from taking over smaller rivals and […]

Republican U.S. senator asks FTC to examine Google ads

By Paresh Dave and Lisa Lambert SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Aug 31 : U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch on Thursday asked the Federal Trade Commission to rekindle an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google, and President Donald Trump vowed to fight what he called political censorship by social media companies. Hatch, the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance […]

White House investigating Google after Trump accuses it of bias

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Aug 28 : U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday Google’s search engine was hiding “fair media” coverage of him and said he would address the situation, taking a swipe at the internet giant without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take. The company, part of Alphabet Inc, […]

EU lawmakers reject tough line on copyright reform

By Foo Yun Chee and Robert-Jan Bartunek Brussels, July 5 : EU lawmakers have opted not to take a tough line on an EU copyright overhaul aimed at making Google, Facebook and other tech giants share revenues with publishers, broadcasters and artists after lobbying by internet companies. The decision is a victory for the tech […]

Rocket Internet targets $2.6 bln cash at fintech and AI

By Emma Thomasson BERLIN, May 29 : Germany’s Rocket Internet said on Tuesday it is looking at investing in areas such as financial technology and artificial intelligence with the 2.6 billion euro ($3 billion) it has amassed. “We are looking for opportunities in the tech sector… There is no set timeframe,” the ecommerce investor’s chief […]

U.S. ‘net neutrality’ rules will end on June 11 -FCC

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, May 10 : The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice on Thursday that landmark 2015 U.S. open-internet rules will cease on June 11, and new rules handing providers power over what content consumers can access will take effect. The FCC in December repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules, allowing internet […]