Google invests €3 billion to expand data centers in Europe, with a focus on clean energy

Google has announced plans to invest €3 billion to expand its data centers in Europe over the next two years, with a focus on sustainability and clean energy, according to Tech Crunch.  The company’s data centers are hubs for digital storage, networking, and cloud computing for its services, allowing data to be stored online instead of […]

New BBC app aims to help children develop a healthy digital life

New BBC app aims to help children develop a healthy digital life

The BBC has launched an app to help manage children’s online habits and conduct, which debuted on Wednesday for users in the UK, according to BBC News and Engadget. Called “Own It,” the app’s central feature is a keyboard that appears when the user is typing, and uses AI to detect when children could be sharing personal […]

Facebook reveals plan to establish independent oversight board to moderate content

Facebook reveals plan to establish independent oversight board to moderate content

Facebook has published details of its plan to establish an independent oversight board to moderate content on its platform, with the power to overrule CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company executives, according to BBC News. The plan for the Facebook “supreme court” was first announced in a blog post by Zuckerberg last November. On Tuesday, on […]

Google will pay France €1 billion to end years-long tax probe

Google will pay nearly €1 billion to French authorities to settle an ongoing investigation into its tax practices, according to The Verge. The payment includes a €500 million fine and tax payments of €465 million, still totaling less than the €1.6 billion Google was accused of failing to pay.  Since 2016, authorities had been investigating whether […]

US lawmakers step up antitrust inquiry, demanding documents from tech giants

The House Judiciary Committee of the US Congress has called on tech companies to release a wide array of documents and emails relating to possible anticompetitive practices, escalating the federal government’s ongoing antitrust investigation into companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon.  The requests were sent directly to executives like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, […]

France says it will block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency in the EU

Facebook’s “Libra” cryptocurrency project faced another policy setback on Thursday, with France saying that it would block its implementation in the Europe, according to BBC News. The nation’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, voiced concerns over how the currency could allow Facebook to abuse its dominant position in the market, would threaten the monetary sovereignty of […]

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager will serve another term, with expanded powers to regulate tech companies

European competition chief Margrethe Vestager, who had been facing the end of her term, will instead return for a another five years, with an expanded role on the new team of commissioners, according to Reuters.  Vestager has been behind much of the European Commission’s scrutiny of tech giants, and will now serve as an Executive Vice […]

Despite billions in sales, Amazon Europe received €241m in tax credits last year

Amazon Europe was granted €241m in tax credits last year, despite reporting nearly €30bn in sales, and even as authorities move to collect more taxes from tech giants. The credits could be deducted from taxes owed on future earnings, according to The Guardian. In recent years, tech companies in Europe, many of which are based in the […]

US states launch antitrust probes targeting Facebook and Google

US states attorney generals announced two new antitrust probes on Friday, aimed at large tech companies such as Facebook and Google, according to Reuters.  One probe, investigating Facebook, will be led by New York and includes seven other states as well as the District of Columbia. A second probe is expected to be aimed at Google, […]

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users have had their phone numbers leaked

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers from Facebook users have been discovered in an unsecured database online, in the latest privacy lapse linked to the social media company, according to Gizmodo.  With a total of more than 400 million records, the database includes 18 million users from the UK, as well as 122 million from the […]