Netflix and Apple slammed over lack of tax payments in Vietnam

Vietnam’s information minister on Tuesday accused foreign streaming companies like Netflix and Apple of skirting their tax responsibilities, saying it would create unfair competition for domestic firms. Foreign streaming firms, which have combined revenues of nearly one trillion dong ($43.15 million) from one million subscribers, according to the information and communications ministry, have never paid […]

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Facebook reportedly skirted its own rules to protect conservatives from disciplinary measures

Over the past several months, conservative groups – including associated of President Trump – were often not penalised by Facebook for violating its rules because people at the company worried about the perception of anti-conservative bias. Posts and ad spending along with internal Facebook documents were examined, and it was revealed accounts that included Donald […]

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Facebook sued over Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Facebook is being sued for failing to protect user’s personal data in the Cambridge Analytica breach. The scandal involved harvested Facebook data of 87 million people being used for advertising during elections. Mass legal action is being launched against Facebook for misuse of information from almost one million users in England and Wales. Facebook said […]

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Tokyo Olympics: Russian hackers targeted Games, UK says.

Russian hackers targeted this year’s GRU military intelligence carried out “cyber reconnaissance” against officials and organisations involved. The alleged attacks took place before the Games were postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials did not, however, specify the nature or extent of the cyber-attacks in detail. Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice announced […]

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Yelp to label businesses accused of racist behaviour

Yelp, a search and review website, is to label pages of businesses accused of racist behaviour. The platform, which lets users rate bars, restaurants and attractions, said the alerts would require “resounding evidence”, in the form of public attention and “floods of reviews”. Yelp will then link to a “credible news outlet” with more information […]

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Louis Vuitton, Volvo sell products on Line chat app as Thai social commerce grows

Bangkok – Luxury fashion and auto brands in Thailand have turned to selling their products on Japanese chat app Line amid the coronavirus pandemic, tapping the country’s growing appetite for social commerce, said a top executive on Thursday. Among brands that opened official accounts on the messaging app are Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Volvo, which […]

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Huawei ‘failed to improve UK security standards’

Huawei has failed to adequately tackle security flaws in equipment used in the UK’s telecoms networks despite previous complaints, said an official report. It also flagged that a vulnerability “of national significance” had occurred in 2019 but been fixed before it could be exploited. The assessment was given by an oversight board, chaired by a […]

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US squeezes China’s biggest chip-maker SMIC

The US Department of Commerce has written to American suppliers of China’s biggest chip manufacturer, warning them of “unprecedented risks” that their products could be used by the Chinese military. In the letter, the firms are reminded that they must apply for licences to ship controlled items to Shanghai-based SMIC. But it does not appear […]

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Uber spared from London ban despite ‘historical failings’

Uber has secured its right to continue operating in London after a judge upheld its appeal against Transport for London (TfL). The ride-hailing giant has been granted a license to work in the capital, almost a year after TfL rejected its application over safety concerns. It ends uncertainty fort eh 45,000 drivers who use the […]

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Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax

Microsoft has agreed to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Doom and Fallout studio Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion in cash. The acquisition follows earlier Bethesda games coming to Xbox Game Pass on console and PC, and it gives Microsoft control of upcoming games like the space epic Starfield. Microsoft says future Bethesda games, […]

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