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Thousands march in support of Muslim family killed in truck attack in Canada

Reuters
Thousands of people marched on Friday in support of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man driving a pick-up truck last Sunday in an attack the police described as a hate crime. The four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran into......

Apple tightens rules after Justice Department targeted U.S. lawmakers

Reuters
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Friday said it has tightened some of its rules for responding to legal requests after the U.S. Justice Department during Donald Trump’s presidency subpoenaed it for information on Democratic lawmakers. Apple said it recently instituted a limit of 25 identifiers such as email addresses or phone......

U.S. House lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills to target Big Tech

Reuters
The U.S. Capitol is seen at sunrise. Washington, U.S. January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced four bills on Friday aimed at reining in the power of the tech giants in what one congressional aide described as a revolution in antitrust. Two of the......

Indian court deals blow to Amazon, Walmart’s Flipkart in antitrust case

Reuters
An Indian court dismissed pleas on Friday by Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Walmart’s (WMT.N) Flipkart to quash an antitrust investigation into the business practices of the U.S. firms, dealing them a blow in their key growth market. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced its investigation in January 2020 after......

Amazon, Google execs lead U.S. Senate panel antitrust hearing witness list

Reuters
Executives from Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Amazon.com (AMZN.O) head the list of witnesses for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee next week, along with an executive from speaker maker Sonos Inc (SONO.O), which has been critical of the two tech giants. Ryan McCrate, an associate general counsel,......

Mama June Claims Dentist Pulled Bait-and-Switch with Teeth Job, Sends Legal Threat

TMZ
Mama June‘s going after a dentist she claims promised to fix her teeth in exchange for some Instagram publicity, but allegedly pulled a bait-and-switch … leaving her mouth in major pain. The reality star’s legal team has fired off a letter to a dentist in Beverly Hills. In the document,......

U.S. tire maker Goodyear loses dispute against foreign workers in Malaysia

Reuters
(This June 10 story corrects “over a hundred” to “dozens of” in paragraph 1; number of migrant workers who filed complaints to 184 from 250 in para 2; number of workers in latest judgement to 65 from 109 in para 5) Malaysia’s Industrial Court has ruled in favor of dozens......

Three Percenters militia members charged in U.S. Capitol attack

Reuters
U.S. prosecutors have obtained a conspiracy indictment against six California men associated with the Three Percenters right-wing militia, the latest in a series of such charges arising from the Jan. 6 riot by former President Donald Trump’s supporters. The indictment against the men was returned by a grand jury in......

California appeals judge’s ruling striking down assault weapons ban

Reuters
California officials on Thursday said the state has appealed a federal judge’s decision to strike down its three-decade-old ban on assault-style weapons, saying the law is needed to prevent gun deaths. The appeal challenges last week’s ruling from U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego that the law illegally......

U.S. charges Israeli traders in healthcare insider trading scheme

Reuters
U.S. prosecutors on Thursday unveiled criminal charges in Manhattan accusing two Israeli traders of illegal trading in several biotechnology and healthcare companies in connection with a sprawling international insider trading scheme. Tomer Feingold and Dov Malnik were accused in a 15-count indictment of securities fraud, wire fraud, tender offer fraud,......

‘Beat them up’: Toshiba and Japan colluded against foreign investors, probe finds

Reuters
Toshiba Corp (6502.T) and Japan’s government colluded to lean on foreign investors to back company management in a key vote, according to an investigation which alleged one executive said they would ask the trade ministry to “beat up” a hedge fund. The shareholder-commissioned report released on Thursday also said that......

France’s Citroen charged with consumer fraud over dieselgate probe

Reuters
Carmaker Stellantis (STLA.MI) said on Thursday that its French Citroen unit had been charged with consumer fraud by French prosecutors in a far-reaching diesel emissions probe. Citroen would have to make a deposit of 8 million euros and provide a bank guarantee of 25 million euros for potential compensation for......

Bitcoin rallies 13% jumping above $37,000 after El Salvador passes law to adopt it as legal tender

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Other cryptocurrencies got a lift as well, and ether and XRP were both trading higher. Bitcoin is still significantly off of its record high of $64,829.14 that was hit in April. Bitcoin is known for wild price swings that have prompted critics......

Market power of Siri, Alexa, Google a concern, EU regulators say

Reuters
The market dominance of Amazon’s (AMZN.O) Alexa, Apple’s (AAPL.O) Siri and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google Assistant has triggered concerns of potential anti-competitive practices, EU antitrust regulators said on Wednesday. The comments from the European Commission come after a year-long inquiry into voice assistants and other internet-connected devices and responses from more......

Shell to step up energy transition after landmark court ruling

Reuters
Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) will seek ways to accelerate its energy transition strategy and deepen carbon emission cuts following a landmark Dutch court ruling last month, CEO Ben van Beurden said on Wednesday, a move that will likely lead to a dramatic shrinking of its oil and gas business. Shell......

U.S. withdrawing Trump executive orders that sought to ban TikTok, WeChat

Reuters
A picture of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on a smartphone in front of displayed Tik Tok and WeChat logos in this illustration taken September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration President Joe Biden is withdrawing a series of executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok......

Ryanair extends winning streak as court annuls German aid for Condor

Reuters
Ryanair on Wednesday won its challenge against state aid granted to German charter airline Condor, a third victory in its fight against billions of euros in pandemic support granted to its rivals. The Luxembourg-based General Court annulled regulators’ decision approving the measure but said Condor would not be required to......

In a world first, El Salvador makes bitcoin legal tender

Reuters
Bitcoin banners are seen outside of a small restaurant at El Zonte Beach in Chiltiupan, El Salvador June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File Photo El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after Congress approved President Nayib Bukele’s proposal to embrace the cryptocurrency.......

The legal battle over ‘assault weapons’ continues. What are they?

CNN
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Judge Roger Benitez wrote that the weapons under California’s ban were not “extraordinary weapons lying at the outer limits of Second Amendment protection,” writing that “(t)he banned ‘assault weapons’ are not bazookas, howitzers, or machineguns.” “Those arms are dangerous......

Prosecutors charge Winterkorn with giving false testimony to German parliament

Reuters
Former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn in Berlin, Germany, January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke Berlin prosecutors said on Wednesday they have brought charges against former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn forgiving false testimony to the German parliament when he said he was unaware of the carmaker’s diesel scandal before it broke.......

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