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U.S. urban office market, stung by pandemic, hopes tech firms drive comeback

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The growing footprint in New York of major tech companies like Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google has given property owners and brokers hope that once the coronavirus has been conquered demand for office space will quickly return to pre-pandemic levels. FILE PHOTO: The......

Facebook switches news back on in Australia, signs content deals

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By Renju Jose, Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) – Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Australian flag......

Exclusive: French antitrust investigators say Google breached its orders on talks with news publishers – sources

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PARIS (Reuters) – French antitrust investigators have accused Alphabet Inc’s Google of failing to comply with the state competition authority’s orders on how to conduct negotiations with news publishers over copyright, two sources who read the investigators’ report said. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is seen at the high......

Google fires research leader amid diversity, research freedom controversies

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By Paresh Dave, Jeffrey Dastin FILE PHOTO: The Google sign is shown on one of the company’s office buildings in Irvine, California, U.S., October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google fired researcher Margaret Mitchell on Friday, they both said, after a weeks-long investigation found she moved......

Australia to continue talks with Facebook’s Zuckerberg over media code

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he would continue his talks with Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday after the social media platform blocked its news feeds in the country over disputes over a new media payment code. “We spoke yesterday morning but then we were......

Australia’s Seven West Media strikes partnership with Google

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(Reuters) – Australia’s Seven West Media Ltd said on Monday it entered into an initial deal to form a long-term partnership with Alphabet Inc’s Google to provide content to the tech company’s News Showcase product. Google launched its News Showcase platform in Australia earlier this month, which will see it......

EU privacy agency urges more safeguards to curb U.S. tech giants

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo./File Photo BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU privacy watchdog EDPS on Wednesday backed the bloc’s push to curb the power of Apple, Amazon, Alphabet unit Google and Facebook via new tough rules and suggested more safeguards......

Texas court considers hearing on changing venue of Google antitrust case

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FILE PHOTO: A Google sign is pictured on a Google building in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Texas court considering a state antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google is likely to hold a hearing on......

Microsoft backs Australia’s proposed media laws, eyes expansion

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(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it fully supported proposed new laws in Australia that would force internet giants Google and Facebook Inc to pay domestic media outlets for their content. “While Microsoft is not subject to the legislation currently pending, we’d be willing to live by these rules......

U.S. commission cites ‘moral imperative’ to explore AI weapons

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By Jeffrey Dastin, Paresh Dave (Reuters) – The United States should not agree to ban the use or development of autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence (AI) software, a government-appointed panel said in a draft report for Congress. FILE PHOTO: Activists from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a coalition......

Germany’s Scholz congratulates Yellen, wants to tackle digital tax

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FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz attends a news conference following talks with state leaders to discuss anti-coronavirus measures at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany December 13, 2020. Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Tuesday welcomed the U.S. Senate confirmation......

Alphabet shutting internet balloon venture Loon

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Google parent Alphabet Inc announced on Thursday it is shutting down its internet balloon business Loon, saying “the road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped.” Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Chris Reese Source – For more click here To Return......

Google asks U.S. judge to move states’ antitrust lawsuit to California

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has asked a U.S. judge in Texas to transfer an antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 states in December to a court in California, a state that has more relevant witnesses and documents needed by the company, it said. FILE PHOTO: A Google sign is......

Google investigates ethical AI team member over handling of sensitive data

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FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google is investigating a member of its ethical AI team and has locked the corporate account linked to that person after finding that thousands of files......

UPDATE 1-Business investments into Singapore rise 13%, highest in over a decade

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(Adds details, quotes) SINGAPORE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Business investment commitments into Singapore rose 13% last year to their highest in more than a decade, helped by sectors such as semiconductors, energy and chemicals even as the city-state suffered its worst recession from the COVID-19 pandemic. Commitments for investments in......

Exclusive: Biden administration eyes creating White House antitrust czar – sources

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By Diane Bartz, Nandita Bose FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives to speak during an event at Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center at New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Delaware, U.S. January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The incoming administration of......

Parler’s website is back online, but app still not in stores

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a “Trump 2020” sweatshirt uses his mobile phone during a “Stop the Steal” protest outside Milwaukee Central Count the day after Milwaukee County finished counting absentee ballots, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo NEW YORK (Reuters) – The chief executive of......

Uganda’s Museveni in commanding election lead, rival alleges fraud

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KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s long-time leader Yoweri Museveni held a commanding lead in a presidential election according to partial results on Saturday morning, with final results expected later in the day, though his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud. Electoral campaign posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni hang on......

Investors push for social media controls ahead of U.S. inauguration

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FILE PHOTO: The Twitter and Facebook logos along with binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration BOSTON (Reuters) – Pension fund managers and religious investors on Friday asked top social media companies to step up their content control efforts to reduce the threat......

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