Launch of Huawei’s 5G compatible flagship Mate 30 smartphone clouded by lack of Android as its OS

In recent years, Huawei has shot up surprising fast into the global smartphone business. A U.S. ban citing theft of intellectual property and being a threat to U.S. national security has however crippled its sales outside China. On September 18 Huawei Technologies plans to launch its new Mate 30 line of smartphones in Munich, said…

France and the United States hammer out a draft agreement on French digital tax

U.S. tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook routinely generate huge profits from digital services in countries but route the profits through low-tax countries, such as Ireland and Luxembourg, in order to lower their tax profile in the country from which they had generated their revenues. France’s proposal to rectify this anomaly had unnerved…

YouTube takes down 210 channels linked to state-backed anti-Hong Kong protests

Following Twitter and Facebook taking action against Chinese state-backed efforts aimed at discrediting the Hong Kong protests, YouTube has followed on their footsteps. Following Twitter and Facebook dismantling influence campaigns originating from mainland China aimed at disrupting the ongoing Hong Kong protests, Alphabet Inc’s Google also said, its YouTube video streaming service has disabled 210…

Huawei to release Hongmeng OS for mobiles phones by end of 2019

Huawei’s Hongmeng will face challenges from Google’s Android operating system. Huawei’s first quarter sales rose on domestic demand. The overseas market for its smartphones has tanked. On Monday, as per a report from China’s state media Global Times, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is set to release its own mobile operating system, Hongmeng, by the end…

European Commission corners Amazon on its usage of merchant data

Amazon has come under scrutiny over its dual role as a marketplace for merchants as well as their competitor. In a significant development, antitrust regulators in the European Union are increasing their scrutiny on Amazon over its usage of merchants’ data. The development underscores increasing regulatory scrutiny over how tech companies exploit customers’ information. Facebook,…

Google faces privacy woes stemming from data handling for its online ad business

Google online ad business faces strong risks of non-compliance to EU’s GDPR. In a development that marks a heightening of Google’s privacy woes, privacy campaigners have filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way Google handles data in its online advertising business. Last month, complaints filed…