South Korea takes steps to curb Apple and Google’s dominance on commissions for developpers

On Wednesday, a parliamentary committee in South Korea voted to recommend amending a law – a key step in banning Google and Apple from forcibly charging software developers commissions on in-app purchases. The development marks the first such step by a major economy. The amendment will come to a final vote in parliament. Both US…

Huawei’s mobile equipment gradually being replaced with Nokia equivalent in EU

According to two sources close to the matter at hand, telecom operators Orange Belgium and Proximus plan on replacing Huawei’s mobile equipment in Belgium and Luxembourg with Nokia equivalent. The development comes with growing recognition of U.S. accusations that Huawei’s telecom gear could be used for economic and military espionage purposes by Beijing. Both Nokia…

Estonia’s parliament passes ‘Huawei law’ for telecom equipment security

In a significant development, Estonia’s parliament has approved a new law – Electronics Communications Act – to ensure that proper security reviews are undertaken for the installation of telecom equipment for future communication networks. The law, which lawmakers dubbed the “Huawei law” in reference to the Chinese telecommunications company, leaves the details of implementation to…

Russia’s GRU military intelligence gained access to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s e-mail correspondences: Der Spiegel

As per a report from German news magazine Der Spiegel, Russia’s GRU military intelligence may have gained access to many e-mails from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s constituency office in a 2015 cyber attack on Germany’s parliament. A spokesman for the German government had no immediate comment. Federal criminal police along with Germany’s federal cyber agency…

Indonesia’s government proposes levying taxes on CO2 emitting vehicles

On Wednesday, Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati submitted a proposal to the country’s parliament proposing to levy tariffs on sugar and artificially sugar-sweetened drinks; she has also proposed levying taxes on vehicles that emit carbon dioxide. She has also asked parliament to reconsider her proposal to impose an excise on plastic bags in order…