The German Bundeskartellamt: Apple’s in Trouble

The 2020s are shaping up to be big years for governments’ antitrust legislation all over the world. Earlier this month, Germany’s Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office FCO) regulator designated Apple a “company of paramount significance for competition across markets,” adding Apple Inc. to Google and Meta which were determined with binding effect the same on May […]

TikTok Issues: Data Privacy and Children’s Rights Violations

TikTok issues have been the talk of the world lately, especially data privacy and children’s rights violations. Lately, numerous countries are banning TikTok citing security concerns. It comes down to two main reasons: data privacy and the lack of protection for children and minors. The application has 1.534 billion users out of which 1 billion […]

Intel to Work with Arm on Chip Manufacturing Compatibility

Intel Corp on Wednesday said its chip contract manufacturing division will work with U.K.-based chip designer Arm Ltd to ensure that mobile phone chips and other products that use Arm’s technology can be made in Intel’s factories. Once the biggest name in chips known as central processing units (CPUs), Intel has seen long seen its […]

UK Watchdog Fines TikTok $16 Million for ‘Misusing Children’s Data’

Britain’s data watchdog said on Tuesday it had fined TikTok 12.7 million pounds ($15.9 million) for breaching data protection law including by using the personal data of children aged under 13 without parental consent. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) estimated that TikTok allowed as many as 1.4 million UK children under 13 to use its […]

Car Services Groups Warn of Unfair Competition as EU Data Plan Stalls

 (This March 31 story has been corrected to say Laurianne Krid is director general of FIA Region I, part of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and not director general of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, in paragraph 8) Car services groups on Friday warned a stalled EU proposal to ensure fair access to valuable […]

GM Plans to Phase Out Apple Carplay in EVS, With Google’s Help

 General Motors plans to phase out widely-used Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies that allow drivers to bypass a vehicle’s infotainment systems, shifting instead to built-in infotainment systems developed with Google for future electric vehicles. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems allow users to mirror their smartphone screens in a vehicle’s dashboard display. GM’s decision […]

US, Partner Countries Call for Controls to Counter Misuse of Spyware

The United States and some of its partner countries on Thursday called for strict domestic and international controls to counter the proliferation and misuse of commercial spyware. The joint statement was issued by the governments of Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The […]

Britain to Set out Plans to Boost Energy Security

Britain will set out plans on Thursday to boost its energy security and independence through investment in moving towards cleaner, more affordable energy sources. Wholesale gas and electricity prices in Europe surged after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year and the British government has been subsidising household and business energy bills since October. “Transforming our […]

UK Says Broadcom’s $61 Billion VMware Deal Could Hurt Server Competition

Britain’s competition regulator said U.S. chipmaker Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware could make servers more expensive, and it would refer the $61 billion deal to an in-depth inquiry unless its concerns were addressed. Broadcom agreed to buy the cloud computing and virtualisation company last year to diversify into enterprise software. Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) […]