UK prime minister Boris Johnson chairing a Covid-19 meeting by Zoom, after self-isolating after testing positive for the Coronavirus. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/Crown Copyright/10 Downing Street/PA Wire

Video-conferencing app Zoom is under scrutiny by the office of New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, for its data privacy and security practices(...)

If Facebook hadn’t acquired WhatsApp or Instagram, or if Google hadn’t bought YouTube or DoubleClick, would there be stronger competition for the two Silicon Valley firms? Photograph: iStock

When the world’s competition police reflect on big tech’s dealmaking over the past 15 years, you could forgive them for wondering what might have been(...)

Sarah Miller, who heads the American Economic Liberties Project, in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Mangum/The New York Times

One night five years ago, Sarah Miller, a former US treasury department aide, was trying to make sense of an economic recovery that had left the count(...)

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The Federal Trade Commission has demanded information from the five largest US companies - Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft - about acq(...)

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Four of the five biggest US technology giants boosted their lobbying spending last year as they battled charges of unfair competition, sought to shap(...)

Hyundai and Uber’s all-electric  air taxi at CES 2020. They have agreed to pony up €1.4 billion to fund it. Photograph:  David Becker/Getty Images

Artificial humans, robot taxis and 8K TVs are grabbing the headlines at CES, as the show tries to stay ahead of trends and remain relevant in a fast-m(...)

US whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks to European officials by video during a parliamentary hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers, at the Council of Europe in 2014. File photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

In terms of privacy and data protection, 2019 was another bumper year of issues, arguments, frustrations and weary resignation, eased by a (very) few (...)

An Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign billboard. It seems like Washington DC has belatedly become alive to the undesirability of unchecked Big Tech. Photograph: Justin Kaneps/The New York Times

How will the media industry change over the next decade? Will it be the Stuck Twenties, the Bubbly Twenties or the Thank-You-Next Twenties? Halfway t(...)

Attendees wait to ask a question of a Google Assistant at a giant “Hey Google” gumball machine game at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Robyn Beck / AFP

Politicians and privacy campaigners have called for Google’s $2.1bn deal for Fitbit to be blocked, over fears the search giant will feed its growing h(...)

Third-quarter revenue rose 28 per cent compared with a year ago to $17.38 billion (€15.6 billion), beating analysts’ average estimate of $17.37 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Facebook reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue on Wednesday and profit rose as growth in expenses slowed from a year earlier, assuaging inve(...)

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