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(...)

More than two dozen Republican politicians speak to the media after storming into the room used by the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

A US House of Representatives impeachment inquiry devolved into chaos on Wednesday as Republican politicians, encouraged by US president Donald Trump (...)

US president Donald Trump and House speaker Nancy Pelosi: Even if the Democratically controlled House of Representatives was to vote for impeachment, conviction still needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate. Photograph: Jim Young

This week, as part of the annual St Patrick’s Day ritual in Washington, president Donald Trump made one of his rare trips to Capitol Hill. Following (...)

Regulation of the tech sector is inevitable, Apple boss Tim  Cook has said, as free market has not worked to rein in data privacy abuses. Photograph:  Kimihiro Hoshino /AFP/Getty Images

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said new regulations for the tech industry are “inevitable” in the wake of a series of scandals, rejoining a debate t(...)

People   cross the border between Hungary and Austria on September 10th, 2015, near Nickelsdorf, Austria. The US has made its first specific commitment  towards increasing its acceptance of migrants from Syria.  Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has directed his administration to take in at least 10,000 people fleeing the conflict in Syria over the next year. White Ho(...)