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Germany looks into tax move on foreign internet firms: report

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FRANKFURT Germany's finance ministry is looking into the possibility of a 15 percent special tax on online advertising revenue collected by foreign internet companies such as Google or Facebook from German operators, Wirtschaftswoche magazine reported on Friday.

Big hedge funds dumped China stocks, Apple as market tumbled

NEW YORK Prominent hedge fund managers sold out of Chinese technology stocks and dumped Silicon Valley majors such as Apple Inc and Facebook Inc while global stock markets cratered during the fourth quarter, according to securities filings released on Thursday.

Wealth Feb 14 2019

U.S. negotiating multibillion-dollar fine with Facebook: report

WASHINGTON The U.S. government and Facebook Inc are negotiating a settlement over the company's privacy lapses that could require the online social network to pay a multibillion-dollar fine, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Tech, Feb 14 2019

EU clinches copyright overhaul deal, tech giants in focus

BRUSSELS The European Union is set to rewrite its two-decades-old copyright rules which will force Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc to share revenue with the creative industries and remove copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.

Tech, Feb 13 2019

Japan sets sights on tighter anti-trust regulations for Big Tech

TOKYO Japan's government plans to set up a new watchdog to scrutinize big tech companies like Facebook and Google amid growing concerns about monopoly practices and the handling of personal data.

Tech, Japan Feb 13 2019

Indian lawmakers urged to summon global heads of Facebook, other tech giants

MUMBAI Indian activists have petitioned a parliamentary panel to summon the heads of U.S. tech firms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google and question them on issues ranging from tax compliance to data privacy.

Tech, Feb 12 2019

U.S. judge keeps documents secret in Facebook encryption case

SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a bid by two civil rights groups that had sought to force the release of documents describing a secret U.S. government effort to compel Facebook Inc to decrypt voice conversations between users on its Messenger app.

Tech, Feb 11 2019

As Indian election looms, Facebook steps up fact-checks

MUMBAI Facebook Inc is expanding its fact-checking network in India to curb the spread of misinformation as the world's largest democracy prepares for a general election that must be held by May, the U.S.-based social media giant said on Monday.

Tech, World, Feb 11 2019

UPDATE 1-As Indian election looms, Facebook steps up fact-checks

MUMBAI, Feb 11 Facebook Inc is expanding its fact-checking network in India to curb the spread of misinformation as the world's largest democracy prepares for a general election that must be held by May, the U.S.-based social media giant said on Monday.

Facebook toughens political ad policies in India ahead of election

NEW DELHI Facebook Inc is toughening up the rules governing political advertisements in India to create more transparency ahead of the country's general elections due before May, the social media giant said late on Thursday.

World, Tech, Africa Feb 07 2019