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  • No Google-Fit­bit merg­er with­out human rights reme­dies, says Amnesty to EU
    by Natasha Lomas on 27. Novem­ber 2020 at 14:17

    Human rights NGO, Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al, has writ­ten to the EU’s com­pe­ti­tion reg­u­la­tor call­ing for Google’s acqui­si­tion of wear­able mak­er Fit­bit to be blocked — unless mean­ing­ful safe­guards can be baked in. The tech giant announced its intent to splash $2.1BN to acquire Fit­bit a year ago but has yet to gain reg­u­la­to­ry approval for the

  • Is Slack over­priced now that the mar­ket knows Sales­force might buy it?
    by Alex Wil­helm on 27. Novem­ber 2020 at 14:16

    The Exchange is tech­ni­cal­ly off today, but we’re here any­way because there’s neat stuff in the world of star­tups and mon­ey to talk about. So, let’s yam­mer this morn­ing about Slack’s new val­u­a­tion and what the mar­ket is telling us about what the ven­er­a­ble SaaS com­pa­ny is real­ly worth. The Exchange explores star­tups, mar­kets and

  • Wall Street needs to relax, as star­tups show remote work is here to stay
    by Ron Miller on 27. Novem­ber 2020 at 11:17

    We are hear­ing that a COVID-19 vac­cine could be on the way soon­er than lat­er, and that means we could be return­ing to nor­mal life some time in 2021. That’s the good news. The per­plex­ing news, how­ev­er, is that each time some pos­i­tive news emerges about a vac­cine — and believe me I’m not com­plain­ing

  • UK to set up ‘pro-com­pe­ti­tion’ reg­u­la­tor to put lim­its on big tech
    by Natasha Lomas on 27. Novem­ber 2020 at 10:10

    The UK is mov­ing ahead with a plan to reg­u­late big tech, respond­ing to com­pe­ti­tion con­cerns over a ‘win­ner takes all’ dynam­ic in dig­i­tal mar­kets. It will set up a new Dig­i­tal Mar­ket Unit (DMU) to over­see a “pro-com­pe­ti­tion” regime for Inter­net plat­forms — includ­ing those fund­ed by online adver­tis­ing, such as Face­book and Google

  • Aliba­ba vies for a piece of China’s boom­ing EV mar­ket
    by Rita Liao on 27. Novem­ber 2020 at 3:56

    There’s no lack of news these days on China’s tech giants team­ing up with tra­di­tion­al car­mak­ers. Com­pa­nies from Aliba­ba to Huawei are striv­ing to become rel­e­vant in the tril­lion-dol­lar auto indus­try, which itself is seek­ing an elec­tric tran­si­tion and intel­li­gent upgrade as 5G comes of age. State-owned automak­er SAIC Motor, a major play­er in Chi­na,

  • Gift Guide: Black Fri­day tech deals that are actu­al­ly worth check­ing out
    by Greg Kumparak on 27. Novem­ber 2020 at 0:09

    Black Fri­day approach­es! In a year where ask­ing Alexa what day today is feels total­ly nor­mal, this Black Fri­day seems like it came out of nowhere. As we say pret­ty much every year, a lot of Black Fri­day deals are… not that good. While there are cer­tain­ly deals to be found, there’s also a lot

  • Facebook’s lat­est ad tool fail puts anoth­er dent in its rep­u­ta­tion
    by Natasha Lomas on 26. Novem­ber 2020 at 20:26

    Reset yer coun­ters: Face­book has had to ‘fess up to yet anoth­er major ad report­ing fail. This one looks like it could be cost­ly for the tech giant to put right — not least because it’s anoth­er dent in its rep­u­ta­tion for self report­ing. (For past Face­book ad met­ric errors check out our reports from