WeChat Suspends New User Registration amid China’s Tightening Data Policing

Tencent’s popular social messaging app WeChat announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all new user registrations in Mainland China until early August. In a statement, WeChat, also known as Weixin in China, said that its suspension of new user …

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U.S. Safety Watchdog Sues Amazon for Selling Hazardous Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that it has filed an administrative complaint against Amazon for selling hazardous products. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday indicated CPSC’s decision to sue Amazon for selling harmful products to its customers. Among …

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EU Fines Volkswagen & BMW $1B in Emissions Conspiracy

The European Union has fined German automakers Volkswagen and BMW $1 billion for colluding to curb the use of emissions cleaning technology they had developed. According to the EU’s executive commission, Audi, Porsche, and Daimler were also implicated in the …

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Alibaba and Tencent Fined by Chinese Regulators

China has slapped sanctions on firms including Alibaba and Tencent for violation of anti-monopoly regulations, on Wednesday. China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has fined 22 companies for mergers and acquisitions made without prior approval from the regulator, state …

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Kazakhstan Introduces Cryptomining Energy Surcharge

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed a new law this week imposing an additional tax fee for energy utilized by crypto miners operating in the country.  The new law will charge cryptocurrency miners an additional fee of 1 Kazakhstan tenge …

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European Court of Justice Backs State Regulators to Pursue Cases Against ‘Big Tech’

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has endorsed the power of national privacy watchdogs to pursue cases against tech giants even if they are not their lead regulators. Europe’s top court ruled that national authorities, in cases where cross-border data …

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China Blocks Crypto Social Media Accounts Amid Crackdown

The Chinese government has started cracking down on crypto-related social media accounts in its latest campaign against cryptocurrency mining and trading. Beijing has blocked a number of crypto-related accounts in China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform over the weekend. “The government makes …

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France Fines Google for Abuse of Ad Power

The French Competition Authority has announced on Monday that it has fined Google 220 million euros ($267 million) for abusing its market power in the online advertising industry. “The decision to sanction Google is of particular significance because it’s the …

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