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Indonesia has reached tax deal with Google for 2016: finance minister

June 13, 2017 JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has reached a settlement with Alphabet Inc’s Google for 2016 in their dispute over taxes, the country’s finance minister said on Tuesday. “We already have an agreement with them based on 2016. But we can’t disclose the figure, that is a secret,” Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told reporters. A senior tax official said in September that Indonesia planned to pursue Google for five years of back taxes and the company could face a bill of more than $400 million for 2015…

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U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to ‘patent trolls’

May 22, 2017 By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent “trolls” to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google. In a decision that upends 27 years of law governing patent infringement cases, the justices sided with beverage flavoring company TC Heartland LLC in its legal battle with food and beverage company Kraft…

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Tom Hanks jokes Twitter CEO inspired his character in ‘The Circle’

April 25, 2017 By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, who plays a Silicon Valley tycoon in the new film “The Circle” about a powerful social media company, teased Twitter Inc Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey on Monday that he may have been inspiration for the part. Hanks appeared alongside Dorsey on Periscope, Twitter’s service for live broadcasts, to promote the film that premiers on Wednesday at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. “I played you,” Hanks said, as co-stars including Emma Watson laughed. “I’m not in…

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Google to open up Android to rivals in out-of-court deal with Russia

April 17, 2017 MOSCOW (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google will open up its popular Android mobile operating system to rival search engines in Russia as part of a deal to settle a two-year dispute with Russian competition authorities. The deal sets a new precedent for the tech giant, which faces multiple complaints worldwide that it is abusing its dominant position by imposing restrictions on manufacturers of Android-based devices in order to protect its share of the online search market. Russia’s competition watchdog, FAS, ruled in 2015 that Google was breaking…

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J&J, JPMorgan suspend YouTube ads over offensive videos

March 23, 2017 (Reuters) – U.S. healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson and JPMorgan Chase & Co became the latest big U.S. companies to suspend all digital advertising on Google’s YouTube, over concerns that its ads may have appeared on channels that broadcast offensive videos. Wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc said on Wednesday they would suspend digital ads on YouTube, joining a list of well-known British brands such as retailer Marks and Spencer Group Plc that are deserting Alphabet Inc’s Google. Google has come under intense scrutiny for…

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Congress may overturn Obama internet privacy rules

March 8, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress are moving to repeal regulations adopted by the Obama administration in October that would have subjected internet service providers to stricter scrutiny than websites to protect customers’ private data. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced a resolution on Tuesday backed by 34 other senators to undo the regulations under a provision that allows Congress to repeal recently approved federal regulations. Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who chairs a House panel on telecommunications, introduced a companion measure…

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Google reported by Danish watchdog for unlimited data storage

March 7, 2017 COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A Danish consumer watchdog has reported Alphabet Inc’s Google to the Danish Data Protection Agency for potentially breaking privacy laws by not capping the amount of time personal data is stored on Google’s servers, the watchdog said in a statement on Tuesday. Web companies such as Google and Facebook face increased scrutiny over how and where they store location and search history data from users of smartphones and mail accounts. “The consumer council Taenk would like the Data Protection Agency to assess whether Google’s…

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