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Google Pledges to Resolve Ad Privacy Probe with UK Watchdog

LONDON – Google has promised to give U.K. regulators a role overseeing its plan to phase out existing ad-tracking technology from its Chrome browser as part of a competition investigation into the tech giant.      The U.K. competition watchdog has been investigating Google’s proposals to remove so-called third-party cookies over …

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White House Launches Broader Scrutiny of Foreign Tech

An executive order signed by President Joe Biden this week dropped a Trump-era measure that barred Americans from downloading TikTok and several other Chinese smartphone apps. But analysts say the order also broadens the scrutiny of foreign-controlled technology. Biden’s move replaced three Trump administration executive orders that sought to ban …

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US Again Condemns Nigeria’s Twitter Ban 

The U.S. has condemned Nigeria’s continuing ban of Twitter in the country, saying the action “has no place in a democracy.” “Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Thursday in a statement …

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Insect-Tracking Drones to Boost Rare Bug Conservation in New Zealand

SYDNEY – A “swarm” of bug-tracking drones and tiny radars are being developed to help conservation of rare insects in New Zealand.   The new tag-and-track technology is being developed at the University of Canterbury on New Zealand’s South Island.  Researchers hope it could lead to a deeper understanding of New Zealand’s threatened and endangered …

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Biden Administration to Review Trump Ban on TikTok, WeChat, Other Apps 

Former president Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to ban Chinese video app TikTok has been replaced by the Biden administration, which has implemented its own executive orders to review several Chinese apps for possible national security and privacy risks.  President Joe Biden’s executive order directs the Commerce Department to …

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Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China.  The 68-32 vote for the bill demonstrates how confronting China economically is an issue that unites …

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