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Developer complains to EU over Apple, Google app rules after COVID game rejected
Technology

Developer complains to EU over Apple, Google app rules after COVID game rejected

  • Several developers have challenged Google and Apple over their app policies, triggering calls for regulatory action as nearly all smartphones outside restricted markets such as China come with either Google's Play store or Apple's App Store.
  • In the United States, state attorneys general are planning a lawsuit against Google over its Play Store for Android phones following complaints.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 08:25pm
Alphabet closes down internet balloon network project 'Loon'
Technology

Alphabet closes down internet balloon network project 'Loon'

  • Loon was deployed to provide internet in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017, as well as after a major earthquake in Peru.
  • Operations will be wound down in "the coming months", with the hope that Loon employees will be redeployed at Alphabet, the firm said.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 05:26pm
Google backs Biden's immigration reform plan for 'dreamers'
World

Google backs Biden's immigration reform plan for 'dreamers'

  • Google has announced that it would support President-elect Joe Biden's efforts to pass a new United States immigration law, helping to cover application fees for immigrants seeking lawful work.
  • Google announced its philanthropic aim to pay for the application fees of nearly 500 young immigrants, seeking employment under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
Updated 14 Jan, 2021 05:16pm
Google, Facebook and Microsoft among other corporate giants to suspend political spending
World

Google, Facebook and Microsoft among other corporate giants to suspend political spending

  • In the aftermath of the violent attack on the Capitol Building last week, Facebook, Microsoft and Google have joined a growing list of corporations that are pausing their political spending.
  • As corporate responses have escalated, some companies have suspended donations to lawmakers who objected to the certification of the election, while many have halted all of their political donations for a few months.
Updated 12 Jan, 2021 04:34pm