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Texas attorney general Ken Paxton Wednesday filed a lawsuit against tech giant Google for engaging in false and misleading advertising practices in violation of Texas law. The lawsuit alleges that in October 2019, Google hired iHeartMedia, the single largest owner of radio stations in the U.S., to have some of its media personalities record advertisements [...]

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Ericsson filed another patent infringement lawsuit Tuesday against Apple concerning the use of 5G wireless patents in iPhones. A leader in cellular communications, the Swedish company previously sued Apple in October in the US District Court for Eastern District of Texas, following the breakdown of negotiations over the renewal of a seven-year license agreement struck [...]

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Interacting with the dead is no longer science fiction. Digital technologies have evolved to the extent that they can be—and are being used—to emulate the dead. During the last five years, media reports recount efforts of people who have tried and developed, with different degrees of success, chatbots based on a deceased person’s digital data: [...]

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The Austrian Data Protection Authority (DPA) Thursday ruled that an Austrian website provider’s continuous use of Google Analytics and the resultant transfer of personal data to Google violated the European Union’s (EU) privacy law, the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR). The ruling responded to a series of representations filed by the Austrian privacy advocacy group [...]

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) Friday initiated an antitrust inquiry into Alphabet Inc.’s alleged abuse of market dominance in news aggregation services. The inquiry was initiated by the antitrust regulator under Section 26(1) of India’s Competition Act in response to a complaint filed by the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) alleging that Alphabet Inc.’s search [...]

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The US International Trade Commission (USITC) Thursday determined that Google infringed on audio patents held by Sonos, a domestic developer of audio products. The ruling could impact Google’s device imports, but the company has also already submitted redesigns of the controversial technology. The patents in question cover technology enabling features such as synchronous volume adjustment across [...]

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The German competition regulator Bundeskartellamt Wednesday published a decision determining that Google fulfills the criteria for companies having paramount significance for competition across markets. The Bundeskartellamt can now proceed against Google under the recently introduced Section 19a GWB, which seeks to limit the anticompetitive effects of large digital companies in the digital economy. The Bundeskartellamt [...]

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