Japanese antimonopoly watchdog drafts guidelines to regulate IT giants

Business Jul 17, 2019

Japanese antimonopoly watchdog drafts guidelines to regulate IT giants

The Fair Trade Commission has drafted guidelines stipulating that it can consider cases where information technology giants obtain personal data without consent as violations of the country's antimonopoly law, it was learned Tuesday. The antimonopoly watchdog will shortly compile a final draft of the guidelines ...

U.S. probes French plan to tax tech giants

Business Jul 11, 2019

U.S. probes French plan to tax tech giants

The U.S. will investigate a French plan to impose taxes on technology companies, a move that has been a prelude to new U.S. tariffs under the Trump administration. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will have as long as a year to examine whether the plan ...

Business Jul 9, 2019

Amazon Minnesota warehouse workers plan Prime Day strike

Amazon.com Inc. warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike during the online retailer's summer sales extravaganza, a sign that labor unrest persists even after the company committed to paying all employees at least $15 an hour last year. Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfillment center ...

French protesters block Amazon sites over climate and jobs

Business Jul 3, 2019

French protesters block Amazon sites over climate and jobs

Environmental activists chained themselves to gates and turnstiles Tuesday as they occupied an Amazon building near Paris, accusing the online company of destroying jobs and hurting the planet. Protesters also disrupted Amazon sites in the southern city of Toulouse and northern city of Lille, hoping ...

Facebook joins Keidanren, Japan's powerful business lobby

Business / Corporate Jul 1, 2019

Facebook joins Keidanren, Japan's powerful business lobby

As information technology giants come under increased regulatory pressure, the Japan unit of Facebook Inc. said Monday it has joined the country's most powerful business lobby. Joining Keidanren, also known as the Japan Business Federation, is seen as an attempt by Facebook to build ties ...

Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

Business Jun 20, 2019

Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

Shareholder activists on Wednesday urged Google parent Alphabet Inc. to break itself up before regulators force the world's biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces. SumOfUs, a U.S.-based group that aims to curb the growing power of corporations, presented the proposal at Alphabet's ...

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

World / Social Issues May 28, 2019

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

Pope Francis on Monday met Brazil's legendary indigenous chief Raoni, who is on a European tour to highlight increasingly acute threats to the Amazon since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took power. The elderly Kayapo chief, internationally recognizable through his traditional lip plate and feather headdress, ...