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Tech companies respond to US Supreme Court abortion decision

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a major decision on abortion today, overturning Roe v. Wade and declaring that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee the right to abortion. While the outcome was

After EU child safety complaints, TikTok tweaks ad disclosures but profiling concerns remain

A long-running EU engagement with TikTok — initiated following a series of complaints over child safety and consumer protection complaints filed back in February 2021 — has ended, for now,

US Energy Sec. Granholm still ‘bullish’ Congress can ink ‘significant’ climate deal

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said she is still "hopeful, positive and in fact bullish" that Congress can agree on "a significant push into clean energy."

Meta settles lawsuit with Justice Department over ad-serving algorithms

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that it entered into an agreement with Meta, Facebook’s parent company, to resolve a lawsuit that alleged Meta engaged in discriminatory advertisin

Google drops appeal against €500M antitrust news licensing fine

Google has quietly dropped its appeal in France against an antitrust fine of half a billion euros levied against it last summer for major breaches in how it negotiated to remunerate local news publish

Google Maps restrictions trigger competition scrutiny in Germany

Germany’s competition regulator is looking into possible abuses related to how Google operates its Maps product. It’s the latest proceeding the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has opened again

‘How doomed are we?’ and more questions for a climate expert

I doubt you'll blame me for blurting out, "How doomed are we?" the moment I sat down with renowned climate modeling expert William Collins at TC Sessions: Climate. 

An inside look at 2150 VC’s bet on urban tech to tackle the climate crisis

To understand where and why 2150 VC is betting, we spoke with partners Jacob Bro and Christian Hernandez about impact investing, regulation and the growing number of funds dedicated to climate tech.

UK wants to replace cookie pop-ups with browser-based opt-outs

The U.K. government has published its final response to a data ‘reform’ consultation it kicked off last year, laying out how it intends to diverge from EU-based data protection rules. At f

EU unveils tougher industry Code to combat disinformation

The European Commission has just taken the wraps off a beefed up industry Code of Practice for tackling online disinformation across the EU. Signatories to the Code — who include tech giants lik

A decade after the bubble burst, 5 climate tech investors explain why they’re all in

What’s a climate tech founder to do when faced with tight timelines and tighter funding rounds? We asked some of the leading investors in the space to share their perspectives.

Germany’s antitrust watchdog latest to probe Apple’s app privacy framework

A major privacy feature Apple launched last year, called App Tracking Transparency (ATT) — which requires third-party apps to request permission from iOS users to track their digital activity for ad

Apple’s payment options offer for Dutch dating apps is compliant, says ACM

The Netherlands’ competition regulator is finally happy with concessions by Apple to allow dating apps in the market to use alternative payment technologies. On Saturday the Authority for Consum

Here’s why climate tech may avoid repeating clean tech’s failures

Climate tech is more than just a rebrand of clean tech — it offers founders and investors new tools to make profits and slash carbon.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Growth marketing survey, VC TikTok, fundraising amid a downturn

If your name doesn’t appear on the team slide of your company’s pitch deck, this is a time to be cautious: Update your resume, dial back your vacation plans and start adding to your rainy day fund

UK’s antitrust watchdog finally eyes action on Apple, Google mobile duopoly

The U.K.’s competition watchdog has published its final report on a comprehensive, year-long mobile ecosystem market study — cementing its view that there are substantial concerns about th

Russian tech giant Yandex removes national borders from Maps app

The reconfiguring of Russia’s digital landscape in the wake of Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine continues to play out at a macro and micro level. Here’s a development on the latter

Google and Meta closing ads in Russia helped Putin, argues Navalny

Jailed Kremlin critic, Alexey Navalny, has hit out at adtech giants Meta and Google for shutting off advertising inside Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine which he argues has bee

Google expands ads verification program to tackle financial scams

Google is expanding a verification program for financial services ads that it launched in the U.K. last summer after seeing what it describes as a “pronounced decline” in reports of ads pr

Amid growing concerns around app addiction, TikTok rolls out more screen tools

TikTok users regularly complain of hours lost on the platform, thanks to the video app’s unmatched ability to distract, entertain and engage users by way of its advanced recommendation technolog
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