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Airline body IATA develops mobile apps for COVID-era travel

PARIS (Reuters) - Global aviation body IATA is developing a set of mobile apps to help passengers to navigate COVID-19 travel restrictions and securely share test and vaccine certificates with airlines and governments, it said on Monday. Read More


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Snapchat launches TikTok-like feature 'Spotlight'

(Reuters) - Snap Inc on Monday rolled out a feature, "Spotlight", that would allow users to share short-form videos publicly in its Snapchat app, adding a service that would compete with ByteDance-owned TikTok and Instagram Reels. More »


Top Biden adviser seen as making tech regulation more likely

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s top technology adviser helped craft California's landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from liability, indicators of how the Biden administration may come down on two key tech policy issues. More »


Google under review for possible British competition enquiry

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition regulator said on Monday it was assessing whether a complaint about Google related to digital advertising warranted a formal competition law investigation. More »


Russia opens case against Google, saying it failed to delete banned content

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has opened a case against U.S. tech giant Google for failing to remove banned content from its search engine, communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Monday. More »


Smelling blood, Huawei’s Chinese mobile rivals look to capitalise on its U.S. woes

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Chinese handset rivals of Huawei Technologies including Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are making aggressive moves to seize market share from their giant rival, after stepped-up U.S. sanctions hobbled Huawei's supply chains, industry insiders say. More »


Smaller digital coins soar as bitcoin powers on towards record high

LONDON (Reuters) - Digital currencies Ethereum and XRP soared on Monday, gaining momentum as bitcoin powered on towards its all-time high. More »


Canada police conduct under microscope in witness testimony for Huawei CFO's U.S. extradition case

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Witness testimony in Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's extradition case this week will be largely focused on the behind-the-scenes conduct of Canadian police in the lead-up to Meng's arrest two years ago on a warrant from the United States, moving away from her treatment by border agents. More »


Malaysian crypto exchange says $3 billion blockchain bond is withdrawn

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A $3 billion bond arranged by a China Construction Bank Corp (CCB) unit using blockchain technology, for listing on a Malaysian cryptocurrency-focused exchange, has been withdrawn at the issuer's request, the exchange said. More »


Hit by cryptocurrency curbs, Chinese fund managers look elsewhere to ride bitcoin bull

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - As the price of bitcoin soars, Chinese cryptocurrency asset managers are looking to expand in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore, skirting an intensified crackdown at home. More »


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