• Google amassed private health data on millions of people

      Google amassed private health data on millions of people

      Google has tapped a partnership with one of the US’ largest health care systems to advance its healthcare software services offerings. To achieve that, however, it has collected and analysed the personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states, without informing them in advance or asking for their consent, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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    • Up to 50 Boeing planes grounded globally over cracks

      Up to 50 Boeing planes grounded globally over cracks

      Boeing announced Thursday up to 50 of its popular 737NG planes had been grounded after cracks in them were detected, in another blow to the US aircraft maker following two deadly crashes. The announcement comes after Australian national carrier Qantas became the latest airline to take one of the planes out of the air, as it said it would urgently inspect 32 others.

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    • Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot in talks to create $50bn car giant

      Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot in talks to create $50bn car giant

      US-Italian auto giant Fiat Chrysler and France's Groupe PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, announced Wednesday they are in merger talks that could create the world's number four automaker. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said in a statement it "confirms there are ongoing discussions aimed at creating one of the world's leading mobility groups" with PSA. The statement and a similar one from PSA however offered no additional details.

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    • Microsoft wins Pentagon's $10bn contract

      Microsoft wins Pentagon's $10bn contract

      The Pentagon announced on Friday it is awarding a $10bn cloud computing contract to Microsoft, following a highly scrutinised bidding process which Amazon had been favored to win. The 10-year Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure Cloud ( better known as JEDI) contract is part of a broader digital modernisation of the Pentagon meant to make it more technologically agile.

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    • EU loses big Starbucks tax case, wins on Fiat

      EU loses big Starbucks tax case, wins on Fiat

      An EU court on Tuesday annulled an order by Brussels that Starbucks pay €30m euros to the Netherlands, saying regulators had failed to demonstrate it received illegal state aid. In a separate decision, however, the same court said Fiat must pay roughly the same amount to Luxembourg, upholding a similar EU order from 2015, AFP reports. The cases can now be appealed at the EU's highest court, the European Court of Justice.

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    • Apple takes its €13bn tax fight with the EU to court

      Apple takes its €13bn tax fight with the EU to court

      Apple challenged a €13bn tax charge from the European Commission in the EU’s second-highest court on Tuesday, escalating the landmark tax fight between the iPhone maker and EU regulator. According to a company's statement, the bloc's order obliging it to pay €13bn in back taxes to Ireland "defies reality and common sense."

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    • 46,000 GM auto workers strike in US

      46,000 GM auto workers strike in US

      The United Auto Workers union began a nationwide strike against General Motors on Monday, with some 46,000 members walking off the job after contract talks hit an impasse. The move to strike, which the Wall Street Journal described as the first major stoppage at GM in more than a decade, came after the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement.

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    • 50 US states announce antitrust probe of Google

      50 US states announce antitrust probe of Google

      The backlash against Big Tech moved into a new phase Monday as officials from nearly all US states announced an antitrust investigation into the dominance of internet giant Google. The announcement from 50 attorneys general calls for a probe into whether Google abused its power in the online ecosystem at the expense of rivals or consumers.

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