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Google claims that customer shared network charges are a terrible idea

A group of more than a dozen European telecoms firms, including Orange, Telefonica, BT, and Deutsche Telekom, have renewed their calls to make Big Tech pay for a share of network costs. CEOs from these companies joined forces to release a joint statement calling for more investment from tech firms.


US states request Meta antitrust lawsuit be reinstated

Dozens of American states, led by New York, have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reinstate a suit filed in 2020. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission also sued Meta, asking the court to force the firm to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.


Google finalises £1.5bn takeover of Fitbit, insists deal ‘not about data’

“This deal has always been about devices, not data, and we’ve been clear since the beginning that we will protect Fitbit users’ privacy,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for devices and services.


Ban tech giants from deliberately shortening lifespan of devices, MPs say

Tech giants should be banned from intentionally shortening the lifespan of devices, in a bid to cut down on the 155,000 tonnes of waste electricals which end up in UK household bins every year, MPs have said.

Amazon and Apple are among the companies accused of “dodging their environmental responsibilities” and failing to help collect, recycle and repair old products in a report by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).


Apple achieves record Q4 revenue

Releasing its latest financial results, the tech giant said revenue for the last three months was 64 billion dollars (£49.6 billion). That was despite revenue from iPhone sales – still the company’s biggest selling product – falling by more than three billion dollars on this time last year.