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French anti-trust authority fined Google 500 million euros for failing to comply fully with temporary orders it had given in a controversy with some the French news publishers. The company was given two months to agree on paying the publishers for using their content online. Delays will cost Google another 900 000 euro per day.

President Joe Biden accused social media of ”killing people” by allowing coronavirus misinformation to spread on their platforms. Talking about social media he said:  “They’re killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.

The global ad market increased 23.6% to USD 157.6 billion in the second quarter – a new high for a second quarter period. The global market has rebounded strongly from the pandemic downturn last year, according to quarterly investment forecasts in marketing firm WARC Data’s trend report.

More than 50 media and advertising organisations in an open letter argue to protect targeted advertising saying they oppose “the ban on targeted advertising that has been put forward by some political groups.” The European Parliament is discussing the proposed Digital Services Act.

Facebook identified and stopped Iranian hackers targeting military personnel and defence companies infecting their computers to spy on them. Microsoft and Citizens Lab found and stopped a hacker tool made by an Israel-based company and used to spy on politicians and journalists. Ransomware group REvil’s website vanished from the dark web. The group is thought be have been behind several attacks forcing companies to pay ransom to get back access to their computer systems

At least three journalists lost their lives while doing their jobs this week. Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters. Investigative Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries died after being shot on a street in Amsterdam just minutes after participating in a TV chat show. Police in Georgia launched a criminal investigation into the death of a cameraman Lekso Lashkarava who died after being attacked while covering an anti-Pride event in capital Tbilisi.

Worldwide sales of PCs during the second quarter were up 4.6% compared to the same period last year, but down from first quarter 2021 when an increase of 35.7% was noted. The slowdown is partly explained by the semiconductor shortages, which have also led to price increases.


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