Google lost its appeal to a Euro 2.42 billion fine for favouring its own shopping on general results pages. The EU Commission had fined the company for abusing its dominance. The company has been fined for anti-competitive behaviour — over search, shopping, and Android – by the EU three times in three years. The company has appealed the fines.
American journalist Danny Fenster was by a Myanmar court sentenced to 11 years in prison on multiple charges including incitement, unlawful association, and visa violations. “Myanmar must stop jailing journalists for merely doing their jobs of reporting the news”, said the Committee to Protect Journalists.
There is still a substantial gender gap in specialist digital skills in the EU. Only 19% of ICT specialists and about one third of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates are women, the EU Commission said in a report on digital development. 56% of individuals in the EU have at least basic digital skills.
34% of newsrooms say they have already decided on major changes and are moving to implement hybrid working. 57% say they have not yet decided what is best and around 9% say they plan to work as similar as possible to before the pandemic, according to a survey by Reuters Institute covering 42 countries.
Two persons allegedly responsible for 5 000 cyber-attacks were arrested in Romania. The attacks made companies pay a total of half a million euro. Ransomware attacks are becoming a top focus for both boards and management”, said research and marketing company Gartner.
FBI was targeted by a cyberattack on Saturday, resulting to 100,000 emails being sent from their email ‘ic.fbi.gov’ account with the headline “Urgent: Threat actor in systems.” FBI announced that the affected hardware was quickly taken offline as soon as the issue was detected and that they are unable to provide any further information at this point.
Spotify took another step to diversify going for audio books by acquiring US-based Findaway, a distributor of audiobooks. The company recently signed an agreement to offer audio books with Swedish Storytel. The company stressed its earlier expanding into podcasting by the acquisition of Anchor and Gimlet.
Streaming home entertainment continues to increase in almost every region quarter after quarter but with more modest growth in mature markets like North America, according to Conviva, a US-based company specializing in online video optimization. Streaming viewing time grew 21% worldwide in Q3 2021 as compared to the same quarter in 2020, led by Africa, Oceania and South America.