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U.S. Urges Countries to Suspend Digital Taxes, Supports OECD Talks

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging countries like France to suspend taxes on global computing giants such as Google and Amazon and wait for a negotiated agreement on international taxation, according to a letter released Wednesday.

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Moroccan YouTuber Arrested for 'Public Insults'

A Moroccan YouTuber was arrested and appeared in court Tuesday for "insulting Moroccans and constitutional institutions" in a video, the kingdom's public prosecutor announced.

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Elon Musk 'Pedo Guy' Defamation Trial Begins

Tesla founder Elon Musk went on trial on Tuesday in Los Angeles in a defamation case involving a British caver he allegedly called a pedophile during a spat on Twitter.

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EU to Relaunch Push to Regulate WhatsApp, Skype on Privacy

The EU will relaunch its deadlocked effort to more closely regulate internet phone and message services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Messenger, a top bloc official said on Tuesday.

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France, U.S. Near Trade War in Digital Tax Row

France warned the United States on Tuesday of strong EU retaliation if it imposed tariffs on French products ranging from sparkling wine to cheese and handbags, in an intensifying row over taxing digital giants that risks spiraling into a new trade war.

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EU to Check How Facebook, Google Use Data

The European Commission said Monday it had begun a "preliminary investigation" into how Facebook and Google collect personal data and what they do with it.

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France Says U.S. Pulling Back on Digital Tax Deal

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday that U.S. officials no longer wanted a global deal on taxing multinational technology giants, and that Washington might be preparing penalties over a digital tax implemented by France this year.

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China Introduces Mandatory Face Scans for Phone Users

China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls.

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End of an Era as Japan's Panasonic Exits Chip Business

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it was exiting the semiconductor business, selling its loss-making subsidiary to a Taiwanese firm as it struggles with intense competition from China and South Korea.

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'Black Friday' Becoming a Shadow of Its Former Self in U.S.

The U.S. holiday shopping season officially opened with a deluge of "Black Friday" promotions but the frenzied crowds of the past have thinned out with the rise of e-commerce.

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