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In Brief: TikTok accused of breaching rights on multiple counts by not protecting children from hidden ads

The European Consumer Organization BUEC has filed a complaint saying TikTok’s Terms of Service are unfair, unclear, ambiguous and work to the detriment of users.

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Microsoft and EU publishing organizations ally to force Google and Facebook to pay for news

February 23, 2021

In a move to add pressure on the the biggest tech giants, Microsoft is launching a project to have the EU establish an Australia-style arbitration system that mandates pay for use of news content. Google and Facebook have been fighting back at Australia’s rules.  Goolge has cut licensing deals while Facebook has gone further and blocked sharing Australian news on its service. Countries including Canada and the UK are considering laws similar to Australia.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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