Many Google subscribers will be able to join the lawsuit that alleges the company has violated US federal wiretap law.
The RideFlux start-up brings together engineers who have given up well-paid jobs with some of South Korea's most prestigious firms to try to build a ride-sharing company for the tech-savvy nation.
The pandemic lockdowns have solidified the notion of tech companies as a necessity as people’s reliance on the internet, smart phones, apps and social media has significantly increased.
Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google decided not to allow GPS data collection with their contact tracing system dues to privacy issues while preventing governments from using the system to compile data on citizens was a primary goal.
Meet, which has 100 million daily users, had required a Google business or education account to set up calls. While Google has long offered free versions of business tools including Gmail and Google Docs, there has been no equivalent for Meet.
Public health authorities have determined that technology is crucial to apps that will alert people when they have been close to people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Move comes in response to an EU call to stave off internet gridlock as thousands work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The chief executive of developer Mobicip, Suren Ramasubbu, told Reuters he was interviewed in November by a US investigator who asked about the company's interactions with Apple.
Google parent Alphabet missed revenue expectations in the fourth quarter despite stellar growth at YouTube and in the cloud.
The South Korean firm also promoted the head of its network equipment business, which analysts said got a lift from a US campaign to convince allies to bar Huawei from their networks.
The complaint filed on behalf of 14 families from Democratic Republic of Congo against Tesla, Apple, Alphabet Inc, Microsoft and Dell Technologies says the companies allowed forced labour that led to the death and injury of their children.
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