⚖️ European Court Rules Against Google’s Key Appeal in Antitrust Case

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European Court Rules Against Google’s Key Appeal in Antitrust Case

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Google lost its appeal towards the 2017 ruling against it by the European Commission.

The European General Court, which is Europe’s second highest court, found that the search giant violated the European antitrust law by prioritizing its shopping comparison service over its rival products.

Under the ruling, Google and its parent company – Alphabet Inc – were directed to pay fines of €2.4 billion.

There is one more avenue available for Google to file an appeal, the European Court of Justice, which is the highest court of the European Union.

Currently, the search engine behemoth is mired in multiple antitrust law breach cases, which involves Google’s Android and AdSense.

For antitrust breach cases against its Android and AdSense, Google is going through an appeal process, similar to what it had to go through for its shopping comparison service.

Twitter’s Premium Service Rolls Out New Features: Ad-Free News & Tweet Undoing

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Under its paid service, known as Twitter Blue, the social media giant is adding new features, which include ad-free news & capability to undo tweets.

As per Twitter, more than 300 news sites have partnered for this feature, which will allow Twitter Blue subscribers to read news without any ads.

If the news is behind a paywall, a user will need a subscription to access it, as Twitter Blue doesn’t remove the paywall. Also, the ad-free news feature is not available to Android users.

The Twitter Blue service was initially available only on iOS devices in the Australia and Canada. Now, the Twitter Blue service is will be available in New Zealand and the United States, too.

Enterprise Data Automation Platform Workato Nabs $200 Million at $5.7 Billion Valuation

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Enterprise automation space is brimming with scores of companies aiming to make automation easier for businesses.

Workato is one of such companies aiming to automate repetitive business processes. It has raised a major funding round recently.

Businesses turn to Workato for its enterprise data automation platform allowing organizations to set and run automated solutions.

Having closed $200 million Series E funding at $5.7 billion valuation, Workato will invest more in developing their platform further and make acquisitions.

47% Video Game Developers are Already Incorporating NFTs, Says a Recent Study

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In an interesting finding, a UK-based blockchain platform Stratis found that game developers are already quite familiar with blockchain technology. In fact, many developers are already using blockchain technology and NFTs.

The study found that 47% of video game developers have integrated NFTs into their games. As for the percentage of game developers using blockchain technology, it stands at 58%. A total of 197 developers based in the United States & the United Kingdom took part in the survey.

Game development studios strongly believe in the potential of blockchain technology in the video game market. In the survey, almost 66% of game development studios said that blockchain technology will become a key part of game development within the next 2 years.

As for the percentage of game developers planning to use blockchain, 72% of them have plans to incorporate it in their games over the next two years and 56% are planning to do so in 12 months.

Around the Web

? Daily Brings in $40M to Make Incorporating Video & Audio Easier: Incorporating real-time audio and video is a challenging task even for the most experienced developers. To simplify the process, Daily has raised $40 million in Series B funding round. With this funding round, Daily’s total funding currently stands at $60 million.

? 62% of Manhattan Workers are Still not Back in the Office: A recent study reported that only 28% workers have returned to office. Employers believe that the number will rise to 49% by January.


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