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US tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft -- collectively dubbed GAFAM -- have been accused of not paying enough taxes, stifling competition, stealing media content and threatening democracy by spreading fake news. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
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Europe’s battle to curb Big Tech

As an EU court upholds a 2.4-billion euro ($2.8-billion) anti-trust fine against Google for abusing its power over rivals in online shopping, we look at how the bloc has tried to regulate Big Tech
Direct air capture uses chemical processes to strip CO2 out of the air, then recycles it for industrial use or locks it away. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP
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Climate: Removing CO2 from the air no longer optional

The big question as COP26 nears is can major economies, by 2050, reduce emissions enough to deliver a carbon neutral world? Rising up the agenda are the tools to pull CO2 straight from the air
An undated photo released by Cornish Lithium shows exploratory drilling for lithium taking place at a former mine in Redruth, Cornwall. Cornish Lithium / AFP
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Electric car lithium demand powers mining revival in UK

As the global auto sector accelerates production of electric cars, one British company is hoping to cash in from mining lithium needed to make rechargeable batteries that power the vehicles
An iAccess ScanFACE control biometric terminal with facial recognition and body temperature control pictured at the Colosseum in Rome on June 1, 2020
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EU unveils ‘landmark’ AI rules to curb Big Brother fears

The EU unveils a plan to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, aimed at easing public fears of Big Brother-like abuses by imposing checks on technology deemed "high-risk"
At the heart of Northvolt’s plans is what the company calls a “gigafactory” producing batteries in northern Sweden. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
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Northvolt: building one of Europe’s largest battery factories

Swedish electric car battery maker Northvolt, which recently received a $14 billion (11.7-billion-euro) order from Volkswagen, has ambitious plans to become one of Europe's largest battery makers
Rockit CEO Sarune Smalakyte pictured during an interview with AFP at the Rockit office hub for fintech founders in Vilnius on February 12, 2021. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
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UK fintechs seek ‘cure for Brexit’ in Lithuania

Due in part to Brexit, Lithuania is becoming a fintech hub as a growing number of UK-linked digital financial companies get licences there so they can continue to operate in the EU