Business Insider: Google poised to emerge unscathed from European antitrust crackdown. “The European Union’s top antitrust regulator, Margrethe Vestager, has made it her mission to stem alleged anti-competitive abuses by big American tech companies, threatening as recently as last month to break up Alphabet Inc’s Google. But a decision in the most important of three antitrust cases against Google – this one aimed at loosening its stranglehold over Android-powered smartphones – is likely to show just how difficult it is, even for a committed trust-buster like Vestager, to dent the power of the U.S. giants.”
Omaha World-Herald: Warren Buffett plans to release video archive of past shareholder meetings. “Warren Buffett plans to make public a video archive of about 20 years of past Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholder meetings. It’s a potential treasure trove for students, teachers and financial types interested in his ideas and history, said Louis Pol, business dean at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.”
Uzbekistan National News Agency: English version of the National database of legislation for investors will be created. “At the meeting, it was noted that work is underway on creating an English version of the National database of legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan in order to inform potential investors about legal conditions for doing business in Uzbekistan.”
The Ecologist: New database tracks how Big Oil targets small communities. “Fossil fuel companies like to be seen to be doing good. That’s why you’ll see their logos splashed across school resources, kids’ sports team’s jerseys, and all kinds of ‘STEM’ celebrations. And it’s much more targeted than you might think. DeSmog UK’s new greenwash database – launched today – tracks fossil fuel companies’ involvement in local communities through funding and sponsorship. The entries come from hours of trawling through corporate twitter feeds and corporate social responsibility reports to find out where Big Oil companies are targeted their resources.”
Internet Policy Observatory: Researching ICT companies: A field guide for civil society researchers. “In this white paper, we outline some of the challenges we have identified as being particularly acute for policy researchers, as well as strategies for working through (and around) those issues. Advocating for civil society, human rights, and democratic values today often requires understanding the role played by ICT companies in deciding what kinds of speech are allowed (or not) on various platforms, in complying (or not) with government requests to restrict content or for user information, and in lobbying governments to enact (or not) various laws and regulations. Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, companies are expected to respect human rights even as nation-states retain primary responsibility for protecting human rights. As is true of many UN norms, the Guiding Principles lack a formal enforcement mechanism, so other, often soft measures have been employed in order to enact results, or even to simply gain information.” ICT stands for Information, Communications, and Technology companies. You can get more information in this article from Michaelsons.
Times of Malta: Malta company registry data to be revealed by ICIJ. “The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will add data from Malta’s corporate registry to their offshore leaks database on Wednesday. Although the Malta Financial Services Authority runs its own searchable database, which is available upon registration, it does not allow for specific searches of company directors and shareholders.”
Spend Matters UK/Europe: Late Paying Firms – Database Goes Live. “Last year it became mandatory that most firms (there are exceptions) incorporated in England and Wales, with either a turnover of £36 million and above, or £18 million balance sheet, or employing 250 employees, publish payment practice reports twice a year. This ‘Duty to Report’ includes disclosing how long it takes the firm to pay suppliers’ invoices, their terms and practices…. Now, after some wait, the Government has published its web-based service from which all these reports can be searched and downloaded.”