The human rights group International Rights Advocates formally launches a lawsuit in the United States against Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. (Google), Tesla, Inc., Dell and Microsoft on behalf of 14 Congolese families whose children died or were injured in Copperbelt mines that supply cobalt for the firms' lithium-ion battery products.
Roskomnadzor, the state communications watchdog, states Google and Facebook published political advertising the day before and during the election, even though it requested them to ban such publication "in line with Russian law". The watchdog labels the tech giants' actions as "interference in Russia’s sovereign affairs".
Alphabet Inc. announces Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who has been chief executive of Google-Alphabet since 2001, will step down in January 2018. Schmidt will continue to serve on Alphabet's board of directors.
Bloomberg News reports Verizon Communications plans a bid for Yahoo Inc.’s Web business, including Yahoo Japan Corp., next week. Google, Time Inc., and private equity funds Bain and TPG are considering bidding for Yahoo’s core business. AT&T Inc., Comcast, and Microsoft Corp. reportedly aren't interested.
The United States Federal Communications Commission rejects privacy advocacy group Consumer Watchdog's petition to make it illegal for Internet companies like Google, Facebook and ad providers to ignore "Do Not Track" browser settings.