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COVID: EU seals new BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine deal

The European Union has cemented its support for the German-US vaccine technology by placing a massive order. The European Commission has struck a deal with BioNTech-Pfizer to buy up to 1.8 billion additional doses of their COVID-19 vaccine, President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Saturday. The deal ... Read full article »

Germany rejects US push to waive COVID vaccine patents

The German government said while they support global vaccine supplies, "the protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and must remain so in the future." The German federal government pushed back against US calls for patent waivers on coronavirus vaccines, a government spokeswoman ... Read full article »

Disconnected: How phones affect our relationships

Our phones keep us connected and help maintain relationships, but in some ways they drive a wedge between us, too. Phubbing, or snubbing someone in front of you in favor of your phone, has become a big problem. You won't catch Thseen Nazir checking his phone during his lectures at Ibn Haldun University ... Read full article »

Deforestation in Africa: water filters save trees in Uganda 

With clean water scarce in the country, locals use wood and coal to boil and sterilize it. A new climate-friendly filter system hopes to change that. Clean water is a human right. But in Uganda, children die every year from diarrhea caused by diseases contracted through polluted water. Worldwide, acute ... Read full article »

Google: From lockdown winner to reopening champ

The tech company has posted record profits for two straight quarters as homebound people use more of its services during the pandemic. Google's dominance in online search means its dream run is likely to continue. Google owner Alphabet trumped market expectations by a huge margin, posting a record profit ... Read full article »

EU set to hit Apple with anti-trust charges

EU regulators have been probing the tech giant since last summer after Spotify filed a complaint over alleged abuse of market share. The EU will hit tech giant Apple with fresh anti-trust charges later this week, EU sources told DW on Tuesday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed ... Read full article »

Tech needed to halt climate change still underdeveloped

Many of the technologies needed to stop climate change are still in early stages of development, a study of green tech patents has revealed. Greater action is required to bring them to market in time. Global climate targets can only be reached with a major acceleration in clean-energy innovation, as ... Read full article »

Apple faces German anti-trust probe over privacy rules

The case against Apple has been brought by German media and tech firms who fear "opt-in" ad tracker rules will massively hurt their revenues. Facebook is fiercely opposing the move. As many as nine industry groups lodged the case against Apple with the German Federal Cartel Office on Monday, saying ... Read full article »

EU unveils AI rules, seeking global standards

Brussels has announced tougher rules to regulate the rapidly spanning field of artificial intelligence. Aspiring to catch up with China and the US, the EU hopes the regulation dispels myths surrounding the technology. The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled a package of proposed regulations on ... Read full article »

The battle for Myanmar plays out on Twitter, TikTok and Telegram

Young activists are risking arrest and using technology to ensure that their campaign for democracy continues in the face of a military clampdown on the internet. Thinzar Shunlei Yi is one of the few pro-democracy activists in Myanmar who is willing to do on-the-record interviews. But while her identity ... Read full article »

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