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Amazon, Google and Microsoft have all been forthcoming about their efforts regarding the reduction of world dependence on fossil fuels. However, these companies are also currently joining forces with the fossil fuel industry to help them to locate and procure as much oil and gas from the ground as humanly possible. Oil isn't easy to find and extract, and the industry has long been on the edge of remaining profitable throughout its history.

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Dear Digital Business News Readers and E-commerce Movers & Shakers,

2019 was another explosive year in online commerce. There were also a lot of challenges like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the new law on electronics. We laughed, we cried, we sold lots of goodies and we made turnover. 

On behalf of all of us here at DBN and our parent company Händlerbund, we wish you the merriest of Christmases and happiest of New Year celebrations! Take time for you and your's, relax and get ready for the third decade of the digital century. Together, we'll make 2020, as the numbers involved suggest, into a perfect year. 

Until then, here is my top 5 stories of 2019:

Sincerely,

The DBN Team

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Mark Zuckerberg has said, time and time again, that Facebook won't be fact-checking political ads, which allows politicians to lie in campaigns on the platform. Initially not naming the company sources generating these decisions, it has reportedly come to light that Peter Thiel is the one playing the puppeteer behind the scenes regarding Facebook's draconian ad policies.

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In 2019 the United Kingdom had an almost unprecedented December general election. The Tories have won in a near-landslide victory over Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. It really isn't much of a surprise considering the media in the UK was smearing Corbyn at every turn. 

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China is reported to have ordered all foreign computing hardware and operating systems to be switched out in the next 3 years, which is intensifying the ongoing tech war between the Asian country and the West. China has tried to do this kind of thing before, but this is the most serious effort yet to isolate itself from the influence of the tech sector in the West.

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Facebook and other social media companies are under fire from an unlikely place: a comedian's mind. Sacha Baron Cohen, who is responsible for giving us memorable characters like Borat, Brüno and the Dictator, characters who hold up a mirror to prejudice and sheer stupidity, has given a speech lambasting the social media world for not fact-checking political ads. 

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