Will Lawmakers Finally Act Against Big Tech?

Facebook may have crossed the line.

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Google Could Be Violating Labor Laws With Pay for Temp Workers

The company realized months ago that it could be running afoul of pay laws in a number of countries but has been slow to fix the problem, according to internal documents.

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Who Gets the L.L.C.? Inside a Silicon Valley Billionaire’s Divorce.

A couple are heading to court to decide who is entitled to a fortune, started in the earliest days of Google, that includes valuable California real estate and stock holdings.

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A Bailout Backlash Nears for Airlines

They, and other companies that took pandemic rescue money, face new demands in return for their rescues.

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Sundar Pichai Faces Internal Criticism at Google

Despite record profits, a number of them are worried that the company is suffering from both its size and leadership from its C.E.O., Sundar Pichai.

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Google’s Hidden Monopoly

The absence of stringent regulation has allowed the search giant to dominate the powerful market for online advertising. Here’s how to fix it.

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The Googleplex of the Future Has Privacy Robots, Meeting Tents and Your Very Own Balloon Wall

The company that helped popularize open office plans and lavish employee perks is trying to reinvent office spaces to cope with workplace sensibilities changed by the pandemic.

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YouTube Removes Myanmar Military Channels

The video platform became the latest American internet giant to take down the military’s content since the coup last month.

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Google Shuts Loon Helium Balloon Project

Begun nearly a decade ago, Loon was one of the company’s high-profile, cutting-edge efforts. But it was difficult to turn into a business.

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We’re Google Workers, and We Are Forming a Union

Our company’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil.” An organized work force will help us live up to it.

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Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism

The creation of the union, a rarity in Silicon Valley, follows years of increasing outspokenness by Google workers. Executives have struggled to handle the change.

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Google Delays Return to Office and Eyes ‘Flexible Work Week’

The Silicon Valley company now plans to have employees return to the office in September. It will be different when they get there.

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Google Chief Apologizes for A.I. Researcher’s Dismissal

The researcher, one of the company’s best-known Black female employees, said she was fired last week.

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Big Tech Continues Its Surge Ahead of the Rest of the Economy

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet reported the latest in a string of enormous quarterly profits on Thursday.

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Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet

In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies.

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Google Antitrust Fight Thrusts Low-Key C.E.O. Into the Line of Fire

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google’s parent company for less than a year, already faces the internet giant’s biggest threat in its 22 years.

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Google Up Against Laws That Thwarted Microsoft (and Others Since 1890)

The Justice Department’s antitrust case points to restrictive contracts, a focus that a professor said “is as old as the Sherman Act.”

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The Justice Dept.’s Lawsuit Against Google: Too Little, Too Late

The time to do anything substantive about the overwhelming power of the giant tech companies passed very long ago.

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The Google Antitrust Lawsuit Explained

The suit is the first antitrust action against the company to result from investigations by American regulators.

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What Is The Google Antitrust Lawsuit?

The suit is the first antitrust action against the company to result from investigations by American regulators.

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Google Employees Are Free to Speak Up. Except on Antitrust.

A company operating in the shadow of government regulators has some very particular rules about what workers can say about it.

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Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suits Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Google’s parent company was hit with a wave of lawsuits after The New York Times reported that an accused executive had received a $90 million exit package.

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Justice Dept. Case Against Google Is Said to Focus on Search Dominance

The decision to narrow the case to search could set off separate lawsuits from states over Google’s power in other business segments.

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Computing Pioneers Endorse Biden, Citing Immigration

They said the administration’s policies were driving away technology talent and could do long-term damage to their industry.

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Wall Street Has Its Worst Day in Months

The S&P 500 dropped 3.5 percent on Thursday, the biggest single-day fall since June 11, as big tech companies weighed on it heavily.

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Justice Dept. Plans to File Antitrust Charges Against Google in Coming Weeks

The attorney general is said to have set a deadline over the objections of career lawyers who say they need more time to build the case.

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Apple Is Worth $2 Trillion, Punctuating Big Tech’s Grip

Apple is the first U.S. company to reach $2 trillion in value, capping a staggering ascent that began in the pandemic.

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Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights

As the economy contracts and many companies struggle to survive, the biggest tech companies are amassing wealth and influence in ways unseen in decades.

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Big Tech Companies Report Big Profits

Big tech companies reported bumper profits in the shadow of congressional scrutiny over their outsize market power.

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The Economy Is in Record Decline, but Not for the Tech Giants

Even though the tech industry’s four biggest companies were stung by a slowdown in spending, they reported a combined $28 billion in profits on Thursday.

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How to Hold Big Tech’s Feet to the Fire

Members of Congress will be able to grill tech C.E.O.s at a hearing. Let’s hope they don’t waste the opportunity.

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Bezos, Cook, Pichai and Zuckerberg Prepare For Grilling

The bosses of four tech giants are preparing to defend themselves at a congressional hearing against claims of anti-competitive behavior.

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

The tech C.E.O.s will appear together at a congressional hearing on Wednesday to argue that their companies do not stifle competition.

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Kept Out of the Library, a School District Tries Summer Reading by Drone

A Virginia school district, determined not to let a pandemic keep students from their summer reading, is delivering books to students via the drone company run by Alphabet.

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Google Rescinds Offers to Thousands of Contract Workers

The company made the cost-cutting move as it navigates a slump in advertising created by the pandemic.

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‘I Could Solve Most of Your Problems’: Eric Schmidt’s Pentagon Offensive

The former Google C.E.O. has reinvented himself as the prime liaison between Silicon Valley and the military-industrial complex.

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Even Google and Facebook May Face an Ad Slump

Though ad sales at the two companies are expected to be down, they are likely to fare better than smaller peers and publishers.

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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

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Google Gives Cover to Trump’s Lies

If one of the most powerful tech companies can’t call out the president’s dishonesty, who can?

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Silicon Valley Leaders’ Plea to Democrats: Anyone but Sanders

Their tech employees are a different story.

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