U.S. to Accuse Google of Protecting Illegal Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America’s most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place

A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #online-advertising, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #timpone-brian

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12 Accusations in the Damning House Report on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

Lawmakers said they found multiple problems with each of the four giant tech companies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #search-engines, #social-media, #software

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How the New York Times Best-Seller Lists Come Together

The weekly book lists are determined by sales numbers. But a touch of Salt-N-Pepa or Axl Rose livens up the process.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #new-york-times

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How Big Tech Could Influence the Election

The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better.

#absentee-voting, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #giridharadas-anand, #paid-time-off, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘The Social Dilemma’ Review: Unplug and Run

This documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores how addiction and privacy breaches are features, not bugs, of social media platforms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #orlowski-jeff, #privacy, #social-media, #the-social-dilemma-movie

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Democrats Belatedly Launch Operation to Share Information on Voters

Democrats have been far behind Republicans on compiling and sharing information that can be used by campaigns, state parties and super PACs.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #democratic-national-committee, #emilys-list, #perez-thomas-e, #political-action-committees, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa

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The Brain Implants That Could Change Humanity

Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?

#addiction-psychology, #artificial-intelligence, #brain, #chang-edward-f, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #gallant-jack-l, #halpern-casey-h, #implants, #kirsch-robert-f, #paralysis, #privacy, #sensors, #touch-sense, #voice-recognition-systems, #yuste-rafael

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The Mind Readers

Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?

#brain, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #musk-elon, #paralysis, #voice-recognition-systems

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In Bid for TikTok, Microsoft Flexes Its Power in Washington

The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation’s capital, now has a successful influence operation there.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #smith-bradford-l, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps. Here’s how.

#advertising-and-marketing, #android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #fyde-inc, #google-inc, #ios-operating-system, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #sensors, #social-media, #software, #tiktok-bytedance

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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How Smartphone Location Tracking Works, and What You Can Do About It

Smartphone location data, often used by marketers, has been useful for studying the spread of the coronavirus. But the information raises troubling privacy questions.

#content-type-service, #cuebiq-inc, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #smartphones

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With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens

Buying one of the largest and most influential social networks in the country could change the perception of the tech giant.

#cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j

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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #smartphones, #social-media, #software, #youtube-com

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The Last Days of the Tech Emperors?

Congress was once filled with “Atari Democrats.” This week’s hearings showed their transformation into trust busters.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

The region’s lawmakers and regulators are taking direct aim at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in a series of proposed laws.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #vestager-margrethe

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Hotels Are Promoting the Nostalgia of the Family Road Trip

Their campaigns have moved from focusing on cleanliness to appeals to people who want “to get out of the house.”

#accor-sa, #coronavirus-reopenings, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #hyatt-hotels-corp, #kimpton-hotelrestaurant-group, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

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The Doctor Behind the Disputed Covid Data

Dr. Sapan Desai, who supplied the data for two prominent and later retracted studies, is said to have a history of cutting corners and misrepresenting information in pursuit of his ambitions.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #chloroquine-drug, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #desai-sapan, #falsification-of-data, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #surgisphere

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Don’t Ban TikTok. Make an Example of It.

There is plenty the U.S. government could do to ensure that TikTok acts responsibly without getting rid of it altogether.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Be Wary of TikTok, Just Don’t Ban It

There’s good reason to remain skeptical about the Chinese-owned company, but for now it’s one of the best social media platforms.

#china, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #musical-ly-inc, #privacy, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance

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Just Collect Less Data, Period.

Every company wants the biggest data stockpile possible. We need unilateral data disarmament.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #privacy

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Counting the Infected

How The Times got access to a federal database of 1.5 million coronavirus cases — and what it revealed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #disease-rates, #race-and-ethnicity

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Virus-Tracing Apps Are Rife With Problems. Governments Are Rushing to Fix Them.

As countries race to deploy coronavirus-tracking software, researchers are reporting privacy and security risks that could affect millions of people and undermine trust in public health efforts.

#amnesty-international, #computer-security, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #norway, #privacy, #qatar, #smittestopp-mobile-app, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #medicine-and-health, #research, #search-engines, #smartphones, #social-media, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Amazon Set to Face Antitrust Charges in European Union

The European Commission plans to bring charges that Amazon abused its dominance in e-commerce.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conflicts-of-interest, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #vestager-margrethe

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Two Huge Covid-19 Studies Are Retracted After Scientists Sound Alarms

The reports, published in two leading journals, were retracted after authors could not verify an enormous database of medical records.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #chloroquine-drug, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #desai-sapan, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #electronic-health-records, #hospitals, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #lancet-the-journal, #mehra-mandeep, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #your-feed-science

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Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

The complaint said Google tracked and collected users’ browsing history even if they took steps to maintain their privacy.

#boies-schillerflexner, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.

#affordable-housing, #consumer-financial-protection-bureau, #consumer-protection, #corelogic-inc, #credit-scores, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #landlords, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #transunion-llc

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TikTok Broke Privacy Promises, Children’s Groups Say

Twenty consumer groups said the video app had failed to make some changes it agreed to carry out last year to settle federal charges.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-trade-commission, #mobile-applications, #musical-ly-inc, #privacy, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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How to Beat Trump Online in the 2020 Election

The president’s digital presence is formidable, but veterans of the Yang and Buttigieg campaigns say it can be outmaneuvered.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #democratic-party, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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Quibi, JetBlue and Others Gave Away Email Addresses, Report Says

Personal data from millions of customers ended up with Google, Facebook and other trackers, making it easier for them to be tracked online and targeted with ads, according to a study.

#advertising-and-marketing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-mail, #edwards-zach, #google-inc, #jetblue-airways-corporation, #online-advertising, #privacy, #quibi-holdings-llc, #washington-post

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How a Digital Ad Strategy That Helped Trump Is Being Used Against Him

A former Facebook employee is using a tool he employed to help President Trump win to conduct tests for a progressive group, Acronym, dedicated to ousting Mr. Trump from office.

#acronym-nonprofit, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Europe’s Privacy Law Hasn’t Shown Its Teeth, Frustrating Advocates

Nearly two years in, there has been little enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation, once seen as ushering in a new era.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr, #google-inc, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Facebook Invests $5.7 Billion in Indian Internet Giant Jio

It was the largest bet by the social network on the developing market, where millions of people have gone online in recent years.

#cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #instant-messaging, #small-business, #social-media, #wireless-communications

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Can’t Scout Players in Person? The N.F.L. Turns to a Brooklyn Start-Up

Ahead of the N.F.L. draft, which begins on April 23, teams are reaching out to the three-man team at Slants to provide tracking data based on college video footage.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #national-football-league

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I Took the Antibody Test. And Yet.

I still don’t know what I need to about the coronavirus.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #quarantines, #tests-medical

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Lockdown Can’t Last Forever. Here’s How to Lift It.

We need to hit and release the brakes on physical distancing, again and again, until we safely get to immunity.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #italy, #maps, #quarantines, #south-korea, #spain, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Google Searches Can Help Us Find Emerging Covid-19 Outbreaks

They can also reveal symptoms that at first went undetected. I may have found a new one.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #ecuador, #epidemics, #eyes-and-eyesight, #gans-joshua, #google-inc, #italy, #research, #search-engines, #smell-olfaction, #united-states

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