Tech Giants, Fearful of Proposals to Curb Them, Blitz Washington With Lobbying

Executives, lobbyists, and more than a dozen groups paid by Big Tech have tried to head off bipartisan support for six bills meant to undo the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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Google Facing Fresh E.U. Inquiry Over Ad Technology

The bloc’s investigation, which takes aim at the heart of Google’s business model, is part of a push to regulate the world’s largest technology companies.

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #google-inc, #online-advertising

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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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As Pandemic Recedes in U.S., Calls Are Growing for an Investigative Commission

Bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress to create a bipartisan panel, but a leader of the Sept. 11 commission thinks a nonpartisan effort would have more success in the current climate.

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Lina Khan Named F.T.C. Chair by Biden

Ms. Khan, who first attracted notice as a critic of Amazon, was confirmed by the Senate as a commissioner on the agency on Tuesday.

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Google’s Privacy Backpedal Shows Why It’s So Hard Not to Be Evil

Why Google thought twice about restoring your privacy.

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Justice Dept. Will Toughen Rules for Seizing Lawmakers’ Data, Garland Says

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland met with news media executives amid fallout over prosecutors’ seizures of records from phone and tech companies for leak inquiries.

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What Data About You Can the Government Get From Big Tech?

The revelations of a leak investigation started in the Trump administration are a reminder that Big Tech companies often hand over information about their users.

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To Fill Millions of Open Jobs, Many Workers Need More Than Skills

Helping people land good jobs with career paths takes more than skills training, labor experts say. Coaching, mentoring and other assistance are also needed.

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Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

The F.B.I. scored two major victories, recovering a Bitcoin ransom and tricking lawbreakers with an encryption app. But criminals may still have the upper hand.

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In Leak Investigation, Tech Giants Are Caught Between Courts and Customers

Apple, under fire for turning over the data of two lawmakers to the Trump Justice Dept., said it did so unknowingly, while Google fought a request for New York Times data because it related to a corporate client.

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Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

A bipartisan group of House members introduced five bills that take direct aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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Sam Altman on the A.I. Revolution, Trillionaires and the Future of Political Power

Will A.I. give us the lives of leisure we long for — or usher in a feudal dystopia? It depends.

#artificial-intelligence, #google-inc

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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

In response to Times articles, the search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #google-inc, #libel-and-slander, #privacy, #search-engines

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Meet Big Tech’s Tormenter in Chief

Margrethe Vestager is the European regulator trying to do something audacious: get companies like Apple, Amazon and Facebook to play fair and pay taxes.

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Times Requests Disclosure of Court Filings Seeking Reporters’ Email Data and Gag Order

Lawyers for the newspaper are asking how the Justice Department justified keeping the order secret since its leak inquiry was publicly known.

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Silicon Valley’s Thin Skins and Giant Egos

Ellen Pao, the former C.E.O. of Reddit, talks Big Tech boys clubs, content moderation and workplace culture.

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U.S. Put Gag Order on Times Executives Amid Fight Over Email Logs

The push began in the Trump administration and continued under President Biden, and the Justice Department obtained a gag order to keep it from public view.

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India’s ‘Ugliest’ Language? Google’s Answer, Kannada, Drew a Backlash

A Google fact box singled out Kannada, a language spoken in the country’s south. The faux pas highlights the algorithm’s fallibility.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #india, #language-and-languages, #search-engines

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Is A.I. the Problem? Or Are We?

Artificial intelligence is already shaping our lives, sometimes with disastrous results.

#artificial-intelligence, #google-inc

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Why Apple and Google’s Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

#apple-inc, #bluetooth-wireless-technology, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #viruses

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Russia Raises Heat on Twitter, Google and Facebook in Online Crackdown

Its campaign is part of a global wave of actions by governments that are testing how far they can go to control online speech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #politics-and-government, #russia, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #youtube-com

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The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

Many in Silicon Valley promised that self-driving cars would be a common sight by 2021. Now the industry is resetting expectations and settling in for years of more work.

#accidents-and-safety, #aurora-innovation-inc, #automobiles, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #google-inc, #musk-elon, #trucks-and-trucking, #uber-technologies-inc, #urmson-chris-p-1976, #waymo

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How to Power Up Your To-Do List

The free task-reminder app on your phone can keep you and your projects on track.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #content-type-service, #google-inc, #ios-operating-system, #mobile-applications, #orderliness-and-clutter, #smartphones

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Apple and Epic Trial Opens With a Tour of the Fortnite ‘Metaverse’

Epic has accused Apple of unfairly using its App Store’s power to take an undeserved cut of the money made in Fortnite, a popular online game.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #epic-games, #forrest-katherine-b, #google-inc, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sweeney-tim-1970

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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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‘A Perfect Positive Storm’: Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech

The dictionary doesn’t have enough superlatives to describe what’s happening to the five biggest technology companies, raising uncomfortable questions for their C.E.O.s.

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With No Frills or Celebrities, Cookpad Is a Global Go-To for Recipes

Born in Japan and a hit around the world, the recipe-sharing site has been less successful in America. Yet it has a small, fervent following among immigrants.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #cookpad, #google-inc, #immigration-and-emigration, #japanese-food-cuisine, #mobile-applications, #recipes

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Is an Activist’s Pricey House News? Facebook Alone Decides.

The New York Post has complained that Facebook is blocking and downplaying its stories. But the platform doesn’t pay any special deference to journalists.

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D.C. Gives Tech Giants an Earful

Lawmakers in D.C. delivered a one-two punch.

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Tech in the Post-Pandemic World

Assessing its future, both the bad and the good.

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My Job and I: Is This a Love Letter?

Readers discuss formative experiences in the workplace, at Google and elsewhere.

#google-inc, #sexual-harassment, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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After Working at Google, I’ll Never Let Myself Love a Job Again

I learned the hard way that no publicly traded company is a family.

#discrimination, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #sexual-harassment

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Google Won. So Did Tech.

In siding with Google, the Supreme Court gave software experts some love.

#computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #google-inc, #oracle-corporation

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Taxes, Chauvin Trial, N.C.A.A.: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Supreme Court Backs Google in Copyright Fight With Oracle

The 6-to-2 ruling ended a decade-long battle over whether Google had improperly used Java code in its Android operating system.

#android-operating-system, #computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #google-inc, #innovation, #oracle-corporation, #smartphones, #sun-microsystems-inc, #supreme-court-us

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If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

#advertising-and-marketing, #android-operating-system, #brave, #chrome-browser, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #duckduckgo, #firefox, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #mozilla-foundation, #online-advertising, #privacy, #smartphones, #web-browsers

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Amy Klobuchar vs. Silicon Valley

The Minnesota senator presents her case for why regulating big tech is crucial for the future of our democracy.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-energy-and-commerce, #klobuchar-amy, #pichai-sundar, #senate, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Google Aims to Be the Anti-Amazon of E-Commerce. It Has a Long Way to Go.

Google presents itself to independent sellers as cheaper and less restrictive. But it is not clear whether it can change people’s habits of going straight to Amazon.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #search-engines, #shopify-inc, #social-media

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Lawmakers Grill Tech C.E.O.s on Capitol Riot, Getting Few Direct Answers

The leaders of Google, Facebook and Twitter faced sharp questions about misinformation’s role in the attack and the mental health of children who use their products.

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States Are Right to Fight Apple and Google’s App Monopolies

Antitrust bills would dismantle Apple and Google’s monopoly over the distribution of smartphone apps and entice companies to relocate to those states.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #software, #states-us

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Who Is Making Sure the A.I. Machines Aren’t Racist?

When Google forced out two well-known artificial intelligence experts, a long-simmering research controversy burst into the open.

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Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter

Moscow accused the social network of failing to remove content it deemed illegal. Soon after, a raft of government websites suffered a short outage.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-international-relations, #youtube-com

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Tech’s Legal Shield Appears Likely to Survive as Congress Focuses on Details

Section 230 isn’t expected to be revoked, but even the more modest proposals for weakening it could have effects that ripple across the internet.

#facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #hate-speech, #law-and-legislation, #online-advertising, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Want to Buy a Scrunchie Mask? Great. But Forget About That N95.

Scientists are urging Americans to upgrade their face coverings. But Amazon, Google and Facebook restrict the sale of medical-grade masks. Critics say the rules are outdated.

#amazon-com-inc, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #masks, #online-advertising, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Australia’s Social Media Law Won’t Save Journalism

Google and Facebook have objected to a law that will require them to pay media outlets for content. But the legislation won’t protect the businesses it aims to help.

#australia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Companies Say They Care About the Climate. Their Actions Fall Short.

Many big businesses have not set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Others have weak goals.

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A New-Media Showdown in Australia

What to make of a proposed law that would require tech companies to pay for news that appears on their platforms.

#australia, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-corporation, #newspapers, #social-media

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Facebook and Google Diverge in Response to Proposed Australian Law

With Australia moving to make the tech companies pay for news, Facebook said it would block news links in the country while Google has struck deals to pay publishers.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #australian-the-newspaper, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #news-and-news-media, #news-corporation, #social-media, #youtube-com

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