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 Critics say the rules are outdated.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.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #blackrock-inc, #boards-of-directors, #brazil, #carbon-dioxide, #carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #cargill-inc, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #institutional-shareholder-services-inc, #levi-straussco, #microsoft-corp, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

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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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Big Tech’s Next Big Problem Could Come From People Like ‘Mr. Sweepy’

Government antitrust lawsuits have created openings for numerous private cases against Big Tech, with more expected to come. If successful, the cases could cost them dearly.

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Parler, a Social Network That Attracted Trump Fans, Returns Online

After being cut off by Amazon and other tech giants, Parler worked for weeks to find a way to get back on the internet.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #matze-john, #mercer-rebekah-a-1973, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech’s Unlikely Next Battleground: North Dakota

A vote on a bill this week is part of a movement that could cost Apple and Google billions of dollars. State legislatures are becoming the fight’s new front.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #hansson-david-heinemeier, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #north-dakota

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Cyberspace Plus Trump Almost Killed Our Democracy. Can Europe Save Us?

If we don’t find a solution fast, China will pass us economically.

#china, #cyberspace-administration-of-china, #europe, #european-parliament, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #zuboff-shoshana

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A Vast Web of Vengeance

Outrageous lies destroyed Guy Babcock’s online reputation. When he went hunting for their source, what he discovered was worse than he could have imagined.

#atas-nadire, #babcock-guy, #canada, #communications-decency-act-of-1996, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #england, #google-inc, #libel-and-slander, #pinterest, #ripoff-report-web-site, #rumors-and-misinformation, #section-230, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

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Your App Knows You Got Your Period. Guess Who It Told?

Millions of women use apps to track their cycles, and that data is often passed on to third-party companies, like Facebook and Google. But what if that data could be used to help women’s health research?

#apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #women-and-girls

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The Rising Union Movement at Amazon, Google and Twitter

The Trump era spurred them to collective action. But the work has just begun.

#alphabet-workers-union, #computers-and-the-internet, #cotton-tom, #facebook-inc, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #parler-llc, #race-and-ethnicity, #sanders-bernard, #social-media, #strikes, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Parler and the Far Right’s Ever-Evolving Digital Ecosystem

The Biden administration needs a game plan to deal with what will be a rolling and escalating threat from platform migration.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #terrorism, #twitter, #united-states

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An Australia With No Google? The Bitter Fight Behind a Drastic Threat

The big tech platforms are facing a challenge unlike any other as Australia moves to make them pay for news.

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

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #balloons-aeronautics, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #loon-llc, #wireless-communications

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Behind a Secret Deal Between Google and Facebook

Facebook was going to compete with Google for some advertising sales but backed away from the plan after the companies cut a preferential deal, according to court documents.

#advertising-and-marketing, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Is More Violence Coming?

Social media platforms have raced to bar organizers of the attack on the Capitol. Will that make a repeat less likely, or just harder to prevent?

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #police, #social-media, #telegram-llc

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YouTube Suspends Trump’s Channel for at Least Seven Days

YouTube is the latest tech company to bar the president from posting online, following Twitter, Facebook and others.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #google-inc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #youtube-com

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How Parler, a Chosen App of Trump Fans, Became a Test of Free Speech

The app has renewed a debate about who holds power over online speech after the tech giants yanked their support for it and left it fighting for survival. Parler was set to go dark on Monday.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #matze-john, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter

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Major Technology Companies Join List of Biden Inaugural Donors

The inaugural committee did not disclose how much it has raised so far for the event, which is to be scaled down because of the pandemic.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #anthem-inc, #biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boeing-company, #campaign-finance, #comcast-corporation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emhoff-douglas-c, #enterprise-holdings-inc, #google-inc, #harris-kamala-d, #inaugurations, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qualcomm-inc, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union, #verizon-communications-inc

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Apple and Google Cut Off Parler, an App That Drew Trump Supporters

The companies removed the “free speech” social network from their app stores, limiting its reach just as many conservatives are seeking alternatives to Facebook and Twitter.

#apple-inc, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #matze-john, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smartphones, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Russian-Owned Software Company May Be Entry Point for Huge U.S. Hacking

Russian hackers may have piggybacked on a tool developed by JetBrains, which is based in the Czech Republic, to gain access to federal government and private sector systems in the United States.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #google-inc, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #russia, #solarwinds, #vmware-inc

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #collective-bargaining, #communications-workers-of-america, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #engineering-and-engineers, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #pichai-sundar

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Tech Solution Gives Blind Runner Hope to Run Free of a Guide

A blind runner issued a challenge to technologists last year to find a way for him to run safely without a guide. They did.

#blindness, #content-type-personal-profile, #engineering-and-engineers, #google-inc, #guiding-eyes-for-the-blind, #innovation, #mobile-applications, #panek-thomas, #running, #service-dogs-and-other-animals

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Google Denies Antitrust Claims in Early Response to U.S. Lawsuit

The company said people use its services because they choose to, not because they lack alternatives.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #mehta-amit-p, #search-engines, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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The Antitrust Case Against Big Tech, Shaped by Tech Industry Exiles

Regulators are relying on insiders like Dina Srinivasan, who left her digital ad job after concluding that “Facebook and Google were going to win and everybody else is going to lose.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #james-letitia, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #paxton-ken, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Google’s Legal Peril Grows in Face of Third Antitrust Suit

More than 30 states said that the company downplayed websites that let users search for information in specialized areas.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Tech Giants Fight Each Other as Antitrust Regulators Bear Down

Facebook’s slap at Apple shows Silicon Valley is feeling the regulatory heat.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #supreme-court-us

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Biden’s Inaugural Will Be Mostly Virtual, but Money From Donors Will Be Real

The president-elect’s allies have begun an ambitious fund-raising campaign for the celebration of his swearing-in. Big donors will get “virtual signed photos” — and a chance to generate good will.

#bank-of-america-corporation, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boeing-company, #campaign-finance, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ford-motor-co, #google-inc, #harris-kamala-d, #inaugurations, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j

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States Plan to Accuse Google of Illegal Monopoly in Online Ads

The Texas attorney general said a coming lawsuit would focus on the advertisements that generate the vast majority of the company’s profits.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #paxton-ken, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Google’s Apps Crash in Worldwide Outage

The tech giant’s popular services like Gmail, Hangouts, Meet and YouTube went offline, halting work across the globe.

#computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc

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Google Dominates Thanks to an Unrivaled View of the Web

As regulators seek ways to curb the company’s power, there is more focus on the vast index — hundreds of billion of web pages — behind its search engine.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #duckduckgo, #google-inc, #indexers-and-indexing, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators

Silicon Valley is building a powerful influence industry in Brussels, which has “never seen this kind of money” spent this way.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

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Yes, Facebook Has Become a Menace

It’s not too late for the government to take back power from Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #gates-bill, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #microsoft-corp, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #pichai-sundar, #research

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YouTube to Forbid Videos Claiming Widespread Election Fraud

The company said that it was making the change because the deadline for recounts and audits of the election had passed.

#google-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Coronavirus Apps Show Promise but Prove a Tough Sell

Technology to alert people exposed to the virus could slow transmission, pilot studies show, but only if people and states sign up. So far, most haven’t.

#apple-inc, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #united-states

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E.U. Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sex Abuse

Regulators argue that while abuse imagery on the internet is abhorrent, unchecked scanning for it by tech companies could violate privacy rights. A showdown looms.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #computers-and-the-internet, #european-parliament, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #farid-hany, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #national-center-for-missing-and-exploited-children, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #sex-crimes

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Google Researcher Says She Was Fired Over Paper Highlighting Bias in A.I.

Timnit Gebru, one of the few Black women in her field, had voiced exasperation over the company’s response to efforts to increase minority hiring.

#artificial-intelligence, #black-people, #computers-and-the-internet, #dean-jeff-1968, #discrimination, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #minorities

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Federal Labor Agency Says Google Wrongly Fired 2 Employees

The workers were involved in labor organizing at the company and participated in walkouts last year.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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London A.I. Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

Researchers at DeepMind say they have solved “the protein folding problem,” a task that has bedeviled scientists for more than 50 years.

#artificial-intelligence, #biology-and-biochemistry, #clinical-trials, #computers-and-the-internet, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #google-inc, #hassabis-demis, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #proteins, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Surveillance as a Service

Jeff Bezos is intent on recording even our moods. How much personal data is too much to give to Amazon?

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #drugstores, #fitbit, #google-inc, #wearable-computing

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2020’s Hot Gadget Is the Computer

Computers are no longer boring. This year, they’re everything.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-storage, #desktop-computers, #google-inc

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False Claims That Biden ‘Lost’ Pennsylvania Surge, and Tech Companies Struggle to Keep Up

Some of President Trump’s most prominent allies helped to set the rumors in motion.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #facebook-inc, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #google-inc, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #youtube-com

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False Claims That Biden ‘Lost’ Pennsylvania Surge

Some of President Trump’s most prominent allies helped to set the rumors in motion.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #facebook-inc, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #google-inc, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #youtube-com

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YouTube Cut Down Misinformation. Then It Boosted Fox News.

To battle false information, YouTube cut its recommendations to fringe channels and instead promoted major networks, especially Fox News.

#carlson-tucker, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fox-news-channel, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Sarah Cooper Is Tired of Being Donald Trump

The comedian delighted millions with her Trump lip-syncs. After the election, she may be on to her next act.

#cooper-sarah-1984, #democratic-national-convention, #everythings-fine-tv-program, #google-inc, #netflix-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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How to Take On the Tech Barons

Something has to be done about the technology sector. Here’s what to keep in mind.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-communications-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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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.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #social-media

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