The Government’s Lawsuit Is Unlikely to Dethrone Google

The federal government’s lawsuit isn’t likely to derail the company’s market dominance.

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Big Tech’s Professional Opponents Strike at Google

An unlikely collection of lawyers, activists, economists and academics is fueling the tech backlash, armed with funding from billionaire sponsors.

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #brin-sergey, #computers-and-the-internet, #gates-bill, #google-inc, #justice-department, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #page-larry, #pichai-sundar, #schmidt-eric-e, #search-engines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #walker-kent, #wilson-sonsini-goodrichrosati, #youtube-com

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As Election Nears, Government and Tech Firms Push Back on Russia (and Trump)

The goal is to disrupt Russia’s well-honed information-warfare systems, whether they are poised to hack election systems or influence the minds of voters.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #gru-russia, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-cyber-command, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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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.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #hemphill-scott, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #microsoft-corp, #search-engines, #software, #wu-timothy

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #barr-william-p, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #justice-department

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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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It’s Google’s World. We Just Live In It.

Googling something was all we once did with Google. Now we spend hours a day using its maps, videos, security cameras, email, smartphones and more.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #google-inc, #home-automation-and-smart-homes, #maps, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #search-engines, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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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.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #search-engines, #software, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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YouTube Cracks Down on QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Citing Offline Violence

YouTube has played a bigger role in moving QAnon from the fringes to the mainstream than most platforms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #youtube-com

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Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.

The four companies known as Big Tech — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — now have more than 22,000 employees in the city, with thousands added just this year.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #mongodb-inc, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-mail, #google-inc, #justice-department, #labor-and-jobs, #pichai-sundar, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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July Is the New January: More Companies Delay Return to the Office

From Ford to Microsoft, white-collar companies are increasingly extending working from home through next summer.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #summer-season, #telecommuting, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Twitter Will Turn Off Some Features to Fight Election Misinformation

The platform is trying to address growing concern that falsehoods could lead to instability. Most of the changes will start on Oct. 20.

#dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Hears Copyright Battle Between Google and Oracle

In a case with major implications, the justices wrestled with a high-tech dispute over computer code using low-tech analogies.

#computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #google-inc, #oracle-corporation, #software, #supreme-court-us

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Google Chromecast Review: A Streaming Device That Gets Better the More It Knows

The new $50 gadget encapsulates a modern quandary: It wants to help you find content to watch. But you have to be willing to share your data.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #television-sets-and-media-devices, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Take a Social Media Break Until You’ve Voted

Democracy would be better off for it.

#absentee-voting, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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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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House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’

In a report led by Democrats, lawmakers said Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook needed to be checked and recommended reforming antitrust laws.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech Was Their Enemy, Until Partisanship Fractured the Battle Plans

A House report on how to limit the reach of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook has been delayed as Democrats and Republicans split on remedies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservatism-us-politics, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #house-of-representatives, #jordan-jim-1964, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Google Demands Its 30% Cut From App Developers in Play Store

Some companies like Netflix and Spotify had avoided making the payment when people paid for something inside their apps.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #google-play, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments

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Social Media Needs an Election Declaration of Conscience

The platforms must not tolerate voter disinformation.

#absentee-voting, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #computers-and-the-internet, #crowdtangle-inc, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #romney-mitt, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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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.

#metoo-movement, #alphabet-inc, #arbitration-conciliation-and-mediation, #executive-compensation, #google-inc, #rubin-andrew-e-1962, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Google Services Go Down in Some Parts of U.S.

People experienced outages of services like Gmail, YouTube and Google Meet.

#cloud-computing, #computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #united-states, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Free the Apps!

Apple and Google have a virtual monopoly on distributing mobile apps — that’s bad for competition.

#android-operating-system, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #epic-games, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #smartphones, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sweeney-tim-1970

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What’s the Deal With Google Now?

Google is facing the possibility of multiple antitrust lawsuits. Here’s why and what’s ahead.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #search-engines

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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #basecamp-llc, #blockchain, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #match-group-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #smartphones, #software, #spotify, #sweeney-tim-1970

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #search-engines, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?

The $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007 was a “game changer.” A growing number of antitrust experts say it’s the sort of deal that should no longer be possible.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appnexus, #computers-and-the-internet, #doubleclick-inc, #google-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cerf-vinton-g, #computers-and-the-internet, #endorsements, #foreign-students-in-us, #google-inc, #immigration-and-emigration, #john-hennessey, #presidential-election-of-2020, #science-and-technology, #visas

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Europe Feels Squeeze as Tech Competition Heats Up Between U.S. and China

As the rapid pace of change mixes with national security issues, Europe’s role as a global regulator is increasingly tested — and may not be enough.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #google-inc, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations

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No, Facebook Does Not Reflect Reality

Despite what Mark Zuckerberg says, Facebook shapes our world.

#apple-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children.

#bock-laszlo, #child-care, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #salesforce-com-inc, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #twitter, #workplace-environment, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #nasdaq-composite-index, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #democratic-party, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #republican-party, #search-engines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #quarantines, #smartphones, #states-us

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Facebook Could Block Sharing of News Stories in Australia

The move, a response to pressure to pay publishers when their stories are posted on the social network, could add to internet silos springing up around the world.

#australia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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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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With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

Under a new national security law, the police are targeting the social media accounts of executives, politicians and activists. American internet giants are struggling to respond.

#chow-agnes-1996, #computer-security, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #hong-kong, #lai-jimmy, #national-security-law, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wong-joshua-1996, #yahoo-inc

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To Fight Apple and Google’s Grip, Fortnite Creator Mounts a Crusade

Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, has railed against tech power. “The market is out of control,” he said.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #google-play, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tim-sweeney

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Kamala Harris’s Big Tech Connections

Silicon Valley has enthusiastically backed Ms. Harris since she first ran for state attorney general in California a decade ago.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #privacy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #iphone, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #stock-buybacks, #stocks-and-bonds

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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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Trump’s Attacks on TikTok and WeChat Could Further Fracture the Internet

The president’s restrictions on Chinese tech may be part of an eye-for-an-eye logic called reciprocity. The price could be a global patchwork of online fiefs.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #protectionism-trade, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wechat-mobile-app

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How Apple’s 30% App Store Cut Became a Boon and a Headache

App makers like the game company Epic and the music service Spotify are challenging Apple’s right to a large cut of their sales. Regulators have taken notice.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #e-commerce, #epic-games, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #spotify

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