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.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #google-inc, #iphone, #jobs-steven-p, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #schmidt-eric-e, #search-engines, #smartphones, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Goldman Sachs Unit Pleads Guilty Over Fraud Scheme

All told, Goldman will pay billions in penalties and disgorgement in Malaysia, the United States and Hong Kong for its role in the looting of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #blankfein-lloyd-c, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #department-of-financial-services-nys, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #justice-department, #leissner-tim, #low-jho-1981, #ng-roger, #politics-and-government, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission

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With the Google Lawsuit, the Long Antitrust Winter Is Over

The Justice Department is demanding that the company prove its greatness by competing in the market, not by buying its way out of it.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #google-inc, #justice-department

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Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say a New Regulator Is Needed.

Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.

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Top Investigator in Google Case Says There ‘Was Not a Rush’ to Sue

Jeffrey A. Rosen, the deputy attorney general, said the Justice Department knew the company would use its many resources to fight the agency.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #innovation, #justice-department, #rosen-jeffrey-adam-1958, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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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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What is a Militia? And Why Is the Word So Controversial These Days?

Federal authorities and academics have long described private paramilitary organizations as “militias.” Some critics say the term gives the groups more legitimacy than they deserve.

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales

The Justice Department announced an $8 billion settlement with the company. Members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties but criminal investigations continue.

#fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #your-feed-healthcare

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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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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.”

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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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What we know about the DOJ’s antitrust case against Google so far

Multistory glass building with huge Google logo.

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The Justice Department today filed a landmark antitrust case against Google. The hotly anticipated, long-awaited lawsuit accuses Google of using its market dominance to force unfair contract terms on suppliers and competitors, to the detriment of competition and the marketplace.

The suit might just be the biggest thing in antitrust since the DOJ sued Microsoft in the 1990s… or it might not. Even though the investigation that led here has been going on for 16 months, a suit like this is the beginning, not the end, of the process. So here’s everything we know—and more importantly, everything we still don’t—about what this blockbuster case really means.

What does the suit allege?

The complaint (PDF) lays out the case that Google used “exclusionary agreements and anticompetitive conduct” to become dominant in the search marketplace, and then kept abusing that market dominance to prevent nascent rivals from gaining enough of a toehold potentially to become real competition.

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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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Goldman Sachs Is Said to Admit Mistakes in 1MDB Scandal

A foreign subsidiary of the Wall Street giant will plead guilty under an agreement with the Justice Department, according to a person familiar with the deal.

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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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Justice Dept. files long-awaited antitrust suit against Google

Will the sun ever set on the Google empire?

Enlarge / Will the sun ever set on the Google empire? (credit: 400tmax | Getty Images)

The Department of Justice today filed a landmark antitrust suit against Google, alleging that the company behaved anticompetitively and unfairly pushed out rivals in its search businesses.

A company does not have to be a literal monopoly, with no available competition of any kind, to be in violation of antitrust law. The law is instead primarily concerned with what a company does to attain dominance and what it does with that dominant position once it’s at the top. And according to the DOJ’s complaint (PDF), Google did indeed abuse its outsized market power to tilt the playing field in its favor and keep potential rivals out.

“Google is the gateway to the Internet,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a call with reporters. “It has maintained its power through exclusionary practices that are harmful to competition.”

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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.

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Six Russians accused of the world’s most destructive hacks indicted

The faces of 6 men underneath a banner that reads WANTED BY THE FBI.

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Six men accused of carrying out some of the world’s most destructive hacks—including the NotPetya disk wiper and power grid attacks that knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians—have been indicted in US federal court.

The indictment said that all six men are officers in a brazen hacker group best known as Sandworm, which works on behalf of Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, abbreviated from Russian as GRU. The officers are behind the “most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group,” prosecutors said. The alleged goal: to destabilize foreign nations, interfere with their internal politics, and cause monetary losses.

Among the hacks is NotPetya, the 2017 disk-wiping worm that shut down the operations of thousands of companies and government agencies around the world. Disguised as ransomware, NotPetya was in fact malware that permanently destroyed petabytes of data. The result, among other things, was hospitals that turned away patients, shipping companies that were paralyzed for days or weeks, and transportation infrastructure that failed to function.

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U.S. Charges Russian Intelligence Officers in Major Cyberattacks

Prosecutors said the suspects hacked elections in France and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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China Threatens to Detain Americans if U.S. Prosecutes Chinese Scholars

American officials said China had insisted that the Justice Department not proceed with cases against the arrested scholars, who are in the Chinese military and face charges of visa fraud.

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U.S. Schedules First Execution of a Woman in Nearly 70 Years

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and attempting to pass the baby off as her own.

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Third Justice Dept. Prosecutor Publicly Denounces Barr

The prosecutor also said he retired after staying on to protect a public corruption case against a Republican congressman.

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Two Park Police Officers Face Manslaughter Charges in Virginia Shooting

After Bijan Ghaisar’s Jeep was hit by another vehicle in 2017, he left and failed to pull over for the police. “None of that should have led to his death,” a prosecutor said.

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Rod Rosenstein Was Just Doing His Job

Does that really excuse him for his role in the Trump administration’s family separation policy?

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Justice Dept. ‘Unmasking’ Review Finds No Irregularities and Is Given to Durham

The finding delivers a blow to President Trump’s push to validate the notion of a “deep state” plot to undermine him.

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Pilgrim’s Pride to Pay $110 Million to Settle Charges of Fixing Chicken Prices

The Justice Department said the company helped fix the price of chicken and passed the cost to consumers.

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Justice Dept. Sues Ex-Aide Over Book About Melania Trump

The lawsuit was the third in recent months where the government has taken on a perceived foes of the White House.

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Under Trump, Criminal Prosecutions for Pollution Dropped Sharply

A new report finds an “alarming” drop in prosecutions over violations of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, fundamental environmental laws.

#clean-water-act, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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Turning Power of State Against Rivals, Trump Seeks Power of Authoritarians

President Trump took a step even Richard M. Nixon avoided in his most desperate days: openly ordering direct, immediate government action against specific opponents, timed to serve his re-election campaign.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Suspends All Diversity and Inclusion Training for Staff

The move was the latest effort by the Trump administration to eliminate any training that encourages workers to acknowledge that implicit racial and gender biases exist in the workplace.

#barr-william-p, #discrimination, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Election Less Than a Month Away, Trump Leans on Barr and Pompeo for a Lift

The secretary of state said he would make Hillary Clinton’s emails public, handing the president a weapon to attack his political foes as the attorney general resisted his overtures to prosecute them.

#barr-william-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durham-john-h, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #judicial-watch, #justice-department, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Scientist Accused of Hiding Chinese Funds Sues Harvard, Saying It Abandoned Him

Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s chemistry department, claimed in the lawsuit that the university turned its back on a “dedicated faculty member.”

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Justice Dept. Sues Yale, Citing Illegal Race Discrimination

The department says the school’s admissions practices violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Yale’s president says the allegation was based on “inaccurate statistics and unfounded conclusions.”

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #asian-americans, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #harvard-university, #justice-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #salovey-peter, #yale-university

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Elliott Broidy, a Top Trump Fund-Raiser, Charged in Foreign Influence Case

Federal authorities accused him of violating lobbying laws in his unsuccessful efforts to resolve an investigation into the embezzlement of the Malaysian investment fund 1MDB.

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Trump Fund-Raiser Elliott Broidy Charged in Lobbying Case

Federal authorities accused him of violating lobbying laws in his unsuccessful efforts to resolve an investigation into the embezzlement of the Malaysian investment fund 1MDB.

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Justice Dept. Eases Election Fraud Inquiry Constraints as Trump Promotes False Narrative

The move comes as President Trump promotes a false narrative of widespread voter fraud ahead of the election.

#barr-william-p, #elections-attorneys-general, #justice-department, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-integrity-section-justice-dept, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ Jeff Sessions Said

Top department officials were “a driving force” behind President Trump’s child separation policy, a draft investigation report said.

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John McAfee arrested, indicted on tax evasion charges, sued for fraud

John McAfee gesticulating on his yacht outside Havana, Cuba, during an interview with AFP in June 2019.

Enlarge / John McAfee gesticulating on his yacht outside Havana, Cuba, during an interview with AFP in June 2019. (credit: Adalberto Roque | AFP | Getty Images)

Noted cybersecurity eccentric John McAfee is under arrest in Spain awaiting extradition to the United States after being indicted on federal tax evasion charges.

The Department of Justice unsealed the indictment (PDF) yesterday, following McAfee’s arrest by Spanish authorities at Barcelona’s airport over the weekend.

The filing alleges that McAfee deliberately not only avoided paying federal taxes from tax years 2014 through 2018 but also tried to hide considerable assets from the IRS. He allegedly hid those assets—including a yacht, a vehicle, real estate, bank accounts, and cryptocurrency—by purchasing and titling them under “the name of a nominee.”

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John McAfee Arrested in Spain, and U.S. Seeks Extradition

The U.S. authorities accused the former antivirus impresario of evading taxes and said his extradition to American soil was pending.

#fugitives, #john-mcafee, #justice-department, #mcafee-inc, #spain, #tax-evasion, #united-states

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E. Jean Carroll, Trump Accuser, Seeks to Bar Justice Dept. From Case

Ms. Carroll, a writer, has asked a judge to reject the department’s move to intervene in her lawsuit against the president, whom she has accused of rape.

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Barr Plans to Return to Justice Dept. After Negative Coronavirus Test Results

A spokeswoman said the attorney general was considered an essential worker exempt from guidelines on quarantining after potential exposure.

#barr-william-p, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #justice-department, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Government Lawsuit Over John Bolton’s Memoir May Proceed, Judge Rules

The Justice Department is seeking to seize a $2 million advance because President Trump’s former top aide published the book, which criticizes Mr. Trump, without written permission.

#bolton-john-r, #books-and-literature, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #decisions-and-verdicts, #justice-department, #lamberth-royce-c, #snowden-edward-j, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Repatriates Last of Islamic State Suspects Believed Captured in Syria

The suspects had been held by Syrian forces along with prisoners from other countries whose governments have been reluctant to take back the men.

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Mueller Rebuts Insider’s Criticisms of Trump Investigation

In a rare public statement, the former special counsel said one of the top prosecutors in his office had “incomplete information” about decision-making.

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Justice Dept. Documents Highlight Criticisms of Mueller Inquiry

The attorney general provided information on two matters to President Trump’s allies that was meant to damage the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation and the special counsel’s office.

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