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.

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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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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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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #elections, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #russia, #united-states-cyber-command, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Stars of Black LinkedIn Have Had It With Corporate Racism

The tamest social network has become a thriving outlet for Black users to call out marginalization in the workplace — and on LinkedIn itself.

#black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #linkedin-corporation, #microsoft-corp, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #workplace-environment

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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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Microsoft Acquires Video Game Company ZeniMax in $7.5 Billion Deal

The company’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media puts it in a strong position against Sony just weeks before the release of their next generation of gaming consoles.

#computer-and-video-games, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #software, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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TikTok Deal Exposes a Security Gap, and a Missing China Strategy

Technological progress has outpaced the political debate again. What will happen when the next TikTok arrives in the United States?

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Trump Approves Deal Between Oracle and TikTok

The approval delays President Trump’s threat to block a popular Chinese-owned social media app from the United States until it receives investment from American partners.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bill Gates Sr., Who Guided Billionaire Son’s Philanthropy, Dies at 94

He channeled support for campaigns to eradicate polio, reduce infant mortality, build schools and help find an AIDS vaccine — among other causes.

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Coming This Fall: Return of the Video Game Console Wars

Gamers are awaiting Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, though supply might be limited because of the pandemic.

#cloud-computing, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #google-stadia, #microsoft-corp, #nintendo-co-ltd, #playstation-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Microsoft Says Its Bid for TikTok Was Rejected in U.S.-China Standoff

The move leaves Oracle as the sole known remaining bidder, as the clock ticks down on President Trump’s executive order to block the app.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #oracle-corporation, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Democrats and Republicans

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly aiming at Biden campaign officials.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Officials of Both Parties

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly targeting Biden campaign officials.

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Pentagon Sticks With Microsoft for Cloud Computing Contract

Amazon, a rival for the $10 billion contract, has complained that President Trump interfered in the process.

#amazon-com-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #enterprise-computing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #microsoft-corp, #trump-donald-j

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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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TikTok Deal Is Complicated by New Rules From China Over Tech Exports

In an 11th-hour twist, Beijing raised a potential hurdle for a sale of TikTok, further roiling the race to buy the Chinese-owned app.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #international-trade-and-world-market, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #oracle-corporation, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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Walmart Joining Microsoft in TikTok Bid

The retail giant said it was teaming up with Microsoft, which has been negotiating for weeks to buy the popular Chinese-owned video app.

#computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walmart-stores-inc, #zhang-yiming-1983

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Natural History Museum Union Files Complaint Over Coronavirus App

The app would have asked employees to report if they had a fever and any new symptoms each day. Some see it as an invasion of privacy.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #district-council-37, #federal-labor-relations-authority, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #museums, #organized-labor, #privacy, #protectwell, #unitedhealth-group-inc

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How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into a Soap Opera

Neither side wanted a big deal. But what began as talks about a small investment ballooned with interventions from President Trump.

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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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Yes, We Are Living in a Computer Simulation

Microsoft’s latest version of Flight Simulator is so realistic that it suggests a new way of understanding the digital world.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #software

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S&P 500 at Record as Stock Market Defies Economic Devastation

Investors have cast the nearly relentless drumbeat of bad news aside to focus on any signs that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic might be over.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #dow-jones-stock-average, #federal-reserve-system, #microsoft-corp, #recession-and-depression, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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A Third of TikTok’s U.S. Users May Be 14 or Under, Raising Safety Questions

Three current and former employees expressed concerns about the Chinese-owned app’s safeguards for preteen children.

#children-and-childhood, #childrens-online-privacy-protection-act, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-trade-commission, #microsoft-corp, #musical-ly-inc, #privacy, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Google, Facebook and Others Form Tech Coalition to Secure U.S. Election

The move formalizes discussions that the companies and government agencies have been holding to fight disinformation on social media.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #homeland-security-department, #microsoft-corp, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter

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Is TikTok More of a Parenting Problem Than a Security Threat?

Even as the White House moves against the Chinese social media app, the intelligence agencies do not see it as a major issue along the lines of Huawei.

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The Tech You Love

GPS, Spotify, Pokémon Go: Our readers tell us about the tech that makes their lives better.

#microsoft-corp, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

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Is TikTok a Good Buy? It Depends on What’s Included

TikTok’s most valuable assets, a hyper-effective algorithm and a community of popular creators, may not be as easy to acquire as the company itself.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j

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TikTok, Trump and an Impulse to Act as C.E.O. to Corporate America

The president’s interventions in company dealings based on his own instincts are a departure from the arm’s-length approach of predecessors of either party.

#china, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Says Microsoft Can Bid for TikTok

The president said he did not object to a potential acquisition of the Chinese-owned app, retreating from comments about banning the service.

#committee-on-foreign-investment-in-the-united-states-cfius, #computers-and-the-internet, #foreign-investments, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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There’s a Deal to Save TikTok — if Trump Doesn’t Mess It Up

Microsoft wants to buy the Chinese app, and the administration needs to get out of the way.

#microsoft-corp, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

The discussions come as TikTok’s ownership by a Chinese company is under scrutiny by the White House and lawmakers.

#china, #committee-on-foreign-investment-in-the-united-states-cfius, #computers-and-the-internet, #foreign-investments, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #musical-ly-inc, #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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Slack Accuses Microsoft of Illegally Crushing Competition

The complaint, filed in Europe, threatens Microsoft’s recent ability to avoid regulatory scrutiny.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #enterprise-computing, #european-commission, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #slack-technologies-inc, #software

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Big Tech Has a Big Climate Problem. Now, It’s Being Forced to Clean Up.

Apple said on Tuesday its devices would produce net-zero emissions by 2030, making it the latest tech giant to ramp up voluntary climate targets.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #environment, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #microsoft-corp

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Corporate Political Donations Undermine Pledges

A new analysis shows how companies have funded political efforts that undermine their public stances.

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Magic Leap Hires Top Microsoft Executive as C.E.O.

Peggy Johnson, who led Microsoft’s business development, will take over the struggling virtual reality start-up in August.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #enterprise-computing, #headphones-and-headsets, #johnson-peggy, #magic-leap-inc, #microsoft-corp, #software, #venture-capital, #virtual-reality-computers

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The Economy Is Reeling. The Tech Giants Spy Opportunity.

Many companies are retreating. But Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are placing bets to get even bigger.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #quarantines, #recession-and-depression, #social-media, #software, #start-ups, #united-states-economy, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Chinese Hackers Target Email Accounts of Biden Campaign Staff, Google Says

The technology giant also confirmed reports that Iran had targeted President Trump’s campaign, underscoring the persistent threat of hackers in the 2020 election.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #e-mail, #google-inc, #iran, #microsoft-corp, #phishing-computer-fraud, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Investors Bet Giant Companies Will Dominate After Crisis

The virus outbreak supercharged a continuing shift in the markets, with a few giant companies now exerting the most influence over the direction of stocks since the tech boom.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #microsoft-corp, #recession-and-depression, #russell-2000-stock-index, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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Marina Abramovic Just Wants Conspiracy Theorists to Let Her Be

“I am an artist, not a Satanist,” the performance artist said after an online outcry prompted Microsoft to take down a video of her. It’s not the first time she’s faced the accusation.

#abramovic-marina, #art, #bavarian-state-opera, #cyberharassment, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #microsoft-corp, #royal-academy-of-arts

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