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Trump blasts Twitter as 'very discriminatory,' says the social media company removes his followers (TWTR)

President Trump accused Twitter of political bias in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning. "They don't treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on," he tweeted. Trump has accused social media companies of anti-Conservative bias previously — as recently as March of this year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Trump accused Twitter of political bias in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning.  "They don't treat me well as a Republica...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Congress, White House, Trends, Conservative, Donald Trump, Trump, Fox Business News, Facebook Twitter, TWTR, Maria Bartiromo Bartiromo, Trump s @realDonaldTrump Twitter


Mueller report: Inside the search for answers about Trump's alleged collusion with Russia

On a cloudy day in early November, the last of conservative writer Jerome Corsi's six marathon interviews with the office of special counsel Robert Mueller was about to begin. Sitting in a building in Washington, three prosecutors assigned to his case opened with a lecture.For more than two months, they had been chasing tantalising leads offered by Mr Corsi, an associate of Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, who had told them that the longtime Republican Party operative sought a back channe...
Tags: Google, Post, New York, Texas, London, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Dnc


Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Tech Companies Can Regulate Themselves

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a new interview rejected the notion that Capitol Hill has a role to play in regulating big tech companies, breaking with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent willingness to work with lawmakers. From a report: "The problem is if you write a rule, inevitably, you fix the solution on a specific solution, but the technology moves so quickly," Schmidt says. "It's generally better to let the tech companies do these things," he adds. Schmidt, who ran Google from 2001 ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Tech, Capitol Hill, Eric Schmidt, SCHMIDT


Huawei has promised a $600 5G smartphone — half the price of rival phones

Huawei is promising to create a $600 5G smartphone.  This is roughly half the price of its competitors; Samsung's 5G phone is expected to cost around $1,200, for example. Huawei has been blocked by several governments around the world, including the US, Canada, and Australia, over security concerns.  Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Chinese telecoms giant Huawei plans to sell 5G smartphones at half the price of its competitors.  In an interview with the Financial Times published o...
Tags: Apple, Congress, Australia, US, Samsung, Trends, Huawei, Financial Times, US Canada, Watch Google, Zhou, Guo Ping, Peter Zhou


Congress readies for Mueller report to be delivered on CDs

If there weren’t enough obstacles already standing between Congress and the results of the special counsel’s multiyear investigation, lawmakers are expecting to need an optical drive to read the document. A Justice Department official told the Associated Press that a CD containing the Mueller report would be delivered to Congress tomorrow between 11 and noon Eastern. At some point after the CDs are delivered, the report is expected to be made available to the public on the special counsel’s webs...
Tags: Apple, TC, Congress, Government, America, Tech, Associated Press, Justice Department, Don, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, Trump Administration, William Barr, Rebecca Kaplan


How do you pay taxes on bitcoin? Congress demands explanation

Lawmakers seek information from IRS, saying American taxpayers face ‘unacceptable’ ambiguity over cryptocurrencyUS lawmakers asked the the Internal Revenue Service how US residents should pay taxes on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, in a remarkable letter that shows just how unregulated the cryptocurrency space remains.More than a decade after bitcoin was first introduced, the IRS has released just one public notice on how to pay taxes on digital holdings. That lack of guidance is leaving Am...
Tags: Technology, Congress, US, US news, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Irs, US taxation, Internal Revenue Service


AN UNLIKELY REVOLUTIONARY: How Tristan Harris went from working at Apple and Google to consulting with heads of state about how to reform Silicon Valley (FB, GOOGL)

In recent years, Tristan Harris has become one of the most prominent critics of the tech industry. Harris got his start with a presentation he made while at Google highlighting the techniques it and other tech companies used to manipulate customers and dominate their attention. In recent years, he's been consulting with policy makers worldwide as they've investigated the tech industry's influence on society and started exploring ways to counter it. Harris spoke with Business Insider about his ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, US, Trends, Bbc, New York Times, Nintendo, Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg, Santa Cruz, HARRIS, Facebook Apple, Adam Schiff


Apple Music Slammed For Bowing To Chinese Censors

After pressure from authorities in China, Apple Music has removed songs with lyrics that refer the Tienanmen Square massacre. Several members of Congress members are calling out Apple for bowing to pressure and missing the chance to "become a stronger voice for freedom around the globe." Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were killed and thousands arrested when troops stormed Tienanmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989. "It's disgraceful to see one of America's most innovative,...
Tags: Apple, Music, Florida, Congress, China, US, America, Beijing, Marco Rubio, Cnbc, Bruce Houghton, Denise Ho, Anthony Wong, Tienanmen Square, James Wong Wong


Another day, another U.S. company forced to divest of Chinese investors

Jeff Farrah Contributor Share on Twitter Jeff Farrah is the general counsel of the National Venture Capital Association. More posts by this contributor US rule changes could mean more startups would need government approval to hire immigrants Foreign investment scrutiny continues to creep into the startup world via a once obscure U.S. government agency that has new tools and a shift in focus that stan...
Tags: Column, Real Estate, Technology, Money, Congress, Entrepreneurship, Finance, China, US, Tech, Economy, Canada, United States, Chile, Venture Capital, Treasury


Another day, another US company forced to divest of Chinese investors

Jeff Farrah Contributor Share on Twitter Jeff Farrah is the general counsel of the National Venture Capital Association. More posts by this contributor US rule changes could mean more startups would need government approval to hire immigrants Foreign investment scrutiny continues to creep into the startup world via a once obscure U.S. government agency that has new tools and a shift in focus that stan...
Tags: Column, Real Estate, Technology, Money, Congress, Entrepreneurship, Finance, China, US, Tech, Economy, Canada, United States, Chile, Venture Capital, Treasury


Congress measures conflict over drilling near sacred sites

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near untrammeled Native American cultural sites in the Southwest are urging Congress to establish better safeguards. A research trip by a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources culminates Monday in a public hearing at the New Mexico Capitol. […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Congress, Nation, Southwest, New Mexico Capitol, U S House Subcommittee on Energy


Nancy Pelosi warns tech companies that Section 230 is ‘in jeopardy’

In a new interview with Recode, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made some notable comments on what by all accounts is the most important law underpinning the modern internet as we know it. Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is as short as it is potent — and it’s worth getting familiar with. It states “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” When asked about...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Congress, Youtube, Government, Nancy Pelosi, Twitter Facebook, Pelosi, Facebook YouTube, Devin Nunes, Section 230, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Recode House


The Devilish History of the 1980s Parental Advisory Sticker: When Heavy Metal & Satanic Lyrics Collided with the Religious Right

Frank Zappa called them the “Mothers of Prevention,” the group of wives married to members of Congress who decided in the mid-80s to go to war against rock lyrics and whip up some good ol’ conservative hysteria. We’ve talked about this time before on this site, especially as Zappa himself testified in front of Congress and sparred on the Sunday Beltway shows like Crossfire. Vox’s Earworm series, now back for a second season, tackles this moment in a time that would have little ramificati...
Tags: Google, Music, Congress, College, George Orwell, Madonna, Vox, Frank Zappa, Gore, Sheena Easton, Facebook Twitter, Zappa, KCRW, Tipper Gore, Ted Mills, Estelle Caswell


Mark Zuckerberg invites crony capitalism with call for regulation

Please, regulate me! That was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s message to Congress recently. “Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree,” he wrote in an op-ed. “(W)e shouldn’t make so many important decisions … on our own.” It sounds so self-sacrificing. But give me a break. Big companies use regulation to their advantage. His smaller competitors can’t afford the squads of “compliance officers” that Facebook employs. “You, as a company, welcome regulation?...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Utah, Microsoft, Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, White House, Sport, Soccer, Justice Department, Zuckerberg, Brook, Orrin Hatch


Booker, other Democrats target biased tech tools

Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the “black box” of tech companies’ artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audits banks. One proposal introduced Wednesday and co-sponsored by a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker, would require big companies to test the “algorithmic accountability” […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Congress, Nation, Sen Cory Booker


Daily Crunch: Meet the new CEO of Google Cloud

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Google Cloud’s new CEO on gaining customers, startups, supporting open source and more Thomas Kurian, who came to Google Cloud after 22 years at Oracle, said the team is rolling out new contracts and plans to simplify pricing. Most importantly, though, Google will go on a hiring spree: “A number of cus...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Enterprise, Congress, Tech, Walmart, Oracle, Latin America, Irs, Udacity, Sebastian Thrun, Messier, Uber Lyft, Bill Clark, Thrun, Google Cloud


Net neutrality restoring Save the Internet Act passes House, moving on to Senate

A bill intended to restore 2015’s net neutrality rules has passed in the House of Representatives 232-190, and will soon be in consideration in the Senate. The ‘Save the Internet Act’ may be doomed to an eventual veto, but its broad support among voters and the relatively bipartisan push in Congress make it an important one to follow regardless. The act was introduced in March, and is little more than a re-establishment of the FCC’s 2015 rules with Congressional approval and removing the ones th...
Tags: Fcc, Net Neutrality, Congress, Government, Senate, White House, America, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Mozilla, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, GAO, Greg, Congressional


Recap of the Copyright Office’s Section 512 Study Roundtable

On Monday, I participated in a Copyright Office roundtable regarding their long-delayed report on Section 512. The roundtable was intended to update the study’s record from 2017, when progress stalled on the report. Thus, the topic nominally was to discuss how the law, especially the caselaw, had changed in the intervening years. In fact, 512 caselaw has noticeably slowed down since 2017, so there are only a handful of cases to discuss, and they reached messy results. Some cases since Jan. 1, 20...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Fcc, Etsy, Law, Congress, Youtube, US, Eu, Copyright, Pirate Bay, Rebecca, Canada


For true transparency around political advertising, U.S. tech companies must collaborate

In October 2017 online giants Twitter, Facebook, and Google announced plans to voluntarily increase transparency for political advertising on their platforms. The three plans to tackle disinformation had roughly the same structure: funder disclaimers on political ads, stricter verification measures to prevent foreign entities from posting such ads, and varying formats of ad archives. All three announcements came just before representatives from the companies were due to testify before Congress a...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Transparency, Technology, Supreme Court, Congress, Marketing, Articles, Social Media, Search Engines, Ceo, Industry, United States


The government is about to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic filing system

Thanks to pressure from tax preparation industry, Congress is getting ready to ban the Internal Revenue Service from ever building a free electronic tax filing system. As ProPublica reports, the effort is a bipartisan one. The House Ways and Means Committee, led by Massachusetts Democrat, Richard Neal, passed the Taxpayer First Act. The bill would make changes to the IRS and is sponsored by Georgia Democratic Congressman John Lewis and Mike Kelly, a Republican from Pennsylvania. One of its...
Tags: TC, John Lewis, Congress, Massachusetts, Tech, Georgia, Tax, Pennsylvania, Intuit, Irs, Federal Government, Internal Revenue Service, Mike Kelly, Neal, Turbotax, H&R Block


‘Hateful comments’ result in YouTube disabling chat during a live-streamed hearing on hate

At today’s House Judiciary hearing addressing “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism,” hate appears to have prevailed. As the hearing’s live stream aired on the House Judiciary’s YouTube channel, comments in the live chat accompanying the stream were so inflammatory that YouTube actually disabled the chat feature mid-hearing. Many of those comments were anti-Semitic in nature. Hate speech has no place on YouTube. We’ve invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Congress, Youtube, Government, Tech, White Supremacy, Walden, House Judiciary Committee, Potts, YouTube YouTube, House Judiciary, Jerry Nadler, Neil Potts, House Judiciary s YouTube


‘Hateful comments’ result in YouTube disabling chat during a livestreamed hearing on hate

At today’s House Judiciary hearing addressing “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism,” hate appears to have prevailed. As the hearing’s livestream aired on the House Judiciary’s YouTube channel, comments in the live chat accompanying the stream were so inflammatory that YouTube actually disabled the chat feature mid-hearing. Many of those comments were anti-semitic in nature. Hate speech has no place on YouTube. We’ve invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing h...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Congress, Youtube, Government, Tech, White Supremacy, Walden, House Judiciary Committee, Potts, YouTube YouTube, House Judiciary, Jerry Nadler, Neil Potts, House Judiciary s YouTube


Proposed bill would forbid big tech platforms from using dark pattern design

A new piece of bipartisan legislation aims to protect people from one of the sketchiest practices that tech companies employ to subtly influence user behavior. Known as “dark patterns,” this dodgy design strategy often pushes users toward giving up their privacy unwittingly and allowing a company deeper access to their personal data. To fittingly celebrate the one year anniversary of Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before Congress, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) have proposed th...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Identity Management, Congress, Government, Tech, United States, Warner, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Digital Rights, Terms Of Service, Mark Warner


Congressional Lawmakers Criticize Social Media’s Role in the Spread of Hate Crimes

Facebook and Google executives are speaking about the spread of white nationalism
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Congress, Uncategorized, Social Media, Hate Crimes, Onetime, Congressional Lawmakers Criticize Social Media


Facebook and Google face Congress over white nationalism

Representatives from Facebook and Google are on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, appearing alongside civil rights activists and a prominent right-wing activist for a hearing about how social media platforms are used by white supremacists as lawmakers explore possible legislative options on the issue.
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Congress, Stories, Capitol Hill


The Chinafication of the internet continues as the UK proposes blocking any service that hosts "illegal" or "harmful" material

Last year the US Congress passed SESTA/FOSTA, an "anti-sex-trafficking bill" that has resulted in the shuttering of all the services formerly used by sex workers to vet their johns, massively increasing the personal physical risk borne by sex-workers and reinvigorating the dying pimping industry, as sex workers seek out protectors. Not incidentally, SESTA/FOSTA has led to an overall hair-trigger on the part of platform operators, who -- facing massive liability for allowing a single prosti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, Post, UK, Craigslist, News, Congress, Australia, China, US, Eu, Antitrust, Eff, Gwot


The comment section on YouTube's official livestream of Congress' hearing on white nationalism and social media had to be turned off because it was too racist

YouTube livestreamed a US congressional hearing Tuesday about hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism on social media platforms, where policy executives from Google and Facebook testified. Meanwhile, commenters in the live chat alongside the YouTube livestream spewed hateful slurs and racist remarks about Jews and other minorities. YouTube has since disabled the live chat feature on the YouTube livestream. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Congress' hearing on white nationalis...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, Youtube, US, Trends, The Washington Post, Samsung Galaxy, Walden, House Judiciary Committee, The Post, YouTube YouTube, Neil Potts, Alexandria Walden, Anti Defamation League House


Songwriters vs Big Tech: Has The Tide Turned? [David Israelite]

[UPDATED] In this guest post, National Music Publishers Association head David Israelite explores how social media has shifted public opinion toward the songwriters and music publishers in their battles with Spotify, YouTube and other music services. _____________________________________ By David Israelite of the National Music Publishers Association [NMPA], This first appeared on Variety. Since the dawn of the digital revolution — when suddenly the value of songs was an aftert...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Music, Taylor Swift, Congress, Washington, Los Angeles, Bbc, Pandora, United States, Nashville, Bruce Houghton, European Union EU, National Music Publishers Association, Copyright Royalty Board, Amazon Google


Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism

Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. Neil Potts, Facebook’s director of public policy and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, will speak to the House Judiciary […]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Technology, News, Congress, Nation, House, Facebook Google, House Judiciary, Alexandria Walden, U S Neil Potts Facebook


Devin Nunes' Lawyers Falsely Claim Reporter Bolded 'Cocaine' and 'Woman' in Tweet to Be Extra Mean

California Representative Devin Nunes, one of the president’s biggest yes-men in Congress and recent filer of a lawsuit against Twitter and several of its users, including the account @DevinCow and Republican strategist Liz Mair, over mean things said about him has launched yet another lawsuit. This one again targets …Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Media, Congress, California, Social Media, Lawsuits, Courts, Liz Mair, Devin Nunes, Whoops



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