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A ‘stalkerware’ app leaked phone data from thousands of victims

A spyware app designed to “monitor everything” on a victim’s phone has been secretly installed on thousands of phones. The app, KidsGuard, claims it can “access all the information” on a target device, including its real-time location, text messages, browser history, access to its photos, videos and app activities, and recordings of phone calls. But a misconfigured server meant the app was also spilling out the secretly uploaded contents of victims’ devices to the internet. These consumer-grade ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Social Media, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Computing, Alibaba, Signal, Operating Systems, Federal Trade Commission, Mobile App, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Deception, Quintin, App Maker


Inside the world of cannabis influencers on Instagram and YouTube, who can make over $1,000 for a sponsored post but often get their accounts shut down

Being a cannabis influencer on social apps like Instagram and YouTube can be lucrative. But creators say their accounts often get shut down by both tech platforms.  Business Insider spoke to three cannabis influencers who said they charge anywhere from $300 to $1,500 for a sponsored post. Because of the threat of having an account on Instagram or YouTube shut down, these influencers said diversifying into other revenue streams like touring, merchandise, and consulting is important for cannabis...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sweden, Instagram, California, Youtube, US, Trends, Canada, South Dakota, Fda, Ken Burns, Department Of Justice, Doj, Alex, Federal Trade Commission


The FTC's latest shot at the tech giants has opened up an unexpected front in the war to constrain Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, FB)

The Federal Trade Commission's move to probe past acquisitions by the big tech firms is one more regulatory worry for those companies. The agency plans to study the "hundreds" of deals the companies have made over the last 10 years that the companies hadn't previously had to report to it. There's growing concern inside and outside the agency that the companies have used such deals to quash nascent competitors. As a result of the study, the FTC could force the companies to unwind some of their ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, European Union, Commission, Silicon Valley, Harry, University Of California Berkeley, Doj, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


Amazon's annual filing reveals it loaded up on private company stock while scaling back acquisitions last year — a change that may help as regulators crack down on the tech giant (AMZN)

Amazon spent roughly $2.2 billion in cash on minority investments last year, nearly quadrupling from the year-ago period, according to company filings. It now owns a record $2.6 billion worth of private company stock, an over six-fold increase from the previous year, filings show. Meanwhile, Amazon cut back on acquisitions last year, spending only $315 million, after a two-year record run of spending over $15 billion on buying other companies. The change reflects a potential shift in Amazon's ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, China, US, Trends, Federal Trade Commission, Northwestern University, Murphy, University of Wisconsin Madison, Aurora, Madrona Ventures, AMZN, Andrew Murphy, Matt McIlwain, McIlwain


A new senate bill would create a US data protection agency

Europe’s data protection laws are some of the strictest in the world, and have long been a thorn in the side of the data-guzzling Silicon Valley tech giants since they colonized vast swathes of the internet. Two decades later, one Democratic senator wants to bring many of those concepts to the United States. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has published a bill which, if passed, would create a U.S. federal data protection agency designed to protect the privacy of Americans and with the authority t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Congress, California, US, Tech, Syria, United States, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, Richardson, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Democracy and Technology, Color of Change, Michelle Richardson


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. The CEO of Cisco disagreed with a Trump administration proposal to take an ownership stake in Nokia and Ericsson to counter China's 5G offensive. Chuck Robbins said he disagreed with a Trump Administration proposal to buy an ownership stake in Ericsson and Nokia to counter China in 5G. Apple has added $18 billion in market value after its Chinese factories accelerated their post-coronavirus re-openings. Foxconn, which produces...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, California, China, Softbank, Nokia, America, Trends, Cisco, Tesla, Eu, United States, Beverly Hills, Jack Warner


Facebook Dating launch blocked in Europe after it fails to show privacy workings

Facebook has been left red-faced after being forced to call off the launch date of its dating service in Europe because it failed to give its lead EU data regulator enough advanced warning — including failing to demonstrate it had performed a legally required assessment of privacy risks. Late yesterday Ireland’s Independent.ie newspaper reported that the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) had sent agents to Facebook’s Dublin office seeking documentation that Facebook had failed to provide...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Privacy, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Colombia, United States, Ireland, Data Protection, Dublin


Amazon's top spokesman blasts politicians and 'elite newspapers' for falsely accusing Amazon of 'taking over grocery in America'

Amazon spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that lawmakers and "elite newspapers" think Whole Foods is bigger than it is because it's "the grocery store that a lot of those folks shop at." "But as you know, Whole Foods is one of the smallest known grocery chains in America," Carney said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street." Carney made the remarks after the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced an antitrust probe into acquisitions made by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google paren...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Whole Foods, US, America, Trends, Walmart, Washington Dc, Carney, Cnbc, Federal Trade Commission, Kroger, Jay Carney, Jay Carney Amazon, Amazon Apple Facebook Microsoft, Alphabet Carney


The FTC's focus on 'small' acquisitions by tech companies is the first shot in a big new battle (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, FB)

The Federal Trade Commission's move to probe past acquisitions by the big tech firms is one more regulatory worry for those companies. The agency plans to study the "hundreds" of deals the companies have made over the last 10 years that the companies hadn't previously had to report to it. There's growing concern inside and outside the agency that the companies have used such deals to quash nascent competitors. As a result of the study, the FTC could force the companies to unwind some of their ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, European Union, Commission, Silicon Valley, Harry, University Of California Berkeley, Doj, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


FTC votes to review influencer marketing rules & penalties

Undisclosed influencer marketing posts on social media should trigger financial penalties, according to a statement released today by the Federal Trade Commission’s Rohit Chopra. The FTC has just voted 5-0 to approve a Federal Register notice calling for public comments on questions related to whether The Endorsement Guides for advertising need to be updated. “When companies launder advertising by paying an influencer to pretend that their endorsement or review is untainted by a financial relati...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Commission, Taylor, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Chopra, Rohit Chopra


FTC will review unreported acquisitions made by the Big Tech between 2010-19

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), on February 11, ordered Alphabet (including Google), Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple “to provide information about prior acquisitions not reported to the antitrust agencies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act”. These companies will have to provide information such as the terms, scope, structure, and purpose of such transactions made between January […] ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Alphabet, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Google Amazon Facebook Microsoft


FTC Seeks Information From Big Tech Companies on Mergers From 2010 to 2019

The Federal Trade Commission is taking a closer look at acquisitions in the past decade by tech giants Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. The agency issued orders today requiring the five companies to provide information about acquisitions between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2019, which were not reported to antitrust agencies under the...
Tags: Google, Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Alphabet Amazon Apple Facebook, Publishers & Platforms


FTC Digging Into Big Tech’s Past for Possible Anticompetitive Mergers and Acquisitions

Adding to the already-considerable interest in antitrust enforcement against major US tech companies, the Federal Trade Commission today announced a Special Order demanding information from Apple, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook about their mergers and acquisitions over a ten year period. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, US, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Apple Alphabet Google Amazon Microsoft


FTC Will Review Past Mergers by Facebook, Google and Other Big Tech Companies

The new effort by the Federal Trade Commission will require all five big technology companies to provide information about the smaller players they've purchased over the past 10 years, including documents for deals that may not have been large enough to warrant deep, closer inspection by government watchdogs at the time. From a report: The records the FTC amasses could ultimately influence its thinking about Silicon Valley and its size, sparking investigations, resulting in tough punishments or ...
Tags: Microsoft, Congress, Tech, Commission, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Facebook Google, Apple Amazon Facebook Google, Joe Simons


FTC Orders Five Big Tech Companies to Disclose Details on Smaller Acquisitions

As part of its antitrust probe into large technology firms, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it ordered five companies — Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (parent company of Google), Facebook and Microsoft — to furnish detailed information about acquisitions they were not previously required to report to U.S. antitrust regulators. The FTC said it issued the […]
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, Microsoft, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Google Facebook, Apple Amazon Alphabet


The FTC is looking into past acquisitions by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google-parent Alphabet as it ramps up antitrust inquiries (AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL, FB, AAPL, MSFT)

The Federal Trade Commission asked Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google's parent company for information on past acquisitions, it said in a press release Tuesday. The FTC sent letters asking about "potentially anticompetitive acquisitions" the companies had made over the past decade but not yet reported to the agency. The inquiry comes amid numerous other antitrust investigations into the tech industry in both the US and Europe. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, US, Trends, Commission, Amazon Web Services, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Apple Amazon Facebook Microsoft, Amazon Apple Facebook Microsoft, Joseph Simons


FTC orders Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft to provide details on prior acquisitions of small companies

The Federal Trade Commission today ordered five big tech companies to provide detailed information about their previous acquisitions of small companies, expanding the agency's investigation into possible antitrust concerns in digital markets. Looks like Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are in the regulatory hot seat this year. Maybe there's antitrust action in the works, who knows. Wow, the FTC is asking Alphabet / Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft for ...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Microsoft, Law, Tech, Commission, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, YouTube Facebook, David Ingram, CNBC NBC News


FTC to examine every acquisition by Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft in 2010-2019 over antitrust issues

Companies like Apple, Amazon and Google do not always disclose every acquisition they make, especially when the companies in question are little fish in the tech big pond, but in aggregate, all that M&A could pose bigger questions about how they are using their financial power and market influence in anticompetitive ways. That idea is the subject of the latest announcement from the US’s Federal Trade Commission, which today issued Special Orders to five big tech firms — Alphabet (including Googl...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Microsoft, US, Tech, Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Apple Amazon, Alphabet Amazon Apple Facebook, Joe Simons, Google Amazon com Apple Facebook


Justice Dept. charges four Chinese military hackers over the Equifax data breach

U.S. prosecutors have charged four Chinese military hackers over the 2017 cyberattack at Equifax, which resulted in a data breach involving more than 147 million credit reports. The nine-charge indictment was announced Monday against Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei. The Justice Department said the four work for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. The hackers are said to be part of the APT10 group, a notorious Beijing-backed hacking group that was previously blamed for hacking into ...
Tags: Security, New York, Government, China, Tech, Nasa, Fbi, Beijing, Washington Dc, Social Security, Ibm, Richard Smith, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Schumer, Marriott Starwood


Qualcomm faces fresh competition scrutiny in Europe over RFFE chips for 5G

Qualcomm is facing fresh antitrust scrutiny from the European Commission, with the regulator raising questions about radio frequency front-end (RFFE) chips which can be used in 5G devices. The chipmaker has been expanding into selling RFFE chips for 5G devices, per Reuters, encouraging buyers of its 5G modems to also buy its radio frequency front-end chips, rather than buying from other vendors and integrating their hardware with its 5G modem chips. A European Commission spokeswomen confir...
Tags: Apple, TC, Mobile, Europe, Hardware, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphones, Telecommunications, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, EC, Qualcomm, 5g


Meet the company helping a 6-year-old YouTube star make $18 million a year from a global business empire

The entertainment company and global YouTube multichannel network Yoola takes YouTube creators like 6-year-old Anastasia Radzinskaya and turns their channels into business empires. Anastasia's YouTube business generated $18 million in a single year, according to Forbes' most recent report on YouTuber earnings. Yoola has helped its creators with the development, distribution, and monetization of their video content. Anastasia has nine YouTube channels, four of which have over 10 million subscri...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, Youtube, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, World, Ken Burns, Pocket watch, Federal Trade Commission, Forbes, Youtuber, Ryan


A 6-year-old YouTube star is making an estimated $18 million a year. We talked to the company behind her global strategy.

Entertainment company and global YouTube multi-channel network Yoola takes YouTube creators like 6-year-old Anastasia Radzinskaya and turns their channels into business empires. Radzinskaya's YouTube business generated $18 million in a single year, according to Forbes in its most recent report on YouTuber earnings. Yoola has helped its creators like Radzinskaya develop, distribute, and make money from their video content.  Radzinskaya runs nine global YouTube channels, four of which have over ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, Youtube, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, World, Ken Burns, Pocket watch, Federal Trade Commission, Forbes, Youtuber, Ryan


Will we just accept our loss of privacy, or has the techlash already begun? | Alan Rusbridger

Not so long ago we searched Google. Now we seem quite happy to let Google search usProbably too late to ask, but was the past year the moment we lost our technological innocence? The Alexa in the corner of the kitchen monitoring your every word? The location-betraying device in your pocket? The dozen trackers on that web page you just opened? The thought that a 5G network could, in some hazily understood way, be hardwired back to Beijing? The spooky use of live facial recognition on CCTV cameras...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, London, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, World news, Surveillance, Beijing, Hacking, Data and computer security, Data Protection, Cctv, Facial Recognition, Alan Rusbridger


Rethinking Capitalism: How the 2010s ruined the American Dream — and what should be done in the 2020s to bring it back

This article is part of BI's project "The 2010s: Toward a Better Capitalism." Over the past two months, we have explored the ways reforming capitalism became the defining debate in America for the past decade. It has set the stage for the policies we'll see in the 2020s. In the series, we explore the relationship between taxes and inequality, the renewed antitrust movement, turning talk around sustainability into action, labor rights, and what investments will best help the economy. Regardless...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Justice, Labor, Germany, Elizabeth Warren, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Walmart, United Nations, B Corp, Patagonia, Warren


Are your 2020 resolutions kaput? Go short-term instead

If you do not feel as committed this week to the New Year’s resolutions you made Jan. 1, you’re not alone. Of the 130 million people who made New Year’s resolutions, 92% will give up by the second week of February. There are several good reasons you may have difficulty keeping your resolutions. You might feel overwhelmed or discouraged by seemingly unattainable goals. Maybe your intentions were not clear when you started, or you’re not ready to change. Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington, auth...
Tags: Google, Sport, Soccer, Federal Trade Commission, Newport Beach, Michael Lennington, Michelle C Herting, Riverside Santa Monica, Brian P Moran


The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online

There are times when vitally important stories lurk behind the headlines. Yes, impeachment is historic and worth significant coverage, but it’s not the only important story. The recent threat of war with Iran merited every second of intense world interest. But what if I told you that as we lurch from crisis to crisis there is a slow-building, bipartisan movement to engage in one of most significant acts of censorship in modern American history? What if I told you that our contemporary hosti...
Tags: Google, Politics, New York, News, Congress, Uncategorized, America, Joe Biden, Iran, Snapchat, Ideas, Missouri, Sacha Baron Cohen, Federal Trade Commission, Trump, Cohen


Google made a big change to search results that makes it harder to distinguish ads from regular results, and people are calling Google out for it (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google rolled out a new look for search results on desktop last week, but the changes have sparked backlash. Critics are saying the update makes it nearly impossible to tell ads apart from organic search results. Some observers wondered whether Google was trying to intentionally steer users to click on ads through a practice known as "dark pattern" design. This isn't the first time Google has faced criticism over the design of its ads. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Las...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Airbnb, Wall Street Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Digiday, Search Engine Land, Craig Mod, Ginny Marvin, Alex Hearn, Brooke Osmundson, NordicClick, Rolph Winkle


YouTube's big changes to ads on children's content is hitting creator revenue by as much as 50%, says a CEO who helps manage 4,300 channels (GOOG, GOOGL)

YouTube creators are already beginning to feel the impact of the platform's new rules governing children's content, according to entertainment company Yoola, which helps YouTubers grow and develop their businesses.  Yoola CEO Eyal Baumel told Business Insider that within the week that these rules had been implemented, creators under the company's banner had taken a hit to their revenue of between 30 to 50 percent.  He cautioned that only time would tell the full extent of the impact of the new...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Youtube, Trends, Federal Trade Commission, Coppa, Baumel, Eyal Baumel, Yoola, Anastasia Nastya Radzinkaya


You’ve got a privacy problem, FTC commissioner tells Apple and Facebook

Privacy today is untenable, argues Rebecca Slaughter, a commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission. That statment was something of a slap in the face to the other folks on a panel at CES 2020: Privacy execs from both Facebook and Apple.
Tags: Apple, Facebook, News, Trends, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Rebecca Slaughter, CES 2020


Top Internet Law Developments of 2019

It’s increasingly hard to find good news in Internet law, so I organized this year’s Internet Law roundup by categories of doom. Trigger warning: you should grab some tissues before proceeding. Doomed (in a Bad Way) Doomed: User-Generated Content. It has become political orthodoxy to oppose Section 230. Multiple presidential candidates expressly targeted Section 230 in their campaign platforms. Speaker Pelosi called Section 230 a “gift” (it’s true—Section 230 has been a gift to all Americans). ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, UK, New York, Law, Congress, California, Youtube, Ebay, Linkedin, E-commerce, Copyright, United States, Fan



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