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10 things in tech you need to know today

Minecraft. Microsoft/Mojang Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Apple unveiled a redesigned iPad Air, new Apple Watches, Fitness service, and more at its big September event. Apple device owners can tune into guided workouts from top trainers, and even view their Apple Watch metrics onscreen.Kim Kardashian said she would freeze her Facebook and Instagram accounts in protest at the 'spreading of hate'...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, Kim Kardashian, Microsoft, US, Trends, Bill Gates, Minecraft, Seattle, Federal Trade Commission, Alexa, Klarna, Nordic, Reuters


New PatentlyO Law Journal Essay: Two Errors in the Ninth Circuit’s Qualcomm Opinion

New PatentlyO Law Journal article by Thomas F. Cotter, Taft Stettinius & Hollister Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, and Innovators Network Foundation Intellectual Property Fellow.  Professor Cotter is also the author of the Comparative Patent Remedies blog.  Abstract: On August 11, 2020, the Ninth Circuit handed down its opinion in Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm Inc., reversing the district court’s judgment in favor of the FTC. This essay argues that the Court of Appe...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Dc, Qualcomm, Patent, Journal, Alice, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Donald, Thomas, PAUL, Court of Appeals, Mayo, Duffy


The FTC Is Investigating Intuit Over TurboTax Practices

The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Intuit and its marketing of TurboTax products, following ProPublica's reporting that the Silicon Valley company deceived tax filers into paying when they could have filed for free. From a report: The FTC probe, run out of the commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, centers on whether Intuit violated the law against unfair and deceptive practices in commerce. One focus of the investigation is whether TurboTax marketing misdirected customers ...
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, Intuit, Irs, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Turbotax, Bureau of Consumer Protection, TurboTax Practices


Italy launches anti-trust probe into cloud services by Apple, Google, Dropbox

Italy’s antitrust authority has launched an investigation into cloud storage services offered by Apple, Dropbox, and Google after hearing complaints around unfair commercial practices, TechCrunch reported. The move comes with increased government scrutiny in the United States and EU over the dominance of big tech firms. What is being probed: Competition regulator AGCM said in a press release that it has opened six investigations in all into Google Drive, Apple iCloud, and Dropbox over complaints...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, News, Ebay, Germany, US, Eu, European Union, Competition, United States, Italy, Dropbox


Former Uber Security Chief Charged Over Covering Up 2016 Data Breach

The federal prosecutors in the United States have charged Uber's former chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, for covering up a massive data breach that the ride-hailing company suffered in 2016. According to the press release published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Sullivan "took deliberate steps to conceal, deflect, and mislead the Federal Trade Commission about the breach" that also [Author: Wang Wei]
Tags: Tech, United States, Federal Trade Commission, U S Department of Justice, Wang Wei, Sullivan, Joe Sullivan


Five Eyes sign new framework to tackle anti-competitive practices

The Five Eyes nations signed a multilateral framework to share intelligence, case theories, and investigative techniques to coordinate on investigations into anti-competitive practices across international borders. The framework, called the Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework for Competition Authorities (MMAC), came into effect on September 2. The Register first reported this development. The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance between USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Z...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, News, Australia, US, Competition, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, House, New York Times, New Zealand, Antitrust, Department Of Justice


Facebook’s photo porting tool adds support for Dropbox and Koofr

Facebook’s photo and video portability tool has added support for two more third party services for users to send data via encrypted transfer — namely: cloud storage providers Dropbox and (EU-based) Koofr. The tech giant debuted the photo porting tool in December last year, initially offering users in its EU HQ location of Ireland the ability to port their media direct to Google Photos, before going on to open up access in more markets. It completed a global rollout of that first offering in ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Cloud Storage, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Ireland, Dropbox, Google Photos


FTC seeks to add 2 investors as defendants in real estate training scheme

Well-known real estate investors Dean Graziosi and Scott Yancey are suspected of promoting sham coaching and training seminars.
Tags: Technology, Lifestyle, Consumer affairs, Radio, Agent, Nudge, A&e, Yelp, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Andrew Smith, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Select, News Brief, Dean Graziosi, Scott Yancey


Decrypted: Uber’s former security chief charged, FBI’s ‘vishing’ warning

A lot happened in cybersecurity over the past week. The University of Utah paid almost half a million dollars to stop hackers from leaking sensitive student data after a ransomware attack. Two major ATM makers patched flaws that could’ve allowed for fraudulent cash withdrawals from vulnerable ATMs. Grant Schneider, the U.S. federal chief information security officer, is leaving his post after more than three decades in government. And, a new peer-to-peer botnet is spreading like wildfire and inf...
Tags: Security, Crime, Privacy, San Francisco, Tech, Data Breach, Fbi, Law Enforcement, United States, Telephony, Travis Kalanick, Social Engineering, Cloudflare, Federal Trade Commission, Peer To Peer, Computer Security


Facebook trails expanding portability tools ahead of FTC hearing

Facebook is considering expanding the types of data its users are able to port directly to alternative platforms. In  ahead of an FTC hearing on the topic next month, Facebook says it intends to expand the scope of its data portability offerings “in the coming months”. It also offers some “possible examples” of how it could build on the photo portability tool it began rolling out last year — suggesting it could in future allow users to transfer media they’ve produced or shared on Facebook to...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Congress, California, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, United States, Digital Media, European Commission, Data Protection


The FTC has reportedly interviewed Mark Zuckerberg in an antitrust investigation — one year after it fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations (FB)

The Federal Trade Commission interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg under oath this week as part of an antitrust investigation, according to Politico.  "We are committed to cooperating with the US Federal Trade Commission's inquiry and answering the questions the Agency may have," a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider. The interview doesn't mean the agency will definitely launch an antitrust lawsuit against the social media giant, but the testimony could help inform the FTC's investi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Politico, Trends, House, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, US Federal Trade Commission, Amazon Apple, Cambridge Analytica


Former Uber Security Chief Charged Over Covering Up 2016 Data Breach

The federal prosecutors in the United States have charged Uber's former chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, for covering up a massive data breach that the ride-hailing company suffered in 2016. According to the press release published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Sullivan "took deliberate steps to conceal, deflect, and mislead the Federal Trade Commission about the breach" that also [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: Tech, United States, Federal Trade Commission, U S Department of Justice, Wang Wei, Sullivan, Joe Sullivan


A Third of TikTok's US Users May Be 14 or Under, Raising Safety Questions

If Microsoft or another company buys TikTok before President Trump bans the Chinese-owned video app on national security grounds, it will acquire a giant community of devoted fans and a lucrative platform for selling ads. It might be buying something else, too: a big population of users ages 14 and under. The minimum age for using TikTok is 13. From a report: In July, TikTok classified more than a third of its 49 million daily users in the United States as being 14 years old or younger, accordin...
Tags: Microsoft, US, Tech, United States, New York Times, Federal Trade Commission, Trump


TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users were also not informed of this form of tracking, per its report. Its analysis found that this concealed tracking ended in November as US scrutiny of the company dialled up, after at least 15 months during which TikTok had b...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, Mac, US Government, France, China, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption


Qualcomm Wins Appeal in FTC Antitrust Lawsuit

Qualcomm today scored a major victory in its ongoing antitrust battle with the FTC, winning an appeal that will prevent the San Diego company from having to renegotiate its licensing agreements with smartphone makers. Back in May 2019, the Federal Trade Commission won an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm, with the court ruling that Qualcomm's "no license, no chips" model that allowed Qualcomm to refuse to provide chips to companies without a patent license, violated federal antitrust laws. T...
Tags: Apple, Bloomberg, Intel, San Diego, Qualcomm, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm Wins Appeal


Apple goes to war with the gaming industry

Most gamers may not view Apple as a games company to the same degree that they see Sony with PlayStation or Microsoft with Xbox, but the iPhone-maker continues to uniformly drive the industry with decisions made in the Apple App Store. The company made the news a couple times late this week for App Store approvals. Once for denying a gaming app, and the other for approving one. The denial was Microsoft’s xCloud gaming app, something the Xbox folks weren’t too psyched about. Microsoft xC...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Ipad, TC, Gaming, Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Ceo, Smartphones, Software, Itunes, Tim Cook


Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018 and called Trump's demands to sell the app 'unreasonable'

Zhang Yiming built a $16.2 billion fortune after founding ByteDance, the Chinese software developer behind TikTok. Despite being one of the wealthiest people in China, Zhang is extremely private and little is known about his personal life. TikTok is currently in negotiations to sell its US operations to Microsoft amid a threat of a ban from President Trump, sparking fierce criticism of Yiming on Chinese social media. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The widespread popularit...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Time Magazine, Federal Trade Commission, Carl Icahn, Trump, Forbes Forbes, Zhang, South China Morning Post, PitchBook, Nankai University, Fujian province


Twitter Faces FTC Probe, Likely Fine Over Use of Phone Numbers For Ads

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Twitter is facing a Federal Trade Commission probe and believes it will likely owe a fine of up to $250 million after being caught using phone numbers intended for two-factor authentication for advertising purposes. The company received a draft complaint from the FTC on July 28, it disclosed in its regular quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange commission. The complaint alleges that Twitter is in violation of its 2011 settlement w...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Securities and Exchange


What Microsoft should demand in exchange for its ‘payment’ to the US government for TikTok

In one of the crazier news stories (and in 2020, that is saying something), President Donald Trump said today during a media availability event that in order for the U.S. government to sign off on a potential Microsoft/TikTok deal, “a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States,” based on my colleague Alex Wilhelm’s rough transcript. Trump calls TikTok a hot brand, demands a chunk of its sale price That seems nearly impossible to a...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, California, Government, China, Satya Nadella, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Treasury, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are about to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. In prepared remarks published ahead of the testimony, all four CEOs argued that their compani...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Cook, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, US, Trends


America wanted its first unfiltered look at Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person. The Amazon CEO used caution and skill to stay out of the spotlight. (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos gave his first-ever Congressional testimony on Wednesday, alongside CEOs of Facebook, Apple, and Alphabet. Bezos dodged most of the sensitive questions, instead saying that he'd get back with a more detailed answer at a later date. The careful approach is understandable given Bezos is speaking under oath, according to legal experts. But some experts believe he could have been more direct in addressing the key issues, like allegations of accessing seller data. Visit Busine...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Congress, US, America, Trends, Washington Dc, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Business Insider, Seattle University, George Washington University, Bezos


Today’s Congressional Hearing Will Test Big Tech’s Simplest Algorithm: If An Ex-Regulator, Then Hire

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. After months of heightened antitrust scrutiny, the House Judiciary Committee has finally set up a blockbuster confrontation with big tech: the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook will testify Wednesday before the committee on their companies’ dominance as digital platforms. The hearing is part of the Antitrust Subcomittee’s investigation into the companies and the “ adequacy of existing antitrust laws and e...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Microsoft, Congress, San Francisco, Commission, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Biden, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Cafe


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Here's why each CEO has been asked to appear, the types of questions they will likely be aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos


Luddite lawmakers villainize ‘Big Tech’ for no good reason

Washington, D.C. has caught a fever, and no, it’s not (just) COVID-19. Lawmakers have been whipped up into an antitrust frenzy, with yet another hearing targeting “Big Tech” slated for July 29. The Verge editor Casey Newton predicts that this, “tech antitrust hearing is shaping up to be one for the ages,” and the “outcome could be legislation that seeks to rein in the market power of these giants.” That outcome wouldn’t be particularly surprising, given Sens. Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley’s rep...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, California, Opinion, Washington, Samsung, Sport, European Union, Soccer, Xiaomi, Fitbit, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


Tech's biggest companies have been accused of antitrust violations. Here's what 'antitrust' means and how 'trust-busting' laws attempt to keep the biggest firms in US history from growing too powerful.

Antitrust laws were created to keep the big conglomerates, or trusts, that were forming across oil, railroad, steel, and other sectors in the late 1800s and early 1900s from growing too large and powerful. Now, they're coming after 21st-century big tech. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook will attempt to make their case as to why their firms aren't infringing on the competition in a hearing Wednesday. The hearing i...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, ExxonMobil, Reagan, United States, House, Standard Oil, Tim Cook


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing next week. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Here's why each CEO has been asked to appear, the types of questions they will likely be aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos


Let’s close the gap and finally pass a federal data privacy law

Jerry C. Jones Contributor Share on Twitter Jerry C. Jones is the EVP, Chief Ethics and Legal Officer of LiveRamp (NYSE: RAMP), where he leads the legal and data ethics teams and assists in the strategy and execution of the company’s strategic initiatives. My college economics professor, Dr. Charles Britton, often said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” The common principle known as TINSTAFL implies that even if somet...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Jerry C Jones, LiveRamp NYSE, Dr Charles Britton, TINSTAFL


3 lawmakers in charge of grilling Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook on antitrust own thousands in stock in those companies (AAPL, AMZN, GOOGL, FB)

Three of the lawmakers tasked with grilling big tech CEOs as part of a congressional antitrust investigation own stock in some of the companies being investigated, Business Insider has found. The CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google's parent company Alphabet will give highly anticipated testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Monday. Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Jim Sensenbrenner, and Steve Chabot are members of the committee that will question the CEOs Monday. Each member owns shares in a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, Youtube, Trends, Gop, House, Wisconsin, Ohio, Ira, Justice Department, Sundar Pichai, Federal Trade Commission


Meet the 24 rising stars at Salesforce who are playing key roles in helping CEO Marc Benioff grow the cloud computing powerhouse (CRM)

Salesforce just got a new chief availability officer — Darryn Dieken — and has also promoted Gavin Patterson and Ryan Aytay to new C-suite positions.  This comes months after Salesforce's executive suite shakeup when co-CEO Keith Block suddenly stepped down in February. CEO Marc Benioff used the occasion of Block's departure to point out that Salesforce has a strong executive bench — including Bret Taylor, who joined in 2016 after the acquisition of his startup Quip, and quickly rose through t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Australia, California, India, Bt, Africa, US, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, European Union, Asia Pacific, Middle East


Big Tech is in the hot seat in Washington. Here are the 16 most influential people shaping policy for the industry from the nation's capital.

Big Tech is playing defense in the nation's capital as the Trump administration and Congress scrutinize the biggest companies on a slew of issues ranging from data privacy and security to antitrust concerns.  It's a dizzying time full of uncertainty and high stakes — a perfect time for this Insider list of the tech industry's most important lobbyists, lawmakers, regulators, and policy figures stationed in Washington. Giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have snapped up alumni from the Geor...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Fcc, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Obama, Congress, California, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, White House, China



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