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Google-Fitbit deal to be scrutinized in Europe over data competition concerns

In a set-back for Google’s plan to acquire health wearable company Fitbit, the European Commission has announced it’s opening an investigation to dig into a range of competition concerns being attached to the proposal from multiple quarters. This means the deal is on ice for a period of time that could last until early December. The Commission said it has 90 working days to take a decision on the acquisition — so until December 9, 2020. Commenting on opening an “in-depth investigation” i...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Facebook, Wearables, Internet Of Things, Europe, Privacy, Congress, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphones, Whatsapp, Policy


Daily Crunch: Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality

A possible Microsoft -TikTok acquisition is causing plenty of drama, we review Google’s new budget Pixel and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returns to Earth. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 3, 2020. Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality This weekend, Microsoft confirmed reports that it’s in talks to acquire TikTok, the popular mobile video app currently owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It sounds like the outcome of those talks may ultimately have less to do with Microsoft and m...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Spacex, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Policy, Netflix, United States, Treasury, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump


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


Trump calls TikTok a hot brand, demands a chunk of its sale price

Today the President appeared to bless the budding Microsoft-TikTok deal, continuing his evolution on a possible transaction. After stating last Friday that he’d rather see TikTok banned than sold to a US-based company, Trump changed his tune over the weekend. TikTok is owned by China-based company ByteDance, which owns a portfolio of apps and services. A weekend phone call between Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, and the American prime appeared to change his mind, leading to the software ...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Government, China, Satya Nadella, US, Tech, Policy, United States, M&a, Treasury, Donald Trump, Trump, Nadella, Bytedance, Tiktok


“Made in America” is on (government) life support, and the prognosis isn’t good

Intel and Boeing, two of the pillars of American industry. Intel makes some of the most impressive chips in the world and has for decades, driving high-performance computing to its limits while supporting a company with a market cap today of $200 billion and supporting more than 110,000 employees. Meanwhile, Boeing remains a global leader in aviation despite retiring the 747, with $66 billion in revenue backing a market cap of $90 billion and hosting more than 153,000 workers. Like pillars...
Tags: Asia, Congress, Government, China, America, Tech, Intel, Taiwan, Rome, Policy, United States, Korea, Pentagon, Airbus, Boeing, TSMC


A few words for DHS agents who have no intention of becoming immigration whistleblowers

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: How can I speed up getting a green card? Dear Sophie: Ho...
Tags: Column, California, Opinion, Government, America, Tech, Dhs, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, Whistleblower, Sophie, U S Department of Homeland Security, Alcorn, Green Card, Chad Wolf


Facebook fights order to globally block accounts linked to Brazilian election meddling

Facebook has branded a legal order to globally block a number of Brazilian accounts linked to the spread of political disinformation targeting the country’s 2018 election as “extreme”, claiming it poses a threat to freedom of expression outside the country. The tech giant is simultaneously complying with the block order — beginning Saturday after it was fined by a Supreme Court judge for non-compliance — citing the risk of criminal liability for a local employee were it not to do so. However ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Lawsuit, Instagram, Supreme Court, Tech, Policy, Brazil, Group, Reuters, Facebook Image, Jair Bolsonaro, Fake News, Disinformation, Election Interference


Pompeo says U.S. may take action against TikTok and other Chinese tech companies “shortly”

Days after President Donald Trump announced he could use an executive order to ban TikTok from the United States, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the administration is “closing in on a solution and I think you’ll see the president’s announcement shortly.” In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo, Pompeo also said that the Trump administration may take action against other Chinese tech companies doing business in the U.S., claiming that some are “feeding d...
Tags: TC, Apps, Microsoft, White House, China, India, Satya Nadella, America, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, New Zealand, WeChat, Treasury, Fox News


Secret documents from US antitrust probe reveal big tech’s plot to control or crush the competition

Nearly 500 pages of evidence were made public during the House Judiciary’s marathon hearing this week on potential anti-competitive actions by Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple . We’ve collected them here with added context and an omnibus, searchable version for anyone who’d rather not juggle four dozen documents. The emails, chat logs and other communications listed here trickled out online as the hearings went on. Many are internal documents that were never meant to be exposed publicl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Government, China, US, Tech, Policy, Jeff Bezos, App Store


Florida teen accused of being ‘mastermind’ behind celebrity Twitter hack

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren announced today that he has filed 30 felony charges against a 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida, who was described by the state attorney’s office as “the mastermind of the recent hack of Twitter .” The hack in question occurred earlier this month and involved high-profile Twitter users like Apple, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and Barack Obama, whose accounts all posted messages promoting a Bitcoin wallet and claiming, “All Bitcoin sent to the address belo...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Florida, Developer, Barack Obama, Tech, Policy, Warren, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U S Department of Justice, Tampa Florida, Andrew Warren, Hillsborough State, Elon Musk Joe Biden


Google’s “no choice” screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach to antitrust enforcement

Google alternative Ecosia is on a mission to turn search clicks into trees. The Berlin based not-for-profit reached a major milestone earlier this month, having used ad revenue generated by users of its privacy-sensitive search engine to plant more than 100 million trees across 25 countries worldwide — targeted at biodiversity hotspots. However these good feels have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Ecosia has seen its monthly revenues slashed by half since COVID-19 arrived in Eur...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Chrome, Google, Android, Startups, TC, Europe, Microsoft, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Berlin, US, Eu, European Union, Search Engines


Daily Crunch: Tech CEOs face Congress

U.S. tech giants face antitrust scrutiny, Spotify has a mixed quarter and at-home fitness startup Tempo raises funding. This is your Daily Crunch for July 29, 2020. The big story: Tech CEOs face Congress Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai all appeared remotely this afternoon before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. Different representatives seemed to focused on very different issues: Republicans repeatedly returned to th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Instagram, Congress, La, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Gm, Jeff Bezos


Before buying Instagram, Zuckerberg warned employees of ‘battle’ to ‘dislodge’ competitor

In one of the first substantive moments at Wednesday’s major tech hearing, Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of Instagram came under fire, unearthing a few new revelations about the company’s internal thinking at the time. Alluding to new documents provided to the committee as part of its ongoing year-long antitrust investigation, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said emails between Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives at the time tell “a very disturbing story.” Nadler went ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Policy, Zuckerberg, Instagram Facebook, House Judiciary Committee, Sarah Perez, Nadler, House Judiciary, Jerry Nadler, Instagram Zuckerberg, Tech Antitrust Hearing


Lawmakers argue that big tech stands to benefit from the pandemic and must be regulated

In his opening statements, the chairman of Wednesday’s historic tech hearing argued that regulating tech’s most dominant players is vital in the midst of the ongoing pandemic that has driven even more of American life online. “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, these corporations already stood out as titans in our economy,” House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David Cicilline said. “In the wake of COVID-19, however, they are likely to emerge stronger and more powerful than ever before.” The...
Tags: TC, Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Policy, Aoc, Sensenbrenner, Jim Sensenbrenner, Cicilline, Elizabeth Warren D MA, Ocasio Cortez, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez D NY, Tech Antitrust Hearing


Build products that improve the lives of inmates

Nik Milanovic Contributor Share on Twitter Nik Milanovic is a fintech and financial inclusion enthusiast, with a decade of work across mobile payments, online lending, credit and microfinance. The opinions expressed in his articles do not reflect those of his employer(s). More posts by this contributor Now more than ever we need fintechs to lead on consumer transparency Who will the winners be in the future ...
Tags: TC, Column, New York, Crime, Craigslist, Prison, Education, Developer, Opinion, Government, Wikipedia, Tech, Diversity, Policy, United States, United Kingdom


Read how Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google plan to defend themselves to Congress

With their big day before lawmakers just around the corner, previews of Google (well, Alphabet), Facebook, Amazon and Apple’s opening statements are now available on the House Judiciary Committee’s site. On Wednesday, the CEOs of each company will appear in an unusually executive-packed Congressional hearing focused on antitrust concerns over the business practices. While the opening statements are just a glimpse of the hearing’s potential topics, they do provide a useful outline for the strateg...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Instagram, Congress, China, Google Search, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Tim Cook, App Store


Twitter restricts Donald Trump Jr.’s account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation

Twitter has temporarily frozen Donald Trump Jr.’s account after the president’s son shared a video making false and potentially life-threatening claims about the coronavirus pandemic. The younger Trump’s account was restricted Tuesday morning after he shared a link to the viral video, tweeting “This is a much [sic] watch!!! So different from the narrative that everyone is running with.” “The Tweet referenced was in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, White House, America, Tech, Policy, Anthony Fauci, Breitbart News, Trump, Misinformation, Donald Trump Jr, COVID


'A world with no ice': Confronting the horrors of climate change

Climate change is often framed as a debate that has split society down the middle and that requires more evidence before we can act. In reality, 97 percent of scientists agree that it is real and only 3 percent are skeptical. A sticking point for some is the estimated timeline, but as Columbia University professor Philip Kitcher points out, a 4-5 Celsius temperature increase that makes the planet uninhabitable is a disaster no matter when it happens.In this video, 9 experts (including professors...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Future, Sustainability, Policy, Oceans, Innovation, Refugees, Fear, Anthropocene, Natural Disaster, Ecology, Columbia University, Marine Biology


Can universal basic income fix a crisis that's already begun?

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown millions of Americans into unemployment, highlighting the impracticality of living paycheck to paycheck, which a shocking number of Americans must do. Yet pandemic unemployment is just a glimpse of the fallout the US can expect in a future where more and more jobs are automated.Is universal basic income the answer? In this video, a range of experts from economists to entrepreneurs and historians explore different facets of basic income, like why we need it, how i...
Tags: Google, Work, Politics, Technology, Money, Finance, Future, US, Markets, Economics, Poverty, Policy, United States, Capitalism, Robots, Innovation


What your company can learn from the Bank of England’s resilience proposal

Kolton Andrus Contributor Share on Twitter Kolton is co-founder and CEO of Gremlin, the chaos engineering company helping the world build a more reliable internet. More posts by this contributor A former chaos engineer offers 5 tips for handling online disasters remotely The outages at RBS, TSB and Visa left millions of people unable to deposit their paychecks, pay their bills, acquire new loans and m...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, Column, Developer, Tech, Bank Of England, Policy, Devops, Financial Conduct Authority FCA, Kolton, Kolton Andrus, Extra Crunch, Chaos Engineering, Resilience Tech, RBS TSB


Daily Crunch: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

An antitrust battle is brewing between Microsoft and Slack, Apple continues to defend its App Store policies and Dexterity raises funding for warehouse robots. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 22, 2020. PS: I’m going to be on vacation until Wednesday of next week. Until then, I leave you in Darrell Etherington’s capable hands! The big story: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft The complaint was filed in the European Union and alleges that Microsoft is unfairly bundling its...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Spotify, Enterprise, Microsoft, Office, Tech, European Union, Policy, App Store, Slack, SPAC, Darrell Etherington, Baruch Labunski, Daily Crunch, Peyton Carr


UK gov’t asleep at the wheel on Russia cyber ops threat, report warns

The UK lacks a comprehensive and cohesive high level strategy to respond to the cyber threat posed by Russia and other hostile states using online disinformation and influence ops to target democratic institutions and values, a parliamentary committee has warned in a long-delayed report that’s finally been published today. “The UK is clearly a target for Russia’s disinformation campaigns and political influence operations and must therefore equip itself to counter such efforts,” the committee wa...
Tags: Security, Europe, UK, London, Putin, Government, China, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Iran, Cybercrime, Policy


EU antitrust lawmakers kick off IoT deep dive to follow the data flows

The potential for the Internet of Things to lead to distortion in market competition is troubling European Union lawmakers who have today kicked off a sectoral inquiry. They’re aiming to gather data from hundreds of companies operating in the smart home and connected device space — via some 400 questionnaires, sent to companies big and small across Europe, Asia and the US — using the intel gleaned to feed a public consultation slated for early next year when the Commission will also pub...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Gadgets, Wearables, Asia, Internet Of Things, Europe, Privacy, US, Siri, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Competition


Substack launches Defender, a program offering legal support to independent writers

In the worlds of journalism and publishing, it’s fairly common for the wealthy to attempt to shut down reporting with legal threats. For those publishing on large platforms with plenty of resources, such challenges can be a massive headache. For independent writers and publishers, on the other hand, the consequences can be far more dire. Citing an example wherein a politician’s lawyers recently went after a Substack writer over reports of business ties, the popular newsletter platform is ann...
Tags: Lawsuit, Media, Tech, Journalism, Policy, United States, Substack, Hamish McKenzie


Apple and Ireland win appeal against the European Commission’s $15 billion tax ruling

The General Court of the European Court of Justice has annulled an EU decision that involved Apple’s subsidiaries in Ireland. Four years ago, the European Commission said that Ireland had failed to collect €13 billion in taxes from Apple — roughly $15 billion. According to the press statement, “the Commission did not succeed in showing to the requisite legal standard that there was an advantage for the purposes of Article 107(1) TFEU [Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union].” Back in...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Tech, Tax, Eu, European Union, Policy, Ireland, Commission, Tim Cook, European Commission, Financial Times, Jersey, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, The Commission


Trump’s account is back on Twitch following ‘hateful conduct’ suspension

It’s been two weeks since Reddit and Twitch made key moves to ban political content over service violations. As Twitch noted at the time, its suspension of the official Trump account was just temporary. Following earlier reports, the service confirmed with TechCrunch that the account had been reinstated. A spokesperson for the company also reiterated its original statement on the matter, noting, “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel h...
Tags: Entertainment, Mexico, Tech, Policy, Reddit, Twitch, Trump, Tulsa


Tech at Work: DE&I at Facebook, Prop 22 and gig worker earnings

Hey, ya’ll. I’m experimenting with a bi-weekly roundup that looks at the state of labor in tech. We’ll use this space to explore topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion, the future of work, issues relating to pay equality, notable personnel changes and much more. This week, we’re looking at Facebook’s civil rights audit, a new gig worker earnings study, the latest on California ballot measure Proposition 22 and layoffs amid COVID-19.  Stay woke The artist Celos paints a mural in d...
Tags: Work, TC, Facebook, Minneapolis, California, America, Los Angeles, Future Of Work, Tech, Diversity, Policy, Aclu, Hiring, Gig Economy, Afp, Laura Murphy


US government may finalize ban on federal contractors using equipment from Huawei this week

The Trump administration is set to finalize regulations this week that ban the United States government from working with contractors who use technology from five Chinese companies: Huawei, ZTE, Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera Communications, according to a Reuters report. The ban was first introduced as a provision in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that prevents government agencies from signing contracts with companies that use equipment, services and systems from Huawei, ZTE, Hy...
Tags: TC, Government, US, Tech, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Huawei, ZTE, U.s. Government, Trump, Reuters, Hikvision, Dahua


U.S. government may finalize ban on federal contractors using equipment from Huawei this week

The Trump administration is set to finalize regulations this week that ban the United States government from working with contractors who use technology from five Chinese companies: Huawei, ZTE, Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera Communications, according to a Reuters report. The ban was first introduced as a provision in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that prevents government agencies from signing contracts with companies that use equipment, services and systems from Huawei, ZTE, Hy...
Tags: TC, Tech, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Huawei, ZTE, U.s. Government, Trump, Reuters, Hikvision, Dahua, Hytera, Telecom Italia TIM


Amazon will pay $135,000 to settle alleged US sanction violations

In a statement issued this week, the U.S. Treasury Department notes that Amazon has agreed to pay $134,523 to settle potential liability over alleged sanctions violations. The charges specifically pertain to goods and services sent to people located in Crimea, Iran and Syria, which are covered by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, between November 2011 and October 2018. The Treasury Department also states that the retail giant failed to report “several hundred” transactions i...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Ecommerce, US, Tech, Syria, Policy, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Treasury Department, U S Treasury Department, OFAC, Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC, Crimea Iran, Cuba Iran North Korea Sudan, Syria Additionally Amazon



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