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The Senate took a big step towards regulating Big Tech

Senator Amy Klobuchar is one of the bill's cosponsors.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a bill aimed at reining in Big Tech. If passed, the bill would ban tech platforms from giving preferential treatment to their own products. The bill now heads to the Senate floor. A Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-6 on Thursday to move forward with a bill that could be a major thorn in the side of companies including Apple, Google, and Amazon.The vote for t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, Politics, News, Senate, America, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, European Union, Regulation, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Amy Klobuchar


The Senate took a big step toward regulating Big Tech

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of the bill's cosponsors.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a bill meant to rein in Big Tech. If passed, the bill would bar tech platforms from giving preferential treatment to their products. The bill now heads to the Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-6 on Thursday to move forward with a bill that could be a major thorn in the side of companies including Apple, Google, and Amazon.The vote for the Ame...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, Politics, News, Senate, America, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, European Union, Regulation, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Amy Klobuchar


Big Tech Nervous About ‘American Innovation and Choice Online Act’

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to deliberate on the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICO). CNBC reports how companies such as Apple and Google are fighting it. AICO is sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. American Innovation and Choice Online Act The American Innovation and Choice Online Act would stop dominant tech platforms from favoring their own products over third-parties in their marketplaces, such as the App Store and Google Play store...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, News, Government, US, United States, Chuck Grassley, Department Of Justice, Senate Judiciary Committee, Apple Google, AICO, Sens Amy Klobuchar D Minn, AICO CNBC, Federal Trade Commission Companies


Google is Building an AR Headset

Meta may be the loudest company building AR and VR hardware. Microsoft has HoloLens. Apple is working on something, too. But don't count out Google. The Verge: The search giant has recently begun ramping up work on an AR headset, internally codenamed Project Iris, that it hopes to ship in 2024, according to two people familiar with the project who requested anonymity to speak without the company's permission. Like forthcoming headsets from Meta and Apple, Google's device uses outward-facing came...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Meta, San Francisco Bay Area, Apple Google, Google Pixel, HoloLens Apple, Magic Leap Early


Monopoly in jeopardy: The two US bills that have Big Tech worried

With increased scrutiny from regulators around the globe these days, legal departments at the world’s biggest tech companies are likely working overtime on a daily basis. This week, the focus is on the US — home to Apple, Google, and Amazon — with two bills slated to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. These two proposals, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Markets Act, will focus on preferential treatment to indigenous products and the monopoly of app st...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, US, Senate Judiciary Committee, Apple Google, Plugged


US Antitrust Enforcement Opens for Public Comment by Agencies

The U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) want to improve the currently antitrust enforcement in the country, the agencies announced on Tuesday. US Antitrust Enforcement In a joint press conference with FTC Chair Lina Khan and Justice Department Antitrust Chief Jonathan Kanter, the goal is to “modernize” how the government enforces currently regulations.  Specifically, improved U.S. antitrust enforcement should include new legal standards for how digital markets can affect...
Tags: News, Enterprise, Microsoft, Government, Senate, US, Doj, Ftc, Apple Google, Lina Khan, Jonathan Kanter, Lina M Khan, Justice Department Antitrust


PUBG’s developer is suing Apple, Google, and the developer of lucrative PUBG lookalike Free Fire

PUBG-maker Krafton filed a big lawsuit Monday: it’s suing the developer of two mobile games that it accuses of copying PUBG: Battlegrounds, the hit PC battle royale shooter, and it’s suing Apple... #pubg #battlegrounds #krafton #appstores
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PUBG Maker Sues Apple and Google for Not Removing Clone Apps

Krafton, developer popular online battle game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG, has sued Apple, Google, and gaming company Garena over PUBG clone apps that copy PUBG gameplay, reports Reuters. The lawsuit accuses Garena of creating PUBG clones called "Free Fire" and "Free Fire Max," which originated in Singapore and were later released in the United States. Apple and Google are named in the lawsuit for selling the "blatantly infringing version" of PUBG that was created by Garena.As set ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Ipad, Mac, Singapore, United States, Rumors, Epic Games, Reuters, Apple Google, NetEase, Garena, U S Apple, Fortnite


Game Maker Says Apple, Google Selling Rip-offs in New Lawsuit

The maker of the popular game "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" says in a new U.S. lawsuit that a Singapore-based company made rip-off versions of its game, and Apple and Google have refused to stop selling them. From a report: Krafton alleged Monday in a Los Angeles federal court complaint that Garena Online's "Free Fire" games copy several copyrighted aspects of PUBG: Battlegrounds, including its game structure and in-game items, equipment, and locations. Released in 2017, Battlegrounds was one ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Singapore, Los Angeles, Tech, Apple Google, Garena, Sea Ltd, Krafton, Garena Online, Warzone Korea, Krafton Apple


Google Basically Pays Apple to Stay Out of the Search Engine Business, Class Action Lawsuit Alleges

Apple has an agreement with Google that it won't develop its own internet search engine so long as Google pays it to remain the default option in Safari, a new class action alleges. Filed in a California court earlier this week against Apple, Google, and their respective CEOs, the lawsuit alleges the two companies have a non-compete agreement in the internet search business that violates US antitrust laws. Specifically, the complaint charges Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai of...
Tags: Apple, Google, Lawsuit, UK, Microsoft, Yahoo, California, US, San Francisco, Siri, New York Times, Standard Oil, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Competition And Markets Authority, Sundar Pichai


Top marketing and advertising salaries: What you can make at companies including Apple, Google, and Spotify

Spencer Platt/Getty Images Insider analyzed salary data for marketers, ad, and PR professionals at some of the hottest companies. We crunched the numbers for Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Spotify, and others. They're hiring top ad experts to fine-tune their image and promote their products. See more stories on Insider's business page. Even as many industries laid off people in the pandemic, companies from Apple to WPP are hiring top ad and marketing talent to fine-tune their image and...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Advertising, Marketing, US, Careers, Los Angeles, Trends, Strategy, Public Relations, Snapchat, Netflix, Healthcare, Airbnb, Salaries


What devices like Apple, Google smartwatches are beginning to display about our health

Amid the rise in telehealth and digital health, devices like the Apple Watch and Fitbit Sense are moving beyond fitness tracking to collect more medical data. #smartwatches #applewatch
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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway plowed about $250 million into Nubank's IPO, report says. The Brazilian fintech's ties to Sequoia Capital may help explain why.

Warren Buffett.Lucas Jackson/Reuters Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway invested about $250 million in Nubank's IPO this week. The investor's company plowed $500 million into the Brazilian fintech earlier this year. Nubank's close links to Sequoia Capital may have encouraged Buffett and his team to invest. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought close to 30 million shares of Nubank during its initial public offering this week, , likely costing it about $250 million at...
Tags: Ipo, US, America, Trends, Warren, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Sequoia Capital, Berkshire, Nubank, David Velez, Sequoia, Buffett, Apple Google, Daily Journal, Munger


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Blake Brittain: Apple, Google, Others Lose Court Challenge to Patent Review Policy (Source: Reuters) Laura Osman: Bolivia Calls on Canada to Waive Patent and Export COVID-19 Vaccines (Source: CTV News) Blake Brittain: R.J. Reynolds Settles E-Cigarette Patent Dispute Shortly Before Trial (Source: Reuters) Maria Cheng: Pfizer to Allow Other Companies to Make Its COVID-19 Pill (Source: Global News) Filipe Espósito: Apple Patent Application Reveals New Privacy Featu...
Tags: Law, Canada, Uspto, Patent, Bolivia, Reuters, R J Reynolds, Apple Google, CTV News, MARIA CHENG, Timothy Simcoe, Blake Brittain, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Andy Tay, Andrew C Michaels


US labor prosecutors allege that Whole Foods illegally banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter face masks and apparel

Shoppers outside of a Whole Foods Market.Kyodo News Stills via Getty Images The NLRB is alleging Whole Foods illegally banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter attire. Employees in 10 states claim they experienced punitive action from the Amazon-owned company for wearing BLM apparel. US labor prosecutors said Whole Foods violated federal labor law, which permits collective action in the workplace.  The National Labor Relations Board alleged that Whole Foods Market illegally banned emp...
Tags: Amazon, Whole Foods, US, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Black Lives Matter, BLM, National Labor Relations Board, Nlrb, Apple Google, George Floyd, Kyodo News Stills, Francis Agustin, Jill Coffman


Chat among yourselves: New EU law may force the big IM platforms to open up

Send an iMessage to Facebook, and we'll talk The European Parliament's new Digital Markets Act, adopted as a draft law this week, could compel big platforms owned by large firms including Apple, Google, and Facebook to make their tech interoperable.…
Tags: Facebook, Software, Apple Google


S.Korea Lawmaker Says Apple, Google Not Doing Enough to Comply With App Store Law

By Joyce LeeSEOUL (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Alphabet's Google are not doing enough to comply with South Korea's law barring dominant app store...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Korea, Apple Google, Joyce LeeSEOUL Reuters Apple Inc


Apple Software Exec Warns European App Store Regulation Would Open 'Pandora's Box'

Proposed European regulation that could force Apple to allow iPhone users to install software from the web would open '"Pandora's box" and could pose threats to entire networks of computers, Apple software senior vice president Craig Federighi said in a speech on Wednesday. From a report: The remarks at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal represent an escalation in Apple's rhetoric about what could go wrong if Apple is forced to change its App Store policies. [...] "European policymakers have often b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Tech, Eu, Pandora, European Commission, SEC, Apple Google, Lisbon Portugal, Craig Federighi, Federighi, Apple Instead, Apple Software Exec Warns


How to log into Tinder, the popular dating app, using a computer or mobile device

Thiago Prudêncio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A Tinder login requires you to enter your mobile phone number. You can also link your account to your Apple ID, Google, or Facebook account to log in quickly. You can access your Tinder account from a web browser on your computer, in addition to the popular mobile app. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Tinder, the app that popularized the concept of swiping right or left to sort through potential dating ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tinder, Trends, Dating Apps, Login, Apple Google, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Software & Apps, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Thiago Prudêncio, Apple Sign


Users are more concerned about their data privacy, but many companies are still hesitant to invest in data protection

Users are becoming more aware of data collection and are picking companies based on their privacy policies. Isabel Pavia/Getty Images Customers are growing more concerned about the privacy of their data online. Companies are often unmotivated to protect data because leaks hurt consumers more than companies. But, businesses should know that not all privacy measures are costly and some will not impact revenue. As consumers in today's digital world, we're used to giving away huge a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Security, Facebook, Microsoft, Privacy, Opinion, US, Trends, Data, Data Protection, Data Collection, Pew Research Center, London Business School, Nordic, McGill University


Andy Jassy's empathetic return-to-office memo is a leadership case study in how to manage uncertainty, Fortune 500 consultants say

Andy Jassy, Amazon's CEO, sent out his latest company-wide memo on Monday. Dan DeLong/GeekWire Earlier this week, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy sent a company-wide memo explaining return-to-office plans. Fortune 500 communications consultants analyzed the memo for Insider. They said Jassy displayed transparency and empathy - key ingredients when managing uncertainty. The pandemic fundamentally changed where and how we work, and CEOs - including Amazon's Andy Jassy - are still grappling wit...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Communications, Apple Google, Bates, Andy Jassy, Andy Jassy Amazon, Suzanne Bates, Jassy, Eric Yaverbaum, Yaverbaum, Marguerite Ward, Ericho Communications, Dan DeLong GeekWire


Coinbase and UnitedMasters have partnered to pay artists in cryptocurrencies for their music

Coinbase. SOPA images UnitedMasters will now offer artists an option to be paid in the cryptocurrency of their choosing. Coinbase partnered with UnitedMasters to provide the offering, the two companies announced. UnitedMasters has backing previously from Apple and Google parent Alphabet. Coinbase and music distributor UnitedMasters have partnered to pay artists in cryptocurrency for their music, the companies said Tuesday. Artists can choose to be paid in US dollars in full, partly in US...
Tags: Apple, Google, US, NFL, Trends, Markets, Bloomberg, Bitcoin, Artists, Nba, Cryptocurrencies, Coinbase, Apple Google, Steve Stoute, Ether, UnitedMasters


Google Executive Wants to Help Apple Make Texts Between Android and iPhone Users More Secure

A Google executive is extending an open hand to help Apple adopt RCS, a new communication protocol called Rich Communication Services to iPhone and iPad, that would replace standard SMS and offer improved cross-platform messaging capabilities. In a tweet, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's senior vice president of Android, said that "group chats don't need to break this way," referring to a sub-tweet about the inconvenience Android and ‌iPhone‌ users have in communicating via messages. Alluding to ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Apple Google, RCS, Hiroshi Lockheimer Google, RCS Android


Ireland, the low-tax European home of Apple, Facebook, and Google, will raise its corporate tax rate to 15%, joining a global agreement

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Nick Wass/Associated Press/Apple Ireland has agreed to set a 15% corporate tax rate for large multinational companies. Ireland has been the low-tax European headquarters for tech giants including Apple, Google, and Facebook. Ireland said on Thursday it would give up its 12.5% rate for large firms. Ireland said on Thursday it would join an international agreement to set a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%.The country dropped its oppositio...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Eu, Hungary, Ireland, Commission, Tim Cook, European Commission, US Treasury, OECD, Estonia, Dublin, Paschal Donohoe, Apple Google, Donohoe


Navalny knocks Apple, Google for removing voting app

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny knocked Apple and Google in a series of tweets criticizing the companies for removing a voting...
Tags: Apple, Google, Alexei Navalny, Apple Google, Navalny


Apple, Google Raise New Concerns by Yanking Russian App

Apple’s and Google’s cooperation with the Russian government’s efforts to suppress an app opposed to the ruling regime is escalating concerns about whether Big Tech’s pursuit of ever-higher profits has trampled their commitment to protecting civil rights.
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Apple, Google yank opposition voting strategy app from Russian software stores

Oh, sorry, we thought you wanted us to obey the law?! – Silicon Valley A tactical-voting app built by allies of Vladimir Putin’s jailed political opponent Alexei Navalny is now unavailable in Russian Apple and Google app stores following threats of fines from the Kremlin.…
Tags: Apple, Google, Vladimir Putin, Software, Silicon Valley, Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, Apple Google


Daily Crunch: Apple, Google bow to Russian pressure

Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Friday, September 17th! What a week, ya’ll. It is now just days before Disrupt, which means the TechCrunch hive is buzzing. I’ll leave it by noting that Reid Hoffman is coming, which is going to be a treat. See you next week! — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Profits > Ethics: Apple and Google have removed a “tactical voting app created by the organization of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny” from their marketplaces, we reported. TechCrunch notes that “the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Texas, China, America, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Reid Hoffman, Kremlin, Journey, Instacart, Wall Street Journal, Alexei Navalny


Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins

By DARIA LITVINOVA and KELVIN CHAN MOSCOW (AP) — Facing Kremlin pressure, Apple and Google on Friday removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities, as polls opened for three days of balloting in Russia’s parliamentary election. Russian authorities are seeking to suppress the use of Smart Voting, a strategy designed by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The election is widely seen as an important ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, London, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, India, Nigeria, Uncategorized, Sport, Turkey, Ap, Soccer, Moscow


Apple, Google remove Navalny app as Russian elections begin

An app created by allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny that has drawn the ire of Russian authorities appeared to...
Tags: Alexei Navalny, Apple Google