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Google Exec Says Breaking Up Big Tech Will Not Prevent ‘The Next Trump Situation’

A new undercover video from Project Veritas shows a Google executive claiming that busting up big tech companies will make it more difficult to prevent “the next Trump situation.”  The executive also called Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s willingness to break up Silicon Valley “misguided” before praising the Massachusetts Democrat. The executive also revealed the reason why Google decided not to show ...

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Laid-Off Journalists Release Ad Campaign Blaming Google, Facebook For Their Downfall

A group of laid-off journalists is starting in ad campaign urging lawmakers to break up some of the largest social media companies in the country. The Save Journalism Project, a group started of reporters who want to highlight big tech’s effect on the news industry, launched in June to show how Facebook and Google’s digital ad revenue has hollowed out news publishers. ...

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House Antitrust Panel Goes After Tech Companies For Supposedly Threatening The News Industry

The House Judiciary Committee pressed start Tuesday on its bipartisan investigation into big tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter with a hearing on how the companies impact the news industry and misinformation. The committee’s antitrust panel headed by Democratic Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline heard from news media associations and journalism groups Tuesday, reported USA Today. Witnesses included David ...

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Here’s The Eye-Popping Amount Of Cash Google, Amazon And Facebook Dumped On DC Lobbyists In 2018

Google, Amazon and Facebook plowed a record amount of money into Washington, D.C., a year before congressional Democrats announced a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into the Silicon Valley giants. They dumped a combined $48 million into lobbying in 2018, up 13% from 2017, government disclosures from January show. House Democrats announced a planned probe of Google and Facebook’s business practices Monday, ...

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Trump’s DOJ Prepares An Antitrust Investigation Into Google’s Business Practice

The Department of Justice is preparing an antitrust probe against Google’s search engine and business model, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday night, citing people familiar with the issue. It would be the first such investigation since the Federal Trade Commission conducted an investigation of Google but closed it in 2013 without taking action. The FTC and DOJ have discussed ...

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Report: Google Distances Itself From Huawei After Trump Blacklists Foreign Tech

Google suspends some business with Huawei after President Donald Trump placed restrictions on technologies from foreign adversaries, Reuters reported Sunday, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter. Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that the United States believes is engaged in foreign espionage, will lose access to updates to the Android operating system, as well as the next version of ...

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Google Executives Crack Down On Leakers As Employees Fear The Worst

Google is locking down internal communications as the Silicon Valley giant works to contain a rash of leaks, BuzzFeed reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources inside the company. Google legal executive Kent Walker sent an email May 9 reminding employees that obtaining documents noted as “need to know” could result in termination, the report noted. Employees reportedly saw it as a ...

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Confirmed: Google Favors Liberal News Outlets Over Conservative Ones

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Google’s algorithms appear to favor the likes of CNN, The New York Times, and other major outlets by a significant margin, a new study from the Columbia Journalism review notes CJR’s study also shows that Google’s Top Stories box directs users to liberal news outlets over conservative outlets by a 5 to 1 margin The study also shows that only ...

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Report: Vaccination Rates Of Children At Google’s Day Care Center Are Staggeringly Low

Vaccinations rates are strikingly low for children who attend one of Google’s child care centers in Silicon Valley, tech magazine outlet Wired reported Thursday, citing a California public health data base. Only 49 percent of children are completely vaccinated in one Google day care center in Santa Clara County, California, where the vaccination rate for mumps-measles-and rubella is 95 percent. ...

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Twitter Drops SPLC Following Controversy. But What About Facebook And Google?

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Twitter distanced itself from the Southern Poverty Law Center following reports suggesting that the group scams liberal donors out of money. Facebook has not yet revealed whether it plans on ending its partnership with the group. Twitter appears to one of the only big tech companies in Silicon Valley to completely divorce itself from the SPLC, an Alabama-based group that ...

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Google Dings AI Ethics Panel After Employees Throw A Fit Over Conservative Member

Google announced Thursday night that the company will be dissolving an artificial intelligence ethics panel following internal backlash from employees who criticized one of the board’s conservative members. The company’s decision came after employees complained about Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James’ position on the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC). More than 1,000 “Googlers” signed a petition Monday claimingthat ...

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HUD Is Also Probing Twitter And Google For Housing Discrimination Practices

Federal officials alerted Twitter and Google in 2018 that they are peering into the tech giants’ business practices for possible housing discrimination, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources. Reports about the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to alert the two Silicon Valley companies comes hours after officials charged Facebook with housing discrimination. Facebook’s targeting tools enable ...

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Google, Amazon And Other Corporate Giants Target Texas Religious Protection Bills

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Google, Amazon, IBM and Texas businesses banded together to oppose several Texas bills offering religious exemptions to businesses and state license holders. The group of businesses, along with several local Texas chambers of commerce, sent a letter to the Texas state legislature Wednesday declaring that they will oppose any legislation that affords protections to business owners who refuse service to ...

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EU Regulators Take Aim At Google Over Silicon Valley Giant’s Business Model

European Union regulators fined Google a hefty $1.7 billion Wednesday on the basis that the Silicon Valley giant violated various anti-trust laws, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Google engaged in “illegal practices” in a bid to “cement its dominant market position” in advertising markets, Margrethe Vestager, EU’s top competition commissioner, said in a press statement announcing the penalty. Additional criticisms ...

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Elizabeth Warren Announces Plans To Break Up Facebook And Other Big Tech Firms

Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a plan Friday to wallop big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon as the Massachusetts Democrat works to differentiate herself among fellow presidential candidates. Her proposal would impose new rules on tech companies with $25 billion or more in annual ad revenue, forcing Amazon and Google to dramatically reduce their hold on online commerce. The plan ...

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