The two top senators on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust have sent a letter to Google asking about a phone call the company made to Match Group, the developer behind the Tinder dating app, a day before its top lawyer was set to testify about the company’s treatment on the Google Play app store. Match claims the call was an attempt to pressure the company into making positive comments about the Masters of the Universe. CNBC reports that the chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and ranking member Sen. Mike Lee, (R-UT), have sent a letter to Google this week requesting more information on a phone call between Google and Match Group a day before the Tinder app developer’s lawyer was set to testify about the company’s treatment on the Google Play app store. Match Chief Legal Officer Jared Sine told senators during last week’s hearing that employees at Google called Match after Sine’s opening testimony became public. Sine … [Read more...] about Senators Question Google over Bullying Tinder the Day Before Hearing
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Rep. Matt Gaetz Matthew (Matt) Gaetz Mystery Florida Senate candidate was planning move to Sweden Britney Spears to discuss conservatorship in court Liz Cheney says McConnell, McCarthy are heads of GOP MORE (R-Fla.) and a group of other House Republicans on Friday introduced legislation to end funding for an arm of the U.S. Postal Service that carries out online surveillance. The legislation was rolled out in response to a March bulletin, reported by Yahoo News earlier this month, distributed by the Postal Service’s Inspection Service’s Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP). The bulletin cited iCOP concerns about potential “significant” protests planned for March 20 based on “online inflammatory material” and posts on social media platforms Parler and Telegram. “iCOP analysts are currently monitoring these social media channels for any potential threats stemming from the scheduled protests and will disseminate intelligence updates if needed," … [Read more...] about Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program
Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto Catherine Marie Cortez Masto Senators spar over Biden green energy infrastructure push Bipartisan group of senators holds immigration talks amid border surge Hispanic Caucus energized by first Biden meeting MORE (D-Nev.) and Rob Portman Robert (Rob) Jones Portman The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to country: 'Turning peril into possibility' Moderate Republicans leery of Biden's renewed call for unity Biden makes case for sweeping change MORE (R-Ohio) on Friday introduced a bill to improve U.S. competitiveness against China and other nations by strengthening the nation’s ability to set standards around emerging technologies. The new legislation would create a task force led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to develop a long-term plan to assess standards around emerging technologies such as 5G and artificial intelligence. The task force would include representatives from … [Read more...] about Senators introduce bill to increase US technology competitiveness against China
Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) has introduced a bill that takes aim at a key vulnerability of Big Tech — their increasing resemblance to common carriers. The bill, called the 21st Century FREE Speech Act, follows a legal opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas arguing that censorship of Americans on tech platforms could be ended if they were regulated as common carriers or places of public accommodation. For tech companies with more than 100 million monthly active users, the bill would abolish Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the bill that tech companies rely on to censor their users with impunity. The bill would replace it with language that preserves liability protection for hosting third-party content (a critical protection that allows platforms to host a wide range of speech without legal risk) while eliminating the broad immunity for censorship that existed under Section 230. While the bill allows for limited content moderation to maintain family-friendly … [Read more...] about Sen. Bill Hagerty Aims to Make Big Tech Platforms Common Carriers
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An extra layer of privacy is now in the hands of iPhone users. The new update should help alleviate the feeling that something is eavesdropping on your conversations. That had us wondering, how much does the internet know about us? And how can we keep our lives private? READ MORE: How Do Communities Decide Where To Plant Trees? Good Question. Jeff Wagner learned it’s ultimately up to the user. If you own a smartphone, you likely have one of these tales to tell. “My coworker was getting this new jacket for her boyfriend for Christmas and then my phone all of a sudden started getting targeted ads for that same jacket even though I had never like searched it or anything,” said Erin Ryan-Mosley. “We joke like the FBI is in our phone,” said Tony Preston after having ads pop up on his phone related to recent conversations. How much does the internet know about us? “I would argue that the internet knows pretty much everything about us,” said Mark … [Read more...] about How Much Does The Internet Know About Us?