A national coalition of groups representing small businesses launched a campaign advocating for strict antitrust laws and the abolishment of tech monopolies like Amazon. The effort will call on lawmakers to put stricter measures in place to ensure corporations no longer engage in “abusive tactics,” the groups said Tuesday. The coalition, dubbed Small Business Rising , is made up of several small business groups including the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, the American Booksellers Association, the National Office Products Alliance and the National Grocers Association. “Today it’s harder than ever to grow a business, no matter how great your idea or how hard you work,” the coalition said in a statement on its website . “That’s because monopolistic corporations, backed by Wall Street, have seized control of many industries and are blocking small businesses from competing.” “Their outsized power threatens to corrupt not only our markets, but also our government,” the … [Read more...] about Small Business Coalition Launches Antitrust Campaign Targeting Amazon, Big Tech
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A leaked internal Facebook memo reveals how Apple’s long-awaited iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency feature may affect advertisers. Facebook reportedly expects ad campaigns will “fluctuate” as iPhone users update their devices. Business Insider reports that a memo sent by Facebook to advertisers on Wednesday gives greater insight into how Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency feature which is set to release this week will affect advertising on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook says that it expects that ad campaign results will “fluctuate” gradually as users update their devices to the new iOS version in the coming weeks. According to the memo, advertisers will lose the ability to target an advertisement with an estimated time frame to result in conversion when it comes to iOS users. The privacy changes are likely to impact the way advertisers not only target their ads, but the analytics and information they can access about the people viewing their ads. For users running … [Read more...] about Report: Leaked Facebook Memo Shows How Advertisers Will Be Impacted by Apple Privacy Changes
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?
Facebook’s Oversight Board will rule Wednesday morning on whether to uphold or reverse a ban on former President Trump Donald Trump Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? Taliban launches massive offensive after missed deadline for US troop withdrawal Republicans urge probe into Amazon government cloud-computing bid: report MORE ’s account on the platform. It’s by far the most high-profile case to come before the collection of academics, former politicians and journalists who make up the ostensibly independent organization. Facebook’s critics have warned against reinstating Trump over his repeated violations of the platform’s policies — beyond his posts about the Capitol insurrection that the review is centered on. ADVERTISEMENT But Republicans have widely slammed Trump’s suspension, often citing it when making unsubstantiated claims that social media companies consistently remove conservative viewpoints. The … [Read more...] about Five things to watch in Facebook Oversight Board ruling on Trump
United States fertility rates are at their lowest in over four decades, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics shows. The provisional number of births in the United States in 2020 is down 4% from 2019, CDC data showed . Women in the United States gave birth to approximately 3.61 million babies in 2020, compared to about 3.75 million births in 2019. The United States total fertility rate fell to 1.64, the lowest rate since the government began tracking such data in the 1930s, according to the Wall Street Journal . (RELATED: States Introduced Over 500 Pro-Life Bills In 2021 In ‘Pro-Life Surge’) “This is the sixth consecutive year that the number of births has declined after an increase in 2014, down an average of 2% per year, and the lowest number of births since 1979,” the CDC noted in its report. The decrease in births is likely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which emerged in March 2020, as well as … [Read more...] about US Fertility Rates Continue To Plummet As Millennials Face Financial Concerns, Marry Later