Tesla’s autopilot technology is under the microscope

The US government opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s autonomous driving system following a series of crashes with parked emergency vehicles.

Rob Litterst • August 18, 2021

Will the US force a sale of TikTok again?

The Chinese government owns 1% of ByteDance (and holds 1 of 3 board seats). This revelation may put its subsidiary -- TikTok -- under greater scrutiny, again.

Trung T. Phan • August 18, 2021

The IRS has seized 185k+ bitcoins. Where the heck do they go?

Since 2013, the feds have seized and auctioned off ~$7B worth of bitcoin.

Jacob Cohen • August 6, 2021

Could Wikipedia’s crowdsourcing be the solution to pandemic misinformation?

Could a crowdsourced health site solve public distrust in the CDC?

Jacob Cohen • July 29, 2021

A spyware breach has Apple feeling the heat

People are sounding the alarm on NSO Group, whose tech was used to infect phones belonging to journalists and activists.

Jacob Cohen • July 21, 2021

Musk in court over Tesla’s $2.6B acquisition of SolarCity

Elon Musk went to court to defend Tesla’s $2.6B acquisition of SolarCity.

Trung T. Phan • July 13, 2021

What would a Big Tech breakup look like?

The US House of Representatives has 5 bills in the works to take on Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook.

Trung T. Phan • July 8, 2021

Facebook scores an antitrust win

A DC federal court threw out 2 antitrust suits against Facebook. But the court leaves the door open for a new case.

Trung T. Phan • June 30, 2021

Meet cybersecurity’s nightmare fuel: Quantum hacking

Quantum hacking will completely compromise the existing security infrastructure of the internet. Arqit is building a solution.

Kolby Hatch • June 15, 2021

Here are 5 ways the US government is taking on Big Tech

5 proposed bills from US lawmakers will take on Big Tech -- Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google -- by making it harder for them to acquire new businesses and force them to even the playing field.

Trung T. Phan • June 14, 2021

G-7 tax deal seeks to end to Big Tech tax havens

The G-7 countries want a 15% global minimum tax. Big Tech is showing support for it.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 9, 2021

Digits: Supersonic planes, 100+ unicorns, and Isaac Newton’s notes

A roundup of the week’s most interesting numbers, with insights from Nestle, lawyers bullying Amazon, and another cargo ship making waves.

Ethan Brooks • June 7, 2021

The government is trying to regulate the fast-growing $650B subscription economy

Subscription businesses often make it hard to cancel a service. Regulators are stepping in.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 4, 2021

Roommates, PayPal fraud, and the unconventional story behind Palantir

Today, Palantir helps governments fight terrorism and businesses organize their data. It wouldn’t exist without PayPal.

Jacob Cohen • May 12, 2021

The European Union is considering an AI ban

The EU is working on a plan to regulate artificial intelligence. Here’s what that means.

Jacob Cohen • April 16, 2021

Inside the monopoly of tax e-filings (and how to change it)

TurboTax and H&R Block have spent decades cementing their position as America’s tax tools. Are fintech apps an alternative?

Trung T. Phan • April 13, 2021

Notarize, an eNotary service, wants to be the Stripe of legal documents

E-signature startup Notarize raised $200m+ for its business of notarizing mortgage docs.

Kolby Hatch • April 5, 2021

The short-lived era of extremely cheap travel is coming to an end

Biden’s choice for FTC commissioner is a young antitrust hardliner with a deep resume who could spell trouble for Big Tech.

Jacob Cohen • March 24, 2021

Better late than never: America is speeding up its broadband strategy

America has a long history of limited internet access for steep prices. 2021 may be the year of real progress.

Jacob Cohen • February 24, 2021

Big Tech vs. Australia, explained

Australia wants Big Tech to pay for content on their platform. Google will do so, Facebook will not. Why?

Trung T. Phan • February 19, 2021

What’s going on with GameStop?

Congress will grill the heads of Robinhood, Citadel, Reddit, and one of the most prominent Reddit traders about the GameStop events.

Trung T. Phan • February 18, 2021

There’s a Big Tech battle going down in North Dakota

A North Dakota bill is trying to rein in Apple and Google’s app-store dominance. It’s one of many state-level Big Tech battles.

Trung T. Phan • February 17, 2021

Robinhood is facing lawsuits after restricting the trading of GameStop stock

The outrageous $GME saga continues, with Robinhood’s app shutting users out of key trades and lawmakers speaking up.

Trung T. Phan • January 29, 2021

Twitter’s plan to decentralize social media

Twitter’s Bluesky initiative would create a decentralized protocol that allows others to build their own custom social networks.

Trung T. Phan • January 22, 2021

The FTC’s punishment of a facial recognition app could be the future of AI regulation

Big Tech could be forced to delete AI algorithms created from ill-gotten data.

Trung T. Phan • January 22, 2021

How will the Biden administration deal with tech?

President Joe Biden’s position on antitrust laws, Section 230, China, immigration, and more.

Trung T. Phan • January 21, 2021

Is blockchain coming to your bank?

The OCC will allow chartered banks to use stablecoins.

Trung T. Phan • January 8, 2021

Anonymous shell companies will (finally) be illegal

The new defense bill will make disclosure requirements for new LLCs much more strict.

Trung T. Phan • January 4, 2021

The FCC’s 5G auctions are out of control: ~$70B and counting

AT&T and Verizon are likely bidding like crazy to catch up to T-Mobile on 5G spectrum.

Trung T. Phan • December 28, 2020

The massive SolarWinds hack may force widespread regulatory change

The SolarWinds hack has affected ~18k customers, including America’s largest companies and government institutions. What’s next?

Trung T. Phan • December 18, 2020

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