Europe is dropping the hammer on Big Tech (again)

The European Commission just rolled out 2 new bills that would police illegal content and rein in Big Tech’s anticompetitive impulses.

Trung T. Phan • December 17, 2020

Um, how do you actually break up Facebook?

Breaking off Instagram and WhatsApp present different challenges (and would have unintended consequences).

Trung T. Phan • December 15, 2020

The FTC went old school in blocking a razor acquisition

The FTC’s move to block a P&G-Billie deal is based on the traditional antitrust playbook.

Trung T. Phan • December 11, 2020

Zucked: the United States government wants to break up Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission wants Facebook to unwind its deals for Instagram and WhatsApp.

Trung T. Phan • December 10, 2020

Here’s how Google could defend itself in the latest major antitrust case

With the US government looking to bring an antitrust case against Google, the search giant could use American Express’ playbook to defend itself.

Trung T. Phan • September 25, 2020

New track from your favorite artist sound weird? It could be a Spotify scammer.

To fake a new release from a big-name artist, you just have to mess with the metadata.

Michael Waters • September 3, 2020

Are private airports ready for liftoff?

Airports are valuable -- and cities could put the money from privatization toward more pressing issues.

Michael Waters • August 21, 2020

What are therapy apps doing with your data?

Talkspace, Crisis Text Line, and Better Help don’t keep things quite as private as you might think.

Michael Waters • August 19, 2020

Do you know where your robocalls are coming from?

Small phone companies have become an in for robocallers.

Caroline Dohack • August 17, 2020

The first rule of monopoly club: Don’t talk about monopoly club

Google coaches its employees on how they should talk about competition.

Trung T. Phan • August 11, 2020

Top takeaways from the antitrust Royal Rumble

One for each butt in the hot seat, plus a few more.

Nick DeSantis • July 30, 2020

Hold that banana peel: Vermont now requires universal composting

Dropping organic waste into the trash is now against the law.

Michael Waters • July 7, 2020

Can deepfakes be good?

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: The tech is still overwhelmingly used to harass.

Michael Waters • July 1, 2020

Politicians, police, and… Panera: Geofencing is taking over

Your location data has a little something for everyone.

Michael Waters • June 17, 2020

On mute no more: Zoom gets a taste of international politics

The company blocked Tiananmen Square commemorations. US lawmakers got wind of it.

Michael Waters • June 15, 2020

Big Tech is social distancing from facial recognition, sort of

IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon announced they are moving away from the tool -- but let’s look at the fine print.

Michael Waters • June 12, 2020

Time limits on video games? A Japanese teen is taking the government to court

A regional government tried to limit video gaming. So Wataru fought back.

Michael Waters • June 12, 2020

The Google Play store smacks down Zynn, the TikTok lookalike

The app that dished out tons of free money to users was filled with stolen content.

Michael Waters • June 11, 2020

Scientists funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are speaking out against Facebook

In a letter, 140+ scientists said the “spread of deliberate misinformation and divisive language” is antithetical to the initiative’s mission.

Nick DeSantis • June 8, 2020

Protests and a pandemic: Facial recognition gets another close-up

Policing vs. COVID-19: Facial recognition tech is in an awkward spot.

Michael Waters • June 5, 2020

Facebook’s political speech headache has turned into a full-blown migraine

Inside Facebook, criticism of Zuckerberg is heating up.

Michael Waters • June 3, 2020

Here’s what to know about Trump’s executive order on social media

We translated the order from Bureaucratese to English.

Nick DeSantis • May 29, 2020

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