Under pressure: Facebook faces antitrust probes
Sep06

Under pressure: Facebook faces antitrust probes

Facebook has barely shaken off a record $5 billion fine by U.S. regulators over its privacy practices but it already faces new investigations — not to mention ongoing ones — into potential antitrust violations and other issues. Now, a group of state attorneys generals led by New York’s Letitia James is piling on with its own antitrust investigation into Facebook. For a decade, Facebook had largely been trusted to regulate itself...

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Antitrust regulators dig deeper into dominant tech companies
Sep06

Antitrust regulators dig deeper into dominant tech companies

The government is circling the wagons around Big Tech as the scrutiny of its immense power intensifies. Two groups of state attorneys general are joining the fray with separate investigations into whether Google and Facebook have been unfairly leveraging their array of popular — and free — services to dominate the lucrative online advertising market. The U.S. Justice Department already has a major antitrust investigation into unnamed...

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In a twist, Colorado asks EPA to lower state’s air rating
Sep06

In a twist, Colorado asks EPA to lower state’s air rating

Colorado took the unusual step of inviting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to downgrade the air quality rating of the state’s biggest population center, and not everyone thinks that was a good idea. The EPA will hold a Friday hearing on whether to lower the ozone status of Denver and eight other northern Colorado counties from “moderate” to “serious.” That would force the state to work harder to...

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Outlawed app emerges as key tool for Russian protesters
Sep06

Outlawed app emerges as key tool for Russian protesters

Anti-government protesters in Russia are increasingly relying on an encrypted and officially banned messaging app to pass on information in critical situations, from dodging riot police to giving those arrested a line to the outside. Although officially banned in Russia, Telegram is still running, and experts say it’s harder to hijack than other popular platforms. Since July, Moscow has been rocked by almost weekly rallies after...

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Facebook, Google face antitrust scrutiny from states
Sep06

Facebook, Google face antitrust scrutiny from states

Two bipartisan groups of state attorneys general are launching separate antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google, adding to regulatory scrutiny of two of the world’s largest and most ubiquitous tech companies. New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, confirmed the Facebook investigation in a news release Friday, saying the probe would focus on Facebook’s “dominance in the industry and the...

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