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Friday, August 14, 2020
Why one email app went to war with Apple—and why neither one is right

Why one email app went to war with Apple—and why neither...

Enlarge / The login screen for Hey on an iPhone XS.Samuel Axon Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson launched a firestorm of public criticism of Apple after Apple rejected an update to Basecamp's new email app. Hansson's tweet thread and the ensuing controversy surfaced days before Apple's annual developer conference, and amidst news that the European Commission has…
EC opens antitrust probe into Apple Pay, Apple’s App Store

EC opens antitrust probe into Apple Pay, Apple’s App Store

Enlarge / 08 January 2019, Hessen, Rüsselsheim: ILLUSTRATION - The App Store (M) logo can be seen on the screen of an iPhone. Photo: Silas Stein/dpa (Photo by Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images) The European Commission has opened two formal antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store and its Apple Pay payment system. The investigation…
All your reaction GIFs now belong to Facebook, as it buys Giphy for $400M

All your reaction GIFs now belong to Facebook, as it buys...

Enlarge / Ironically, their logo is static, not animated.Giphy Seven years ago, Facebook claimed not to support the 21st century's new favorite communication tool, the animated GIF. Oh, how times have changed: Today, Facebook's newest acquisition is one of the Internet's most popular GIF hosting sites. Facebook is making Giphy part of the Instagram team,…
Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

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Enlarge / An Amazon warehouse on a sunny day in Germany on April 2, 2020. Amazon accounts for about a third of all US Internet retail sales, but it didn't get there entirely on its own. It did so, in part, with the assistance of hundreds of thousands of smaller vendors who signed up to…
Big Data promises better deals. But for whom?

Big Data promises better deals. But for whom?

Enlarge / Sasan Goodarzi, president and chief executive officer of Intuit Inc., left, and Kenneth Lin, co-fonder and chief executive officer of Credit Karma Inc., smile during a Bloomberg Television interview in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Intuit—the software giant behind TurboTax—said Monday it's buying Credit Karma for about $7.1 billion in…
Google search results page have more human aid than you believe, report finds

Google search results page have more human aid than you believe,...

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Enlarge / Mountain View, Calif.—May 21, 2018: Exterior view of a Googleplex building, the corporate headquarters of Google and parent company Alphabet. Google, and its parent company Alphabet, has its metaphorical fingers in a hundred different lucrative pies. To untold millions of users, though, "to Google" something has become a synonym for "search," the company's…
EU orders Broadcom to stop exclusivity offers while examination deepens

EU orders Broadcom to stop exclusivity offers while examination deepens

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Enlarge / EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager imposes interim measures on Broadcom in TV and modem chipset markets on October 16, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. European regulators have hit chipmaker Broadcom with a rare "interim" restriction on its behavior as their antitrust probe into the company's alleged abuse of its market power deepens. Broadcom…
DOJ apparently releases its own Facebook probe at AG Barr’s advising

DOJ apparently releases its own Facebook probe at AG Barr’s advising

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Enlarge / U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks at an event at the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building in Washington, DC, in May 2019. Facebook, it seems, is continuing to shatter records of all sorts. Usually, regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice agree to conduct antitrust probes against a company…
“Grassroots” anti-Amazon not-for-profit end up being seller astroturfing

“Grassroots” anti-Amazon not-for-profit end up being seller astroturfing

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Enlarge / The Amazon logo at the entrance of a logistics center in France, July 2019. It's no secret that retailers who compete with Amazon for consumer dollars want regulators to take a closer look at the way their titanic, globe-spanning rival works. They've openly said so, many times. And yet, three major firms reportedly…
Congress desires Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon e-mails as probe warms up

Congress desires Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon e-mails as probe warms...

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Enlarge / The dome of the United State Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Getty Images | Phil Roeder The long summer recess for Congress is at last well and truly over. The House Judiciary Committee has ramped up for the fall season, issuing demands for huge piles of documentation from Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google…

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