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Topic: government

US House lays out three potential areas of change to rein in Big Tech

02/25/2021, 04:02 pm

The U.S. House antitrust subcommittee met again on Thursday to listen to expert witnesses and consider legislative proposals to "address the rise and abuse of market power online."


Apple employees were major donators to Biden election campaign

02/20/2021, 03:02 pm

The presidential campaign of Joe Biden received considerable donations from employees of tech companies, campaign finance records reveal, with Apple employees reportedly the fourth-largest source of funding.


UK buying 11,000 iPhone SE for government use in $5.7 million deal

02/12/2021, 09:02 am

The UK's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is buying 11,000 iPhone SE handsets and support from IBM through reseller XMA.


'Safe Tech Act' could strip Section 230 user content protections from websites

02/08/2021, 01:02 pm

A trio of Democratic Senators have unveiled a new bill dubbed the Safe Tech Act that would fundamentally change Section 230 and could make internet companies with any monetization at all liable for user-generated content.


US government designates drone maker DJI as a national security concern

12/18/2020, 01:12 pm

The U.S. government on Friday added drone maker DJI to a list of Chinese companies designated as national security concerns, and by doing so, banned the export of U.S. technology to the company.


Foreign hackers breach US Treasury Department

12/13/2020, 03:12 pm

The U.S. Treasury Department and Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration have been breached by hackers working for a foreign government, possibly Russia, stealing unknown data in an embarrassing security issue for the U.S. government.


Bill introduced to strip Section 230 protections from the internet

12/10/2020, 11:12 am

A bi-partisan bill has been introduced that would remove Section 230 legal protections from companies that "engage in certain manipulative practices" but in practice, would strip the protections from nearly every internet venue with user interaction.


Tripadvisor caught up in Chinese App Store purge with 100 other apps

12/08/2020, 08:12 am

The Chinese government has blocked more than 100 apps in the country, with Tripadvisor one of the few international apps to no longer be listed in the App Store as part of a local regulator's crackdown on apps.


Advocacy groups urge Biden to keep big tech out of the White House

12/01/2020, 07:12 am

A collection of advocacy groups has called upon President-elect Joe Biden to prevent tech companies like Apple from influencing the administration, over accusations the tech giants are a threat to democracy in the United States.


Apple said to be among US companies lobbying against Uighur forced labor bill

11/20/2020, 03:11 pm

Major U.S. companies, reportedly including Apple, are lobbying against a new piece of legislation that seeks to prevent forced labor in China.


Commerce Department won't enforce TikTok ban pending legal developments [u]

11/12/2020, 05:11 pm

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Thursday that it wouldn't enforce an order to shut down TikTok, effectively placing a stay on the ban for the immediate future.


Senate Commerce Committee grills tech CEOs on content moderation, bias

10/28/2020, 02:10 pm

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday grilled the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google over their respective content moderation practices.


Apple spent $1.56M lobbying US government in Q3

10/21/2020, 06:10 pm

A U.S. Senate document published this week reveals Apple spent spent some $1.56 million in the third quarter of 2020 to lobby lawmakers on a variety of issues including the coronavirus pandemic, taxes, autonomous vehicles, and more.


Japan joins US and Europe in Apple & big tech antitrust scrutiny efforts

10/19/2020, 07:10 am

Japan will be working with regulators in the United States and Europe to put Apple and other major tech companies under greater scrutiny, as part of an international effort to curb antitrust violations.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants more scrutiny of Apple

10/17/2020, 11:10 am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attempted to influence members of the US government into taking a closer look at Apple's business, a report examining the social network chief's political influence claims.


US Senate to subpoena Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs over censorship issues

10/01/2020, 12:10 pm

The U.S. Senate has voted to subpoena Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, and Twitter's Jack Dorsey to testify before Congress about the existing Communication Decency Act, and allegations of political censorship on social media.


TikTok attorneys argue against US app ban in last-ditch effort

09/27/2020, 03:09 pm

The impending ban on TikTok in the United States would be highly "devastating" to the company and its users, the video sharing service claimed in a Sunday morning hearing over the legalities of President Donald Trump's executive order.


TikTok creators fail to block US government's impending app ban

09/27/2020, 09:09 am

A judge has denied an attempt by content creators on TikTok to stop a ban of the app in the United States on Sunday, rejecting arguments the ban would cause "immediate, irreparable harm" if it is implemented as scheduled.


Judge blocks Executive Order banning WeChat from App Store

09/20/2020, 10:09 am

The impending ban of WeChat via an Executive Order from President Donald Trump was halted by a California judge on Sunday, hours before the app was due to be removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play in the United States.


CBP defends seizure of OnePlus Buds, claims trademark violation

09/14/2020, 04:09 pm

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Monday defended its seizure of 2,000 pairs of OnePlus Buds, claiming that they violate Apple's trademarks for AirPods.