Bobby Allyn

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More Than 30 States Sue Google Over 'Extravagant' Fees In Google Play Store

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

It's the latest government challenge over how Big Tech controls app stores. Officials say Google acts like a monopoly by abusing the power it has over how people pay for apps on Google devices.

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Jeff Bezos Built Amazon 27 Years Ago. He Now Steps Down As CEO At Critical Time

Monday, July 05, 2021

Bezos is handing day-to-day duties to his longtime deputy Andy Jassy but will continue to hold considerable sway as executive chairman.

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Change.Org Workers Form A Union, Giving Labor Activists Another Win In Tech

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The online-petition startup is the latest tech company where activism among workers has led to the formation of a labor union. Once taboo in Silicon Valley, unions are now on the rise.

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Stung By Media Coverage, Silicon Valley Starts Its Own Publications

Friday, June 25, 2021

Venture capital powerhouse Andreessen Horowitz has launched a website it calls "the future of media." The firm has backed Clubhouse and Substack, two efforts to take messages directly to the public.

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John McAfee, Software Pioneer, Dies In Prison At Age 75

Thursday, June 24, 2021

McAfee was found dead in a Spanish prison cell on Wednesday — hours after a court in Spain had approved his extradition to the U.S. to face tax evasion charges.

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John McAfee, Software Pioneer, Found Dead In A Spanish Prison Cell

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Just hours earlier, a court in Spain had approved the extradition of McAfee to the U.S., where he was set to stand trial on federal tax-evasion charges in New York.

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Snapchat Ends 'Speed Filter' That Critics Say Encouraged Reckless Driving

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The messaging app popular with teens is dropping a feature first launched in 2013. After several deadly car crashes involving the filter, Snap was the target of numerous lawsuits.

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Lina Khan, Prominent Big Tech Critic, Will Lead The FTC

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The bipartisan vote in the Senate on Tuesday gives one of the most prominent skeptics of the tech industry a key role in shaping government regulation of the tech industry.

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Apple iPhones Can Soon Hold Your ID. Privacy Experts Are On Edge

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Privacy experts worry the convenient feature will open the door to surveillance, data tracking and Apple's turning interactions involving state-issued IDs into a new revenue stream.

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Privacy Experts Ask: Should State-Issued IDs Be Stored On Our iPhones?

Friday, June 11, 2021

Apple says it is working with states to digitize government-issued IDs. The announcement has privacy advocates on edge.

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Biden Drops Trump's Ban on TikTok And WeChat — But Will Continue The Scrutiny

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

President Biden revokes Trump-era executive orders against TikTok and WeChat, but national security experts say the scrutiny of the apps will continue despite the reset in relations.

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States Fight Over How Our Data Is Tracked And Sold Online, As Congress Stalls

Friday, June 04, 2021

New laws in California and Virginia represent vastly different approaches to how personal data is collected online and sold. Many other states are considering their own legislation.

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State Legislatures Advance Bills Protecting Data Privacy

Friday, June 04, 2021

Congress is dithering on legislation to rein in the power of the tech industry, leaving states to come up with their own laws about data collection and privacy.

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As Apple's Tim Cook Testifies, The Judge Creates The Day's Most Dramatic Moment

Friday, May 21, 2021

CEO Tim Cook defended Apple on the witness stand on Friday in a trial playing out in Oakland, Calif. Epic Games, which is suing Apple, accuses it of being an illegal monopoly.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Taking The Witness Stand Friday. Here's Why It's A Big Deal

Friday, May 21, 2021

CEO Tim Cook will defend his company against accusations from Epic Games that Apple has an illegal monopoly. The trial has focused on a 30% commission on most purchases made in the Apple App Store.

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Microsoft Board Investigated Bill Gates' 'Intimate Relationship' With Employee

Sunday, May 16, 2021

A spokesperson for Gates maintained that his decades-old "affair," which was the subject of an investigation, had no connection to his decision to step down from the board.

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Epic Games Inc. Squares Off In Court With Apple Over App Store Fees

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The maker of Fortnite is suing Apple over the fees it charges in its App Store. Epic must show that Apple abuses its power to hurt competitors and distort an entire market in its favor.

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How One Man's Fight Against An AOL Troll Sealed The Tech Industry's Power

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A fight between a Seattle man and AOL in the mid-1990s led to what has been called "the most important Internet law ruling ever." Decades later, the decision still governs how the web functions.

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Snapchat Can Be Sued Over Role In Fatal Car Crash, Court Rules

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

A federal appeals court on Tuesday issued a stunning ruling: It said a decades-old legal shield preventing platforms from lawsuits should not apply to Snapchat in a case involving a fatal car crash.

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The Epic Games Vs. Apple Trial Has Begun. Here's What You Need To Know

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The trial is about one app developer, Epic Games, but the outcome could have far-reaching consequences for Silicon Valley and the future of how money moves on smartphones and other devices.

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