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The privacy battle Apple isn’t fighting

Enlarge Elena Lacey, Getty Images For at least a decade, privacy advocates dreamed of a universal, legally enforceable “do not track” setting. Now, at least in the most populous state in the US, that dream has become a reality. So why isn’t Apple—a company that increasingly uses privacy as a selling point—helping its customers take …

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Jeff Bezos loses attempt to block the Moon-landing contract NASA gave to SpaceX

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos holds aviation glasses that belonged to Amelia Earhart at a press conference about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard on July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas. Getty Images | Joe Raedle The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) today rejected Blue Origin’s attempt to block the lunar-landing contract that NASA …

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Biden says he has deal to lower Internet prices, but the details will matter

Enlarge / President Joe Biden speaks at Mack Truck Lehigh Valley Operations on July 28, 2021, in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Getty Images | Michael M. Santiago A bipartisan infrastructure deal will provide $65 billion for broadband deployment and require ISPs that receive funding “to offer a low-cost affordable plan,” the White House said today. President Joe …

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Facebook’s metaverse gambit is a distraction from its deep-seated problems

Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg demonstrates an Oculus Rift headset at a 2016 event. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Facebook mastered social media by giving people an easy way to share their offline lives with friends, family, and complete strangers on the Internet. So why is the company now trying to invent a virtual universe …

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Judges reject Viasat’s plea to stop SpaceX Starlink satellite launches

Enlarge / 60 Starlink satellites stacked for launch at SpaceX facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX SpaceX can keep launching broadband satellites despite a lawsuit filed by Viasat, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Viasat sued the Federal Communications Commission in May and asked judges for a stay that would halt SpaceX’s ongoing launches of low …

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Activision Blizzard sued by state agency over alleged widespread discrimination

Enlarge / Sign on facade of Activision’s Los Angeles offices. Getty Images On Wednesday, a California State agency filed a lawsuit against the game publisher Activision Blizzard over allegations of rampant sexual discrimination and sexual harassment. The nature of this harassment is so widespread, the lawsuit claims, that women who have worked for the game maker …

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Lawsuit: eBay tried to “terrorize, stalk, and silence” couple that ran news site

Enlarge / A bloody pig mask mailed to cyberstalking victims by then-eBay employees. FBI A former eBay security official who pleaded guilty for his role in a cyberstalking conspiracy has asked for leniency in sentencing while blaming his actions in part on a “drinking culture” at eBay that contributed to his alcoholism. “eBay had a …

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Biden picks Google foe to lead DOJ antitrust as it mulls plan to break up Big Tech

Enlarge Getty Images | Erik Pronske Photography President Joe Biden today said he will nominate Jonathan Kanter to be the assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division. Kanter is an attorney known for his criticism of Google and will take over the antitrust division as it considers a Biden plan …

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US cracks down on “Fulfilled by Amazon,” citing sale of 400,000+ hazardous items

Enlarge Aurich Lawson | Getty Images The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) yesterday filed a complaint against Amazon over the sale of hundreds of thousands of hazardous products, including carbon monoxide detectors that fail to detect carbon monoxide, hair dryers without required protection from shock and electrocution, and flammable sleepwear meant for children. The …

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Biden urges FCC to undo Pai’s legacy—but it can’t until he picks a third Democrat

Enlarge / Then-Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai testifies at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on June 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who is now the FCC’s acting chairwoman, looks on. Getty Images | Alex Wong President Biden today urged the Federal Communications Commission to restore net neutrality rules and …

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