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Regulating Big Tech #22

  • Apple and Fortnite
  • Singapore trackers
  • Amazon ‘party drug’
  • Microsoft and TikTok
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Inverse

How Apple’s feud with Fortnite led to the lawsuit of the decade, in 4 steps

Fortnite: Battle Royale developer Epic Games may have just filed the lawsuit of the decade, and depending how the case unfolds, it could forever change the flow of money between consumers and the companies vying for their dollars on platforms like Apple’s App Store.

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Bloomberg

Robinhood Ends Its Popularity Contest

Also Kodak, the Business Roundtable, tax-loss carrybacks, antitrust and psychics.

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Vice

Singapore Is Putting Trackers on Some Incoming Travelers to Make Sure They’re Following Quarantine Measures. Will the US and Australia Do the Same?

Experts told us they aren’t convinced that a similar effort would work in the US or Australia because of privacy concerns.

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New York Times

Progressives Killed Amazon’s Deal in New York. Is Industry City Next?

The fight over a rezoning plan in Brooklyn has pitted progressives and mainstream Democrats against each other.

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National Law Review

UK Court of Appeal Finds Automated Facial Recognition Technology Unlawful in Bridges v South Wales Police

On August 11, 2020, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales overturned the High Court’s dismissal of a challenge to South Wales Police’s use of Automated Facial Recognition technology (“AFR”), finding that its use was unlawful and violated human rights.

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The Conversation

TikTok and Microsoft: government agendas are driving businesses like no time since WW2 – here’s what they can do about it

The Trump administration has turned up the heat on Chinese tech companies TikTok and WeChat with an executive order that US companies have 45 days to stop transacting with them. The administration has also recommended that Chinese firms listed on US exchanges be removed unless they provide US regulators access to their audited accounts.

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NBC News

This dangerous ‘party drug’ has been everywhere — even on Amazon

Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB, is making a comeback as a new generation of recreational users rediscovers it through online marketplaces.

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Daily Dot

Microsoft’s own history of government cooperation raises concerns if it acquires TikTok

Microsoft has a history of working with the government for surveillance.

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Techdirt

It Was Nice While It Lasted: 9th Circuit Rejects Lower Court Ruling On How Abuse Of Patent Monopolies Can Violate Antitrust

Last year we had a detailed post about judge Lucy Koh’s district court ruling that outlined exactly how Qualcomm abused its patents in an anticompetitive way to shake down the entire mobile phone industry for decades. This was in a case that was brought by the FTC and it was a stunning ruling on multiple accounts. First, it’s rare for a court to recognize how patents and copyrights grant monopoly rights that can be abused in violation of antitrust rules. Second, it exposed a stunning degree of anticompetitive behavior on the part of Qualcomm.

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CPO Magazine

CCPA Compliance: Going Beyond Compliance Checkboxes

With the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) now in force, some businesses may find themselves treating the mandate as merely a checkbox — tick it off on your list and hope for the best. After all, the pandemic has forced IT executives at many organizations to shift their focus from data privacy to urgent issues like supporting remote work and protecting IT assets from increasing external threats. However, ready or not, enforcement is here, and if CCPA requirements are not followed strictly enough, the price can be extremely high.

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