Facebook and Google allegedly cut a deal that reduced ad competition

  • January 17, 2021
The antitrust cases against Facebook and Google might have some additional fuel. The New York Times says it has obtained documents from Texas’ antitrust lawsuit elaborating on a “sweetheart deal” (first mentioned by the Wall Street Journal) Google ga…

Alphabet’s Wing argues new US drone rules will hurt privacy

  • January 2, 2021
Alphabet’s Wing is less than thrilled with the FAA’s new rules for drone ‘license plates,’ and it’s pushing for significant changes. Reuters and The Verge report that the drone delivery company has attacked the rules for remote IDs, warning that they…

Law bars ISPs from charging rental fees for a modem you own

  • December 19, 2020
Has your internet provider ever charged rental fees for a modem even after you bought one? You won’t have that pushback any longer. As Ars Technica notes, the Television Viewer Protection Act taking effect December 20th will ban ISPs and TV providers…

DJI says products will stay on sale despite US trade ban

  • December 19, 2020
DJI hasn’t been deterred by the US Commerce Department’s trade ban. The drone maker told TechCrunch that Americans can buy and use its products “normally” despite the company’s presence on an entity list barring US companies from doing business with…

Fired Amazon worker gets a court hearing over retaliation claims

  • December 5, 2020
Amazon workers alleging retaliation over whistleblowing and labor organization will get at least one day in court. BuzzFeed News has learned that the National Labor Relations Board has granted former worker Courtney Bowden a hearing before an adminis…

FDA clears emergency use of lab-made antibodies to treat COVID-19

  • November 22, 2020
The FDA just cleared a medical advance that could play an important (if limited) role in treating COVID-19 patients. The administration has granted emergency use authorization for Regeneron’s lab-made monoclonal antibodies (a combo of casirivimab and…

Turkey orders Google to change its online ad strategy

  • November 15, 2020
Google is facing yet another fine for allegedly abusing its search ad clout, although the financial punishment this time is less serious than its implications. Arab News reports that Turkey’s Competition Board has given Google six months to change it…

UK might ban sales of fossil fuel cars as early as 2030

  • November 14, 2020
The UK might soon move up its ban on sales of combustion engine cars — yes, again. The Financial Times and the BBC both claim Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a ban on fossil fuel car sales by 2030, five years ahead of the most recent targe…

Qualcomm gets US permission to sell 4G phone chips to Huawei

  • November 14, 2020
The US is making an exception to a ban against Huawei buying US chip technology — if a slight one. Qualcomm has confirmed to Reuters that it has received US government permission to sell 4G phone chips to Huawei. The American company didn’t say which…