Analysis Google and Justice Department headed for legal showdown over monopoly practices

Google and Justice Department headed for legal showdown over monopoly practices

I contributed a quote to this article at Liberation News Chris Garaffa, editor of the progressive technology news site Tech for the People, explained to Liberation News, “about 80% of U.S. web searches go through Google’s properties. It makes deals with Mozilla at $400+ million per year for the next 4 years, with Apple at …

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Analysis Verizon and Samsung’s $6.6 billion 5G deal is the latest step in the US anti-China campaign

Verizon and Samsung’s $6.6 billion 5G deal is the latest step in the US anti-China campaign

With Chinese companies in the lead when it comes to 5G equipment, why is Verizon going with Samsung? As a South Korean company, it’s viewed as a safe option. South Korea and Japan are, among other Asian countries, allies of the US in its drive to counter and slow China’s economic and political growth.

Analysis Hell no, Halo

Hell no, Halo

Amazon has announced its new Halo wearable. Strap it on your wrist and it’ll track your activity, body fat, sleep data – and your tone of voice. The rest of these things are pretty standard for a wearable: Track your steps, log your exercise, see how much restful sleep you get. Fitbit led the way …

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Analysis Why I don’t do “smart speakers”

Why I don’t do “smart speakers”

It seems like every other day, there’s a new story about a “smart home” device being hacked, attacked or giving away your data. Yet, people still keep buying these devices and putting them in their homes. They are certainly convenient. Being able to say “Hey Siri, play Andrew Bird” or “Alexa, what’s the weather?” does …

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Analysis Epic and Apple v. You

Epic and Apple v. You

Videogame maker Epic has been involved in a legal and public relations battle with Apple for much of August. Most coverage pits it as one aggrieved party vs another, and the “good” side depends on which company you’re a fan of. Each side says the other is being both unfriendly to users and harmful to …

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Analysis How Did DHS Get Info About Portland Protests?

How Did DHS Get Info About Portland Protests?

A recent story in the Washington Post reports on documents leaked from the Department of Homeland Security that show the agency was watching the conversations of protesters in Portland as the agency built its massive presence against the rebellion there. The report describes the messages as “likely Portland-based encrypted messaging app users discuss TTPs [tactics, …

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Analysis What’s behind Trump’s attacks on social media?

What’s behind Trump’s attacks on social media?

This morning the AP, Bloomberg and many, many others are reporting on Trump’s threats against social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, in particular to “strongly regulate, or close them down” after Twitter meekly added a fact check link to an plainly false tweet that mail-in voting would lead to voter fraud. Also this morning, …

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Analysis Amazon wants to own everything retail, and that’s terrifying.

Amazon wants to own everything retail, and that’s terrifying.

In 2016, Amazon launched its Amazon Go grocery stores, where a customer installs an app, then sensors across the store track what products they put in their cart. To be clear, these are physical retails stores, not the online shopping carts we all use daily. To check out, customers simply leave the store and are …

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Analysis Don’t fall for Coronavirus email scams!

Don’t fall for Coronavirus email scams!

Scammers love to jump on anything that’s in the news and take advantage of the situation. Predictably, they’re now using the real global threat of Coronavirus to steal money and personal information via email. In this case, some of them are pretending to be from the World Health Organization. The WHO has a good page …

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Analysis “Privacy” Board: NSA Spying Was Fine, Except It Didn’t Work

“Privacy” Board: NSA Spying Was Fine, Except It Didn’t Work

The US Government’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board recently released their report on the Call Detail Records program used by the National Security Agency as part of its massive spying operation on people in the US. The PCLOB document, “Report on the Government’s Use of the Call Data Records Program Under the USA Freedom …

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