Democrats ask Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to rework their suggestion algorithms

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A group of more than 30 democratic lawmakers led by Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) are calling on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to make substantive changes to their recommendation algorithms. In three separate l…

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Facebook and Google allegedly cut a deal that reduced ad competition

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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) Go…

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Biden elevates science advisor to cabinet role for the first time

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Science is poised to get a much more prominent role in President-elect Biden’s administration. Nature and Reuters report that Biden has named breakthrough geneticist Eric Lander (seen above in 2002) not only as the director of the Office of Sc…

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Senator asks social networks, carriers to preserve evidence from Capitol riot

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Tech companies are under pressure to support officials investigating the Capitol Hill riot. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia has sent letters to eleven tech companies urging them to preserve evidence linked to the mob that invaded the House and…

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Facebook reportedly offered to help create rivals to avoid antitrust lawsuits

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Facebook was reportedly willing to go to great lengths to avoid antitrust lawsuits. Washington Post sources claim the company offered to license its code to others, helping them create rival social networks. This would have underscored Faceboo…

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US COVID-19 relief bill includes $7 billion for broadband internet access

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Congress’ long-awaited COVID-19 relief bill could be good news for those who need to learn and work remotely during the pandemic. Axios has learned the package in the newly agreed deal earmarks $7 billion for broadband access. About $3.2 billi…

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

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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 pr…

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Secretary of State says Russia is ‘clearly’ behind federal agency hacks

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The Trump administration is starting to point fingers after a slew of state-sponsored cyberattacks against US agencies in recent times. According to the Washington Post, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Mark Levin Show that Russia was “…

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The EU could break up big tech companies that violate stricter rules

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Major tech companies are facing stricter rules and hefty fines for breaking them in the European Union. Officials could even break up companies that often engage in anti-competitive actions.The European Commission has unveiled drafts of two sw…

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Trump will lose his protection against Twitter bans when he leaves office

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Twitter instituted its policy of refusing to ban politicians in response to President Trump, but the leader won’t enjoy that protection once he’s out of office. The social media giant has confirmed to Engadget and The Verge that Trump will los…

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