In Predatory Contract Negotiations, Google Comes For Roku

For years, small product and technology companies that do business, or attempt to compete, with massive platforms like Google, Amazon, and Apple, have been making painstaking pilgrimages to Congress with harrowing stories. In January 2020, four business execs went into exacting detail describing what the so-called “fierce competition” lauded as a defining feature of the tech industry was actually like.…

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Why Is The Biden Administration Hiding Who’s Running The Department of Justice?

Upon taking office in January, Joe Biden’s administration promised to “bring transparency and truth back to the government.” No one seems to have told Attorney General Merrick Garland. Two weeks ago, the attorney general decided to weaponize the FBI against parents speaking out at school board meetings when he issued a memorandum directing an investigation of a “disturbing spike” in…

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Congress, News

5 New Big Tech Antitrust Bills Are A ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ Moment For Republicans

On Friday the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on antitrust introduced five bills designed to address the findings of their 16-month investigation into Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. The legislation, introduced with various Republican cosponsors, represents the first comprehensive legislative effort to address the dominant market power and potentially anti-competitive practices of the major Big Tech companies. The “techlash,” in other…

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News, Uncategorized

There’s No James Bond To Stop Jeff Bezos From Increasing His Global Power

On Wednesday, Jeff Bezos announced a career accomplishment that the movie archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld could only dream about: owning James Bond. Amazon announced this week it will acquire MGM Studios, the owner of the James Bond franchise (along with a massive catalog of 4,000 films and 17,000 television shows) in an effort to bolster its streaming ambitions. Although the…

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