Reuters: Google grilled on ad business dominance by U.S. Senate panel

Reuters: Google grilled on ad business dominance by U.S. Senate panel. “Alphabet Inc’s Google faced a bipartisan buzzsaw of tough questions about its ad business in a hearing on Tuesday, with a particular focus on whether it misused its dominance in online advertising to drive profits.”

Talking Points Memo: NIH Honcho: ‘Impossible’ To Predict COVID Vaccine By November

Talking Points Memo: NIH Honcho: ‘Impossible’ To Predict COVID Vaccine By November. “It’s impossible to know if there will be a safe and effective vaccine by November, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told the Senate on Wednesday morning. ‘Will it be done by a certain date? I could not possibly tell you right now,’ Dr. Collins told Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) during a hearing of the Senate health committee. ‘Certainly, to try to predict whether it happens on a particular week before or after a particular date in early November is well beyond anything that any scientist right now could tell you and know what they’re saying.'”

Fast Company: That guy yelling during the antitrust hearing this week? Google funds him

Fast Company: That guy yelling during the antitrust hearing this week? Google funds him. “While questioning Google CEO Sundar Pichai, [Jim] Jordan accused Google of siding with the World Health Organization over the American people, of backing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and generally stifling conservatives’ access to information online. It was a surprising stance from the congressman, given that Google gave $10,000 to his reelection campaign in 2020, and has been funding him every cycle going back to 2012, according to Federal Election Commission filings. In this hearing, the attack dog truly bit the hand that was feeding him.”

CNN: Tech titans had their day before Congress. Now what?

CNN: Tech titans had their day before Congress. Now what?. “For nearly six hours on Wednesday, House lawmakers peppered the CEOs of Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL) with questions about their business practices, in the most anticipated antitrust hearing of its kind since Bill Gates defended Microsoft before Congress in 1998….Now that the dust has settled, though, policy analysts are trying to figure out what will happen next. In the short term, lawmakers have said they’ll develop a report based on their investigation, along with possible proposals for new laws that could either target the tech industry or seek to update the nation’s antitrust laws for the digital age.”

CNET: Lawmakers accuse tech giants of using privacy as a weapon to hurt competition

CNET: Lawmakers accuse tech giants of using privacy as a weapon to hurt competition. “In the last few years, online privacy and cybersecurity have become a public concern, with tech giants like Facebook, Google and Apple backing a national law on data privacy regulations. But lawmakers at an antitrust hearing on Wednesday accused the tech companies of being disingenuous with their support for privacy — arguing that they’ve used it as an excuse to snub out their competition.”

CNET: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google CEOs lay out their antitrust defenses in remarks to Congress

CNET: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google CEOs lay out their antitrust defenses in remarks to Congress . “The CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google on Tuesday evening released opening remarks that cast their companies as icons of American ingenuity as they gear up for a highly anticipated antitrust hearing with legislators on Wednesday.”

Reuters: Senate panel to hold hearing into Google’s dominance of online advertising

Reuters: Senate panel to hold hearing into Google’s dominance of online advertising. “The Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel will hold a hearing in September to discuss Google’s dominance in online advertising, Republican Senator Mike Lee said in a release on Monday.”

The Verge: Antitrust hearing with CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple rescheduled to Wednesday

The Verge: Antitrust hearing with CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple rescheduled to Wednesday. “A congressional hearing with the chief executives of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple has been rescheduled for noon Eastern time on Wednesday. Originally scheduled for Monday, the hearing was bumped back a few days to allow members of Congress to pay respects to the late Rep. John Lewis, who died July 17th. Lewis will lie in state at the US Capitol next week.”

How to watch: CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook testify before Congress (CNET)

CNET: How to watch: CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook testify before Congress. “The heads of several of America’s largest technology corporations are heading to Congress on Monday, July 27, to testify before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. Among those expected to appear are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.”

CNN: White House blocks CDC from testifying on reopening schools next week

CNN: White House blocks CDC from testifying on reopening schools next week. “The White House is blocking US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield and other officials from the agency from testifying before a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on reopening schools next week, just as the debate over sending children back to classrooms has flared up across the US.”

New York Times: Here Come the 4 Horsemen of the Techopolypse

New York Times: Here Come the 4 Horsemen of the Techopolypse. “It’s clear that the chief executives wanted to appear together, not so much for support — frenemies is about as close as I would describe them, and there is intense dislike between some of the companies — but in the hopes that a group appearance will keep any one of them from being singled out for intense scrutiny. Some are suggesting that a multiday interrogation, with each chief executive facing a small number of experienced questioners, as well as real people they hurt, would be a better way to grill the tech moguls.”

Coronavirus: Fauci warns of 100,000 US cases per day (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Fauci warns of 100,000 US cases per day. “Top disease researcher Dr Anthony Fauci has told the US Senate that he “would not be surprised” if new virus cases in the country reach 100,000 per day. ‘Clearly we are not in control right now,’ he testified, warning that not enough Americans are wearing masks or social distancing. During the hearing, he said about half of all new cases come from four states.”

BBC: Top US health official Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ new US surge

BBC: Top US health official Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ new US surge. “America’s top infectious disease expert has told lawmakers that the US is seeing a ‘disturbing surge’ in coronavirus infections in some states. A panel of health officials, including Dr Anthony Fauci, said the next few days will be crucial to stem the new outbreaks. Cases are climbing rapidly across a number of US states.”

CNET: Facebook, Google, Twitter tell lawmakers they’re doing more to safeguard elections

CNET: Facebook, Google, Twitter tell lawmakers they’re doing more to safeguard elections. “Facebook, Twitter and Google officials signaled to lawmakers on Thursday that they are more prepared for the 2020 US presidential election even as bad actors change their tactics to try to evade detection. Foreign interference has been a top concern for lawmakers after Russian trolls used social media sites to sow discord among Americans during the 2016 elections. Since then, officials from all three companies say they’ve taken steps to take down fake accounts and make it more clear who is behind political advertising.”