Engadget: Internet Archive races to preserve public Google+ posts

Engadget: Internet Archive races to preserve public Google+ posts. “Just because Google+ is shutting down on April 2nd doesn’t mean your years of social posts will be lost in the void. The ArchiveTeam recently started caching public Google+ content to make it available on the Internet Archive after the fateful day. This won’t include content that was deleted or made private before the archival process began, and might not include all comments or full-resolution media. Still, this will ensure that you have some way of reliving moments years down the road.”

Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable (New York Times)

New York Times: Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable. “At a moment when nearly everything in America seems wildly contentious, antitrust action against tech is getting a sober look. Antitrust is the nuclear bomb of regulatory policy, but the reaction to Ms. [Elizabeth] Warren’s and Ms. [Amy] Klobuchar’s ideas was surprisingly receptive.”

Ars Technica: How Google influences the conversation in Washington

Ars Technica: How Google influences the conversation in Washington. “A few days after last year’s midterm election, a Google policy manager and lobbyist sent an email to a congressional staffer with a link to a blog post on the right-wing news site Red State, written under the name The Real DC. In the post, the author accuses Google’s competitor Yelp of prodding President Trump to tweet a ‘professionally designed’ video about Google’s alleged bias, which The Real DC calls ‘fake news’ because it ‘bears many similarities’ to content produced by Yelp.”

Bloomberg Quint: State Attorneys General Lay Groundwork for Google Investigation

Bloomberg Quint: State Attorneys General Lay Groundwork for Google Investigation. “Last September, Jeff Sessions, then the U.S. attorney general, called a meeting of state attorneys general to discuss his suspicions that Google and Facebook were suppressing conservative views. After hearing him out, his audience steered the conversation toward a different concern. The state officials argued that the real problem was Silicon Valley’s market power and its handling of personal data, and they made the case for aggressive antitrust action, according to people familiar with the event, who asked for anonymity to describe private discussions.”

Reuters: Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week – source

Reuters: Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week – source. “Alphabet unit Google is likely to be hit with a third EU antitrust fine next week related to its AdSense advertising service, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, with the sanction expected to be much smaller than previous fines.”

TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules

TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules. “The Higher Regional Court of Vienna, Austria, has ruled that YouTube can’t be held liable for infringing videos uploaded by users. The Court overturned a previous verdict which held that YouTube takes an “active role,” which disqualifies it from safe harbor protection. Rightsholder Puls 4 is disappointed with the outcome and will take the case to the Supreme Court.”