Consumer orgs ask world’s competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit’s data? (The Register)

The Register: Consumer orgs ask world’s competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit’s data?. “Twenty consumer and citizen rights groups have published an open letter [PDF] urging regulators to pay closer attention to Google parent Alphabet’s planned acquisition of Fitbit.”

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.”

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s new social media regulations aim to provide safer platforms for all

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s new social media regulations aim to provide safer platforms for all. “The details of the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) bill revealed by Hürriyet daily include the protection of personal data and obliges social media outlets like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to have representatives in the country for removing unlawful content and to block off access to harmful content.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google, Facebook Would Face FTC Over Policies in Democratic Bill

Bloomberg Quint: Google, Facebook Would Face FTC Over Policies in Democratic Bill. “A top Democratic lawmaker wants to empower the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to take action against Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., among other technology platforms, if they fail to remove content that violates their terms of service and community standards.”

Reuters: EU throws new rule book at Google, tech giants in competition search

Reuters: EU throws new rule book at Google, tech giants in competition search. “Exasperated by its failure to loosen Google’s market grip, despite more than $8 billion in fines, the European Union is lining up new rules to level the playing field for rivals. And just as its landmark privacy law became a global model, the EU’s new regulations could become a template for governments around the world looking to rein in Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook.”

Phys .org: EPA’s relaxed enforcement of pollution reporting due to COVID-19 ends in August

Phys .org: EPA’s relaxed enforcement of pollution reporting due to COVID-19 ends in August. “The Environmental Protection Agency will end a temporary policy that relaxed reporting requirements on pollutants due to the coronavirus at the end of August, amid criticism that the pandemic policy has jeopardized public health.”

MSN News: Democratic Senators Ask Zuckerberg to Act on White Supremacy

MSN News: Democratic Senators Ask Zuckerberg to Act on White Supremacy. “Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg faces demands from Senate Democrats for answers about hate groups on the platform at the same time a growing number of companies are pulling advertising from its sites over harmful content. In a letter to Zuckerberg Tuesday, three Democratic senators question what they call the company’s ‘lack of action to prevent white supremacist groups from using the platform as a recruitment and organizational tool’ despite Facebook’s stated policies on hate speech.”

Reuters: U.S. and States’ Google Antitrust Probe Nears Finish Line

Reuters: U.S. and States’ Google Antitrust Probe Nears Finish Line. “The U.S. Justice Department is seeking the final documents to complete an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google , said three sources familiar with the probe, which is expected to end with a lawsuit this summer.”

GAO Blog: GAO’s review of the federal response to COVID-19

GAO Blog: GAO’s review of the federal response to COVID-19. “Facing unprecedented national public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies moved swiftly to distribute funds and implement programs to help people and businesses. But, as a tradeoff for that speedy response, agencies have made only limited progress so far in achieving transparency and accountability goals. On June 25, we issued our first audit report on the federal response to COVID-19 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and other relief laws. The CARES Act requires GAO to issue bi-monthly reports through the first year of the law, in addition to several other related studies. Today’s WatchBlog explores what we’ve found so far.”

ProPublica: Stop Seizing Paychecks, Senators Write to Capital One and Other Debt Collectors

ProPublica: Stop Seizing Paychecks, Senators Write to Capital One and Other Debt Collectors. “Wage garnishments ordered before the pandemic started have continued for many workers during the recession. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown have demanded an end to the practice.”

New York Times: Barr’s Interest in Google Antitrust Case Keeps It Moving Swiftly

New York Times: Barr’s Interest in Google Antitrust Case Keeps It Moving Swiftly. “The day-to-day digging of a federal antitrust investigation rarely rises to the level of the attorney general or the deputy attorney general. But under Mr. Barr, the agency has made top priority of looking into the country’s biggest tech companies. He receives regular updates on the Google case from an aide, according to several people close to the investigations, while an official in the office of his deputy, Jeffrey Rosen, oversees the investigations into tech companies.”

Justice Dept, state AGs to meet Friday on Google antitrust probe: source (Reuters)

Reuters: Justice Dept, state AGs to meet Friday on Google antitrust probe: source . “U.S. Justice Department officials and some state attorneys general are set to meet on Friday to discuss ongoing antitrust probes into Alphabet Inc’s Google unit, a person briefed on the matter said.”

Buffalo News: NYS lawmakers still want hearings on Covid-19 nursing home deaths

Buffalo News: NYS lawmakers still want hearings on Covid-19 nursing home deaths. ” New York lawmakers have held hearings on the disproportionate health effects by the Covid-19 pandemic on minority communities. They have held hearings on the pandemic’s impact on small businesses across the state. Still not called yet, however, is a public airing of why so many people – more than 6,000 – died from Covid-19 or Covid-suspected illnesses in state-regulated nursing homes.”

CNN: FCC seeks record fine against alleged scam operators who made 1 billion robocalls

CNN: FCC seeks record fine against alleged scam operators who made 1 billion robocalls. “The US government is seeking fines of up to $225 million from health insurance telemarketers who allegedly made a billion unwanted robocalls in violation of Federal Communications Commission rules. The record-breaking penalty, announced Tuesday, is the largest proposed fine in FCC history. It targets Texas-based Rising Eagle for allegedly spamming consumers in more than a half-dozen states, including Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.”

NBC News: France’s top court upholds $56 million fine for Google over privacy breach

NBC News: France’s top court upholds $56 million fine for Google over privacy breach. “France’s highest administrative court has upheld a fine of 50 million euros ($56 million) Google was ordered to pay for not being ‘sufficiently clear and transparent’ with Android users about their data protection options.”