Washington Post: U.S. government is not investigating Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase

Washington Post: U.S. government is not investigating Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase. “Federal authorities have no plans to open an investigation into Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter with help from foreign investors, according to two people aware of the matter, despite concerns from President Biden and the demands of a top Democratic senator worried about the social network’s international financial backers.”

Associated Press: Apple and Google app stores get thumbs down from White House

Associated Press: Apple and Google app stores get thumbs down from White House. “The Biden administration is taking aim at Apple and Google for operating mobile app stores that it says stifle competition. The finding is contained in a Commerce Department report released by the administration on Wednesday as President Joe Biden convened his competition council for an update on efforts to promote competition and lower prices.”

Asahi Shimbun: Japan setting up rapid-response unit to counter disinformation

Asahi Shimbun: Japan setting up rapid-response unit to counter disinformation. “The central government is setting up an organization within the Cabinet Secretariat to take on disinformation campaigns, such as fake news and impersonator accounts.”

Wall Street Journal: Breakup of Google’s Ad Business Would Reshape $500 Billion Sector

Wall Street Journal: Breakup of Google’s Ad Business Would Reshape $500 Billion Sector. “Google spent the better part of two decades building the world’s most powerful digital advertising machine. Breaking it up would send shock waves through the $500 billion online-ad market.”

UK Government: UK sets out plans to regulate crypto and protect consumers

UK Government: UK sets out plans to regulate crypto and protect consumers. “The government will set out ambitious plans to robustly regulate cryptoasset activities – providing confidence and clarity to consumers and businesses alike.”

CNN: Surgeon General says 13 is ‘too early’ to join social media

CNN: Surgeon General says 13 is ‘too early’ to join social media. “US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, because although sites allow children of that age to join, kids are still ‘developing their identity.'”

The Guardian: ACCC to crack down on misleading influencer endorsements across social media

The Guardian: ACCC to crack down on misleading influencer endorsements across social media. “Australia’s consumer watchdog is taking a close look at more than 100 social media influencers after receiving tip offs that they might not be disclosing sponsored content.”

Decrypt: White House Blames Congress for Failure to Enact Crypto Regulations

Decrypt: White House Blames Congress for Failure to Enact Crypto Regulations. “The White House pointed the finger at Congress Friday for stalling on a comprehensive, national crypto regulatory framework, outlining numerous actions lawmakers could take to reign-in fraud and bad actors in the crypto sector.”

The Verge: Google services to offer more accurate information in compliance with EU

The Verge: Google services to offer more accurate information in compliance with EU. “Many of Google’s offerings will soon be updated to provide clear and accurate information in compliance with consumer protection laws in the EU. Announced by the European Commission on Thursday, the Alphabet-owned company has agreed to introduce changes to Google Store, Google Play Store, Google Hotels, and Google Flights following discussions with the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network (CPC) in 2021.”

Slate: It’s the Perfect Time to Break Up Google’s Ad-Tech Monopoly

Slate: It’s the Perfect Time to Break Up Google’s Ad-Tech Monopoly. “It may seem contradictory, but an economic downturn is actually the perfect time to enforce antitrust laws in the ad-tech industry. First of all, Google is fine. It generated $54.5 billion in ad revenue from July through September 2022 alone, an increase of 2.5 percent from the same quarter in 2021…. The real casualties of any pending financial crisis will be the much smaller players that also depend on digital advertisements—newspapers, magazines, and local businesses—and that directly suffer from Google’s dominant position in the market.”

TechCrunch: Google to make changes to Android business terms in India after antitrust blow

TechCrunch: Google to make changes to Android business terms in India after antitrust blow. “Google is revising its business agreements with phonemakers and other partners in India and making a series of other changes in the South Asian market to comply with the local antitrust watchdog’s directions in a major shift that could invite regulators in other regions to make similar suggestions.”

Radio World: FCC Publishes Pirate Enforcement Database

Radio World: FCC Publishes Pirate Enforcement Database. “The PIRATE Act became law three years ago. But thanks to the pandemic and delays in funding, the Federal Communications Commission has been slow in carrying out several of the law’s requirements. Now the FCC has published a database listing the people against whom it has taken pirate radio enforcement actions. It has posted field agent openings, begun sweeps of major markets and planned the purchase of a half-dozen specialized vehicles.”

Bloomberg: FBI Examines Snapchat’s Role in Fentanyl Poisoning Deaths

Bloomberg: FBI Examines Snapchat’s Role in Fentanyl Poisoning Deaths. “Federal agencies are questioning Snapchat’s role in the spread and sale of fentanyl-laced pills in the US as part of a broader probe into the deadly counterfeit drugs crisis.”

Washington Post: Ex-Twitter engineer tells FTC security violations persist after Musk

Washington Post: Ex-Twitter engineer tells FTC security violations persist after Musk. “The former employee has told members of Congress and staff at the Federal Trade Commission that any Twitter engineer can activate an internal program until recently called ‘GodMode’ and tweet from any account today, three months after Musk’s takeover. The allegation was also made in a complaint filed in October by the nonprofit law firm Whistleblower Aid with the FTC, which is continuing to interview former employees.”

Feds poised to file another antitrust suit against Google this week: report (MarketWatch)

MarketWatch: Feds poised to file another antitrust suit against Google this week: report. “The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to sue Alphabet Inc. in the coming days over its dominance in the online ad market, according to a report late Monday. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg News reported the antitrust suit is expected to be filed in federal court before the end of this week, and as soon as Tuesday.”