The Verge: How Twitter is shifting the power balance from companies to their employees

The Verge: How Twitter is shifting the power balance from companies to their employees. “Last week, the worlds of technology and journalism were transfixed by a conflict that played out across across Instagram, Twitter, and the upstart audio-only social network Clubhouse. One reason it generated so much attention — you can read thorough accounts from varying perspectives at Vice, on Quora, or this venture capitalist’s Substack — is that you can approach the drama from so many angles. But despite the best efforts of everyone here, I still think the most clarifying way to understand the story of Steph Korey, Taylor Lorenz, Balaji Srinivasan, venture capital, and Clubhouse has mostly gone unspoken. And those who fail to see it, I think, could be in for a rude awakening of their own.”

New York Times: Business Leaders Urge Trump to Leave DACA Alone After Court Ruling

New York Times: Business Leaders Urge Trump to Leave DACA Alone After Court Ruling. “Executives with companies including Target, Apple, Google and Facebook warned the president that any actions related to DACA would disrupt the economy and affect the battle against the coronavirus.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees

BNN Bloomberg: Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees. “Google’s campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, according to people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach. The internet giant encouraged employees to check colleagues’ ID badges on campus, and asked security staff to do the same. This went beyond the typical corporate office system where workers swipe badges to enter. The policy was designed to prevent unauthorized visitors and keep Google’s open work areas safe.”

NBC News: Thousands of contracts highlight quiet ties between Big Tech and U.S. military

NBC News: Thousands of contracts highlight quiet ties between Big Tech and U.S. military. “On Wednesday, newly published research from the technology accountability nonprofit Tech Inquiry revealed that the Department of Defense and federal law enforcement agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, have secured thousands of deals with Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Dell, IBM, Hewlett Packard and even Facebook that have not been previously reported.”

BNN Bloomberg: Europe’s Failure to Tame Google’s Dominance Is a Lesson for U.S.

BNN Bloomberg: Europe’s Failure to Tame Google’s Dominance Is a Lesson for U.S.. “As U.S. authorities ready the biggest antitrust case of the new century, there are lessons to be learned from Europe’s attempt to inject more competition into search, one of the most lucrative digital markets. Two years after a record fine and an order to give Europeans more choice, Alphabet Inc.’s Google retains a vice-like grip on this business. In May 2018, just before the European Commission acted, Google had 97% of the mobile search market in the region, according to StatCounter. Its share for May this year was even higher.”

Motherboard: Silicon Valley Elite Discuss Journalists Having Too Much Power in Private App

Motherboard: Silicon Valley Elite Discuss Journalists Having Too Much Power in Private App. “During a conversation held Wednesday night on the invite-only Clubhouse app—an audio social network popular with venture capitalists and celebrities—entrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan, several Andreessen Horowitz venture capitalists, and, for some reason, television personality Roland Martin spent at least an hour talking about how journalists have too much power to ‘cancel’ people and wondering what they, the titans of Silicon Valley, could do about it.”

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.”

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.”

New York Times: Social Media Giants Support Racial Justice. Their Products Undermine It.

New York Times: Social Media Giants Support Racial Justice. Their Products Undermine It.. “The problem is that, while these shows of support were well intentioned, they didn’t address the way that these companies’ own products — Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — have been successfully weaponized by racists and partisan provocateurs, and are being used to undermine Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements. It’s as if the heads of McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell all got together to fight obesity by donating to a vegan food co-op, rather than by lowering their calorie counts.”

CNET: Google says it will increase diversity in leadership 30 percent by 2025

CNET: Google says it will increase diversity in leadership 30 percent by 2025. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday said the search giant will add more black employees, as well as employees from other ‘underrepresented groups,’ to its leadership ranks. The company vowed a 30% improvement over the next five years.”

CNBC: Here’s how coronavirus may change how Big Tech works

CNBC: Here’s how coronavirus may change how Big Tech works. “Tech companies have traditionally been at the forefront of revolutionizing office space. Open floor plans have become the norm in many industries after tech companies touted the advantages they offer for collaboration and innovation. And perks like in-office gyms, child-care centers and communal cafeterias have also gained traction as companies compete to attract top talent. But, the coronavirus may make this type of work environment a thing of the past, at least for the near future.”

Wired: Protests Renew Scrutiny of Tech’s Ties to Law Enforcement

Wired: Protests Renew Scrutiny of Tech’s Ties to Law Enforcement. “THE COLLECTIVE OUTRAGE over the murder of George Floyd has led to nationwide protests, renewed calls for police reform, and uncharacteristically swift support for racial equity from Silicon Valley leaders. The backlash has been swift as well. Critics are calling out many companies now pledging support for Black Lives Matter, accusing them of failing to stop racist language on their platforms and, in some cases, enabling the over-policing and surveillance that protesters now march against.”

BetaNews: More tech companies issue statements about George Floyd’s death and the continuing protests

BetaNews: More tech companies issue statements about George Floyd’s death and the continuing protests. “Obviously, unless you’ve just returned from hiking the Appalachian Trail, you know the current events in the world. If you haven’t been absent from society then the news has been hard to avoid. Now two more tech companies have added their voices to the incident in Minneapolis that involved four law enforcement officers and one citizen, George Floyd, and resulted in his death. Protests, some peaceful others violent, have broken out in cities across the US, including in small towns not accustomed to such events. They have even somewhat spread to other parts of the world, including London and Paris.”

MIT Technology Review: Covid-19 has blown apart the myth of Silicon Valley innovation

MIT Technology Review: Covid-19 has blown apart the myth of Silicon Valley innovation. “Silicon Valley and big tech in general have been lame in responding to the crisis. Sure, they have given us Zoom to keep the fortunate among us working and Netflix to keep us sane; Amazon is a savior these days for those avoiding stores; iPads are in hot demand and Instacart is helping to keep many self-isolating people fed. But the pandemic has also revealed the limitations and impotence of the world’s richest companies (and, we have been told, the most innovative place on earth) in the face of the public health crisis. Big tech doesn’t build anything. It’s not likely to give us vaccines or diagnostic tests. We don’t even seem to know how to make a cotton swab. Those hoping the US could turn its dominant tech industry into a dynamo of innovation against the pandemic will be disappointed.”

Daily Sabah: Turkey to require social media giants to appoint local representatives

Daily Sabah: Turkey to require social media giants to appoint local representatives. “Turkey will require foreign social media companies with high internet traffic to appoint a representative in the country to address concerns raised by authorities over the content on their platforms, a Reuters report said Thursday, citing a draft law. Companies that do not comply with the new measures could face having their bandwidth halved after 30 days by court order and then slashed by 95% if they hold out another 30 days, a draft law seen by Reuters showed.”