CNET: The biggest tech fails of 2020

CNET: The biggest tech fails of 2020. “If there’s anything this year has taught us, it’s that we’re more divided than ever. Whether it’s fanboy arguments over Android versus iOS, Republicans versus Democrats, or shutdowns versus opening the economy, we seemingly can’t agree on anything. Well, except for one thing: 2020 is a dumpster fire that we all can’t wait to see in our rear view mirror. ”

Route Fifty: Top Tech Companies Begin Pushing Priorities for Biden Administration

Route Fifty: Top Tech Companies Begin Pushing Priorities for Biden Administration. “In the days after national news outlets declared President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the winners of the 2020 election, technology companies unleashed letters and social media posts loaded with congratulations—and policy proposals for America’s next administration to pursue.”

Texas A&M Today: How The Google Lawsuit Will Affect The Future Of Technology

Texas A&M Today: How The Google Lawsuit Will Affect The Future Of Technology. “The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a lawsuit against Google on Oct. 20 due to alleged violations of antitrust laws. Experts say the lawsuit could change how we understand Big Tech companies and use technology. ‘A lot of people are concerned about the concentration of power that Google has,’ said Texas A&M University Professor Kirby Goidel of the Department of Communication. ‘Although one can say that Google has not been awful in how they use their power, that doesn’t mean they can’t be.'”

CNN: Big Tech shouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief over Biden

CNN: Big Tech shouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief over Biden. “Don’t expect Joe Biden to go any easier on Big Tech than President Donald Trump has. That’s the view many Washington policy experts are taking to the prospect of a Biden presidency. It highlights how, despite some enormous differences from Trump in terms of style and policy, there may be more continuity between the two administrations than you might think.”

ABC News (Australia): Senate inquiry asks whether Facebook, Google should be regulated like banks

ABC News (Australia): Senate inquiry asks whether Facebook, Google should be regulated like banks. “These tech giants are among a string of other US digital players and Chinese companies that already have detailed data on their users — including, what, how, when and where they spend. It has Liberal senator Andrew Bragg, who chairs the Senate select committee running the Federal Government’s inquiry into financial technology (fintech), worried.”

CNET: Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai to testify before Congress this month

CNET: Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai to testify before Congress this month. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress on Oct. 28. The US Senate’s Commerce committee had voted unanimously to subpoena the appearances of Zuckerberg, Pichai and Dorsey, but the CEOs agreed to appear without being subpoenaed, according to The Washington Post.” I wonder how many of these hearings we have before we actually learn anything.

Reuters: Spain hopes to raise 6.8 billion euros in new taxes, including ‘Google tax’

Reuters: Spain hopes to raise 6.8 billion euros in new taxes, including ‘Google tax’. “Spain’s government is proposing new taxes on digital services, financial transactions and plastic packaging in 2021 and a higher levy on sugary beverages in the hope of raising a total of 6.8 billion euros ($7.96 billion), its draft budget showed.”

CNBC: Democrats and Republicans disagree on how to curb Big Tech’s power — here’s where they differ

CNBC: Democrats and Republicans disagree on how to curb Big Tech’s power — here’s where they differ. “Following a 16-month investigation into the four Big Tech companies, the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust released a blockbuster 449-page report laying out the case for why each company holds monopoly power. It also gave a slew of recommendations for how Congress can tamp that down through a rewriting of the rules. But the report, which was originally intended to be a bipartisan effort to rein in Big Tech’s power, turned into a partisan battle as the two sides bickered over the next steps.”

TechCrunch: Golden raises $14.5M to build a wiki-style database of tech knowledge

TechCrunch: Golden raises $14.5M to build a wiki-style database of tech knowledge . “When Golden launched last year, founder and CEO Jude Gomila told me that his goal was to create a knowledge base focused on areas where Wikipedia’s coverage is often spotty, particularly emerging technology and startups.”

New York Times: House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’ and Urge Their Breakups

New York Times: House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’ and Urge Their Breakups. “In a 449-page report that was presented by the House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic leadership, lawmakers said the four companies had turned from ‘scrappy’ start-ups into ‘the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons.’ The lawmakers said the companies had abused their dominant positions, setting and often dictating prices and rules for commerce, search, advertising, social networking and publishing.”

NDTV: 56 Indian Startups Get On Zoom Call To Fight Google, Facebook Dominance

NDTV: 56 Indian Startups Get On Zoom Call To Fight Google, Facebook Dominance. “Founders of dozens of Indian startups gathered over a Zoom call earlier this week to discuss setting up a startup collective to fight the power of Big Tech, shape digital policy and lobby on behalf of the country’s digital enterprises. About 56 founders were on the Tuesday evening video conference where discussions ranged from establishing an alternative to Alphabet Inc.-owned Google Play Store, the supremacy of large technology corporations such as Facebook Inc. and joining hands to get their voice heard by the government and the global behemoths.”

The Verge: 2020 is giving us another chance to watch Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai get grilled by Congress

The Verge: 2020 is giving us another chance to watch Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai get grilled by Congress. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have agreed to testify virtually before the Senate Commerce Committee on October 28th, Politico reported Friday evening. Assuming that the hearing is live-streamed in some way, that means you’ll be able to watch some of the world’s most powerful people get grilled by policymakers who’ve recently discussed changing the laws that let their companies grow to an unfathomable scale.”

NBC News: QAnon leaders look to rebrand after tech crack downs

NBC News: QAnon leaders look to rebrand after tech crack downs. “Facing crackdowns from tech companies that limit the reach of their content, leaders in the QAnon conspiracy theory movement have been urging their followers to drop the ‘QAnon’ label from their wide-ranging conspiracy theories and simply refer to their fight against a fictitious cabal of powerful baby-eating politicians without their increasingly problematic branding.”

CBC: Ottawa prepares to squeeze big U.S. tech firms over loss of revenue for Canadian news outlets

CBC: Ottawa prepares to squeeze big U.S. tech firms over loss of revenue for Canadian news outlets. “Advocates for Canada’s news media sector have welcomed the federal government’s clearest pledge yet to squeeze web giants for compensation. But there’s evidence it will be a long, difficult process. Major U.S.-based tech firms such as Facebook and Google have long been accused of funnelling advertising revenues away from Canada’s struggling news organizations while not paying the outlets for their copyrighted content.”