New York Times: State Attorneys General Said to Be Near Formal Investigation of Tech Companies. “The state attorneys general in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the major tech companies, according to two people briefed on the discussions, increasing pressure on the firms.”
Reuters: Google, Facebook, Amazon to testify in U.S. against French digital tax. “Alphabet’s Google unit, Facebook and Amazon.com are among the companies that will testify Monday at a U.S. government hearing on the French government’s digital services tax.”
CNET: White House meets with social media giants on predicting mass shootings. “The White House met with tech giants Friday to discuss how tools might be developed to scan social media posts and predict mass shootings, according to a report by The Washington Post. The meeting, which followed two such shootings last weekend that have left 31 people dead, included Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, all of which were asked to make suggestions in the next few weeks, the Post said.”
Bloomberg BusinessWeek: I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets. “As the spy gear piles up on my desk, my 10-year-old son asks me what my mission is. ‘I’m hiding,’ I whisper, pointing in the direction I think is north, which is something I should probably know as a spy. ‘From Silicon Valley.'” Quite a read.
MindMatters News: We Built the Power Big Social Media Have Over Us. “If you are living on planet Earth, connected to the internet, you are likely making Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and other web giants even more powerful.”
Reuters UK: Explainer: What Google, Facebook could face in U.S. antitrust probe. “While the Justice Department did not name any targets in announcing the probe on Tuesday, sources have indicated Alphabet Inc’s Google, social media giant Facebook Inc, online retailer Amazon.com Inc and possibly Apple Inc will likely be reviewed. Here’s what regulators could focus on at the big technology companies.”
CNET: Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch. “Congress on Tuesday will be tackling one of the biggest questions facing the tech industry in decades: Have companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon become so big that they need to be broken up?”