Bloomberg: Google, Facebook CEOs Face Possible Subpoena From Senate Panel

Bloomberg: Google, Facebook CEOs Face Possible Subpoena From Senate Panel. “A Senate panel is preparing to subpoena the chief executive officers of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. if they don’t agree to appear voluntarily to testify on a controversial legal shield that benefits social media, said a spokesperson for the Senate Commerce Committee.”

Reuters: Progressive Democrats urge action on tech as potential Google lawsuit looms

Reuters: Progressive Democrats urge action on tech as potential Google lawsuit looms. “With expectations of a U.S. government lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google within weeks, two progressive Democrats tweeted support for legal action against tech giants who break the law, in a rare instance of agreement with the Republican administration amid a polarized political environment.”

Reuters: Internet giants could be fined up to $12 million under Austrian hate speech law

Reuters: Internet giants could be fined up to $12 million under Austrian hate speech law. “Austria plans to oblige large internet platforms like Facebook and Google to delete illegal content within days and impose fines of up to 10 million euros ($12 million) in case of non-compliance, the government said on Thursday.”

The next Google, Facebook & Twitter are coming from India: PM (CanIndia)

CanIndia: The next Google, Facebook & Twitter are coming from India: PM. “In the quest for the next Google, Facebook and Twitter coming from India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday talked about several homegrown apps which were recently awarded top prizes in the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge.”

Mashable: Facebook and Google probably won’t like this new antitrust agreement

Mashable: Facebook and Google probably won’t like this new antitrust agreement. “The U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. have signed an agreement to share information about competition laws and policies, with a focus on coordinating cases and investigations spanning international borders. Google and Facebook aren’t going to like this.”

New York Times: Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights

New York Times: Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights. “American tech titans flew high before the coronavirus pandemic, making billions of dollars a year. Now, the upheaval has lifted them to new heights, putting the industry in a position to dominate American business in a way unseen since the days of railroads.”

New York Times: How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into a Soap Opera

New York Times: How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into a Soap Opera. “Pushed by President Trump, who has ordered TikTok’s U.S. operations to be sold or to cease operating, ByteDance is now discussing selling parts of TikTok’s global operations to several potential bidders. And with so many groups jumping into the talks to get a piece of any deal, all are trying to drive their own interests and agendas.”

Houston Chronicle: Houston Exponential launches database to pull together the city’s tech community

Houston Chronicle: Houston Exponential launches database to pull together the city’s tech community. “Houston Exponential [last] Thursday unveiled a new database that brings together details about the city’s nascent technology ecosystem, making it easy to find out details about startups, venture funding and accelerators.”

Washington Post: Blocking TikTok Opens a Can of Worms for Facebook, Google

Washington Post: Blocking TikTok Opens a Can of Worms for Facebook, Google. “Selling Bytedance Inc.’s operations in several major English-speaking markets to Microsoft Corp. raises the hope that TikTok might suffer the sort of benign neglect that’s neutered other Microsoft-owned media assets, such as LinkedIn and Skype. Facebook lost no time in launching a copycat video-sharing service to compete. The decision opens a Pandora’s Box that digital platforms might one day wish had been kept closed. By citing data privacy and foreign influence to justify its restrictions, the U.S. has thrown a spotlight on issues that Silicon Valley’s social media companies have done well to keep in the shadows as they’ve grown to world-spanning power.”

U.S. Justice Department going ‘full tilt’ on tech antitrust probe: official (Reuters)

Reuters: U.S. Justice Department going ‘full tilt’ on tech antitrust probe: official. “The U.S. Justice Department is moving ‘full-tilt’ on its antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google and other Big Tech platforms, the department’s second-ranking official told Reuters.”

CNET: Black Girls Code wants to diversify the tech industry. Here’s why it’s important

CNET: Black Girls Code wants to diversify the tech industry. Here’s why it’s important. “Women have long been underrepresented in the tech industry. But women of color even more so: One study, by the National Center for Women in IT, reported that Black women in particular held only 3.1% of computing jobs in 2019. Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code, an organization that helps young women of color from underrepresented communities learn skills to help prepare them for STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math).”

NBC News: Big Tech met with govt to discuss how to handle election results

NBC News: Big Tech met with govt to discuss how to handle election results. “Nine major U.S. tech companies met with federal government officials Wednesday to discuss how to handle misinformation during this month’s political conventions and election results this fall.”

New York Times: I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

New York Times: I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.. “Critics of the big tech companies are often told, ‘If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.’ My takeaway from the experiment was that it’s not possible to do that. It’s not just the products and services branded with the big tech giant’s name. It’s that these companies control a thicket of more obscure products and services that are hard to untangle from tools we rely on for everything we do, from work to getting from point A to point B.”

CNET: How COVID-19 is impacting jobs in the tech industry

CNET: How COVID-19 is impacting jobs in the tech industry. “COVID-19 has caused widespread economic damage to the tech sector, Indeed said in a report released Thursday. There are fewer tech job postings due to the coronavirus pandemic, while more people have been searching in the field, according to the job search website. Indeed, which looked through 564 tech-related job titles for the report, found data science was the hardest hit, with up to 51% fewer jobs advertised compared to a year ago for this role. Next was IT management, security and quality assurance, software development, system engineering, and IT operations and help desk.”

The Conversation: Lawmakers keen to break up ‘big tech’ like Amazon and Google need to realize the world has changed a lot since Microsoft and Standard Oil

The Conversation: Lawmakers keen to break up ‘big tech’ like Amazon and Google need to realize the world has changed a lot since Microsoft and Standard Oil. “The chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google testified before Congress on July 29 to defend their market dominance from accusations they’re stifling rivals. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly talking about antitrust action and possibly breaking the companies up into smaller pieces. I study the effects of digital technologies on lives and livelihoods across 90 countries. I believe advocates of breaking up big technology companies, as well as opponents, are both falling prey to some serious myths and misconceptions.”