Articles about Mobile Apps

FTC and State Attorneys Bring Antitrust Suit Against Facebook

Facebook is the latest technology giant to stare down an antitrust suit. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam sued the social media and advertising behemoth in early December, alleging anticompetitive behavior. The result of a year-plus long investigation, the lawsuit could force Facebook to…

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The Look Inside America’s Voting Technology

The 2020 United States presidential election is here, and many readers are probably already exhausted by it. The coronavirus pandemic has added several wrinkles to an already tumultuous election year, marked by partisan disagreement on a variety of topics. Among the popular talking points: reports of issues with voting technology and allegations…

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A Closer Look at TikTok

TikTok is enjoying a rising profile, with an ever-growing domestic user base now believed to number 100 million people in the US. The company’s success, however, has also raised the eyebrows of American politicians on both sides of the aisle, as part of broader concerns about China’s burgeoning prominence in the global…

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How a Teenager Allegedly Hacked Twitter

Twitter’s high-profile hack on July 15 featured an ‘only-in-Silicon Valley’ level of absurdity. As the internet followed the action live, attackers commandeered the accounts of major public figures on Twitter to facilitate a Bitcoin payment scam. Absurd or not, the damage was real: in the end, CNN reported the account “received more…

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Will Advertiser Pressure Change Facebook’s Speech Policies?

Facebook is no stranger to public pressure. Antitrust debates, election interference, and data impropriety are just some of the criticisms the company has been forced to weather in recent times. More recently, the tech giant has been confronted for its hands-off approach to content regulation, arguing in most instances that they were…

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Big Tech, China, and Hong Kong

The biggest technology companies have found themselves entangled in the latest chapter of China and Hong Kong’s long, complicated political history. A new security law that the New York Times describes as “rife with ambiguities” gives Beijing increased legal authority over Hong Kong—including the ability to punish pro-democracy protestors. Now, Facebook, Google,…

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Healthcare Data-Sharing System May Create Privacy Risks

In a world where data is currency, the healthcare sector presents a distinct exception. Strict privacy rules have long governed who has access to what information, with important legislation protecting personal medical records from outsiders – while promoting accessibility for individuals. What was designed to be accessible, however, has often been anything…

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TikTok Chinese Ownership Raising National Security Concerns

China’s growing sphere of influence in the global technology sector is an especially fraught area of concern for US lawmakers. Early development of nascent or popular technologies means prominent, profitable footholds for patent holders while paving a path for future growth, and accusations of espionage are not unusual. A trade war between…

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Ring, Law Enforcement, and Data Sharing Partnerships

Ring, the home security and smart home company best known for video doorbells and security cameras, has developed a series of data sharing partnerships with law enforcement around the United States. The relationships have raised concerns about privacy and potential civil liberties violations, as well as questions about the intersection of data,…

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Supreme Court Allows Apple Antitrust Suit to Move Forward

A long-simmering lawsuit has been given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court. Apple Inc. v. Pepper, a major antitrust suit with enormous implications for how the tech giant does business, was allowed to proceed in a 5-to-4 vote from the highest court in the land. While antitrust cases are typically long, protracted…

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