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  • Mark Zuckerberg to regulators: We need your help to protect elections June 27, 2019
    As public trust in Facebook’s ability to wield its power responsibly has fractured in the face of a series of privacy breaches and other scandals, the company has been facing fresh calls for regulation from numerous quarters of the federal government. But on one of the biggest issues leading to...
    Johana Bhuiyan
  • Wayfair sells beds to furnish border camps. Its employees are walking out in protest June 25, 2019
    Employees of the online furniture retailer Wayfair are planning a walkout on Wednesday to protest the company’s sale of more than $200,000 in bedroom furniture to a detention center for migrant children in Texas. “We don’t want to be profiting off of something that’s putting so many lives at risk...
    Sam Dean
  • Treat workers as employees? Uber, Lyft and others are scrambling for a compromise June 23, 2019
    Faced with a looming threat to their way of doing business, Uber, Lyft and other major on-demand companies are trying something they’ve historically been reluctant to do: seeking compromise. Anxious to preserve the freelance work arrangements upon which they’ve built their vast workforces, these...
    Johana Bhuiyan
  • Walmart and Amazon want to see inside your house. Should you let them? June 21, 2019
    The war for the e-commerce shopper is fought on the battlefield of convenience. One-click ordering, same-day delivery, automatic toilet paper refills: There’s no pain point so small someone won’t pay to do away with it. Although shopping online may be hassle-free, getting those orders delivered...
    Sam Dean
  • Slack is valued at $19.5 billion after its stock-market debut June 20, 2019
    A parade of initial public offerings from Silicon Valley this year has garnered mixed receptions from investors. Slack Technologies Inc. took a different route Thursday and saw its shares soar as it went public without an IPO. The shares opened at $38.50 on the New York Stock Exchange, well above...
    Bloomberg
  • Apple, vulnerable to tariffs on Chinese goods, asks Trump administration to stop June 20, 2019
    Apple Inc. urged the Trump administration not to proceed with tariffs of as much as 25% on a new slate of products imported from China, saying it would reduce the tech giant’s contribution to the U.S. economy. The Cupertino, Calif., company made the plea in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative...
    Bloomberg
  • Why Facebook wants its own currency — and why that scares its critics June 18, 2019
    As one scandal after another has chipped away at trust in his company over the past three years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has adopted a public pose of penitence, promising to take more responsibility for its power and put users’ privacy at the center of its products. Anyone who wondered if...
    Sam Dean
  • Facebook plans its own cryptocurrency, Libra, for 2 billion-plus users June 18, 2019
    Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too. The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its...
    Associated Press
  • CrowdStrike soars in its stock market debut as tech IPOs rush ahead June 12, 2019
    Software maker CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. soared in its trading debut Wednesday after raising $612 million in one of the biggest-ever initial public offerings for a cybersecurity company. Shares opened at $63.50 and rose as high as $67 — up as much as 97% from their $34 IPO price. The shares ended...
    Crystal Tse, Liana Baker
  • Bird buys Scoot — and a back door into San Francisco’s rental scooter market June 12, 2019
    Perpetual gridlock in Los Angeles and San Francisco has inspired a booming industry of on-demand electric rental scooters, now a familiar sight whizzing along sidewalks and bike lanes in cities around the world. But there’s a limit to how much congestion the e-scooter market can bear. In a deal...
    Sam Dean, Johana Bhuiyan
  • U.S. antitrust chief blasts Google and Amazon, citing historic breakups June 11, 2019
    The Justice Department’s antitrust chief came out swinging against Google and Amazon on Tuesday, calling big technology companies “digital gatekeepers” that may struggle to defend themselves by arguing their products are free or really cheap. Makan Delrahim, who recently launched an investigation...
    Ben Brody
  • Why a ban on Huawei is being ignored by some of the oldest U.S. allies in Asia June 10, 2019
    On the site of a former World War II garrison where the U.S. Army trained local troops — and later firebombed tunnels to drive out occupying Japanese soldiers — the Philippines has built a shining symbol of its modern ambitions, a master-planned commercial district billed as one of the safest in...
    Shashank Bengali, David Pierson
  • Google says ban on Huawei creates U.S. national security risks June 7, 2019
    Google has warned the Trump administration that pushing ahead with sweeping export restrictions on Huawei would risk compromising U.S. national security, as the American technology giant seeks to continue doing business with the blacklisted Chinese tech titan. Senior executives at Google are pushing...
    Kiran Stacey, James Politi
  • California considers ban on facial recognition’s new frontier: police body cameras June 7, 2019
    Facial recognition’s first blanket ban arrived in May, when San Francisco became the only city in the nation to bar police and other agencies from using the technology. Now the powerful software, which uses machine learning algorithms to automatically track human faces in digital footage and match...
    Sam Dean
  • YouTube's purge of white supremacist videos also hits anti-racism channels June 6, 2019
    YouTube’s campaign against hateful and racist videos is claiming some unintended victims: researchers and advocates working to expose racist hatemongers. A video published by the Southern Poverty Law Center was among those taken down after the company announced plans Wednesday to remove more videos...
    Suhauna Hussain , Samantha Masunaga
  • Google’s new $2.6-billion acquisition can’t fix its cloud-computing business June 6, 2019
    Google is making another acquisition for its cloud-computing business that competes with Amazon.com Inc. Each deal it does is a reminder of Google’s failures so far in this lucrative field and a potential warning sign to the software specialists that have thrived in the last decade. Alphabet Inc.,...
    Shira Ovide
  • Amid harassment complaints, YouTube says it will remove more white supremacist content June 6, 2019
    On Tuesday, the insults were “clearly hurtful,” but they did not violate YouTube rules. On Wednesday, they were part of “a pattern of egregious actions,” and as punishment, the company would suspend the offending channel’s YouTube revenue stream. YouTube’s quick reversal on a high-profile harassment...
    Suhauna Hussain
  • Apple replaces iTunes on Mac with three separate apps June 4, 2019
    When the iTunes Music store debuted 16 years ago, digital music meant buying a CD and uploading it to a computer or illegally downloading a song from a file-sharing service. Apple changed all that by charging customers 99 cents for a song they could take with them wherever they went. Over time,...
    Wendy Lee, Suhauna Hussain
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s security chief is accused of misconduct, report says May 31, 2019
    Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief faces accusations of sexual misconduct and making racist and homophobic comments, according to a report Thursday by a business news site. In a detailed article, Business Insider cited legal letters reportedly written by former employees...
    Associated Press
  • A doctored video of Nancy Pelosi shows social media giants ill-prepared for 2020 May 25, 2019
    Hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed a conference Wednesday, a distorted video of the California Democrat’s conversation began spreading across the internet. The manipulated clip, slowed to make Pelosi sound as if she were slurring her words, racked up millions of views on Facebook...
    Sam Dean, Suhauna Hussain