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Facebook’s alleged use of APIs to crush competition is a warning to other data companies

Facebook’s alleged use of APIs to crush competition is a warning to other data companies

Log OutLearn about the next-gen architecture needed to unlock the true capabilities of AI and machine learning.Much of the reaction to the antitrust lawsuits government regulators filed against Facebook this week has focused on the demand that the social media giant divest WhatsApp and Instagram. But while such a move could have a big impact on Facebook and consumers, the legal actions may have broader implications for the ways other companies use their own APIs and customer data.In the claim filed this week by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the agency . In part, the FTC argues that...

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Dec 11
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Pew: 26% of U.S. adults get their news from YouTube

Pew: 26% of U.S. adults get their news from YouTube

Log OutRead our latest special issue.YouTube has emerged as a critical source of news for people in the U.S. as independent and traditional media sources attract massive audiences on the video-sharing site. But the growing influence of Google’s video platform also heightens concerns about its struggle to control .In a study the released today, 26% of U.S. adults said they now get their news from YouTube. That includes 23% via videos posted by news organizations and 23% from independent YouTube channels. Researchers surveyed 12,638 U.S. adults for the report.“The study finds a news landscape...

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Sep 28
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NYU study: Facebook’s content moderation efforts are ‘grossly inadequate’

NYU study: Facebook’s content moderation efforts are ‘grossly inadequate’

A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration.In a scathing indictment of Facebook’s content moderation strategy, a new study identifies the company’s decision to outsource such work as a key reason its efforts are failing.The   that calls on Facebook to end the outsourcing practice and commit to bringing the work in-house so moderation receives the resources and attention it deserves. The report also calls for a massive increase in the number of moderators, as well as improved working conditions that include better physical and mental health care for moderators...

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Jun 8
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Despite Twitter’s Trump stance, it’s still just as toxic as Facebook

Despite Twitter’s Trump stance, it’s still just as toxic as Facebook

Friends have been slowly abandoning Facebook over the past few years. But outrage has intensified following the company’s refusal to condemn President Trump’s posts after the killing of George Floyd in police custody and ensuing protests.I understand this fury, having repeatedly grappled with the company’s various failings myself. What I find more baffling is that the triumphant decision to quit Facebook is often accompanied by a more dubious call to arms: Come follow me on Twitter!This is not just anecdotal. On June 4, following the Twitter-Trump dustup, Apptopia reported that downloads of...

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Apple fined record $1.23 billion in France for price-fixing scheme

Apple fined record $1.23 billion in France for price-fixing scheme

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a keynote during the European Union's privacy conference at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 24, 2018.France’s competition agency has announced a $1.23 billion fine against Apple, claiming the tech giant conspired with distributors of gadgets such as the iPad to fix prices and limit competition.The decision came from France’s  and is its largest fine ever. The agency said Apple tightly restricted supplies and effectively required distributors like Tech Data and Ingram Micro to charge the same prices Apple charged through its online and physical...

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Chris O'Brien
Mar 16
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