Diane Bartz
Diane Bartz
I cover antitrust for Reuters. Ex-AFP, AP and UPI. Minnesota native; talk lefse to me. Diane.Bartz@reuters.com. I only read people who properly use apostrophes.Source
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Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny - sources

Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny - sources

By , (Reuters) - Google’s plan to block a popular web tracking tool called “cookies” is a source of concern for U.S. Justice Department investigators who have been asking advertising industry executives whether the move by the search giant will hobble its smaller rivals, people familiar with the situation said.Alphabet Inc’s Google a year ago announced it would ban some cookies in its Chrome browser to increase user privacy. Over the last two months, Google released more details, leading online ads rivals to complain about losing the data-gathering tool.The questions from Justice Department...

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Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny - sources

Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny - sources

By , (Reuters) - Google’s plan to block a popular web tracking tool called “cookies” is a source of concern for U.S. Justice Department investigators who have been asking advertising industry executives whether the move by the search giant will hobble its smaller rivals, people familiar with the situation said.Alphabet Inc’s Google a year ago announced it would ban some cookies in its Chrome browser to increase user privacy. Over the last two months, Google released more details, leading online ads rivals to complain about losing the data-gathering tool.The questions from Justice Department...

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More U.S. states join Texas-led antitrust lawsuit against Google

More U.S. states join Texas-led antitrust lawsuit against Google

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four more states have joined a lawsuit filed by Texas and others against Alphabet Inc’s Google that accuses it of breaking antitrust laws to boost its already dominant advertising business, the Texas attorney general said on Tuesday.Joining the lawsuit filed in December are Alaska, Florida, Montana, Nevada and Puerto Rico, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. This brings the number of plaintiffs in the lawsuit to 15 states and territories.The lawsuit was one of three filed last year by the federal government or states against Google.In announcing Tuesday’s...

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Facebook, Google fight bill that would help U.S. news industry

Facebook, Google fight bill that would help U.S. news industry

Lobbyists for Facebook and Google threw their weight against new U.S. legislation that seeks to aid struggling news publishers by allowing them to negotiate collectively against the tech companies over revenue sharing and other deals. U.S. lawmakers introduced the plan in Congress on Wednesday to address a perceived power imbalance between news outlets and the tech giants. Critics accuse the companies of using content to drive traffic and ad revenue to their platforms without fairly compensating the publishers. The move adds to pressure on the tech firms, which are facing antitrust...

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Exclusive: Facebook and Google could lose bargaining power under upcoming U.S. bill to help news outlets

Exclusive: Facebook and Google could lose bargaining power under upcoming U.S. bill to help news outlets

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bipartisan members of Congress plan to introduce a bill in coming weeks to make it easier for smaller news organizations to negotiate with Big Tech platforms, said Rep. Ken Buck, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel.Slideshow The U.S. bill would be introduced at a time when Australia is in a pitched battle with Facebook. The social media giant blocked news feeds and other pages - including those of charities, and health and emergency services - as part of a dispute over a proposed law that would require it and Google to pay news...

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Exclusive: Facebook and Google could lose bargaining power under upcoming U.S. bill to help news outlets

Exclusive: Facebook and Google could lose bargaining power under upcoming U.S. bill to help news outlets

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bipartisan members of Congress plan to introduce a bill in coming weeks to make it easier for smaller news organizations to negotiate with Big Tech platforms, said Rep. Ken Buck, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel.Slideshow The U.S. bill would be introduced at a time when Australia is in a pitched battle with Facebook. The social media giant blocked news feeds and other pages - including those of charities, and health and emergency services - as part of a dispute over a proposed law that would require it and Google to pay news...

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Some U.S. Capitol rioters fired after internet detectives identify them

Some U.S. Capitol rioters fired after internet detectives identify them

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol were fired from their jobs on Thursday after internet sleuths publicized their identities.The District of Columbia police department released photos of people in Wednesday's melee and potential charges against them. Some 68 people were arrested after angry protesters stormed the building, breaking windows, damaging fixtures and stealing furnishings.The FBI also asked the public to help it identify rioters, a call that drew ribbing on social media in light of the prolific coverage of the event. This included selfies...

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Corporate group urges officials consider Trump's removal 'to preserve democracy'

Corporate group urges officials consider Trump's removal 'to preserve democracy'

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a major U.S. business group that represents 14,000 companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Pfizer Inc and Toyota Motor Corp urged senior U.S. officials to consider removing President Donald Trump from office after supporters of the outgoing president stormed the U.S. Capitol.National Association of Manufacturers Chief Executive Jay Timmons said Trump “incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy. ... Vice President (Mike)...

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Corporate group urges officials to consider quick removal of Trump

Corporate group urges officials to consider quick removal of Trump

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The head of a major U.S. business group that represents 14,000 companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Pfizer Inc and Toyota Motor Corp urged senior U.S. officials to consider removing President Donald Trump from office after supporters of the outgoing president stormed the U.S. Capitol.National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons said Trump “incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy.... Vice President (Mike)...

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U.S. senators question Apple and Google on app store dominance

U.S. senators question Apple and Google on app store dominance

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.Apple unveils AirTag, in this still image from the keynote video of a special event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, April 20, 2021. Apple Inc./via REUTERS. A panel of U.S. senators questioned officials from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google on Wednesday about the dominance of their mobile app stores and whether the companies abuse their power at the expense of smaller competitors.Amy Klobuchar, the top Senate Democrat on antitrust issues, said Apple and Google can use...

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