Category: Business

How a #MeToo Facebook Group Became a Tool for Harassment

Last year, as thousands of women shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment with the hashtag #MeToo, Amanda, a 30-year-old from Oregon, was looking for a supportive place to share her own experiences. Soon enough she was invited by…

Nonprofit for Migrants Declines a Donation from Salesforce

A Texas-based nonprofit helping migrant families detained at the US southern border has refused a substantial donation from Salesforce after the tech company declined to cancel its contracts with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Over the past month, the…

Airbnb Can’t Win New York—But It Can’t Quit Either

Anyone who has been paying attention to the escalating showdown between Airbnb and New York City’s hotel industry will not be surprised that the $31 billion startup just lost, handily. This afternoon, the New York City Council passed a bill…

Don’t Expect Big Changes from Europe’s Record Google Fine

European regulators took a big swing at Google Wednesday for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system, fining the company €4.34 billion ($5 billion) and ordering changes to Android designed to put Google rivals on a more level…

Lawmakers Don’t Grasp the Sacred Tech Law They Want to Gut

Toward the tail end of a sparsely attended hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, congressman John Rutherford (R-Florida) turned to the three witnesses before him—representatives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter—and asked a question that left them speechless. Congress,…

A House Republican Joins the Fight to Save Net Neutrality

Democrats just gained a Republican ally in the battle to save net neutrality. Today, Representative Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) became the first House Republican to sign a petition to force the House to vote on legislation that would reverse the Federal…

Why Sinclair’s Bid to Buy the Tribune Company Might Die

Sinclair Broadcasting’s proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media, which would have expanded the conservative media company’s footprint to nearly three-fourths of American households, suddenly appears in trouble. Today, Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai effectively came out against the…

Juul’s Lobbying Could Send Its Public Image Up in Smoke

Over the past year, Juul, the vaping sensation that dominates 70 percent of the US e-cigarette market, has tried to cultivate the image of decent corporate citizen that wants to play by the rules. The company is known for its…

Why Congress Needs to Revive Its Tech Support Team

Congress is finally turning its attention to Silicon Valley. And it’s not hard to understand why: Technology impinges upon every part of our civic sphere. We’ve got police using AI to determine which neighborhoods to patrol, Facebook filtering the news,…

Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition

Over the past year, Silicon Valley has been grappling with the way it handles our data, our elections, and our speech. Now it’s got a new concern: our faces. In just the past few weeks, critics assailed Amazon for selling…

Elon Musk’s Flint Water Plan Misses the Point

Wednesday afternoon, on the heels of his belated effort to rescue a youth soccer team from a Thai cave with a tiny submarine, Elon Musk promised to fix another seemingly intractable problem. “Please consider this a commitment that I will…

It Just Got Easier for the FCC to Ignore Your Complaints

It may soon be harder to get the Federal Communications Commission to listen to your complaints about billing, privacy, or other issues with telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon. Today, the agency approved changes to its complaint system that critics…

Judd Legum’s ‘Popular Information’ Is a Politics Newsletter for Everyone

One of the few things people agree on in 2018 is that the news industry is broken. The old business models don’t work. Meanwhile, audiences feel overwhelmed and underserved: According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, seven in 10…

Twitter Will Hide ‘Locked’ Profiles From Follower Counts

Perhaps a healthier Twitter is one with smaller follower counts—even if that comes as a blow to your ego. That’s what the company is hoping, anyway. Over the last several months, Twitter has embarked on a renewed push to fight…