Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the First Amendment prevents states from forcing social media platforms to host certain types of content. She cited the “irreconcilable divide” caused when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided last week to uphold a Texas law preventing platforms from removing posts based on political ideology after the 11th Circuit Court struck down most of a similar Florida law earlier this year. (The Washington Post)
The National Labor Relations Board’s Brooklyn office issued a complaint Tuesday alleging that Amazon.com Inc. “selectively and disparately enforced” a rule governing employees’ use of nonwork areas to single out union supporters. The complaint said the company unlawfully applied its policy against solicitation by preventing employees from posting a pro-union sign in a nonwork area at a Staten Island warehouse; Amazon spokesman Paul Flaningan called the case “completely without merit.” (The New York Times)
A group of senators — including Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) and committee member John Cornyn (R-Texas) — signed on to a letter asking Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to review the potential economic and national security threat risks posed by Apple Inc.’s reported plan to use memory chips from Chinese state-owned Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. in its new iPhone 14. Apple said it has no plans to use the chips outside of China, but a Senate aide said the lawmakers are concerned that the phones will infiltrate the global market. (The Washington Post)
Meta Platforms Inc. is looking to cut its expenses by at least 10% in the next few months and has already started reducing its staff by reorganizing departments and telling employees they have a limited period to apply for other internal jobs, according to people familiar with the matter. People informed of the company’s plans that the bulk of cost savings are expected to come from job cuts. (The Wall Street Journal)
UK digital regulator Ofcom said it will launch a range of investigations into digital markets including cloud computing, internet messaging, and smart devices, marking another step up in the scrutiny of the world’s largest tech firms.
As Ukraine turned a corner 10 days ago with a military offensive that retook territory from Russia, former Google CEO billionaire Eric Schmidt was meeting with senior Ukrainian officials. He was on a 36-hour visit to the country exploring technology’s role in the war.
McKinsey & Co. has hired a senior Microsoft Corp. executive to be its first-ever chief technology and platform officer, a role that underscores the management consultant’s increased focus on digital initiatives.
Meta has been ordered to pay Voxer — creator of the Walkie Talkie messaging app — over $174 million in damages after a jury in Texas federal court found the social media giant guilty of violating two live-streaming patents with Facebook Live and Instagram Live.
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Over a dozen automakers including Toyota and Nissan, have signed up with a platform for patent licences from 51 tech companies, aiming to simplify access to wireless technology and avoid costly legal battles.
Getty Images has banned the upload and sale of illustrations generated using AI art tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion. It’s the latest and largest user-generated content platform to introduce such a ban, following similar decisions by sites including Newgrounds, PurplePort, and FurAffinity.
Charter Communications Inc. Chief Executive Tom Rutledge is retiring from the company he has led for the past decade, a time of acquisitions that transformed the cable operator into the industry’s second-largest company.
Nvidia Corp Chief Executive Jensen Huang said Wednesday that he continues to see a large market for Nvidia’s data center chips in China despite U.S. restrictions on exports of two of its top chips to the country.
Intel Corp. executive Sandra Rivera has what once would have been the most coveted job in the semiconductor industry: head of the company’s hugely lucrative data center division. Nowadays, it’s the toughest.
Multiple branches of the U.S. military have bought access to a powerful internet monitoring tool that claims to cover over 90 percent of the world’s internet traffic, and which in some cases provides access to people’s email data, browsing history, and other information such as their sensitive internet cookies, according to contracting data and other documents reviewed by Motherboard.
TikTok will begin requiring accounts belonging to U.S. government departments, politicians and political parties to be verified and will ban videos aimed at campaign fundraising, the short-form video app said on Wednesday.
Iran curbed access on Wednesday to Meta Platforms’ Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the last remaining social networks in the country, amid protests over the death of a woman in police custody, residents and internet watchdog NetBlocks said.
Twitch plans to standardize its revenue sharing agreement with streamers, reshaping the earnings landscape for top creators who have historically been able to pocket a bigger portion of the money they generate through paid subscriptions on the platform.
Microsoft Corp. won’t label social media posts that appear to be false in order to avoid the appearance that the company is trying to censor speech online, President Brad Smith said in an interview with Bloomberg News, hinting that the company is taking a different approach than other technology firms in dealing with disinformation.
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IT services giant Wipro has fired 300 employees in recent months who were found to be moonlighting for competitors, a top executive said Wednesday, weighing in on a practice that has gained momentum across the globe as firms incorporate work-from-home norms.
In June, I wrote that to build trust, platforms should try a little more democracy. Instead of relying solely on their own employees, advisory councils, and oversight boards, I wrote, tech companies should involve actual users in the process.
A coalition of five dozen civil rights organizations is blasting Silicon Valley’s biggest social media companies for not taking more aggressive measures to counter election misinformation on their platforms in the months leading up to November’s midterm elections.
Working conditions and compensation in the rideshare industry have significant consequences for millions of California’s workers and their families, who are disproportionately people of color and immigrants. With the advent of Uber and Lyft, the number of adults who work as taxi drivers or chauffeurs for their primary job tripled over the past decade.