The Supreme Court has asked the Biden administration for its input on whether the court should review laws passed in Texas and Florida that restrict content moderation on social media platforms. The opinion of the administration could convince the court to take up two cases that challenge the Republican-backed laws, both of which are currently being blocked by lower courts from going into effect. (Reuters)
The Department of Justice is expected to bring a lawsuit against Google this week pertaining to the company’s dominance in digital advertising, according to people familiar with the matter. The expected lawsuit will be the fifth major case in the United States targeting Google’s business practices, including three state-level challenges to its online search, advertising technology and app store and a federal case set to go to trial in September alleging Google uses exclusive distribution deals with wireless carriers and phone makers to block competitors. (Bloomberg)
Microsoft Corp. announced a new multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI, the company behind artificial intelligence tools including ChatGPT. The agreement is the third such investment Microsoft has made in the research company since 2019 and will seek to help both companies commercialize AI technology. (CNBC)
Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. was affected by a previously undisclosed cyberattack that partially resulted in the issues with ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s tour that plagued the ticketing platform last November, according to prepared remarks that Live Nation Entertainment President Joe Berchtold plans to give during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today. Berchtold is expected to say that the cyberattack allegedly generated three times more bot traffic than Ticketmaster has ever experienced but that hackers failed to acquire any tickets, and two people familiar with the cyberattack said the party responsible is still not known. (Politico)
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing titled “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment” on the lack of competition in the ticketing industry, spurred by Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc.’s recent fumbling of ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour.
The Federal Communications Commission will host a series of informal working groups as part of the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference. The session on maritime, aeronautical and radar services will be led by representatives from Boeing Co. and the law firm HWG LLP, while the terrestrial services session will feature representatives from Verizon Communications Inc. and Intel Corp.
R Street Institute will host a virtual event titled “How should social media companies disclose government content moderation?” Participants in the event will include Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and Kaitlin Sullivan, director of content policy at Meta Platforms Inc.
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education will host an event titled “Providing Timely and Clear Data to Support Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Needs.” Guests include Suzanne Nielsen, the deputy assistant national cyber director for workforce, education and training at the Office of the National Cyber Director; and Sarah Brickner, program analyst for the employee services, strategic workforce planning, forecasting and methods team at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
More than two years since announcing Amazon Pharmacy to take some of the prescription drugs business away from big (and smaller) drug stores, Amazon is launching a new product to expand its reach in the space.
Elon Musk said on Monday that he had not lied or misspoken about his plan to take Tesla off the stock market in 2018, testifying in federal court that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had “unequivocally wanted to take Tesla private.”
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has ordered home services marketplace HomeAdvisor up to $7.2 million for its use of deceptive and misleading tactics in selling home improvement project leads to service providers, including small businesses operating in the gig economy.
Google is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit from the Republican National Committee accusing the tech giant of bias in its handling of email, as it ends a pilot program that allowed senders of campaign emails to bypass users’ spam folders, per a filing seen by Axios.
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For more than a decade, Microsoft Research, the company’s in-house research group, has touted artificial intelligence breakthroughs such as translating speech to text and software that could understand human language or recognize objects in images.
Earlier this month, OpenAI said it was exploring ways to monetize its AI chatbot ChatGPT, giving users the opportunity to sign up for early access to “ChatGPT Professional.” Now, some users say they’ve been granted access to a pro tier which costs $42 a month.
Vermont, one of the least populated states in the U.S., has to contend with plenty of broadband-related challenges. But state legislation and municipal providers have made bridging the digital divide a little easier.
An alleged killer joined a Facebook group for passing on kids’ items to find pregnant mothers and possibly kidnap them, according to a search warrant. Some moms in the group say neither the FBI nor Meta informed them that their data was caught up in a murder investigation.
Two hacker groups associated with North Korea, the Lazarus Group and APT38, were responsible for the theft last June of $100 million from U.S. crypto firm Harmony’s Horizon bridge, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday.
Apple Inc.’s long-anticipated mixed-reality headset is an ambitious attempt to create a 3D version of the iPhone’s operating system, with eye- and hand-tracking systems that could set the technology apart from rival products.
A new Twitter whistleblower has emerged, supporting last year’s surprising testimony about the dismal state of the company’s privacy protections and saying the company continues to violate its legal obligations under new owner Elon Musk.
Twitter Inc. is being sued over allegedly unpaid rent at its headquarters building in San Francisco, adding to legal battles between the social-media company and vendors since Elon Musk acquired the business last year.
The Indian government has asked social media giants Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube to take down videos and tweets about a BBC documentary on 2002 religious riots in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
Tech layoffs continued this morning, with Spotify announcing plans to fire around 600 employees. That brings the monthly total to over 56,000, per tracking site Layoffs.fyi. including last week’s monster cuts at both Alphabet and Microsoft.
Tech stocks got a bump on Monday morning after Elliott Investment Management took a multibillion-dollar position in Salesforce Inc., heralding a fight to squeeze higher returns out of the enterprise-software giant.