Antitrust battle latest: Google, Facebook ‘colluded’ to smash Apple’s privacy protections — The Register

Here is the link: https://www.theregister.com/2021/10/22/google_facebook_antitrust_complaint/

Dr. Orna Berry joins Google Cloud global management team — CTech

Dr. Orna Berry, a veteran of Israeli industry and former chief scientist at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, will serve as a director of technology at the Google CTO’s office,...

Soltani brings technical, regulatory expertise to privacy agency — Bloomberg Law

The California Privacy Protection Agency’s new executive director Ashkan Soltani is uniquely poised to tackle enforcement and rulemaking for The Golden State’s landmark privacy laws, says Jake Holland. Here is the link:...

For millions, the WhatsApp outage could have been a matter of life and death...

With so many lives dependent upon a functional messaging service, the Facebook outage reveals the need for a different path forward, writes Humza Jilani. Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/07/whatsapp-outage-matter-life-death-social-media-facebook

Tesla must pay $137 million to ex-worker over hostile work environment, racism — CNBC

A San Francisco federal court decided Monday that Tesla must pay a former worker, Owen Diaz, about $137 million after he endured a hostile work environment and racist abuse, writes Lora...

Snapchat launches Run for Office portal to encourage users toward political campaigns — The...

Snapchat is launching a new tool aimed at guiding its young user base to consider running for political office, writes Kim Lyons. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/5/22709037/snapchat-run-for-office-mini-political-issues

Chip shortage: Here’s why the semiconductor industry gets into trouble predicting the future —...

Chip companies are reporting record demand amid shrinking supplies. And the chip shortages could extend into 2023, writes Tom Foremski. Here is the link: https://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-why-the-chip-industry-gets-into-trouble-predicting-the-future/

Whistleblower: Facebook is misleading the public on progress against hate speech, violence, misinformation —...

Frances Haugen says in her time with Facebook she saw, "conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook," writes Scott Pelley. Here is the...

FCC plans to rein in “gateway” carriers that bring foreign robocalls to US —...

FCC proposes STIR/SHAKEN and call-blocking rules for gateway phone companies, writes Jon Brodkin. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/10/fcc-plans-to-rein-in-gateway-carriers-that-bring-foreign-robocalls-to-us/

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp go down — CNN

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all suffered outages midday Monday, writes Clare Duffy. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/04/tech/facebook-instagram-whatsapp-outage/index.html

Senators blast Facebook for concealing Instagram’s risks to kids — NPR

Senators accused Facebook on Thursday of concealing and ignoring the ills its apps, including Instagram, pose to children and teens, writes Shannon Bond. Here is the link: https://www.npr.org/2021/09/30/1041864356/instagram-kids-safety-congress-hearing

You can now buy a keyboard that only copies and pastes — The Verge

Stack Overflow has teamed up with tech retailer Drop to release this cute little keyboard called The Key, writes Monica Chin. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/29/22700522/stack-overflow-macropad-mechanical-keyboard-specs

Cloudflare’s Matthew Prince: ‘We’re aiming to be the fourth major public cloud’ — Protocol

"We are aiming to be the fourth major public cloud," Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said in a Protocol interview with Tom Krazit. Here is the link: https://www.protocol.com/enterprise/cloudflare-r2-storage-aws

Amazon launches home robot Astro and giant Alexa display — The Guardian

Amazon has launched its long-awaited home robot, named Astro, that can autonomously drive around your home packed with cameras and a screen, writes Samuel Gibbs. Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/sep/28/amazon-launches-home-robot-astro-and-giant-alexa-display

TikTok hits 1 billion monthly active users — Forbes

TikTok announced it hit 1 billion monthly active users—years earlier than Facebook and Instagram reached that milestone—making it one of the most-used and one of the fastest-growing social media platforms, writes...