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Tech Tuesday: The Blueprint For Curbing Big Tech

Oct 20, 2020
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A House of Representatives subcommittee report issued on October 6 condemned Big Tech’s grip on the industry, saying the power it wields hurts innovation and consumers.

Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google denied that they engage in monopolistic practices.

Updated at 8:23 p.m. ET

In a sweeping report spanning 449 pages, House Democrats lay out a detailed case for stripping Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google of the power than has made each of them dominant in their fields.

The four companies began as "scrappy underdog startups" but are now monopolies that must be restricted and regulated, the report from Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel says.

Updated at 7:17 p.m. ET

Some of the world's most powerful CEOs are coming to Capitol Hill — virtually, of course — to answer one overarching question: Do the biggest technology companies use their reach and power to hurt competitors and help themselves?

Here's what you need to know:

Who: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

A robot named Marty cleans the floors at a Giant grocery store in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
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The need for social distancing has accelerated the production of robots to cut down on worker interaction.

Robots can sort recycling and stock grocery shelves and ease workplace fears about contamination.

However one researcher says automated technology shouldn’t replace people but work in collaboration with them.

Tech Tuesday: Your Health Data

Nov 26, 2019
HIV testing at Mozaic, an Equitas Health clinic in Columbus.
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Google, and the largest U.S. nonprofit hospital network have partnered in a deal that, among other things, gives the tech giant access to patient health data.

So-called Project Nightingale provides Google access to the medical records of more than 50 million people across 21 states. Google claims the deal will enhance productivity and patient safety.

But others are concerned about securing the data.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: patient health data, Black Friday deals and more.

 

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Google broke ground on a new $600 million data center in New Albany, a central Ohio suburb. The data center is expected to generate about 50 jobs within the next few years.

Tech Tuesday: Regulations For Big Tech

Sep 24, 2019
Google sign at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
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Attorneys general from across the country have embarked on an investigation into the market power and corporate behavior of big tech, asking whether Google used their influence to create an anti-competitive market atmosphere. 

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher, potential regulations for big tech, and more. 

 

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A panel of state senators is hitting the road to gather input on how the broad reach of Facebook and Google impacts average Ohioans.

Updated at 11:29 a.m. ET

Google and its YouTube subsidiary will pay $170 million to settle allegations that YouTube collected personal information from children without their parents' consent, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

Tech Tuesday: The Digital Service Tax

Jul 16, 2019
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Google and Facebook are as ubiquitous in France as the U.S.

But those tech giants and others like them from outside France pay little tax on the profits that they earn there.

The French Government has responded with a 3% digital services tax, which could trigger retaliatory tariffs and already has the Trump administration investigating.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: The digital tax in France and more. 

Tech Tuesday: Your Data's Worth

Jun 25, 2019
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Social media outlets like Facebook and Google make money from your data.

They use personal information to craft marketing and advertising materials.

Two U.S. Senators proposed a bipartisan legislation that would pull back the curtain on just how much personal data is worth.

If passed, companies that have more than 100 million users, think Facebook and Amazon, must publicly provide information on the total monetary value of this data, among other information.

Today on All Sides, the value of data, virtual reality, and more.

Dayton, hard hit by the opioid crisis, is battling back. The latest help comes from a Google Alphabet company called Verily, which is piloting an addiction treatment program it may scale nationwide.

Tech Tuesday: Apps For Accessibility

May 14, 2019
Columbus State student Patrick Simmons uses the new Blindspot app to navigate around the Columbus State campus.
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Smartphones are changing how people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired interact with the world around them, affecting everything from grocery shopping to travel.

Today on Tech Tuesday: mobile apps designed for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Tech Tuesday: Google Removes Apps And More

Apr 30, 2019
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Google removed 46 apps from a developer from Play store last week after a BuzzFeed News investigation revealed that Android developer DO Global had, among other things, committed ad fraud.

Today on Tech Tuesday, DO Global, mental health apps and privacy, and more.

Tech Tuesday: Election Cyber Security And More

Apr 23, 2019
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The Mueller report detailed the Trump administration’s handling of the investigation into his office and potential obstruction of justice.

It also offered insights into the hack of a Florida county government during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The hack highlights the vulnerability of election systems to cyber-attacks.

Today on Tech Tuesday, elections and cyber security, Google Earth, and more.

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