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Man who invented mobile phones sees a dark future because of new tech, but also has hope
Martin Cooper, the inventor of mobile phones said at the MWC Barcelona that he sees a dystopian future because of new tech like AI, smartphones, and deep fakes, etc on how it will impact privacy. However, he is also slightly hopeful, especially with battery tech.
Explained: How ChatGPT is sparking AI 'gold rush' in Silicon Valley
ChatGPT has become one of the fastest growing apps ever since its secret release in late November, prompting Microsoft and Google to rush out projects that had previously been kept under wraps due to concerns that the technology was not yet ready for public consumption
Why Big Tech is laying off thousands of employees and how it impacts consumers
Over the last year, Big Tech companies – including Amazon, Twitter and Meta – sacked more than 70,000 people globally. The fall in advertising revenue in 2022 is one of the reasons that triggered these job cuts
EU officials agree on law to hold Google, Meta accountable for hate speech, disinformation
The law will force big tech companies to police themselves harder, make it easier for users to flag problems and empower regulators to punish noncompliance with billions in fines
How big tech is grappling with Russian state media, propaganda
Big tech platforms are facing increased calls to bar Russian state media from using their platforms to spread misinformation
Inside Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber — Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Uma Thurman star in the latest show on Big Tech
Super Pumped traces the rise and fall of Travais Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder, who was pressured to resign in 2017 after the company was hit with a series of privacy scandals and lawsuits about workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.
Google parent Alphabet posts profit over $18 billion in third quarter; Twitter suffers $537 million loss
From July to September, its video service sold $7.2 billion of advertising space targeted according to content and users, against $5 billion in the same period last year, according to Alphabet
Apple rolls out vital app store changes in an attempt to stave off increasing regulation of Big Tech
Apple has announced long-demanded concessions after seeing investigations, lawsuits and rules pile up against what critics call an abuse of global dominance by big firms.
In Brad Stone's book Amazon Unbound, critical perspectives on the transformation of Amazon, and Jeff Bezos
Brad Stone’s Amazon Unbound is not just a sequel to The Everything Store which he wrote in 2013, but also a thorough look at just how Bezos was able to keep the innovation engine as well as the cash coffers at Amazon on an ascending curve.
Break up, merger restrictions and other ways US Congress is trying to rein in Big Tech
The bipartisan legislation targets the companies’ structure and points toward breaking them up, a dramatic step for Congress to take against a powerful industry whose products are woven into everyday life.
US antitrust overhaul: What it means for the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook; how it would change big tech
Even if only some of the proposals are passed as law, they will likely have significant consequences for the way big tech does business globally.
UK watchdog is looking into iOS, Android 'mobile ecosystem' over concerns of the tech giants stifling competition
The authority said it’s taking a closer look at the “effective duopoly” Google and Apple have on the various gateways through which users can access online content.
India must take cue from Australian model of maintaining power balance between Big Tech, digital news media
Journalism is a critically important sector for a healthy democracy. Thus, the State cannot be a fence sitter when journalism is not financially sustainable
Regulatory setup for media in India: An evaluation of fault lines in media regulation today
The kind of direct governmental regulations for news platforms should be less focused on regulating journalists’ conduct, and more about protecting their speech
US trade commission and over 40 states accuse Facebook of illegally crushing competition
While Facebook said the regulators had ignored important history, the lawsuits set off a chorus of bipartisan support on Capitol Hill
Big Tech in the US to see no ease in scrutiny even as Joe Biden returns to White House
The halcyon days of an adoring Washington are unlikely to return when Biden takes the oath of office in January.
Amazon, Apple, Facebook, other big tech bounce back sooner, stronger than the economy
Amazon reported record sales, and nearly 200% rise in profits, as the pandemic accelerated the transition to online shopping.
The Social Dilemma review: Netflix documentary ventures into the spooky side of technology
The Social Dilemma shows us how captivated by the comfort of information at our fingertips and the ability to always stay connected, we often resign ourselves to the perils of technology.
Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google CEOs testify before US Congress, Bezos promises action if investigation reveals data misuse
Currently, it's unclear how much the lawmakers advanced their goal of bringing some of the world’s largest companies to heel.
Apple, Google, Amazon, other Big Tech companies have a climate problem; now being forced to clean up
Apple's recent pledge is 'a big step in the right direction, if they make good on it' but regulators need to do more, say experts.