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Congress Asked To Investigate Google/New America Story

Cites Times story that scholar was canned after criticizing major donor

 

The Content Creators Coalition has called on Congress to investigate Google in the wake of a New York Times story that the New America Foundation—Google is a big donor—canned a scholar and his Open Markets initiative after he praised a European Union penalty levied against Google. New America, a think tank whose funders include major computer companies, said the story just isn't true.

Op-Ed: Google’s Disturbing Influence Over Think Tanks

The first thing you see when you walk into the offices of the New America Foundation in Washington is the Eric Schmidt Ideas Lab, a space named after the executive chairman of Google’s parent company. Google, Mr. Schmidt and his family’s foundation are the principal funders of that think tank.

Senate Launches Bill To Remove Immunity For Websites Hosting Illegal Content, Spurred By Backpage.com

The Senate on Tuesday introduced an amendment to a law that protects the hosts of websites from liability for content posted by others to go after sites such as Backpage.com that have been criticized for facilitating child sex trafficking.

Colorado Debuts Driverless Truck To Protect Road Crews

DENVER -- Colorado's transportation agency began using a driverless truck on Friday that is designed to protect highway work crews from oncoming traffic.

The truck is officially known as an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle, but it is not really autonomous like the self-driving cars being tested around the country. Instead, the truck is electronically controlled by a driver in another truck ahead of it.

If the protection vehicle loses its electronic "tether" to the lead vehicle, it is programmed to pull over and stop.

Tech Firms' Fight Against Hate Could Haunt Them

By setting itself up as a gatekeeper against racism, Silicon Valley could weaken its arguments against legislation that targets other harmful online content

The tech industry’s crackdown on racism could complicate one of its biggest fights in Congress, where Silicon Valley is lobbying hard against legislation aimed at weeding out other harmful online content.

The Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Has Received The Green Light From The FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has given Amazon the green light to proceed with its Whole Foods acquisition.
In a statement Wednesday, the FTC said it was no longer pursuing its investigation into whether the $13.7 billion deal would be anticompetitive.

"Of course, the FTC always has the ability to investigate anticompetitive conduct should such action be warranted," said Bruce Hoffman, the acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition.

Amazon Deal For Whole Foods Wins U.S. Regulatory, Shareholder Approvals

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Wednesday cleared two of the biggest hurdles it needed to close its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc (WFM.O), with approvals from a U.S. regulator and the grocery chain’s shareholders.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said in a statement it would not pursue its investigation into the proposed merger further after reviewing whether the deal would substantially lessen competition or constituted an unfair method of competition.