RICO Lawsuit: H&R Block, Facebook, and Google Passed Around Private Data ‘Like Candy’

A class action lawsuit has been filed against H&R Block, Facebook (now known as Meta), and Google, accusing the companies of scheming to illicitly install trackers on H&R Block’s website used scan and transmit sensitive tax data, which was allegedly used for targeted advertising and refining Facebook’s AI algorithms. As one attorney explained, “It’s like your income tax guy handing your pay stubs and tax returns over to a marketing firm.”

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Back from the Dead: Senate Democrats Urge FCC to Reinstate ‘Net Neutrality’

Twenty-seven Senate Democrats have written a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate Title II common carrier regulations on internet service providers, a regulatory move marketed to the public as “net neutrality,” little more than two weeks after the Biden White House appointed a new commissioner to the agency.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., walks through a Senate corridor after telling her Democratic colleagues that she will not seek reelection in 2024, at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 14, 2023. Feinstein's months-long absence from the Senate has become a growing problem for Democrats. Feinstein's vote is critical to confirm President …

Google Antitrust Trial: DuckDuckGo Founder Claims Internet Giant Stifles Competition Through Exclusive Deals

In the ongoing antitrust trial against Google, Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of search engine DuckDuckGo, testified about the substantial barriers his company faces in competing with the internet giant. Weinberg attributed these challenges to Google’s exclusive deals with phone companies and equipment manufacturers to be the default search option on devices.

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Media Lobbyists Back in DC to Push for JCPA Corporate Media Welfare Bill

Over one hundred representatives from corporate media companies around the country will be in DC this month, pushing Congress to once again take up the repeatedly-nixed Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), a bailout bill for the legacy media industry, and perhaps one of the most-revived bills of all time.

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Google Antitrust Trial: Expert Witness Claims Internet Giant Manipulates Consumers with Default Settings

In the latest twist in the landmark Google antitrust trial, experts have testified that the internet giant’s default search engine settings could be manipulating user choices, a claim that could have far-reaching implications for the tech industry. One expert witness explained, “If I can move your eyes, if I can manipulate your fixations, I can manipulate your choices quite a bit.”

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Dr. Robert Epstein: Google Sways Elections, Indoctrinates Children

One of the most powerful companies in the world may have swung millions of votes for the Democrats in many elections, with no repercussions whatsoever. According to psychologist and Big Tech researcher Dr. Robert Epstein, that is what Google is doing every day, but especially around election time.

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House Committee to Probe Big Tech’s Bid for TV Dominance

The House Energy and Commerce committee, led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), is planning to investigate the state of the video marketplace in America, as streaming companies like Google-owned YouTube and Disney-owned Hulu make a bid for dominance in TV distribution.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on 28 June 2012