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NYT: How Google Squelches Competition

A long-form piece in the New York Times Magazine highlights how Google is under increasing scrutiny for anticompetitive practices and how it may lead to government regulation.

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Park La Brea Residents Win $3.5 Million in Los Angeles Bedbug Lawsuit

The Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday announced that sixteen former and current residents of Park La Brea, one of Los Angeles’s largest apartment complexes, won a $3.5 million lawsuit over mental anguish suffered due to an infestation of bedbugs in their units.

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Santa Cruz Restaurant Closes After Owner Donates to David Duke

This week, O’Mei Chinese Cuisine in Santa Cruz closed its doors to the public after 38 years of service after a local website revealed that owner Roger Grimsby donated $500 to former Klu Klux Klan (KKK) Imperial Wizard David Duke’s failed campaign for Senate in Louisiana last year.

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New FTC Chair May Pursue Silicon Valley Anti-Trust Enforcement

President Donald Trump’s power to appoint a majority of the Federal Trade Commission’s members and the agency’s Chairman may usher in aggressive enforcement of anti-trust laws against several Silicon Valley tech giants.

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War: Google’s Rivals Weaponize ‘Google Transparency Project’

Google’s corporate motto is “Don’t Be Evil,” but after year of using its Washington, D.C. lobbying to trash other tech companies, the “Google Transparency Project,” funded by a secretive cabal of Silicon Valley interests, is producing a steady stream of investigative reporting exposés on Google’s crony capitalism.

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Yelp Loses 4 Stars: Stock Down 50%, CFO Out

Yelp! stock became the latest Silicon Valley darling in the week before Valentine’s Day to tank by double-digits, as big investors retaliated for the 50 percent stock drop since December by forcing the company’s CFO to resign.

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Study Claims Empirical Evidence Google Search Harms Users

Following the April launch of an European Union regulatory investigation of biased Google search results to favor its own products , Yelp commissioned a study to determine if Google engages in any predatory actions that hurt users.

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Covered California Has a One-Star Rating on Yelp

Covered California, the Obamacare insurance marketplace in the Golden State, has a one-star review on Yelp, the ratings site which allows individuals to post reviews of local businesses.