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Texas AG Ken Paxton Launches Investigation Into GoFundMe Over Removal Of Freedom Convoy Fundraiser

February 09, 2022 5:07 PM ET Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched an investigation into crowdfunding site GoFundMe on Wednesday after the service shut down a fundraiser supporting protests against Canada’s vaccine mandates and refused to distribute donations.GoFundMe shut down the “Freedom Convoy 2022” fundraiser on Friday, citing “police reports of violence and unlawful activity” as…

Peter Thiel Will Step Down From Role At Facebook Parent Company, Reportedly To Elect...

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel is abandoning his position on Facebook parent company Meta’s board of directors, the company announced Monday, to reportedly focus his energy on politics.Thiel, who is a partner at venture capital firm Founders Fund, chose not to stand for re-election at Meta’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the company said in an…

Google Accuses Microsoft Of ‘Carving Out’ Exception In Anti-Big Tech Bill

Google’s Chief Legal Officer and President of Global Affairs Kent Walker accused Microsoft on Friday of “carving out” an exception to a bill targeting app stores operated by Google and Apple.The Open App Markets Act, introduced by Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in a…

Rogan Backlash Leads Spotify To Flag COVID Content In ‘Effort To Combat Misinformation’

Spotify will begin attaching a warning label to content that features discussions of COVID-19 following backlash over its relationship with podcast host Joe Rogan.The company will affix a link to its “COVID-19 Hub,” which provides information on the virus, and a COVID-19 “advisory” on every podcast episode that features discussions of COVID-19, Spotify CEO Daniel…

Unvaccinated Must Be ‘Accompanied At All Times’ While Shopping At Big Box Stores, Canadian...

Unvaccinated residents of the Canadian province of Quebec must be accompanied while shopping at big box retailers to ensure they only purchase pharmaceutical products, the province’s health ministry announced Sunday.Quebec instituted a province-wide rule Monday requiring individuals to show proof of vaccination in order to enter department stores, big box retailers and all businesses over…

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Says Chip Crisis Is ‘Extremely Urgent,’ Begs Congress To Pass...

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued a report Tuesday highlighting the dire state of the ongoing semiconductor shortage in the U.S. and urged lawmakers to pass legislation funding domestic chip manufacturing.The report, based on information collected from over 150 companies in the semiconductor industry, found that the chip shortage was likely to last well into…

Amazon Settles With Labor Board, Making It Easier For Workers To Organize

December 23, 2021 5:12 PM ET Amazon reached a nationwide settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) late Wednesday, making it easier for Amazon employees to form a union.The agreement obligates Amazon to email its warehouse workers of their legal rights to organize, as well as post notices of workers’ rights in multiple visible places…

Trump’s Media Company Strikes Deal With Anti-’Cancel Culture’ Video Platform Rumble

Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), former President Donald Trump’s media company, announced a partnership Tuesday with video streaming and hosting platform Rumble.Rumble will provide TMTG’s social media network TRUTH Social with video and streaming services, according to a press release. TRUTH Social is already hosted on Rumble’s cloud infrastructure service Rumble Cloud. “As part…

Senators Pressure Instagram Chief Adam Mosseri To Support Big Tech Regulations On Child Safety

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee earned a few token concessions from Instagram chief Adam Mosseri in a hearing Wednesday. Senators succeeded in pressuring Mosseri to commit to increasing algorithmic transparency and providing “meaningful access to data so that third party researchers can design their own studies,” as well as back several legislative proposals including…

Hundreds Of Google Employees Sign Letter Opposing Company’s Vaccine Mandate

A group of roughly 600 Google employees signed onto a letter opposing the tech giant’s company-wide vaccination mandate and called for its repeal.Google first imposed a requirement in July that all of its in-person workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. The company is now asking all of its workers, including those working from home, to upload their…
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