The Biden Administration took aim at tech companies with a new Executive Order. It urges 12 different federal agencies to aggressively regulate big business, including the FTC and Justice Department which have broad antitrust enforcement powers.

“The Order includes 72 initiatives by more than a dozen federal agencies to promptly tackle some of the most pressing competition problems across our economy. Once implemented, these initiatives will result in concrete improvements to people’s lives,” said the White House in its summary statement.

Many of these actions need agency action to implement, so much of the Order is directed at agencies and…


The Biden Administration took aim at tech companies with a new Executive Order. It urges 12 different federal agencies to aggressively regulate big business, including the FTC and Justice Department which have broad antitrust enforcement powers.

“The Order includes 72 initiatives by more than a dozen federal agencies to promptly tackle some of the most pressing competition problems across our economy. Once implemented, these initiatives will result in concrete improvements to people’s lives,” said the White House in its summary statement.

Many of these actions need agency action to implement, so much of the Order is directed at agencies and…


Study shows overwhelming public support for ruling

The Supreme Court’s decision that the NCAA cannot limit education-related payments to student-athletes. In a unanimous decision, the court rejected the NCAA’s arguments that allowing additional compensation would undermine the amateur athletic model.

“With surprising success, the NCAA has long shielded its compensation rules from ordinary antitrust scrutiny,” wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “Today, however, the Court holds that the NCAA has violated the antitrust laws. The Court’s decision marks an important and overdue course correction.”

While the scope of the ruling was limited, there are bigger issues still to be decided (and likely litigated), including pay for the use of…


Google’s cookieless future needs a little more time. The plan by Google to block third-party cookies in Chrome has been put on hold. For now.

“While there’s considerable progress with this initiative, it’s become clear that more time is needed across the ecosystem to get this right,” Vinay Goel, Privacy Engineering Director announced via blog post.

So, cookies aren’t dead yet. They got a reprieve in Chrome — the world’s most popular browser — until sometime in 2023.

Here’s the new timeline for rollout, per Google.

Stage 1 (Starting Late-2022)

Once testing is complete and APIs are launched in Chrome, we will announce the…


It may be the largest data leak of passwords of all time.

According to Cyber News, the leak may have exposed more than 8.4 billion passwords. The person posting the leaked passwords on a hacker forum claimed originally to have access to 82 billion passwords.

“The compilation itself has been dubbed ‘RockYou2021’ by the forum user, presumably in reference to the infamous RockYou data breach that occurred in 2009, when threat actors hacked their way into the social app website’s servers and got their hands on more than 32 million user passwords stored in plain text.” — Cyber News

If…


For years, many in the advertising community have maintained that consumers want targeted marketing with relevant advertising. It appears, however, that as consumers get an increased say in how they are targeted, that idea isn’t holding up.

When Apple updated its iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads, it came with an opt-in component. That change forced apps to get an affirmative opt-in to allow tracking user activities across multiple apps or while online.

So, how many people chose to opt-in for this targeted and more relevant advertising? About 4%.

That’s right. 96% of Apple’s users in the US chose…


iOS 14.5 is out and it’s a big deal when it comes to privacy.

Apple’s App Tracking Transparency

Apple’s app tracking transparency has been the target of public outcry from the folks at Facebook, saying this makes it harder for small businesses to track customers and will drive up digital ad prices.

Privacy advocates applauded the move — which prevents apps like Facebook from tracking your movement around the internet when you’re not using the app. If you didn’t know, many apps will do that. Even if the Facebook app is closed on your phone, it’s still tracking your movements.

Here’s how Apple lays…


A new study by Clario Tech has analyzed which tech giants are wealthier than entire countries.

Tech giant, Apple dominates global industry and has reached a colossal value of $2.2 trillion. This study shows just how large Apple and other tech giants would be if they were recognised countries on Earth.

Looking at GDP versus market capitalization value and revenue, Apple would be wealthier than Italy, Canada and Russia — whereas companies such as Amazon would be wealthier than 92% of the world.

In 2018, Apple became the first company to surpass the trillion-dollar value mark — and has more…


With people stuck inside their home, they relied on technology to stay connect more than ever. Businesses had to adapt to this online shift. It resulted in new online habits and the way people used the internet in 2020.

Paul Dughi

Huntsville, Alabama

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