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What the tech antitrust hearing did and did not prove

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, discusses technology industry news today:


What happened at the antitrust hearings this week?

Well, CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook testified in front of the Subcommittee in Antitrust of the House Judiciary Committee for five hours. There's a fair amount of nonsense and conspiracy talk, but mostly it was a pretty good hearing where the House members dug into questions about whether four companies abused their market positions to their advantage? Whether they used predatory pricing to drive competitors out of the market? Whether they used inside information from their services to identify and then copy and kill competitors? And the evidence that was presented, if I were to sum it up quickly, is, yes, they did do that. They did abuse their market power. But what wasn't presented was clear evidence of consumer harm. We know they acted in ways that distorted capitalism, but were people really hurt? That's a big question. I look forward to their report.

Law Enforcement & Tech; Facebook Staff Concerns; Musk vs Bezos

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, helps us make sense of today's stories in technology:

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UK Regulates 'Online Harm': Tech in 60 Seconds

Can the U.K. successfully regulate online harm?

That is going to be hard! The UK would really like to wipe toxic content off the Internet. But who defines it? How does that really work? It's hard to determine. One man's toxicity is another man's fair debate.

What will happen if the Senate rejects that neutrality legislation?

The Senate will reject net neutrality legislation. It is a partisan issue and the Senate is run by Republicans. So what happens? Well maybe some bad things will happen or relitigate it in 2020. Meanwhile, the Democrats will fundraise on it.

Can robots help make Walmart competitive against Amazon?

Walmart is adding lots of robots to their stores. It's not really where they compete against Amazon, but it could make the company more efficient, which will help the general battle.

What is the Pentagon's JEDI contract?

It is a massive cloud contract. Right now they've said it's down to two companies - Amazon and Microsoft. There's 10 billion dollars at stake and it's making all the cloud vendors get a little bit nasty.


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Amazon's Facial Recognition Problem: Tech in 60 Seconds

Should Amazon stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement?

Probably. There's a big problem with its facial recognition technology where it has a harder time identifying people of color and women. It should surely solve that problem before it sells it to law enforcement or else it's going to get a lot of trouble.

Will Snap's move into games be a success?

Hard to say. So the problem with Snapchat is that they make really good products. They see the future, but they have a hard time building stuff that Facebook and Instagram can't copy. So, my guess? This is probably going to be a good product. Will they be able to make money off of it? We'll see.

Should I turn off Bluetooth when I'm not using it? Why?

Yes! Turn it off. Bluetooth is very susceptible to hackers. So there is a real risk. Toggle the little switch. Turn it off.

Is Instagram influence just as good as cash?

No. If you are a hotel or a restaurant and somebody shows up and they have two thousand Instagram followers and they say, "I'm an influencer give me a free meal! Say no."


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Amazon Cancels HQ2. Will the move help or hurt the company's image?

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