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DOJ antitrust case against Google; why Quibi failed

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

Why is the Department of Justice suing Google?

Well, they are suing Google because Google is a giant, massive company that has a dominant position in search. In fact, on your phone, you almost can't use any other search engine or at least your phone is preloaded with Google as a search engine and you probably don't know how to change it. The Department of Justice alleges that Google has used its power and its muscle to maintain its position, and that violates the antitrust laws.

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Facebook civil rights audit; TikTok in Hong Kong

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, provides his perspective on technology news:

Will the new audit of Facebook civil rights practices change the way the company operates?

Yes. It came under a lot of pressure from civil rights activists who organized an advertising boycott. And then an internal audit on Facebook's effect on civil rights came out. It was quite critical. Those two things, one after the other, will surely lead to changes at the company.

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What are the privacy concerns with Zoom?

Nicholas Thompson, EIC of Wired, helps us make sense of today's stories in technology: What are privacy concerns with Zoom and what happened to Skype?

The privacy concerned with Zoom is if you don't password protect the meeting, someone can zoom-bomb-it and take over your screen and share a bunch of nasty stuff. So, password protect your meetings. What happened to Skype? They didn't innovate. They got surpassed. Huge mistake.

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