A journalism antitrust bill against Google and Meta was released from a Senate committee on Thursday after Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) closed a deal.
In the meantime, the National Security Agency (NSA) is said to have gained access to the Chinese telecommunications network when it hacked the email systems of a prominent public research university there, Chinese state media reported.
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Klobuchar, Cruz deal leads to legislative movement
A bill that would allow most news outlets to negotiate compensation for distributing their content together with dominant technology platforms was released Thursday from a Senate committee after Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) signed a deal had completed.
The Journalist Competition and Protection Act is intended to help local and smaller news outlets negotiate by leveling the playing field with tech giants such as Google and Facebook.
Thursday’s vote to further develop the bill followed two weeks of negotiations between Klobuchar and Cruz after the Democrat voted on her bill at a premium earlier this month.
The bill was drafted after an amendment from Cruz to moderate content was passed when Democrats had knocked down a member with Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) who was isolating in India with COVID-19.
“Platforms like Facebook and Google are counting on Republicans and Democrats not to put aside their differences in order to agree on sensible laws in the technology sector. This is our moment to prove they’re wrong,” Klobuchar said at Thursday’s vote.
- The bill was tabled with 15-7 votes, with seven Republicans voting against the bipartisan amendment.
- It provides eligible digital journalism providers, including most editorial offices, which employ fewer than 1,500 full-time employees, a limited safe haven from federal and state antitrust laws that would enable them to participate in joint negotiations. The staff cap is largely aimed at excluding the country’s three largest newspapers and national broadcasters.
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Chinese media connect NSA with network hack
The National Security Agency (NSA) is said to have gained access to the Chinese telecommunications network when it hacked the email systems of a prominent public research university there, Chinese state media reported.
According to a source quoted by the Global Times, the US agency infiltrated the network to “control the country’s infrastructure.”
In June, China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University, known for its aerospace and navigation programs, announced that foreign hackers had sent phishing emails to teachers and students to steal personal information.
The phishing emails contained subject lines related to scientific evaluation, thesis defense, and information about trips abroad.
An investigation carried out by a Chinese technical team revealed that the cyber attack on the university was carried out by Tailored Access Operations (TAO), a hacking unit of the NSA.
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Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” draws 13 million
Amazon’s first exclusive “Thursday Night Football” game attracted an
average of 13 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
The retail giant’s soccer streaming debut last week, which pitted the Kansas City Chiefs against the Los Angeles Chargers, peaked at 14.6 million viewers on Prime Video, Nielsen said in a press release.
The average of 13 million is 47 percent above the second week of “Thursday Night Football” last year, which was shown on the NFL Network, according to Nielsen.
According to Amazon, last week’s game reached an average of 15.3 million viewers when “all available data on every platform was taken from Amazon’s first-party measurement metrics” and Nielsen Media research.
The Chiefs beat the Chargers in the game, 27-24. The next Thursday Night Football game will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns.
Amazon is aggregating direct display data from millions of devices and accounts that are looking at to get a “comprehensive” picture of the viewership figures on its channels, according to the press release.
Nielsen found that the average audience age for the game, 46 years old, was on average seven years younger than the traditional TV audience in week 2 of the season. The audience was also eight years younger than the average “Thursday Night Football” audience of the previous year.
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FTC ORDERS AMAZON EXECUTIVES
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday ordered Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy to testify in an investigation into the company’s Prime membership program.
Amazon had asked the FTC to lift its subpoenas against Bezos and Jassy, arguing that the two executives would have no definite knowledge of Prime’s registration and cancellation, which are at the heart of the FTC’s investigation.
The commissioners denied Amazon’s request, along with several others, which aimed to limit or repeal the FTC’s demands as part of the investigation.
“Amazon gives no reason why the Commission must accept less than all relevant statements it can obtain from these two witnesses,” the commissioners said in Wednesday’s order.
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META IS TAKING “GREAT CAUTION” WITH TRUMP
Meta is considering his decision to reinstate former President Trump’s Facebook account or not with “great caution,” top manager Nick Clegg said on Thursday.
Clegg, Meta’s President of Global Affairs, did not specify in which direction the company is relying on the decision, but gave an insight into how Meta is weighing up the decision in an interview with Semafor editor Steve Clemons.
“If you have this significant ability to make decisions that affect the public sector, you must act with great caution and resistance as a public sector company. You shouldn’t throw your weight around,” said Clegg.
Facebook could reinstate Trump as early as January, which was marked two years after his initial ban on posts about the insurrection in the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The company first outlined this timeline last June when Clegg said the company would assess whether the “public safety risk” of recovering Trump’s account had abated.
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TESLA CALLS 1.1 MILLION VEHICLES
Tesla remembers more than 1 million vehicles for concerns about automatic systems for car windows that can pinch a driver or passenger and cause injuries when closed.
In a letter to Tesla, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed the company’s announcement that it is recalling the Tesla Model 3 for the years 2017 to 2022, the Tesla Model Y for 2020-2021, and the Model S and Model X 2021-2022 vehicles.
In these models, the automatic window reversing system does not adequately detect an obstacle such as a person’s arm or hand and can roll up further and injure a driver or passenger.
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BITS & PIECES
An oped to chew on: The competition issue that Congress is not talking about: patent misuse and ITC reform
Notable links from the Internet:
Chronic illness influencers on TikTok reveal the reality of being ill (Teen Vogue/Fortesa Latifi)
“They’re watching”: In Russia’s huge surveillance state (The New York Times/Paul Mozur, Adam Satariano, Aaron Krolik and Aliza Ehrlich)
In the crypto house of cards (The Washington Post/Steven Zeitchik, Tucker Harris and Jeremy B. Merrill)
👀 Easier click: Show the eyes
One more thing: pushing for a “healthier” Internet
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is creating a nonprofit organization that aims to improve social media and create a healthier online environment, the new group said on Thursday.
Haugen sagte, ihre Beyond the Screen-Organisation werde sich auf „greifbare Lösungen konzentrieren, die Benutzern helfen, die Kontrolle über ihre Erfahrungen in sozialen Medien zu erlangen“.
“We can have social media that brings out the best in us, and Beyond the Screen is working towards that. We’re excited to be working with like-minded partners and organizations like Project Liberty and Common Sense Media, who share our commitment to supporting healthier social media,” Haugen said in the announcement.
Read more about the launch.
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