Is a Crackdown Coming?

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June 17, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

A Big-Tech Critic Now Leads the FTC


President Joe Biden on Tuesday named Big Tech critic Lina Khan as the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, a signal that the agency is likely to crack down further on the industry’s giants, the New York Times reports. The agency is investigating Amazon and filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook last year. Khan, 32, who was born in London to Pakistani parents and is an associate professor of law at Columbia Law School, becomes the youngest chair in the FTC’s history.

2_POLICY

Legislation Aimed at Tech Industry Proposed


House lawmakers have proposed a bundle of bipartisan legislation aimed at reining in the country’s biggest tech companies. Stratechery provides an overview of the five bills, which resulted from the House Subcommittee on Antitrust’s investigation of the tech industry. Big Technology has posted the draft legislation.

3_BUSINESS

It’s Database Companies’ Golden Age. But for How Long?

It's a great time to be a database company, Protocol reports. Historic amounts of money are flowing into the sector, creating a rush of new startups that command huge valuations. But industry insiders expect a wave of consolidation within the next decade.

4_STARTUPS

A $1.1 Billion Valuation for IRL

Messaging app IRL has raised a $170 million Series C led by SoftBank valuing the company at $1.1 billion, Forbes reports. The two-year-old app—popular among teens—now has 20 million active monthly users sending 100 million messages a day. The next task for IRL: figuring out how to make money.

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5_APPS

Google Workspace Is Now Free for All


Anyone with a Google account now can access to Google Workspace, Tech.co reports. Previously known as G-Suite, the integrated platform gives users seamless functionality between Gmail, Google Chat, and other Google apps, like Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive. As part of Workspace becoming available “for everyone,” Gmail is getting streamlined navigation on the web, 9to5Google says.

6_COMPUTING

What’s Ahead for Windows? 


Microsoft has not revealed much about its upcoming June 24 "What's Next for Windows" event, but OnMSFT says this much is clear: The OS will look and feel different going forward. This week, meanwhile, it announced that it is ending support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025.

7_SECURITY

The Myths about Ransomware 

As regulators and companies come to grips with the scale of the ransomware problem, it is receiving more attention than ever before—some of it productive, but some of it misleading and incorrect. Writing in the Washington Post, cybersecurity expert Josephine Wolff examines five myths about ransomware.

8_MARKETING

Tips on How to Get Free YouTube Subscribers


Getting more free YouTube subscribers is the best way to maximize your organic reach on the second-largest website in the world. But how to do it? Hootsuite offers seven tips.

9_MEDIA

BuzzFeed to Pay Viral Content Creators


BuzzFeed, which has long relied on fan contributors who create essays, lists, and other content free charge via the BuzzFeed Community portal, is testing a new way to gamify its content production, Fast Company reports. Last week, it introduced a new program—dubbed the BuzzFeed Summer Writers’ Challenge—that offers payments of up to $10,000 per post for top creators.

10_SAY WHAT?

Opus Pocus

A company called Opus says its new product, SoundBed, will help you relax and become more receptive to mediation and introspection. The $1,999 SoundBed sends low-frequency vibrations throughout your body, Engadget reports. It also connects to a companion spatial audio app from Opus that plays guided meditation workshops.

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