Day: July 1, 2020

U.S. tech chief executives expected to testify before House panel in late July

FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are seen in a combination photo from Reuters files. REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief executives of the four U.S. tech giants — Amazon.com, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Apple — will testify before the U.S. Congress in late July as part of an ongoing antitrust probe into the companies, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google and Apple’s Tim Cook will appear as part of the probe by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, the sources said.

The companies did not immediately comment.

The hearing will be on or around July 27 and will likely have at least some witnesses and lawmakers appearing via video link, one of the sources said. It was not clear if the four men would appear before the full committee or the

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In Brazil, deliverymen for Uber, other apps protest amid pandemic

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Over a thousand food deliverymen on motorcycles gathered in São Paulo on Wednesday to protest their work conditions, set by Uber (UBER.N) and other apps, with their services in high demand due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Delivery apps workers participate in a strike demanding better working and paying conditions amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The drivers seek better pay and improved health measures, with Brazil now a coronavirus epicenter and delivery workers facing exposure to the virus.

Drivers paraded through Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare, blocking traffic in one direction. They complained that the apps are paying them less while making them work more, with possible suspension if they do not comply.

The government said this week that half of working-age Brazilians are out of a job due to

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U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns: draft

(Reuters) – U.S. legislation aimed at stopping online child sexual abuse material is likely to be amended to address concerns of platforms like Google and Facebook that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users, according to a draft of the bill seen by Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes an opening statement in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS

Tech companies, currently protected from lawsuits over content posted by users, feared the original bill would hurt their ability to offer protections like end-to-end encryption. That technology scrambles messages so they can be deciphered only by the sender and intended recipient, a feature critical to the online privacy of billions of people.

In a new draft authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, The Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of

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UK regulators take aim at Apple’s search engine deal with Google

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Google logo is placed on the Apple Macbook in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

(Reuters) – The payments by Alphabet Inc’s Google to Apple Inc to be the default search engine on Apple’s Safari web browser create “a significant barrier to entry and expansion” for Google’s rivals in the search engine market, the UK markets regulator said in a report released on Wednesday.

Apple received the “substantial majority” of the 1.2 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) that Google paid to be the default search engine on a variety of devices in the United Kingdom in 2019, according to the report.

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, in its final report investigating online platforms and digital advertising, said the arrangements between Apple and Google create “a significant barrier to entry and expansion” for Google’s rivals in the search engine market. Those rivals include Microsoft

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