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October 7, 2020, 10:15 AM

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
After a 16-month probe, House Democrats say Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, and Apple enjoy “monopoly power” and suggest antitrust changes that could break them up  —  - After a 16-month investigation into competitive practices at Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google …
The Amazon Blog:
In response to House's report on Big Tech, Amazon says that “fringe notions on antitrust would destroy small businesses and hurt consumers”  —  Misguided interventions in the free market would kill off independent retailers and punish consumers by forcing small businesses …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple says it “vehemently disagrees” with the conclusions reached in US House report and doesn't have dominant marketshare in any categories of its businesses  —  Earlier today, the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee completed its ongoing antitrust investigation …
New York Times:
NBC News:
Facebook says it will ban QAnon across its platforms, removing all Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts that represent QAnon  —  Facebook said Tuesday that it is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms, a significant escalation over its previous action and one of the broadest rules …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack says it will add Snapchat-like stories and push-to-talk audio calls before end of 2020  —  Get ready to Slack your daily stories  —  Slack is getting ready to introduce Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio into its communications software before the end of 2020.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Microsoft says the US Labor Department is probing whether Microsoft's diversity efforts constitute racial discrimination by a government contractor  —  The Labor Department has been probing whether Microsoft's goal of increasing Black representation in its ranks constitutes racial discrimination, the software maker disclosed Tuesday.
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Leaked memo from February reveals Amazon's plans to invest in software to analyze data on unions, alongside non-union “threats” like crime and weather  —  A representative of a union for Amazon employees protesting at Amazon's Swansea fulfillment center on November 23, 2018, in Swansea, W
BBC:
Facebook removed a post by Trump saying COVID-19 is “less lethal” than flu, only the second time it has done so, as Twitter hides the tweet and adds a warning  —  Facebook has deleted a post in which President Trump had claimed Covid-19 was “less lethal” than the flu.
Manish Singh / Techcrunch:
India offers 16 phone makers, including Samsung, Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron, incentives of 4% to 6% over five years on sales of some products made in India  —  Samsung and three major contract manufacturing partners of Apple are among 16 firms to win $6.65 billion incentives under India's federal plan …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google adds a Stories feature to its Google iOS and Android app, a carousel focusing on publisher content that can include audio, full-screen video, and photos  —  Google announced today it's introducing a Stories feature to its Google app for iOS and Android, which now reaches over 800 million people per month.
Valentina Pop / Wall Street Journal:
Broadcom settles antitrust dispute with EU by agreeing to refrain from any exclusivity arrangements for chips used in TV set-top boxes and internet modems  —  The U.S. company agrees to refrain from any exclusivity arrangements for chips used in television set-top boxes and internet modems, European Commission says
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Report details how West Texas has become a hotbed for patent and IP litigation, after a federal judge, who was formerly a patent litigator, took office in 2018  —  For years, you may recall that we would write about the insane nature of forum shopping for patent trolls …

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