Facebook Faces Antitrust Lawsuit From as Many as 40 U.S. States

A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook  (FB) – Get Report for potential antitrust violations, with plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant.

Citing four sources familiar with the situation, Reuters reported that more than 40 states are behind the lawsuit, which is expected to be filed as soon as next week.

Facebook and other tech giants including Amazon.com  (AMZN) – Get Report, Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report and Alphabet-owned Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report have been accused of using their size and reach to direct consumers to their own products and services, stifling competition in the process.

Specifically, federal and state antitrust authorities are probing whether Facebook is taking advantage of its size and platforms in search and advertising practices – in particular through third-party platforms it owns like Instagram and WhatsApp.

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Apple faces lawsuits in Europe over slowing down older iPhones

Apple is facing new legal action in Europe over its controversial practice of slowing down older iPhones.



a stereo sitting on top of a laptop: An Iphone 6 is seen in this photo illustration made in Stuttgart, Germany on January 11, 2020 (Photo by Agron Beqiri/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


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An Iphone 6 is seen in this photo illustration made in Stuttgart, Germany on January 11, 2020 (Photo by Agron Beqiri/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Euroconsumers, the advocacy group bringing the action, said in a statement Wednesday that the class-action lawsuits cover up to 2 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus devices in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

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Apple has faced public backlash and legal action around the world after it admitted in 2017 that software updates designed to prevent the batteries in older iPhones from crashing also slowed the devices down.

The Euroconsumers cases mirror a class action lawsuit against Apple in the United States that led to a proposed settlement of $500 million in March. Last month, Apple paid $113 million to

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Facial recognition software is learning to identify bear and cow faces

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Nowadays almost everyone uses facial recognition in some form or another — maybe it’s to get into your iPhone, or when social media platforms suggest tags in photos. But if you thought humans had the monopoly on facial recognition software, think again. Forget lions and tigers — bears can use facial recognition too.

After spending over a decade tracking and studying grizzly bears in British Columbia, Canada, bear biologist Melanie Clapham has teamed up with two Silicon Valley-based tech workers to create a facial recognition software called BearID. Designed to monitor grizzly bears and track them via small differences like scars and nicks, the project has been used to recognise 132 of the animals thus far.

By adapting existing artificial intelligence programs (namely, funny apps that put moustaches on dogs) the team was able to collect 4,674 images of grizzly bears. According

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Comcast faces backlash over plan to charge customers up to $100 for going over a home-internet data limit rolling out to 14 new states



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  • Comcast is planning on adding data caps to its home-internet plans, starting in January.
  • In 14 states and the District of Columbia, customers with Xfinity internet plans that aren’t unlimited will be constrained to 1.2 TB of data per month, or face overage charges. 
  • Comcast has had data caps in other parts of the country since 2016.
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Comcast is adding a data cap for some of its home-internet plans starting in January. The telecommunications giant recently confirmed it’s introducing a limit of 1.2 TB on Xfinity Internet plans in 14 states and the District of Colombia.

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If customers that don’t have unlimited plans go over that cap, they must pay $10 for each additional 50 GB

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Training AI algorithms on mostly smiling faces reduces accuracy and introduces bias, according to research

Facial recognition systems are problematic for a number of reasons, not least of which they tend to exhibit prejudice against certain demographic groups and genders. But a new study from researchers affiliated with MIT, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid explores another problematic aspect that’s received less attention so far: bias toward certain facial expressions. The coauthors claim that the impact of expressions on facial recognition systems is “at least” as impactful as wearing a scarf, hat, wig, or glasses, and that facial recognition systems are trained with highly biased datasets in this regard.

The study adds to a growing body of evidence that facial recognition is susceptible to harmful, pervasive prejudice. A paper last fall by University of Colorado, Boulder researchers demonstrated that AI from Amazon, Clarifai, Microsoft, and others maintained accuracy rates above 95% for cisgender men and women but misidentified

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Google faces major competition probe over its dominance of internet advertising after Britain leaves EU



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Google faces a major competition probe over its dominance of internet advertising after Britain leaves the EU. 

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has revealed it could investigate the tech giant over controversial changes it is making to data rules. It follows a complaint from Marketers for an Open Web, a group of publishers and marketing firms. 

They claim Google’s new so-called privacy sandbox will allow the firm to hoard customer data – giving it an even bigger stranglehold over the digital ads industry and firms that rely on its platform. 



Probe: The CMA said it was looking at whether the concerns could justify a full-blown competition investigation into Google's actions


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Probe: The CMA said it was looking at whether the concerns could justify a full-blown competition investigation into Google’s actions

The CMA yesterday said it was looking at whether the concerns could justify a full-blown competition probe into Google’s actions. 

It would be the first

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Google faces UK scrutiny over new advertising data revamp

LONDON (AP) — Google faces fresh regulatory scrutiny in Britain over plans to revamp its ad data system, after an industry lobbying group complained to the competition watchdog that the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant’s online dominance.

Marketers for an Open Web, a coalition of technology and publishing companies, said Monday that it’s urging the U.K. competition watchdog to step in and force Google to delay the rollout of its “privacy sandbox” scheduled for early next year.

The new technology would remove so-called third party cookies that allow users to be tracked across the internet by storing information on their devices, replaced by tools owned by Google. That means login, advertising and other features would be taken off the open web and placed under Google’s control, the group said.

The Competition and Markets Authority confirmed it received the complaint.


“We take the matters raised in the complaint very

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Kids gaming platform Roblox faces hurdles ahead of public listing: rough words

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BANGALORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Profanities and other offensive content that basic word-filtering tools are designed to catch can be found in some game titles and user profiles on children’s gaming platform Roblox, searches of the website show, despite the company’s “no tolerance” policy and assurances it has safeguards to enforce it.

Powered by user-created games, Roblox is on course for a multibillion-dollar stock market debut before year end, riding the lockdown entertainment boom with its appeal as a place for safe fun and interactions for the youngest gamers.

But parenting groups and investors alike said they were concerned about whether the company’s automated systems to moderate content can effectively delete potentially offensive language and images that pop up on the platform.

Simple Google keyword searches of its site – conducted twice by Reuters since

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Kids Gaming Platform Roblox Faces Hurdles Ahead of Public Listing: Rough Words | Top News

(Please note paragraph four contains language some readers might find offensive)

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BANGALORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Profanities and other offensive content that basic word-filtering tools are designed to catch can be found in some game titles and user profiles on children’s gaming platform Roblox, searches of the website show, despite the company’s “no tolerance” policy and assurances it has safeguards to enforce it.

Powered by user-created games, Roblox is on course for a multibillion-dollar stock market debut before year end, riding the lockdown entertainment boom with its appeal as a place for safe fun and interactions for the youngest gamers.

But parenting groups and investors alike said they were concerned about whether the company’s automated systems to moderate content can effectively delete potentially offensive language and images that pop up on the platform.

Simple Google keyword searches of its site – conducted twice by Reuters

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