The FTC and state attorneys general are reportedly aiming up to 4 new antitrust lawsuits at Facebook and Google as talk of regulation continues to heat up



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  • The Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general are gearing up to hit Google and Facebook with new antitrust lawsuits in the coming weeks, per a Monday report from The Wall Street Journal.
  • The probes will focus on whether the companies have had unfair advantages in their domination of the search and ad market and social media.
  • The DOJ and state attorneys generals have been probing aspects of Google’s business, including its search, online advertising, and Android practices, since 2019. The DOJ filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google in October.
  • But if the government sued Facebook, it would be the first major US government antitrust action taken against the social media company.
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Delco Computer Network Hackers Reportedly Demand $500K



Authorities are investigating a disruption to Delaware County's computer network, and the perpetrators are reportedly demanding $500,000.


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Authorities are investigating a disruption to Delaware County’s computer network, and the perpetrators are reportedly demanding $500,000.

DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — The case of the computer network “hack” in Delaware County had its stakes raised recently, as the perpetrators are reportedly demanding thousands from the county.

Earlier this week, Delaware County officials said part of the county’s computer network experienced a disruption.

Authorities launched an investigation into the disruption.

Part of the investigation included taking certain systems offline and working with computer forensic specialists to determine the nature and scope of the event.

Later, the FBI was reported to have joined the investigation.

Action News now reports the hackers are demanding $500,000 in cryptocurrency from the county to release the systems from their clutches.

According to the outlet the county will pay the $500,000 as it has insurance to cover such situations.

The county said its Bureau of

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Salesforce Reportedly Kicks Tires on Slack Acquisition

Shares of work messaging app Slack Technologies  (WORK) – Get Report jumped more than 7% Wednesday after the company was reportedly approached for an acquisition by Salesforce  (CRM) – Get Report

Any deal would value Slack above its current $17 billion market capitalization, The Wall Street Journal reported. It would  represent Salesforce’s largest acquisition to date. 

There is no guarantee that the acquisition talks will lead to a deal and Salesforce could ultimately choose a different target, sources told the Journal. 

Slack jumped 7.1% to $31.68 on the news before being halted due to volatility. Salesforce shares dropped more than 3% on the news to $252.70, though the stock has risen about 55% year to date. 

Requests for comment from both Slack and Salesforce weren’t returned immediately Wednesday.

Analysts at Wedbush published an industry note Wednesday afternoon following the news, saying “This would be an

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Google Reportedly Wants to Buy Indian Social Media Firm ShareChat

Four months after taking a stake in India’s biggest mobile carrier, Google  (GOOG) – Get Report is reportedly interested in buying a fast-growing Indian social media firm.

The search giant is in talks to buy startup ShareChat in a deal that could be worth slightly more than $1 billion, according to a report from India’s Economic Times. For comparison, ShareChat was valued at $650 million in a 2019 funding round.

Following strong 2020 growth, ShareChat claims to have more than 160 million monthly active users (MAUs) for its core app. In addition, the company recently launched a short-form video app called Moj, around the time that TikTok was banned in India. Moj is said to have amassed more than 80 million MAUs in less than five months.

ShareChat’s core app lets users share videos and other content through both a core feed and groups that feature chat rooms

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Amazon is reportedly laying off dozens of employees working on its long-awaited drone project



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  • Amazon is reportedly laying off dozens of R&D and manufacturing staff working on its delivery drone service Amazon Prime Air, according to a Financial Times report.
  • The company is turning to two external manufacturers to build components for the drones, with additional deals potentially in the pipeline, a person familiar with Amazon’s plans told the paper.
  • Amazon’s drone deliveries are still “years away,” but development will “slowly but surely” progress in 2021, the person said.
  • Amazon Prime Air service, which has been in the works since 2013, received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start conducting delivery drone operations in August.
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Amazon is reportedly laying off dozens of staff working on its delivery drone project, Amazon Prime Air, turning to external manufacturers to help

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Chrome and Firefox reportedly now available for Apple’s M1 Macs

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Google Chrome has reportedly released an updated version that supports Apple’s new lineup of Macs with its own homemade silicon. According to 9to5Google, the Apple silicon version of Chrome for Mac is available now.

You can get it from the Chrome site by clicking “download” and then selecting “Mac with Apple chip.”

Developers on Twitter also spotted preliminary support for Apple’s silicon in Firefox 84 beta, which Mozilla confirmed in an emailed statement. “We offered Firefox users on Apple’s M1 Macs our first native build with Firefox 84 Beta this week,” a Mozilla spokesperson told CNET. “Native support is coming for Release. Before that happens, there are a number of

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PS5 Rest Mode Reportedly Causing Technical Issues

The PS5’s Rest mode is supposed to make it easier for players to pick up where they left off, just like its PS4 incarnation. Unfortunately, several PS5 owners–including multiple GameSpot staffers–have reported the console’s Rest mode appears to be causing a variety of technical issues, from persistent crashes to outright wiping saves.

Most users who have experienced these issues have been forced to rebuild their PS5’s database, similar to what happens when you accidentally unplug the system or experience a power outage. However, there appears to be no solution to the save-wiping issue. Some users have even reported that Rest mode can brick your PS5, though it’s not clear if that’s actually the case. It seems the vast majority of these complaints involve Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which led Insomniac’s James Stevenson to say that they’re investigating the issue.

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Trump allies are reportedly considering buying out Newsmax to build a strong competitor to Fox News



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  • Allies to President Donald Trump are exploring the possibility of acquiring and investing in conservative outlet Newsmax to set up a competitor to the Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • There are ongoing discussions between Newsmax and Hicks Equity Partners, an investment firm connected to the Republican National Committee.
  • CNN reported that Fox News viewers have been navigating over to Newsmax after the network declared Biden was the winner. 
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Allies to President Donald Trump are exploring the possibility of acquiring and investing in conservative outlet Newsmax to set up a competitor to the Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal reported.

There are ongoing discussions between Newsmax and Hicks Equity Partners, an investment firm connected to the Republican National Committee, according to the Journal. The deal would include a video-streaming service. 

Media pundits believe

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Uber is reportedly looking to sell its self-driving division

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Uber is in talks to sell its scandalridden self-driving vehicle branch, Advanced Technologies Group, according to a Friday TechCrunch report. And it looks like Aurora Innovation, a startup founded by veterans of the autonomous vehicle industry, is first in line to scoop up the “prize.”

Sources familiar with the negotiations told the outlet that Uber “has been shopping” ATG, which carries the grim distinction of the world’s first recorded fatal self-driving car crash, to several potential buyers, and Aurora appears to be the clear frontrunner. While terms of the deal are still unknown, sources say negotiations are “far along in the process” and that the two companies have been in talks since October.

Spokespeople for both companies declined TechCrunch’s request for comment on the matter. But the move would fall in line with Uber’s recent downsizing, spurred in

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Uber reportedly may sell its self-driving car division to rival Aurora

Uber is in talks to sell its autonomous vehicle unit to startup competitor Aurora Innovation, TechCrunch reported. If it comes to pass, the sale of Uber Advanced Technologies Group (UberATG), would mark the end of a bumpy road for a division of Uber that was valued at $7.25 billion as recently as last July, but which has been plagued with ongoing problems.

In March of 2019, Uber avoided criminal charges in the 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, the first-ever death involving an autonomous car. Federal investigators found that Uber, the safety driver behind the wheel of the car, and the state of Arizona all shared a portion of the blame for the incident. The accident ended Uber’s test program in Tempe, but the company resumed testing in Pittsburgh, where UberATG is headquartered.

And UberATG was involved in a trade secrets lawsuit with competitor Waymo, owned by Google

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