Policy / Civilization & Discontents

  1. API pricing protests caused Reddit to crash for 3 hours

    Thousands of subreddits going dark broke Reddit's website, mobile app.

  2. Google’s ad tech dominance spurs more antitrust charges, report says

    Google's ad revenue amounted to nearly $225 billion in 2022.

  3. FTC files to block Microsoft’s $69B Activision Blizzard acquisition [Updated]

    The injunction could disrupt the deal as its mid-July deadline approaches.

  4. Musk stiffing Google could unleash yet more abuse on Twitter, report says

    Musk's top priorities seem to be cutting costs and removing spam bots from DMs.

  5. Ex-Samsung executive alleged to have stolen tech to recreate chip plant in China

    Six others also indicted as Korea toughens response to leakage of secrets.

  6. Acer reportedly sent Russia $70M in PC gear after saying it paused business there

    Reuters says Acer used Swiss subsidiary to send Russia "at least" 744 shipments.

  7. Musk on path to turn Twitter into the next MySpace or Yahoo, co-founder suggests

    Ev Williams: Generally, "the new thing does not come from the old thing."

  8. Judge denies Amazon’s, Apple’s motions to dismiss class action price-fixing suit

    Which markets are hurt by companies' agreement is "reserved for a jury."

  9. OpenAI faces defamation suit after ChatGPT completely fabricated another lawsuit

    ChatGPT continues causing trouble by making up lawsuits.

  10. Smart TV industry rocked by alleged patent conspiracy from chipmaker [Updated]

    Lawsuit: Patent trolls created “harmful illusion” of unstable TV-chip market.

  11. Google un-bans Downloader app, but developer still mad about “broken” DMCA

    Downloader app for TVs "was offline for 20 days, all because the DMCA is broken."

  12. DeSantis ad uses fake AI images of Trump hugging and kissing Fauci, experts say

    Trump/Fauci Images have strange hair, garbled text, and unnatural body parts.

  1. Damning probes find Instagram is key link connecting pedophile rings

    Lawmakers, researchers demand Meta do more to stop Instagram pedophile rings.

  2. Robocalls claiming voters would get “mandatory vaccines” result in $5M fine

    Black people targeted with conspiracy theory about voting and mandatory vaccines.

  3. Pornhub attacks states for passing “unsafe” age-verification laws

    Pornhub wants to punt privacy concerns of age verification to Big Tech.

  4. Internet users love fiber service—too bad you probably can’t get it

    Fiber beats cable and everything else in ACSI customer satisfaction scores.

  5. SEC sues Coinbase, continues major crackdown on cryptocurrency exchanges

    Coinbase promises to continue operating, as Congress mulls new crypto rules.

  6. Inside 4chan’s top-secret moderation machine

    Internal documents show how chaotic moderation allowed racism and violence to take over.

  7. SEC sues Binance, says it evaded US law with “extensive web of deception”

    Binance slammed by SEC chair for "calculated evasion of the law."

  8. Twitter US ad sales plunged 59%, and internal forecasts are grim, NYT reports

    NYT: Twitter "has regularly fallen short of its US weekly sales projections."

  9. YouTube now allows videos that falsely claim Trump won 2020 election

    YouTube says ban spurred by Trump's election lies may "curtail political speech."

  10. Twitter safety chief resigns after Musk criticizes decision to restrict film

    Ella Irwin is second trust and safety chief to quit since Musk bought Twitter.

  11. No groundwater, no new homes, as Arizona severely restricts new housing

    Cities, developers will have to turn to costly sources to build new homes.

  12. Pentagon buying Starlink dishes for Ukraine after funding dispute with SpaceX

    DoD confirms deal months after Musk said he'd "keep funding Ukraine for free."

  1. FTC: Amazon/Ring workers illegally spied on users of home security cameras

    Amazon agrees to Ring and Alexa settlements but didn't admit violating any laws.

  2. Federal judge: No AI in my courtroom unless a human verifies its accuracy

    Judge wary of AI "hallucinations," says it isn't acceptable for legal briefing.

  3. Twitter value keeps falling under Musk, now worth a third of what he paid

    $15 billion valuation after Fidelity lowers value of its Twitter stake again.

  4. Cyberweapon manufacturers plot to stay on the right side of US

    Contrasting fates of Israeli spyware-makers Paragon and NSO tell the tale.

  5. It’s prison day for Elizabeth Holmes; 11-year sentence has begun in Texas

    Elizabeth Holmes arrived at the minimum-security prison camp in Bryan, Texas.

  6. Lawyer cited 6 fake cases made up by ChatGPT; judge calls it “unprecedented”

    Judge weighs punishment for lawyer who didn't bother to verify ChatGPT output.

  7. Biden admin wants Europe to reject forced payments from Big Tech to ISPs

    US: Mandatory fees would give ISPs a new bottleneck and raise costs for users.

  8. Minn. Gov. vetoes pay raise for drivers after Uber, Lyft threaten price hikes

    Governor had no conversations with drivers before vetoing bill, senator says.

  9. TikTok—banned or not, it’s probably here to stay, an Ars Frontiers 2023 recap

    Experts discussed the legal impossibility of a nationwide TikTok ban.

  10. Supreme Court limits the EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act

    Court limits regulations to wetlands that directly connect to bodies of water.

  11. OpenAI CEO raises $115M for crypto company that scans people’s eyeballs

    Worldcoin investor insists "Orb" iris scanner is not a "dystopian nightmare."

  12. DeSantis/Musk event didn’t break the Internet, but it did break Twitter

    Half of DeSantis’ audience ditched his glitchy Twitter Spaces campaign launch.