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Policy

From platform moderation on Facebook and YouTube to big government struggles like the FCC and privacy regulation, policy is where we take on the rules of the internet. Watch here to follow Ajit Pai's ongoing fight against net neutrality, and Europe's push to protect its citizens' data with the GDPR. We're tracking broadband speeds to look for carrier throttling, making sure your connection stays clean. We're tracking moderation and free speech online, making sure the policies match up with what's happening in the real world. The law isn't always made with the internet in mind, and with antitrust and monopoly concerns overwhelming tech giants, there aren't many powers left standing up for the open web. So check in here to keep an eye on those stories, and we'll make sure you stay ahead of the rules of the internet — even the weird and confusing ones.

Google calls for new government action to protect open-source software projects

Robinhood has to pay a trader around $30K for restricting trades on certain stocks

Want the ‘TLDR’ on a site’s terms of service? There’s a bill for that

White House hosts tech summit to discuss open-source security after Log4j

Nigeria lifts Twitter ban, says the company has agreed to government demands

Twitter returns to Nigeria under government watch

Congressional watchdog calls for stronger regulation of crypto ATMs

Apple patches HomeKit denial-of-service bug with new iOS update

White House to launch COVID test-ordering site ‘by this weekend,’ reports say

California is ‘revisiting’ Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta in light of ‘dangerous’ videos

The Wordle clones have disappeared from the App Store

The App Store clones are here to profit off Wordle’s success

Amazon workers will redo Bessemer union election on February 4th

Judge says the FTC’s Meta monopoly lawsuit can go forward

White House says that insurers are required to reimburse or pay for at-home COVID tests

A ransomware attack took a New Mexico jail offline, leaving inmates in lockdown

Facebook contractors threaten to stop work over missing paychecks

Google can’t cloak documents showing an ‘antiunion campaign,’ NLRB judge rules

Apple promises third-party payment options in iOS for South Korean users

Apple’s grip on App Store payments slips, just a little

Intel’s funding threatened by Marco Rubio after ‘humiliating apologies’ to China

SEC charges ‘decentralized’ Amazon Web Services competitor with scamming investors

Europol ordered to delete petabytes of data not clearly linked to crime

Moxie Marlinspike has stepped down as CEO of Signal

The FCC’s still in a stalemate a year into Biden’s presidency

GM finally bends the knee to California’s authority to set vehicle pollution rules

Amazon workers will now get only a week of COVID PTO

Facebook is giving you homework to learn about its privacy settings

How Signal is playing with fire

Justice Department cracks down on Amazon sellers’ DVD price-fixing scheme

Swiss Army drops WhatsApp for homegrown messaging service, citing privacy concerns

Discord hacking is the newest threat for NFT buyers

France fines Google and Facebook for pushing tracking cookies on users with dark patterns

Google and Facebook make it harder to reject cookies

Trump’s Truth Social app will apparently launch in February

Snap suing to trademark the word ‘spectacles’ for its smart glasses

Pete Buttigieg is racing to keep up with self-driving cars

The US secretary of transportation wants to talk about innovation, infrastructure, and electric vehicles — and a little about Tesla

Turning Point is quietly building the next generation of conservative influencers

Influencer first, conservative second

Google will pay top execs $1 million each after declining to boost workers’ pay

Why AT&T and Verizon are feuding with the US government over a last-minute delay to 5G

A long-brewing battle between wireless carriers and airlines

China launches iPhone and Android apps for its digital currency

Netflix memo encourages recruiters to avoid talking about Dave Chappelle