Tech Bros Escape Hearing Unscathed, Unlike Republicans

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It seems that there were two (2) Tech Hearings yesterday. The first was Democrats wondering if Tech Companies are too big and powerful for America’s good.

Axios morning email thingie:

Here’s where the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee pressed each company hardest:

  • Facebook: Panel Democrats said the social network’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp were plainly anticompetitive — that the company made the deals to stop Instagram from becoming a competitor to its main platform and WhatsApp from becoming a competitor to its messaging service. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook had no idea the two would become such juggernauts when it bought them.
  • Google: Lawmakers homed in on the company’s acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007 as the watershed moment when its dominance of search combined with power over the levers of online ad targeting.
  • Amazon faced tough questions about its role as both a massively successful online retailer and the proprietor of the biggest online marketplace for third-party sellers.
  • Apple took sustained heat for its power over the its App Store, and the cut it takes from developers who sell digital products through their apps.

All the companies, subcommittee chair David Cicilline said, have become bottlenecks for distribution, using their chokehold over data to surveil potential competitors and their control over technologies to extend their power.

The favorite dodge? “I’ll get back to you.”

The second “hearing ” was Republicans airing grievances of alleged bias against themselves, against a backdrop of:

Oops.

oops.

Oh, there was some Tech Support

“My parents, who have a Gmail account, aren’t getting my campaign emails,” Rep. Greg Steube [Ed. – Rep. Greg Steube is Republican from Floriduh. -TG]  told Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

So the Tech Bros will live another day.

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19 Responses to Tech Bros Escape Hearing Unscathed, Unlike Republicans

  1. spotthedog says:

    “My parents… aren’t getting my campaign emails.” Oh man, I love that line and I can’t stop laughing!

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  2. roket says:

    Even after all these years (beginning in 1980 to be precise) I still wonder what color the sky is in their world.

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  3. buckobear says:

    I guess no one remembers the breakup of the “Phone Company.”

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  4. R White says:

    It would be funny if it were not so scary & sad that such a group of incompetent assholes with their collective childlike understanding of technology have such control over our daily lives.

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  5. Dennis Cole says:

    Unless the Gubmint wants to take over, and assume control of these platforms, they have all the Power we yielded to them via our happy(?) participation in their endeavors. That, combined with their wealth, makes them basically unassailable, and if they decide to use their Powers for even more nefarious purposes, then there’s nothing ANY elected repre(hensible)sentative can do about it, and you need no further proof than that one congress-critter’s lament over his mom and pop’s email problems.

    I mean, can you imagine the uproar if the Gubmint were to announce they were taking over Facebook, in order to save you from your own foolish interactions? Kinda like they did in Portland, it’s FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. “Your gubmint CARES about you, enough to help keep you from harm from those other guys”

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    • Amazon is the one who skates way over the monopoly line. They can use the data from their own site to push shoppers to their products versus the business paying Amazon to use their marketplace. They are in scale and practice remarkably akin to the Gilded Age Standard Oil. (they pretty much destroyed the retail bookselling business and that was before they started selling other stuff!)

      Coupled with their astonishingly cavalier attitude towards theft of any IP other than their own, they are overripe for a breakup.

      Honestly Amazon the Retailer, Amazon the Marketplace, and Amazon the Cloud Computing Provider should really be three separate, separately governed companies.

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  6. All I can say is that if they force Apple to allow third party stores to work, I ain’t going within a million miles of one of them…All you have to do is look at the Android app world where there are tens of thousands of dodgy apps in ur phone stealin ur sekrits.

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    • tengrain says:

      It’s the magic of the Walled Garden approach. But it works, I will give them credit.

      One of my friends had a budget Android phone that one day one started acting bad, she had it analyzed: it came with malware installed which was undeletable.

      I think if Apple removed or at least lowered their cut from 3rd party developers, it would cure a lot of the monopoly talk.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  7. sos says:

    Unscathed — for now. Eventually the townsfolk will catch-up with their pitchforks.

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  8. FELINE MAMA says:

    “Isn’t true, Sir, that your Network published a work called “Cat in the Hat” & used the proxy author as being a Dr. Seuss to justify your programming young children to become Communists?”

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  9. Dennis Cole says:

    And the way the once-mighty, but always-proud Symbol of the Rethuglicon Party, the magnificent Elephant was reduced to ignominy when they aided, abetted, and assisted in the distribution of that terminal work: “Horton Hires A Hoe

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