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  • Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment’

    11/09/2017 4:45:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    The (S)Hill ^ | 11/9/17 | Ali Breland
    Lawmakers put the finishing touches this week on military funding legislation that contains a provision that stands to significantly benefit Amazon. The amendment, Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would help Amazon establish a tight grip on the lucrative, $53 billion government acquisitions market, experts say. The provision, dubbed the “Amazon amendment” by experts, according to an article in The Intercept, would allow for the creation of an online portal that government employees could use to purchase everyday items such as office supplies or furniture.
  • 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney: Sources

    11/06/2017 11:25:31 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 6, 2017 | David Faber
    21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney Co., leaving behind a media company tightly focused on news and sports, according to people familiar with the situation. The talks have taken place over the last few weeks and there is no certainty they will lead to a deal. The two sides are not currently talking at this very moment, but given the on again, off again nature of the talks, they could be revisited. For Fox, the willingness to engage in sale talks with Disney stems from a growing belief among its...
  • It's Time to Bust the Online Trusts

    11/01/2017 9:05:54 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | 11/01/17 | Luther Lowe
    In the absence of rigorous antitrust enforcement, the consumer internet has become too concentrated in a few dominant companies, creating easy targets for bad actors. There is a reason Congress did not have to investigate foreign meddling after the 2008 or 2012 elections. Back then the internet was still a diverse, decentralized network...This older form of online community building has largely been supplanted by tools provided by the dominant players... Google used to be the engine that drove the open web... Over time, Google’s philosophy shifted [to] making the internet less open and pluralistic than even a few years ago...Facebook’s...
  • Letter To Congressman - The NFL Is A Monopoly. It's Time To Treat It As Such (Vanity)

    10/08/2017 12:24:42 PM PDT · by mbrfl · 108 replies
    Self | 10/8/17 | Self
    I just sent this to my Congressman. I encourage others to do likewise. It's time to broach the topic of regulating major league sports in this country. And no, there's nothing unconservative about regulating a monopoly like the NFL. Don't buy the argument that it's un-American to regulate the NFL because is goes against the free market. The NFL is anything BUT a free market, and it never has been. Mr. Desantis I am writing to encourage you to introduce legislation to fix the broken state of major league sports in this country. The NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL are...
  • How Silicon Valley Turned Off the Left and Right

    09/28/2017 5:02:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When left and right finally agree on something, watch out: The unthinkable becomes normal. So it is with changing attitudes toward Silicon Valley. For the last two decades, Apple, Google, Amazon and other West Coast tech corporations have been untouchable icons. They piled up astronomical profits while hypnotizing both left-wing and right-wing politicians. Conservative administrations praised them as modern versions of 19th-century risk-takers such as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs and other tech giants were seen as supposedly creating national wealth in an unregulated, laissez-faire landscape that they had invented from nothing. At...
  • Retail Websites Are 'Public Accommodations' Subject to ADA, Judge Rules

    09/05/2017 5:58:11 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 57 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | September 5, 2017 | Andrew Denney
    n a recent ruling, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York found that the website for Blick Art Materials, where customers can purchase products, is a place of public accommodation and thus subject to the ADA.... Of the hundreds of suits filed, so far one has gone to trial, and it didn't bode well for the defense bar. In June, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola of the Southern District of Florida found that supermarket chain Winn-Dixie violated the rights of a blind customer by not making its website usable through screen reader software.
  • Google Detractors Want to Hand Internet Over to European Union Control

    08/31/2017 10:24:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/31/17 | Judi McLeod
    The entire EU out to get Google battle can be framed in one sentence: Google is private in private industry, the EU bureaucracy is an unelected government There’s a new monster out on the trail patiently waiting for the unsuspecting to wander into its mouth before it snaps shut its vizor-like jaws from which there is no possible escape. The monster, the most monolithic of them all, is set to gobble the Internet while piously claiming to save the masses from Google.
  • Silicon Valley Billionaires Are the New Robber Barons

    08/17/2017 3:02:17 PM PDT · by Mafe · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | August 17, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers. During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal “outsourcer-in-chief” for investing in companies that went overseas in search of cheap labor. Yet most of the computers and smartphones sold by Silicon Valley companies are still being built abroad — to mostly silence from progressive watchdogs.
  • How to Break Silicon Valley’s Anti-Free-Speech Monopoly

    08/15/2017 5:33:32 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/17 | Jeremy Carl
    It’s time to treat Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter like public utilities.... Yes, they are private companies, just as many utilities are. And yes, these Internet monopolies do not have the same physical-infrastructure advantages that electric-utility monopolies have. But because of their network effects, their dominance and monopoly power are in many ways even starker. If I don’t like my utility I can put solar panels on my roof and an inverter and battery in my garage, and I can still get power. But if I can’t get access to the 2 billion people on Facebook because Facebook doesn’t like...
  • Movement to Topple CNN’s Airport Monopoly Gains Steam

    07/13/2017 4:38:23 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 54 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | July 12, 2017 | Media
    Americans sick of #FakeNews propaganda in public spaces (Infowars) – The backlash against CNN continues to grow as Americans are force-fed anti-Trump propaganda and #FakeNews at airports across the US, where the network has a veritable monopoly on broadcasting. Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo has started a petition to be sent to the mayor and city council of Denver to “Get CNN Out of Denver International Airport,” which he hopes will fuel a national movement. “CNN has been the leading source for Fake News that radical liberals are using to rally voters against our President, and yet, this ‘news’ station...
  • How American Airports are used to Indoctrinate the Masses

    07/08/2017 6:16:01 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 40 replies
    Return of Kings ^ | 2016 | Brian Logan
    CNN is currently in 47 airports throughout the United States (in gate and boarding areas). This means that many travelers–from Atlanta to New York—are bombarded with a left-wing narrative. Looking to get away? Too bad. You’ll be forced to watch the media’s propaganda in the boarding area. Thanks to CNN, the US airport is now an indoctrination facility that’s designed to keep travelers in a state of despair. Control Center CNN The CNN Airport Operations Center in Atlanta–the epicenter of airport propaganda. I’ve traveled to over 75 countries. In all those airports, I’ve never seen the news on a television....
  • Arrestee hands deputy 'get out of jail free' card

    06/29/2017 1:55:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    KARE11.com ^ | 6/26/17 | Dana Thiede
    Sometimes you just have to give someone an A for effort, no matter how misguided the gesture is. Case in point, is a gentleman who had an encounter with one of Dakota County's finest over the weekend. Deputy Mike Vai pulled over a car registered to someone wanted on a warrant and subsequently saw a passenger was not wearing his seat belt. When the deputy ran the man's ID he learned that he, too, was wanted on a controlled substance warrant out of Ramsey County. When the deputy searched the suspect, he found the man's secret weapon: A 'get out...
  • Google, Facebook Earn Roughly Half Of All Global Ad Dollars

    06/27/2017 11:02:33 AM PDT · by Thalean · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 27, 2017 | Eric Lieberman
    Google and Facebook combined earn roughly 50 percent of all global advertisement revenue, according to Axios. The two tech giants dwarf all other corporations in the industry with Google and Facebook respectively making $80.8 billion and $36.3 billion in 2017. Besides three other tech conglomerates based in China, the next 12 companies — which includes Amazon, Microsoft, Verizon, Pandora, Twitter, Snapchat, and Yelp — bring in roughly half of what Google collects in ad revenue annually, reports Axios. Combined, the two tech companies account for 90 percent of the growth in new ad revenue. Their dominance over others in the...
  • It's time to break up Amazon

    06/20/2017 3:38:34 PM PDT · by MrExplorer70 · 58 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 06/19/2017 | Douglas Rushkoff
    “Amazon just bought Whole Foods,” my friend texted me seconds after the announcement of the proposed acquisition. “It’s over. The world.” This unease is widespread, and has raised new calls for breaking up Jeff Bezos’s impending monopoly by force. Surely the company, which now generates 30% of all online and offline retail sales growth in the United States, and already controls 40% of internet cloud services, has reached too far. The 3% hike in Amazon’s share price since the announcement—which would alone more than pay for the acquisition—may attest less to the deal’s appropriateness than to investors’ growing fear that...
  • Amazon Eats Up Whole Foods as the New Masters of the Universe Plunder America

    06/19/2017 5:50:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 19, 2017 | Joel Kotkin
    With his $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made clear his determination to dominate every facet of mass retailing, likely at the cost of massive layoffs in the $800 billion supermarket sector. But this, if anything, understates the ambitions of America’s new ruling class, almost entirely based in San Francisco and Seattle, as it moves to take over industries from entertainment and transportation to energy and space exploration that once thrived and competed outside the reach of the oligarchy.
  • Analysts are speculating about Apple buying Disney: 'A tech/media juggernaut like no other'

    04/13/2017 10:45:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 13, 2017 | Rob Price
    Could Apple buy Disney? It would be a huge deal, worth hundreds of billions of dollars — and that's what analysts are speculating about on Thursday. Research from RBC Capital Markets says such a merger would produce a "tech/media juggernaut like no other" — the combination of the biggest tech company in the world and a near-century-old cultural titan. "The resultant company would be massive, with enough cash and balance sheet capacity to change the nature of the hardware, service, and content industries," the analysts wrote in a note to investors....
  • Trump Plans to Sign Repeal of Obama-Era Broadband Rules on Internet Privacy

    04/03/2017 11:51:10 AM PDT · by johnk · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1 Apr 2017 | SEAN MORAN
    Breitbart News spoke with Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, about his organization’s opposition to the FCC’s broadband privacy rule. Kerpen told Breitbart News that the criticism against removing this regulation is unwarranted. “This is a deliberate disinformation campaign from the usual suspects from the tech-left and the media, and they’re completely misrepresenting the issue, and the conservatives are falling for the fake news narrative,” he told Breitbart News. “Up until 2015, the FTC protected consumer privacy, and then the FCC Net Neutrality order eviscerated the consumer protections at the FTC by pre-empting FTC’s jurisdiction. The FCC then came around...
  • Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game

    03/17/2017 7:52:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 17, 2017 10:01 AM EDT | Wayne Parry
    Monopoly is making changes: The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game. In their place this fall will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky. …
  • Bernie Sanders: Trump Should Avoid a Bad Zika Deal

    03/10/2017 8:32:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 March 2017 | Bernie Sanders
    Donald J. Trump told the American people during his presidential campaign, “This country is being drained of its jobs and its money because we have stupid people making bad deals.” He promised to make better deals, ones in which we would win so much we “may even get tired of winning.” Now his administration, through the Army, is on the brink of making a bad deal, giving a French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, the exclusive license to patents and thus a monopoly to sell a vaccine against the Zika virus. If Mr. Trump allows this deal, Sanofi will be able to...
  • Monopoly is ditching the thimble, a token of the past (Freeper assistance needed)

    02/17/2017 6:13:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    PBS ^ | February 16, 2017 | Michael Rios
    It’s game over for Monopoly’s iconic thimble token. Hasbro, Inc. announced the classic game piece will not be part of an updated version of the board game. In January, the company launched a worldwide vote, asking fans to pick eight tokens to be included in the next generation of the game. Fans were allowed to choose from more than 50 game pieces, including current and new tokens. Some of the new options included a rubber duck, a bunny slipper and an emoji.