Sunday, October 17News That Matters

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Spending Is Big Tech’s Superpower

Technology
This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. Here is a collection of past columns.I keep writing about the bonkers dollars that Big Tech companies are generating in revenue and profits. But what may be even more astounding is what the technology giants are spending to keep their businesses humming and growing long into the future.I have watched, mouth agape, as America’s five biggest tech superstars — Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Facebook — have splurged on big-ticket investments in their businesses. That includes specialized equipment to assemble iPhones, hulking computer hubs and undersea internet cables that zip YouTube videos to your phone, and the warehouses for Amazon workers to assemble and ship orders.What the companies spend on physical assets that last for years — capi...
Lawmakers See Path to Rein In Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

Lawmakers See Path to Rein In Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

Business
WASHINGTON — “Facebook and Big Tech are facing a Big Tobacco moment,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said this week when a whistle-blower testified about how the social media company’s products harmed teenagers.“I think that that’s an appropriate analogy,” Senator Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming, added later.The whistle-blower’s testimony, and the thousands of internal documents she shared with lawmakers, generated unusual bipartisan bonhomie in a divided Washington. Senators said it was time for Congress to coalesce around new regulations to rein in the company and perhaps the technology industry as a whole.But if what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco — a reckoning over the industry’s harms to society, and children in particular — wh...
Google Stops Serving Ads on Climate Change Misinformation

Google Stops Serving Ads on Climate Change Misinformation

Technology
Google said it will no longer display advertisements on YouTube videos and other content that promote inaccurate claims about climate change.The decision, by the company’s ads team, means that it will no longer permit websites or YouTube creators to earn advertising money via Google for content that “contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change.” And it will not allow ads that promote such views from appearing.“In recent years, we’ve heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate claims about climate change,” the company said.The policy applies to content that refers to climate change as a hoax or a scam, denies the long-term ...
How to Find ‘Stalkerware’ on Your Devices

How to Find ‘Stalkerware’ on Your Devices

Technology
Fighting stalkerware is tough. You may not suspect it’s there. Even if you did, it can be difficult to detect since antivirus software only recently began flagging these apps as malicious.Here’s a guide to how stalkerware works, what to look out for and what to do about it.The Different Types of StalkerwareSurveillance software has proliferated on computers for decades, but more recently spyware makers have shifted their focus to mobile devices. Because mobile devices have access to more intimate data, including photos, real-time location, phone conversations and messages, the apps became known as stalkerware.Various stalkerware apps collect different types of information. Some record phone calls, some log keystrokes, and others track location or upload a person’s photos to a remote server...

Google to Spend $2.1 Billion on Manhattan Office Building

Technology
As a result, large employers like Condé Nast and JPMorgan Chase have relinquished chunks of office space, contributing to nearly 19 percent of Manhattan offices being available for rent, according to Newmark, a real estate services firm, nearly double the average rate over the last decade.About 28 percent of office workers in the New York City region, which includes parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, had returned to the office as of last week, more than double the rate from a few months ago, according to Kastle Systems, a security company that tracks employee card swipes in office buildings. The nationwide average was 33.6 percent, Kastle said.Kate Lister, the president of Global Workplace Analytics, a consulting firm advising companies on their return-to-office policies, s...
Apple and Google Remove ‘Navalny’ Voting App in Russia

Apple and Google Remove ‘Navalny’ Voting App in Russia

Technology
MOSCOW — Apple and Google removed an app meant to coordinate protest voting in this weekend’s Russian elections from the country on Friday, a blow to the opponents of President Vladimir V. Putin and a display of Silicon Valley’s limits when it comes to resisting crackdowns on dissent around the world. The decisions came after Russian authorities, which claim the app is illegal, threatened to prosecute local employees of Apple and Google — a sharp escalation in the Kremlin’s campaign to rein in the country’s largely uncensored internet. A person familiar with Google’s decision said the authorities had named specific individuals who would face prosecution, prompting it to remove the app. The person declined to be identified for fear of angering the Russian government. Google has more than 10...
The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

Technology
“The internet is answering a question that it’s been wrestling with for decades, which is: How is the internet going to pay for itself?” he said.The fallout may hurt brands that relied on targeted ads to get people to buy their goods. It may also initially hurt tech giants like Facebook — but not for long. Instead, businesses that can no longer track people but still need to advertise are likely to spend more with the largest tech platforms, which still have the most data on consumers.David Cohen, chief executive of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade group, said the changes would continue to “drive money and attention to Google, Facebook, Twitter.”The shifts are complicated by Google’s and Apple’s opposing views on how much ad tracking should be dialed back. Apple wants its custom...
What the Privacy Battle Upending the Internet Means for You

What the Privacy Battle Upending the Internet Means for You

Technology
The internet is changing, including how much we pay for content and the ads and brands we see.That’s because Apple and Google, two hugely influential tech companies, are rolling out privacy protections that hinder marketers from gaining access to our data when they show us ads. The changes have major repercussions for online advertising, which are a business foundation for the free apps and websites that many of us use, like Facebook, TikTok and the Weather Channel. Those sites and apps now have to come up with new ways to show ads or make money.Here’s what that means for you.What’s happening?For decades, advertisers relied on “cookies,” pieces of code planted in web browsers that can follow our personal web browsing to track us online and show us relevant ads. When smartphones came along,...
Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

Technology
I can’t remember how old I was when I first learned the words denotation (the definition of a word) and connotation (the suggestion of a word). But I do remember feeling a little betrayed by the idea that there was a whole layer of language that couldn’t quite be conveyed through a dictionary. Like most young people, I enjoyed learning but thought of it as something I would eventually be done with. At some age, I assumed, I would need to know everything. Understanding the nuances of language seemed like an obstacle to that goal. It wasn’t until after I graduated from college, and subsequently realized that there’s no such thing as all-encompassing knowledge, that I was able to read for pleasure. A sense of curiosity, rather than desperate completism, steered me. I started to see dictionari...
How Apple’s Changes to Its Store Could Benefit App Developers

How Apple’s Changes to Its Store Could Benefit App Developers

Technology
Dan Burkhart, the chief executive of Recurly, a subscription management and billing platform that works with more than 2,000 companies, said many of the app developers he communicates with regularly were buzzing with enthusiasm on Friday afternoon. Larger companies with “established momentum and notoriety” are likely to benefit from being able to direct their loyal customers elsewhere, he said.Match Group, the maker of the dating apps Tinder and Hinge, is on track to pay Apple and Google — which controls a similar app store for phones that run its Android software — more than $500 million in commissions this year, the company’s single largest expense, said Gary Swidler, Match’s finance chief. The company was already considering ways to use Friday’s ruling to cut down that bill as much as p...