European Commission fines Google $5.1bn for privacy violations

The European Commission [official website] fined Google €4.34 billion (USD $5.1 billion) on Wednesday for violating EU antitrust regulations. In a press release [text], the Commission alleged that Google illegally required smartphone manufacturers to pre-install the Google search engine and Google Chrome as a requirement to license Google’s app store, Google Play, as well as illegally paid smartphone manufacturers...

European Union prepares with new copyright law

If passed, Article 13 will force all websites to check any and all posts for copyright violations. That will include photos, videos, words, tweets, memes, software code, etc, etc. Think about that for a minute, and shudder. The internet is a bastion of free speech. You can say whatever you want about anything on any...

The end of net neutrality is here

The way the internet is regulated in the US is about to change. The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party...

Presidential Norms and Article II

The nature of the presidency cannot be understood without reference to norms. The written provisions of our constitutional structure do not, by themselves, offer a sufficiently thick network of understandings to create a workable government. Rather, those understandings are supplied by norm-governed practices. Presidential power is both augmented and constrained by these unwritten rules. This...

Anticipating and Planning for Geopolitical & Regulatory Changes

Late in 2017, the EY Center for Board Matters highlighted the importance of anticipating and planning for geopolitical and regulatory changes in our report, Top priorities for US boards in 2018. That priority has since intensified. In the first few months of 2018, US stock indexes experienced the highest levels of volatility since 2014. Long-standing...

Square Acquires Weebly for $365 Million

The payment platform Square is acquiring Weebly, the website builder, for $365 million. This acquisition will help Square expand globally with Weebly’s 625,000 paid subscribers outside of the U.S. The majority of the Weebly team will be joining the Square team. Fitbit is partnering with Google to send health data to doctors. Fitbit will now have access to a...

Facebook, Google and Twitter Are Testifying Before Congress Today. Watch Live Here.

The congressional inquiry into how Russian propaganda influenced the outcome of the 2016 continues today, and representatives from tech powerhouses Facebook, Google and Twitter are all in Washington, D.C., to be questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. Google, Twitter and Facebook, all publicly traded companies, have been criticized in the...