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    👍|Commentary: Understanding the landscape of Face…

    Facebook clearly dominates social media.But showing how and what Facebook monopolizes is tricky, especially if you’re a regulator pursuing antitrust action against the company.The “Roadmap for an Antitrust Case Against Facebook” published by the Omidyar Network in June begins to make this case in the U.S. But more is needed.Properly defining the market Facebook dominates will be critical to the success of any federal effort to rein in the excessive power Facebook has over civic life and online display advertising.It should also help the public better understand why such a popular and useful we…

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    📱|Report released by Sen. Maria Cantwell slams Go…

    “Unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices” by tech giants Google and Facebook have suffocated local news outlets, contributing to a critical deficit of trustworthy local journalism, according to a new minority report from the Senate Commerce Committee released by ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.The report, echoing a landmark antitrust suit filed last week against Google by the Justice Department, concludes that Google and Facebook have used their sheer heft to dominate the digital advertising market, to the detriment of local media outlets and an informed public.“These trillion-doll…

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    📱|Editorial: US antitrust case against Google a w…

    Angst over President Donald Trump should not cloud judgment of a new federal antitrust case against Google.In announcing the case last week, Trump’s Department of Justice launched a new era of antitrust enforcement to rein in excessive control that giant digital platforms have over life and commerce.This is vitally important, long overdue and must continue during the next presidency.There is bipartisan support for regulatory enforcement, prompted by widespread concern about unfair competition and a lack of transparency and accountability by these platforms.While Google, Facebook and other plat…

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    👍|Facebook will buy REI’s unused Bellevue headqua…

    SEATTLE — Facebook will buy REI’s so-new-it’s-never-been-used Bellevue, Wash., campus for nearly $368 million, the social media giant announced today.The move further consolidates Facebook’s Eastside mini-empire in the upscale, multiuse Spring District east of I-405. Before the acquisition of the 400,000-square-foot REI offices, Facebook was already on track to lease nearly 850,000 square feet in three under-construction Spring District buildings.Facebook, which opened its first Puget Sound office in 2010 with three engineers, now employs more than 5,000 local workers across 3 million square f…

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    📱|Commentary: Google is either devil or savior, d…

    It makes for some head-snapping contrasts when people in the same industry call Google the devil while others say the giant internet platform is a savior of sorts.Long viewed by newsrooms as a serial plagiarist that scrapes news websites for stories to serve up to Google Search users, Google is changing its profile in the news business. Beginning in March 2018, it embarked on a program of teaching newspapers how to attract the paid subscribers newspapers need as a partial substitute for lost ad revenues. Google, which reported 2018 revenue of $136.36 billion, says it will spend about a quarter…