March 5, 2021
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Proposed law could force ISPs to stop hiding true size of monthly bills

EnlargeGetty Images | McCaig Internet service providers could be required to release "broadband nutrition labels" with detailed information about prices, speeds, and data caps under legislation introduced by US Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.). Craig's "Broadband Consumer Transparency Act" would bring back expanded transparency requirements that were eli...
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White House signals coming antitrust push with Tim Wu appointment

Enlarge / The White House South Lawn, which is unfortunately not the view most folks working for a presidential administration have.Joe Daniel Price | Getty Images Longtime tech critic Tim Wu is joining the Biden administration as an adviser on technology and competition, a signal that the White House is likely to push for policies that rein in Big...
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Arizona House advances bill targeting Apple, Google mobile app stores

Enlarge / The Arizona State Capitol museum, flanked by the House of Representatives building (R) and a cactus (L).mixmotive | Getty Images The Arizona state House of Representatives this week passed a landmark bill that would, if adopted, require Google and Apple to allow Arizona-based app developers to choose their own alternate distribution platf...
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Facebook lifts ban on US political advertising

EnlargeFacebook will lift a ban on political advertising imposed after the US election to curb the spread of misinformation, and has pledged to investigate whether its political ads systems need a further overhaul. Advertisers would be able to resume running political ads on March 4, Facebook said in a blog post on Wednesday. It said it had introdu...
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Intel hit with $2.2 billion patent judgment

EnlargeDavid Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images A Texas jury has ordered Intel to pay $2.18 billion in damages for infringing two patents. The lawsuit was filed by VLSI Technology LLC, a 4-year-old firm that Intel says has no products and no sources of revenue besides patent litigation. The patents at issue in the case previously belonged to NX...