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Google CEO Sundar Pichai faces Congress over political bias, China and data collection - You Should Have the Right to Sue Apple - Officials Who Take Bribes Face Few Penalties, Study Finds - And More
12/13/2018 8:28:00 AM



Google CEO Sundar Pichai faces Congress over political bias, China and data collection

On Dec. 12, CNET reported, “Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended the search giant against criticism of political bias, concerns over its data collection policies and worries about efforts in China during a high-profile appearance on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The leader of the world's largest search engine took the stand before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. The three-and-a-half-hour question-and-answer session was wide ranging, but Republicans, who control the House, zeroed in on alleged bias against conservatives on Google's platforms, such as its search results and its YouTube video-sharing service.”


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You Should Have the Right to Sue Apple

On Dec. 12, The New York Times reported, “On Nov. 26, the Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court in the case Apple v. Pepper, that the millions of us who have bought iPhone applications through Apple’s App Store — the only way the company offers to buy an app for the device — are not really Apple’s customers. Some app buyers allege that the App Store is an illegal monopoly and that Apple forces them to pay higher prices for apps than they would have paid in a competitive market. The question before the Supreme Court is not whether Apple has engaged in anticompetitive conduct in violation of the law. Instead, this case is about whether app buyers are entitled to present the facts of their case to a court — and the decision will have consequences for the ability of all Americans to hold corporations accountable for illegal monopolistic conduct.”


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Officials Who Take Bribes Face Few Penalties, Study Finds

On Dec. 11, The Wall Street Journal reported, “Public officials who accepted bribes from companies based in the wealthiest countries were unlikely to be punished, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD examined the consequences faced by public officials who allegedly had taken bribes. Its study, released Tuesday, was based on a set of 55 foreign-bribery cases concluded between 2008 and 2013 in which companies based in OECD countries had been punished. Formal penalties were imposed on the officials taking bribes in one-fifth of those cases, the study found.”


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Whistleblower: Columbia Gas Cut Corners Prior to Explosions

On Dec. 11, New England Cable News reported, “A 42-year Columbia Gas employee repeatedly raised alarms about policy changes and staff changes to his critical gas-pressure monitoring department, warning the changes could lead to catastrophe. Bart Maderios gave an exclusive interview to the NBC10 Boston Investigators in which he said he warned Columbia Gas’s general manager, Frank Davis, and another senior employee, Dana Argo, that what he described as cutting corners would make work on gas lines less safe.”


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Majority of Australian women sexually harassed at work – survey

On Dec. 11, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported, “Two in three Australian women have been sexually harassed at work, with the majority of cases unreported, according to a survey released on Tuesday that highlighted challenges activists said prevent women from advancing in their careers. Some 64 percent of women and 35 percent of men said they had been harassed at their current or former workplace, according to the survey of over 9,600 people by the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the country’s main group representing workers. The majority of those surveyed said they were subjected to offensive behavior or unwanted sexual attention. However only about a quarter of them made formal complaints, due to fears of repercussion, the survey found.”


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UK Crypto Exchanges Pose Low Money Laundering Risk, Says Global Watchdog

On Dec. 11, CoinDesk reported, “Cryptocurrency exchanges in the U.K. present a ‘low risk’ for money laundering and terrorist financing activities, according to a report published last week by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global anti-money laundering policymaker. The report states that while such activities are an ‘emerging risk,’ there is not enough evidence yet to suggest that they are occurring through crypto exchanges. The regulator, however, has asked the U.K. authorities to work on a plan to extend anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism rules in the crypto sector, as well as elsewhere, in order to tackle any potential risks.”


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Tesla is suing alleged ‘saboteur’ for $167 million

On Dec. 11, TechCrunch reported “Tesla is now seeking $167 million in a lawsuit against Martin Tripp, the former Tesla employee who CEO Elon Musk has referred to as a saboteur, CNBC first reported. The lawsuit, originally filed in June and seeking just $1 million at the time, alleges Tripp stole confidential and trade secret information, and gave it to third parties. Tripp, in July, filed a formal whistleblower tip to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging Tesla misled investors and put its customers at risk.”


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