2020-10-26 14:11:31| digg
"In this one area, they've been truly disciplined about being truly evil."
2020-10-26 07:00:15| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news
We were promised an era of civic rebirth. Instead, Covid has shown how obsessively London clings to powerFor those of us who have always longed for British politics to shift its focus beyond Westminster, last Tuesday afternoon brought a tantalising glimpse of an alternative reality. A gathering of press and politicians outside Manchesters Bridgewater Hall produced one moment of solid-gold drama: when the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, suddenly received confirmation that his region would soon fall under tier 3 of the governments Covid-19 restrictions via a message on a mobile phone, and pronounced the decision brutal. Related: This pandemic has been the making of England's elected mayors | Simon Jenkins Continue reading...
2020-10-24 17:00:28| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news
The US Justice Departments complaint that the tech giant has monopolised the web is too little, too late So, in the dying days of Trumps first term, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has finally taken Google to court. Attorney general William Barr, in conjunction with the AGs of 11 states, has filed a 58-page complaint under the Sherman Act to restrain Google LLC (Google) from unlawfully maintaining monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising and general search text advertising in the United States through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices, and to remedy the effects of this conduct.Googles initial response was predictable: a blog post headed A deeply flawed lawsuit that would do nothing to help consumers. The DoJs lawsuit, apparently, is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to, not because theyre forced to, or because they cant find alternatives. There then follow useful animated gifs showing how easy it is to change your preferred search engine on your phone etc. But of course theres no mention of the anticompetitive behaviour cited in the governments suit. Continue reading...
2020-10-19 16:43:40| digg
A talk with the Nobel Prize winner's biographer about the writer's 1960 drive across the country.
2020-10-19 14:46:00| digg
In the latest episode of "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver explains what is as stake once the US leaves the World Health Organization.