On Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed [https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/3/22309284/arizona-app-store-bill-2005-apple-30-percent-cut-bypass-legislation] a bill that would require Google and Apple to allow Arizona-based app developers to choose their own alternate payment systems — and thus avoid the 15 to 30% commissions the app stores typically charge.
Twitter permanently banned Trump. Facebook suspended his account for at least two weeks. Apple and Google pulled the Parler app from their app stores. Amazon booted Parler off AWS. Stripe stopped processing payments for the Trump campaign’s website. These decisions, among others, have sparked a renewed debate over the
For the last 60 years, we’ve seen consistently low productivity growth rates in the US and across the Western world. Meanwhile, recent scientific discoveries seem to be less fundamental [https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/diminishing-returns-science/575665/] to our understanding of the world than previous breakthroughs have
On Tuesday, the European Commission announced [https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_2077] that it had finished its preliminary investigation of Amazon. It found that the company violated EU antitrust laws by using non-public business data from independent sellers to develop its own competing products (known
On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will release [https://judiciary.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=3367] its long-awaited report on Big Tech and antitrust. While the full extent of the report’s recommendations remain to be seen, Chairman David Cicilline has been dropping not-so-subtle hints that one of the
Matthew Yglesias has written an important new book [https://www.amazon.com/One-Billion-Americans-Thinking-Bigger-ebook/dp/B082ZR6827] to remind us of the timeless truth that Having More People Is Good. But perhaps the most interesting thing about this synthesis of immigration, pro-natalism, and urbanism, is the national greatness mantle that it’s
Epic Games, the maker of the hit game Fortnite, recently sued [https://www.polygon.com/2020/8/17/21372119/fortnite-apple-google-sued-epic-games-lawsuit] both Google and Apple in civil court for antitrust violations. Fortnite had been removed from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store after Epic added its own