From the archives: Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand – podcast | News

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies – written by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father – inspired the likes of Peter Continue Reading

Silicon Valley’s Stripe valued at $95bn after fundraising | Technology

The digital payments firm Stripe has been valued at $95bn after a funding round that makes the company the most valuable private business to come out of Silicon Valley. The company, which is dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, raised $600m (£430m) from investors including Ireland’s Tempemail Treasury Management Agency, Continue Reading

The Guardian view of Trump’s populism: weaponised and silenced by social media | Editorial | Opinion

Donald Trump’s incitement of a mob attack on the US Capitol was a watershed moment for free speech and the internet. Bans against both the US president and his prominent supporters have spread across social media as well as email and e-commerce services. Parler, a social network popular with neo-Nazis, Continue Reading

Twitter and Facebook CEOs testify before lawmakers in wake of election – live | Technology

3.30pm GMT 15:30 Senator Richard Blumenthal now speaks. He says these companies have too much power and need to be broken up. Then he touts the EARN IT Act, introduced in 2020, which would roll back Section 230 protections and allow websites to be sued for content hosted on their Continue Reading

A US antitrust suit might break up Google. Good – it’s the Standard Oil of our day | Sarah Miller | Opinion

Today, the Department of Justice filed an antitrust case against Google. This is the most significant antitrust case filed since the government suit against Microsoft in 1998, and it also ranks with the most important antitrust suits of all time, including Standard Oil and AT&T. The move by a conservative Continue Reading

Washington’s crackdown on Google is the greatest threat yet to Big Tech | Technology

For decades, companies like Google have enjoyed exponential growth and an almost unobstructed rise to power. But the tide appears to be turning, as US lawmakers crack down on alleged monopolistic practices and public sentiment sours on the former wunderkinds of Silicon Valley. Antitrust charges brought against Google on Tuesday Continue Reading

The Hunter Biden story was a test for tech platforms. They barely passed | Siva Vaidhyanathan | Opinion

In 2016, major American news outlets, amplified by YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, did the work of foreign and domestic purveyors of disinformation and propaganda. They took too seriously false, irrelevant and illegally acquired emails from top Democratic campaign officials. They took seriously bogus questions about Hillary Clinton’s own email accounts. Continue Reading

The disruption con: why big tech’s favourite buzzword is nonsense – podcast

How one magic word became a way of justifying Silicon Valley’s unconstrained power. By Adrian Daub Continue reading… 10 minutes Tempemail – Also known by names like : 10minemail, 10minutemail, 10mins email, Tempemail 10 minutes, 10 minute e-Tempemail, 10min Tempemail, 10minute email or 10 minute temporary email. 10 minute email Continue Reading

Cory Doctorow: ‘Technologists have failed to listen to non-technologists’ | Media

Cory Doctorow, 49, is a British-Canadian blogger, science fiction author and tech activist. He has worked for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and helped found the Open Rights Group – he is an advocate of liberalising copyright law. He has held various academic posts and is a visiting professor of the Continue Reading

The Guardian view on a Brexit industrial strategy: theatre but no policy | Editorial | Opinion

The collision of political rhetoric and commercial reality in Cambridge’s “Silicon Fen” threatens to expose the government’s industrial strategy for what it is: draping a union jack over the wilder edges of global capitalism. Earlier this summer, Boris Johnson sought new powers to block outsiders from picking up British firms, Continue Reading