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Facebook antitrust probes will target acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram, report says – State and federal officials are reportedly preparing to bring antitrust charges against the social network. – A group of state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, is on track to file antitrust charges against Facebook in early December, according to a report Thursday from the Washington Post. The move comes as the US Federal Trade Commission is also reportedly finalizing its antitrust probe into the social media giant. – State and federal investigators plan to bring antitrust charges against Facebook over its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, alleging that the deals ‚helped create an anti-competitive social networking juggernaut,’…“


Buzzfeed & HuffPost

Buzzfeed to take over online news site HuffPostOnline news and lifestyle site Buzzfeed is taking over HuffPost in a deal that brings together two of the most high-profile digital media firms. – Seller Verizon Media will become a minority shareholder in Buzzfeed as part of the deal and invest in the combined company.“


Apple ATT: mehr Privatsphäre

Apple doubles down on upcoming iOS 14 privacy features, slams Facebook for collecting ‘as much data as possible’ – Last month, a coalition of eight civil and human rights organizations penned an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the company’s decision to delay the release of the new App Tracking Transparency feature in iOS 14. … In a letter sent to the Ranking Digital Rights organization, Apple’s Jane Horvath, senior director of global privacy, reiterated that the company believes that ‚privacy is a fundamental human right.‘ Horvath explains that Apple delayed the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature in an effort to give developers more time to prepare for the changes.“


Google RCS: globaler Rollout

Google completes global RCS rollout as Messages starts testing default end-to-end encryption – In mid-2019, Google decided to take over and speed up the launch of RCS. A little over 17 months later, Google announced today that it has completed a global rollout of RCS, while Messages will start testing end-to-end encryption. – RCS, or Rich Communication Services, allows for advanced messaging features like typing indicators, read receipts, higher-resolution photos and videos, larger group conversations, and interactive experiences with businesses.“