Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has expressed concerns about how a bipartisan federal privacy proposal could affect state protections, including in her home state of California. .

Meanwhile, House Republicans are asking Meta about communications between the tech giant and the FBI regarding Facebook’s curtailed distribution of a New York Post article about Hunter Biden.

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Pelosi shares his home country’s concerns

Bipartisan data privacy bill faces another hurdle with Speaker Nancy Pelosi

(D-Calif.) expressing concern Thursday that the proposal would limit state protections.

Pelosi cited concerns raised by leaders in his home state of California, which led the US in setting data privacy standards, about US privacy law and data protection (ADPPA).

“Proudly, California leads the nation not only in innovation, but also in consumer protection. With so many innovations in our state, it is imperative that California continues to offer and enforce the strongest privacy rights in the country,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi did not reject the bill, which rolled out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with bipartisan support in July, entirely. She said she would continue to work with committee chairman Frank Pallone (DN.J.) to address “California concerns.”

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GOP demands information from Meta on Hunter Biden

On Thursday, House Republicans asked Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to postpone communications between Facebook and the FBI regarding the platform’s reduced distribution of a New York Post article about Hunter Biden.

Zuckerberg previously told podcaster Joe Rogan last week that the social media platform limited the New York Post story from appearing on news feeds ahead of the 2020 presidential election during fact-checking. .

The limitation, Zuckerberg said, came in response to FBI warnings about misinformation and potentially polarizing content.

  • “We have seen in recent months how some in government have sought to use Big Tech to censor dissenting views and silence opposing political speech,” the 35 Republican lawmakers wrote to Zuckerberg in a letter.
  • “Facebook’s removal of the Post article — and the Biden family corruption allegations highly relevant to the 2020 presidential election — following FBI advice is deeply troubling,” House Republicans wrote.

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Twitter is testing a feature on its platform that would allow users to edit a tweet after posting it, the social media platform announced Thursday.

“If you see an edited Tweet, it’s because we’re testing the edit button,” Twitter shared in a post from his official account. “It’s happening and everything will be fine.”

The feature – the most requested by the company to date – will allow users to edit a tweet “a few times” up to 30 minutes after it was posted, according to a Twitter blog post.

Modified tweets will be marked with an icon, a label and a timestamp of the modification, and readers will be able to access the version history of the modified post.

if they click on the label.

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Microsoft’s deal to buy games company Activision Blizzard for almost $70 billion is under intense investigation in the UK after a competition watchdog said on Thursday that the deal could lead to competition concerns.

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it fears the deal could hurt rivals by combining Microsoft’s leading gaming console Xbox, leading cloud platform Azure, and the main operating system for PC, Windows OS, with popular games from Activision.

“We are concerned that Microsoft could use its control over popular games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft after the merger to hurt rivals, including recent and future rivals in multi-game subscription services and online games. cloud,” said Sorcha O’Carroll, CMA. senior director of mergers, said in a statement.

The CMA said the concerns identified in the first part of the review warrant a second phase of in-depth investigation, which will allow an independent panel of experts to probe the identified risks.

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Biden celebrates Micron’s $15 billion investment

President Biden on Thursday hailed plans by Micron, an Idaho-based semiconductor chipmaker, to invest $15 billion to build a new facility in Boise after bipartisan legislation passed early of the month.

“Today’s announcement by Micron is another big win for America,” Biden said, referring to recent U.S. investments announced by Toyota, Honda and Corning.

“In our future, we will [electric vehicles]chips, fiber optics and other critical components here in America, and we will have an economy built from the bottom up and down the middle,” Biden said.

Micron on Thursday morning announced an investment of about $15 billion through 2030 to build a memory manufacturing facility in Boise, where the company is headquartered.

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More than 30 labor and civil society groups are demanding Amazon CEO Andy Jassy testify at a congressional hearing on the company’s worker safety ‘crisis’.

In a letter sent Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and key lawmakers from two congressional labor committees, the coalition urged lawmakers to hold a congressional hearing on “unsafe work practices” the groups say have caused a number of deaths and injuries at Amazon’s warehouses and call Jassy and others “responsible” for these conditions to testify.

  • The letter said three Amazon workers at a New Jersey warehouse died last month in the space of three weeks, and about 34,000 serious injuries were reported at company facilities last year.
  • The groups also cited a Center for Strategic Organization report that found on-site injuries at company facilities across the country have increased by
    20% from 2020 to 2021 and another report by the non-profit organization Make the Road NJ which noted that injuries at Amazon fulfillment centers in New Jersey increased by 54% during this period.

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A chewable editorial: Lawmakers should rein in the FTC’s runaway

Notable web links:

When kids yell “poo” at Alexa, these people take advantage (BuzzFeed/Katie Notopoulos)

Tech companies are slowly moving production out of China (The New York Times/Daisuke Wakabayashi and Tripp Mickle)

UK warns Activision merger gives Microsoft ‘unprecedented advantage’ (The Washington Post/Jonathan Lee)

📝 Lighter click: We neither

One more thing: HHS asked to improve surveillance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should improve its cybersecurity oversight of a major organ-sharing network service and the nonprofit organization that oversees it, the HHS office said Monday. the inspector general who oversees the federal agency.

The report serves as a warning that data about organ donors and recipients may not be adequately protected in the event of a security breach.

Due to the critical role of the OPTN and the sensitive data it contains, a security breach could have significant consequences for vulnerable patients,” the report states, referring to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. (OPTN).

The inspector general’s office said in the new report that the department’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) should develop additional oversight controls for OPTN, which administers organ transplants and testing in the United States. United.

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