Politics

Didi gets short shrift, again: Forced to delist from NYSE, the ride-hailing giant was made an example of by Beijing’s ruling. Now that China is loosening controls, Didi remains in delisting limbo.

Bipartisan anti-Google bill doesn’t bode well: The measure may not become law, but support for it could be a sign that tech regulation may eventually materialize.

Canada ramps up 5G security: Huawei and ZTE solutions are banned. Critics say the move comes a little too late as telecoms bear the burden of replacing without disruption by June 2024.

Mineral moon pies: Humans haven’t set foot on the moon in half a century, but plans are accelerating to return, this time for resource extraction. Geopolitical conflict could be a barrier.

McDonald’s chooses values over profit as it exits Russia: The fast-food chain’s decision to leave could force other retailers to follow suit.

Brands are unsure how—or if—to speak out about abortion: Some firms have taken strong stances, while others consider how to respond.

China orders replacement of foreign-branded PCs, software within two years: Government agencies and state-backed businesses will need to switch to domestic alternatives, which could mean losses for Dell, HP, and Microsoft.

Clearview AI settles case with ACLU: The controversial company promises not to sell its facial recognition database to most US businesses. Continued regulatory pushback could accelerate its pivot into ID verification.

Lower internet costs, faster speed could propel broadband adoption: The White House, members of Congress, and 20 ISPs are on board to connect low-income households, but ongoing fiber shortages could delay efforts.

Bipartisan bill strikes at Google’s ad dominance: The bill would ban companies that hit a revenue threshold from operating digital advertising exchanges.

Amazon workers in Staten Island vote against unionizing: The labor movement isn’t over yet, but the defeat could stall momentum in Big Tech as companies redouble efforts to bust unions.

Chinese government looks to scale back regulation: Beijing eases controls on Big Tech companies, leading to a stock rally and optimism that short-term recovery can offset losses from factory closures.

Is AI becoming Big Brother? Human presence and emotional-state detection technologies are raising civil rights alarms bells. Although they could have merits for productivity, they’re also invasive and error-prone.

Apple delivers on its self-repair promise, sort of: An online service will allow you to order parts and tools to fix your iPhone 12, 13, and SE 3. Will other device-makers follow suit?

EU looks to make online platforms safer with sweeping law: Digital Services Act will ban ads to kids and allow regulators to levy big fines against Big Tech violators.

Big Tech squares off against unions: Momentum is on the side of workers seeking higher wages and transparency. How companies address brewing labor movements could be a red flag for regulators.

‘Green’ energy targets Greenland: Billionaire-backed KoBold Metals begins mining operations in Greenland to secure minerals for EV batteries. But the advent of new battery technologies might make the venture unnecessary.

Didi moves to delist from NYSE as it awaits verdict on penalties: Once considered China’s most successful startup, the ride-hailing company’s fate could lead to investors shifting away from Chinese tech stocks.

TSMC’s founder says US chip efforts are doomed: Former CEO Morris Chang cites lower overseas labor costs and high manufacturing costs but fails to mention savings on importation and transportation.

Big Tech faces big labor challenge: A labor reckoning is at hand as tech workers accelerate unionization efforts, demanding accountability, representation, and corporate transparency from an industry that’s largely avoided unions.