Target: Chuck Schumer

From "Battle over Big Tech bills goes down to the wire" posted Monday in The Hill:

Lobbying both for and against legislation to crack down on U.S. tech giants is intensifying as the Senate enters a critical month for the antitrust bills...

All eyes are on Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who will need to decide whether to prioritize measures to regulate Google, Apple, Amazon and Meta over other key bills prior to the August recess...

In an effort to run out the clock, the big four tech firms and their Washington allies are warning Senate Democrats that their voters expect progress on other pressing issues entering November’s elections.

Smaller companies that support the bills, however, are making the case that regulating Big Tech is a winning midterm issue.

The digital rights group Fight for the Future has had two mobile billboard trucks at the Senate leader’s New York and D.C. residences all week playing a John Oliver segment about the antitrust bills...

Tech giants ramped up their lobbying spending to record levels as the antitrust bills gained traction earlier this year. Apple shelled out more than $2.5 million on lobbying in the first three months of 2022, up 71 percent from the same period last year. Meta and Amazon spent $5.4 million and $5 million, respectively, both first-quarter highs.

My take: This photo -- shot a couple blocks from where I lived in Brooklyn for nearly two decades -- takes me back. That's Prospect Park West in the background and in the foreground is the bike lane that Iris Weinshall, wife of Sen. Schumer and former NYC Transportation Commissioner, tried mightily to block. She lost that fight.

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  1. John Butt said:
    Most importantly Microsoft sell the data they get about you from Bing. Do they also sell say location data from Office etc?

    July 5, 2022
  2. Rodney Avilla said:
    Every time I listen to John Oliver, it reinforces my decision, long ago, to not get my news from comedians.

    July 5, 2022
  3. Alan Trerise said:
    6 billion un-curated phones. What could go wrong?

    July 5, 2022

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