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A legal victory over Google could yet dent Big Tech’s armour

It is easy to view the US government’s latest legal challenge to the power of Big Tech as a case of too little, too late. Years of almost negligent disregard from the trustbusters has allowed a handful of companies to entrench themselves in the booming digital markets. But as another lawsuit from Washington lands, there…
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27 January 2023 0

Coding is still a good career bet

“Just one word . . . plastics” is the career advice offered by the family friend Mr McGuire to a bemused Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the 1967 movie The Graduate. A modern-day Mr McGuire might well advocate coding as the route to decently paid job security. Or he might have done before the tech industry axed…
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27 January 2023 0

Generative AI should pay human artists for training

A flat above a fried chicken shop in Notting Hill is an odd place to be at the heart of what has been called “one of the most important legal questions” of the 21st century. It is the registered office of Stability AI, an artificial intelligence group that is upsetting artists around the world. Stability…
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27 January 2023 0

Salesforce appoints new directors in response to activist criticism

Salesforce appointed three new directors to its board on Friday as the software giant seeks to fend off criticism from activist investors and turn round a business being hit hard by the broader tech downturn. The San Francisco-based group has appointed Arnold Donald, former chief executive of cruise operator Carnival Corporation, Sachin Mehra, chief financial…
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27 January 2023 0

Big Tech got the pandemic wrong but one company emerged on top

The advent of human-sounding robots really exposes robot-sounding humans. No machine could sound as devoid of human feeling as the Amazon memo sent at the start of the year entitled: “Update from CEO Andy Jassy on role eliminations”. After taking a sideswipe at “one of our teammates [who] leaked this information externally”, Jassy failed to…
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27 January 2023 0

Semiconductor manufacturing equipment: Japanese makers weigh up cost of export controls

Blockades often rely on the co-operation of allies. The US has every reason to want Japan and the Netherlands to join its ban on exporting advanced semiconductor machinery to China. But governments are reluctant to undermine their tech champions. Expect close scrutiny of the fine print once an agreement is concluded. The Netherlands is expected…
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