Author: Chris Mills Rodrigo

Amazon acquiring One Medical for nearly $4 billion

Amazon is buying the primary health care provider One Medical for roughly $3.9 billion, the companies announced Thursday. The deal expands the e-commerce giant’s footprint in the healthcare space, an area that Amazon said is ripe for “reinvention.” “Booking an appointment, waiting weeks or even months to be seen, taking time off work, driving to…

LexisNexis under growing pressure to sever ties with ICE

A campaign aimed at convincing LexisNexis to terminate its contract with immigration enforcement has made significant headway in recent months with research breakthroughs and the recruitment of new allies. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has maintained a contract with the data broker best known for its legal research tools since at least last year. Many…

Hillicon Valley — TikTok scrutiny mounts

House Republicans are urging TikTok to release information regarding the access that its Chinese employees have to data from U.S. users.  Meanwhile, a new Congressional report reveals that several leading cryptocurrency miners have the electrical capacity equivalent to nearly every residence in Houston. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech…

House Republicans press TikTok on data sharing

Two high ranking House Republicans are asking TikTok for more information about the access that China-based employees of its parent company ByteDance have to American data. “We write to request documents and information regarding recent reports that TikTok allows China-based employees of its parent company, ByteDance, to access non-public U.S. user data, contrary to the…

Twitter sues Elon Musk after attempt to terminate purchase

Twitter on Tuesday sued Elon Musk to force the Tesla CEO to complete his $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform. Musk on Friday said he was terminating the agreement because Twitter hadn’t given him enough information about bots on the platform. A judge in the business-specialized Delaware Court of Chancery will now determine…

How Elon Musk’s Twitter feud could unfold in court

Elon Musk’s attempt to walk away from his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter is likely to result in a protracted legal battle between the billionaire and the social media platform. Musk’s team contended in a filing Friday that Twitter had breached the agreement, which allows him to terminate the purchase. But Twitter is unlikely to…

Airbnb makes party ban permanent

Airbnb announced Tuesday that its temporary ban on house parties and events will now be permanent. The short-term rental company first introduced the policy in 2020 as a way to comply with social distancing guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. “Over time, the party ban became much more than a public health measure,” the company wrote…

Bipartisan bill targets data flows to American adversaries

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday unveiled legislation aimed at restricting the ability of foreign adversaries to purchase data about American citizens. The Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Surveillance Act would direct the Commerce Secretary to identify kinds of personal data that could harm national security if exported. The agency would then determine which…