By Daniel Michaels The Wall Street Journal Mon., Sept. 10, 2018 BRUSSELS—A new European push to rein in tech giants through copyright legislation is sparking fierce debate and questions about whether the proposed law would accomplish its goals. The fight pits big publishers, music companies and movie directors against internet giants including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, as well as open-internet advocates and some small publishers. It is coming to a head because the European Parliament plans to vote Wednesday on a draft copyright directive that supporters say would bolster media producers against internet platforms and hold those platforms more responsible for paying for content, such as copyrighted music playing in the background of an uploaded home video. The vote, which also will include more than 200 proposed amendments, will set parameters for potentially protracted negotiations among the parliament, the EU’s executive body and … [Read more...] about Copyright battle in Europe pits media companies against tech giants
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WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc told a U.S. House panel on Tuesday that the social media companies are not discriminating against content for political reasons.Conservative Republicans in Congress have criticized social media companies for what they claim are politically motivated practices in removing some content, a charge the companies have rejected.House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican, said that since an April hearing, Congress has "seen numerous efforts by these companies to improve transparency," but he also pointed to anecdotes of some content being removed.Goodlatte asked if these companies are "using their market power to push the envelope on filtering decisions to favor the content the companies prefer?"Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat, blasted the hearing and said Facebook for two years has "bent over backwards to placate and mollify conservatives," and pointed to Facebook's failure to remove pages promoting … [Read more...] about Social media companies defend filtering practices before Congress
Google, Disney, and Amazon are the companies where business students most want to work. That’s according to research firm Universum, which asked over 20,000 undergraduate business students to pick the most desirable employer. Google is the top pick for the fourth consecutive year. Google is at the top of the list yet again. The tech giant consistently performs well on Glassdoor’s annual rankings of the top workplaces in America. It pays well, too. So it’s no surprise that US undergraduate business students find the search giant to be the most desirable employer. Universum, a global research and advisory firm, surveyed 20,879 undergraduates studying business at 352 different universities in the US. The business students were asked to choose the companies and organizations where they’d most like to work. Google, which specializes in … [Read more...] about The top 25 companies where American business students dream of working
caption Scroll wants to make people who surf the web happy source Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr The startup Scroll is planning to roll out a subscription product that will let people have ad free experiences on a number of top websites for $5 per month. The company has signed up Gannett, The Atlantic, Slate, Business Insider and Fusion Media Group as partners. Investors include Axel Springer, News Corp and The New York Times. Rather than fighting people who install ad blockers, a group of publishers are banding together to help people access their websites ad free, as long as they pay up. The Atlantic, Slate, Gannett, MSNBC.com, Fusion Media Group and Business Insider have all signed on to participate in Scroll, a soon-to-launch digital subscription product that will allow people to surf multiple websites with no ads – for $5 a month. Scroll is the brainchild of Tony Haile, the … [Read more...] about The former CEO of Chartbeat has convinced a slew of big media companies to sign on to his ad blocking service
Rupert Murdoch makes a fair point that Facebook would do right by the media industry by paying for content like cable companies do. Facebook doesn’t have much incentive to listen. The company is already reticent about being seen as a media company and is moving away from the news business. Media companies don’t have a ton of leverage over Facebook or Google. Plus the technological challenges involved in either getting paid or choking off Facebook are significant. The newsrooms at the ‘old media’ Wall Street Journal and ‘digital native’ BuzzFeed may not see eye-to-eye on much, but suddenly their bosses have lots to bond over. That’s because, in one way or another, both News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti believe that Facebook and Google aren’t giving news organizations a fair deal. They want … [Read more...] about Rupert Murdoch may be right that Facebook should pay media companies. That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.