The DOJ says Google monopolizes search. Here’s how.

What America’s biggest antitrust lawsuit in 20 years has to say

The US Department of Justice and attorneys general from 11 Republican-led states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google on Tuesday, alleging that the company maintains an illegal monopoly on online search and advertising.

The lawsuit follows a 16-month investigation, and repeated promises from President Trump to hold Big Tech to account amid unproven allegations of anti-conservative bias. But reports suggest the department was put under pressure by Attorney General William Barr to file the charges before the presidential election in two weeks’ time.

The idea of regulating Big Tech isn’t itself partisan, however. Earlier this month, House Democrats published a 449-page report looking at all the ways in which Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are monopolistic, and arguing for increased enforcement of antitrust legislation against them. Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, has indicated that seven additional states—including her own—were close to filing their own lawsuit and might join the DOJ’s action later. 

The case centers on Google’s tactics and market dominance in search. It currently receives 80% of all search queries in the United States, and the DOJ says it uses the tens of billions of dollars of annual profits from search advertising to unfairly suppress its competition.

Here’s a breakdown of how the DOJ alleges that Google has maintained its illegal monopoly –  1. Making Google Search the Default: The suit says Google maintains its advantage through exclusionary agreements worth billions of dollars that make its search engine the default on web browsers, mobile devices, and . . . . full story

The Future of the Green Economy: A Path to Recovery? – Zoom FREE Virtual Conference – Dec 15, 2020, 11am

Through 2020, there’s been a hope for a “silver lining” and a “light at the end of the tunnel.” As we attempt to look beyond the pandemic, the question arises, “What is the path to recovery?” – Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 11:00am–12:15pm

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The green economy has been gaining traction over the last decade as municipalities and governments worldwide have re-evaluated how they “do business” in respect to the environment. From the Paris (Climate) Agreement to “Green New Deals” that have been adopted to policy platforms, the green economy is shaping the future of local, state, and global economies. Now, nearing a year into this pandemic, the green economy is being positioned as part of the solution to an economic recovery. However, the question still remains, “Is the green economy THE path to recovery?” We’ll take a look at how the move to a more sustainable and renewable economy and environment is impacting the opportunities of tomorrow. And, address concerns on whether it will be enough as we try to jumpstart economic development in our region. The LAEDC is focusing on timely research to provide updated regional insights that will inform the green economy’s decisionmakers about the state of the industry and where the opportunities are; and, how recovering from the current pandemic will affect future growth. During these unprecedented times, the future can be intimidating, but the green economy may serve as the “light at the end of the tunnel” as we look ahead.

The State of Autonomous Vehicles

Tesla’s Generic Approach vs Waymo
Tesla’s beta version of Full Self Driving (FSD) software released to a small number of people

. . . . The final huge thing to point out here is Tesla’s approach to full self-driving. You might wonder what’s taking Tesla so long when there are completely autonomous vehicles on the road today from companies like Waymo, which require no human in the driver’s seat.

The reason Waymo can do this is that they use highly detailed pre-built maps that “highlight information such as curbs and sidewalks, lane markers, crosswalks, traffic lights, stop signs, and other road features.” This means they can only drive in areas that have been mapped but it gives them a detailed understanding of what the world looks like at the cars current GPS coordinates. They use cameras and lidar sensors to detect other cars, road signs and traffic light colours so the car can drive safely on public roads. . . . full article

Entertainment Industry News: Can Plastic Bubbles Make it Safe to Go to Concerts Again?

Concertgoers were escorted to their assigned bubble and ushers in hazmat suits stuck a leaf blower in the zipper of the bubble and blew it up

For those of us who sorely miss live music — count me in — outré rock band the Flaming Lips has an idea — your own personal inflatable plastic bubble. Earlier this week, the band performed live in front of an audience in Oklahoma City. All of the band members and each member of the audience were ensconced in their own “space bubble,” as lead singer Wayne Coyne calls them. They only played two songs from their new album, American Head, but the word on the street is that this was a test run for full-scale shows the band would be touring in the not-too-distant future. full article here

The Factory of the Future

Digitization and automation will completely change the way we develop and produce products. But what exactly does that mean? And what is behind the terms commonly used to refer to the smart factory? Get maxon’s latest issue of driven to find out more

How will Industry 4.0, The Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence change the way we collaborate with our customers?

Which services will we be offering in the future?

Will there still be people working in factories?

Understand the technical terms used to describe smart factories, and learn why some technologies are longer in coming than initially hoped for.

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Entertainment Industry Depends a Great Deal on Display Technology: Here Are 16 Trends

image Corning In Vehicle Curved Display

The global display market is expected to grow to roughly $733 B in 2022, more than double the amount just 8 years ago, according to Grand View Research.

To help cover the space, the Society for Information Display (SID) hosts the annual Display Week symposium and tradeshow. Now in its 57th year, the event features an early look at advances in solid-state lighting, OLED, microLED, AR/VR/MR, printed displays, auto tech, e-paper, digital signage wearables, and more.

Like most shows, Display Week 2020 was delivered in a virtual setting. This may not have been a bad thing as the show garnished significant representation from the entire display industry, unlike in previous years when a majority of the attendees were from North America due to cost reasons.  

The gallery at link lists the leading technology and a sampling of products from this year’s symposium.

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