probes into Facebook appear to be increasing on both sides of the
Earlier this week, Rep. Ken Buck, the top Republican on the
House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, said during an antitrust hearing that
"Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have reached monopoly status, and
their behavior won't change until Congress acts, the enforcement agencies do
their job, and the courts move quickly to rein in their predatory
On Friday, sources told FT that
the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is preparing an antitrust
investigation into Facebook within the coming months, which is the latest crackdown
on Silicon Valley's big tech dominance. Similar probes were launched into Apple
and Google earlier this year.
said CMA "would take a sweeping look at the way Facebook allegedly uses
customer data to squash rivals in social media and online
CMA's potential investigation into Facebook comes as the
government agency recently announced inquiries into Apple's App Store fees and
Google's privacy settings.
CMA expects to follow European Union's antitrust chief Margrethe
Vestager's investigation into Facebook, launched in December. She told
lawmakers in Brussels how big tech is increasingly facing more stringent
scrutiny around the world.
a sign that the debate on tech dominance has been shifting over the last couple
of years," Vestager said of the US antitrust move.
A person close to the CMA said the focus of the upcoming
investigation would be on the social media platform's digital
Andrea Coscelli, the CMA's chief executive, vowed to take on
Facebook and other big tech companies with a series of antitrust cases. He'll
be working with lawmakers in Brussels to combat big tech.
Meanwhile, in the US, Facebook requested a federal judge earlier
this month to dismiss landmark antitrust suits against it, claiming that its
"innovative free products deliver value" is helpful to
users, adding there's no evidence whatsoever of anti-competitively.
World’s 1st remote brain surgery via 5G network performed in China Published time: 17 Mar, 2019 13:12 · A Chinese surgeon has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology, with the patient 3,000km away from the operating doctor. Dr. Ling Zhipei remotely implanted a neurostimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, Chinese state-run media reports . The surgeon manipulated the instruments in the Beijing-based PLAGH hospital from a clinic subsidiary on the southern Hainan island, located 3,000km away. The surgery is said to have lasted three hours and ended successfully. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well after the pioneering operation. The doctor used a computer connected to the next-generation 5G network developed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device enabled a near real-time connection, according to Dr. Ling. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said.
Visualizing The Power Of The World's Supercomputers BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 21, 2022 - 04:15 AM A supercomputer is a machine that is built to handle billions, if not trillions of calculations at once. Each supercomputer is actually made up of many individual computers (known as nodes) that work together in parallel. A common metric for measuring the performance of these machines is flops , or floating point operations per second . In this visualization, Visual Capitalist's Marcus Lu uses November 2021 data from TOP500 to visualize the computing power of the world’s top five supercomputers. For added context, a number of modern consumer devices were included in the comparison. Ranking by Teraflops Because supercomputers can achieve over one quadrillion flops, and consumer devices are much less powerful, we’ve used teraflops as our comparison metric. 1 teraflop = 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) flops. Supercomputer Fugaku was completed in March 202
Beijing Orders Alibaba To Dump Media Assets That Rival China's Propaganda Machine BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, MAR 15, 2021 - 07:30 PM Beijing is reviving its crackdown on the country's biggest tech firms, reminding the world that the CCP is still focused on neutralizing any and all threats to its control of the Chinese economy and its people. Even after amending China's official ideology to include entrepreneurs among the protected classes represented by the CCP (in addition to workers, farmers and soldiers), Beijing, with President Xi at its center, has apparently decided that Chinese tech firms won't follow the American model after all. Instead, their growth and competitive capabilities will be curtailed for the sake of stability at home. After Tencent was censured and strict new requirements were officailly imposed on Alibaba-owned Ant Group that will prevent the company from growing , the Wall Street Journal reports that next up on Beijing's to-do lis