Fortnite Makers Prevail in Antitrust Case Against Google

A jury decided that Google violated antitrust laws against Epic Games and other mobile app developers. The ruling could change how businesses make money on Android. After deliberating for just over three hours, the jury sided with Epic Games in a monthlong trial. They found that Google maintained a monopoly and harmed Epic. The ruling could lead to changes in Google’s Play Store, allowing other app stores and making it easier for developers to avoid Google’s fees. It could also jeopardize Google’s ability to collect commissions from app store purchases. The judge will decide the remedies for Google’s conduct next year. Google argued that it competed against Apple’s App Store. Epic’s quest to weaken the power of Google and Apple received a boost from the verdict. This case comes as Google fights another antitrust trial in Washington, D.C. Google charges app makers fees for customer payments and in-app purchases on the Play Store. They say that 99 percent of developers qualify for a fee of 15 percent or lower.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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