NewsBytes Briefing: After Apple, Microsoft goes after Google, and more
If you can't beat someone fair and square, get the government involved. After almost snatching away Australia from under Google's nose, Microsoft is lobbying the US government to adopt the same Australian media rules that Google and Facebook hate. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Google wrote the book on lobbying the US government. It's almost as if selling the smartphone business made Microsoft hopelessly uncompetitive.
Whitney Wolfe Herd is a remarkable woman and the world's youngest billionaire. She started off by raising awareness against the oil industry, followed by marrying an oil baron. Thereafter, she made a million dollars in settlement accusing her boyfriend/colleague of sexual harassment, only to start a company with a co-founder accused of horrible sex crimes. Basically, all the markers of a successful CEO.
Speaking of lobbying, US President Joe Biden is having way too much fun undoing Donald Trump's work. Unfortunately, most of that work involved protecting US interests from Chinese espionage. Remember the cyberattacks targeted at the US power grid? Well, Biden has removed Trump's ban on Chinese equipment for the same. TikTok is a small fry when you're looking at an impending disaster of this proportion.
While we are on the subject of sabotage, the Modi government has been giving Twitter a lot of grief on account of being the usual CIA-backed vehicle for regime change its championing of free speech. Well, it looks like Twitter's Jack Dorsey has been hitting back by investing millions in Bitcoin development. This is a low blow considering Modi's undying love for digital payments.
It's almost as if Google just pretends to be woke, while doing the most horrible things to make money. You know, just like any soulless corporation. The former don't-be-evil proponent has been caught profiling non-binary people and depriving them of gainful employment at the behest of advertisers. Well, color me surprised.