The DOJ did not name Amazon, Facebook or Google directly, but its inquiry could result in more scrutiny of them, as the government seeks to "assess the competitive conditions in the online marketplace," it said in a statement.

The FTC will allege Facebook was not clear that advertisers could target users who submitted their numbers as part of a security feature and will contend that Facebook gave some people inadequate information about ways to opt out of some facial recognition features. It will not, however, require Facebook to admit guilt, the sources said.

To take back control of their online data, a hearty few are trying to eliminate all things Google. It's no easy task — Google has the most popular search engine, browser and mapping software. What it takes to be a never-Googler.


  • Analysis

It’s not inspiring confidence among lawmakers.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Business.org looked at 100 metro areas across the US to rank average tech salaries.

Equifax has been ordered to pay $425 million to consumers who were affected by a massive data breach in 2017. How do they access that money?

The fakes could undermine Facebook's efforts to inspire confidence and satisfy the regulators now scrutinizing the global currency.

The settlement the FTC brokered marks the most significant privacy punishment ever levied against a tech giant. But the story behind it — described by 10 people familiar with the matter — illustrates the challenges facing a 105-year-old agency tasked with watching some of the most powerful digital players in the global economy.

The deal with the U.S. Justice Department and the SEC resolves claims the software giant violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Equifax has agreed to pay $650 million to settle a series of state and federal investigations into a massive 2017 data breach that left more than 147 million Americans’ names, Social Security numbers, credit-card details and other sensitive information exposed.

  • Analysis

Academics will examine disinformation and how social media impacts public opinion.

Photography enthusiasts say they purchased a $13,000 camera lens for $94 during Amazon’s annual marketing event. Experts say it was a pricing error.

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Google in its investigation into YouTube for violating federal kids' privacy laws, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to discuss it on record.

Officials at home and abroad sounded off this week about Facebook's plans to start a cryptocurrency, expressing fears it could destabilize financial markets.

Twitter unveils a new website as critics question the company's judgment about abusive tweets.

  • Analysis

It’s building an independent board.

As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the agency is scrambling to meet the White House demand that it put Americans back on the moon by 2024. It's a huge test of whether the space agency still has the right stuff.

  • Perspective

We’re deliriously surrounded by moon-landing documentaries. But few of them feature ordinary Earthlings.

Call it the Internet of Pee.

The app was having a viral moment until questions arose about privacy issues and its ownership.

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