U.S. targets Google’s online ad business monopoly in latest Big Tech lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department accused Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Tuesday of abusing its dominance in digital advertising, threatening to dismantle a key business at the heart of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful internet companies.

The government said Google should be forced to sell its ad manager suite, tackling a business that generated about 12 percent of Google’s revenues in 2021, but also plays a vital role in the search engine and cloud company’s overall sales.

“Google has used anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful means to eliminate or severely diminish any threat to its dominance over digital advertising technologies,” the antitrust complaint said.

Google, whose advertising business is responsible for about 80% of its revenue, said the government was “doubling down on a flawed argument that would slow innovation, raise advertising fees, and make it harder for thousands of small businesses and publishers to grow.”

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Abortion rights are in big trouble even in blue states, and here’s why

The Comstock Act is one of the most laughably unconstitutional laws that is still part of the United States Code. Named after Anthony Comstock, who the Supreme Court once described as “a prominent anti-vice crusader who believed that ‘anything remotely touching upon sex was … obscene,’” the law is vague, overbroad, and purports to make it a felony to mail a simply astonishing array of material.

Among other things, the act makes it a crime to mail any “lewd, lascivious, indecent, filthy or vile article” (whatever that means). It prohibits mailing any “thing” for “any indecent or immoral purpose” (again, whatever that means). And, in a provision that largely sat dormant while Roe v. Wade was still good law, the Comstock Act purports to make it a crime to mail any “drug” that “is advertised or described in a manner calculated to lead another to use or apply it for

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GPS Insight Wins 2023 BIG Innovation Award

GPS Insight recognized as a leader in innovation for the fleet and field service management industries

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — GPS Insight, a leading provider of SaaS-based fleet and field service management software solutions, today announced it has been named a winner in the 2023 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group.

GPS Insight offers a unique intersection of fleet and field service management software solutions, transforming the way organizations operate on the road and in the field. They deliver actionable insights that drive the operations of the industry’s economy, providing safety and sustainability for all. Since the company’s founding in 2004, GPS Insight has been focused on providing innovative solutions for those in the fleet and field service industry, constantly evolving to meet and anticipate their needs.

“Innovation is ‘business critical’ in today’s society,” said Maria Jimenez,

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Big U.S. banks continue to add jobs as Goldman Sachs cuts staff

NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) continued to add staff as the economy softens, even after the ranks of the five biggest U.S. lenders swelled by 100,000 since the start of 2020.

The chief financial officers of the two biggest U.S. banks said they would hire selectively despite waning economic growth.

JPMorgan’s (JPM.N) Chief Financial Officer Jeremy Barnum said the bank is still hiring and “in growth mode” in a call with journalists to discuss the bank’s fourth-quarter earnings.

The bank’s headcount will probably rise modestly, although “there will be different adjustments at different times, and we’re seeing that all across the company,” Barnum said.

Bank of America (BAC.N) also continues to hire, particularly in wealth management, while also remaining disciplined on its expenses, Chief Financial Officer Alastair Borthwick told reporters on Friday. Its workforce swelled to 216,823 at

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5 Big Steps We Took in 2022 Toward a More Sustainable World

Climate news is rarely cheery these days. The harm global warming is doing to the planet will take a lot of work to slow down and mitigate.

With that caveat, we wanted to highlight a few of the bright spots from 2022 when it comes to the advertising industry’s response to climate change. Because amid the gravity of the crisis, there’s important work worth celebrating.

Ad Net Zero goes global

In January, Ad Net Zero will launch a U.S.-based chapter, taking its mission global. The group, created by the Advertising Association in 2020, aims to catalyze “immediate, collective industry action to help achieve real net zero carbon emissions from the development, production and media placement of advertising by the end of 2030,” according to a statement from its launch.

As it expands globally, Ad New Zero faces challenges to the scope of its mandate. Other climate-focused industry groups, including Purpose

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This Year Was Big For Housing in SF. Next Year Will Be Bigger


This year was a big one for housing in San Francisco—and the entire Bay Area—as city and state leaders tackled that perennially consequential issue.

As a state deadline looms, the city made considerable headway in demonstrating a path toward constructing 82,000 new homes over the next decade. But penalties for lackluster progress on policy reform and a coming economic slowdown threaten to destroy it all, setting the stage for a 2023 that will separate the wheat from the chaff.

Here’s Where We’ve Been

Technically, it was late 2021 when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors rejected a planned housing development at 469 Stevenson St., a project that would have created nearly 500 units. But the move ignited outrage and even a lawsuit that would last through all of 2022, inspiring some key victories for the YIMBY camp this year.

The biggest of those wins last year was state law

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