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Facebook is reportedly under criminal investigation over deals that gave Apple, Amazon, and other companies access to user data. The partnerships, first reported in June, gave those outside companies to data including friend lists, contact information, and even private messages — and not always with the user’s consent.
Uber is talking to SoftBank and Toyota about a $1 billion investment in its self-driving car business. The deal would value the self-driving car portion of Uber as a business worth $5 billion to $10 billion.
Newly unsealed court docs revealed Google founder Larry Page threatened to leave if the company didn’t find a way to keep him in control. At the time he made the threat, Page was pressing Google’s board of directors to create a new class of stock that would allow him to retain control even if Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt sold their stock.
Spotify is going to war with Apple, filing an antitrust complaint over fears it is crushing competitors. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek took particular issue with Apple’s 30% tax on purchases made through the App Store.
WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton renewed his …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech