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The growing online trade in copycat goods is a new target in Washington's war on Big Tech, as policymakers pressure companies like Amazon to take more responsibility for what happens across their platforms, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill reports.
The big picture: The spotlight on counterfeit goods is part of a broader push by lawmakers to use policy levers to hold tech companies accountable for real-world harms that result from users' online actions.
Driving the news: Lawmakers want to crack down on the sales of fake products online, with two House committees raising the issue this week.
Separately, the House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee on Wednesday will hear from Amazon, eBay, Apple and others in a hearing focused on fake and unsafe products sold online.
Context: The Trump administration in a January report said it would step up enforcement against counterfeit goods and urged the private sector to follow "best practices," including enhanced vetting of sellers.
The bottom line: Policymakers are already talking about updating federal law to hold tech companies more responsible for what happens on their platforms. The focus on counterfeits marks another front in that push.
Tuesday was another day of the coronavirus causing more event cancellations.
Why it matters: It's looking like most big tech events will be postponed or canceled for the coming couple months, creating new work patterns for an industry that thrives on gatherings.
Driving the news: Among the latest round of cancellations and pullouts:
Meanwhile: Google and Microsoft both said they are offering free versions of workplace communications software to help businesses deal with travel limits.
My thought bubble: In-person events carry long-term value as attendees share ideas and build deeper relationships. In the short term, though, workers may find that less travel for events helps them focus and be more productive.
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Atrium, the tech-infused legal startup, said Tuesday it is shutting down its software operation, leaving 100 people without a job, per TechCrunch. A separate Atrium law firm will continue operations, while the company will return some of the $75 million it raised, the website reported.
Why it matters: Many traditional practices can be improved through a hefty dose of tech, but not every effort to tech-ify traditional operations proves better than its analog analogue.
Kan, who previously founded Justin.TV (which eventually became Twitch and sold to Amazon for nearly $1 billion), told TechCrunch that he learned firsthand that adding tech to a traditional business is not a panacea.
Atrium laid off its in-house lawyers back in January in an effort to focus on software, with some of the lawyers leaving to form the separate legal practice that will continue, TechCrunch said.
Facebook users are seeing more targeted ads from pharmaceutical companies — an ethical gray area for patient data and privacy, the Washington Post reports.
Why it matters: Drug companies don't need to know your medical history to target you for a drug, and seeing a surprisingly relevant medical ad can feel invasive, as Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.
How it works: Drug companies can use your browsing history, along with your age, gender and location, to figure out health issues you may have and market their treatment.
By the numbers: Pharmaceutical and health care brands spent nearly $1 billion dollars last year on Facebook mobile ads. Their spending has nearly tripled over two years, according to Pathmatics, an advertising analytics company.
Health privacy laws like HIPAA don't address this intersection of drug companies, data brokers and social media networks.
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