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While most of the Big Tech companies or their CEOs have spoken out against the Trump administration's family separation policy, there are some notable exceptions: Oracle, which has been close to the administration and does a tremendous amount of government business, hasn't condemned the practice.

Why it matters: Some industry leaders find themselves caught between outraged employees and customers and longstanding business relationships with government.

  • Also yet to comment are any of the big four telecom firms — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
  • IBM, which is also close to the administration and had not previously weighed in, posted a statement Wednesday morning: "The administration should not wait for an act of Congress to end the inhumane policy of separating children from their families."
  • Others who have thus far declined requests for comment: Amazon, Qualcomm and Nvidia.

Meanwhile: A Facebook fundraiser started by Dave and Charlotte Willner has now raised more than $8.8 million to fund legal help for those being detained.

And: Github and Medium took down posts that offered details on individual ICE employees scraped from LinkedIn, saying they violated policies designed to prevent targeting or harassment of individuals. Twitter also pulled down an account that had been tweeting from the same list.

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Congress' next moves to rein in Big Tech

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After grilling the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple last week, members of Congress are grappling with whether to accuse any of the firms of illegal anticompetitive behavior, to propose updating federal antitrust laws — or both.

The big picture: Congress is just one arm of government making the case against these companies. Google is expected to be the first of the firms to face possible antitrust litigation from the Justice Department before summer's end, but all four face a full-court press of investigations by DOJ, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

Fauci: Coronavirus task force to examine aerosolized spread


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The White House coronavirus task force will examine more closely just how much SARS-CoV-2 might be transmitted via aerosols, and not just from droplets, NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Wednesday at an online forum sponsored by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Why it matters: The longer the coronavirus can remain infectious in the air, the more likely it can infect people, particularly indoors — leading to the possible need to alter air filtration and circulation within buildings.

The next wave to hit Main Street

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Call it the great retail wash. A wave of defaults, bankruptcies and evictions expected in cities across the U.S. is poised to remake the retail landscape across the country, but there may be some upside for consumers and small businesses.

Why it matters: Rather than an overnight descent into a collection of urban wastelands full of Starbucks, Amazon fulfillment centers, Chase bank branches and nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic and resulting retail apocalypse may just mean that, in major U.S. cities, less is more.