Nov 30, 2017

U.K. consumers sue Google over data collection

Google is one of several big tech comapnies facing new political pressure. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

A group of U.K. consumers sued Google over allegations that it misused personal data from millions of iPhone users, Bloomberg reports. The group, representing 5.4 million customers, claims Google used an algorithm to trick iPhones into releasing personal data from the Safari browser in 2011 and 2012. Google disputes the claims, telling Bloomberg they "don't believe it has any merit and we will contest it."

Across the pond: European regulators have been much more aggressive in cracking down on tech companies over privacy concerns. Richard Lloyd, the consumer advocate leading the case, said the point is to "send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we're not afraid to fight back if our laws are broken."

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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

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The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.