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  • U.S. Commerce Dept. Blacklists Over 60 Chinese Companies

    December 21, 2020

    The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. Commerce Department blacklisted more than 60 Chinese companies, including those that enable human rights abuses, support unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, and persons that engage in the theft of U.S. trade secrets.

  • Landau: How Big Tech is Affecting Data Privacy

    December 17, 2020

    Co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property at Georgia State Law, Michael Landau, explores the impact of Covid-19 safety measures on privacy, which created an increased reliance on the internet for school, work and social "gatherings", leaving many online most of the day.

  • Axios: FB to Allow Political Ads Before Georgia Run-Off Election

    December 17, 2020

    Following Facebook's ban on political ads after polls closed in the United States on Nov. 3, Election Day, the social media giant said it will begin letting advertisers run ads targeting Georgia voters about the state's Jan. 5 runoff elections, starting Dec. 16. 

  • FDA Gives Approval for Emergency Use of Covid-19 Vaccine

    December 14, 2020

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use with plans to ship 50 million vaccine doses this year, enough to inoculate 25 million people. 

  • Politico: YouTube to Remove Videos Claiming Mass Fraud Changed Election Results

    December 11, 2020

    The Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube announced that any content that "alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election”  will be removed.

  • U.S. and States File Antitrust Action against Facebook

    December 11, 2020

    BBC reports that in one of the most significant legal actions against Facebook, U.S. federal regulators and more than 45 state prosecutors have sued the tech giant on grounds that the social media company has taken illegal actions to stifle competition.

  • Fox Business:¬†Nasdaq Proposes Board-Diversity Rule for Listed Companies

    December 02, 2020

    Nasdaq filed a proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would require listed companies to include women and people of diverse races or sexual orientation on their boards.

  • Over Half of American Adults Concerned About Government¬†Monitoring

    November 30, 2020

    A new Harris Ballot survey indicates that 55% of American adults are concerned that government agencies are monitoring citizens using location information generated from their cellphones  

  • Pfizer Submits U.S. Emergency Use Application for COVID-19 Vaccine

    November 23, 2020

    Pfizer has applied to U.S. health regulators for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine, with an expected approval by mid-December and the anticipated delivery of an estimated 50 million vaccines by year end.

  • Hayase: Bitcoin Surge due to American Vote of No Confidence in Elections

    November 19, 2020

    According to Nasdaq contributor Nozomi Hayase, the American people showed a vote of no confidence in the integrity of the electoral process during the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, and, as a result, the bitcoin price surged to over $15,000, marking the highest mark since its all-time high in 2017.

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