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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg roasted by Damian Collins committee - Business Insider
"By choosing not to appear before the Committee and by choosing not to respond personally to any of our invitations, Mark Zuckerberg has shown contempt towards both our Committee and the 'International Grand Committee' involving members from nine legislators from around the world," the 110-page report said.
facebook  fakenews  privacy  capitalism 
3 hours ago by craniac
Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs proposed cut of Toronto taxes for smart city
Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs reportedly proposed receiving a cut of property taxes, development fees and increased land value for its work in Toronto.
politics  neoliberalism  alphabet  google  taxes  capitalism 
yesterday by jstenner
An Open Letter To Game Developers From America's Largest Labor Organization
Given ongoing issues in the games industry, the AFL-CIO recently reached out to Kotaku about addressing the people who make games. The AFL-CIO represents more than 12 million workers in the United States across more than 50 labor unions (including the Writers Guild of America, of which Kotaku and its sister sites’ staffs are members). This letter from secretary-treasurer Liz Shuler is the group’s first major public statement about organizing game developers.
2019  collective-action  capitalism 
2 days ago by bignose
Dear clueless assholes: stop bashing bash and GNU.
This is a bit of theatre that has played out over and over again. Large and critical pieces of code are heavily relied on, and nobody wants to support them. OpenSSL anyone? Just as print and broadcast technologies were stolen from the people that invented them, the Internet is being hijacked by a bunch of sniveling international bankers that profit off of the effort of those before them. The brave and brilliant men and women who laboured for the Internet's creation will never see a dime for themselves or their offspring. Parasites having the nerve to insult and deride those they leeched from infuriates me.
2014  rant  opinion  free-software  economics  capitalism 
2 days ago by bignose
Who's Responsible For Amazon Quitting Queens?: Gothamist
Greg LeRoy, the executive director of Good Jobs First, a government watchdog group that tracks state and local job subsidies, says that this kind of negotiating tactic is a hallmark of corporations plying the “tax break industrial complex.”
“An essential working part of it is to degrade and demean public officials. It’s to get them to internalize, you Hartford, you New York, you Chicago, are not worth very much. We have lots of other choices. You’ve got lots of problems. If you don’t pay us a lot of money to offset the things we don't like about you, you’re disposable.”
LeRoy added that Amazon initially had “a very strong business case for them to come to New York, and I think they really wanted to come, and then I think they really ran into a buzzsaw.”
“Their arrogance about the way they approached the deal made it much harder for them than it had to be," LeRoy said. "If they had not preempted the City Council, if they had not expected those huge as-of-right incentives from the city, if they had not wired the thing for Cuomo to just run over the City Council, and actually talked to people in the neighborhoods, things might have played out very differently."
newyork  Power_materials  Pol.11  political_economy  Business  capitalism  Pol.12 
2 days ago by Jibarosoy

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