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Europe’s Margrethe Vestager Uses a Rarely Used Weapon to Take On Big Tech

Already considered the world’s most assertive regulator of the technology industry, the European authorities on Wednesday signaled an even more aggressive approach by applying a rarely used rule to order a company to halt a potentially anticompetitive practice as investigators explore the case. The European Commission’s antitrust enforcer, Margrethe Vestager, said “interim measures” were being …

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When You Take a Great Photo, Thank the Algorithm in Your Phone

Not too long ago, tech giants like Apple and Samsung raved about the number of megapixels they were cramming into smartphone cameras to make photos look clearer. Nowadays, all the handset makers are shifting focus to the algorithms, artificial intelligence and special sensors that are working together to make our photos look more impressive. What …

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‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Privacy Rule Is Limited by Europe’s Top Court

LONDON — Europe’s highest court limited the reach of the landmark online privacy law known as “right to be forgotten” on Tuesday, restricting people’s ability to control what information is available about them on the internet. In a decision with broad implications for the regulation of the internet, the European Court of Justice ruled that …

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One Brother Stabbed the Other. The Journalist Who Wrote About It Paid a Price.

Mr. Biancardi wrote about how the court had ruled against him. That drew attention from others who asked for articles about themselves to be taken down. One of those demands was from Vittorio Pecoraro, now in his 80s, who was stabbed by his brother, Umberto, in the 2008 seaside restaurant brawl. The brothers were arrested …

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House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms

Congress showed the breadth of its investigation into the big tech companies on Friday, making a public demand for scores of documents, including the personal emails and other communications from dozens of top executives. Republicans and Democrats alike on the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating the market power and behavior of the companies, sent …

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The Work Diary of Parisa Tabriz, Google’s ‘Security Princess’

11 a.m. Four-hour brainstorming and discussion session about Chrome’s road map for the next year. 3 p.m. I get a direct message on Twitter from @SwiftOnSecurity, a pseudonymous computer security expert and influencer who pretends to be Taylor Swift, with feedback about a new Chrome extension we launched earlier in the day that helps users …

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