Technology

A new study claims universal broadband access could add $160B to the US economy annually. As one of the first clear estimates of expanded broadband’s economic benefit, the study could help drive support for President Biden’s proposed $65 billion in broadband spending.

EU privacy regulators fined Amazon a record €746 million for alleged GDPR violations. The move marks an uptick in enforcement by Europe’s privacy regulators and may force tech firms to reevaluate their GDPR compliance.

The Apple Watch in particular saw unprecedented growth and new user adoption, while challengers lag far behind. With competing smartwatches still months out, competitors need to find other ways to challenge Apple’s devices on price, functionality, and cross-platform compatibility.

On today's episode, we discuss five new bills that aim to limit Big Tech, whether short-form audio is next, Google's fine over its treatment of news publishers, why we buy what we buy, what to make of Disney+ subscriber growth hitting the brakes, how the world gets its caffeine, and more. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer senior analysts Sara M. Watson and Jasmine Enberg and analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch.

Facebook’s CEO believes its hefty investment in AR and VR could make it a powerful player in the next stage of the internet. The proclamation comes amid rampant regulatory scrutiny and slowing user growth among Facebook’s core products.

The company acquired a Facebook team of engineers and physicists to boost its satellite internet venture off the ground. The stealthy acquisition is a much-needed injection of resources and talent as Amazon rushes to enter a market quickly being swallowed up by SpaceX.

Tech companies are ditching legacy industry lobbying firms like the Internet Association in favor of their own individual approach. The shift allows Big Tech firms to target particular legislation that most specifically affects their products or business practices.