August 12, 2022
Illustration: Christopher T. Fong/Protocol
Good morning! This Friday, some companies are ready to tell the world about their midterm election efforts. Meta? Not so much.
Some tech companies are eager to tell everyone about their work around the midterms. Others are taking a quieter approach.
Twitter and Google are getting ready for the upcoming elections. Google is making changes to Gmail, and Twitter’s ready to fight election misinformation.
Meta is mostly keeping quiet and hasn’t shared anything other than this one-page outline.
It remains to be seen whether Meta has something more up its sleeves, or if it’s taking itself out of the elections narrative. If it plays out anything like the 2020 elections, though, even if companies set up the most stringent protections and talk about them at every opportunity, they might find themselves face-to-face with lawmakers anyway.
— Sarah Roach
The FTC announced yesterday that it’s taking steps toward cracking down on commercial surveillance and lax security.
That includes exploring new rules around companies “collecting, analyzing, and profiting” from user data. FTC Chair Lina Khan said that the FTC is for now just asking whether it even should regulate in some specific areas.
The effort will likely draw pushback from business and tech groups, Protocol Policy reporter Ben Brody told me. Companies could try to argue that consumers get utility from the data practices in place.
This kind of rulemaking could have sweeping effects on tech and other industries. The FTC is also probing data collection practices in social media, cybersecurity, AI and health care.
For now, the FTC is asking tons of broad questions around everything from biometrics to algorithmic discrimination. The road ahead could be long, but the effort could lead to much tighter limits on how companies can take and use your data.
— Nat Rubio-Licht
Chip shortage could undermine national security: The global shortage of semiconductors has impeded the production of everything from pickup trucks to PlayStations. But there are graver implications than a scarcity of consumer goods. If the U.S. does not ensure continued domestic access to leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing, experts say our national security could suffer.
Telegram’s Pavel Durov called the App Store’s review process “obscure”:
Paddy Srinivasan is GoTo’s new CEO. He was previously the company’s chief product and tech officer.
Sarah McAuley is Paperless Parts’ new CMO. She previously held the same role at Quali.
Tatyana Bolton left R Street Institute for Google’s government affairs and public policy team. Bolton was a policy director for cybersecurity and emerging threats at RSI.
Joanna Popper is Creative Artists Agency’s new chief metaverse officer. Popper has worked on VR and marketing for HP and NBC.Marqeta CEO Jason Gardner and COO Vidya Peters are both leaving the company. Gardner founded the company in 2010, and Peters joined in 2019.
Amazon wants to add mental health services to Amazon Care and plans to partner with mental health provider Ginger.
Meta’s expanding end-to-end encryption in Messenger, but the company said it has nothing to do with the Nebraska abortion case that resulted in Meta handing over private messages.
California dropped a bill that would've let lawyers sue social media platforms for allegedly addictive features. Meta, Twitter and Snap lobbied against it.
BlackRock launched a bitcoin private trust after seeing “substantial interest” from institutional clients in the U.S.
Australia's competition watchdog fined Google $42.7 million for misleading users on location data collection on their phones.
The vibe has shifted at Google. Employees say they fear harsher disciplinary action as the company extends its hiring freeze.The California Energy Commission adopted the goal of developing between 3 and 5 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030. It wants to reach 25 gigawatts by 2045.
Move over, side hustles. The side startup is here.
More and more, workers are using the flexibility of remote jobs to start their own companies. A record number of Americans started their own business last year, as the pandemic caused many people to reassess priorities. But some are doing so without sacrificing the stability of a consistent paycheck, taking lunch hours or late nights to make their startup start.
Is starting a side startup while keeping your job something you would do? Have you done it? Reply to this email and let us know!
Chip shortage could undermine national security: To ensure American security, prosperity and technological leadership, industry leaders say the U.S. must encourage domestic manufacturing of chips in order to reduce our reliance on East Asia producers for crucial electronics components.
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