It's time again: news you can use! Here at the CallRail Blog, we like to do periodic summaries of the latest headlines in marketing and technology, and break down what those developments could mean for your business in the short and long term with a tech news analysis. After all, staying on top of the latest news isn't just good citizenship, it's good for business. Withthroat clearing, let's get to the news. 1) 5G upgrade cycle continues with $3.5 billion T-Mobile-Ericsson deal (Reuters) We talked about the next 5G upgrade cycle in a previous edition of News You Can Use, when T-Mobile and Nokia announced a manufacturing partnership to produce next-generation 5G wireless hardware. T-Mobile continues to bet big on 5G, as they just announced a similar partnership with Swedish telecommunications manufacturer Ericsson. Like their deal with Nokia, T-Mobile will serve as the primary supply chain for a new class of 5G cellular hardware to be rolled out across the world. Telecom companies claim that 5G technology will provide greater range, speeds and ease of use than the current 4G standard. As with the previous announcement, this deal is great news for businesses and marketers alike: ever-increasing connectivity through always-online smart devices will give you plenty of ways to ensure you are always customers' priority.
The Employee Email Database United States Department of Justice will investigate social media platforms for alleged bias (Washington Post)The US Department of Justice has warned that social media companies could "intentionally stifle free speech" and harm competition. The announcement - which did not identify the offending policies or acts of censorship in question - echoes recent complaints by the US president that social media platforms are biased against certain political views. The Justice Department made its announcement after a heavy Senate hearing, in which Facebook and Twitter executives were hotly questioned about whether the platforms deliberately limit the reach of points of view. specific view. Legal experts and technology analysts have raised concerns that these growing allegations of unproven bias are having a chilling effect on free speech. "This could be a very serious attack on the entire Internet industry coordinated by multiple levels of government," said Eric Goldman, co-director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University. Businesses and traders should keep a close eye out for an upcoming meeting of US attorneys general on the matter.
Any type of far-reaching regulatory action taken against platforms like Google, Twitter or Facebook could have serious repercussions for the way the industry operates. 3) European Parliament gives green light to controversial copyright reforms (NBC News) In a move critics have called a "disaster for free speech", the European Union parliament has voted in favor of a controversial set of copyright reforms that could force Google, Facebook and others 'other platforms to share more revenue with content creators. Under the guidelines proposed by the European Parliament, technology platforms would also be fully liable for copyright-infringing material hosted on their platforms. Earlier, lawmakers rejected the hardline proposal when it was presented to the European Parliament during a session in late July. At issue are two main points of contention: First, companies like Google and Facebook would be forced to pay publishers for displaying news snippets under the proposed settlement. The other issue is mandatory upload filtering, which would require platforms like YouTube, Dropbox, Github, and Instagram to deploy filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted content. The outcome of this process could have far-reaching implications for Europe and beyond, forcing a fundamental restructuring of these technology platforms so that they can operate in the EU. In the worst case, these tech platforms could choose to pull out of the EU altogether (as they have already done).