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Zuckerberg says if Warren becomes president, Facebook would sue U.S. gov’t: ‘You go to the mat and fight’

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Утечка аудиокомментариев от генерального директора Facebook Марка Цукерберга включает в себя его высказывание о том, что у технологической компании, скорее всего, не будет иного выбора, кроме как подать в суд на правительство США, чтобы предотвратить распад, если Элизабет Уоррен станет президентом.

Комментарии, полученные The Verge, охватывают широкий круг тем и дают глубокое понимание мышления Цукерберга, выходя за рамки гораздо большего, чем обычно публичный генеральный директор.

«У вас есть такой человек, как Элизабет Уоррен, который думает, что правильный ответ – разбить компании… Я имею в виду, что если она будет избрана президентом, я бы поспорил, что у нас будет правовой вызов, и я бы поспорил, что мы выиграем юридический вызов «Цукерберг цитируется в двух сессиях вопросов и ответов с сотрудниками Facebook в июле.

«И это все еще отстой для нас? Да. Я имею в виду, я не хочу иметь серьезный иск против нашего собственного правительства. Я имею в виду, что это не та позиция, в которой вы хотите быть, когда вы, знаете, Я имею в виду … Это похоже на то, что мы заботимся о нашей стране и хотим работать с нашим правительством и делать хорошие вещи. Но посмотрите, в конце концов, если кто-то собирается попытаться угрожать чему-то столь существенному, вы идете к мату и бороться “.
Цукерберг, который встречался с президентом Трампом и несколькими законодателями в округе Колумбия в прошлом месяце, также сказал, что размер компании помог ей бороться с вмешательством на выборах, отметив при этом, что ее конкурент, Twitter, был неадекватен в борьбе с вмешательством из-за меньшего количества ресурсов.

«Именно поэтому Twitter не может делать такую ​​хорошую работу, как мы», – сказал Цукерберг. «Я имею в виду, что они качественно сталкиваются с одними и теми же проблемами. Но они не могут инвестировать. Наши инвестиции в безопасность превышают весь доход их компании ».

Во вторник 35-летний технический титан публично признал, что комментарии были действительно его комментариями, заявив, что он часто делится «открыто тем, что я думаю по всем проектам и вопросам».

«Стенограмма одного из моих вопросов и ответов, опубликованная несколько месяцев назад, только что была опубликована в Интернете – и хотя она должна была быть внутренней, а не публичной, теперь, когда она есть, вы можете проверить ее, если хотите посмотреть нефильтрованная версия того, о чем я думаю и рассказываю сотрудникам по таким темам, как социальная ответственность, разрушение технологических компаний, весы, интерфейсы нейронных вычислений и правильные действия в долгосрочной перспективе », – написал Цукерберг в Facebook.

Уоррен ответил на эту историю, написав в Твиттере, что система, которая позволяет «гигантским компаниям, таким как Facebook, заниматься незаконной антиконкурентной практикой», должна быть исправлена.

A Facebook spokesperson described the D.C. meetings as “good” and “constructive,” aimed at “meeting with policymakers to hear their concerns and talk about future Internet regulation.” Trump also tweeted an image last month of himself shaking hands with Zuckerberg at the White House.

In March, Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, put forth a plan that would break up the largest tech companies in the country, chiefly Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple, saying the power they hold is too great.

“I want a government that makes sure everybody — even the biggest and most powerful companies in America — plays by the rules,” Warren wrote in a blog post announcing her plan. “And I want to make sure that the next generation of great American tech companies can flourish. To do that, we need to stop this generation of big tech companies from throwing around their political power to shape the rules in their favor and throwing around their economic power to snuff out or buy up every potential competitor.”

In her plan, Warren specifically mentioned that she wants to unwind Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, an idea that has gained traction on both sides of the political aisle.

During his meetings with D.C. lawmakers, Zuckerberg met with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who has proposed a bill to ban features that enable limitless scrolling, autoplay and other addictive features on social media. Hawley said on Twitter that he asked the Facebook founder to show he was “serious about bias, privacy & competition” and sell WhatsApp and Instagram as well as submit to a third-party audit on censorship.

Sen. Hawley has also announced legislation that would remove tech titans’ protection from liability for third-party content on their platforms. Under the Ending Internet Censorship Act, these companies are able to “retain Section 230 protections if they prove they are politically neutral to a third-party auditor,” a Hawley spokesperson told Fox News.

Визит Цукерберга в Вашингтон начался в условиях тяжелого периода для Facebook, когда законодатели призывают к более тщательному изучению компании в условиях озабоченности по поводу конфиденциальности и цензуры. В настоящее время Facebook подвергается антимонопольному расследованию во главе с генеральным прокурором штата, а также проводит отдельное антимонопольное расследование Федеральной торговой комиссией (FTC).

Это агентство наложило на Facebook штраф в размере 5 миллиардов долларов за политику конфиденциальности компании, и компания согласилась ввести новый контроль над тем, как компания использует пользовательские данные.

Источник: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/mark-zuckerberg-elizabeth-warren-president-facebook-sue-government

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Venture Insurance Programs launches online platform for small business insurance

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National insurance program administrator Venture Insurance Programs is introducing a new platform that will allow agents and brokers to better serve their small business clients.

The new Venture Small Business platform allows insurance professionals to quote and bind policies for over 150 classes of business within the same day. The platform will also provide several post-bind services such as direct billing, issuing ACORD certificates of insurance, policy document requests, and claims reporting/servicing.

Venture Small Business can quote and bind general and professional liability coverage for small businesses within the following industries:

Architecture and engineering
Landscaping services
Artisan contractors
Legal services
Consulting
Marketing and public relations
Creative and design
Health, beauty & fitness
Real estate
Financial services
Retail
Technology
Janitorial services

“Venture is pleased to offer this small business platform alongside our industry-specific products and services for agents and brokers,” said Venture Insurance Programs founder and president Phillip J. Harvey.

Harvey added that the dedicated online portal will assist producers in receiving quotes for their small business clients quickly and accurately, as well as in binding coverage.

 

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E-cigarette-maker Juul agrees to avoid targeting minors amid wave of vaping illnesses BY ANDREW SHEELER

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E-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs must restrict its marketing and promotion to avoid targeting minors under a new legal settlement agreement with the Oakland-based watchdog Center for Environmental Health.

The settlement in Alameda County Superior Court exposes Juul, which is co-owned by Atria, the parent company of tobacco giant Phillip Morris, to legal liability if it violates the agreement.

The agreement includes prohibitions on advertising in media with an audience 15 percent or more younger than age 21, advertising on social media outside of Juul’s age-restricted YouTube account and using models younger than 28.

The settlement comes as dozens of people across the nation have sicked from a mysterious vaping-related illness, one that has led to at least 26 deaths, according to the Associated Press.

In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September calling on his tax collectors to step up enforcement of the e-cigarette industry.

The Juul settlement, announced on Thursday, contains other prohibitions, including no advertising within 1,000 feet of a school or playground, no sponsoring sporting events or concerts that allow people under 21 and no paying or permitting company employees or contractors to appear at school or youth-oriented events.

The company also must replace the terms “adults only” and “not for use by minors” with “the sale of tobacco products to minors is prohibited by law” in order to avoid enticing minors.

The agreement limits bulk sales of Juul products both online and at brick and mortar stores and requires Juul to continue it’s “secret shopper” program, which seeks to catch retailers selling Juul products without asking for ID.

“This settlement will reduce the number of children getting addicted to a neurotoxin like nicotine, and help protect them from other toxic chemicals present in Juul products,” said CEH’s CEO Michael Green in prepared remarks. “CEH intends to monitor the company closely and if Juul violates our agreement by one inch, we will sue them again.”

A spokesman for Juul said that the settlement affirms practices that the company already had in place.

“We have never marketed to youth and do not want any non-nicotine users to try our products, since our products exist solely to help adult smokers find an alternative to combustible cigarettes,” the spokesman said.

 

Source sacbee.com

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Drug Giants Close In on a $50 Billion Settlement of Opioid Cases

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CLEVELAND — As a critical trial deadline bears down, lawyers for states and the three largest drug distributors in the country, along with two manufacturers, have agreed on a framework for a deal to resolve thousands of opioid cases with a settlement worth nearly $50 billion in cash and addiction treatments.

Three people familiar with the negotiations said that cities and counties across the country are tentatively supporting the broad parameters of the deal but are negotiating over its total value as well as attorneys’ fees. They warned that details could change and the deal could still fall apart before Monday, when opening statements are to begin in the first federal trial to determine responsibility for the opioid epidemic.

The agreement would release AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, which together distribute about 90 percent of the country’s medicines, along with Johnson & Johnson and Teva, the Israeli-based manufacturer of generic medicines, from a rapidly growing list of more than 2,300 lawsuits that they face in federal and state courts.

All of the companies either didn’t return requests for comment or declined to do so.

Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are leading the talks for the states, along with lawyers for thousands of cities and counties whose cases are in federal court.

Since the late 1990s, more than 400,000 people in the United States have died from overdoses of prescription painkillers and illegal opioids, including heroin and fentanyl. The epidemic is considered one of the greatest public health crises in the country’s history.

The three drug distributors and Teva are defendants in the first trial, brought by two Ohio counties. With thousands of somewhat similar governmental lawsuits on the national runway, the Ohio suit is considered an important showcase that will test the strength of both sides’ witnesses and legal arguments before 12 jurors.

Even as discussions continue, so does the selection of a jury, in anticipation of the start of the trial should talks collapse.

Johnson & Johnson recently settled with the two Ohio counties for about $20.4 million, but the company is named in many of other suits, as well.

Many drug manufacturers and pharmacy chains also have been named as defendants in federal and state opioids cases, but they are apparently not involved in these negotiations.

The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma — which is currently in bankruptcy court — has a tentative and much-disputed agreement with lawyers for thousands of municipal suits in federal court and nearly two dozen states that, if finalized, would remove the company from most opioids cases as well.

According to people familiar with the talks, the combined value of the current deal breaks down as follows: $20 to $25 billion in cash to be divided among the states and localities to help pay for health care, law enforcement and other costs associated with the epidemic; and another $25 to $30 billion in addiction-treatment drugs, supplies and delivery services.

People familiar with the negotiations said many details are still being debated, including the timetable for when the money would be paid.

Whether the amount will be considered sufficient by all the plaintiffs remains to be seen. A new report by the Society of Actuaries projects the costs related to the opioid epidemic at $188 billion in 2019 alone, including health care, child and family assistance programs, criminal justice activities and lost wages.

People familiar with the talks said that a sticking point in negotiation is how much money will go toward attorneys’ fees for the private lawyers who represent governments in the overwhelming majority of cases and work on contingency.

Those lawyers filed the first opioid lawsuits in 2014 and have since conducted hundreds of depositions and compiled many millions of documents.

 

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