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Rigged: Investigation Finds Amazon Brands and Exclusives Hold Top Spot in 7 Out of 10 Product Searches

According to a recent report, e-commerce giant Amazon purposefully ranks its own products above other higher-rated competitors on its platform. According to an investigation by the Markup, “We found that knowing only whether a product was an Amazon brand or exclusive could predict in seven out of every 10 cases whether Amazon would place it first in search results.”

Jeff Bezos of Amazon laughing

Amazon-Owned Streaming Platform Twitch Confirms Massive Data Leak

Amazon’s live-streaming platform Twitch recently fell victim to a major leak that exposed the site’s source code, top streamer’s earnings, and more. The company acknowledged the leak, stating: “We have learned that some data was exposed to the internet due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party. Our teams are working with urgency to investigate the incident.”

Twitch boss Emmett Shear

FTC Memo Calls for Focus on ‘Structural Dominance’ of Big Tech

FTC Chair Lina Khan sent a memo to staff this week in which she called for the agency to focus on power imbalances and address the “structural dominance” of big companies. The memo’s mention of “next generation technologies” implies a heavy emphasis on the Big Tech Masters of the Universe.

FTC Chair Lina Khan

Hollywood Hypocrisy: DiCaprio, Coldplay, Streisand, DeGeneres Among Celebrities Pushing Corporate Giants to Press Congress to Pass Biden’s Tax-Raising Climate Agenda

A horde of Hollywood elites, including Leonardo DeCaprio, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake, Billie Eilish, and more, have signed onto an open letter demanding corporations like Facebook, Apple, WarnerMedia, Netflix, Walt Disney, Amazon, and ViacomCBS to pressure congress to pass the Joe Biden White House’s environmental agenda.

Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt; Alberto E. Rodriguez; Valerie Macon/Getty Images/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

FTC: The Big Tech Masters of the Universe Exploit ‘Loopholes’ to Avoid Merger Reviews

The FTC has alleged that hundreds of deals made by tech giants like Facebook and Google were not reviewed by merger watchdogs, fueling the companies’ unchecked growth. Events like gaining voting control of rivals, buying patents, and outright buyouts of small tech companies are a key part of the arsenal used by the largest Big Tech companies to maintain their stranglehold over the internet.

Mark Zuckerberg frowning

Report: Amazon Plans to Censor More Sites from Cloud Hosting

Reuters reports that tech and e-commerce giant Amazon plans to take a more active approach to censoring what it considers rule violating content from its cloud hosting service. Websites and apps that rely on Amazon hosting will be forced to find another host or disappear from the internet. Amazon currently holds 40 percent of the cloud hosting market.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy