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Judiciary committee senators introduced another antitrust bill, the second so far this year, and this time it focuses on concentrating market power in app stores. It’s heavily backed by app developers, but tech giants and industry groups say it could lead to security issues.

Meanwhile, members of the House Aviation Subcommittee questioned federal agencies about the difficult rollout of 5G.

Let’s get to the news.

Senate proposes bill targeting Apple and Google

A bill to curb the market power of Apple’s and Google’s App Store advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday with the support of all panel members except the senator. John CornyJohn CornynMcConnell seeks to turn the heat down in Supreme Court fight GOP can’t escape Trump-fueled election controversies Lawmakers plead for Nobel Peace Prize to honor Opal Lee MORE (R-Texas).

Cyber ​​concerns: Other Republicans on the committee, as well as two California Democrats, expressed concerns similar to Cornyn’s about potential cybersecurity issues, though they still voted to move the bill forward, known as a bill. ‘Open App Marks Act.

It is the second major antitrust bill the committee has advanced so far this year, following the affirmative vote on the American Choice and Online Innovation Act last month. Although the Open App Marks Act moved forward Thursday with even broader committee support, lingering concerns could pose hurdles for the bill if it goes to a full vote in the Senate.

Hold it: Supporters of the bill, which is co-sponsored by a group of bipartisan senators, say it would provide guardrails to tech giants they say act as gatekeepers and stifle competition through restrictive rules on app stores.

“It is important that our legislative agenda keeps up with the times, and technology has so far outpaced legislation that stronger measures are now needed to curb big tech. I’m not here to dismantle companies, but I’m here to warn executives and boards. We’re not going to let you push to get out of this problem,” the senator said. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnHillicon Valley – Presented by Cisco – Spotify faces criticism over Rogan controversy 8 in 10 app developers back measure to rein in Google, Apple: Carville poll says it would help raise funds for possible bid in the Senate of Gallego MORE (R-Tenn.) said.

The bill would prevent the owners of major app stores, such as Apple and Google, from requiring users of their devices to use only their app store, blocking developers’ ability to use app store systems. alternative payments and receive commissions of up to 30%. The developers criticized the practices and argued that they were anti-competitive.

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Lawmakers blast agencies over 5G rollout

Legislators went after federal agencies Thursday on the tumultuous rollout of 5G technology earlier this year, accusing officials of creating a crisis by not communicating about aviation safety issues.

Members of the House Aviation Subcommittee questioned the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as airline and wireless executives about preparations for the 5G standoff, which has delayed rollout technology in January.

representing Pierre DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioTop Democrats call on AT&T and Verizon to delay 5G rollout near airports On the trail: Pensions offer window into House Democratic mood (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, criticized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approving the sale of C-band spectrum to telecommunications last year without considering input from officials in the FAA who warned of potential disruptions as early as 2015.

“It’s a tendency to ignore the consequences beyond the consequences on the profitability of the telecom industry, that’s their sole focus,” DeFazio said of the FCC, whose chairman Jessica RosenworcelJessica RosenworcelHillicon Valley — Airlines issue warning over 5G service Airlines warn of ‘catastrophic’ crisis as new 5G service rolls out At this critical time for digital access, we must confirm Gigi Sohn for the FCC PLUS was invited to the hearing but did not attend, citing a scheduling conflict.

“Having a dropped call is far less serious than having an airline dropped out of the sky,” DeFazio added.

Committee members and airline officials said the situation remains unresolved and urged regulators to develop a permanent solution that allows 5G to be widely instituted without risking passenger safety.

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You’re here will recall more than 800,000 vehicles due to a problem with the seat belt reminder feature.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed on Thursday security report that 817,143 Tesla vehicles should be recalled because the seat belt reminder may not activate when a new drive cycle begins, which could result in the driver driving the vehicle without a seat belt.

The recall includes 2021-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y. Tesla, however, is not aware of any injuries or deaths resulting from this issue as of January 31, according to NHTSA.

“If the seat belt reminder chime does not activate at the start of a new drive cycle and the driver does not notice the accompanying seat belt warning light, the driver may not receive reminder to fasten their seat belt and may begin driving the vehicle in an unfastened state, which could increase the risk of injury,” NHTSA wrote in its report.

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One last thing: break the bridge for Bezos

A historic steel bridge in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will be partly demolished so that the founder of Amazon Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosComing Soon: Climate Lockdowns? The unexpected way investors are capitalizing on the JOBS Act (and how you can too) Serena Williams, Fauci among ‘Portrait of a Nation’ winners MORE can sail his new megayacht on the Meuse, also known as the Meuse, France Media Agency reports.

The Koningshavenbrug, which locals call De Hef, was first built on the river in 1927 and played a historic role, particularly when it was damaged in the bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940.

The bridge had already been dismantled in 2017 for renovations. The Rotterdam council promised that year that the bridge would never be dismantled again, Dutch News reported, but Bezos’ new yacht appears to be an exception to that promise.

The new megayacht built for Bezos will be too tall to pass below deck when its three tall masts are at full height. The boat is built by the Oceano shipyard in Alblasserdam and is expected to be the largest sailing ship in the world at 127 meters in length.

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