Powerful House Judiciary committee sends document requests to Facebook

San Francisco and Washington DC (CNN Business)Facebook could soon have another headache on Capitol Hill: Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have requested documents from the company spanning multiple issues, two sources familiar with the committee’s efforts tell CNN. The committee has also asked Facebook for information relating to how its platform has been used by people who have committed hate crimes, one of the sources said. Also on the committee’s request list: details about voter suppression efforts on the platform, the source said. Facebook and other platforms have over the past two years taken steps to tackle efforts aimed at discouraging Americans from voting after the revelation that in 2016, a Russian government-linked troll group used the social media …

The internet is radicalizing white men. Big tech could be doing more

New York (CNN Business)Among the many tragedies of the massacre at two New Zealand mosques on Friday is a bitter irony: The terrorist who killed at least 50 people in an Islamophobic attack resembled in many ways a member of ISIS. If his life had gone different in some way, he might well have ended up one and killed people somewhere else in its name. The type of extremism and hatred is of course different. But they have at least one thing in common: the internet as a tool of radicalization. Combine those algorithms with men who are disaffected, who may feel that the world owes them more, and you have a recipe for creating extremism of any stripe. “They’re …

Snapchat always proved critics wrong. Then Evan Spiegel pushed for a redesign

Most CEOs would probably prefer not to overhaul their core businesses less than a year after an initial public offering. It’s a pivotal period when executives look to play up their company’s stability and growth to a world of potential new investors on Wall Street. Arlan Hamilton: She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working Mary Barra: Her impatience could save GM. ‘Time is not our friend’ Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles The plan: separate content from friends and publishers — and celebrity users — while attracting new users by making the app easier to use. Spiegel said at the time that the move could be “disruptive” to Snap’s business. That proved to be an understatement. A …

America’s fight with Huawei is messing with the world’s 5G plans

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The US-led offensive against Chinese tech firm Huawei is creating big problems for mobile operators as they start building the next generation of wireless networks. The international rollout of 5G has become a front line in the broader clash over advanced technology between the United States and China that is reshaping the relationship between the world’s top two economies. The United States doesn’t have a heavyweight globalcompetitor to Huawei in telecommunications equipment. The Chinese firm’s biggest rivals are Ericsson (ERIC) of Sweden and Nokia (NOK) of Finland. But they have struggled for years with losses and job cuts while Huawei has powered ahead, generating annual revenue of more than $100 billion, building a strong base in China …

Spotify is finally available in India

New Delhi (CNN Business)Spotify has launched in India after keeping music fans waiting nearly a year. The launch ran into a legal hurdle earlier this week whenWarner Music Group (WMG) filed an injunction on Monday to prevent Spotify (SPOT) from using its artists’ songs. A Spotify spokeswoman told CNN Business that the company went ahead with the launch without WMG content while the court battle continues. “We’re hopeful for a negotiated solution with Warner,” she said. WMG didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Like other global tech companies, Spotify is tailoring its service to the Indian market. It has added several features for Indian users, such as customized playlists and fewer limitations on its free service. The company …

UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The United Kingdom could undermine an American-led campaign to keep Chinese tech company Huawei out of super-fast 5G mobile networks around the world. The National Cyber Security Centre declined to comment Monday on the specifics of the Financial Times report but said in a statement that it has “a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber security.” The intelligence agency is playing an important role in a broader UK government review examining the security of technology that operators plan to use in 5G networks in the country. “The review is looking at a range of options and will conclude in the spring. No decisions have been taken and any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate,” …

Data privacy drama can’t stop Google. Ad business soars 20%

New York (CNN Business)Google’s ad sales machine is still going strong even as regulators and consumers scrutinize the tech industry’s data-privacy practices. Alphabet’s operating margin fell to 21% for the quarter — a noteworthy dip from 24% a year ago. On a conference call with analysts Monday after the report, Alphabet’s CFO Ruth Porat noted that the company is investing “aggressively” in technical infrastructure and engineering talent to drive future growth in areas like cloud computing. The company added nearly 19,000 employees throughout 2018, ending the year with 98,771 employees total. Alphabet stock fell about 3% in after-hours trading Monday following the earnings report. The earnings report caps off what was a challenging end to 2018 for the company. In …