Microsoft quietly prepares to avoid spotlight under Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp, which has largely evaded Washington’s scrutiny of Big Tech companies and scored a lucrative $10 billion government contract under the Trump administration, has emerged as a significant backer of the Biden campaign.

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The Redmond, Washington-based software company is the fourth largest contributor to Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s candidate campaign committee, according to data from OpenSecrets, a website which tracks money in politics and campaign finance records.

The company’s President Brad Smith is playing a key role behind the scenes, hosting a fundraiser for Biden last year in Medina, Washington. He is also a big dollar bundler – people who help raise more than $25,000 for the Biden campaign – and had a public role during the Democratic National

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Biden Win Could Curb Deals, Revive Net Neutrality in FCC Pivot

If Biden wins, the FCC could begin the new presidential term with a Democratic majority, allowing it to move quickly.

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A victory by Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election could usher in an abrupt change in the nation’s telecommunications policy, restoring so-called net neutrality regulation and shifting the Republican drive to rein in social media outlets, among other things.

“Democrats are more comfortable with an activist role,” Cowen & Co. analyst Paul Gallant said in an interview.

Biden hasn’t talked much about the FCC during the campaign, but his party’s platform is specific. It calls for restoring net neutrality rules put in place under then-President Barack Obama when Biden served as vice president and taking a harder line on telecommunications mergers.

And the Democratic commissioners on the FCC have already objected to the agency’s steps to strip the social media companies

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CEO emails 10 million customers to tell them to vote for Biden

Expensify CEO David Barrett emailed the company’s 10 million customers on Thursday with an unusual pitch: Vote for Biden, he urged them, or risk damaging the nation’s democracy. The email has been met with both support and condemnation, with critics calling it “political propaganda” and a misuse of customer emails. 

Barrett told CBS MoneyWatch that his company sent the email to its 10 million customers on Thursday because it’s “trying to do what we can to support and defend democracy against voter suppression.” Barrett founded Expensify in 2008 to make it easier to file expenses.

Barrett’s message comes as companies increasingly are finding themselves in the crosshairs over political issues, whether intentional or not. Goodyear drew the ire of President Trump in August for what he claimed was the company’s ban of hats bearing his campaign phrase “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA. Goodyear said it banned all political messages,

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Biden campaign trolls Trump with ‘COVID plan’ website

“Not found. The Trump plan to defeat the Coronavirus and reopen safely does not exist.”

That’s the message that greets visitors to TrumpCovidPlan.com, a website purchased by the Biden campaign that criticizes President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A “Learn More” link on the site’s landing page takes viewers to a timeline from January to October that contains quotes and tweets from Trump over the 10-month period in which he claims the virus is “totally under control” and “will disappear.”

“Donald Trump has had eight months to use science, public health, and the power of the Presidency to reopen safely and save American lives. But we are barely better equipped to manage the COVID-19 threat today than we were eight months ago,” the site reads.

The bottom of the website includes a link to steps a Biden-Harris administration would take to address COVID-19 on Biden’s campaign website.

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Biden Campaign Launches ‘Trump COVID Plan’ Website to Criticize Pandemic Response

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has launched a new website mocking what he says is President Donald Trump’s “plan” to end the COVID-19 pandemic.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden smiles during a campaign event in Durham, North Carolina on October 18, 2020.


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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden smiles during a campaign event in Durham, North Carolina on October 18, 2020.

A link to the new website, TrumpCovidPlan.com, was shared by Biden on Twitter Friday. The link’s preview assures readers that “Everyone who’s seen President Trump’s COVID-19 plan says it’s tremendous” and “You’ve never seen a plan like it. Believe me,” while going to the website reveals a black and white page reading “Not Found.”

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“After eight months of this pandemic, we finally found President Trump’s plan to beat COVID-19,” Biden tweeted while sharing the link.

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Notorious Former Fox Exec Ken LaCorte at Center of Attempted Hunter Biden Takedown

When John Paul Mac Isaac, a computer repairman from Delaware, first spoke to reporters about how he ended up in the middle of one of the most politically controversial sagas of 2020, he said he handed over what he believed to be Hunter Biden’s laptop to the FBI because he felt it was his civic duty to do so. Mac Isaac, in his telling, was overwhelmed and frightened, but also a whistleblower who wanted to help his country.

“I saw stuff that made me uncomfortable. I felt afraid,” he told reporters. “And I just wanted it to go away.”

What Mac Isaac left out of his recounting is that he also actively tried to push the story of the Hunter Biden laptops into the press after contacting the FBI. The Daily Beast has learned that Mac Isaac sought out a family member to help put him in touch with a

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Inside the campaign to ‘pizzagate’ Hunter Biden

Some of the same people who pushed a false conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton that first emerged in 2016 are now targeting Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, with similar falsehoods. Their online posts are garnering astronomical numbers of shares on social media.

The fantastical rumors, which NBC News is declining to repeat verbatim, echo specific plot points central to “pizzagate,” a viral disinformation campaign that predates QAnon but also falsely alleges a vast conspiracy of child abuse.

There is an important difference, however. The pizzagate-style rumors in 2016 were largely confined to far-right message boards like 4chan and parts of Reddit. But the Hunter Biden iteration of the same conspiracy theory took off last weekend with the help of speculation from conservative TV hosts and members of Congress. Their theorizing can be traced back to a new website that has been promoted by President Donald Trump and his surrogates.

The

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Google’s antitrust legal woes far from over if Biden wins

By Diane Bartz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department’s nascent antitrust case against Google will get the attention it needs to succeed if Democrat Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidency next month, antitrust experts said.

William Kovacic, an antitrust professor at George Washington University Law School, said he expects a Biden Justice Department would do one of two things: support the case all the way as it is, or amend the complaint to add new claims.

“What they will not do is drop this case,” Kovacic predicted.

The Justice Department asked a court on Tuesday to find that Alphabet’s Google had broken antitrust law to maintain its dominance in search and search advertising. Google has denied wrongdoing.

While the Biden campaign declined comment on the lawsuit, spokesman Bill Russo said a Biden administration would work closely on Big Tech issues with Rep. David Cicilline, whose House panel produced a

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Here’s Hunter Biden Computer Receipt…That’s How Much It Took to Cause Joe All of This 2020 Heartburn

Okay, so Hunter Biden is a disgraced screw-up who got rich off his daddy’s name and would be a dead broke loser if it weren’t for his father. I mean, I guess you could argue that he still a total loser, albeit one with money. Whatever the key fact here is that his laptop has unearthed the dirty deeds. You all know the story here, folks. There’s a reason Joe Biden got all huffy when asked about Hunter. One, he knew his son is a screw-up. Second, his son is a screw-up who knows where all the bodies are buried. Not good for someone who is snorting cocaine like it’s going out of style. The security of the family secrets was very tenuous, and this “laptop from hell” development is evidence of that. Joe Biden’s 2020 ambitions got stained because his son forgot to pay the $85 fee for the

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Documents show alleged Hunter Biden signature, FBI contacts with computer store owner

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Computer shop docs obtained by Fox News allegedly show Hunter Biden signature for repairs
Documents obtained by Fox News appear to show Hunter Biden’s signature on paperwork from the Delaware computer repair shop where the former vice president’s son reportedly dropped off a laptop that included emails related to his overseas business dealings.

The document allegedly signed by Biden details repair work that was to be performed on three MacBook Pro laptops at “The Mac Shop” in Wilmington, Delaware. Aside from the signature, the paperwork notes Biden’s name in the “bill to” section for a cost of $85. Fox News has not verified that the signature is indeed Biden’s.

Biden’s overseas business dealings have been under renewed scrutiny since last week, when the New York Post published emails purportedly exchanged

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