FTC & 48 States Sue Facebook; Amazon Launches HealthLake; YouTube Bans Videos Claiming Trump Won; Hackers Grab COVID-19 Vaccine Documents

The FTC and a coalition of the attorneys general from 48 states have sued Facebook in two separate actions filed today. CNBC reports that the suits target two of Facebook’s major acquisitions….Instagram and WhatsApp. Both seek remedies for alleged anticompetitive conduct, and would likely require Facebook to divest the two apps. Facebook has only responded by noting that they are reviewing the suits and ‘we will have more to say soon. Years after the FTC cleared our acquisitions, the government now wants a do-over with no regard for the impact that precedent would have on the broader business community or the people who choose our products every day.”

Amazon has launched HealthLake, a new platform for storing and analyzing healthcare data. According to venturebeat.com, Amazon is saying the service will give health care services a way to store, transform, and analyze petabytes of life science data in Amazon Web Services. HealthLake is HIPAA eligible and it can automatically understand and extract medical information including rules, procedures, and diagnoses in real time. Amazon claims it will be able to accept data from a number of differing sources, then allow the health care professionals to analyze and monitor….for example, whether a patient has been properly prescribed a drug, pulling out information from blood glucose monitoring systems, physicians notes, insurance forms and lab reports, and more to inform its conclusions. The AI healthcare market is expected to be a $19 billion dollar market by 2026. 

Effective today, YouTube is all done with bogus claims about the US election. Arstechnica.com says the Google subsidiary posted that “We will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential election.” Now that most of Trump’s legal challenges have been thrown out of court, YouTube says that the legitimacy of Biden’s election is no longer up for debate.

Hackers hit the European Medicines Agency, and were able to get documents related to approved COVID-19 vaccines. Cnet.com reports that the agency reviews vaccine effectiveness. They didn’t say what documents had been stolen. The prime suspects are from Russia, China, and North Korea, all of which have targeted pharma firms working on COVID-19 vaccines.. BioNTEch…which is the partner with Pfizer, said its own servers were intact. 


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