Google went down or became unstable in several countries around the world, including Brazil, on Monday (14). In a statement, the American company responsible for YouTube, Gmail and Google Drive said there was a problem with the authentication system and that all services would be restored 45 minutes later.
The case drew attention to the reliance on large tech companies operating in a concentrated market – an issue that has become a target for authorities in several countries. On December 9th, the US Federal Trade Commission opened antitrust proceedings against Facebook to reverse this trend. The agency accused the company of “adopting a systematic strategy to eliminate threats to its monopoly”.
This Tuesday (15th) episode of Café da Manhã talks to Yasodara Córdova, an internet specialist and researcher at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, about the reliance on big technology and the consequences of that concentration.
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Breakfast is always published at the beginning of the day from Monday to Friday. The episode is presented by journalists Maurício Meireles and Bruno Boghossian with a production by Andressa Motter, Laila Mouallem and Victor Lacombe. The sound processing comes from Thomé Granemann.