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The Justice Department is seeking feedback on the investigation from the public. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images The US Department of Justice has announced an antitrust review of how online platforms achieved market power, and whether they are reducing competition, stifling innovation and harming consumers. While the Justice Department hasn’t named specific companies, it’s targeting tech giants including Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the antitrust division said the companies’ power could lead them to “act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands.””The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online,” the DOJ added. It’s seeking feedback on the investigation from the public.The move is the latest effort by the US government to step up enforcement of tech’s biggest companies. For decades, the government largely avoided regulating or scrutinizing the tech world. That approach allowed companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook to grow to become some of the most highly valued in the world. But, critics argue, that growth came at the expense of user privacy and competitive choices in the marketplace.Following revelations Russian propagandists used Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter to interfere in the 2016 US election, lawmakers have expressed interest in taking tech to task. Since then, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have agreed to split up antitrust enforcement of tech companies between the two agencies, according to various media reports. The DOJ would focus on Apple and Google, which is owned by parent company Alphabet, while the FTC would take on Facebook and Amazon, according to a report in the Journal.The Justice Department’s new probe, announced Tuesday, goes a step beyond those plans, the Journal said. The FTC in February said it formed a task force to monitor competition in the tech sector.”This is the antitrust question of the day,” Fiona Scott Morton, an economics professor at the Yale School of Management, said in an interview.Morton, who testified as an antitrust expert before congress during a hearing with tech companies last week, emphasized the scope of the investigation is still unclear, but she’d be interested in learning more about the general competition behavior of the big tech platforms.Twitter declined to comment. Amazon, Apple and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Google meanwhile referred back to its testimony before Congress last week, during which its director of economic policy, Adam Cohen, said the company has “created new competition in many sectors.” He added, “New competitive pressures often lead to concerns from rivals. We have consistently shown how our business is designed and operated to benefit our customers.”The companies are likely to respond soon, since Facebook, Google parent Alphabet and Amazon are due to report their quarterly earnings to investors this week. Apple is set to report its results next week. TechlashThe backlash against the tech industry has been more bark than bite so far. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have hauled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai before various committees to discuss concerns over user privacy, election integrity and censorship.Though the hearings were designed to be big public showdowns between lawmakers and the tech industry, they instead exposed ignorance among government officials about how technology works in the first place. Last year, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the 85-year-old Republican from Utah, asked Zuckerberg, “If [a version of Facebook will always be free], how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” Zuckerberg paused a moment before saying, “Senator, we run ads.” He, and his staff sitting behind him, then grinned before Hatch moved on to his next question. Mobile Tech Industry 3 Legal Facebook Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments reading • Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants Tags Zuckerberg explains the internet to Congress 2:42 Share your voice The high-profile blunder made clear lawmakers were unlikely to act soon (and, in the past year, haven’t passed any meaningful laws to rein in tech). But that hasn’t stopped the DOJ or FTC from pursuing their own investigations, the first fruits of which may be announced this week. The FTC is expected to announce a $5 billion fine against Facebook for failing to adequately protect user data after learning Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy tied to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, had improperly purchased tens of millions of people’s profile information. Though the FTC considered including language that could potentially hold Zuckerberg personally responsible for future privacy screw-ups, that plan was ultimately abandoned, according to a report by The Washington Post.More comingTech companies know that while they’ve largely avoided scrutiny until now, something is coming. So far, they’ve opted to generally support regulation. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have expressed support for stronger privacy rules. Zuckerberg and Dorsey have meanwhile supported the Honest Ads Act, which would require tech companies to disclose who pays for political ads on the internet, much the same way that television and radio stations do now. The tech companies have also stepped up lobbying in Washington, in an effort to help shape whatever may be coming. Facebook topped $4 million in spending in the three months ended June 30, discussing election integrity, privacy, security, advertising and competition, according to a recent government filing. Facebook’s spending was higher than Amazon ($4 million), Google ($2.9 million) and Apple ($1.8 million).The companies have also stepped up their public efforts to push back on any overambitious regulation. That includes a website Apple published in May, after the Supreme Court ruled iPhone owners can sue Apple, accusing its App Store of running a monopoly. Zuckerberg meanwhile has been publishing videos and podcasts of conversations he’s held with academics and other CEOs, discussing censorship and ethics.Whether any of that will help tech with increasing scrutiny it’s now facing is unclear. “We ultimately believe this is more noise vs. the start of broader structural changes across the tech food chain,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors shortly after the DOJ’s announcement. “While the further analysis of business models from these tech stalwarts will cause some near-term uncertainty, ultimately we view it as a positive as this potentially could be a catalyst for more technology innovation and diversification down the road for these titans.”CNET’s Shara Tibken and Corinne Reichert contributed to this report.Originally published July 23, 2:08 p.m. PT.Update, 4:12 p.m. PT: Adds details throughout. 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Kolkata: Baruipur Police have busted an arms racket which was running behind the garb of a kerosene shop. Sleuths have arrested two accused and seized several firearms along with multiple cartridges. According to sources, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Baruipur Police recently got a tip-off that an arms racket was operating in Joynagar.Based on the information, sleuths started gathering inputs. Several sources were engaged to locate the place since past few days. Two days ago sleuths came to know from sources that something fishy was detected at a kerosene shop in Joynagar’s Khakurdah Bazar. Based on the information, sleuths kept a close watch on the shop owned by Abdul Jalil Mondal, who also resides in the same area. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring covert survey, sleuths were sure about Mondal’s involvement in arms dealing. Late on Thursday night SOG of Baruipur Police and police personnel from Joynagar police station conducted a joint raid on Mondal’s kerosene shop and found two persons were about to ink a deal. One of them was Mondal. The other accused was identified as Abdul Rouf Laskar of Kashipur in South 24-Parganas. During search operations, sleuths found two long range firearms and 90 rounds of live bullets. Also 55 rounds of bullet shell were seized. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe duo was arrested immediately. Apart from arms and bullets, police have also seized a bike, two mobile phones and Rs 9,000. They have been booked under the Arms Act. It is suspected that Mondal is nothing but an agent in the arms dealing racket. Sleuths are trying to identify the mastermind of the racket by interrogating him. Earlier, South 24-Parganas Police had busted an arms racket and seized nearly 15 firearms, including 10 pipe guns, were seized from a car during a raid on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Sonarpur area during August last year.