Jennifer Saba is a columnist covering media, Silicon Valley and Wall Street based in New York. She joined Breakingviews in 2015 from Reuters where she was a correspondent reporting on companies like Fox, News Corp and the New York Times. Jennifer has covered media for more than 15 years in San Francisco and New York. She began her career in advertising. She has a graduate degree in journalism from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas.
Alphabet is the latest to oppose a shareholder call for it to report the difference between median male and female pay. Many companies publish data by job categories to deny sexism, but that sidesteps a lack of women at the top. Fuller numbers would help get at the real problem.
U.S. states are suing to block the firm from acquiring Sprint on antitrust grounds. The move defies telecom’s top watchdog but could stiffen opposition at the Department of Justice. Dealmakers who used to count on government agencies to coordinate may now face crossed lines.
The FTC is working with the social network on a settlement for failing to protect user data, including a mooted fine of up to $5 bln. A lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg’s firm might be a better option. It’s risky, but it could grab Facebook’s attention and change its behavior.