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Apple News jitters, Instagram goes shopping, and chatbots rise again

Hello! Thanks for subscribing. If you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. In less than a week, Apple is set to announce a range of services including an all-you-can-read subscription news bundle, and it’s causing a lot of angst for publishers already worried about big tech eating media. I talked to publishers who were pitched by Apple, and they say the phone maker is basing the business model on a flawed comparison between news and music. To date, The New York Times and Th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, Washington Post, North Korea, Trends, Comcast, New York Times, Alex Gibney, Wall Street Journal, Xfinity, Lance Armstrong, Elizabeth Holmes, Alaska Airlines


The satirical punk website The Hard Times is ready to make some noise as a podcast

Friends Matt Saincome and Bill Conway once ran a story on their satirical punk website The Hard Times that had the headline “Pretentious Friend Only Listens to Podcasts On Vinyl.” They should hope nobody is that pretentious or they may have to blow wads of cash on pressing and distributing vinyl records since they have a fledgling podcast network of their own now. And with a guest list that so far has included punk legends from bands including Minor Threat and Cro-Mags, this podcast is no joke. ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Oregon, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Stagecoach, Silver Lake, Bay Area, Conway, Matt, Vicki, Baxter, KROQ, John Joseph, Brian Baker


The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1

Electric vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers, and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from presitigious startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. But with over 200 startups presenting across 2 stages and 2 days, it’s tough to keep track. You can check out our write-ups of all 85 startups that launched on Demo Day 1 here, and come back later for our full index and picks from Day 2. B...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Hardware, Enterprise, Education, Microsoft, Developer, Navy, US, Tech, Air Force, EVs


Yandex inks deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for its Mobis OEM division

On the heels of becoming the latest investor in Ola, today Hyundai announced another key deal to further its ambitions in next-generation automotive services. Yandex, the Russian search giant that has been working on self-driving car technology, has inked a partnership with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous car systems. This is Yandex’s first partnership with a carmaker, and specifically, Yandex will be working with Hyundai Mobis, the car giant’s OEM parts and service di...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, China, Russia, India, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Toyota, Estonia, Las Vegas, Autonomous Cars, Baidu, Hyundai, Kia


Stadia: a new way to play

For 20 years, Google has worked to put the world’s information at your fingertips. Instant delivery of that information is made possible through our data center and network capabilities, and now we're using that technology to change how you access and enjoy video games. Stadia is a new video game platform, delivering instant access to your favorite games on any type of screen—whether it’s  a TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Our goal is to make those games available in resolutions ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Greece, Federal Communications Commission, Gpu, Hdr, Stadia, U S Canada U K, Creed Odyssey, YouTube Stadia


Google Hit With $1.7 Billion Fine in Europe for Abusing Advertising Dominance

European regulators fined Google €1.49 billion (or $1.7 billion) on Wednesday for abusing its dominance in the online advertising business by imposing restrictive and anticompetitive contracts on its European customers.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Europe, Science, Antitrust, Adsense, Margrethe Vestager, Kent Walker


Seven Africa-focused startups present at Y Combinator’s Demo Day

The seven African-focused companies which presented as part of Y Combinator’s 200 strong cohort of Winter 2019 class of 200 startups may seem like a small percentage for such a large class, but it represents the growing significance of African ventures in YC’s universe. Since 2016, the Silicon Valley accelerator—that provides seed funds and mentorship for early stage startups—has backed 25 companies located in Africa and another 10 with an Africa product focus, according to YC spokesperson Linds...
Tags: Google, TC, Y Combinator, Business, UK, China, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Spokesperson, Economy, Companies, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Silicon Valley, Tanzania


EU Fines Google $1.7 Billion Over 'Abusive' Online Ad Strategies

For years, AdSense contracts gave Google a wide range of control, including how its rivals' search ads would appear — and their size, color and font, the EU says.(Image credit: Yves Herman/Reuters)
Tags: Google, News, Eu, EU Fines Google


JibberJobber: The Case To Import Or Not

Recently I’ve had a few people ask me how to delete a batch import. That is, they imported a batch of contacts from LinkedIn or Gmail Contacts, and then found they had a bunch of garbage in JibberJobber, and wanted to delete all of the contacts from that import all and start over. This happened to me after we did the Gmail Contacts sync, which is really cool in concept, but it dumped hundreds of garbage records into my database. Sadly, I don’t do the Gmail sync anymore… I just don’t want all of ...
Tags: Google, Careers, Linkedin, How To, Joe Job Seeker


Patreon ups its revenue cut, but grandfathers in old creators

Patreon couldn’t survive charging all creators just a 5 percent rake on the monthly subscriptions they earn from fans while building commerce tools like CRMs and merchandise to stay ahead of Twitch, YouTube, and Google. But it also didn’t want to screw all its loyal early creators. So today, Patreon is overhauling its pricing. Any creator can still get a 5 percent rate, but just for a Lite version without bonus tools or different fan tiers. All of Patreon’s extra features will now be in the Pro ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Youtube, US, Tech, Paypal, Jack Conte, Patreon, Lite, Conte, Jenkins, Twitch YouTube


Here's why analysts think Google may want to 'put the brakes' on Pixelbook innovation (GOOG, GOOGL)

Last week, Business Insider learned that Google had moved dozens of employees out of its laptop and tablet division, scaling back the size of its in-house hardware group. On Tuesday, Ben Bajarin, Principal analyst with Creative Strategies, told Business Insider that the employee cutbacks could mean Google's innovation with Pixelbook — the company's homegrown Chromebook product — is winding down.  “It could be that they feel like the goal of the Pixelbook has done what it needed to do and now i...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Chromebook, Jeff Bezos, Chromebooks, Business Insider, Moorhead, Patrick Moorhead, Milanesi, Ben Bajarin, Bajarin, Creative Strategies, Carolina Milanesi, Pixelbook


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google announced a huge gaming initiative: A Netflix-like video-game streaming platform named Stadia. The service is intended to run high-resolution blockbuster games on any device that runs Google's Chrome — from smartphones and tablets to computers and TVs. Google unveiled a new controller for its Stadia gaming service on Tuesday, which connects to Google's data centers and pairs with whichever device the game is being ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, EA, Snapchat, Netflix, Aclu, New Zealand, Ubisoft, Stephen Collins, Alexa, Trump, Facebook Twitter


Win That Pitch: How SEO Agencies Can Land New Business

Posted by TheMozTeamIf you’re a digital agency, chances are you have your sights set on a huge variety of clients — from entertainment and automotive, to travel and finance — all with their own unique SEO needs. So how do you attract these companies and provide them with next-level SEO? By using a flexible tracking solution that delivers a veritable smorgasbord of SERP data every single day. Here are just four ways you can leverage STAT to lock down new business.  1. Arm yourself with intel bef...
Tags: Google, Seo, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City, SERP, TheMozTeam


Law enforcement needs to protect citizens and their data

Robert Anderson Contributor Robert Anderson served for 21 years in the FBI, retiring as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. He is currently an advisor at The Chertoff Group and the chief executive of Cyber Defense Labs. Over the past several years, the law enforcement community has grown increasingly concerned about the conduct of digital investigations as technology providers enhance the security protections of thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Security, Facebook, Column, Human Rights, Privacy, Law, Australia, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption, Cryptography, Fbi


Getting More Storage on Gmail Can Go 2 Ways: Easy With a Fee or Hard and Free

I wish I were one of those people who keep their email inbox at zero and stay on top of discarding old Google documents that are floating around in their Google Drive, but alas, I am not. Instead, I'm pretty sure my unread messages in my inbox number in the thousands (I know, but I promise I read them all!), and I have years' worth of Google spreadsheets that I can't seem to part with from projects that I did nearly half a decade ago. Thankfully, though, I don't have to do a mass deleting of Go...
Tags: Google, Technology, Gmail, Email, Religion, Digital Life, Marie Kondo, Tech Tips, Technology & Gadgets


Streaming and Cloud Computing Endanger Modding and Game Preservation

Services like Google's Stadia seem convenient, but they could completely change the past and future of video games, writes Rich Whitehouse, a video game preservationist and veteran programmer in the video game industry. From the story: For most of today's games, modding isn't an especially friendly process. There are some exceptions, but for the most part, people like me are digging into these games and reverse engineering data formats in order to create tools which allow users to mod the games....
Tags: Google, Tech, Dota, Rich Whitehouse


Buy Your Kid's Awkward School Picture

Year after year, my son tends to knock school Picture Day out of the park with a confident stance and natural smile. Except for one year when he was two and-a half and in daycare. Because his friends will one day Google his name, I won’t post it here. Instead, I’ll paint a mental picture for you.Read more...
Tags: Google, Photography, Kids, Lifehacks, School Pictures, Picture Day


I tried Samsung’s $750 Galaxy S10e, and I'm convinced it could be the Android phone to beat

At $750, the Galaxy S10e costs significantly less than Samsung's other Galaxy S10 devices, while offering many of the same features. The S10e features a large, attractive screen in a form factor that's more compact than most of its rivals, and its ultra wide-angle camera captures great shots. But when it comes to overall camera performance and display quality, it's about on par with competitors like the iPhone Xr and Google Pixel 3.  Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 lineup represents a few firsts for...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, New York City, Samsung, Trends, Lg, Lcd, Pixel, Amoled, Apple Samsung, Google Pixel


LIVE: Google unveils its vision for 'the future of gaming' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google is giving the keynote address at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) on Tuesday, which begins at 10 a.m. PT. Google is expected to unveil its big push into video games, including a streaming service, and even some hardware. Business Insider is attending today's event, and you can follow all of the announcements as they happen below. Google is about to give the keynote address at the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Tuesday, where the tech giant is expe...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Trends, Hdr, GDC, Stratton, Marty Stratton, PT Google


I tried Stadia, Google's big play to conquer video games. It's really promising, but there's still too much we don't know. (GOOG, GOOGL)

I got to try Google Stadia, its new video game streaming service that promises to use the cloud to deliver games to almost any device with a screen — including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and TVs. In the short demo, I got to try "Assassin's Creed Odyssey," streaming via Stadia to a Google Pixelbook laptop.  It played well, and the graphics looked very nice, but once you notice the little bit of input lag, it's hard to un-notice it. The problem is that it's hard to tell, in a short demo like...
Tags: Google, Trends, Netflix, Logitech, Nintendo, Assassin, Instead Google, Google Cloud, Google Pixelbook, Creed Odyssey, Google Stadia, Stadia Google, Michael Higham, Doom Eternal Google


Google Photos Express Backup rolls out widely for users in India

Finally, Google is rolling out Express backup in Google Photos to all the Android users in India. After testing the Express backup feature with a small percentage of people in the last December, the company has started releasing to a large number of users. For the uninitiated, Express provides faster backup at a reduced resolution, making it easier to ensure memories are saved even when you might have poor or infrequent WiFi connectivity. In an official blog, Google said, "Over the past week...
Tags: Google, Apps, India, Blogging, Google Photos, Data Cap, Google Photos Data Cap, Google Photos Express Backup, uninitiated Express


Google’s reportedly making the cheaper Pixel 3 I’ve always wanted

9to5Google reports that Google is working on cheaper versions of its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL handsets from last year, with some compromises to bring down the price – but with most of the good stuff from the 2018 flagship. That’s great news for folks like me who are interested in a compact phone that doesn’t cost the earth. I’ve been using and reviewing large Android phones for the past few years, and I’m growing tired of it – I don’t particularly care for the additional screen real estate, and I ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Plugged


5 Google Business Profile Tweaks To Improve Foot Traffic

Posted by MiriamEllisYour agency recommends all kinds of useful tactics to help improve the local SEO for your local business clients, but how many of those techniques are leveraging Google Business Profile (GBP) to attract as many walk-ins as possible? Today, I’m sharing five GBP tweaks worthy of implementation to help turn digital traffic into foot traffic. I've ordered them from easiest to hardest, but as you'll see, even the more difficult ones aren’t actually very daunting — all the more re...
Tags: Google, Post, US, Seo, Ada, GMB, Mark, Greg, Greg Gifford, MiriamEllis, Google Post, Google My Business GMB, MiriamEllisYour, Mark Cummins, Pointy, Joel Headley


AMD Perplexes Analysts With a 12% Jump on ‘Well Known’ News

The stock rallied 12 percent Tuesday as Google unveiled its video-game streaming service that will use AMD processors, even though analysts said the chipmaker’s involvement was already known. AMD Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su said during a presentation at the CES trade show in January that its graphics processors would be used as part of Google’s gaming project. “We are surprised by the stock price move as we believed this was a well known win,” RBC’s Mitch Steves wrote in a research note af...
Tags: Google, Science, Amd, Rbc, Lisa Su, Mitch Steves


Google unveils video game streaming platform

Google plans to launch a video game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on traditional video game business. (March 19)            [Author: AP]
Tags: Google, News, Ap


Beto O'Rourke sounds off on big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, says government needs to treat them 'a little bit more like a utility'

Beto O'Rourke, the 2020 presidential candidate and former congressman from Texas, responded to a question about breaking up the big tech companies on Wednesday. O'Rourke, who officially entered the race on March 14, has emerged as a fundraising frontrunner, raking in $6.1 million in 24 hours. O'Rourke was asked about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's calls to break up the big tech companies — Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others — by CNN national reporter Eric Bradner. For O'Rourke the "be...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Texas, Instagram, America, Trends, Cnn, New Hampshire, Iowa, PAC, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Sen Ted Cruz, Facebook Twitter, Rourke


The Three Things Google Stadia Needs to Conquer the Gaming Industry

Google Yesterday Google announced its long-anticipated streaming game platform, Stadia. In the news post we called it an “invasion” of gaming: this combination platform and delivery service has the potential to compete with consoles, PCs, and mobile games, all at once. Google’s ambition is huge, but it’s appropriate to the task. The game industry as we know it is stagnating in terms of innovation, but its biggest corporate players are well-entrenched and experienced. If Stadia is to compet...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Amazon, Crafts, Verizon, Microsoft, EA, Sony, Nvidia, Nintendo, Ubisoft, GDC, Havok, Raymond, Sony Microsoft, Jade Raymond


EU Citizens Being Tracked on Sensitive Government Sites

EU governments are allowing more than 100 advertising companies, including Google and Facebook, to surreptitiously track citizens across sensitive public sector websites, in apparent violation of their own EU data protection rules, a study has found. From a report: Danish browser-analysis company Cookiebot found ad trackers -- which log users' locations, devices and browsing behaviours for advertisers -- on the official government websites of 25 EU member states [Editor's note: the link may be p...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, Eu, Google YouTube, DoubleClick Google, Cookiebot, EU Citizens Being Tracked


4chan, 8chan, and LiveLeak blocked by Australian internet providers for hosting the livestream of New Zealand mosque shootings

Platforms including 4chan, 8chan, and LiveLeak hosted footage of the New Zealand mosque attacks that killed 50 people last week. In response, a number of internet service providers in Australia temporarily blocked sites that hosted the videos. "We believe it's the right thing to do, out of respect to the victims of this atrocity and their loved ones, to help stop the further sharing of this disturbing video," Vodafone Australia said. Facebook and Google have also been scrambling to halt the sp...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Australia, Youtube, New York City, US, Trends, New Zealand, Associated Press, Telstra, Christchurch, Kotaku, Optus, Vodafone Australia, Al Noor


How to book train tickets in India straight from the Google Pay app

Google Pay (earlier named Tez) has recently rolled out the ability to book train tickets in India straight from the app – both on iOS and Android. The money will be deducted directly from your bank account, so you won’t need any additional apps for train booking. Before we tell you how you can book a train ticket, make sure that you have a working IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) account. If you don’t, you can create one during the booking process or sign up here. Open Goo...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, India, Insider, Tez



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