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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Intuit officially announced it's buying credit-score company Credit Karma for $7.1 billion. Intuit shares went up about 2.5% on Monday afternoon following the announcement. Facebook has been investigating content that supports Bernie Sanders, but hasn't been able to find any links to Russian disinformation activity, the Wall Street Journal reports. President Trump on Sunday called for an investigation into whether Russia helped...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Russia, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Warren Buffett, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Nevada, Cia

Winston encrypts your home wi-fi, preventing Facebook, Google, and Amazon from tracking you

Alexa, Google, and Siri. It took just three words to absolutely erode our freedom and privacy. Don’t worry, I’m just as much a part of this as you are. I have a Google Pixel smartphone and an iPad Pro, and flatmate in the room next door has an Amazon Echo. I also spend roughly 3-4 hours each day on Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp everyday. Ambient computing, voice assistants, and the ever-expanding realm of social networks have effectively undermined the private way of life.If you suddenly g...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Deals, Facebook, Design, Technology, Instagram, Siri, Shop, Product Design, Don, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Google, WINSTON, Google Pixel

Amazon's first-ever employee says the company is big enough where it could make sense to break it up

Amazon's first-ever employee, Shel Kaphan, is speaking out for the first time — and he's got major criticisms of the company he helped shepherd into existence. Among his criticisms, Kaphan suggested Amazon is "now at the scale" where federal regulators breaking up the company "could potentially make sense." "On one hand I'm proud of what it became," Kaphan said in the new Frontline documentary, "Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos." "It also scares me," he said. "I just feel like i...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Bbc, Warren, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Frontline, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Prime Video, Jeff, Bezos, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Andy Jassy

The cannabis influencers of social media, New York's top creators, and a leaked TikTok campaign brief

Welcome to this week's Influencer Dashboard newsletter! As always, this is Amanda Perelli, and I'll be briefing you on what's new in the business of influencers and creators. First up, my colleague Dan Whateley and I highlighted 21 top social-media influencers who live and create content around the Greater New York City area. Los Angeles often takes center stage when it comes to the influencer world, with headline-making creators like David Dobrik and Tana Mongeau sharing popular vlogs in the c...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Instagram, Youtube, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, The New York Times, Quinn, Ken Burns, PAUL, Dan, Sean, Hollywood Reporter, Ethan, Grayson

Jeff Bezos just pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Here's how the richest person in the world makes and spends his billions.

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, has pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Bezos became nearly $2 billion richer after selling some of his Amazon stock earlier this month. As Amazon's founder and CEO, Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he currently has a net worth of $130 billion, Bloomberg estimates. He spends his fortune on real estate across the US, a $65 million Gulfstream Jet, and his space exploration co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Elon Musk, Instagram, Yahoo, California, La, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc, Bill Gates

Jeff Bezos just pledged $10 billion to fight climate change. Here are 11 mind-blowing facts that show just how wealthy the Amazon CEO really is.

Jeff Bezos is giving $10 billion to fight climate change by starting the Bezos Earth Fund, the Amazon CEO announced on Instagram on Monday. Bezos is worth an estimated $130 billion now, making him the richest person in the world, according to both Forbes and Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Bezos is roughly 48% richer than the British monarchy. He makes approximately $2,489 per second — more than twice what the median US worker makes in a week. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, US, America, Trends, Bloomberg, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Harvard University, Zimbabwe, Luxembourg, World Bank, Mars, Iceland, Jeff Bezos

Shoppers slam Amazon for 'unnecessary' packaging as Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight climate change

Jeff Bezos pledged $10 billion to fight climate change via a new initiative called the Bezos Earth Fund, which he announced on Monday.  Bezos said that the money will be used to support the work of scientists, activists, and NGOs among others "to help preserve and protect the natural world." But critics are slamming the billionaire on social media, saying he should be making changes closer to home first and committing to using less packaging on Amazon parcels.  Amazon has frequently been calle...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, Trends, Earth, Victoria, Jeff Bezos, Samantha, AAA, Justin, Bezos, Isobel Hamilton, Bezos Earth Fund Amazon, Rob O Hagan

Leveraging TikTok for growth

Geneviève Patterson Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Geneviève Patterson is co-founder and CSTO of TRASH. Hannah Donovan Contributor Share on Twitter Hannah Donovan is the founder and CEO of TRASH. Once you have a product, distributing it becomes the next challenge for any entrepreneur. At TRASH (one-tap video editing), we looked to TikTok ...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Column, Asia, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, China, Tech, Beijing, Winnie, Qvc, Hannah Donovan, Tiktok, Charli D'Amelio, Geneviève Patterson

Zuckerberg’s Priority; BackRub & Burbn; 3 Strategies for Women

Dear ScaleUps,  Hope it’s been a productive and purposeful week. Here are some insights/opportunities to help you outlearn/outthink the competition. …while I’m glad I did annual challenges over the last decade, it’s time to do something different. This decade I’m going to take a longer-term focus.   Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO 3 Strategies Women Can Use to Be Heard at Work -- This Fortune article details three ways women can deal with mansplaining, bropr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Leadership, Instagram, Australia, Sydney, Shark Tank, Odeo, Zuckerberg, Max, Ben, Bill Gallagher, Better Book Club, John Ratliff

How to be a better consumer and photography business owner

How to be a better consumer and photography business owner is a video sharing two lessons I learned from my experience buying a one-off embroidered hat. The first lesson is about how to avoid potentially horrible buying experiences. The second is to never do the same thing as a photography business owner. Subscribe Transcription was done by’s automated transcription service which means it’s an AI-generated transcript. The transcript may contain spelling, grammar , and other erro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Photography, Photographers, Reddit, Scott, Imagely, Subscribe Transcription, Yeppoon Japan

32 Off-Camera Flash Scenarios Explained In Simple English

The Use of Off-Camera Flash Off-camera flash and its use is often a challenge. And as I've said many times before, it was a mystery to me. My first flash was a Vivitar 285. I could use it only in manual mode and I didn't know where to begin, so I quickly and quietly yanked out the batteries from the unit and retired it. That would have been the end of it if it wasn't a pesky assignment to photograph my first wedding. Wedding ceremonies are usually followed by receptions and this one kicked my ...
Tags: Amazon, Photography, New York, Interviews, Youtube, Boston, Facebook Twitter, Vanessa, Avon Connecticut, Vivitar, Seshu, Amazon However, Zack Arias, Off-Camera Flash, Vanessa Joy, Freelhold New Jersey

World's most instagrammed forests

About a third of the world’s landmass is covered in forest. And in addition to providing important stuff like the oxygen we breathe and habitats for wild animals, they also make for some downright jaw-dropping photographs. From the towering redwoods of California to the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the trees covering our planet can be our most beautiful sites when captured correctly. We took a look at’s study of the 15 most-Instagrammed forests in the world and found some of ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Mirror Lake, England, Instagram, California, Washington, China, US, Colombia, Atlantic, Poland, Brazil, Nottingham, Newfoundland

Fake Gary Fong Lightspheres are being sold on Amazon – Watch Gary call them out on video

The Gary Fong Lightsphere has been a staple of wedding and event photography for years. And no matter how much some photographers wish they would just disappear, they insist on persevering. It seems demand for them is pretty high, too, as counterfeit Lightspheres, along with full Gary Fong branding are not only being made but […] The post Fake Gary Fong Lightspheres are being sold on Amazon – Watch Gary call them out on video appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Amazon, Photography, News, Counterfeit, Gary, Gary Fong, Gary Fong Lightsphere, Lightsphere, Gary Fong Lightspheres, Lightspheres, Amazon Watch Gary

5 digital marketing courses to help you get ahead of the pack

These training bundles will help you become a force for online sales and message building.The courses cover SEO, affiliate marketing and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.All five course bundles are discounted up to 98%.How important are social media influencers in digital marketing? What impact does video make on your campaigns? And what’s the next platform or delivery system poised to be the next big thing in online advertising? Those are all big questions. This year...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Facebook, Instagram, Education, Marketing, Entrepreneur, Success, Social Media, Digital Media, Innovation, Facebook Marketing, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Chatbot Marketing Agency

What an Amazon and Goldman Sachs partnership means for Wall Street and fintechs

Last year saw a series of announcements from Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) quartet moving further into financial services. In this op-ed, Sarah Kocianski, head of research for banking and fintech consulting firm 11:FS, discusses what the implications could be for Wall Street and Big Tech.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Last year saw a series of announcements from Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) quartet moving further into financial services. Ap...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Trends, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Goldman, Wells Fargo, Bbva, Google Apple Facebook, Sarah Kocianski, GAFA, Amazon GAFA

How to Create an Effective Press Page to Attract Coverage and Links

Would you like to receive more story requests from bloggers and journalists? Don’t you want to see more and more news stories mentioning your brand? Your first step to building more online coverage is to create an effective press page. Why Create a Press Page? I lost count of how many times I wanted to reach out to a brand (usually that’s a marketing tool I was curious to explore further) and struggled to find any clear instructions on how. I’ve also lost track of how many times I gave up whe...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Instagram, Seo, Content Marketing, EPAM, Social Media Consulting

Jeff Bezos uses Instagram to take an apparent swipe at a senior Trump official who accused him of ducking an important meeting (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos has taken to Instagram to vent following a Washington Post interview with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.  In the interview, Navarro said Bezos told him at a recent party that they would meet, and has since dodged him.  But the exchange at the party and the Post report appears to have bothered Bezos enough for him to respond on his personal Instagram account. "Let's say you're at a big cocktail party and someone you don't know comes up to you while you're talking to your da...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Instagram, Washington Post, White House, Trends, Washington Dc, Jeff Bezos, Martin Luther King Jr, Trump, Peter Navarro, Bezos, Georgetown, Navarro, AMZN, Jay Carney Amazon

Jennifer Esposito Joins the Cast of Shonda Rhimes’ Inventing Anna

Jennifer Esposito Joins the Cast of Shonda Rhimes’ Inventing Anna According to Deadline, Jennifer Esposito has joined Julia Garner and Anna Chlumsky in Shonda Rhimes’ 10-episode Netflix drama Inventing Anna. RELATED: Exclusive They’ve Gotta Have Us Clip on Black Panther’s Afrofuturism The series, written by Rhimes and based on Jessica Pressler’s viral New York magazine article, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People,” follows a journalist (Chlumsky), who, according to the report, in...
Tags: Amazon, TV, New York, Movies, Shonda Rhimes, Instagram, Netflix, Queens, TV News, Streaming, Anna, Tom Hiddleston, Rhimes, Nora, Esposito, Jessica Pressler

Facebook and Google's historically massive advertising is slowing, and it shows how privacy and Amazon are taking their toll

Facebook and Google's earnings showed how their ad revenue isn't growing as quickly as it has in recent years, partly because their core businesses are slowing. Facebook's Instagram and Google's YouTube are growing but are a small part of the companies' revenues. Analysts have warned that privacy laws like California's Consumer Privacy Act could impact Facebook. Meanwhile, Amazon is a growing threat to Google. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Facebook and Google still wield advertising c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, California, Youtube, US, Trends, Goldman Sachs, Jpmorgan, Cowen, Amazon Alphabet, General Data Protection Regulation, Facebook Meanwhile Amazon

Facebook and Google's earnings show that the days of hockey-stick growth for the world's biggest advertising companies are over as their core businesses slow down

Facebook and Google's earnings showed how their ad revenue isn't growing as quickly as it has in recent years, partly because their core businesses are slowing. Facebook's Instagram and Google's YouTube are growing but are a small part of the companies' revenues. Analysts have warned that privacy laws like California's Consumer Privacy Act could impact Facebook. Meanwhile, Amazon is a growing threat to Google. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Facebook and Google still wield advertising c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, California, Youtube, US, Trends, Goldman Sachs, Trump, Jpmorgan, Cowen, Amazon Alphabet, General Data Protection Regulation

From Ashton Kutcher to Jay-Z, these 12 celebrities are the most active of the 'Hollywood angels' making big investments in Silicon Valley

These 12 actors, musicians and sports stars may have reaped millions using their creative and athletic talents, but they have also won big from bets on startups. From Ashton Kutcher's big early bet on Uber, to Will Smith's on-the-spot investment into a small startup that impressed him with a pitch, these celebrities are establishing themselves as mainstays in Silicon Valley. Business Insider took a look at Crunchbase data to rank the top 12 celebrities by the number of startup investment round...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Bono, Montana, Jay Z, US, NFL, San Francisco, Trends

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and music sensation Lizzo apparently hung out during the Super Bowl (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Lizzo were two of the many celebrities who traveled to Miami to watch Super Bowl LIV on Sunday night. Bezos posted a photo to Twitter posing alongside Lizzo, along with the caption: "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% @lizzo's biggest fan." Bezos has shown up on social media alongside pop singers before: He appeared with Katy Perry and "Old Town Road" singer Lil Nas X in 2019 after the two performed at a concert for Amazon employees. Visit Business Insider's ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Katy Perry, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Lopez, Miami, Louisiana, Kansas City Chiefs, Jeff Bezos, Mccartney, Apple Music

The Streamer’s Guide to February 2020: What to Watch at Home to Prepare For This Month’s Theatrical Releases

(Welcome to The Streamer’s Guide, a new monthly feature recommending at-home viewing options from filmmakers with new movies arriving in theaters this month.) If you’ve seen all the /Film coverage from Sundance and gotten eager to sample the year’s first crop of new movies, you’re in luck! A number of them are hitting theaters almost immediately following their Park City debuts (plus a few on Netflix, including Dee Rees’ supposed bust The Last Thing He Wanted), and that’s on top of what looks l...
Tags: Amazon, England, Movies, Instagram, Disney, Dc Comics, Amazon Prime, Features, Netflix, Prince Charles, Jane Austen, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Mike Leigh, Quvenzhane Wallis, Fox Searchlight

Soft in the City: Mandy Lee’s Serene Apartment in Hong Kong

A serious home renovation, the kind that involves more than just a new paint color or a powder room refresh, is an exercise in keeping sane. The months-long disruption, the draining bank account, the incessant dust, the steady stream of strangers in boots—none of it is something that most homeowners want to go through again. Mandy Lee, the blogger (Lady and Pups) and cookbook author (The Art of Escapism Cooking), lived through the down-to-the-studs ordeal twice…in nine years…in the same apartmen...
Tags: Amazon, Home, Hong Kong, Books, New York, Instagram, California, Asian, Beijing, Brooklyn, Apartments, Taobao, House Tour, Plaster, Happy Valley, Mandy

5 Trends Behind Growing Brand Communities

The Big Game” is no longer what’s happening on T.V., but rather the struggle for attentiveness in a noisy world. And the brand that wins an unfair share of buzz and media attention during Super Bowl Sunday, might not even be one that has an ad. Traditionally, the Super Bowl has offered marketers a chance to drive sales, build brand affinity, and project a level of cultural relevancy. Yet, with declining game viewership and increased social follower counts of brands, the new reality is that a ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Beyonce, Instagram, Super Bowl, Southwest Airlines, Anthony Hopkins, Alexa, Giphy, Branding, Pepsi, Brand Management, Kai Wright, Cardi B Rebel Wilson Gordon Ramsey

Spatial raises $14M more for a holographic 3D workspace app, a VR/AR version of Zoom or Hangouts

The worlds of virtual and augmented reality have yet to land on the applications and hardware to truly spark mass-market, consumer interest in the space, but meanwhile a startup building mixed reality services for business users has raised a round of funding, underscoring the opportunity in enterprise. Spatial, which has developed a “holographic” collaboration platform that people use to speak and work together in virtual rooms through the use of strikingly effective avatars — think: a superchar...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Instagram, Microsoft, Zynga, Baidu, Magic Leap, Fortune, Mike Krieger, Sdk, Mark Pincus, Krieger, Andy Hertzfeld, Anand Agarawala

Informative Children’s Book Tells Adventurous Tale Of Playful Puffin

  Playful little puffin Árni is about to leave his burrow for a four-year adventure at sea. But Árni doesn’t want to go—at least not today. He wants one more day to play with his best friend Birta, but she is nowhere to be found. While Árni searches Iceland for Birta, his mother and father are searching for him. Little pufflings shouldn’t be wandering about all alone! Puffins Take Flight is the entertaining and educational first installment in RA Anderson’s Iceland: The Puffin Explorers Series....
Tags: Amazon, School, Photography, Education, California, Adventure, Pets, Georgia, Rome, Nature, Iceland, New Book, Series, Belize, BarnesandNoble, The Pet Blog Lady

Author Tour for Controversial Novel ‘American Dirt’ Canceled Citing Safety Concerns

(NEW YORK) — The publisher of Jeanine Cummins’ controversial novel “American Dirt” has cancelled the remainder of her promotional tour, citing concerns for her safety. The novel about a Mexican mother and her young son fleeing to the U.S. border had been praised widely before its Jan. 21 release and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club. But Mexican American writers have been among those strongly criticizing “American Dirt” for stereotypical depictions of Mexicans. Cummins is of Iri...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Books, New York, News, Instagram, California, Uncategorized, Associated Press, Oprah Winfrey, Seattle, St Louis, Cummins, Winfrey, Flatiron, OXFORD MISSISSIPPI

Pinterest launches virtual makeup ‘Try On’ feature, starting with lipstick

A new Pinterest feature will allow users to virtually try on products, starting with lipstick, before they shop from retailers like Estée Lauder, Sephora, bareMinerals, Neutrogena, NYX Professional Makeup, YSL Beauté, Lancôme, and Urban Decay from L’Oréal. To use the new feature, pinners will first open Pinterest’s smart camera, “Lens,” while in Search, then click “Try it” to explore the different lipstick shades available. To shop the products, you just swipe up. Another way to access Try on is...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Makeup, Pinterest, Instagram, Social Media, E-commerce, Beauty, Lipstick, L'oreal, Lens, Ulta

Merkle Q4 2019 Digital Marketing Report Released

Merkle is happy to announce the release of our Q4 2019 Digital Marketing Report, which includes nearly 60 charts with analyses on major digital platforms like Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon and channels including paid search, SEO, display advertising, and paid social. Download the latest Merkle Digital Marketing Report here. Below are some of the highlights from the report, drawn from its executive summary: While spending growth for Google search ads remained steady at 16% Y/Y, some ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Sem, Merkle, Google Maps, Google Shopping, Ctr, Lia, Merkle Digital, Amazon Sponsored Products, Google Facebook Instagram, Instagram Ads Instagram

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