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10 things in tech you need to know today

COOKFOX Architects Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. ​​Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.Let's get started.1. Google is buying an NYC office building for $2.1 billion. The purchase signals that Google is doubling down on its return to the office, committing to a future where at least some work takes place in person. Get the details on the priciest office-building purc...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Cisco, Peter Thiel, Aws, Silicon Valley, Waze, WSJ, Amazon Web Services, Musk, Newsletters

Netflix didn't think Roku could succeed. Now the streaming underdog is hoping its original content can take on Disney, HBO and more.

Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood in 2014. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Roku hasn't always owned content that it could market to viewers. But that all changed when it bought failed streaming project Quibi this year in a major pivot Now Roku is competing against Netflix, which spun it off back in 2008. See more stories on Insider's business page. Roku once had a huge appeal for customers: it didn't own its own content to aggressively push on viewers. The so-called content-agnostic st...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Media, Nbc, Entertainment, US, Samsung, Trends, Netflix, Streaming, Roku, Wood, Griffin, Cnbc, Hastings

Jeff Bezos Says Traveling To Space Changed How He Thinks About Nature

Jeff Bezos on Monday pledged to give away $1 billion in grants this year with a focus on conservation efforts. "Nature is our life support system and it's fragile," Bezos said Monday at an event in New York City. "I was reminded of this just this July when I went into space with Blue Origin. I'd heard that seeing the Earth from space changes one's point of view of the world, but I was not prepared for just how much that would be true." CNBC reports: The pledge comes through the Bezos Earth Fund,...
Tags: Amazon, New York City, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Pacific Ocean, Cnbc, Central Africa, Andes, Bezos, Congo Basin, Bezos Earth Fund

Comcast and UK Subsidiary Sky Reportedly Launching Smart TVs

Comcast appears to be planning to offer TVs running its own software across at least two territories, according to recent reports from Protocol and The Financial Times. It comes a little more than a week after Amazon announced that it too will be getting into the TV set business. The Verge reports: In the US, the TVs will reportedly be branded as XClass TVs. Originally manufactured by Hisense, the 43 and 50-inch sets will run Comcast's X1 operating system, which is already found on its set-top b...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, Comcast, Hisense, Peacock, Roku Comcast

Amazon is having a flash sale on laptops today — HP, Dell, Lenovo

Right now, Amazon is having a flash sale on these highly-rated laptops for students and professionals alike.
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Trends, Hp, Computing, Dell, Amazon deals, Lenovo, Laptop, Laptop Deals, HP Dell Lenovo, Dell Deals, Lenovo Deals, HP Deals, Amazon 2021, Student Laptop Deals

Amazon’s AI is forcing delivery drivers to make dangerous decisions

Amazon delivery drivers were involved in at least 60 accidents resulting in 13 deaths between 2015 and 2019. And that was before drivers were being forced to make dangerous decisions by in-vehicle AI cameras and crappy algorithms. Up front: Motherboard ran a horrific article (great reporting, horrifying topic) about Amazon‘s third-party driver surveillance system. The skinny is that thousands of drivers across the US are being monitored by AI systems that actively watch drivers and their surroun...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Opinion, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured

Amazon Relaxes Drug Testing Policies, Will Lobby To Legalize Marijuana

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Amazon is further relaxing its screening policies for marijuana, as it ramps up support for federal legislation to legalize the drug. In a blog post Tuesday, Amazon HR boss Beth Galetti wrote that the company has "reinstated the employment eligibility" for former employees and applicants who were fired or deferred during random or pre-employment marijuana screenings. "Pre-employment marijuana testing has disproportionately affected communities of co...
Tags: Amazon, Congress, Tech, Department Of Transportation, Cnbc, Beth Galetti, Galetti

12 Shows Like Ted Lasso You'll Definitely Want To Watch

"Believe." That's the core tenet of "Ted Lasso," the instruction that informs both its titular character and the team who writes him into existence. If Ted Lasso believes, so too will his audience. Maybe they'll believe in themselves. Maybe they'll come to believe that football is life (and also death), or that deep grief can be lived with. Belief is what made "Ted Lasso" a word-of-mouth hit, and belief is, ironically, why the discourse turned against it -- because, if you haven't heard, despite...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Television, Movies, Nbc, Abc, Aaron Sorkin, Nigeria, Amc, Disney, Earth, Netflix, Canada, Dubai, Philadelphia, Roy

Facebook adds a battery-powered smart screen to the Portal line

The Portal line has always been a kind of odd duck in the world of smart screens. Facebook’s most significant contribution to the category is almost certainly Smart Camera, which uses AI to track a subject and pan and zoom accordingly to keep them in frame. It was the first big line to bring the clever feature to market, though Google, Amazon and even Apple have since offered their own takes on the category. Portal’s other primary appeal (versus a Nest or Echo) is its integration with Facebook’s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Hardware, Tech, Faceboook, Google Amazon, Facebook Today, Smart Display, Facebook Portal, Facebook Work Accounts

Deals: Not Upgrading to iPhone 13? Amazon Has Apple's Official iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 Cases for Up to $30 Off

Now that a new family of iPhone models are launching this week, accessories for the previous generation devices are seeing notable discounts. On Amazon, you'll find Silicone, Leather, and Clear Cases for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 devices starting as low as $13.99. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. In total, we're tracking sales on cases for the iPhone 12, iPhone...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, California, Cyprus, iPhone 11, Amazon When, Iphone 12, Amazon Has Apple, Meyer Lemon Leather Case

Really, this market isn’t good enough?

It’s the first day of Disrupt, so things are a bit busy here at TechCrunch. In honor of that fact, entries from The Exchange concerning NFT volume viz recent marketplace valuations and how an accelerating pace of change helps startups by exposing more market voids will have to wait. But we do have time this morning for a little incredulity, so let’s indulge. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Paypal, United States, Square, Cnbc, Affirm, Deliveroo, Exchange, Klarna, NFT, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Siemiatkowski, Peloton

Netflix is the most essential streaming service, but HBO Max leads in customer satisfaction

"The Queen's Gambit." Netflix A new survey showed that respondents were most satisfied with HBO Max among streaming services. But Netflix was the service most respondents said they would keep if they could have only one. Library content was more important to respondents than originals, but that could change. See more stories on Insider's business page. The streaming space has rapidly expanded in the last two years with new players like Disney+ and WarnerMedia's HBO Max joining ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, TV, Media, Entertainment, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Streaming, Roku, Warner Bros, Hulu, Paramount, Max

Apple MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 13 discounted — but hurry!

Are you planning to invest in a new laptop? You might want to take advantage of these discounts from Dell and Amazon for the Dell XPS 13 and 2020 MacBook Pro.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Trends, Computing, Dell, Dell XPS 13, Laptop Deals, Computing Deals, Dell 2021, Amazon 2021, 2020 MacBook Pro

Best Amazon deals on tech you can shop today

Amazon has big discounts on some great tech right now including price cuts for Apple AirPods, iPad Air, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Samsung, Trends, Computing, Deal, Apple iPad Air, Amazon Echo Show 5, Apple AirPods Pro, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, Computing Deals, Amazon 2021

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite returns with a bigger screen, USB-C and wireless charging

We’ve entered the throes of hardware season, with big events from all of the industry’s big names. Amazon has already announced a number of new Fire TVs, with plans for a big (likely Echo-focused) event a week from today. In the meantime, the retail giant just dropped a sizable surprise on our heads in the form of a brand new Kindle Paperwhite. I say “surprise” primarily because the whole of the Kindle hardware division has been quiet for a while now. When the Paperwhite got its last major upgra...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Hardware, Kindle, Paperwhite, Oasis, Qi, E-reader, Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon Kids, Amazon Max, Paperwhite Signature Edition

10 things in tech you need to know today

Matt Rourke/AP Photo Welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.Let's get into it.1. Amazon's AI-powered cameras reportedly punish drivers when other cars cut them off. Delivery drivers can also face punishment for using side mirrors, which can hurt their chances of earning more money, per Motherboard. Read the full story on how Amazon's delivery vans p...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Twitter, Florida, Microsoft, France, Softbank, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Miami, SEC, Silicon Valley, Coinbase

Amazon's AI Cameras Are Punishing Drivers For Mistakes They Didn't Make

em1ly shares a report from Motherboard: Amazon delivery drivers say surveillance cameras installed in their vans have made them lose income for reasons beyond their control. In February, Amazon announced that it would install cameras made by the AI-tech startup Netradyne in its Amazon-branded delivery vans as an "innovation" to "keep drivers safe." As of this month, Amazon had fitted more than half of its delivery fleet nationwide with this technology, an Amazon spokesperson told Motherboard. Mo...
Tags: Amazon, Washington, Tech, Oklahoma, Netradyne, Motherboard Motherboard, In February Amazon, California Texas Kansas Alabama

Apple TV 4K down to cheapest-ever price at Amazon

The latest Apple TV 4K has a rare discount of $10 off today at Amazon; we never see sales on the latest Apple products like this one.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Trends, Home Theater, Apple deals, Apple TV Deals, Home Theater Deals, Amazon 2021, apple TV 4K 2021

Netflix launches free plan in Kenya to boost growth

Netflix said on Monday it is launching a free mobile plan in Kenya as the global streaming giant looks to tap the East African nation that is home to over 20 million internet users. The free plan, which will be rolled out to all users in Kenya in the coming weeks, won’t require them to provide any payment information during the sign-up, the company said. The new plan is available to any user aged 18 or above with an Android phone, the company said. It will also not include ads. Netflix, availabl...
Tags: Amazon, India, Tech, Netflix, Kenya, Reuters, Amazon Prime Video, Cathy

Evil Geniuses CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson is coming to Disrupt

As the opportunities in the gaming world continue to expand aggressively as part of post-COVID shifts to the entertainment sector, esports has found its own opportunities in reaching new audiences. While competitive gaming is still in its early stages, the stakeholders of the industry are some of gaming’s most prominent publishers and organizations, and disrupting how business gets done can be a major challenge for rising leagues and platforms. We’re excited to have Evil Geniuses CEO Nicole LaPo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gaming, Events, Tech, Chicago, Ryan Reynolds, Esports, Techcrunch Disrupt, Peak6 Investments, Melanie Perkins, Evil Geniuses, Nicole LaPointe Jameson, LaPointe Jameson, TC Disrupt 2021

Amazon is Piling Ads Into Search Results

An anonymous reader shares a report: Search for "toothpaste" on Amazon, and the top of the web page will show you a mix of popular brands like Colgate, Crest and Sensodyne. Try a separate search for "deodorant" and you'll first see products from Secret, Dove and Native. Look a little closer, though, and you'll notice that those listings are advertisements with the "sponsored" label affixed to them. Amazon is generating hefty revenue from the top consumer brands because getting valuable placement...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Jason Goldberg, Publicis, Colgate Crest, Amazon App Amazon, Juozas Kaziukenas

Netflix Ties Emmy Record For Most Wins In A Single Year

In case there was any doubt (and was there?), this year's Emmys confirmed that streamers aren't just a major player in creating quality original content — they're the dominant one. Netflix led the pack last night, and their 44 trophies tied with CBS' 1974 showing for the most Emmy wins in a single year. Streaming Platforms Dominate Netflix wasn't the only streaming platform that had a good showing last night -- Apple TV+'s "Ted Lasso" was the first streaming production to win Best Comedy. But Ne...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Television, Movies, News, Nbc, Abc, Amc, Disney, Fox, Netflix, Cbs, Hulu, Ted Lasso, Quibi, Easttown

Amazon is having a flash sale on Apple products — save on iPad and more

Amazon has a huge Apple flash sale right now with big savings to be enjoyed on AirPods, iPads, and Apple Watches.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Trends, Computing, Deal, Apple Ipad, Apple iPad Air, Apple iPad Pro, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple deals, Apple AirPods, Apple Watch Series 6, Computing Deals

Amazon is Investigating Whether Its Lawyers Bribed Government Officials in India

Amazon has launched an investigation into the conduct of its legal representatives in India following a complaint from a whistleblower who alleged that one or more of the company's reps had bribed government officials, Indian news and analysis outlet the Morning Context reported on Monday. From a report: The company is investigating whether legal fees financed by it was used for bribing government officials, the report said, which cited unnamed sources and didn't identify the government official...
Tags: Amazon, India, Tech, Rahul Sundaram

Equity Monday: A global selloff to kick off Disrupt week

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here. I also tweet. A few things this morning: I shook up the show format a little, including how the script ca...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, China, India, US, Tech, Debt, Markets, Stocks, Evergrande, Equity podcast, Equity Monday, OVHcloud, Cars24

Amazon Says It's Permanently Banned 600 Chinese Brands for Review Fraud

An anonymous reader shares a report: Remember when gadget vendors Aukey, Mpow, RavPower, Vava, TaoTronics and Choetech started mysteriously disappearing from Amazon's online storefront, and it turned out Amazon had intentionally yanked them while vaguely gesturing to the sanctity of its user reviews? Turns out they were just the tip of the iceberg. Amazon has now permanently banned over 600 Chinese brands across 3,000 different seller accounts, the company confirms to The Verge. Amazon says th...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, South China Morning Post, Choetech, Verge Amazon, Chinese Brands for Review Fraud, Aukey Mpow RavPower Vava TaoTronics, Amazon Asia VP

Roku debuts new Streaming Stick 4K bundles, software update with voice and mobile features

Weeks after Amazon introduced an updated Fire TV lineup that included, for the first time, its own TVs, Roku today is announcing its own competitive products in a race to capture consumers’ attention before the holiday shopping season. Its updates include a new Roku Streaming Stick 4K and Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ — the latter which ships with Roku’s newer hands-free voice remote. The company is also refreshing the Roku Ultra LT, a Walmart-exclusive version of its high-end player. And it announce...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Mobile, Spotify, Hardware, Media, Wi Fi, Tech, Walmart, Smartphone, Netflix, United States, Telecommunications, Computing, Wireless Headphones, Speaker

Flippa raises $11M to match online asset and business buyers, sellers

Flippa, an online marketplace to buy and sell online businesses and digital assets, announced its first venture-backed round, an $11 million Series A, as it sees over 600,000 monthly searches from investors looking to connect with business owners. OneVentures led the round and was joined by existing investors Andrew Walsh (former Hitwise CEO), Flippa co-founders Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz, 99designs, as well as new investors founders Gabby and Hezi Leibovich;
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Enterprise, Advertising Tech, Australia, Funding, Flippa, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, SaaS, Online Retail, Online Marketplace, Shopify

You won’t want to miss this incredible Apple Watch Series 6 deal

Save $70 on the exceptionally stylish and practical Apple Watch Series 6 at Amazon right now.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Deal, Smartwatch Deals, Apple Watch Series 6, Mobile Deals, Amazon 2021, Commerce 2021, Apple Watch Series 6 deals

Google is in hot water over its Indian Android monopoly

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found Google guilty of anti-competitive behavior regarding Android‘s dominant position in the country’s mobile operating system market. The watchdog began the investigation in April 2019, and found the Big G guilty of using its position to gain an unfair advantage in areas like search, music (YouTube), browser (Chrome), and app library (Play Store). According to a report by the Times of India, CCI questioned phone makers, including Apple, Samsung, Xi...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Amazon, Startups, Mozilla, Competition Commission of India CCI, Plugged, Times of India CCI, Samsung Xiaomi Vivo

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