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Let’s give tech philanthropists the benefit of the doubt on COVID-19

Scott Bade Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Bade is a former speechwriter for Mike Bloomberg and co-author of "More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First." More posts by this contributor How Huawei is dividing Western nations Silicon Valley Community Foundation challenges donors to address local problems Tuesday afternoon saw two big announcements from the tech world in the fight ag...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Column, Government, America, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Policy, Bill Gates, Gm, Square, Jack Dorsey, Huawei, Philanthropy, Instacart


TikTok's $250 million pledge to coronavirus relief will support healthcare workers, education, and communities around the world

TikTok, the popular video-sharing app, is pledging $250 million to organizations providing coronavirus relief, the company's president Alex Zhu announced Thursday. The $250 million includes a $150 million commitment to healthcare and medical workers, as well as $40 million to local groups "representative of TikTok's diverse user communities." Since the coronavirus outbreak started to grow, TikTok has seen increases in downloads and user spending, as people spend more time online and under lock...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, World Health Organization, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Seattle, Center for Disease Control, Wuhan China, Alex Zhu, Bytedance, Twitter and Square Dorsey


CDC’s new guidance around COVID-19 contact sends potentially exposed critical employees back to work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated, interim guidance for “critical infrastructure” employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that could have big implications for labor groups, gig economy workers, and tech company employees. The new guidance relaxes restrictions on employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19, focusing on implementing precautionary measures in the workplace rather than sending them home for self-isolation, as was the practice previous...
Tags: Health, Amazon, TC, Uber, Cdc, White House, Articles, Tech, Instacart, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Occupational Safety and Health, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Walmart Grocery app sees record downloads amid COVID-19, surpasses Amazon by 20%

Record demand for online grocery shopping amid the COVID-19 pandemic has sent the apps for grocery pickup and delivery services up the charts. Walmart Grocery, as a result, has now hit an all-time high in downloads — grabbing the No. 1 ranking position across all Shopping apps in the U.S. on April 5, 2020, and surpassing Amazon by 20%, according to a from app intelligence firm App Annie. The Walmart Grocery application retained that No. 1 position for at least two days, the firm said, citing d...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Grocery Delivery, App Annie, Apple App Store, Online Grocery, Apptopia, Walmart Grocery, Walmart Grocery Instacart


Google subsidiary agrees to pursue internet “diversification” in Asia to block China access to U.S. market

The global internet continues to disintegrate into regional internets. Yesterday, the FCC authorized a Google subsidiary, GU Holdings, to open a submarine fiber optic link between the U.S. and Taiwan, while continuing to block the company’s expansion of the cable to Hong Kong. The cable, operated by Pacific Light Data Communication, has faced years of delays over its ties to the Chinese mainland. The Trump administration, through the Team Telecom review process, has placed an exacting magnifying...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, Fcc, Government, China, Russia, US, America, Tech, Taiwan, Policy, Beijing, United States


Amazon's Shifting Definition of What Is 'Essential'

Maddy Varner, reporting for The Markup: On March 17, Amazon informed U.S. sellers that it would no longer accept nonessential products at its warehouses. To the casual shopper, it might have sounded similar to the pledges Amazon has made in Italy, France, and India to stop taking orders from customers entirely for nonessential goods. But examining the fine print reveals that it was nothing of the sort. The original pledge -- which was announced as policy for March 17 to April 5 -- allowed Amazon...
Tags: Amazon, India, Tech, United States, Italy France, Maddy Varner


Commercial real estate could be in trouble — even after this is over

Commercial real estate owners, brokers, and landlords have collectively made many hundreds of billions of dollars a year in recent years as the economy zipped along. Now, they’re getting clobbered by the pandemic-fueled economic crisis. Worse, their industry may be forever changed by it. To state the obvious, extracting rent from nearly anyone right now is problematic. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, just 69% of U.S. households had paid their rent by April 5 compared with ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, San Francisco, Tech, San Jose, Federal Reserve, Cbre, WSJ, Bay Area, City Hall, George, SAN JOSE Calif, Chu, Scott Cutler, Leitner, National Multifamily Housing Council


Alphabet's drone service has completed more than 1,000 deliveries during the past two weeks of the coronavirus crisis. One top product: toilet paper (GOOG, GOOGL)

Wing, Alphabet's drone company, says it's seeing a significant uptick in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company tells Business Insider that it is forming partnerships with more grocery stores, pharmacies, and retailers. Wing is still the only drone delivery service available to the general public in the US, but Amazon is working to launch its competitor service Prime Air. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. AAlphabet drone division Wing has completed more than 1,000 ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Australia, Virginia, US, Trends, Beverly Hills, Finland, Jeff Bezos, Toilet, Helsinki, Business Insider, Dennett, Christiansburg Virginia, COVID, Wing Alphabet


13 YouTube stars break down the videos that earned them the most money, from $4,000 to $97,000

How much money a creator on YouTube can earn from a single video varies depending on the audience that watches it, the amount of time they spend watching, and how long the video is, among other factors. YouTube's Partner Program allows influencers to earn money directly off their channels by placing ads within videos, which are filtered by Google. We spoke to 13 YouTube stars who each shared the most they've made from a single video, from nearly $4,000 to $97,000.  Click here for more BI Prime...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Australia, Youtube, Trends, David, Business Insider, Jessica, Stephan, Amazon FBA, CPM, PDK, Kyra, NC State University


Pcloud

I have previously asked if pcloud can be supported, sometime. Changed my mind. After much troubleshooting and frustration I conclude it's not a reliable backup for calibre library. I have been syncing to it for some time in parallel to synching to Dropbox, to monitor reliability. But... Books , and some other stuff, added to the P: virtual drive would sometimes vanish,. Seems to happen if a file is updated too often. Like spreadsheets that I change a lot. I have watched as I manually add a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Books, Calibre Companion


Big Tech's Summer Internships Go Digital

The major tech companies are scrambling to craft digital options for this year's summer intern class, as businesses remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. These companies said they're moving their programs online: Google said it will pay its interns the full rate. Twitter said its intern class may shrink this year. Microsoft said it will have its biggest ever intern class -- more than 4,000. Lyft, which will have the same number of interns as originally planned, limit them to just two...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Doordash


Deals: Apple's 10.2-Inch iPad Discounted by $50 at Amazon This Week (Starting at $279 for 32GB)

Amazon has a few notable discounts on Apple's 10.2-inch iPad from 2019, in both 32GB and 128GB sizes for the Wi-Fi only option. For the 32GB iPad, you'll find a sale price of $279.00, down from $329.00 ($50 off). 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. This is currently the best price for this model among the major Apple resellers online, although it isn't quite the low...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Amazon When, Amazon This Week Starting, Space Gray and Silver


Airbnb's bridge too short

Hi everyone, welcome back to Trending, Business Insider Prime's weekly newsletter of the latest tech industry developments. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor.  This week: Airbnb's bridge too short If Zoom is the global quarantine's tech darling (privacy snafus and trolls aside), then Airbnb is emerging as the collateral damage of our new reality. It's no secret that the near total suspension of travel, vacations, and general life-as-we-kno...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hollywood, Trends, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Jeff Bezos, West Coast, Silver Lake, Sean Parker, Troy Wolverton, IPO Airbnb, Paayal Zaveri, Ivan Zhao, Melia Russell


Visa backs open banking and compliance platform Railsbank

Railsbank, the open banking and compliance platform, has picked up further investment, following the company’s $10 million Series A in September 2019. This time backing comes from Visa — a strategic investment, if you will — along with Global Brain, a venture capital firm based in Tokyo, Japan. The exact amount isn’t being disclosed, though sources peg it as “several million” U.S. dollars. In addition to investment, Railsbank is announcing that it has signed a 5 year partnership with Visa to ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, Japan, London, Southeast Asia, Tech, Asia Pacific, Visa, Tokyo Japan, Verdon, Currencycloud, Nigel Verdon


Jack Dorsey pledges $1 bln for virus relief

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has pledged $1 billion to help fund relief efforts related to the coronavirus. He says he'll get the funds from his stake in the payment app, Square, he helped found - and which he leads alongside Twitter. Dorsey has a net worth of about 3.3. billion dollars according to him, the donations mark 28 percent of his wealth. He says the funds will be distributed through his foundaction called Start Small, a charity focused on universal basic income and girls' health...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Square, Jack Dorsey, Dorsey, Twitter Dorsey


Man arrested for alleged price gouging during coronavirus fears, selling box of N95 masks for $300

Baldwin Park police had received a tip about a Craigslist advertisement of N95 respirator masks for sale. The listed price for a single box of 20 masks, which are currently in short supply in hospitals across the nation during the new coronavirus pandemic: $300. Detectives wearing plain clothes and posing as buyers contacted the man behind the post and met with him on Tuesday morning at a shopping center parking lot in West Covina, police said. As a part of the ruse, the detectives exchanged the...
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Sets Aside $1 Billion In Square Equity For Coronavirus Relief

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Tuesday he will set aside $1 billion in his Square equity to support relief efforts for COVID-19 and other causes once the pandemic is over. In a series of tweets, Dorsey said that after the pandemic is over, he will dedicate the money to causes like universal basic income (UBI) and girls' health and education. He said he's pulling the shares from his stake in Square instead of Twitter because he own more stoc...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Tech, Bill Gates, Square, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Cnbc, Dorsey, Priscilla Chan


Latin America Roundup: Grupo ZAP, Grow Mobility, Wavy get acquired; Credijusto adds $100M; Cornershop, iFood brace for delivery boom

Sophia Wood Contributor Share on Twitter Sophia Wood is a Venture Partner at Magma Partners. Sophia is also the co-founder of LatAm List, an English-language Latin American tech news source. More posts by this contributor Latin America Roundup: SoftBank adds $1B, Stori raises $10M and Grow Mobility puts on the brakes Latin America Roundup: Loft raises $175M, SoftBank invests in Mexico’s Alphacredit and Rappi...
Tags: Amazon, Column, Twitter, Mexico, Softbank, Time, Tech, Walmart, Colombia, United States, Chile, Credit Suisse, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Peru


Unqork CEO: Anything Java Coders Can Do, No-Code Can Do 200x Faster (slashdot)

Here's some interesting thoughts from long-time Slashdot reader theodp: CNBC reports that the next frontier in the Microsoft, Google, Amazon cloud battle is over a world without code. Google recently acquired no-code app development platform AppSheet, Microsoft just launched a new public preview of its low-code Power Apps mobile app for iOS and Android, and there is speculation about an 'Amazon for Everyone' product from AWS. "Anything a Java developer or engineer can build using custom code, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Cnbc, Slashdot, Microsoft Google Amazon, EditorDavid, Gary Hoberman, AppSheet Microsoft


This low-flying growth equity firm, with payments and logistics bets, just closed a $257 million fund

Activant Capital, a seven-year-old, Greenwich, Conn.-based growth equity firm that’s still making a name for itself, has managed to secure $257 million in fresh capital commitments, despite that the U.S. economy appears to be headed into a recession. It’s something of a coup for founder Steve Sarracino. It also begs the question: Who is Steve Sarracino, and why are people trusting him and his 10-person firm with their investing dollars? To find out more, we reached him last week at his home, w...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Nike, Venture Capital, Bolt, Sequoia Capital, Mckinsey, GREENWICH Conn, American Capital, Ryan Petersen, Activant Capital, Shopify WooCommerce, Serent Capital


This low-flying growth equity firm, with payments and logistics bets, just closed a $255 million fund

Activant Capital, a seven-year-old, Greenwich, Ct.-based growth equity firm that’s still making a name for itself, has managed to secure $255 million in fresh capital commitments, despite that the U.S. economy appears to be headed into a recession. It’s something of a coup for founder Steve Sarracino. It also begs the question: who is Steve Sarracino, and why are people trusting him and his 10-person firm with their investing dollars? To find out more, we reached him last week at his home, where...
Tags: Amazon, TC, San Francisco, Tech, Nike, Venture Capital, Bolt, Sequoia Capital, Greenwich, Mckinsey, American Capital, Ryan Petersen, Activant Capital, Shopify WooCommerce, Serent Capital, Steve Sarracino


13 YouTube stars break down their highest-earning videos of all time, from $4,000 to $97,000

How much money a creator on YouTube can earn from a single video varies depending on the audience that watches it, the amount of time they spend watching, and how long the video is, among other factors. YouTube's Partner Program allows influencers to earn money directly off their channels by placing ads within videos, which are filtered by Google. We spoke to 13 YouTube stars who each shared the most they've made from a single video, from nearly $4,000 to $97,000.  Click here for more BI Prime...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Australia, Youtube, Trends, David, Business Insider, Jessica, Stephan, Amazon FBA, CPM, PDK, Kyra, NC State University


Amazon employees learn about their new salaries starting this week — and most will use it to guess last year's performance rating because managers don't usually share it (AMZN)

Amazon's officer workers will get feedback on their performance and receive updated compensation statements starting this week. Amazon groups its employees into three broad buckets of performance rankings, but managers don't typically share the ratings with individual employees. Instead, employees say they use their compensation statement to infer their ranking. Some managers share it upon request. It's an unusual level of secrecy given other companies are typically more upfront about individu...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, US, Trends, New York Times, Gartner, Focus, The Daily Beast, Business Insider, University Of North Carolina, Le, TT, Amazon Amazon, Forte


TV advertising is a mess — meet 23 industry insiders working to fix it

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nbc, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Levy, Aol, Bravo


Shippo raises a $30M Series C after posting rapid 2019 growth

Early this afternoon Shippo, a shipping software and services company, announced that it has closed a $30 million Series C. The funding round roughly doubles the capital that the firm has raised to-date, from a little over $29 million to just under $60 million. The round, however, wasn’t put together recently. As is often the case with funding events, Shippo raised its capital a while back and is only announcing it now. According to its CEO, Laura Behrens Wu, her startup started raising its S...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Wordpress, Tech, Paypal, Adyen, Shopify, Union Square Ventures, Shippo, Braintree, Bessemer, Catherine Stewart, Laura Behrens Wu


The CEO of AI startup Node raised new funding during the coronavirus crisis. Her advice for other venture-backed companies: This is the time to make your investors work hard.

Artificial intelligence startup Node raised $6 million in fresh funding from Mark Cuban, Canaan Partners, and others, and launched a new product amid the coronavirus crisis.  CEO Falon Fatemi advises other cash-strapped startups to think of ways to really lean on their investors. Cuban, for example, is on hand to help Node refine its marketing so it can come out of the crisis stronger, while Jitendra Kavathekar of H3VC is working to expand its relationships with the resellers of Node's product...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Mark Cuban, San Francisco Bay Area, Canaan Partners, Jitendra Kavathekar, Fatemi, Falon Fatemi, Mark Cuban Canaan Partners, Galaxy Ventures


13 YouTube stars explain which of their videos earned the most money and why

How much money a creator on YouTube can earn from a single video varies depending on the audience that watches it, the amount of time they spend watching, and how long the video is, among other factors. YouTube's Partner Program allows influencers to earn money directly off their channels by placing ads within videos, which are filtered by Google. We spoke to 13 YouTube stars who each shared the most they've made from a single video, from nearly $4,000 to $97,000.  Click here for more BI Prime...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Australia, Youtube, Trends, David, Business Insider, Jessica, Stephan, Amazon FBA, CPM, PDK, Kyra, NC State University


With $8 million to consolidate Amazon’s top marketplace sellers, Perch makes its first deals

After raising $8 million in November to roll up top Amazon marketplace companies, the new Boston-based startup Perch has begun putting that money to work in its first few deals. The brainchild of Chris Bell, formerly Wayfair’s head of logistics and a Bain & Co. principal, Perch is pretty well-positioned to serve as unifier of a bevy of disparate products in one nest. The company’s recent acquisition include brands selling a sand anchor for beach umbrellas (Beachr), a waterproof apron fo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, New York, Ge, America, Tech, Companies, AT&T, General Electric, Bell, Analyst, Spark Capital, Wayfair, Chris Bell, Amazon Basics, Industries


How I Homeschooled Our First Graders During the COVID-19 “Vacation”

This is the spreadsheet of ideas that we used. Create your own and share it with me in the comments please! I took a little creative liberty with the title. The “COVID-19 ‘Vacation'” refers to the two weeks my kids were on their normal “vacation” from school, but we were physically distancing at home. For them, this was their regularly-planned vacation. When the school was scheduled to start back up again, they had a distance learning curriculum. There’s nothing about COVID-19 that should...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Kids, Education, Marketing, Netflix, Pokemon, Warren Buffett, Pbs, Hulu, Duolingo, Google Sheet, US Public Health Service, Khan Academy Kids, Adventure Academy, Coronavirus


Korean grocery startup Kurly raises $150M

Kurly, a startup that operates a grocery delivery service in Korea, has secured $150 million in a new financing round months after reports claimed that the firm might be heading to an acquisition. Sequoia Capital, Hillhouse Capital and Digital Sky Technologies invested in the Korean startup’s Series E financing round, which according to news outlet Korean Investors, valued the firm at around $780 million. The five-year-old startup, which raised $113 million in its Series D round last year, ha...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Asia, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Korea, Goldman Sachs, Sequoia Capital, Coupang, Temasek, Shinsegae, SoftBank Group, Vision Fund, Kurly, Coronavirus



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