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Do We Need To Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'?

"A multibillion-dollar, privately-owned infrastructure is now essential to the modern internet economy," writes Wired. And if you care about net neutrality, "That should freak you out." [T]here's an even bigger issue brewing, and it's time to start talking about it: cloud neutrality. "While its name sounds soft and fluffy," Microsoft president and general counsel Brad Smith and coauthor Carol Ann Browne write in their recent book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Tech, Brad Smith, Carol Ann Browne


Meet the 'super angel' investors, the power players of streaming, and the top M&A bankers of 2019

Hello! One of the things we try to do here at Business Insider is to introduce our readers to the individuals shaping their industries. After all, companies don't do things; it's the people working there that make things happen. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight stories focused on key players in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Wall Street this week. First off, in Silicon Valley, a special breed of investor known as 'super angels' are raising their own venture-capital funds as solo general...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Texas, Microsoft, Wall Street, Softbank, Digital, US, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Mars


Internet privacy: the apps that protect you from your apps

Worried about the data collected about you? A new generation of startups is making apps to put your privacy settings straightTech companies don’t have favourite songs, but if they did, they would all pick Radiohead’s Just – “You do it to yourself, you do/ And that’s what really hurts,” they would croon, staring their users dead in the eye. And strictly speaking, they’d be right: many of the worst excesses of the industry are, technically, optional. The world isn’t actually a binary choice betwee...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Technology, Internet, Radiohead, Data Protection, Gdpr


Police Say Amazon's Ring Isn't Much of a Crime Fighter

Ring's promotional video includes the police chief of the small Florida suburb of Winter Park saying "we understand the value of those cameras in helping us solve crimes." But over the last 22 months, their partnership with Ring hasn't actually led to a single arrest, reports NBC News. The only crime it solved was a 13-year-old boy who opened two delivered packages, decided he didn't like what was inside, and rode away on his bike. "Eventually the boy was sent to a state diversion program for ...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Nbc News, Los Angeles, Tech, Kansas City Missouri, Winter Park, Middle Tennessee State University, MIT s Technology Review, Wilshire Park, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, NBC News Investigation, Phoenix Miami, Liz O Sullivan, Ben Stickle


Shadow-IT: Employees putting Business at Risk

Shadow-IT: Employees putting Business at Risk There are robust computers in every employee’s possession.  And they carry them everywhere. Yes, I am talking about their cellphones.  On these devices, they can download 1000’s of apps. These apps allow them to create accounts that are external to you...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Updates, Uber, Apps, Business, Technology, Internet, Passwords, Ceo, Sem, Smartphones, Cybersecurity, Software, Hacking, Employees


A former Amazon and Google engineer wants to make AI more accessible to smaller companies so that Big Tech doesn't have a stranglehold on the future

Former Amazon Web Services and Google engineer Bindu Reddy wants to make artificial intelligence more accessible for small companies.  Reddy has founded a startup, called RealityEngines.ai, with her former colleagues from Google that makes a cloud based software tool to help companies make their own AI models for the workplace tools they are using.   Even before the company had a product, it raised a seed round of funding led by former Google CEO and Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google founding b...
Tags: Google, Amazon, NFL, Trends, Aws, Eric Schmidt, Amazon Web Services, Khosla Ventures, Ram Shriram, Google Facebook, Reddy, Big Tech, Bindu Reddy, Business Insider She


Panasonic ‘Miraie’ IoT and AI enabled platform launched in India

Panasonic, a diversified technology brand launched several products in India last year including smartphones and this year, the brand has forayed into Connected Living Solutions with the launch of its IoT & AI-enabled platform - 'Miraie.', and it includes a range of connected products. Under Miraie platform, a range of connected products like Connected Air Conditioners, Smart Door Bell and Plugs & Switches will be available. This IoT and AI-enabled platform takes advantage of Google's Voice...
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, India, Blogging, Panasonic, Bangalore, Alexa, South East Asia, Panasonic India, Manish Sharma, Panasonic Miraie, Panasonic Miraie AI IoT platform, Connected Living Solutions, Miraie, Connected Air Conditioners Smart Door Bell


PW3 PW3 hangs at Tree Screen

I have a Kindle Paperwhite that hangs on the Tree screen. This is a PW3 (SN begins with G090G1), I purchased new in 2015. I've tried the usual 'hold down the reset' per Google search, but didn't help -- tried this many times and held it down for 40+ seconds and up to several minutes. I ran across these forums on how to unbrick a PW using its serial port. I took the Kindle case apart and connected to its serial port -- using DSD Tech SH-U09C2 USB-TTL adapter (nice adapter with jumper for se...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Books, Kindle Developer's Corner, KB


The best smart notebooks

A smart notebook can make your note-taking more interactive and intuitive. The Moleskine Smart Writing Set is our favorite because it's a high-quality notebook with a great pen and an easy-to-use app that syncs all your notes. While the rise of the tablet and 2-in-1 laptops has given way to a host of super high-quality styluses, many people still prefer the feel of a traditional pen and paper note-taking system. But what if there was a way to get the convenience of digital notes with the feel...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Everlast, Wacom, Folio, Bamboo Slate, Laptop Mag, Rocketbook Everlast, Malarie Gokey, Mara Leighton, Wacom Bamboo Slate Best, Rocketbook Everlast Best, Wacom Bamboo Folio Prices, Rocketbook Wave, Wacom Bamboo Slate


The FTC's latest shot at the tech giants has opened up an unexpected front in the war to constrain Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, FB)

The Federal Trade Commission's move to probe past acquisitions by the big tech firms is one more regulatory worry for those companies. The agency plans to study the "hundreds" of deals the companies have made over the last 10 years that the companies hadn't previously had to report to it. There's growing concern inside and outside the agency that the companies have used such deals to quash nascent competitors. As a result of the study, the FTC could force the companies to unwind some of their ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, European Union, Commission, Silicon Valley, Harry, University Of California Berkeley, Doj, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


The head of Microsoft 365 dismissed rivals like Slack and Dropbox as 'point players,' saying its product can be 'best in class' and 'best in integration' (MSFT)

On Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Microsoft 365 Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro said the company was going after a "no-compromise strategy." This means that Microsoft wants to have the best capabilities and best integrations, especially in security. Microsoft 365 competes with Google's G Suite, Slack, Zoom, Box, and Dropbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Microsoft competes with Slack and Google's G Suite, Microsoft executive ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Spataro, Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Jared Spataro, Thomas Kurian, G Suite Microsoft


How to buy books on Kindle through your computer or mobile device

It's easy to buy books on Kindle through your computer or mobile device using Amazon. To purchase a book for Kindle delivery, use Amazon's 1-Click option and select the correct device to download. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Unfortunately — like all Kindle apps — you are unable to purchase books directly on your Apple computer. The workaround is to purchase from Amazon and have the book immediately delivered to Kindle. To do so, use Amazon's 1-Click option on your des...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Mac, Trends, Amazon Prime, Department, Kindle Store, MacBook Pro From, Click Kindle Books


The best media streaming sticks and devices

A media streaming device can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Disney Plus, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface, 4K video streaming, voice control, and simple remote. The world is changing. Gone are the days when a cable subscription was necessary to watch all the latest and greatest TV shows. These days, the best TV shows are coming out on stre...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Google Play Store, Hbo, Mac, Disney, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Apple TV, Chromecast, Netflix, Nvidia, Roku, Vizio


Alibaba Cloud revenue reaches $1.5B for the quarter on 62% growth rate

Alibaba issued its latest earnings report yesterday, and as part of that the Chinese eCommerce giant reported that cloud revenue grew 62% to $1.5 billion U.S., crossing the RMB10 billion revenue threshold for the first time. Alibaba also announced that it had completed its migration to its own public cloud in the most recent quarter, a significant milestone because the company can point to its own operations as a reference to potential customers, a point that Daniel Zhang, Alibaba executive chai...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Cloud, Asia, Enterprise, Microsoft, China, Alibaba, Earnings, Reuters, Zhang, Synergy Research, Alibaba Cloud, Google Alibaba, Daniel Zhang Alibaba


Here's a list of 11 top smart-doorbell and smart-lock brands — and the big money behind tech that's fueled privacy concerns

Amazon's Ring has recently been plagued with criticism over its security and privacy standards.  While Ring is the biggest name in the industry, it was not the first or the only company to create smart doorbells and locks. We gathered a list of the 11 biggest names in smart locks and doorbells. The companies range from venture backed startups to corporate spinoffs, and several have been acquired by tech companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Every smart home needs a sm...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Ebay, China, Massachusetts, Softbank, Blink, Trends, Walmart, Brookfield, Silicon Valley, Google Ventures, Blackstone, Kleiner Perkins, Crunchbase, Bessemer


Jeff Bezos’ $165M mansion deal shatters Los Angeles sales record

Bezos bought the Beverly Hills estate from Hollywood mogul David Geffen in an off-market deal without the involvement of any agents.
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Technology, Listings, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Radio, Beverly Hills, Jack Warner, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Warner Brothers, David Geffen, Bezos, News Brief


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


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. The US government has filed racketeering charges against Huawei and its CFO, accusing the Chinese telecom giant of conspiring to steal trade secrets from 6 tech companies. The latest indictment includes information alleging Huawei tried to steal trade secrets from six different US technology companies. Alibaba has pledged $140 million to fight the coronavirus outbreak with a platform to coordinate deliveries of crucial medical s...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Supreme Court, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Tesla, Alibaba, SEC, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Huawei, Oracle, Wuhan


The rise and fall of Andy Rubin, the former Google executive accused of sexual misconduct whose new startup, Essential, just shut down for good (GOOGL, GOOG)

Andy Rubin is the creator of Android and a former Google executive. Rubin's career seemed to be on track — software engineering in Silicon Valley in the 1990s, founding Android, being a top dog at Google for a decade — until he was let go from Google after a sexual misconduct investigation, according to multiple news reports. Rubin has been accused of having inappropriate relations with a subordinate, allegedly coercing a woman into oral sex (an allegation that Rubin denies). And recent unseal...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, New York, Microsoft, Buzzfeed, Stanford, Trends, Information, Intel, Larry Page, New York Times, Manhattan, Magic, Silicon Valley


7-month-old Simsim secures $16M for its social commerce in India

Simsim, a social commerce startup in India, said on Friday it has raised $16 million in seven months of its existence as it attempts to replicate the offline retail experience in the digital world with help from influencers. The Gurgaon-based startup said it raised $16 million across Seed, Series A, and Series B financing rounds from Accel Partners, Shunwei Capital, and Good Capital. (The most recent round, Series B, was of $8 million in size.) “Despite e-commerce players bandying out major d...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Walmart, Whatsapp, Gurgaon, Paytm, Shunwei Capital, Malhotra, Meesho, Prosus Ventures


'What is Amazon Assistant?': How to use Amazon's browser extension that helps you find the best deals online

Amazon Assistant is a browser extension that allows you to compare prices on other websites with Amazon's prices. Amazon Assistant also allows you to access your Amazon Lists from anywhere, track the prices of online items over time, and sends you notifications about deals and order shipments. Amazon Assistant is available for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and on Android devices. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're a fan of online shopping, and you already use browser exte...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Amazon, Trends, Walmart, Google Photos, Amazon Assistant, Best Buy Samsung, Chrome Firefox Microsoft, Best Buy Lenovo, Amazon Lists, Amazon Assistant Amazon Assistant, Amazon List


Two years ago Microsoft launched a special program to help startups get off the ground and use its cloud, and now it's giving them access to two of its fastest growing apps (MSFT)

Microsoft for Startups is Microsoft's program for enterprise startups that gives them access to use Microsoft's Azure cloud, helps them sell to business customers and gives them access to Microsoft's customer base. On Thursday, Microsoft for Startups announced it will give startups access to GitHub Enterprise and Microsoft Power Platform. Microsoft for Startups is also a way to help Microsoft take on its cloud rivals Amazon Web Services and Google because it helps enterprise startups get acqua...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Pentagon, Amazon Web Services, Github Enterprise, Jorgensen, Andy Jassy, Google Cloud Microsoft, Microsoft Power Platform, Power Platform, Microsoft Power Platform Microsoft, Jeana Jorgensen


As it takes on Google and Slack, the head of Microsoft 365 says the company has a 'no compromise strategy,' especially in security (MSFT)

On Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Technology Internet Conference, Microsoft 365 corporate vice president Jared Spataro said the company is going after a "no-compromise strategy." This means that Microsoft wants to have the best capabilities and best integrations, especially in security. Currently, Microsoft 365 competes with Google's G Suite, Slack, Zoom, Box, and Dropbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Microsoft competes with Slack and Google's G Suite, Microsoft exec...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Martin Luther King Jr, Georgetown, Spataro, Jared Spataro, Thomas Kurian, G Suite Microsoft, Goldman Sachs Technology Internet Conference


Judge Temporarily Blocks Microsoft Pentagon Cloud Contract After Amazon Suit

A judge ordered Thursday a temporary block on the JEDI cloud contract in response to a suit filed by Amazon. From a report: A court notice announcing the injunction was filed on Thursday, but wasn't public. It's unclear why the documents were sealed. In April, the Defense Department announced that Amazon and Microsoft were the two finalists to provide the contract, ruling out other contenders like IBM and Oracle. Then in July, President Donald Trump said he was looking into the contract after IB...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Washington Post, Tech, Ibm, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Trump, Jedi, Amazon From, Microsoft Pentagon


Amazon cloud boss Andy Jassy shares the important lesson the company learned from launching its failed Fire Phone (AMZN)

On Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy spoke about what Amazon learned from launching the now-shuttered Amazon Fire Phone. When it was released in 2014, sales were disappointing and Amazon had to close its operations, but Amazon was still able to learn from the team it hired, its plans, its customer conversations, and its technology. Jassy says that Amazon encourages employees to try new things, which was how AWS started. Visit ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Tim Cook, Wall Street Journal, Google Photos, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Andy Jassy, Amazon Fire Phone, Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Jassy


Judge temporarily halts work on JEDI contract until court can hear AWS protest

A sealed order from a judge today has halted the $10 billion, decade-long JEDI project in its tracks until AWS’s protest of the contract award to Microsoft can be heard by the court. The order signed by Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court Federal Claims stated: The United States, by and through the Department of Defense, its officers, agents, and employees, is hereby PRELIMINARILY ENJOINED from proceeding with contract activities under Contract No. HQ0034-20-D-0001, which was a...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Government, Defense, Tech, Department Of Defense, United States, Aws, Patricia, Jedi, Andy Jassy, Given Amazon, Mark Esper


Judge halts Microsoft work on JEDI contract after AWS request

A sealed order from a judge today has halted the $10 billion, decade long JEDI project in its tracks until AWS’s protest of the contract award to Microsoft can be heard by the court. The order signed by Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith of the US Court Federal Claims stated: The United States, by and through the Department of Defense, its officers, agents, and employees, is hereby PRELIMINARILY ENJOINED from proceeding with contract activities under Contract No. HQ0034-20-D-0001, which was awa...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Government, Defense, Tech, Department Of Defense, United States, Aws, Patricia, Jedi, Andy Jassy, Given Amazon, Mark Esper


As Microsoft 365 takes on Google and Slack, its head says the company has a 'no-compromise strategy,' especially in security (MSFT)

On Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Microsoft 365 Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro said the company was going after a "no-compromise strategy." This means that Microsoft wants to have the best capabilities and best integrations, especially in security. Microsoft 365 competes with Google's G Suite, Slack, Zoom, Box, and Dropbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Microsoft competes with Slack and Google's G Suite, Microsoft executive ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Spataro, Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Jared Spataro, Thomas Kurian, G Suite Microsoft


Microsoft sees $17 billion of market value erased in just 5 minutes after a judge grants Amazon's request to block a key cloud contract (MSFT)

A federal judge on Thursday approved a motion by Amazon to have the Defense Department suspend work on the JEDI cloud contract Microsoft won last year.  Shares of Microsoft fell as much as 1% on Thursday afternoon. The move erased $17 billion from the technology giant's market capitalization in just a few minutes.  Watch Microsoft trade live on Markets Insider. Microsoft shares declined sharply Thursday afternoon immediately after a federal judge ordered a temporary halt on the JEDI contract...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Pentagon, Defense Department, Amazon Web Services, Saudi Aramco, Jedi, Benjamin Pimentel, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, Markets Insider Microsoft


Amazon's annual filing reveals it loaded up on private company stock while scaling back acquisitions last year — a change that may help as regulators crack down on the tech giant (AMZN)

Amazon spent roughly $2.2 billion in cash on minority investments last year, nearly quadrupling from the year-ago period, according to company filings. It now owns a record $2.6 billion worth of private company stock, an over six-fold increase from the previous year, filings show. Meanwhile, Amazon cut back on acquisitions last year, spending only $315 million, after a two-year record run of spending over $15 billion on buying other companies. The change reflects a potential shift in Amazon's ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, China, US, Trends, Federal Trade Commission, Northwestern University, Murphy, University of Wisconsin Madison, Aurora, Madrona Ventures, AMZN, Andrew Murphy, Matt McIlwain, McIlwain



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