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Agencies scramble for billions in ad dollars

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising.Remember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here. This week: Ad billions in playMicrosoft, news savior?Trump's enablers Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit Ad budgets up for grabs Billions in advertising will be up for grabs this year as brands that held back on changing their ad agencies last year restart the process, Lindsay Rittenhouse and Patr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Media, Microsoft, Australia, Advertising, Disney, US, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Prudential, National Enquirer, Philips


The US Senate is grilling Microsoft and SolarWinds over last year's historic cyberattack

SolarWinds Corp. banner hangs at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the IPO day of the company in New York. Reuters/Brendan McDermid US Senators are questioning the tech firms involved in last year's sweeping cyberattack. SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, and CrowdStrike are all testifying in the Tuesday hearing, which you can livestream below. Hackers installed malware into SolarWinds' software, which was then distributed to the firm's clients. Visit the Business section of Insider for m...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Enterprise, Microsoft, Senate, White House, Ipo, Russia, US, Trends, Cybersecurity, Hack, US Senate, SEC, US Treasury, Nyse


The US Senate just grilled Microsoft and SolarWinds over last year's historic cyberattack. Here's what happened.

SolarWinds Corp. banner hangs at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the IPO day of the company in New York. Reuters/Brendan McDermid US senators questioned the tech firms involved in last year's sweeping cyberattack. SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, and CrowdStrike all testified, while Amazon declined to attend. Microsoft's president said evidence points to Russia, where officials suspect the attack originated. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US Senate questio...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Enterprise, Microsoft, Senate, White House, Ipo, Russia, US, Trends, Cybersecurity, Hack, US Senate, SEC, Silicon Valley, US Treasury


Microsoft allies with European publishers to push for 'Australian-style' laws on news content, pitting itself against Facebook and Google

Microsoft president Brad Smith. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson Microsoft has allied with four publisher lobbying groups in Europe to push for new legislation targeting tech giants. The Alliance wants to ensure Big Tech pays news publishers to host news content. It comes as Australia prepares to force tech giants to pay publishers for hosting their content. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As Facebook and Google brace themselves to start paying news publishers in Australia, r...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Australia, Trends, Eu, Canada, Biden, Rupert Murdoch, Bing, Publishers, Brad Smith, Alliance, Big Tech, Tech Insider


10 things in tech you need to know today

Nick Wass/Associated Press Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Facebook reversed its Australian news ban. The move comes after a weekend of negotiations with the government over its proposed media code.Spotify will launch higher quality streaming. The firm announced a slew of updates, inc...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Bruce Springsteen, Microsoft, Australia, Barack Obama, Trends, Biden, Skype, Cnbc, Black, Niklas Zennstrom, Alex Jones, Brad Smith


10 things in tech you need to know today

Epic Games' attack ad on Apple. Epic Games Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Google fired a second AI ethicist. The firm fired Margaret Mitchell, the founder and former co-lead on its ethical AI team, following an extended investigation that has kept Mitchell locked out of her corpora...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, Microsoft, Trends, Sequoia Capital, Sundar Pichai, Mitchell, Brad Smith, Margaret Mitchell, Amazon Alexa, Mark Zuckerberg Jack Dorsey, Tech Insider, Ben Chestnut, Shona Ghosh


Facebook took the nuclear option in Australia. It may be on a collision course with at least 7 other countries.

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing news articles on its platform.  The move comes after months of wrangling with Australian officials.  But the tech giant also faces pressure from a growing number of governments on how it handles news. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook blocked Australian ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, Australia, Washington, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, US, Trends, Eu, Spain


Why Facebook blocked all news content in Australia - and why Google didn't

Carsten Koall/Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images Australia wants to pass a bill forcing Facebook and Google to pay news publishers for their content. In response, Facebook banned news content in the country, while Google made deals with publishers. But the situation is much more complicated. Here's what you need to know. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook made huge waves on Wednesday by blocking all news content for its Australian users and all content post...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Australia, Senate, Trends, Eu, Spain, News Corp, Brad Smith, France Germany, Casey Newton, Alex Wong Getty, Australia Facebook, Carsten Koall Getty, Tyler Sonnemaker


SolarWinds Hack Was 'Largest and Most Sophisticated Attack' Ever, Microsoft President Says

A hacking campaign that used a U.S. tech company as a springboard to compromise a raft of U.S. government agencies is "the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen," Microsoft Corp President Brad Smith said. From a report: The operation, which was identified in December and that the U.S. government has said was likely orchestrated by Russia, breached software made by SolarWinds Corp, giving hackers access to thousands of companies and government offices that used its product...
Tags: Microsoft, Russia, Tech, Orion, Cbs, Smith, Brad Smith, Microsoft Corp, SolarWinds Corp, U S Treasury Justice and Commerce


Microsoft Urges America to Force Google and Facebook to Pay for News

"Microsoft has said the USA should copy Australia's plan to force Google and Facebook to pay for links to news content," reports The Register, "and suggested that doing so will help improve social cohesion and strengthen democracy." But Google has fired back with a statement asserting that Microsoft's motives are impure. "Of course they'd be eager to impose an unworkable levy on a rival and increase their market share," wrote Kent Walker, Google's chief legal officer. Microsoft's suggestion t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, Craigslist, Microsoft, Australia, Tech, Scott Morrison, Biden, Smith, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Brad Smith, Force Google, Kent Walker Google


Microsoft Wants U.S. to Adopt Internet Rules From Australia That Google Hates

Microsoft would like the U.S. government to adopt media rules that would force big tech companies to share profits with newspapers when they link to news content, according to a new blog post by Microsoft president Brad Smith. And the entire concept is controversial, to say the least.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Microsoft, Australia, Companies, Computing, Search Engine, Websites, Microsoft Bing, Brad Smith, Alphabet Inc, Disinformation, Internet Search Engines, Technology Internet, The Microsoft, Criticism Of Google


Google swipes at Microsoft for supporting Australia's 'unworkable' levy on tech giants

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Google and Microsoft are in a firefight over Australia's code mandating payments to news publishers. Microsoft has supported the new code, while Google threatened to leave Australia over it. Google legal chief Kent Walker on Thursday accused Microsoft of maneuvering to bolster its market share. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Google and Microsoft are duking it out after the latter su...
Tags: Google, Technology, Microsoft, Australia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Scott Morrison, Rupert Murdoch, Bing, Sundar Pichai, Tim Berners Lee, Brad Smith, Walker, Justin Sullivan, Kent Walker, Tech Insider


Microsoft Offers To Break The Web In A Desperate Attempt To Get Somebody To Use Its Widely-Ignored Bing Search Engine (techdirt)

One of the key battles surrounding the EU Copyright Directive involves the threshold at which upload filters will block the use of copyright material in things like memes and mashups. A year ago, Germany was proposing ridiculously tight restrictions: 128-by-128 pixel images, and three-second videos. Now, it is framing the issue in terms of uses that aren't "automatically" blocked by upload filters. The proposed limits here are 15 seconds of video or audio, 125K graphics, and 160 -- yes, 160 -- c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Microsoft, Australia, Germany, Eu, Scott Morrison, Rupert Murdoch, Bing, Sundar Pichai, Tim Berners Lee, Brad Smith, Australia New Zealand, Glyn Moody, Bing Microsoft


Microsoft Slams Google Over Threat To Shut Search Engine in Australia

Microsoft has moved to capitalise on Google's threat to shut its search engine in Australia, throwing its weight behind efforts to make Big Tech pay for news content and offering to transfer small businesses to its rival service Bing at no cost. From a report: The Seattle-based company on Wednesday slammed Google's threat to exit Australia [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] over the news media bargaining code and said it fully supported a draft law aimed at forcing te...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Australia, Tech, Canberra, Seattle, Bing, Brad Smith, Australia Microsoft, Mel Silva


10 things in tech you need to know today

Elon Musk talks to journalists at the construction site of the Tesla Giga-Factory in Grünheide near Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2020. Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Exclusive: Sources told us how Google decided to pull Parler. After the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Germany, Trends, Tesla, Iran, PAC, Berlin Germany, Brad Smith, Amazon Alexa, US Capitol, Simon Wolfson, Tech Insider


If tech companies don't want to deal in violence, they should stop partnering with US military and intelligence

A U.S. Air Force pilot (L), and a censor operator (R), prepare to launch a MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), from a ground control station at a secret air base in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. John Moore/Getty Images Affirming their opposition to violence and incitement, Silicon Valley corporations led the way removing President Donald Trump from their platforms and shutting down Parler, an app popular with his supporters. But these same firms have deep relationsh...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Indonesia, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, United States, Silicon Valley, South America, Pentagon, Cia, Jeff Bezos


CES Daily: New adventures in the new normal

Today is the final day of CES 2021. First billed as a virtual conference that would replicate, to the best of its ability, the camaraderie and awe that define its annual in-person Las Vegas event, many attendees have been left divided as to whether this year’s show hit the spot or missed the mark. In reality, CES was more akin to a series of back-to-back Zoom calls—one that cost exhibitors hefty sums that aren’t too far off from the price of showcasing themselves at the real event. You may be yo...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Washington, Advertising, Ces, Nvidia, Dell, Las Vegas, Lg, Barry, Esports, Cannes, Cannes Lions, Las Vegas Strip, Trump, Miramax


While CEOs across America decry the rampage in Washington, Jeff Bezos is silent and Elon Musk is posting memes

Jeff Bezos (left) and Elon Musk. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Following Wednesday's attack on the US Capitol, business leaders from a range of industries, including finance, tech, and automotive, have condemned the rampage.  But two of the world's most powerful CEOs — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — have yet to issue a statement denouncing the insurrection.  While Bezos has been silent on social media, Musk has tweeted multiple memes, one of which was a Burning Man joke. He also seemed to partially b...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, News, Instagram, Washington, US, America, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Thailand, Harvard University


Amazon To Expand Its Childhood-To-Career CS Program To India Later This Year

theodp writes: According to an Amazon job listing for a contract position, the e-tailer is seeking a lead for a new Amazon Future Engineer program in India that's set to launch in 2021. "The initial research for Amazon Future Engineer in India," Amazon explains, "is currently underway and we look to the chosen candidate to dive deep into operationalizing the program to what is relevant for India and the student needs. The role involves working with local non-profits and government officials to d...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, India, Tech, CS, Smith, Brad Smith, Ivanka Trump, U S Dept of Education, Amazon Microsoft Google Facebook, Amazon Future Engineer in India Amazon, Edhesive Launched, CS Amazon


Microsoft seeks Biden's support in case against Israeli spyware firm

Microsoft’s president says NSO Group enables more nation-states to deploy cyber-attacks, including against journalists and activistsMicrosoft has called on the incoming Biden administration to weigh in on a high-profile legal case involving WhatsApp and NSO Group, the Israeli spyware firm that the US software company said was helping to proliferate cyber-weapons.Comparing NSO Group to 21st-century mercenaries, Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, claimed that the rise of private companies that eng...
Tags: Technology, Microsoft, Israel, US, World news, US news, Hacking, Computing, Biden, Brad Smith, NSO Group, Biden Administration


Suspected Russian cyber-attack growing in scale, Microsoft warns

Government agencies around world among targets in SolarWinds ‘espionage-based’ hackMicrosoft has said the UK and six other countries outside the US have been affected by a suspected Russian hacking attack that US authorities have warned poses a grave risk to government and private networks.Brad Smith, Microsoft’s chief legal counsel, said the company had uncovered 40 customers, including government agencies, thinktanks, NGOs and IT companies, who were “targeted more precisely and compromised” af...
Tags: UK, Technology, Microsoft, Russia, US, UK News, World news, US news, Cybercrime, Hacking, Espionage, Cyberwar, Brad Smith


Microsoft announces its first Azure data center region in Denmark

Microsoft continues to expand its global Azure data center presence at a rapid clip. After announcing new regions in Austria and Taiwan in October, the company today revealed its plans to launch a new region in Denmark. As with many of Microsoft’s recent announcements, the company is also attaching a commitment to provide digital skills to 200,000 people in the country (in this case, by 2024). “With this investment, we’re taking the next step in our longstanding commitment to provide Danis...
Tags: Cloud, Europe, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Tech, Renewable Energy, Taiwan, Austria, United States, Computing, Denmark, West Coast, Subscription Services, Microsoft Azure, Brad Smith


WH’s AI EO is BS

An executive order was just issued from the White House regarding “the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in Government.” Leaving aside the meritless presumption of the government’s own trustworthiness and that it is the software that has trust issues, the order is almost entirely hot air. The EO is like others in that it is limited to what a president can peremptorily force federal agencies to do — and that really isn’t very much, practically speaking. This one “directs Federal agencies...
Tags: Microsoft, White House, Tech, Portland, Noaa, Pentagon, Brad Smith, WH


Dozens of tech companies sign ‘Tech for Good Call’ following French initiative

A couple of years ago, French President Emmanuel Macron initiated the Tech for Good Summit by inviting 50 tech CEOs to discuss the challenges in the tech industry and make some announcements. Usually, tech CEOs meet ahead of Viva Technology, a tech event in Paris. This year, Viva Technology had to be canceled, which means that tech CEOs couldn’t get together, take a group photo and say that they want to make the world a better place. In the meantime, dozens of tech CEOs have chosen to sign a ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, France, Tech, European Union, Policy, Paris, France Newsletter, OECD, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Tech For Good


Microsoft says hackers backed by Russia and North Korea targeted COVID-19 vaccine makers

Microsoft has revealed that hackers backed by Russia and North Korea have targeted pharmaceutical companies involved in the COVID-19 vaccine development efforts. The technology giant said Friday that the attacks targeted seven companies in the U.S., Canada, France, India, and South Korea. But while it blocked the “majority” of the attacks, Microsoft acknowledged that some were successful. Microsoft said it had notified the affected companies, but declined to name them. “We think these attacks...
Tags: South Korea, Microsoft, North Korea, Russia, US, Tech, Dhs, Fbi, Sony, World Health Organization, Homeland Security, Lazarus, Brad Smith, Burt, Lazarus Group, Tom Burt Microsoft


Microsoft: Make 11-Year-Olds 'Future Ready' With Minecraft Python Hour of Code

theodp writes: The upcoming "Hack the Classroom: STEM Edition," Microsoft explains, "is a [3-day] free virtual event series designed for K-12 educators, parents, and guardians. The sessions will feature resources and tutorials to help educators support students in learning future-ready skills. These lessons can be easily incorporated into classroom curriculum while preparing for this year's Hour of Code event -- a global effort to teach and demystify coding, during Computer Science Education Wee...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Brad Smith, Computer Science Education Week


Some of tech's biggest names donated millions of dollars ahead of the 2020 election, and most of it went to Democrats

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images / Netflix Tech industry executives have donated millions during this election cycle, mostly to Democratic campaigns and PACs, CNBC found.  Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz donated $24 million and was a major contributor to the pro-Biden super PAC Future Forward USA. Other executives, like Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings, donated more $5 million to Democratic PACs.  Silicon Valley has historically leaned left, and both CNBC and Protocol found...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, Microsoft, Senate, Trends, Linkedin, Tech, Joe Biden, Netflix, House, PACs, Steve Ballmer, Reid Hoffman


Apple and Big Tech's product launches are now just sideshows, while the real news happens on the world stage

Hello, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of  the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech.If you're not already subscribed, click here to get Insider Tech in your inbox every week.  This week: For Tim Cook and Apple, it's Lights, Cameras ... Sideshow! Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Headquarters Apple/Business Insider screen capture If you've been eagerly awaiting the latest iPad you may have enjoyed Apple's "Special Event" on Tuesday. But to me, Apple's big e...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Ipad, Facebook, Spotify, Enterprise, Microsoft, India, US, Trends, Washington Dc, Tim Cook, Antitrust, App Store


Mark Zuckerberg took a dig at Apple by accusing it of charging 'monopoly rents' and blocking competition, report says

AP; Francois Mori/AP Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Apple has a "stranglehold" on the apps that are allowed on iPhones and accused the company of charging "monopoly rents," according to BuzzFeed News.Zuckerberg made the remarks at a company-wide meeting on Thursday.The comments come as tech giants like Apple and Facebook have come under increased scrutiny over antitrust concerns.For Apple, its App Store policies and commission rates have been at the center of accusations regarding antic...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, California, Trends, Tech, Ap, Epic, Tim Cook, Antitrust, App Store, Epic Games, Zuckerberg


These are the 29 power players steering TikTok's rise in the US

TikTok's influential emergence in the US social scene has attracted millions of loyal fans and creators, and also the ire of President Donald Trump due to its China-based parent company, ByteDance. TikTok is facing a full-scale attack from the Trump administration, which has threatened to issue a nationwide ban on the app over accusations the platform allows the Chinese government to spy on Americans, and therefore poses US national-security risks. Although TikTok's popularity has allowed its ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Youtube, China, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Snapchat, United States, Washington Dc, Internet Association, Kim, Hulu



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