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The growth rate of Amazon's ad business is plunging but revenue is still up

Amazon made $2.7 billion during the first quarter from advertising, representing a 36% year-over-year jump. Ahead of earnings, Trip Miller, Gullane Capital Partners managing partner and Amazon shareholder, told Business Insider that advertising is one of the top two or three growth areas of the company. Amazon has been ramping up its pitch to advertisers and is currently hiring 1,200 advertising roles across eight of its teams. Amazon's ad business is steadily growing but not as quickly as it...


The CEO offering a $20 TV bundle explains the tough choices and price structures behind the low-cost TV market

Philo, one of the US's cheapest pay-TV bundles, announced this week that it would soon scrap its $16-per-month package and sell only its $20 plan. It's one of tough calls the 18-month-old streaming-TV service has had to make, as it grapples with the challenges of live TV. In the past few months, internet-TV bundles from YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, Hulu, and FuboTV have hiked prices. Sling TV and PlayStation Vue also raised the cost of some of their plans last summer. "We were really trying to fig...


The World Health Organization just released screen-time guidelines for kids. Here's how some of the world's most successful CEOs limit it at home

Kids under 5 shouldn't use screens for more than an hour a day, according to the World Health Organization's first-ever guidance on tech use among children. Many CEOs already raise their children with limited technology. Some of them include tech titans that helped invent social media or devices that kids use. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Letting toddlers use screens can be detrimental to their health, according to the first-ever guidance on tech use among children. The...


A male Microsoft programmer who came from the military, not a university, describes how his career got tanked by the 'brilliant jerks' culture (MSFT)

The tech industry's dismal hiring record of women and minorities, particularly for their super important engineering roles, is well known. But one ex-military man who learned to program as a second career discovered himself running afoul of the boy's club attitude, too. After he landed his dream job at Microsoft, he felt like he was stonewalled and sabotaged by the very senior engineers who were supposed to mentor him. He shared his perspective with Business Insider to warn people that the tec...
Tags: TEALS


A New York Times story about YouTube's internal 'Condom Challenge' deliberations shows why keeping toxic content off the site is such a daunting challenge (GOOG, GOOGL)

A recent New York Times report highlighted the difficulties YouTube faces when deciding whether or not controversial content should remain on its site.  A policy review meeting held to discuss "Condom Challenge" videos, displayed just how seemingly arbitrary distinctions can be, even when the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, is involved.  While t hese internal debates may be the most critical part of YouTube's business for it to get right, its ability to produce clear and repeatable results at...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Youtube, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Susan Wojcicki, Times, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Business Insider, Condom Challenge, San Bruno, Procter Gamble, Wojcicki, San Bruno California


A group of Microsoft and GitHub employees have come out in support of Chinese tech workers protesting the infamous '996' work hours (MSFT)

On Monday, a group of Microsoft and GitHub employees published an open letter to show their support for a project called 996.ICU, which protests a harsh tech working culture in China. The name of the project is a reference to the idea that many tech workers work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week, even though such practices are illegal in China. Employees decided to publish this letter because they were concerned that Microsoft is facing pressure to take down this project. Visit Business Inside...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, China, Trends, Iran, Fbi, Alibaba, Tencent, Github, Jack Ma, Business Insider, Trump, Reuters, Tencent Alibaba, Sarah Sanders


An EU government data watchdog is 'engaging' with Facebook after it harvested 1.5 million users’ email contacts without consent (FB)

Ireland's top privacy regulator is in contact with Facebook about the social network's collection of more than one million user email contacts without their consent. Business Insider reported on Thursday that Facebook had harvested the contact information since 2016. Facebook has said the move was "unintentional" and that it is deleting the data. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Ireland's Data Protection Commission has reached out to Facebook for information as it considers what st...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Eu, Britain, Ireland, New York Times, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Business Insider, DPC, Data Protection Commission, Irish Data Protection Commission DPC, Graham Doyle


One of the tech industry's leading critics says Apple and Google's new 'screen time' features will never work because they ignore the underlying problem (AAPL, GOOGL, FB)

Tristan Harris is happy that companies like Apple and Google are starting to focus on their customers' well-being. But efforts such as Apple's Screen Time are a bit misguided, because they don't address the underlying problem of attention manipulation, said Harris, the cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology. Instead of giving consumers tools to monitor how much they use their devices and apps, tech companies ought to be encouraging users to do other things that are more fulfilling, he s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Silicon Valley, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, HARRIS, Johann Hari, Watch Google, Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology, Center for Humane Technology Instead


The president of $20 billion Stripe explains how payments tech could 'change the trajectory of the internet economy'

Stripe co-founders John Collison and his brother Patrick Collison are two of Business Insider's 100 people transforming business. Stripe, founded in 2010, has a private valuation of over $20 billion — making it the most valuable financial technology startup in the world.  Collison says that Stripe's international footprint, its developer-friendliness, and its dedication to fixing real problems, have attracted customers like Amazon and Microsoft, who use its tech to power at least some of its ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, China, America, Trends, United States, Silicon Valley, Salesforce, Kylie Jenner, Business Insider, McDonald, Patrick, DUBLIN Ireland, Collison


The big new revenue play of $326 million startup Citymapper is being torn apart by angry customers

Travel startup Citymapper is a popular free app that helps people navigate public transport in almost 40 cities around the world. The British startup is trying to generate revenue with the launch of the Citymapper Pass, a physical, prepaid travel pass that lets you travel within central London at a discount. Customers told Business Insider that the launch of Citymapper Pass hasn't gone smoothly in London, complaining of poor customer service, shipping delays, and mysterious extra costs. Cityma...
Tags: Apple, Google, London, Trends, Customers, Tfl, Business Insider, Transport For London, Citymapper, Transport for London TfL, Watch Google, Azmat Yusuf, Pawel, Azmat, Omid Ashtari, Nicole Kobie


Microsoft took an ethical stand on facial recognition just days after being blasted for a sinister AI project in China

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it rebuffed a request from a US police agency to install its facial recognition software on officers' car and body cameras. President Brad Smith cited human rights concerns, saying that AI bias could mean a disproportionate number of women and ethnic minorities would end up being held for questioning. While Microsoft is taking an ethical stand on AI, less than a week ago it was accused of being complicit in helping China develop facial analysis AI, which cou...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Microsoft, California, China, US, Trends, Marco Rubio, Smith, Stanford University, Business Insider, Reuters, Brad Smith, Facebook Google, Uighur Muslim


The CEO of billion-dollar startup Airtable explains why its founders decided on a corporate culture before they even had a product

Howie Liu and his cofounders at Airtable intentionally took a different path in starting the company than many other entrepreneurs, he said. They started by trying to establish the values and principles of the company they wanted to build, rather than first creating a product or developing a business plan. They thought that focusing on values would help create a sustainable business and give them long-term guidance, he said. The company is now one of the hottest startups around, and raised $16...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hollywood, Trends, Accenture, Aston Martin, Duke, Parker Conrad, Lola, Business Insider, Kong, Liu, Lagonda, Airtable, Howie Liu, Salesforce Andrew Ofstad


Here are all the details on the plan to totally change YouTube's business model that Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly killed in 2017 (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 2017, YouTube considered changing a major facet of its business model— paying creators based on viewer engagement, rather than the ad revenue they created, according to a Bloomberg earlier this month. Business Insider obtained unreleased YouTube support center drafts that provide more detail about the proposed payments model from 2017, showing that changes would have involved more than just engagement metrics. According to the documents, YouTube was planning to introduce three new pillars ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Bloomberg, Ocean, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Pichai, Business Insider, Alex Jones, Watch Google, Wojcicki, Infowars, Boil The Ocean, Susan Wojcicki Bloomberg, Merch Channel Memberships


The CEO of a free TV service that's riding the wave of ad-supported streamers reveals how the company achieved 300% growth in the past year

Xumo TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service, has grown revenue more than 300% in the past year. Most of the growth came from new deals with industry partners like Comcast and T-Mobile, Xumo CEO Colin Petrie-Norris told Business Insider. The company is a potential acquisition target and is in discussions with various companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As traditional MVPDs, cable, and broadcast companies face pressure to innovate through OTT services to keep up...
Tags: Google, Europe, Digital, US, Trends, Comcast, Panasonic, Hulu, Pluto, Viacom, Pluto TV, Business Insider, Ott, Sinclair, Viant, Xumo


YouTube's scrapped plan to change how it pays creators focused on 3 main metrics: attract, engage, and retain (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 2017, YouTube considered changing a major facet of its business model— paying creators based on viewer engagement, rather than the ad revenue they created, according to a Bloomberg earlier this month. Business Insider obtained unreleased YouTube support center drafts that provide more detail about the proposed payments model from 2017, showing that changes would have involved more than just engagement metrics. According to the documents, YouTube was planning to introduce three new pillars ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Bloomberg, Ocean, Nintendo, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Pichai, Business Insider, Alex Jones, Wojcicki, Infowars, Boil The Ocean, Susan Wojcicki Bloomberg, Merch Channel Memberships


INTRODUCING: The 10 people transforming advertising

Business Insider named 10 advertising executives to its list of 100 people transforming business. They include a direct-to-consumer visionary, TV advertising power player, and the CMO behind whacky ad campaigns. See the full list of the 100 people transforming business here.  The $221 billion US ad industry is being upended by the rise of digital ad giants, fragmented consumer attention, and marketers' ever-increasing pressure for results. We identified 10 visionaries who are disrupting estab...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Youtube, US, Trends, CMO, Netflix, Hulu, Business Insider, Randy, Aubrey, YouTube YouTube, Tara Walpert Levy, Randy Freer, Pivotal Research Amazon


Sony is on the verge of announcing a new PlayStation — here are 5 crucial things it needs to do to stay on top (SNE)

It's true: The PlayStation 5 is in development, and it may arrive sooner than you think. Between Sony's own confirmations and media reports, a clear picture is emerging of the still-unannounced next PlayStation console. How Sony intends to keep its lead over the competition remains to be seen, but there are a few foundational elements it will need to stay on top. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The next PlayStation is closer than you might think. Not only is Sony already t...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Halo, Trends, Sony, Nintendo, Shawn Layden, Business Insider, Nintendo Wii U


Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat execs could be named, shamed, and held personally liable for harmful content under new UK laws

Executives at Facebook, Google, and Snapchat might be held personally responsible if their firms don't delete harmful content off their services, according to UK government plans seen by The Guardian. A government policy paper, to be published Monday, is expected to introduce a much stricter regulatory regime for tech firms. The UK will establish a new regulator that will have the power to fine tech firms billions if they don't obey a new mandatory code of conduct. Australia is also mulling bi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Australia, Trends, Sport, Bbc, Ofcom, Christchurch, Cnet, Business Insider, James, Samsung Galaxy, Instagram Australia, Facebook Google, Facebook YouTube


The scooter wars are coming to Europe this summer. But first they have to prove they're not like Uber.

This year marks the first spring and summer where well-funded scooter startups, such as Bird and Lime, will be fully operational in Europe. It's an important test because more people are likely to choose to hop on scooters as the weather warms up. But these companies are fighting multiple regulatory battles around the world, as various cities try to stem a flood of scooters either through licensing schemes or banning them altogether. City regulators have, by now, heard lots of talk about the f...
Tags: Google, Uber, Europe, UK, London, Sweden, California, France, Berlin, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Portland, Reddit, Bird, Madrid


The scooters wars are coming to Europe this summer. But first they have to prove they're not like Uber.

This year marks the first spring and summer where well-funded scooter startups, such as Bird and Lime, will be fully operational in Europe. It's an important test because more people are likely to choose to hop on scooters as the weather warms up. But these companies are fighting multiple regulatory battles around the world, as various cities try to stem a flood of scooters either through licensing schemes or banning them altogether. City regulators have, by now, heard lots of talk about the f...
Tags: Google, Uber, Europe, UK, London, Sweden, California, France, Berlin, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Portland, Reddit, Bird, Madrid


Sundar's Silence: The thorny factors behind the Google CEO's Trump meeting and his deafening quiet about it (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with President Trump on Wednesday, but instead of giving his take on how the conversation went, the chief exec remained silent.  Meanwhile, the president didn't hold back, saying that Google is " totally committed to the U.S. military, not the Chinese Military."  But why would Pichai not say a word coming out of his meeting with Trump?  There could be a number of reasons, though one thing's for sure — his decision follows a trend of other tech execs making a s...
Tags: Google, Cook, Congress, Washington, White House, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Business Insider, Trump, Donald J Trump, SCHMIDT, ZIMMERMAN


Apple has scrapped plans to release its AirPower wireless charging mat

Apple has canceled its AirPower charging mat because the product did not achieve the company's high standards. The news comes after previous reports indicated Apple had run into production issues with the product. It's a rare move for Apple, which has delayed launches in the past but doesn't typically cancel announced products altogether.  Apple has canceled plans to release its AirPower charging mat, the company told Business Insider in a statement on Friday. TechCrunch first reported the ne...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Gruber, Matthew Panzarino, Business Insider, John Gruber, Airpower, Dan Riccio Apple, Hardware Engineering


Warren Buffett is still a big Apple bull, but he famously uses a flip phone instead of an iPhone

Warren Buffett shared his thoughts on Apple following its big event on Monday in interviews with Yahoo Finance and CNBC. He said Apple is a long-term investment, adding that: "If you have to closely follow a company, you shouldn't own it." Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway owns a 5.4% stake in Apple, but he famously doesn't use an iPhone — or any smartphone for that matter. He uses a flip phone instead. Apple shares fell by as much as 2.2% on March 25 following its star-studded event, during which...
Tags: Apple, Google, Wall Street, Samsung, Trends, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Jason Momoa, Cnbc, Business Insider, Apple News, Buffett, CFRA, Yahoo Finance, Andy Serwer, Angelo Zino


Chronicle, an Alphabet moonshot, says it's 'a completely separate company' from Google — but it runs on Google's in-house tech, not its commercial Google Cloud (GOOGL, GOOG)

Chronicle, the cybersecurity company owned by Google parent Alphabet, runs on the "core Google infrastructure," rather than the commercially-available Google Cloud, a spokesperson told Business Insider. Sources familiar with Chronicle's operations tell us that this is because using Google's own infrastructure has many perks — including lower costs and the reassurance of being backed by Google's sophisticated cybersecurity measures.  The arrangement raises questions about Chronicle's claims...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Gartner, Signal, Amazon Web Services, Alphabet, Business Insider, Stephen Gillett, CSO, Chronicle, Gillett, Google Cloud, Will Robinson, Mike Wiacek


Internet pioneer Paul Vixie thinks we're giving up both privacy and speed thanks to the way we've configured our internet connections

Internet pioneer Paul Vixie thinks the way many individuals and organizations have configured their internet connections is costing them privacy and time. Vixie helped develop the domain name system, or DNS, one of the foundational technologies of the internet. The problem Vixie is warning about has to do with the fact that many internet users today are relying on DNS servers operated by organizations such as Google that are physically located far away. His solution is simple: organizations an...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Cisco, Mozilla, Ibm, Aston Martin, OpenDNS, Business Insider, Ftc, Google IBM, Lagonda, Paul Vixie


Industry insiders say free streaming services like Tubi and XumoTV could become M&A targets, as subscription fatigue sets in

Almost half of US consumers think there's too much choice in subscription services. That's helped nurture growth of free ad-supported streaming services, or FASTS. Experts are eyeing these free streaming services as the next likely target for M&A. Even as WarnerMedia, Disney+, and Apple prepare to launch paid streaming services, free ad-supported streaming TV services, or FASTS, are taking off as people look for no-commitment viewing options and subscription fatigue sets in. Almost half of US...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, US, Samsung, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Vizio, Pluto, Viacom, Pluto TV, Business Insider, Ott, Sinclair, Alan Wolk, DirecTV


As subscription fatigue sets in, experts see free, ad-supported streaming services as the next M&A target

Almost half of US consumers think there's too much choice in subscription services. That's helped nurture growth of free ad-supported streaming services, or FASTS. Experts are eyeing these free streaming services as the next likely target for M&A. Even as WarnerMedia, Disney+, and Apple prepare to launch paid streaming services, free ad-supported streaming TV services, or FASTS, are taking off as people look for no-commitment viewing options and subscription fatigue sets in. Almost half of US...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, US, Samsung, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Vizio, Pluto, Viacom, Pluto TV, Business Insider, Ott, Sinclair, Alan Wolk, DirecTV


This $100M software startup came out of Australia and got funded by Microsoft to help companies manage all their remote workers

Six years after its founding in Australia, Skedulo has offices in three continents and 60,000 people using its service. The startup charges companies a monthly, per-user fee to help them manage remote workers. Skedulo recently raised $28 million from investors including Microsoft's M12 venture arm. For many workers, a nine-to-five office job is a thing of the past — if they ever experienced it at all. A large and growing number of people work remotely or out in the field, at least some of the...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Australia, Virginia, San Francisco, Trends, United States, Business Insider, Brisbane Australia, Fairhurst, Airtable, Skedulo, Australia Skedulo, Matt Fairhurst Skedulo, Europe Fairhurst


Microsoft's head of quantum computing says that it's the most promising career path for any kids today who want to work in tech (MSFT)

Todd Holmdahl, corporate vice president of Microsoft Quantum, says that he'd advise kids to pursue quantum computing as a career. Although quantum computing is in its early stages, more companies are pursuing quantum computing projects, and Holmdahl says there are big possibilities for careers in quantum research, software, and hardware. "It's a field that's going to grow," Holmdahl said. "We need a number of people to sustain and staff it and you can see Microsoft is putting a bunch of effort...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Gartner, Ibm, Aston Martin, Quantum, Business Insider, Forrester, Microsoft Intel, Lagonda, Intel IBM, Krysta Svore, Todd Holmdahl, Holmdahl, Microsoft Quantum


Mastercard's CMO reveals how the brand uses data to inform its marketing, stays culturally relevant, and holds Facebook and Google accountable

Raja Rajamannar, the chief marketing and communications officer of Mastercard, was just appointed the president of trade body World Federation of Advertisers. Speaking to Business Insider at SXSW earlier this month, Rajamannar explained why Mastercard removed its name from its logo and is venturing into sonic branding. He also discussed how the brand uses data to inform its marketing, stays culturally relevant, and holds Facebook and Google accountable. With a career spanning more than 30 yea...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Singapore, US, Trends, CMO, Pandora, Salesforce, Aston Martin, Mastercard, Business Insider, Sxsw, Facebook YouTube, Mastercard Visa, Lagonda, Raja Rajamannar



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