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Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile (AAPL)

Hello and welcome to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. Let's see how far we can get this week before mentioning TikTok. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. Most of our content is available to BI subscribers. Click here for 20% off.  This week: Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile After nine years in the top job, Apple CEO Tim...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Cook, Microsoft, Congress, Stanford, China, Ipo, US, Toronto, Trends, Paris, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley


Comments on NTIA’s Petition to the FCC Seeking to Destroy Section 230

As requested by the Trump anti-Section 230 Executive Order from May, NTIA submitted a 57 page petition to the FCC asking the FCC to make rules interpreting Section 230. The FCC, in turn, has put the petition out for public comment ( Docket RM-11862), with the initial comment submission period ending September 2. I previously described NTIA’s petition this way: Normally we expect a government agency like NTIA to provide an intellectually honest assessment of the pros/cons of its actions and not...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Fcc, Microsoft, Yahoo, Law, Congress, Youtube, America, Ben Franklin, Commission, John, Ugc, Trump, Barnes


Amazon reportedly said it will launch podcasts as long as podcasters don't bad-mouth the company

Amazon reportedly told multiple podcasters in an email that the company was considering launching podcasts on its Amazon Music and Audible services. However, the company told the producers that it will only give them a platform if they don't talk badly about Amazon. One podcaster who received the email tweeted about the "content restriction," writing that "signing up requires signing away your journalistic integrity." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon reportedly comm...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Congress, Trends, Quinn, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Music, Kim Kardashian West, Pitchfork, Joe Rogan, Corey Quinn, Amazon Music and Audible, Ringer Gimlet Media


If Harris heads to DC, Southern California could loom large in the scramble to fill her seat

Now that Democrat Joe Biden has chosen Rep. Kamala Harris as his running mate, it hasn’t dampened the political stakes in Southern California. Far from it. The political drama will likely be profound, especially if the ticket ultimately snags the White House. That would mean a U.S. senator would need replacing — with a poignant tumbling of political dominoes to follow. Perhaps the most Google’d question in the state on Tuesday — how would the U.S. Senate seat get filled? Should the Democrats win...
Tags: Google, Obama, Congress, California, La, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Long Beach, Ohio


What Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's VP Pick, Means For Tech

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: After months of speculation, Joe Biden has picked California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential running mate in the race for the White House. The choice fulfills a pledge from Biden, the Democrats' presumptive nominee for president, to name a woman to his ticket as he seeks to unseat Donald Trump in the November election. [...] Here's what we know about Harris' stance on tech issues: A California senator and former candidate in the 202...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Cnet, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Sen Elizabeth Warren


Why The Federal Circuit’s PACER Ruling Is A Mixed Bag

If PACER is ever to be fully free, it will happen only through an act of Congress. God help every single one of us.
Tags: Technology, Law, Congress, Biglaw, Pacer, Robert Ambrogi, Federal Circuit


Fitbit's chief marketing officer quietly departed in May, as the company continues to wait out regulatory approval for its acquisition by Google (FIT)

Fitbit's chief marketing officer, Tim Rosa, quietly left the company back in May. A spokesperson told Business Insider that Mark Silverio, SVP, America Sales, has been given a broader role that includes global marketing. Rosa was a key player at the company. His departure comes as Google is trying to close a deal to acquire Fitbit. Are you a Fitbit or Google insider with more to share? Contact this reporter using encrypted email ([email protected]) or encrypted messaging apps Signal/Tel...
Tags: Apple, Google, Congress, Australia, US, Trends, Eu, European Commission, Fitbit, Justice Department, Business Insider, Rosa, Competition and Consumer Commission, Signal Telegram, Tim Rosa, Mark Silverio


Trump administration announces major midband spectrum auction for 5G

5G is increasingly coming into focus as a set of technologies that has the potential to dramatically expand the quality, bandwidth, and range of wireless connectivity. One of the major blocks to actually rolling out these technologies though is simply spectrum: there just isn’t enough of it available for private use. 5G needs spectrum at very low frequencies to penetrate buildings and increase range, and it also needs high frequencies to support the huge bandwidth that future applications will r...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, Fcc, Congress, Government, White House, China, Defense, America, Tech, Policy, United States, Iowa, Wireless, Aws, Nebraska


In their recent showdown with Congress, the tech titans argued they hadn't grown too powerful. The days that followed told a very different story. (GOOGL)

The CEOs of four tech giants recently defended their market power in a historic antitrust hearing. A week later, it feels like business as usual. Blockbuster earnings, copycat apps, and near-$2-trillion market caps tell a different story to the one we heard from these companies a week ago. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Four of the world's most powerful tech CEOs appeared virtually before Congress late last month to defend against accusations they had grown too powerful. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, Eu, House, Tim Cook, Ufc, App Store, Justice Department, Adt, Pramila Jayapal D Wash


Bill Gates Weighs In on US Pandemic Response, Encryption, and Grilling Tech Executives

Bill Gates gave a wide-ranging new interview to Wired's Steven Levy (also republished at Ars Technica.) The interview's first question: as a man who'd been warning about a pandemic for years, are you disappointed with the response of the United States? Bill Gates: Yeah. There's three time periods, all of which have disappointments. There is 2015 until this particular pandemic hit. If we had built up the diagnostic, therapeutic, and vaccine platforms, and if we'd done the simulations to underst...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Cdc, White House, Tech, Ars Technica, United States, Facebook Messenger, Bill Gates, Gates, Jesus Christ, Steven Levy, Mark, Congressional


Congress To Consider National Right To Repair Law For First Time

The first step to returning ownership to the people who buy things.
Tags: Technology, Law, Congress, Right To Repair


Government's PACER Fees Are Too High, Federal Circuit Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: The U.S. government charges too much for access to an electronic database of federal court records, the Federal Circuit ruled in a decision curbing a revenue stream the court system uses to help fund other programs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision that the government was not authorized under federal law to spend $192 million in Public Access to Court Records system fees on court technology...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Federal Circuit, U S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Bloomberg Law, Administrative Office of the U S Courts, Are Too High Federal Circuit Says, Public Access to Court Records


Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

Following a report revealing the California DMV was making $50 million annually from selling drivers' information, a group of nearly a dozen lawmakers on Wednesday wrote a letter looking for answers. Motherboard reports: "What information is being sold, to whom it is sold, and what guardrails are associated with the sale remain unclear," the letter, signed by congress members including Ted Lieu, Barbara Lee, and Mike Thompson, as well as California Assembly members Kevin Mullin and Mark Stone, r...
Tags: Congress, California, Tech, DMV, Mike Thompson, Mark Stone, California Assembly, Kevin Mullin, Ted Lieu Barbara Lee


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just ballooned above $100 billion for the first time ever

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just passed the $100 billion mark. Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates are now the only three people in the world to be worth at least $100 billion, per Bloomberg. The executive's ballooned fortune comes as Facebook unveils its Instagram Reels, a TikTok-like feature in the app, and as Facebook has experienced a booming stock price during the pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO Mar...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Amazon Apple, Zuckerberg Amazon


14 tech organizers and labor experts share their ideas for re-empowering American workers

Over the past half century, workers' wages have stagnated, their rights have been eroded, and whistleblowers have faced frequent retaliation for calling attention to the problems. But in the tech industry, a new alliance of workers from warehouses to cubicles — bolstered by the pandemic and anti-racism protests — is speaking with a louder and more unified voice than ever. They're demanding everything from better pay and workplace protections to a bigger say over how the products they build are...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Microsoft, Congress, California, France, White House, US, Trends, United States, Edward Snowden, Smith, Steve Smith, Naomi Klein, Hutchinson


Here's everything we do and don't know about Microsoft's bid to acquire TikTok so far (MSFT)

TikTok's parent company ByteDance is facing increased pressure to cut ties with the viral video app, as President Donald Trump has threatened to ban TikTok unless ByteDance divests. Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and says it expects to reach a conclusion by September 15th. Of course, TikTok could also find another buyer. If the talks fall through by that date, Trump has said he would ban the app. If the companies make a deal, the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, China, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, United States, New Zealand, Lgbtq, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Signal, Cnbc


12 books on leadership and success billionaire Jeff Bezos thinks everyone should read

With a net worth of $185 billion, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest person in modern history.  Bezos often credited his ideas and success to the lessons he learned in books.  Brad Stone, a New York Times best-selling author, published "The Everything Store" in 2013 and told the story of Bezos and Amazon. In the book, Stone disclosed the top books that Bezos counted on for career advice.  The list includes "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Prize-winning novel about a butler...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, England, Congress, America, Trends, Walmart, New York Times, Toyota, Jeff Bezos, General Electric, Kazuo Ishiguro, Collins


Trending: Some questions (and answers) about the Microsoft-TikTok deal

Hello and welcome to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Matt Weinberger, deputy tech editor out of our San Francisco bureau, filling in for Alexei Oreskovic while he's on vacation. If you want to get Trending in your inbox every Wednesday, just click here. The clock goes tick-tock for TikTok Hello, and welcome to Trending, the Business Insider tech newsletter. As you may have already noticed, I'm not Alexei Oreskovic, your usual host — I'm Matt Weinberger, dep...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Mac, Congress, Steve Jobs, White House, China, Satya Nadella, US, San Francisco, Trends, United States


Istanbul Captured in Beautiful Color Images from 1890: The Hagia Sophia, Topkaki Palace’s Imperial Gate & More

Even those who know nothing else about Istanbul know that it used to be called Constantinople. The official renaming happened in 1930, meaning that the photographs you see here, all of which date from around 1890, were taken, strictly speaking, not in Istanbul but Constantinople. But under any name, and despite all the other changes that have occurred over the past 130 years, the Turkish metropolis on the Bosphorus remains recognizable as the gateway between East and West it has been throughou...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Photography, Congress, College, History, West, Paris, Venice, Library Of Congress, Seoul, Istanbul, East, Facebook Twitter, Sophia, Bosphorus


Parental control app Boomerang repeatedly blocked from Play Store, losing business

Apple isn’t the only one accused of kicking out competitive solutions from its App Store. Google did the same — for over a month at least — or so alleges parental control app maker Boomerang. The company’s product competes with Google’s own Family Link solution for controlling screen time and children’s use of mobile devices. The company claims Google repeatedly removed its application from the Play Store for a variety of issues, including violations of Google’s “Deceptive Behavior Policy” which...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Google Play Store, Apps, Congress, Tech, Developers, Tim Cook, Android Apps, Antitrust, Play Store, Boomerang, Apple Google, Appeals, App Store Google


Google-Fitbit deal to be scrutinized in Europe over data competition concerns

In a set-back for Google’s plan to acquire health wearable company Fitbit, the European Commission has announced it’s opening an investigation to dig into a range of competition concerns being attached to the proposal from multiple quarters. This means the deal is on ice for a period of time that could last until early December. The Commission said it has 90 working days to take a decision on the acquisition — so until December 9, 2020. Commenting on opening an “in-depth investigation” i...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Facebook, Wearables, Internet Of Things, Europe, Privacy, Congress, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphones, Whatsapp, Policy


Alphabet raises $10B with the biggest, cheapest bond sale in its history

Google parent Alphabet borrowed $10 billion via its biggest — and cheapest — corporate bond sale ever on Monday. The company pledged to use $4.5 billion for corporate moves, like acquisitions, and funnel the other $5.5 billion into environmental and social initiatives. Alphabet said the latter represents “the largest sustainability or green bond by any company in history.” “Although a number of companies have issued green bonds (directed solely to environmental uses), sustainability bonds differ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Congress, Alphabet, Hard Fork


FCC invites public comment on Trump’s attempt to nerf Section 230

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has decided to ask the public for its thoughts on an attempt initiated in Trump in May to water down certain protections that arguably led to the creation of the modern internet economy. The nakedly retaliatory order seems to be, legally speaking, laughable, and could be resolved without public input — but the FCC wants your opinion, so you may as well give it to them. You can submit your comment here at the FCC’s long-suffering electronic comment filing system, but before ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Government, White House, Tech, Executive Order, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Pai, Trump, Starks, NTIA, Ajit Pai, Brian Schatz D HI


FCC Chair Says Agency Will Take Public Comment on Trump Social Media Petition

The Federal Communications Commission will take public comment for 45 days on a petition filed by the Trump administration seeking new transparency rules in how social media companies moderate content, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Monday. From a report: Pai rejected calls from Democrats that he summarily dismiss the petition without public comment. The decision came after President Donald Trump directed the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) ...
Tags: Google, Fcc, Congress, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Pai, Trump, Twitter Inc, Twitter Facebook, Starks, Ajit Pai, Geoffrey Starks, Trump Social Media Petition


“Made in America” is on (government) life support, and the prognosis isn’t good

Intel and Boeing, two of the pillars of American industry. Intel makes some of the most impressive chips in the world and has for decades, driving high-performance computing to its limits while supporting a company with a market cap today of $200 billion and supporting more than 110,000 employees. Meanwhile, Boeing remains a global leader in aviation despite retiring the 747, with $66 billion in revenue backing a market cap of $90 billion and hosting more than 153,000 workers. Like pillars...
Tags: Asia, Congress, Government, China, America, Tech, Intel, Taiwan, Rome, Policy, United States, Korea, Pentagon, Airbus, Boeing, TSMC


Microsoft confirms it’s seeking to buy U.S. arm of TikTok

Microsoft confirmed Sunday it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the U.S. arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Donald Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition. In a statement, Microsoft said Microsoft and ByteDance have provided notice of their intent to explore a deal resulting in Microsoft owning and operating the TikTok service in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company said it expects ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Congress, Abc, California, White House, China, Satya Nadella, Sport, Soccer, United States, New Zealand, Treasury


Comments on the Internet Association’s Empirical Study of Section 230 Cases

Elizabeth Banker of the Internet Association has posted “A Review Of Section 230’S Meaning & Application Based On More Than 500 Cases.” This complements Prof. David Ardia’s comprehensive empirical study of Section 230 caselaw from a decade ago. It’s great to have a fresh look at the cases. (I’ll discuss the methodology limitations in a bit). The report’s summary (bolded for emphasis): The importance of Section 230 is best demonstrated by the lesser-known cases that escape the headlines. These d...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Congress, Enigma, Usc, Malwarebytes, Ia, Shepard, Westlaw, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Stratton Oakmont, Internet Association s Empirical Study of Section, Elizabeth Banker of the Internet Association, David Ardia


Facebook, Google, and the US government each have their own reasons to make you believe that TikTok is scary — but they're all self-serving

President Trump and the US government have been considering a ban on TikTok over long-held concerns regarding its ties to China, and its access to user data and influence over content moderation. The threat of a TikTok ban would mean that the app's massive US userbase, estimated to be near 80 million, is up for grabs, and US tech companies are already capitalizing with new apps and formats borrowing from TikTok's viral short-form video format. Concerns over national and data security are level...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, China, US, America, Trends, Linkedin, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, State


Google wants to be only destination for Search and digital advertising: 14 key takeaways from Pichai’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Given that Google earns more than $100 billion, there is “a fundamental conflict of interest between serving users who want to access the best and most relevant information and Google’s business model, which incentivises Google to sell ads and keep users on Google’s own sites,” David Cicilline (D-RI), the chair of the subcommittee, said at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here). But Google CEO Sundar Pichai clarified that ads ar...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, News, Microsoft, Congress, Navy, Youtube, Senate, China, US, Joe Biden


Amazon targeted sellers, investees, AWS clients with anti-competitive practices: 9 key takeaways from Bezos’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

On questioning by Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO), who is also the vice-chair of the subcommittee on antritrust, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos conceded that Amazon accounts for 40% of “online retail sales in the e-commerce market stream”. In his prepared testimony, Bezos had said, “Amazon accounts for less than 1% of the $25 trillion global retail market and less than 4% of retail in the US”, characterising retail as everything — including restaurants, bars, gas stations, Neguse pointed out...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, News, Congress, China, India, US, Competition, Netflix, House, New York Times, Antitrust, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Johnson



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