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The internet is destroying our brains, but we can't quit. It's a factory we're forced to work in without any pay.

Marianne Ayala/Insider Studies show the internet is bad for our mental health, and more people are realizing its harms. Internet gurus encourage us to give up social media and tech execs send their kids to anti-internet schools. But we need a more systemic solution to the internet's grasp on our lives; we need to see the internet as a factory. P.E. Moskowitz is an author and runs Mental Hellth, a newsletter about capitalism and psychology. This is an opinion article. The thoughts ex...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, US, Trends, Netflix, Harvard, Las Vegas, Instacart, Amazon Web Services, Google Facebook, Levine, Moskowitz, Wark, Andrew Ross, Ptak

Poland Says Recent Attacks on Local Politicians Originated from Russia

The Polish government said that a recent wave of cyberattacks that have targeted the email accounts of local political figures originated from Russia. From a report: The attacks have targeted some of the most important Polish officials, ministers, and deputies from various political parties, said Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's deputy prime minister, citing sources from the Polish Internal Security Agency and the Military Counterintelligence Service. "The analysis of our services and the special se...
Tags: Facebook, Russia, Tech, Poland, Telegram, Kaczynski, Jaroslaw Kaczynski Poland, Michal Dworczyk, Dworczyk, Polish Internal Security Agency, Onet Other

Perspectives on tackling Big Tech’s market power

The need for markets-focused competition watchdogs and consumer-centric privacy regulators to think outside their respective ‘legal silos’ and find creative ways to work together to tackle the challenge of big tech market power was the impetus for a couple of fascinating panel discussions organized by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), which were livestreamed yesterday but are available to view on-demand here. The conversations brought together key regulatory leaders from Europe and...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, New York, Congress, France, Germany, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Atlantic, Commission, European Commission

"No Doctor Visit Required - Order Your Own Lab Test" - Quest Diagnostics Google Ad

Quest Labs is actively advertising on Google with "No Doctor Visit Required - Order Your Own Quest® Lab Test". Anyone can order their own lab test at Quest and LabCorp, including test for COVID antibodies, HIV, etc: is not new, it but it is still not widely utilized in clinical practice. The likely reason is that the cost of the tests must be paid out of pocket as most in...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, LabCorp

This Browser Plugin Can Kill Those Annoying ‘Privacy Setting’ Pop-Ups

The EU data protection laws that passed back in 2018 have done a world of good when it comes to reigning in the shitty data-ming tactics of companies like Facebook and Google. At the same time, they’ve also transformed the web into a place where almost every site bombards visitors with requests to drop cookies into…Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Facebook, Science, Eu, Web Browsers, Software, Computing, Freeware, Max Schrems, Embedded Linux, Internet Privacy, Noyb, Portable Software, Http Cookie, Gnome Web

Anduril raises $450M as the defense tech company’s valuation soars to $4.6B

The AI-powered defense company founded by tech iconoclast Palmer Luckey has landed a $450 million round of investment that values the startup at $4.6 billion just four years in. In April, reports suggested that the company was on the hunt for fresh investment and headed for a valuation between four and five billion, up from $1.9 billion in July 2020. The new Series D round was led by angel investor and serial entrepreneur Elad Gil, a former Twitter VP and Googler with a track record of investmen...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Technology, Government, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Border, Marine Corps, Andreessen Horowitz, Customs, Air Force, General Catalyst, Science and Technology, Founders Fund

Transform launches with $24.5M in funding for a tool to query and build metrics out of data troves

The biggest tech companies have put a lot of time and money into building tools and platforms for their data science teams and those who work with them to glean insights and metrics out of the masses of data that their companies produce: how a company is performing, how a new feature is working, when something is broken, or when something might be selling well (and why) are all things you can figure out if you know how to read the data. Now, three alums that worked with data in the world of big ...
Tags: Facebook, Enterprise, Developer, Big Data, Funding, Tech, Airbnb, Big Data Analytics, Metrics, Redpoint Ventures, Index Ventures, Transform, Looker, Yang, Minerva, Handel

50 Restaurant Marketing Tips

Restaurant marketing is important today more than ever. What’s more, effective marketing techniques can include digital and older strategies. Consider the fact that American restaurant industry sales reached about $800 billion in 2017. How do Restaurants do Marketing? Good restaurant marketing requires constant effort. All of these small business owners need a marketing plan to succeed. It should include food photos and other features. Remember, a good restaurant marketing plan should be uniq...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Sales, Seo, Customers, Getty Images, Tripadvisor, Ada, Don, Twitter Instagram, Facebook Page, GrubHub, Facebook Social, Marketing Tips

Deep reinforcement learning will transform manufacturing as we know it

Chris Nicholson Contributor Share on Twitter Chris Nicholson is the founder and CEO of Pathmind, a company applying deep reinforcement learning to industrial operations and supply chains. More posts by this contributor UPDATED: Machine learning can fix Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even America If you walk down the street shouting out the names of every object you see — garbage truck! bicyclist! syc...
Tags: Google, Facebook, America, Tech, Michael Lewis, Deepmind, Suez Canal, Twitter Facebook, Dota, ASCII, Yann LeCun, Geoffrey Hinton, Chris Nicholson, Pathmind, Covariant Ocado

10 things in tech: Zuck's no longer a top CEO, Google salaries, Apple health clinics

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Let's get started.1. Companies like Amazon, Twitter, and Goldman Sachs are pursuing vastly different post-pandemic office policies. Some are embracing an all-remote workforce, while others are encouraging employees to return to their office desks. Here's what some of the world's biggest companies have planned.2. Mark Zuckerberg has fallen off Glassdoor's t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Texas, India, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Goldman Sachs, Zuckerberg, Glassdoor, Zuck

Facebook to Launch Podcast Publishing Platform Next Week

Following in the footsteps of Apple and Spotify, Facebook will launch its own podcast platform offering next week, based on emails seen by The Verge. According to the messages, which were sent to podcast page owners, Facebook will roll out the podcast service on June 22, and content creators will be able to link their show's RSS feed to Facebook, which will generate News Feed posts for all subsequent episodes. "Facebook will be the place where people can enjoy, discuss, and share the podcast...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Spotify, Spotify Facebook

Amazon deflects responsibility on fake reviews but admits 200M were blocked last year

Amazon admits it has a fake review problem, but does its best to spread the blame around in a new post detailing the issue. After numerous reports for years that the online retail giant is overrun with knock-off products and faked or farmed reviews, the company aims to look as if it is finally putting its foot down, but no new efforts or rules are discussed — rather, it is others that need to step up their work to keep Amazon safe. Amazon reviews have become notoriously unreliable as indicators ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, UK, Congress, Tech, Cnbc, Fake Reviews, Bezos, Tommy Noonan, Buzzfeed Amazon

Daily Crunch: iOS 15 is latest milestone on Apple Health’s evolutionary path

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Thanks to a twist of fate, two large cups of coffee and help from editor Annie Saunders, the Extra Crunch team is taking over today’s edition of Daily Crunch. Don’t worry, we’ll hand it back as soon as Henry Pickavet returns or Alex Wilhelm is back from vacation, whichever occurs first. Since I’ve been handed the mic: We’re trying to identify the most effective gro...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Tech, Browserstack, Denmark, Cupertino, Edtech, Sarah, Accel, Eric Eldon, Alex Wilhelm, PHOENIX Arizona, Lynch

Facebook Will Start Putting Ads in Oculus Quest Apps

Facebook will soon begin testing ads inside its Oculus Quest virtual reality system. In the coming weeks, ads will start appearing inside the Resolution Games title Blaston as well as two other unnamed apps. From a report: Facebook will later expand the system based on user feedback, saying it aims to create a "self-sustaining platform" for VR development. Facebook introduced ads on the Oculus mobile app last month, and it's used limited Oculus data to target Facebook advertising since 2019, but...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Oculus Quest, Blaston

Amazon Prime Day kicks off in less than 5 days. Here's everything we know, plus all the early deals available now including $40 off Echo Buds

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Planning for and shopping during Amazon Prime Day can be a little overwhelming. We're here to help. Sundry Photography/Shutterstock Amazon Prime Day 2021 is less than a week away, on June 21-22. Prime members can get some of the lowest prices of the year on Amazon devices and services. Want more great deals from Insider Reviews? Sign up for our newsletter here. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Ama...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Deals, Facebook, UK, Australia, Samsung, Sales, Trends, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Tech Deals, Nintendo, Zelda, Amazon Echo

Download Great Works of Art from 40+ Museums Worldwide: Explore Artvee, the New Art Search Engine

Dilbert creator Scott Adams once wrote of his early experiences introducing the World Wide Web to others. “In 1993, there were only a handful of Web sites you could access, such as the Smithsonian’s exhibit of gems. Those pages were slow to load and crashed as often as they worked.” But those who witnessed this technology in action would invariably “get out of their chairs their eyes like saucers, and they would approach the keyboard. They had to touch it themselves. There was something about t...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Technology, College, Nasa, Paris, Smithsonian, Rembrandt, New York Public Library, Seoul, Rijksmuseum, Scott Adams, Art Institute of Chicago, Museo, Hilma, Colin Marshall

Facebook will begin beaming advertisements into virtual reality

Well, it was only a matter of time. Advertising giant Facebook announced Wednesday that they’re going to begin testing advertising inside virtual reality titles on its Oculus platform soon. The first roll-out is limited enough, with Facebook testing ads inside a single gaming shooter title:  from Resolution Games. They are interestingly not rolling this out with a first-party title, though I’m sure integration with Oculus Studio titles is inevitable. “For now, this is a test with a few apps—onc...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Tech

To win post-pandemic, startups need remote-first growth teams

Growth leaders used to build key relationships across a company while working together in a real-life office. Those relationships could carry over through the pandemic, but let’s say you’re a new company and you’re remote-first. How do you build this complex collaboration from scratch? Growth marketer and investor Susan Su tells us that the solution is not just more software tools. In the interview below, she says that after the pandemic, startup founders will need to develop a mentality that pl...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship, Tech, E-commerce, SU, Digital Marketing, Growth Hacking, Sound Ventures, Collaboration Tools, Susan Su, Growth Marketing

Facebook rolls out new tools for Group admins, including automated moderation aids

Facebook today introduced a new set of tools aimed at helping Facebook Group administrators get a better handle on their online communities and, potentially, help keep conversations from going off the rails. Among the more interesting new tools is a machine learning-powered feature that alerts admins to potentially unhealthy conversations taking place in their group. Another lets the admin slow down the pace of a heated conversation, by limiting how often group members can post. Facebook Groups ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Social Networks, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Facebook Groups, Social Network, Online Community, Facebook Group, Facebook Facebook, Facebook Along, Online Communities, Telegram Signal

Introhive raises $100M for AI-powered sales tools to help companies build “relationship graphs”

By its nature, sales one of the most social faces of a business, so it’s no surprise that there are tools being built for sales teams that are tapping into some of the most interesting dynamics of the world of social networking, and that the startups that are doing this most successfully are making a killing. In the latest example, a startup out of Canada called Introhive — which has built an AI engine that ingests huge amounts of data from across disparate applications to help companies (and sp...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Tech, Canada, Psg, Glidden, Clark Nexsen, Introhive, Jody Glidden, Rick Essex, Stewart Walchli

Mark Zuckerberg falls off Glassdoor's top 100 CEOs list for the first time since 2013, as his employee-approval rating on the website drops

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP via Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg dropped off Glassdoor's "Top CEOs" list for the first time since 2013. The Facebook CEO scored an 89% employee approval rating, far higher than Glassdoor's 73% CEO average. But he dropped from the list after employee approval dipped in late 2020 and early 2021. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has dropped off Glassdoor's list of the top 100 CEOs ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Zuckerberg, Glassdoor, Facebook CEO, Anna Cooban, Mark Zuckerberg KENZO TRIBOUILLARD, Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg, Rich Lesser of Boston Consulting Group

Everything to know about Amazon's advertising business, which is $21 billion and growing

Alex Wong/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Marketers cut ad spending in the pandemic, but e-commerce advertising has boomed as people shop more from home - with Amazon leading the pack.EMarketer said Amazon claimed 10.3% of the US digital ad market in 2020, up from 7.8% in 2019 - competing with Google and Facebook for ad budgets. That growth has attracted Walmart, Instacart, Walgreens and other retailers that have joined Amazon in vying for a slice of the pie.Here's the la...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Media, Advertising, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Walgreens, Netflix, Retail, Roku, Hulu, Amazon Web Services, Alexa

Adtech ‘data breach’ GDPR complaint is headed to court in EU

New York-based IAB Tech Labs, a standards body for the digital advertising industry, is being taken to court in Germany by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in a piece of privacy litigation that’s targeted at the high speed online ad auction process known as real-time bidding (RTB). While that may sound pretty obscure the case essentially loops in the entire ‘data industrial complex’ of adtech players, large and small, which make money by profiling Internet users and selling access to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, New York, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Germany, Articles, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland

Amazon blames social media for struggle with fake reviews

Firm says sites are slow to act when warned that fake reviews are being solicited on their platformsAmazon has blamed social media companies for its failure to remove fake reviews from its website, arguing that bad actors turn to social networks to buy and sell fake reviews outside the reach of its own technology.The company says it removed more than 200m suspected fake reviews before they were seen by a customer in 2020 alone, but nonetheless has faced continued criticism for the enormous scale...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, E-commerce

10 things in tech: Amazon turnover, Airbnb payouts, Intel salaries

Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Amazon burns through workers so quickly that execs worry they'll run out of people to employ. The company has been on a massive hiring spree, but those employees are quitting almost as fast as they can be hired, according to The New York Times. More on Amazon's 150% turnover rate.2. Pink Floyd's Roger Waters said he won't ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Spain, Intel, Pink Floyd, Hawaii, Tennessee, New York Times, Larry Ellison, Airbnb

Daily Crunch: In $1.2B deal, EV battery maker Solid Power files to go public

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Welcome back to the Daily Crunch for June 15, 2021. Henry here while your regular scribe is enjoying some hard-earned R&R. We just secured Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to speak at our City Spotlight: Pittsburgh event. As Brian Heater said today, Pittsburgh currently has one of the world’s most vibrant robotic startup ecosystems, is at the center of much of the worl...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Europe, Senate, Tech, Ford, Bmw, Andreessen Horowitz, Khan, Nasdaq, Carnegie Mellon University, George Eliot, Shopify, Federal Trade Commission, Creandum

Biden admin will share more info with online platforms on ‘front lines’ of domestic terror fight

The Biden administration is outlining new plans to combat domestic terrorism in light of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and social media companies have their own part to play. The White House released a new Tuesday. The plan acknowledges the key role that online platforms play in bringing violent ideas into the mainstream, going as far as calling social media sites the “front lines” of the war on domestic terrorism. “The widespread availability of domestic terrorist recruitment mater...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Politics, Attorney General, White House, Social Media, Tech, Policy, United States, Terrorism, Biden, Counter-terrorism, U.s. Government, Social Media Platforms, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Sonos Complains About Apple's Restrictions on Third-Party Siri Access in Antitrust Hearing

Sonos is today participating in an antitrust hearing on the smart home, where Sonos legal chief Eddie Lazarus had some commentary to share on the smart home market and the dominance of companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple. Headed up by Amy Klobuchar, the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights is today hosting a hearing on "Protecting Competition and Innovation in Home Technologies." Most of Sonos' complaints relayed by Lazarus are focused on Amazon and Google, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Siri, Antitrust, Amy Klobuchar, Sonos, Wwdc, Lazarus, Google Apple, Google Amazon, Amazon Google, Because Amazon, Eddie Lazarus, Siri zwnj

Amazon Prime Day kicks off next week. Here's everything we know, plus all the early deals available now including $40 off Echo Buds

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Planning for and shopping during Amazon Prime Day can be a little overwhelming. We're here to help. Sundry Photography/Shutterstock Amazon Prime Day 2021 is less than a week away, on June 21-22. Prime members can get some of the lowest prices of the year on Amazon devices and services. Want more great deals from Insider Reviews? Sign up for our newsletter here. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Ama...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Deals, Facebook, UK, Australia, Samsung, Sales, Trends, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Tech Deals, Nintendo, Amazon Echo, Amazon Prime Day

Big Tech Antitrust Crusader Lina Khan Joins the FTC

Today the senate overwhelmingly confirmed tech critic and 32-year-old Columbia professor Lina Khan to join the Federal Trade Commission by a vote of 69-28. They can agree on reforming big tech; given their track record of bitching and moaning and proposing terribly uninformed and/or nefarious proposals to do it…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Companies, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Columbia, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Tim Wu, Facebook Inc, Rohit Chopra, Big Tech, Lina Khan, Jurists

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