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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. . The fine relates to Google's abuse of its dominance in search advertising, with the firm pressuring third-party publishers to use its AdSense tool. Huawei's CTO for Germany has dismissed spying claims as absurd and "technically impossible." The entire debate, he said, was being conducted by non-technical experts and related to politicians' wider concerns about China.  Apple finally launched its second-generation AirPods...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon, Europe, New York, Australia, Germany, Trends, Siri, Aol, Bill Gates, New Zealand, Jeff Bezos, Huawei, Alexa


Here's why analysts think Google may want to 'put the brakes' on Pixelbook innovation (GOOG, GOOGL)

Last week, Business Insider learned that Google had moved dozens of employees out of its laptop and tablet division, scaling back the size of its in-house hardware group. On Tuesday, Ben Bajarin, Principal analyst with Creative Strategies, told Business Insider that the employee cutbacks could mean Google's innovation with Pixelbook — the company's homegrown Chromebook product — is winding down.  “It could be that they feel like the goal of the Pixelbook has done what it needed to do and now i...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Chromebook, Jeff Bezos, Chromebooks, Business Insider, Moorhead, Patrick Moorhead, Milanesi, Ben Bajarin, Bajarin, Creative Strategies, Carolina Milanesi, Pixelbook


Report: National Enquirer Publisher Paid Jeff Bezos's Lover's Brother $200,000 for Bezos Dick Pics

The pro-Donald Trump National Enquirer obtained nude and other intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez—which Bezos says it used as leverage in a blackmail attempt—by paying $200,000 to Sanchez’s brother Michael Sanchez to hand over text messages between the two, the Wall Street…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Media, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Bezos, Sánchez, AMI, Michael Sanchez, American Media Inc, MacKenzie Bezos, Lauren Sánchez, Bezos Dick Pics, Donald Trump National Enquirer


8 predictions made by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos 20 years ago that were right on the money

Amazon has grown from an online bookseller to a domineering tech giant since Jeff Bezos founded it in 1994. Even when Amazon was young, Bezos had an extraordinary vision for his company. Here are some of the most accurate predictions Bezos made 20 years ago, in 1999. Twenty years ago, in 1999, Amazon was a five-year-old kindergartner startup navigating the early e-commerce market. But that didn't stop CEO Jeff Bezos from dreaming big. At the time, Amazon had just started to expand its offer...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Credit Suisse, Npr, Jeff Bezos, Charlie Rose, Bezos, Marist


Elon Musk: SpaceX hopes to launch 'Test Hopper' — a prototype for a giant Mars rocket ship — for the first time this week

SpaceX has built a stainless-steel rocket ship at its launch site near Boca Chica Beach, located at the southern tip of Texas. "Test Hopper" is the first yet partly-functional prototype of Starship: a launch system that SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to use to send people to Mars. A sheriff hand-delivered road closure notices to residents on Friday, according to a local resident. The document warned locals that SpaceX will "conduct testing" as soon as Monday, March 18. SpaceX previously said i...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Federal Communications Commission, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Mount Everest, Musk, Hopper, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


Facebook is on the lookout for foreign spies trying to infiltrate the company (FB)

Facebook is on the lookout for foreign spies that might try to infiltrate its workforce. Recent allegations of industrial theft involving Huawei and Chinese employees at Apple have highlighted the potential risk to tech companies of state-sponsored corporate espionage. Business Insider has published a 5,000-word investigation into Facebook's global security team. On a day-to-day basis, Facebook's security team has its hands full dealing with the hoards of people that turn up at the company's ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Huawei, Signal, Business Insider, FB, Nick Lovrien, Lovrien, Chinese Apple


Jeff Bezos predictions from 20 years ago that were right on the money

Amazon has grown from an online bookseller to a domineering tech giant since it was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994. Even when Amazon was young, Bezos had an extraordinary vision for the future of his company. Here are some of the most accurate predictions Jeff Bezos made twenty years ago in 1999. Twenty years ago, in 1999, Amazon was a five-year-old kindergartner startup navigating the early e-commerce market. That didn't stop CEO Jeff Bezos from dreaming big, however. At the time, Amazon ha...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Credit Suisse, Npr, Jeff Bezos, Charlie Rose, Bezos, Marist


Elon Musk's SpaceX might fire up, launch 'Test Hopper' — a prototype for a giant Mars rocket ship — for the first time this week

SpaceX has built a stainless-steel rocket ship at its launch site near Boca Chica Beach, located at the southern tip of Texas. "Test Hopper" is the first yet partly-functional prototype of Starship: a launch system that SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to use to send people to Mars. A sheriff hand-delivered road closure notices to residents on Friday, according to a local resident. The document warned locals that SpaceX will "conduct testing" as soon as Monday, March 18. SpaceX previously said i...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Federal Communications Commission, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Mount Everest, Musk, Hopper, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


Elon Musk's SpaceX might fire up and launch 'Test Hopper' — a prototype for a giant Mars rocket ship — for the first time this week

SpaceX has built a stainless-steel rocket ship at its launch site near Boca Chica Beach, located at the southern tip of Texas. "Test Hopper" is the first, though only partly-functional, prototype of Starship: a launch system that SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to use to send people to Mars. A sheriff hand-delivered road closure notices to residents on Friday, according to a source that lives near Boca Chica Beach. The document warned locals that SpaceX will "conduct testing" as soon as Monday,...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Federal Communications Commission, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Mount Everest, Musk, Hopper, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


Elon Musk's SpaceX might launch 'Test Hopper' — a prototype for a giant Mars rocket ship — for the first time this week

SpaceX has built a stainless-steel rocket ship at its launch site near Boca Chica Beach, located at the southern tip of Texas. "Test Hopper" is the first, though only partly-functional, prototype of Starship: a launch system that SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to use to send people to Mars. A sheriff hand-delivered road closure notices to residents on Friday, according to a source that lives near Boca Chica Beach. The document warned locals that SpaceX will "conduct testing" as soon as Monday,...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Federal Communications Commission, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Mount Everest, Musk, Hopper, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


A longtime Apple analyst thinks a $10 per month service for doctors will unlock the Apple Watch's true potential (AAPL)

Apple could have a big opportunity in the health care market, longtime analyst Gene Munster said in a research note. The company could soon offer a service that would allow physicians to access the health data from patients' Apple Watches for a monthly fee, he said. Physicians would pay the fee, because they're increasingly having to bear the financial risk of treating patients, he said. The data could help them sooner detect potential problems in patients and also help them encourage healthie...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Cook, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Va, Apple Watch, Jeff Bezos, Munster, Trump, Gene Munster, Apple Watch Apple, Loup Ventures Apple, US Veterans Administration, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services Consumer


Spotify is going to war with Apple, filing an antitrust complaint over fears it is crushing competitors

Spotify has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. In an open letter, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said Apple is acting 'as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers.' He took particular issue with Apple's 30% tax on purchases made through the App Store. Spotify is going to war with Apple after submitting an antitrust complaint with the EU. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wrote an open letter explaining the reasoning behind the complaint, whi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Trends, Eu, Netflix, EK, European Commission, Silicon Valley, EC, Jeff Bezos, App Store, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Apple Apple, European Commission EC


Bernie Sanders renewed his war with Amazon over working conditions for its lowest paid employees

Bernie Sanders has bared his teeth at Amazon again. On Monday, he tweeted that Amazon needs to improve working conditions for its warehouse employees following a report from the Daily Beast detailing 911 calls. Sanders previously demanded that Amazon raise its minimum wage, which it did in November last year. He's not the only Democratic 2020 candidate to take aim at the tech giant. Bernie Sanders has stepped back into the ring with Amazon. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has been ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Bezos, Amazon Facebook, Daily Beast, Amazon Elizabeth Warren


Report: Amazon Warehouses Called 911 for Mental Health Crises At Least 189 Times in Five Years

E-commerce giant Amazon has long been reported to be an unpleasant place to hold down a job. Article after article has relayed claims of an ultra-competitive workplace culture, employees being treated like soulless robots, sweatshop-esque performance requirements, and long hours of monotonous work. That includes …Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Labor, Suicide, Mental Health, Jeff Bezos, E Commerce, Amazon Warehouses, Least 189 Times


From Azoff To Slipknot, Music Biz Condemns Spotify, Google Attack On Songwriter Rates Increase

Late last week Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon announced they were teaming appeal the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling increasing streaming payouts to songwriters by 44%. The four will file a action with the D.C. Court of Appeals. Now, artists and the industry are reacting, condemning the tech giants and praising Apple Music for not supporting the court action. Apple understands they’re in the artist business. Clearly, Google, Pandora, Spotify and Amazon don’t. https://t.co/8x8uOCQa9...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, Time, Jeff Bezos, Bruce Houghton, Irving Azoff, Dina, Pandora Spotify, U S Copyright Royalty Board, Shelly Peiken, Azoff, Frank Dukes, Destruct, Daniel Eck, Spotify Pandora Google


Elizabeth Warren's plan to regulate tech giants would force Facebook to break up with WhatsApp and Instagram (FB)

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren just announced a new plan for regulation that would break up tech firms such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google. Under the plan, some acquisitions such as Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp and Instagram and Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods would be rolled back. Senator Warren announced the proposal in a campaign email on Friday in an email with the subject line, "It's time to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook." Democratic Senator Elizabeth W...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, Trends, New York Times, Warren, Bill, Waze, Zappos, Jeff Bezos


Tim Cook just changed his name to Tim Apple on Twitter

After President Donald Trump referred to Tim Cook as "Tim Apple" on Wednesday, the Apple CEO replaced his last name with the Apple logo on his Twitter profile. Trump's reference to Cook drew a strong reaction on the internet. President Donald Trump referred to Tim Cook as "Tim Apple" during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board on Wednesday, and the name seems to have caught on. At least on Twitter, that is: The Apple CEO has replaced his last name with the Apple logo on...
Tags: Apple, Cook, White House, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Wayback Machine, Trump, Tim, William Mitchell, Marillyn Hewson, Tim Apple, Marillyn Lockheed


Ivanka kept a straight face when Trump called Apple's CEO 'Tim Apple'

Ivanka Trump was sitting next to her father, President Donald Trump, when he called Apple's CEO "Tim Apple" instead of Tim Cook. Ivanka kept a straight face despite the apparent blunder. It's possible "Tim Apple" was just awkward phrasing on the President's part — the White House transcript adds a dash between "Tim" and "Apple" — but the video is still funny to watch regardless.  On Wednesday, President Donald Trump met with members of his American Workforce Policy Advisory Board when he call...
Tags: Apple, Youtube, White House, Trends, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Trump, Tim, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Marillyn Hewson, Tim Apple, American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Tim Cook Ivanka, Lockheed Martin Marillyn Lockheed


Pioneer Square Labs is invigorating Seattle’s startup ecosystem

Three miles from Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood — better known as Amazonia to locals — sits Pioneer Square. The original heart of the city, the area has managed to hold on to its decades-old charm as other parts of town are besieged by Amazon-contracted architects. On a mission to champion Seattle’s unique entrepreneurial DNA, startup studio Pioneer Square Labs has not only adopted the neighborhood’s moniker but established its fast-growing HQ at its center. Pioneer Square Labs, or P...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Washington, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Zillow, Russell Wilson, Pacific Northwest, Psl, Denton, Gilbert, McCann, Pioneer Square, Amazonia


President Trump just referred to Apple's CEO as 'Tim Apple' (AAPL)

President Donald Trump met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and other members of his American Workforce Advisory board on Wednesday. A video clip shows Trump appearing to address Apple's CEO as "Tim Apple." There's Michael Dell, Adolph Coors, and Tim Apple. Well, almost. President Donald Trump seems to have gotten a bit confused about the name of Apple's CEO on Wednesday. During a meeting with the Apple CEO and other members of his American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Trump referred to Tim Cook a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, White House, US, Trends, United States, Tim Cook, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Trump, Tim, Marillyn Hewson


Mark Zuckerberg paints a biting contrast between Facebook and Apple on privacy, saying his company has sacrificed business to protect users (FB, AAPL)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to criticize Apple on Wednesday in the companies' ongoing battle over privacy. The social-networking company won't set up data centers in countries with poor human-rights records, he said. That stance has caused it to lose business, but it's a "tradeoff we're willing to make," he said. Zuckerberg didn't mention Apple, but it seemed clear that he was contrasting Facebook with the iPhone maker. Apple last year set up a data center in China so it could conti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, China, Trends, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Zuckerberg, Zuck, Facebook Google, Alex Stamos, Alex Stamos Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, Secure Data Storage


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Google employees are worried that the search giant is still working on a censored search engine for China, according to The Intercept. A group of engineers discovered ongoing work on a batch of code associated with the search engine, despite promises from management that the project had been dropped. Jeff Bezos' security chief is preparing a report based on his investigation into the leak of Bezos' texts and information about h...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, North Korea, Nsa, China, US, America, Trends, Edward Snowden, Tim Cook, The New York Times, Jeff Bezos, Qualcomm, Alexa, Jibo


It looks like Amazon stopped promoting an anti-vaccine movie as 'Amazon's Choice' (AMZN)

On Friday, Amazon removed anti-vaccination movies from Prime Video, BuzzFeed News reported. Earlier that day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent an open letter to Amazon expressing concerns that Amazon is recommending anti-vaccination products and accepting paid advertising with misinformation about vaccination. Although Prime members can no longer watch those movies for free, DVDs of those movies remain available for purchase on Amazon — with one, "Man Made Epidemic," listed as "Amazon's Choice" at...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Washington, Trends, Amazon Prime, World Health Organization, MacBook Air, Jeff Bezos, Hulu, Adam Schiff, Clark County, Schiff, Amazon Choice, Facebook Afterwards YouTube


Daily Crunch: Facebook faces new privacy concerns

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook won’t let you opt out of its phone number ‘look up’ setting Users are complaining that the phone number Facebook hassled them to use to secure their account with two-factor authentication has also been associated with their user profile — which anyone can use to “look up” their profile. Securi...
Tags: Facebook, Privacy, Samsung, Tech, Netflix, New York Times, Bill Gates, Square, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Huawei, Jack Ma, Jetblue, Jim Mckelvey, Don, Brian Heater


Tim Cook is reportedly getting super involved in Apple's TV shows, giving feedback like 'don't be so mean'

Apple executives are taking a very hands-on approach to Apple's TV shows as they seek family-friendly content, according to The New York Post. Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly among these executives, and has been giving out notes and feedback including "don't be so mean." A Wall Street Journal report last year said Cook shot down Dr Dre's drama series because he thought it too violent for Apple. Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly taking a very hands-on role in Apple's original TV shows. The New...
Tags: Apple, Post, New York Post, Hollywood, Cook, Shonda Rhimes, Anatomy, Trends, Netflix, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Grey, Dre, Amazon Join, Tim Cook Tim Cook


Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos-backed fund invests in a global geothermal energy project developer

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the investment firm financed by billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Jack Ma that invests in companies developing technologies to decarbonize society, is investing $12.5 million in a geothermal project development company called Baseload Capital. Baseload Capital is a project investment firm that provides capital to develop geothermal energy power plants using technology developed by its Swedish parent company, Climeon. Like the spinoff from Google’s parent...
Tags: Google, Energy, TC, Japan, Tech, Spokesperson, United States, Bill Gates, Electricity, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Geothermal Energy, Steel, Alphabet, Carmichael Roberts, Breakthrough Energy Ventures


Amazon Removes Anti-Vaccine Movies After CNN Inquiry

"Amazon has apparently started removing anti-vaccine documentaries from its Amazon Prime Video streaming service," reports CNN: The move came days after a CNN Business report highlighted the anti-vaccine content available on the site, and hours after Rep. Adam Schiff wrote an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, saying he is concerned "that Amazon is surfacing and recommending" anti-vaccination books and movies.... Amazon did not respond to questions about why the films are no longer availabl...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Prime Video, Adam Schiff, CNN Business


Amazon has removed anti-vaccine conspiracy documentaries from Prime Video, but it's still promoting one of them as 'Amazon's Choice' (AMZN)

On Friday, Amazon removed anti-vaccination movies from Prime Video, BuzzFeed News reported. Earlier that day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent an open letter to Amazon expressing concerns that Amazon is recommending anti-vaccination products and accepting paid advertising with misinformation about vaccination. Although Prime members can no longer watch those movies for free, DVD's of those movies remain on that platform — including one that is listed as Amazon's Choice and one that is a bestseller...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Washington, Trends, Amazon Prime, World Health Organization, MacBook Air, Jeff Bezos, Hulu, Adam Schiff, Clark County, Schiff, Amazon s Choice, Facebook Afterwards YouTube


Silicon Valley’s inequality machine: a conversation with Anand Giridharadas

Editor’s Note: Technology, startups, entrepreneurship, unicorns, S-1s. Silicon Valley has created an economic engine unlike any other in the world over the past few decades. That success has come with incredible influence over our society, politics, and economy, an influence that is increasingly under the microscope. Our industry has gained outsized power, and now it needs to meet that power with outsized responsibility. In a new series for TechCrunch Extra Crunch, Greg Epstein, the humanist cha...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington, Government, Religion, America, Tech, Mit, Policy, Harvard, Billionaires, Venture Capital, Cambridge, Philosophy


Tim Cook says conservative Apple employees who feel shunned should 'come talk to me' (AAPL)

A shareholder proposal to urge Apple to disclose the "ideology" of its board members was defeated in a vote at its annual meeting. The proposal sparked a debate among investors at the event about Apple's progressive policies.  Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is committed to the environment, to immigration and to diversity, but that he doesn't care about the political beliefs of people he works with.  "I care about skills and capabilities and contributions."   CUPERTINO, California — Apple...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Cook, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Aapl, Justin Danhof, Danhof, National Center for Public Policy Research, Cupertino California Apple, Deirdre O Brien Apple



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