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TikTok star Anthony Barajas dies after California movie theater shooting

Social media star was known as itsanthonymichaelSuspect in double killing eligible for death penaltyA young TikTok star who was on life support after he and a friend were shot at a southern California movie theater has died, police and his family said.Anthony Barajas, 19, was watching The Forever Purge at a theater in Corona with Rylee Goodrich, 18, on Monday when they were both shot in the head. They were found by an employee after the last showing of the night. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, California, Social Media, World news, US news, Digital Media, Gun crime, US crime, Corona, Anthony Barajas, Tiktok, Rylee Goodrich


YouTube suspends Sky News Australia for a week after an apparent breach of the platform's COVID content policies

A YouTube spokesperson confirmed the suspension. Thiago Prudêncio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images YouTube removed videos and issued a strike to Sky News Australia's channel, the tech platform said. A YouTube spokesperson confirmed the move, saying: "We apply our policies equally for everyone." Media outlets said the suspension followed a review of the broadcaster's COVID-related content. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sky News Australia said on Sunday it ...
Tags: Google, News, Media, Australia, Youtube, International, Trends, Tech, Reuters, Alphabet Inc, Sky News Australia, Tech Insider, Getty Images YouTube, COVID-19, Weekend BI UK, Thiago Prudêncio


A ‘safe space for racists’: antisemitism report criticises social media giants

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and TikTok failing to act on most reported anti-Jewish posts, says studyThere has been a serious and systemic failure to tackle antisemitism across the five biggest social media platforms, resulting in a “safe space for racists”, according to a new report.Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok failed to act on 84% of posts spreading anti-Jewish hatred and propaganda reported via the platforms’ official complaints system. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Youtube, Race, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, Holocaust, Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube, Antisemitism, Tiktok


Former Pinterest whistleblower Ifeoma Ozoma talks about why confidentiality agreements harm tech workers

Ifeoma Ozoma Adria Malcolm Former Pinterest employee Ifeoma Ozoma has become a leading face in the effort to prevent nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements from silencing workers from discussing instance of workplace misconduct, such as harassment and discrimination. After Ozoma went public last year with allegations of racism and discrimination that she said she experienced at Pinterest, she has repeatedly broken her own NDA by speaking about her experience. Ozoma sat down for a Q&...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, New York, Enterprise, Media, Pinterest, Law, California, Senate, Trends, Silicon Valley, Whistleblower, Expensify, David Barrett, San Francisco CA


Listen up: why indie podcasts are in peril

As big spenders such as Amazon and Spotify fill our ears with more commercial, celebrity-driven fare, can grassroots, diverse shows survive?Miranda Sawyer picks 20 indie podcast gemsThe British Podcast Awards were different this year. Held in a south London park, they had a boutique festival feel, with wristbands and tokens for drinks, an open-sided tent for the actual awards, and people lounging on blankets in front of the stage. There were also sponsor areas – those small, picket-fenced areas ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Technology, London, Media, Podcasts, Internet, E-commerce, Bbc, Netflix, Culture, Podcasting, Digital music and audio, Sawyer, BPA


How technology is changing advertising

A shopping mall in San Mateo, California, the United States, May 19, 2021. Wu Xiaoling/Xinhua/Getty Images Technology has upended the advertising business. Changes in ad tracking and evolving consumer habits are ending longstanding ways of ad targeting. Here's a breakdown of Insider's coverage of how these changes are impacting ad buyers and sellers. See more stories on Insider's business page. The advertising industry is going through big changes as technology changes upend ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Home Depot, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Nike, Unilever, United States, Mars, Instacart, Publicis


Amazon’s Fire TV Cube now supports Zoom calls on your TV

Late last year, Amazon launched support for two-way calling that worked with its Fire TV Cube devices. The feature allowed consumers to make and receive calls from their connected TV to any other Alexa device with a screen. Today, the company is expanding this system to enable support for two-way calling with Zoom. Starting today, Fire TV Cube owners (2nd gen.) will be able to join Zoom work meetings or virtual hangouts via their Fire TV Cube. To take advantage of the new feature, you’ll need Am...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Video, Hardware, Media, Tech, Webcam, Logitech, Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV, Multimedia, Alexa, Zoom, Teleconferencing, Video Conference, Facebook Portal


CEOs told to ‘think before they tweet’ after Just Eat spat with Uber

Boss’s Twitter rant against Uber Eats risks backfiring, as experts warn online outbursts can damage companies’ reputationChief executives are being warned to “think twice before they tweet” after the boss of takeaway company Just Eat Takeaway was told his Twitter spat with Uber threatened to undermine the firm’s reputation.Jitse Groen this week became the latest in a growing list of chief executives to be rebuked by customers, investors and even regulators over ill-judged tweets. Continue readin...
Tags: Apple, Uber, Twitter, Elon Musk, Media, Internet, Tesla, Blogging, Tim Cook, Jitse Groen


Spotify’s Clubhouse rival, Greenroom, tops 140K installs on iOS, 100K on Android

Spotify’s recently launched live audio app and Clubhouse rival, Spotify Greenroom, has a long road ahead of it if it wants to take on top social audio platforms like Clubhouse, Airtime, Spoon and others, not to mention those from top social networks, like Twitter and Facebook. To date, the new Greenroom app has only been downloaded a total of 141,000 times on iOS, according to data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. This includes downloads from its earlier iteration, Locker Room — an app S...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Media, Social Networks, Audio, China, Social Media, Tech, App-store, Daniel Ek, Uae, Clubhouse


Facebook reports fastest quarterly growth in five years

Social media company beats forecasts and hits $29bn revenueNetwork condemned for allowing vaccine misinformationFacebook saw its fastest growth this quarter since 2016, the company revealed in its earnings report on Wednesday, despite regulatory concerns and criticisms surrounding misinformation on the platform. Related: Remington offers $33m to settle lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook massacre Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, Sandy Hook, Biden Administration


YouTube's revenue nearly doubled to $7 billion as digital ad spend rebounds in 2021

Google exec Philipp Schindler said the 'shift to online video and streaming' was key to the firm's success Sean Gallup/Getty Images YouTube's revenue soared 84% year-on-year to just over $7 billion. A post-2020 rebound in online advertising drove the company's success. The firm's in-house TikTok rival YouTube Shorts more than doubled daily views in three months. See more stories on Insider's business page. YouTube's revenue almost doubled to $7 billion in...
Tags: Google, Technology, Media, Youtube, Advertising, US, Trends, Earnings, Biden, Sundar Pichai, Federal Trade Commission, Sean Gallup Getty, Tech Insider, YouTube TV, Quarterly Earnings, Philipp Schindler


'A gag order for life' - How nondisclosure agreements silence and control workers in Silicon Valley

Excerpt of NDA provided to Insider by tech employee Kira isn't allowed to talk about the business trip she took to Texas in 2019, when she says a male colleague drugged and raped her. She awoke the next morning to find his credit card on the floor of her hotel bathroom, her underwear torn, and her body bruised.Kira canceled the second leg of her trip and flew home, where she called her boss to describe what happened. Her boss notified human resources, setting off a chain of events that...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Texas, Enterprise, Media, Law, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, Whistleblowers, NDA, Facebook Google, Kira, Tech Insider, Samantha Lee, Matt Drange


Twitter ‘acqui-hires’ the team from subscription news app, Brief

Twitter’s recent acquisition spree continues today as the company announces it has acqui-hired the team from news aggregator and summary app Brief. The startup from former Google engineers launched last year to offer a subscription-based news summary app that aimed to tackle many of the problems with today’s news cycle, including information overload, burnout, media bias, and algorithms that promoted engagement over news accuracy. Twitter declined to share deal terms. Before starting Brief, co-f...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Twitter, Technology, News, Media, Microsoft, India, Tech, New York Times, M&a, Hobbs, Acquisition


Alphabet Revenue Soared 62% to Hit $61.9 Billion in Q2

Over the last three months, the world's biggest digital advertiser brought in more than $560 million in advertising revenue every day. Google's $50.4 billion ad haul is the lion's share of parent company Alphabet's $61.9 billion in revenue for the just-completed Q2. Top line Alphabet's earnings represents a 62% year-on-year increase from Q2 last year,...
Tags: Google, Media, Advertising, Ad Tech, Alphabet, Briefly


Google, Apple and Microsoft report record-breaking profits

‘Perfect positive storm’ for big tech as pandemic fuels huge quarterly sales and stock market gainsGoogle, Apple and Microsoft reported record-breaking quarterly sales and profits on Tuesday night as the firms continue to benefit from a pandemic that has created a “perfect positive storm” for big tech.Apple made a $21.7bn (£15.6bn) profit for the three-month period that ended in June, its best fiscal third quarter in its 45-year history, boosted by strong sales of the iPhone 12 and growth in its...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Elon Musk, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Social Networking, Cloud Computing, Advertising, World news, E-commerce, US news


Google, Apple and Microsoft tipped to report record-breaking profits

‘Perfect positive storm’ for big tech as pandemic fuels huge quarterly sales and stock market gainsGoogle, Apple and Microsoft are expected to report record-breaking quarterly sales and profits on Tuesday night as the firms continue to benefit from a pandemic that has created a “perfect positive storm” for big tech.Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is expected to report second-quarter revenue of $56bn (£41bn). That would be a 46% increase on the same period a year earlier, and mean that the com...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Elon Musk, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Social Networking, Cloud Computing, Advertising, World news, E-commerce, US news


Google TV mobile app redesign adds new services and recommendations

Following last fall’s debut of Google TV, the new user interface for Chromecast devices, Google is today giving its Google TV companion app for Android a makeover. The updated version of the mobile app for Google TV includes an updated user interface, expanded set recommendations, and more TV and movies to watch. The app in earlier days was known as “Google Play Movies & TV” (whew!) but rebranded to just “Google TV” alongside the changes that rolled out to Chromecast in September. Here, users ca...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, TC, Mobile, Apps, Media, Android TV, Tech, Chromecast, Rotten Tomatoes, Smart TV, Philo, Boomerang, Instead Google, YouTube TV


Apple News partners with NBCUniversal to share exclusive Olympics content

It’s hard to keep up with the Olympics any year, let alone when they’re taking place in a time zone that’s 13 hours ahead of you (if you’re on the U.S. East Coast). Apple News on Monday announced a collaboration with NBCUniversal (the U.S. broadcast rights holder for the Olympics) to develop exclusive daily recaps and audio briefings, event schedules and medal counts to help fans keep tabs on the games. NBC Sports is the go-to app for streaming any Olympic event, but it’s a bit buggy. To their c...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Media, Nbc, Sports, Tech, United States, Olympics, Nbcuniversal, Apple News, Nbc Sports, Podium, U S East Coast Apple News


BBC Olympics coverage misses events after loss of TV rights

Viewers complain after rights-holder Discovery puts majority of events behind paywallThe BBC has faced a series of complaints about the lack of live Tokyo Olympics coverage on its channels, after viewers failed to realise the International Olympic Committee has sold the majority of UK television rights to pay-TV company Discovery.During the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics the BBC was able to offer dozens of free livestreams of different sports, revolutionising how British viewers watched the g...
Tags: Japan, UK, Technology, London, Television, Media, Sport, UK News, World news, US news, Bbc, Culture, Asia Pacific, Television & radio, Television industry, Tokyo


Tennessee man died from heart attack after ‘Swatting’ over Twitter handle

Man pleads guilty to conspiracy after British caller sent heavily armed police to the house of Mark Herring, 60A 60-year-old man in Tennessee had a heart attack and died after being “Swatted” over control of a Twitter handle. Related: The terror of swatting: how the law is tracking down high-tech prank callers Continue reading...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, World news, US news, Digital Media, Tennessee, US crime, Mark Herring


Fixing VeloNews’ Dead Links: 2021 Edition

As part of the Cyclocosm revamp earlier this month, I’ve been working on a small JavaScript project. It scans whatever page it’s on for old, likely-broken VeloNews links, and fixes them on the fly. You can learn more about it here: If this feels at all familiar, you’re right! Back in 2011, I put together a web-based solution for repairing any old links VN broke when switching to WordPress and changing domain names. Updating the Backstory In the decade since I first took thi...
Tags: Google, General, Media, Internet, Wordpress, Sport, Links, Hacking, Cycling, Github, VeloNews, Bobke, Link Rot, VeloNews Ownership


Larry Page has gone to Fiji and sold his superyacht

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:Larry Page's Fiji hideoutThe wild WeWork IPO plan that almost came to beUber's brain drain Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. This week: Larry Page escapes to Fiji and burns the boats (metaphorically speaking) Justin Sullivan/Getty By now you've heard more than you've ever wanted to know about Jeff Bezos' space ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Enterprise, Media, Finance, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Amazon Prime, Larry Page, Netflix, Canada, Sergey Brin, Miami, Goldman Sachs


After going public via a SPAC, Taboola acquires e-commerce marketing network Connexity for $800M

Taboola, the company that operates a popular grid-based advertising and content recommendation network across media properties, today announced an acquisition to expand its reach further into e-commerce, its first big move since going public in June by way of a SPAC: it is paying $800 million in a combination of cash and stock to buy Connexity, a marketing technology company that operates an retail- and e-commerce-focused advertising network. Connexity has been owned by Symphony Technology Partn...
Tags: Ecommerce, Media, US, Affiliate Marketing, Tech, Commerce, M&a, Influencer Marketing, Connexity, Taboola, Outbrain, SPAC, Otto, EBITDA, Shopzilla, Adam Singolda


How male celebs really feel about their bodies – podcasts of the week

New podcast Manatomy encourages famous men from Chris Hoy to Tim Minchin to open up about their insecurities. Plus: Mark Steel and Marina HydeManatomyDanny Wallace and Phil Hilton’s podcast about men and their appearance goes beyond the usual “dad bod” conversation, as a range of celebrities reveal their insecurities and triumphs. Guests include Sir Chris Hoy, Tim Minchin and Jason Manford. First up is Jameela Jamil, who is particularly good value when covering the dad-as-idiot TV trope as well ...
Tags: Technology, Television, Media, Podcasts, Internet, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Podcasting, Victoria, Tim Minchin, Steel, Isy Suttie, Elliot, Owen Jones, Chris Hoy


Instagram confirms test of new anti-harassment tool, Limits, designed for moments of crisis

Instagram head Adam Mosseri confirmed the company is testing a new feature called “Limits,” which would give users the ability to temporary lock down their accounts when they’re being targeted by a flood of harassment. The announcement of the new feature was made today during a video where Mosseri condemned the recent racism that took place on Instagram’s platform following the Euro 2020 final, and noted the company was working on improvements to both internal and customer-facing tools to help a...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, England, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Mit, Emoji, Adam Mosseri, Matt Navarra, Mosseri, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka Marcus Rashford


VOCHI raises additional $2.4 million for its computer vision-powered video editing app

VOCHI, a Belarus-based startup behind a clever computer vision-based video editing app used by online creators, has raised an additional $2.4 million in a “late-seed” round that follows the company’s initial $1.5 million round led by Ukraine-based Genesis Investments last year. The new funds follow a period of significant growth for the mobile tool, which is now used by over 500,000 people per month and has achieved a $4 million-plus annual run rate in a year’s time. Investors in the most recent...
Tags: Social, Videos, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Video, Media, Funding, Social Media, Tech, Ukraine, Artificial Intelligence, Creators, Belarus


Spotify partners with GIPHY to connect users with artists’ music via GIFs

Spotify announced this morning a new partnership with online GIF database GIPHY to enable discovery of new music through GIFs. No, the GIFs themselves won’t play song clips, if that’s what you’re thinking. Instead, through a series of new Spotify-linked GIFs, there will be an option to click a button to be taken to Spotify directly to hear the artist’s music. At launch, artists including Doja Cat, The Weeknd, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, The Kid LAROI, Conan Gray, and others will have Spotify-linke...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Media, Social Media, Tech, Gif, Snapchat, Software, Stories, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Giphy


Amazon aims to inject new life into Alexa with release of developer tools and features

Amazon is giving its Alexa voice platform a shot in the arm after seeing further declines in skill growth over the past year, indicating lagging interest from third-party voice app developers. At the company’s Alexa Live developer event today, the company announced a slew of new features and tools for the developer community — its largest release of new tools to date, in fact. Among the new releases are those to encourage Alexa device owners to discover and engage with Alexa skills, new tools fo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Japan, Media, Whole Foods, Wikipedia, Germany, India, Tech, Amazon.com, Developers, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, Mobile Devices


The secret factors that influence your TikTok algorithm and 'For You' page were just revealed. The app is tracking how long you watch or hover over videos.

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images TikTok's secret algorithm determines which videos populate a user's "For You" page. The app is tracking your watch time, even if you don't like or share the videos, WSJ reported. This can uncover secret interests or desires users never directly share with the app. See more stories on Insider's business page. TikTok is tracking how long you hover over certain videos and knows when you watch something twice - even if you ...
Tags: Facebook, News, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, Trends, Tech, Algorithm, Wall Street Journal, Journal, WSJ, Tech Insider, Bytedance, Guillaume Chaslot, Chaslot, Tiktok


Chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund arrested on foreign agent charges – live

Tom Barrack charged with acting as unregistered agent for UAEFauci clashes with Rand Paul over ‘gain of function research’Pelosi staffer and White House official test positive for Covid 8.30pm BST Florida congressman Charlie Crist and South Carolina congresswoman Nancy Mace have joined the #FreeBritney movement and introduced bipartisan legislation to protect the rights of those under conservatorship arrangements.Britney Spears shocked the world last month when she delivered impassioned test...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, New York, Technology, Media, Republicans, California, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, United States, US politics, United Arab Emirates



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