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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 Friday. A  leaked memo obtained by Vice revealed Amazon's efforts to mount a smear campaign against a worker it fired. The memo was written by Amazon's top lawyer and described the fired worker, Chris Smalls, as "not smart or articulate." Zoom's CEO apologized to the video conferencing app's millions of users over privacy concerns. "We recognize that we have fallen short of the community's — and our own — privacy and security expectatio...


Woman Accidentally Turns Herself Into A Potato During A Company Video Call

All hail Potato Boss There have been many significant changes to regular life that we’ve all had to adjust to in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Things like getting ready to go grocery shopping by throwing on a DIY hazmat suit made out of garbage bags and duct tape, sanitizing every single card in our wallets multiple times a day, and conducting all work related business through e-meetings. While there’s no denying that video conference apps like Google Meet and Zoom are incredibly c...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Humor, Moldova, Rachel, People for the American Way, RachelE, Sloane Hughes, Lizet Ocampo, Lizet


'This is why people are so angry': Tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Uber built their empires on the backs of contractors. A pandemic is showing just how horrifically that model failed American workers.

Over the course of the last decade, the tech industry has spurred the rise of the gig economy.  "Gig economy" has since become something of a catch-all phrase to describe many sorts of non-standard work: independent contracting, temping, or working for a third-party contract firm.  Most companies in the tech world rely on non-standard workers: Uber or Instacart for tasks like driving and delivery services; Google and Facebook for tasks like content moderation and data analysis. Those workers a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Microsoft, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Paypal, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Philippines, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Jeff Bezos


Zoom faces growing scrutiny for its security and privacy — here are 6 alternatives recommended by experts

Zoom is enjoying a record performance as the coronavirus pandemic forces millions of workers around the world to work from home and switch to videoconferencing. The company said on Wednesday that daily users ballooned from 10 million at the end of December to 200 million in March. But cybersecurity experts are split on whether Zoom's privacy and data procedures pose a risk to users.  We asked cybersecurity experts which apps they would recommend for businesses concerned about Zoom's security. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, Microsoft, Trends, Edward Snowden, Goldman Sachs, Fast Company, Skype, Google Hangouts, Yuan, Signal, Cnet, Cto, Business Insider, Hansen


Scammers and grifters are hawking face masks and fake coronavirus vaccines on YouTube, and the platform only took down many of the videos after being confronted (GOOG, GOOGL)

Researchers say they've found multiple videos on YouTube advertising "dubious" face masks and fake vaccines, despite the platform's efforts to take down "misleading and dangerous coronavirus content." Since the outbreak started, misinformation about the coronavirus has run rampant across social media even as platforms enact policies banning content that advertises face masks, hand sanitizers, and treatments. Much of YouTube's content moderation has been automated in recent weeks as a result of...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Youtube, US, Trends, Coalition, World Health Organization, Department Of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Business Insider, Ftc, Galvin, DCA, Digital Citizens Alliance, Christchurch New Zealand


Pandemic pedagogy

Image source: pxfuel The buildings may be closed but learning never stops, not even for a global pandemic.The following links to education resources were kindly shared by BETT earlier today as part of the global efforts to keep people learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.BETT has also created a community hub so that educators everywhere can share ideas and resources, discuss and work together online during the school closures.The first link focuses on how to lead remote learning and i...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, Technology, London, Resources, Learning, Education, Microsoft, Teaching, Pedagogy, eLearning, Pearson, Bett, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Pandemic


CIOs are dead tired of dumb tech. Pulse has $6.5M to help them help each other

The technology that runs our companies these days is staggering in its complexity. We have moved from a monolith to a microservices world, from boxes to SaaS, and while that has added agility to the enterprise, it has come at the cost of a metric f-ton of services and software platforms required by every team in the building. CIOs need a place to commiserate — and get better recommendations on what tech works well and what should be placed in the proverbial recycle bin. Meanwhile, salespeople an...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Microsoft, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Bloomberg, True Ventures, Wonder, Mehta, Ventures, Mayank Mehta, Stackshare, Allianz Group, AV8 Ventures, NewtonX


Private sector working to ensure it doesn’t get worse before it gets better

The federal government’s efforts to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic illustrate why we shouldn’t put our full trust in government to find a cure. After all, they badly botched the testing, costing valuable time in identifying new cases and limiting its spread. Fortunately, private-sector innovators are leading where government has underwhelmed, conducting speedy research and development into potentially life-saving cures, while providing critical support in other areas where government ac...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Ge, Microsoft, Cdc, Opinion, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, General Motors, Sport, Soccer, Ford


Slack Launches Call Integrations For Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and More

Slack is launching a new app to integrate Microsoft Teams calling features into its chat app today. "Slack is also launching VoIP phone integration with Zoom, Cisco Jabber, RingCentral, and Dialpad," reports The Verge. "This will allow Slack users to use these VoIP calling providers to call phone numbers directly within the Slack interface." From the report: Slack users will be able to set Microsoft Teams Calls as the default calling provider and get to see who's already on a call and when it ki...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Dialpad, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Jabber RingCentral, Microsoft Teams Calls, Outlook Slack


Microsoft President Calls Washington State's New Facial Recognition Law 'a Significant Breakthrough'

Microsoft President Brad Smith took a break from responding to the COVID-19 outbreak this week to praise Washington state's landmark facial recognition regulations. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that establishes rules specifically governing facial recognition software. From a report: Smith called the law an "early and important model" and "a significant breakthrough" in a blog post published Tuesday. Some cities have enacted their own facial recognition rules, but Washington i...
Tags: Microsoft, Washington, Tech, Smith, Brad Smith, Jay Inslee


Amazon bucked one of the worst quarters in market history and posted a gain amid the COVID crisis — Here's why Wall Street loves the stock (AMZN)

Amazon shares gained 5.5% in the first quarter, while other tech giants and the broader market tanked amid the coronavirus outbreak. Analysts told Business Insider that Amazon is well-positioned to hold up against the recession because of the surge in online shopping and its cloud service usage, among others. 46 of the 48 analysts that track Amazon's stock recommending buying it, the most number of "buy" ratings among all S&P 500 companies, according to FactSet. The employee revolt against Ama...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, US, Trends, Salmon, Netflix, Aws, Jefferies, Amazon Web Services, Murphy, RBC Capital, Sebastian, Baird, FactSet


The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to battle-test their clouds like never before. Here's why experts say the companies are ready. (AMZN, MSFT, GOOGL, GOOG)

As more people turn to remote work, online learning, and entertainment streaming services during the coronavirus crisis, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud are facing increased usage. Two experts say that those clouds are up to the challenge.   Generally, AWS, Microsoft, and Google Cloud all stress-test their systems frequently and have data centers all over the world, providing protection in case of site failures.  Each have also enacted new measures specifically geared to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Netflix, Gartner, Aws, Hulu, Business Insider, Forrester, Wedbush, Lowery, Wedbush Securities, Amazon Microsoft, AWS Microsoft, Google Cloud


LinkedIn’s making its job listing tools free to those recruiting to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Like many other websites at the moment, the career-oriented networking platform LinkedIn has seen a big boost in traffic as a result of people being asked to work from home and stay indoors overall to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with a bump of 55% more conversational activity between existing connections in recent weeks. Now, to leverage that attention in a way that’s more directly helpful during this health crisis, LinkedIn is announcing new measures specifically around job listings....
Tags: Health, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, New York, Microsoft, China, Linkedin, Tech, NHS, Healthcare, Talent, Hiring, Barnes, Job Boards


LinkedIn’s making its recruitment tools free to those fighting the coronavirus pandemic

Like many other websites at the moment, the career-oriented networking platform LinkedIn has seen a big boost in traffic as a result of people being asked to work from home and stay indoors overall to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with a bump of 55% more conversational activity between existing connections in recent weeks. Now, to leverage that attention in a way that’s more directly helpful during this health crisis, LinkedIn is introducing new measures specifically around job listings...
Tags: Health, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, New York, Microsoft, China, Linkedin, Tech, NHS, Healthcare, Talent, Hiring, Barnes, Job Boards


Microsoft just launched a big new push to win consumers over to Office 365 — here are the 22 power players now running its Windows and cloud software businesses (MSFT)

Microsoft this week launched a new consumer-friendly of its Microsoft 365 bundle of productivity and collaboration tools. The announcement comes after job postings over the past few months for the team an executive once explained as a part of Microsoft's vision to "win back" the "magic" it lost with consumers. Microsoft 365 is the bundle of business applications that includes the Office 365 productivity suite, collaboration tools like OneDrive and SharePoint, the Microsoft Teams chat app, and ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Office, Satya Nadella, Trends, Devices, Williams, Epic, Davis, Clarke, Microsoft Office, Denmark, Time Management, Brad Anderson, Bing


Remote Job Interview? How To Ace It

Remote job interview on the horizon? Expect more and more due to the global pandemic and perhaps also in the future as part of whatever becomes the “New Normal”. Interviews generally are nerve-wracking, especially for nervous people, but read up on all you can so you can ace your in-house interview! The more interviews you do, the better you will get at it. Practice makes perfect! “Experts predict that more than half of US jobs are at risk because of coronavirus, as companies lay off staff and p...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Interviews, US, Careers, America, Career Tips for Lawyers


ImmunityBio and Microsoft team up to precisely model how key COVID-19 protein leads to infection

An undertaking that involved combining massive amounts of graphics processing power could provide key leverage for researchers looking to develop potential cures and treatments for the novel coronavirus behind the current global pandemic. Immunotherapy startup ImmunityBio is working with Microsoft’s Azure to deliver a combined 24 petaflops of GPU computing capability for the purposes of modelling, in a very high degree of detail, the structure o the so-called “spike protein” that allows the SARS...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Nvidia, Vaccination, Machine Learning, Vaccine, Biotech, Viruses, Gpu, Coronavirus, COVID-19, ImmunityBio


WARNING: Hackers Install Secret Backdoor on Thousands of Microsoft SQL Servers

Cybersecurity researchers today uncovered a sustained malicious campaign dating back to May 2018 that targets Windows machines running MS-SQL servers to deploy backdoors and other kinds of malware, including multi-functional remote access tools (RATs) and cryptominers. Named "Vollgar" after the Vollar cryptocurrency it mines and its offensive "vulgar" modus operandi, researchers at Guardicore [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Mysql, Hacking News, Database Hacking, Cyber Attack, Database Security, Malware attack, Cryptocurrency, Windows Malware, MSSQL hacking, Ravie Lakshmanan


Apple was started in a garage on this day in 1976. Here are the modest beginnings of 5 tech companies worth billions today (GOOG, MSFT, AAPL, AMZN)

Google, Apple, HP, Microsoft, and Amazon all say that they started in garages. Now, they are some of the most valuable companies in the world and are worth billions. The idea of starting in a garage has taken on a mythic status, to the point where some founders intentionally want to be able to say that they did it, too. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Some of the most legendary companies in Silicon Valley famously started in garages. A few scrappy guys with a genius idea w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Disney, Trends, Hp, Ap, Palo Alto, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Susan Wojcicki


Amazon's biggest day of the year is on a collision course with the coronavirus

Hello fellow work-from-homies and welcome back to Trending, Business Insider Prime's weekly newsletter of the latest tech industry developments.  I'm your host, Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor.  This week: A risky April calendar and Amazon's biggest day of the year Whether you live for April Fool's Day or consider it a tiresome tradition, you probably agree that this isn't the right time for pranks that could mislead people. Google sent word...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Japan, Texas, Microsoft, US, Trends, Netflix, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, West Coast, BI, Stewart Butterfield, Eugene Kim


Royals, ministers or even Boy George: Houseparty becomes isolation app of choice

A social app once the preserve of teens is proving a vital way to beat the Coronavirus bluesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLike any real-life get-together, you can never be sure who you will bump into in the kitchen – and in much the same way people are now discovering government ministers, famous musicians, and even members of the royal family when using the Houseparty app.While Zoom has quickly risen to prominence for business meetings, and Microsoft’s Teams functi...
Tags: Apps, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Social Media, Society, Digital Media, Boy George, Coronavirus outbreak


Secretive big data company Palantir is reportedly providing software to help the CDC track the coronavirus pandemic, even as critics slam its work with ICE (AMZN)

Palantir is providing the CDC with software to help it monitor the spread of COVID-19 and assess how hospitals are dealing with spikes in new cases, Forbes reported Tuesday. Palantir's software uses data from hospitals and public health agencies — such as test results, bed capacity, and ventilator supply — to give the CDC insight into where additional resources are needed, according to Forbes. The tool resembles one Palantir built for the UK's top health agency and has raised significant priva...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, Microsoft, Cdc, Trends, Bbc, Peter Thiel, Pentagon, Cia, Palantir, Forbes, Open Rights Group, Customs Enforcement, Google Microsoft, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


A contractor at one of Amazon's massive cloud data centers says that the company is putting workers at risk without offering hazard pay (AMZN)

Amazon Web Services is the market-leading cloud computing platform, providing the infrastructure for apps like Zoom and Netflix — making it a crucial part of how the world works amid the coronavirus crisis. A contractor at an AWS data center facility says that about two weeks ago, the company enacted strict new rules that limit how workers can move around and interact with colleagues, in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19. However, the contractor says that workers at the facility feel like j...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Netflix, Aws, Amazon Web Services, Costco Target, COVID, Amazon Relief Fund, Amazon Relief Fund Amazon


Microsoft launches Edge Zones for Azure

Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Edge Zones, which will allow Azure users to bring their applications to the company’s edge locations. The focus here is on enabling real-time low-latency 5G applications. The company is also launching a version of Edge Zones with carriers (starting with AT&T) in preview, which connects these zones directly to 5G networks in the carrier’s data center. And to round it all out, Azure is also getting Private Edge Zones for those who are deploying priv...
Tags: Google, Internet Of Things, New York, Technology, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Articles, Tech, Telecommunications, AT&T, Vodafone, Miami, Telstra, Private


How to Get the Most out of Your Remote Teams [Infographic]

Not that long ago the idea of a team working entirely remote was a considered a logistical nightmare. Monitoring projects, exchanging data and resources or sharing those resources in real time was only possible in the most basic forms. The reverse is the case today, entire teams and in some cases organizations work remotely from different parts of the world. Today, a business of any size can share employees, software, research tools and more through the internet. And they are able to communicat...
Tags: Google, Productivity, Work From Home, Freelancing, Business, Tools, Microsoft, Southeast Asia, Social Media, United States, Canva, Skype, Outsourcing, Increasing Productivity, Google Suite, Mallee Blue Media


Google's revenue is on track to shrink for the first time ever because of the coronavirus, according to one of the internet industry's top analysts (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet's biggest revenue stream is set to be hit hard by the coronavirus, with digital advertising already dropping off. Key analysts predict that the effects could be felt throughout the year, with one predicting Google's first year-over-year decline in ad revenue. It would be a more significant drop than the company experienced during the last financial crisis. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As startups get battered by the economic shockwaves of the coronavirus, tec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Youtube, Disney, Trends, Tokyo, White, Alphabet, Rbc, RBC Capital, BMO Capital Markets, Google Amazon, Cowen, Mahaney


Microsoft Reports a 775 Percent Increase In Usage of Azure Cloud Services

Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: This weekend, Microsoft has given an insight into the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on its services. The company says that there has been a huge increase in Teams usage, and there are now over 44 million daily users. In regions where there are isolation and home sheltering orders in place, Microsoft says that there has been a colossal 775 percent increase in usage of its cloud services. While there have not yet been any significant service dis...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Mark Wilson, Azure Cloud Services, Azure Service Health Read


Jeff Bezos' deal to buy Paul Allen's former Beverly Hills property has reportedly fallen through. Take a look at the late Microsoft cofounder's $110 million 'Enchanted Hill.' (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' reported deal to purchase late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Beverly Hills property has fallen through, according to the Los Angeles Times.  The 120-acre development site, which spans five empty lots, was put on the market for $150 million after Allen's death in October 2018. The massive plot of land is currently on the market for $110 million. The property is mostly undeveloped except for utilities, a one-mile private road, and two entrances that Allen added while he...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, California, Los Angeles, Trends, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Beverly Hills, Warner, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Ellen Degeneres, David Geffen, Bezos


Video conferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March

Work-from-home policies, social distancing, and government lockdowns have increased the demand for video conferencing apps, for both business and personal use. According to a new report from App Annie, out on Monday, business conferencing apps have been experiencing record growth, as a result, and just hit their biggest week ever in March, when they topped 62 million downloads during the week of March 14-21. Meanwhile, social networking video app Houseparty has also seen phenomenal growth in Eur...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, Video, Microsoft, France, Germany, Tech, Spain, Ios Apps, Italy, Android Apps, Hangouts, Video Conferencing, App Annie


Hacker Hijacks Microsoft YouTube Accounts To Broadcast Crypto Ponzi Scam

A hacker has hijacked all of Microsoft's official YouTube accounts and is broadcasting a cryptocurrency Ponzi scam to all of the company's subscribers, ZDNet reported Monday. From the report: The hijacked accounts are still streaming at the time of writing, despite being reported to YouTube's moderators for more than an hour. The hacker is currently live-streaming an old Bill Gates talk on startups that the former Microsoft CEO gave to an audience at Village Global in June 2019. Hackers are live...
Tags: Microsoft, Youtube, Tech, Bill Gates, Zdnet, Village Global



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