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Meet the 'super angel' investors, the power players of streaming, and the top M&A bankers of 2019

Hello! One of the things we try to do here at Business Insider is to introduce our readers to the individuals shaping their industries. After all, companies don't do things; it's the people working there that make things happen. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight stories focused on key players in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Wall Street this week. First off, in Silicon Valley, a special breed of investor known as 'super angels' are raising their own venture-capital funds as solo general...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Texas, Microsoft, Wall Street, Softbank, Digital, US, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Mars


This Week in Apps: YouTube TV cancels Apple’s rev share, more bad news for mobile voting, WhatsApp hits 2B users

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Microsoft, Youtube, Washington, Tech, Mit, Netflix, Iowa, Sony, App-store, App Annie, Voatz, YouTube TV


How do hotel star ratings work

In case you missed it, there’s a seven-star resort coming to an Austrian treetop near you. No word on if it’s being inspected by the Lil’ Rascals to make sure it has adequate clubhouse space and “No Girls Allowed” signage since to literally everyone in the world’s knowledge no official rating system exists for tree houses. But it makes one wonder: If a treehouse can claim it has seven stars, can any old hotel do it too? The Burj-al-Arab in Dubai famously claimed it was the world’s first and o...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, Hotels, US, Netflix, United States, Dubai, Caa, Michelin, Las Vegas, Tripadvisor, AAA, Caribbean, Burj Al Arab, Forbes


Director Ryan White reveals the double-edged sword of queer representation in ‘Visible: Out on TV’

Director Ryan White Ryan White doesn’t stop. The documentarian behind The Case Against 8 and The Keepers has enjoyed two consecutive Sundance Film Festivals with new movies having their premiere. Last year, we chatted with White about his acclaimed documentary Ask Dr. Ruth. His next feature, Assassins, comes out later this year. For the moment, though, White is focused on an epic television event. We mean that in two senses of the word. As produced by Wilson Cruz & Wanda Sykes, Visible: Out o...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Feature, Hollywood, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Atlanta, David, Netflix, Anderson Cooper, Philadelphia, Ellen, Pbs, Wanda, Oprah, Janet Mock


The best media streaming sticks and devices

A media streaming device can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Disney Plus, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface, 4K video streaming, voice control, and simple remote. The world is changing. Gone are the days when a cable subscription was necessary to watch all the latest and greatest TV shows. These days, the best TV shows are coming out on stre...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Google Play Store, Hbo, Mac, Disney, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Apple TV, Chromecast, Netflix, Nvidia, Roku, Vizio


This year's Valentine's Day Google doodle features 2 adorable aliens. Here's the past 10 years of Google doodles celebrating love.

Google doodles started back in 1998. Since then, Google has featured more than 4,000 doodles marking holidays, events, and history. Google's first Valentine's day doodle appeared in 2000. This year's doodle features two cute extraterrestrials. Here's a look into the past ten years of Google Valentine's Day doodles. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google's home page acts as the world's largest virtual billboard with an average of 63,000 searches per second on any given day....
Tags: Google, Trends, Earth, Larry Page, Netflix, Sergey Brin, Valentine, Christina Koch


I’ve gone plant-based for a month, here’s my experience

While this blog is normally about startups and venture capital, I wanted to share a personal experience. If you don’t care about nutrition, you can stop reading now… A couple of weeks ago, I watched Game Changers on Netflix. Produced by James Cameron and narrated by James Wilks, a former UFC fighter and martial arts trainer, the movie includes an all-star team of co-producers (Arnie, Hamilton Lewis, Serena Williams, etc). The documentary features several top athletes (runners, weight lifters,...
Tags: Health, Google, UK, London, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Trends, Netflix, Argentina, Veganism, Ufc, James Cameron, Economist, James Wilks, Arnie Hamilton Lewis Serena Williams


Netflix Loses Bid To Dismiss $25 Million Lawsuit Over 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'

On Tuesday, Netflix lost a bid to escape a lawsuit brought by the trademark owner of "Choose Your Own Adventure" over the 2018 immersive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The series' original publisher, Chooseco, sued the company early last year for $25 million in damages, as the company says that Netflix's new movie benefits from association with the Choose Your Own Adventure series, without the company ever receiving the trademark. From Hollywood Reporter: According to the plaintiff, it has bee...
Tags: Hollywood, Tech, Fox, Netflix, Charlie Brooker, Rogers, U S District Court, Grimaldi, William Sessions, Chooseco, Bandersnatch


Microsoft sees $17 billion of market value erased in just 5 minutes after a judge grants Amazon's request to block a key cloud contract (MSFT)

A federal judge on Thursday approved a motion by Amazon to have the Defense Department suspend work on the JEDI cloud contract Microsoft won last year.  Shares of Microsoft fell as much as 1% on Thursday afternoon. The move erased $17 billion from the technology giant's market capitalization in just a few minutes.  Watch Microsoft trade live on Markets Insider. Microsoft shares declined sharply Thursday afternoon immediately after a federal judge ordered a temporary halt on the JEDI contract...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Pentagon, Defense Department, Amazon Web Services, Saudi Aramco, Jedi, Benjamin Pimentel, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, Markets Insider Microsoft


Netflix fights new streaming rivals with Samsung partnership

As the streaming battles heat up, Netflix is hoping a new partnership with Samsung will help it fend off rivals. At Samsung’s Unpacked event this week, the mobile device maker announced a deal with Netflix that will bring to its Galaxy smartphones exclusive bonus content associated with several Netflix original shows. The partnership also allows Netflix to more deeply integrate its streaming service with Samsung devices. The latter part of the partnership involving device integration is fairly s...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Spotify, Media, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, Netflix, Comcast, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Streaming Service, Samsung Galaxy, Peacock, Samsung Mobile


Netflix fends off new streaming rivals by way of Samsung partnership

As the streaming battles heat up, Netflix is hoping a new partnership with Samsung will help it fend off rivals. At Samsung’s Unpacked event this week, the mobile device maker announced a deal with Netflix that will bring exclusive bonus content associated with several Netflix original shows to its Galaxy smartphones in the months ahead. The partnership also allows Netflix to more deeply integrate its streaming service with Samsung devices. The latter part of the partnership involving device int...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Spotify, Media, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, Netflix, Comcast, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Streaming Service, Samsung Galaxy, Peacock, Samsung Mobile


What to Watch: Queer history on TV, a Guatemalan love story and Juliette Lewis trailing a killer

Margret Cho in ‘Visible’ Stepping out on a movie date this weekend? Netflix and chillin? Whatever your entertainment needs, we got your back (and hopefully your mind) with Queerty’s weekly “Culture Club” column with some of the highlights of new releases, streaming shows, classics worth revisiting, and what to drink while you watch. The Must: Visible-Out on TV Out-gay director Ryan White (The Case Against 8, The Keepers, Ask Dr. Ruth) returns with his most ambitious—and impressive—projec...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Feature, New York, Entertainment, La, Norman Lear, US, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Georgia, Juliette Lewis, Netflix, Lgbtq, Janet Mock, Eastern Europe


The best iPads

  You really can't go wrong with an iPad, but the 2019 10.2-inch iPad is best for most people with its sharp screen, fast processor, Apple Pencil support, and low $329.99 price tag that's frequently on sale. We also consider the 2019 iPad Mini ($399.99) and iPad Air ($499.99) to be great deals if you want to spend a bit more for new processors and better specs. Additionally, the iPad Pro models (starting at $799.99) are terrific for people who want a super powerful tablet that can act like a l...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Netflix, Logitech, AAA, Apple Pencil, Wacom, Joe Osborne, Air Apple, Silver Space Gray, Adonit


Samsung's exclusive content partnerships will help counter Apple's services push

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. At Samsung's Unpacked 2020 event, the South Korean tech giant unveiled more than just new devices — it announced partnerships with Microsoft and Netflix to boost its content offerings. The news comes at a time when rival Apple is improving its ecosystem with a slew of...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, US, Samsung, Trends, Apple TV, Netflix, Apple News, Business Insider Intelligence, Kareem Choudhry, Apple Arcade, Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity Tech


Netflix is set to produce content exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phone users

Netflix has announced a deal with Samsung to produce content exclusively for users of its Galaxy smartphones. The deal was announced Tuesday at the Korean tech giant's flagship annual conference, 'Unpacked,' where it revealed several new products including the Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone. According to Forbes, the content will consist of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from Netflix original series like Narcos and Elite, and will be shot on Samsung's new Galaxy S20 smartphones. As part...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Trends, Nasa, Netflix, Tim Cook, Business Insider, Samsung Galaxy, Forbes, Bixby, Apple TV Plus


Dolby Atmos can turn your room into a dome of immersive sound for movies and TV shows — here's everything you need to know

  Dolby Atmos is an immersive audio format capable of producing surround sound from all directions — including from above.  Movies and TV shows that feature Dolby Atmos audio are available on Blu-ray discs and streaming services, like Disney Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV Plus. To play Dolby Atmos audio, you need a compatible soundbar or speaker system, as well as a TV or media player with support for the format. Dolby Atmos products are available from many brands, including ...
Tags: Apple, Trends, AV, Netflix, Sony, Lg, Pixar, Vizio, Dolby, Warner Brothers, Trump, Dolby Atmos, Atmos, Blu, Samsung LG, VUDU


Netflix employees say the company has one of the best recruiting teams in tech, in a new survey from a buzzy workplace-review app (NFLX)

Blind, a networking app that requires a work-email address to verify employment, surveyed roughly 11,800 of its 3 million users from January 8 through February 10 to see how they felt about their employers' human-resources departments. Of the Netflix employees who responded to the survey, 72% said the streaming company's recruiting team did a good job facilitating the hiring process. Netflix was second only to financial information company Bloomberg LP in the share of employee respondents who ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Netflix, Ken Burns, Bloomberg LP, Blind, NFLX, Netflix Business Insider, Blind Blind, Blind app Netflix, Nonetheless Netflix, Google Facebook Goldman Sachs, LinkedIn About


Meet the 11 power-player marketing execs who will battle it out in the next phase of the streaming TV wars

The streaming wars have not only led to a flood of new content, they're also driving a marketing blitz as new and incumbent platforms try to convince people to open their wallets and subscribe. Business Insider identified 11 marketing executives to watch at the new and forthcoming major streaming-video services. They include Joe Earley, who helped coordinate Disney Plus' massive marketing effort; Jackie Lee-Joe of Netflix, which is facing its most competitive moment ever; and Kelly Campbell, w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, London, Nbc, Microsoft, India, Neil Gaiman, Disney, Syfy, Los Angeles, Trends


Meet the 11 power-player marketing execs who will battle it out in the next phase of the streaming wars

The streaming wars have not only led to a flood of new content, they're also driving a marketing blitz as new and incumbent platforms try to convince people to open their wallets and subscribe. Business Insider identified 11 marketing executives to watch at the new and forthcoming major streaming-video services. They include Joe Earley, who helped coordinate Disney Plus' massive marketing effort; Jackie Lee-Joe of Netflix, which is facing its most competitive moment ever; and Kelly Campbell, w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, London, Nbc, Microsoft, India, Neil Gaiman, Disney, Syfy, Los Angeles, Trends


Netflix fishes for new subscribers in US with free stream of ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

Netflix is looking to get young adults hooked on its service by making its popular teenage rom-com, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” available to stream for free to everyone in the U.S., including non-subscribers. This isn’t the first time Netflix has offered free streaming — it teased Brits last year by offering an episode of “The Crown” for free, and has run similar tests in markets like India and parts of South America. But this is one of the only times it’s targeted the U.S. with such an...
Tags: Apple, Media, India, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, South America, Streaming Service, Peacock, Original Programming, HBO Max NBCU


Netflix fishes for new subscribers in U.S. with free stream of ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

Netflix is looking to get young adults hooked on its service by making its popular teenage rom-com, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” available to stream for free to everyone in the U.S., including non-subscribers. This isn’t the first time Netflix has offered free streaming — it teased Brits last year by offering an episode of “The Crown” for free, and has run similar tests in markets like India and parts of South America. But this is the first time it’s targeted the U.S. with such an offer....
Tags: Apple, Media, India, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, South America, Streaming Service, Peacock, Original Programming, HBO Max NBCU


Apple adds $18 billion in market value after its Chinese factories accelerate post-coronavirus re-openings

Apple gained as much as $18 billion in market value on Wednesday following a report that its Foxconn iPhone plants will speed up their return to normal production. The Chinese factories were closed for weeks due to a coronavirus-related shutdown, but Foxconn now expects to reach 50% output by the end of February, Reuters reported. The manufacturer, which produces Apple's iPhones and Airpods among other products, also hopes to resume 80% of all China production in March, according to Reuters. A...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Hong Kong, China, Trends, Nike, Tesla, Netflix, Philippines, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, Goldman, Foxconn, Shenzhen, Fed, Reuters


The staggering number of HBO Max TV shows coming out far outstrips WarnerMedia's cable networks

Streaming originals made up 73% of WarnerMedia's TV commissions in Q4 2019, a dramatic increase from just 7% in Q4 2018, according to data firm Ampere Analysis. WarnerMedia is launching its Netflix competitor, HBO Max, in May and is investing heavily in original content for it. The number of WarnerMedia cable commissions decreased every quarter of 2019, according to Ampere Analysis. WarnerMedia is still investing in HBO, but it can be seen as fuel for HBO Max, which will include content from a...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Trends, Netflix, Dc, Warner, Ken Burns, Warner Bros, Cw, Business Insider, Reilly, Variety, Kevin Reilly, Peacock, Ampere Analysis, DC Universe


Bitcoin rockets past $10,000 after the Fed says it's 'taking a deep look' at digital currency

Bitcoin surged past $10,000 on Wednesday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank was exploring a digital currency. "Every major central bank is currently taking a deep look," Powell said on Tuesday, although he emphasized the value of the US dollar. Bitcoin jumped 5% to a five-month high as Wuhan coronavirus fears boosted demand.  The "halving" event in May will also halve bitcoin payouts to miners. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bitcoin jumped 5% to over $10,...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Gavin Smith, Australia, US, Trends, Netflix, Bitcoin, Starbucks, Wuhan, Fed, Powell, Congressional, Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, Simon Peters


‘How rude’: Original ‘Full House’ home gets $500K price cut

Originally listed for $5.99 million, the San Francisco Victorian home used to tape the iconic family sitcom is now up for sale for $5.49 million.
Tags: Technology, Listings, Lifestyle, Netflix, Radio, Full House, Jeff Franklin, News Brief, Rachel Swann, The Agency, Charles Hinkel Lewis


What UX from 1989 can teach us about product design

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint‘ program here. Let me take you back to a time before iPhones, Game of Thrones, and Netflix. The year is 1989. The hairstyles are big and curly. The earrings are huge. George H. W. Bush is sworn in as the 41st president of the United States. A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Berlin Wall comes down. Madonna is sin...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Netflix, Beijing, United States, Madonna, Design & Dev, George H W Bush, Syndication, Tiananmen Square Berlin Wall


Bitcoin rockets past $10,000 after the Fed says it's 'taking a deep look' at a government cryptocurrency

Bitcoin surged past $10,000 on Wednesday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank was exploring a government cryptocurrency. "Every major central bank is currently taking a deep look," Powell said on Tuesday, although he emphasized the value of the US dollar. Bitcoin jumped 5% to a five-month high as Wuhan coronavirus fears boosted demand.  The "halving" event in May will also halve bitcoin payouts to miners. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bitcoin jumped 5% to ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Gavin Smith, Australia, US, Trends, Netflix, Bitcoin, Starbucks, Wuhan, Fed, Powell, Congressional, Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, Simon Peters


Everything Samsung announced during its big Unpacked event, from a new foldable phone to the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra with 100x zoom

Samsung announced five new products during its Unpacked event on February 11, including four new smartphones and new wireless earbuds designed to take on Apple's incredibly popular AirPods.  One of the new smartphones include the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone.  There's also the new flagship premium devices called the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, that are ushering in 5G connectivity not just for 2020, but for the mainstream.  And Samsung's new Galaxy Buds Plus are here...
Tags: Apple, Google, Motorola, Samsung, Trends, Netflix


Trump made a special sign to show reporters that the initials of the 4 most valuable stocks spell MAGA

President Trump highlighted the best-performing companies on the stock market so far this year, holding up a sign that said "the trillion $ club" in an Oval Office briefing held Tuesday.  The sign alluded to a recent achievement made by Google's parent company Alphabet, which became the fourth American company to hit a market cap of $1 trillion last month.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ⁩Four tech companies have earned bragging rights to a unique milestone in recent mon...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington Post, White House, Trends, Netflix, Jeff Bezos, Alphabet, Trump, Oval Office, Google Facebook, Alphabet Google, Maga


Advertisers panic over privacy, a new ad agency emerges, and Mark Penn looks for savings at MDC

Hello! Before I get into the week's advertising and media news, a plug: We're publishing a list of PR experts focused on crisis communications, and we're looking for your recommendations. Get all the details and fill out the nomination form by Feb. 14 here. On to the news. Lauren Johnson reported in Palm Springs, California, at the IAB's Annual Leadership Conference, where marketers are panicking about Google's plans to get rid of the cookies that are the bedrock of digital advertising. Markete...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy, California, La, Samsung, Trends, CMO, Nike, Netflix, SEC, WeWork, Vizio, Kennedy, Viacom



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