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10 things in tech you need to know today

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Parler's website appeared to be back online. The platform was booted from Amazon...
Tags: Apple, Google, Home Depot, Twitter, UK, Samsung, Trends, Intel, Michael Gove, Github, Daniel Perez, Amazon Web Services, Trump, Lancaster, Amazon Alexa, Jay Y Lee


If tech companies don't want to deal in violence, they should stop partnering with US military and intelligence

A U.S. Air Force pilot (L), and a censor operator (R), prepare to launch a MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), from a ground control station at a secret air base in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. John Moore/Getty Images Affirming their opposition to violence and incitement, Silicon Valley corporations led the way removing President Donald Trump from their platforms and shutting down Parler, an app popular with his supporters. But these same firms have deep relationsh...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Indonesia, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, United States, Silicon Valley, South America, Pentagon, Cia, Jeff Bezos


Parler reappears with help from Russian-owned security service

By Nate Lanxon and Amy Thomson | Bloomberg Parler, the free-speech social network, reappeared with the help of a Russian-owned web security service as the website hunts for a way around bans that took it offline earlier this month. “Our return is inevitable due to hard work, and persistence against all odds,” Chief Executive Officer John Matze wrote in a new post, the latest since Amazon Web Services stopped hosting the site and it was banned from Apple Inc. and Google’s app stores. “Despite the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Business, Politics, Technology, Cook, News, Microsoft, Russia, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Social-media, Fbi, Soccer, Tim Cook


Tim Cook: Why I Kicked Parler Off Apple's App Store

Charlotte Web shares a report from CNN: Apple, along with Amazon and Google, effectively kicked Parler off the internet in the wake of the January 6 US Capitol siege. Despite criticism that Big Tech wields too much power over speech, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his decision. "We looked at the incitement to violence that was on there," Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Sunday. "We don't consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an intersection..." Cook disputed that it's Apple's job to ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Cook, Tech, Cnn, Tim Cook, Charlotte, Capitol, US Capitol, Parler


Parler CEO Brings Back Website, Promises Service Will Follow 'Soon'

Right-wing social media platform Parler, which has been offline since Amazon Web Services dropped it like a hot potato last week, has reappeared on the Web with a promise to return as a fully functional service "soon." Ars Technica reports: Although the platform's Android and iOS apps are still defunct, this weekend its URL once again began to resolve to an actual website, instead of an error notice. The site at the moment consists solely of the homepage, which has a message from company CEO Joh...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ars Technica, Amazon Web Services, Pittsburgh, EPIK, Parler, John Matze, DDoS Guard


Parler website appears to be back online and promises to 'resolve any challenge before us'

OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images The website of controversial social media platform Parler was back online Sunday, following a nearly week-long outage after it was booted from Amazon Web Services and kicked off Apple and Google's app stores. The website popped back up on Sunday with a message from CEO John Matze, asking "Hello, world. Is this thing on?" Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The website of controversial social media platform Parler was back online Sunday...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Washington, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Tim Cook, Aws, Fox News, Donald Trump, Amazon Web Services, Zendesk, Trump


Parler's CEO John Matze is 'confident' the controversial social-media platform will fully return by the end of January, after Amazon booted it offline

Parler's CEO John Matze. Fox News Parler's CEO John Matze said the social media site will likely be back up and running before the end of January. It went offline after being dropped by Amazon, and has since returned — but only a static webpage. The social-media platform managed to retrieve its data from Amazon on Friday, Matze told Fox News. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. John Matze, the CEO of the controversial social-media platform Parler, is "confident" the sit...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Social Media, Tim Cook, Aws, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, Amazon Web Services AWS, Fox News Sunday, EPIK, Tech Insider


10 things in tech you need to know today

Apple's CEO Tim Cook. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Tim Cook said Parler could return to the App Store. Apple removed Parler from its platform in the wake of the deadly Capitol siege.Deliveroo raised a $180-million ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Selena Gomez, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg, Deliveroo, Trump, Modi, Capitol, Apple Google


Threat of inauguration violence casts a long shadow over social media

As the U.S. heads into one of the most perilous phases of American democracy since the Civil War, social media companies are scrambling to shore up their patchwork defenses for a moment they appear to have believed would never come. Most major platforms pulled the emergency break last week, deplatforming the president of the United States and enforcing suddenly robust rules against conspiracies, violent threats and undercurrents of armed insurrection, all of which proliferated on those services ...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Isis, Pinterest, Congress, Virginia, Tech, United States, Reddit, Aws, Silicon Valley, Al Qaeda, Capitol Hill


Apple CEO Tim Cook says Parler could return to the App Store 'if they get their moderation together'

Apple boss Tim Cook said Parler still has a chance to return to the App Store. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images Apple may add Parler back to its App Store if the app steps up its moderation efforts, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday.  Apple removed Parler from its platform in the wake of the deadly Capitol siege after it found the network did not adequately police content that promotes violence.  Google and Amazon also both removed P...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Cook, Trends, Tech, Atlanta, Tim Cook, Fox News, App Store, Donald Trump, Detroit, Black, Apple App Store, Trump, Capitol


What happened last week? Biden introduced a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, Parler sued Amazon, and Loews Hotels cancelled a fundraiser for a senator.

Vice President Mike Pence elbow bumps with a member of the National Guard outside the U.S. Capitol on January 14. Alex Brandon/Pool via Reuters What happened last week? President-elect Joe Biden introduced a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon, alleging antitrust violations. Loews Hotels said it cancelled a February fundraiser for Senator Josh Hawley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. What happened last week?As Washington last week readied f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Florida, UK, Washington, US, Trends, Tech, Joe Biden, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, Delaware, Trump


Are Tech Companies Ducking Responsibility For The Need to De-Platform?

Long-time technology reporter/commentator Kara Swisher weighs in on the de-platforming of U.S. president Trump, arguing Trump "was only following the rules set for him and it was entirely the fault of the tech companies for giving him the kind of latitude that allowed him to go that far." Like a parent who gives a child endless bowls of sugar and then wonders why their kid is batshit crazy, tech has pretended to be obtuse to the consequences of their products and the choices that have been made...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Trump, Kara Swisher, Parler


Parler attracted senior members of the UK government before it shut down, according to reports

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images More than a dozen politicians from the UK's ruling Conservative party joined Parler before the social network went offline, according to The Observer.  They included Michael Gove, Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, and foreign minister James Cleverly, the newspaper reported Sunday. In June, Conservative lawmaker Ste...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, UK, US, Trends, Conservative, Getty Images, Silicon Valley, Tory, Conservative Party, Donald Trump, Baker, Gove


Apple, Google, and Spotify are still hosting podcasts by pro-Trump conspiracists and extremists

A Trump supporter holds up a large QAnon sign while waiting in line to see the president. Rick Loomis/Getty Images Tech platforms are still hosting podcasts that peddle misinformation and violent rhetoric. The AP first reported that podcasts were a loophole for conspiracies, despite wider tech crackdowns. Some are run by QAnon believers, and claim election rigging, and that the Capitol riots were "staged." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Conspiracy theorists and pro-Tru...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Podcast, Youtube, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Fbi, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Capitol, Apple Google, ADL


Parler attracted senior members of the UK government before it shut down, says report

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images More than a dozen politicians from the UK's ruling Conservative party joined Parler before the social network went offline, according to The Observer.  They included Michael Gove, Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, and foreign minister James Cleverly, the newspaper reported Sunday. In June, Conservative lawmaker Ste...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, UK, US, Trends, Conservative, Getty Images, Silicon Valley, Tory, Conservative Party, Donald Trump, Baker, Gove


Parler website appears to back online and promises to 'resolve any challenge before us'

OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images The website of controversial social media platform Parler was back online Sunday, following a nearly week-long outage after it was booted from Amazon Web Services and kicked off Apple and Google's app stores. The website popped back up on Sunday with a message from CEO John Matze, asking "Hello, world. Is this thing on?" Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The website of controversial social media platform Parler was back online Sunday...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Washington, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Tim Cook, Aws, Fox News, Donald Trump, Amazon Web Services, Zendesk, Trump


Revealed: Tory MPs and commentators who joined banned app Parler

Nadine Dorries, James Cleverly and Michael Gove joined the platform favoured by Trump supporters At least 14 Conservative MPs, including several ministers, cabinet minister Michael Gove and a number of prominent Tory commentators joined Parler, the social media platform favoured by the far right that was forced offline last week for hosting threats of violence and racist slurs.Parler was taken offline after Amazon Web Services pulled the plug last Sunday, saying violent posts and racist threats ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Conservatives, UK News, Digital Media, Michael Gove, The far right, Nadine Dorries, Amazon Web Services, Katie Hopkins


Parler's CEO fled his home and went into hiding after receiving death threats and security breaches, a court filing says

Parler CEO John Matze Fox News Parler CEO John Matze Jr. and his family have fled their homes after receiving death threats, a new court filing says.  Parler was recently removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and Amazon Web Services stopped hosting the platform after it deemed Parler a "risk to public safety." Trump supporters flocked to the platform after the president was banned from Twitter following the siege at the Capitol on January 6.  Visit Business Insider's home...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitter, News, Congress, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Antitrust, Aws, App Store, Donald Trump, Amazon Web Services, Trump, Capitol


EFF, Cory Doctorow Warn About the Dangers of De-Platforming and Censorship

Last week Cory Doctorow shared his own answer for what Apple and Google should've done about Parler: They should remove it, and tell users, "We removed Parler because we think it is a politically odious attempt to foment violence. Our judgment is subjective and may be wielded against others in future. If you don't like our judgment, you shouldn't use our app store." I'm 100% OK with that: first, because it is honest; and second, because it invites the question, "How do we switch app stores?" ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Tech, Signal, Cory Doctorow, Slashdot, Doctorow, Ottman, Parler, Bill Ottman


This Week in Apps: Parler deplatformed, alt apps rise, looking back at 2020 trends

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, China, India, Samsung, Tech, Paypal, Ios Apps, Developers


Banning Parler isn't going to quash right-wing extremism. YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are all sources of radicalization.

Parler was removed from the Google Play Store, Apple's App Store, and booted off its servers, hosted by Amazon Web Services. SOPA Images / Getty Images Social media platforms worked together to ban President Donald Trump and thousands of his supporters. Apple, Google, and Amazon worked together to shut down Parler by removing it from app stores and booting it from its servers. The aim was the stop the spread of Trump's message of violent insurrection which led to the Capitol siege last...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, China, US, Trends, Uganda, United States, United Kingdom, Silicon Valley, Christian, Donald Trump, Alexei Navalny, Imgur, Hydra


Judge Not Impressed By Parler’s Attempt To Force Amazon To Put It Back Online

From the Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 Dept.
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Law, Antitrust, Courts, Parler


Twitter’s decentralized future

This week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey finally responded publicly to the company’s decision to ban President Trump from its platform, writing that Twitter had “faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance” and that he did not “feel pride” about the decision. In the same thread, he took time to call out a nascent Twitter-sponsored initiative called “bluesky,” which is aiming to build up an “open decentralized standard for social media” that Twitter is just one part of. Researchers involved with ...
Tags: Google, Android, Social, TC, Twitter, Technology, Social Networks, Washington, Social Media, Tech, Encryption, United States, Computing, Jack Dorsey, Free Software, Biz Stone


Twitter’s vision of decentralization could also be the far-right’s internet endgame

This week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey finally responded publicly to the company’s decision to ban President Trump from its platform, writing that Twitter had “faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance” and that he did not “feel pride” about the decision. In the same thread, he took time to call out a nascent Twitter-sponsored initiative called “bluesky,” which is aiming to build up an “open decentralized standard for social media” that Twitter is just one part of. Researchers involved with ...
Tags: Google, Android, Social, TC, Twitter, Technology, Social Networks, Washington, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Encryption, United States, President, Computing, Jack Dorsey


Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Parler App Suspension: ‘We Don’t Consider That Free Speech’

Apple chief Tim Cook said posts on right-wing social app Parler represented “incitement to violence” that warranted its removal from the App Store. In an interview to air on Fox Broadcasting’s “Fox News Sunday” this Sunday (Jan. 17), Cook told anchor Chris Wallace that Apple “looked at the incitement to violence that was on there […]
Tags: Apple, Cook, News, Tim Cook, Fox Broadcasting, Chris Wallace, Parler


Wimkin, a free speech network, says it was hit with a 'massive' DDoS attack after being banned from Apple's App Store

The US Capitol was stormed by Trump supporters in Washington. REUTERS/Erin Scott Apple and Google both removed Wimkin, a free-speech social network, from their app stores, as The Wall Street Journal first reported. On its website, Wimkin posted a notice, saying "a massive DDOS attack attempt came in" after the removals. At least one group on the network had repeatedly called for an armed militia to form in Washington during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.  Visit Business Insider'...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Congress, Washington, White House, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Democratic Party, Sheppard, Wall Street Journal Apple


Parler helped the FBI identify at least one person charged in connection with the Capitol riot

Parler CEO John Matze and President Donald Trump, who allegedly considered making an account on the controversial social-media platform. Fox News, Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Parler is sharing information with the FBI on federal investigations into the Capitol riot. A sworn FBI affidavit shows that Parler gave information that helped FBI agents identify, locate, and arrest a Proud Boys supporter making threats on Parler. Tech companies typically help law enforcement agencies with thes...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, New York, News, Supreme Court, US, Trends, Georgia, Fbi, Washington Dc, Fox News, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump


CEO and Sheriff Exemplify Hypocrisy, Corruption of ‘May Issue’ Gun Carry Permits

So where does the line for permit application “campaign donors” begin? (Sheriff Laurie Smith/Facebook) U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Gun bribery probe: Santa Clara County Sheriff acted to obscure use of donor’s Sharks suite, according to testimony,” a Tuesday report by The Mercury News claims. “In grand-jury transcripts, employee says Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith purchased cheap seats to avoid gift reporting for donated luxury box targeted in indictment.” It’s yet another part of an u...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Guns, California, US, George Carlin, Tim Cook, Resistance, Jeff Bezos, Smith, Santa Clara County, Mercury News


From cutting all ties with Trump to pulling political donations, here's how corporate America has responded to the Capitol insurrection

The US Capitol during riots on January 6. REUTERS/Leah Millis During the US Capitol insurrection, businesses condemned the rioters. In the days after, they swapped words for concrete action. Some have cut off all political funding, others have severed ties with President Donald Trump. Here's how social-media giants, banks, retailers, and other firms have reacted. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Since rioters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a desperate bid to over...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Business, Politics, White House, US, America, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, New Jersey, Pga, Reddit


Oklahoma, Wyoming, and West Virginia had the highest rate of Parler users leading up to the Capitol Siege, new data shows

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Data from Global Wireless Solutions shows daily users on Parler nearly doubled following the Capitol riots. Users of the social media application, which eschews moderation, were more likely to be Caucasian, over 45, and upper middle class, according to GWS. After the election, Parler users prioritized the NewsMax app over the FoxNews app, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, News, US, West Virginia, Trends, Washington Dc, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Carter, Capitol



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