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Acxiom, a huge ad data broker, comes out in favor of Apple CEO Tim Cook's quest to bring GDPR-like regulation to the United States

On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook called for sweeping regulation of advertising data brokers— essentially, an American version of the EU's GDPR data regulation law.  One of those data brokers is Acxiom, which said in a statement to Business Insider that the company also wants a national privacy law in the US. The company said that it is "actively participating in discussions with US lawmakers" around the issue. Acxiom, a large data brokerage, has come out in support of Apple CEO Tim Cook's ques...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, Cook, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, United States, Tim Cook, Time Magazine, Iab, DMA, Acxiom, DPIA, America Acxiom


Netflix says more 'choose your own adventure' shows are on the way after the success of 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' (NFLX)

Netflix plans to make more interactive TV shows in the format of "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch," company officials said Thursday. The movie was popular with viewers and excited video content makers, officials said. Company officials see an opportunity in offering the system Netflix created to produce "Bandersnatch" to content creators. The choose-your-own adventure format of "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" was a novelty when Netflix debuted the movie last month.  But it'll soon become a lot more c...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Netflix, Peters, Sarandos, Rotten Tomatoes Netflix, Ted Sarandos Netflix, Greg Peters Netflix, Bandersnatch, Bandersnatch NFLX


Instagram influencers are so overwhelmed by hackers, they’re hiring hackers of their own to get their accounts back (FB)

Instagram influencers with thousands of followers are getting their accounts hacked and held for ransom. Hacked influencers told VICE's Motherboard that Instagram has been slow to give them back their accounts, even after creators followed necessary steps for account recovery. Some influencers have turned to 'white-hat' hackers to get their Instagram accounts returned to them, after being unsatisfied with Instagram's slow process. Internet celebrities who have seen their Instagram accounts ha...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Fbi, Xiaomi, Oklahoma, Cassie Gallegos


CEO Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is embracing Amazon's Alexa instead of fighting it — and he wants to be friends with Google, too (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that it no longer sees its Cortana smart assistant as a competitor to Amazon's Alexa.  Instead, Nadella says that he wants Cortana to be thought of as a skill, or app, for Amazon's Alexa — something that Alexa users can already try for themselves.  But Nadella doesn't want to stop there: He says that there's no reason why Cortana shouldn't be available on Google Assistant, too.  Rather than fighting Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft wants to be friends — in...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Cortana, Trends, Earth, Silicon Valley, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Harman Kardon, Javier Soltero, Amazon Alexa, Nadella, Google Home


Educational Play Kit Company Osmo Sold to India’s Edtech Firm Byju’s for $120M

Byju’s, an edtech company based in India that claims a $3.6 billion valuation based on its sales success there, announced it has acquired Palo Alto, CA-based learning-through-play firm Osmo for $120 million.Named after the teacher Byju Raveendran, who founded the company in 2011, Byju’s is making its first acquisition in the United States to advance its goals of expanding globally and adding very young children to its user base. The company, which announced the deal Wednesday, had already made ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Education, Internet, Entrepreneurship, India, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc


Facebook is restructuring its augmented reality glasses division as it inches closer to launch (FB)

Facebook is moving hundreds of employees to a new product-focused augmented reality group as it continues to quietly develop AR glasses. The employees are being moved out of the research-driven Facebook Reality Labs and into a new specialized team overseen by two key hardware execs, Business Insider has learned. A Facebook spokesperson said that Facebook is working on multiple different AR hardware products, but that they might not all ultimately launch. A source who has tried a prototype of t...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Trends, Silicon Valley, Randall, Signal, Michael Abrash, Kirkpatrick, Ficus Kirkpatrick, Facebook Reality Labs, FRL, Facebook Reality Labs FRL, Ryan Cairns, AR Business Insider


Netflix says its creepy series 'You' will be watched by 40 million households in its first month, and data supports that the show is a massive hit

Data show that online conversation for "You" has increased significantly since it debuted on Netflix. The show's audience demographic has shifted, as well. The series originated on Lifetime, but Netflix will exclusively air its second season. Netflix said on Thursday that it estimates 40 million accounts will view the series in its first month.  Like with so many shows before it, "You," Lifetime's creepy drama, has found new life on Netflix. The series debuted on Lifetime in September and bec...
Tags: Google, Amc, Trends, Netflix, Hulu, Business Insider, Crimson Hexagon, Riverdale, Rotten Tomatoes Netflix, Joe Penn Badgley, Beck Elizabeth Lail


Netflix says its creepy series 'You' will be watched by 40 million accounts in its first month, and data supports that the show is a massive hit

Data show that online conversation for "You" has increased significantly since it debuted on Netflix. The show's audience demographic has shifted, as well. The series originated on Lifetime, but Netflix will exclusively air its second season. Netflix said on Thursday that it estimates 40 million accounts will view the series in its first month.  Like with so many shows before it, "You," Lifetime's creepy drama, has found new life on Netflix. The series debuted on Lifetime in September and bec...
Tags: Google, Amc, Trends, Netflix, Hulu, Business Insider, Crimson Hexagon, Riverdale, Rotten Tomatoes Netflix, Joe Penn Badgley, Beck Elizabeth Lail


The next 'Mortal Kombat' game could be the bloodiest yet — take a look at the new fatalities

"Mortal Kombat 11" will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 23, 2019.  The latest entry into the violent fighting-game franchise will feature new and returning characters for an all-new story, alongside the series' signature fatalities — the ultra-violent finishing moves that made the original game an object of controversy.  New gameplay mechanics include a character-customization system that lets players choose their moves and change their outfits. One of the ...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Baraka, Ed Boon, NetherRealm Studios, Xbox One Nintendo, Kronika, Skarlet


In dueling Uber and Lyft IPOs, two Google dealmakers named David share competing interests (GOOGL, GOOG)

Uber and Lyft have both confidentially filed for IPOs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and are expected to go public in 2019. While the ride-hailing competitors have dueling IPOs, Google's parent company Alphabet stands to gain no matter who fares better. Alphabet has substantial investments in both Uber and Lyft through its two venture capital arms, GV and CapitalG. The 2019 tech IPO line up has promised plenty of side-choosing as ride hailing rivals Lyft and Uber prep for duelin...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Ipo, Singapore, Softbank, Trends, David, Jeff Bezos, Google Ventures, Wall Street Journal, Securities And Exchange Commission, Alphabet, Axel Springer, Comcast Ventures, Lee


2 dealmakers named David: Uber and Lyft's expected IPOs will trigger competition at Google's in-house VC firms (GOOGL, GOOG)

Uber and Lyft have both confidentially filed for IPOs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and are expected to go public in 2019. While the ride-hailing competitors have dueling IPOs, Google's parent company Alphabet stands to gain no matter who fares better. Alphabet has substantial investments in both Uber and Lyft through its two venture capital arms, GV and CapitalG. The 2019 tech IPO line up has promised plenty of side-choosing as ride hailing rivals Lyft and Uber prep for duelin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Lyft, Uber, Ipo, Singapore, Softbank, Trends, David, Google Ventures, Wall Street Journal, Securities And Exchange Commission, Alphabet, Axel Springer, Comcast Ventures, Lee


Google paid $40 million for a mystery piece of smartwatch technology from fashion brand Fossil (GOOG, GOOGL, FOSL)

On Thursday, Google announced a $40 million deal to purchase smartwatch technology from the fashion brand Fossil. As part of the deal, Google will also acquire part of Fossil's R&D team that currently supports the mystery tech which neither company has given much detail about.  Fossil exec Greg McKelvey hinted that the deal with Google will result in a "new product innovation that's not yet hit the market."  Google doesn’t yet make a smartwatch of its own, but the deal could signal a growin...
Tags: Google, Trends, Fossil, Signal, McKelvey, Google Pixel, Movado, Greg McKelvey, Stacey Burr, Wareables, LG Tag Heuer


Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3. The post Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Android, Mobile, Verizon, Samsung, Trends, BOGO, Samsung Galaxy S9, Iphone Xs


Slack is losing its second-most important executive in the run-up to its expected IPO this year

Slack's chief product officer April Underwood announced Thursday that she'll be leaving the $7.1 billion startup to focus on #Angels, an organization she co-founded that focuses on investing in female founders. Underwood is widely considered the strong right hand to Slack CEO and cofounder Stewart Butterfield — she's in charge of much of Slack's strategy and product decisions.  Underwood will be replaced by Tamar Yehoshua, who previously led the search business at Google.  Slack is expected ...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Microsoft, North Korea, Ipo, Angels, Trends, Kim Jong Un, Silicon Valley, Stewart Butterfield, April Underwood, Underwood, Tamar Yehoshua, Slack Underwood, Google Slack


Snap and WeWork have done an outstanding job showing the problems with making CEOs all-powerful (FB, GOOGL, DBX, SNAP, ROKU)

Recent news out of WeWork and Snap illustrates the shortcomings of their corporate structures.  At Snap, CEO Evan Spiegel's imperial management style seems to be driving away numerous top managers, including its chief financial officer, who announced his departure Tuesday. At WeWork, CEO Adam Neumann is reportedly engaged in what has the appearance of self-dealing — directing the company to lease buildings that he himself owns, despite the objections of the company's investors. Both companies ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Congress, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Chicago, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Evan Spiegel, WeWork, New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street Journal


How to play YouTube in the background on Android and iOS

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device. The post How to play YouTube in the background on Android and iOS appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Firefox, Android, Mobile, Youtube, Trends, How-to


Google's cheaper Pixel 3 'Lite' is totally leaked in a new video and comes with one of the most important features from the $800 Pixel 3 (GOOG, GOOGL)

A new video supposedly shows off the new Pixel 3 Lite mid-range smartphone from Google.  The Pixel 3 Lite is said to be a cheaper version of the regular Pixel 3 phones that Google released in October last year.  One of the biggest features on the Pixel 3 Lite is the same camera as the regular Pixel 3, which is often touted as having the best camera on any smartphone.  If the Pixel 3 Lite exists, it appears to be completely, totally, and utterly leaked in a new video from YouTube channel Andro...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Pixel, Lite, Google Pixel, Andro News It


Most Facebook users don't know that the site uses their interests for targeted ads, a new Pew survey says (FB)

Facebook collects data on its users, categorizes their interests, then lists those interests for advertisers.  According to a new study done by Pew Research Center, most Facebook users do not know the site lists their collected interests for advertisers. Of those, half are uncomfortable with how the site categorizes them. Some believe their listed interests do not line up with their personal lives.  Facebook users can view how the platform categorizes their interests on the "ad preferences" pa...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Congress, Trends, Airbnb, Pew Research Center


Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches. The post Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Wearables, Business, Trends, Breaking News, Fossil, Fossil Group, Wear OS


Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist. The post Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Wearables, Trends, Blood Pressure, Omron, Omron Healthcare, Omron HeartGuide


What’s Your Emergency? Law Enforcement’s Increasing Interest in Tech

Fort Worth, TX—Data analytics and visual search technologies are increasingly being used by law enforcement agencies, growth that has captured the attention of tech giant Motorola.The Chicago-based tech company, which has long sold narrow-band radios to law enforcement, has been building its arsenal of software and camera technologies through a series of acquisitions. The latest by Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) was a $445 million purchase last week of Vaas, a Fort Worth, TX-based maker of imag...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Motorola, Apps, 911, Police, Trends, Tech, Analytics, People, Cybersecurity, Law Enforcement, Broadband, Software, Chicago, South Africa


The Henn na Hotel in Japan is firing most of its robotic workforce and hiring humans instead — highlighting the limits of automation

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. T he Henn na Hotel in Japan, which from 2015 has employed almost 250 robots to meet guests’ needs, is cutting back on automation after its experiment failed to reduce costs or workload for employees, reports  The Wall Street Journal . The hotel will reduce its robotic workforce by more than half and return to more trad...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Japan, Trends, Lg, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, UBTech, Business Insider Intelligence, Henn na Hotel, Henn ha Hotel, Brookings Institution Though


ScaleFactor fetches $30 mln Series B

Austin and Denver-based ScaleFactor, an intelligent finance and automated accounting platform, has raised $30 million in Series B funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Canaan, Broadhaven Ventures and Firebrand Ventures. PRESS RELEASE AUSTIN, Texas — January 17, 2019—ScaleFactor, an intelligent finance and automated accounting platform, today announced a $30 million Series B round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, one of ...
Tags: Apple, India, Trends, CMO, Os, Austin, Denver, Bessemer Venture Partners, Byron Deeter, Bessemer, Robert, Austin Texas, Eric, Kurt, Sullivan, VC Deals


Swatch and Mastercard team up for on-the-wrist, on-the-go mobile payments

Swatch has announced its Swatchpay technology is now available in Switzerland, enabling mobile payments from your Swatch watch. It works in a similar way to Apple Pay and Google Pay. Here's everything about it. The post Swatch and Mastercard team up for on-the-wrist, on-the-go mobile payments appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Wearables, China, Trends, Switzerland, Mastercard, Swatch, Swatchpay


Millions of files from the Oklahoma government, including details of FBI investigations, were left exposed in a massive data breach

FBI files were left exposed in a massive data breach stemming from the Oklahoma government, a cybersecurity firm says. The company, UpGuard, says it discovered in December that the Oklahoma Department of Securities left millions of files unprotected on a public server. UpGuard's researchers called the Oklahoma government's handling of the data breach "irresponsible." Millions of files pertaining to sensitive FBI investigations were left exposed on an unprotected internet server, cybersecuri...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Fbi, Department Of Justice, Oklahoma, Forbes, Chris Vickery, UpGuard, Forbes It, Oklahoma Department of Securities


The latest game from one of the most respected developers in the business is showing early signs of being a flop

Valve Software is one of the most-respected game developers in the business, having created the "Half-Life," "Portal," and "Left 4 Dead" franchises. The company's first game in years arrived in late 2018 — a collectible card game named "Artifact," developed by "Magic: The Gathering" creator Richard Garfield. Though the game was warmly received by critics at launch, it has largely flopped with players. The studio that created classic video games like "Half-Life" and "Portal" has a brand-new ga...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Dota, Team Fortress, Richard Garfield, Half Life and Portal


This former Cisco exec explains why she was so excited to join $155 million Scalyr as its new CEO (CSCO)

Log management startup Scalyr announced Thursday that Christine Heckart, formerly a senior vice president at Cisco, will become its new CEO. Scalyr was founded by Steve Newman, who previously founded Writely — the startup that Google acquired and turned into the original Google Docs.  Startups like Scalyr, which are specifically targeted at developers and help with debugging code, are growing quickly, so Newman wanted to find a new CEO with experience in scaling and growth. For Heckart, she ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Cisco, Earth, Silicon Valley, Tivo, Steve, Shasta Ventures, Newman, Heckart, Scalyr, Telechoice, PitchBook Investors, Christine Heckart, Steve Newman, Google Docs Startups


VC-backed BYJU’S buys Osmo for $120 mln

BYJU’S has acquired Osmo for $120 million. Based in Palo Alto, California, Osmo is a provider of digital games for children. BYJU’S is backed by Naspers, CPPIB, General Atlantic, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Tencent, Sequoia Capital, Sofina, Verlinvest, IFC, Aarin Capital, Times Internet and Lightspeed Venture Partners. PRESS RELEASE PALO ALTO, Calif., and BANGALORE, India (Jan. 16, 2019) — Today, Osmo, the award-winning playful learning system for creating healthy screen time experiences, announ...
Tags: Google, India, US, Trends, M&a, Silicon Valley, Time Magazine, Cppib, Osmo, Bangalore India, Sharma, Palo Alto Calif, Byju, Naspers Ventures, Pramod Sharma, Byju Raveendran


Chromebook 13 vs. Google Pixelbook: Acer model takes on the king

Acer's Chromebook 13 is throwing tons of speed at the Chrome OS market, to go with a midrange build and traditional clamshell design. Is that enough to challenge the Google Pixelbook? The post Chromebook 13 vs. Google Pixelbook: Acer model takes on the king appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Trends, Chromebook, Computing, Acer, Chromebooks, Chromebook 13, Google Pixelbook


Want more power, but faster? This new charging tech claims it can deliver

Chunky power bricks and slow charging could be a thing of the past with GaNFast technology from Navitas Semiconductors. By using an alternative to silicon, GaNFast reduces power consumption and boosts output. The post Want more power, but faster? This new charging tech claims it can deliver appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Trends, Anker, Mu, Navitas, Ravpower, GaNFast



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