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A thief in Virginia is disguising himself as an Amazon delivery driver and stealing packages from people's porches, police say

David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images A man dressed as an Amazon delivery driver is stealing packages instead of delivering them in Richmond, Virginia, according to local police. Wearing a company vest, he approaches homes carrying dummy boxes and switches them for full ones delivered by Amazon, the police said.  The alleged "porch pirate's" photo was released by police, who are seeking more information. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Police in Richmond, Vir...
Tags: Amazon, News, Theft, Virginia, Christmas, US, Trends, Tech, Retail, Packages, Nissan, Richmond Virginia, The Boston Globe, Romeoville Illinois, WTVR, Getty Images A


Tony Hsieh, the ex-CEO of Zappos, has died aged 46 due to injuries sustained in a house fire

Hsieh speaks onstage at CinemaCon’s final day luncheon and special presentation. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for CinemaCon The cause of death was injuries he sustained from a house fire, a spokesperson told TechCrunch. Hsieh led the online shoe and clothing retailer, which he sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion. He had recently retired after 20 years with the company. Zappos' current CEO, Kedar Deshpande, called Hsieh a "tremendous visionary and an incredible human being." Visit Business Insid...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, Trends, Connecticut, Retail, Zappos, Tony Hsieh, Cinemacon, Hsieh, Deshpande, Charley Gallay Getty, UK Weekend, Weekend BI UK, Tola Onanuga, TechCrunch Hsieh


Netflix to declare more than $1.3 billion in UK revenue, increasing pressure on other big tech firms over their favorable tax arrangements

Netflix. Photo by Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images Netflix on Saturday said it would declare more than $1.3 billion in UK revenue, according to The Guardian. The move is likely to put pressure on other tech giants like Amazon and Google, many of which use tax jurisdictions to their favor.   The streaming giant has about 50 productions based in the UK, including "The Crown" and "The Witcher," with plans to double UK spending, Variety reports.  Visit Business Insider's homep...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, US, Trends, Tax, Netflix, Amsterdam, Guardian, Witcher, The Crown, Tech Insider, Variety Netflix, Joe Biden Joe Biden, Britta Pedersen, UK Weekend


Amazon Pharmacy is going to be the first big test of public trust in Prime and will expose the company to more scrutiny

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. c This week Amazon launched its new Amazon Pharmacy service, selling prescription and generic medications. Prime members will get a bunch of perks, including huge discounts of up to 80%. By selling healthcare, Amazon Prime is getting into a market where consumers are keenly aware of how sensitive their data is, which means it will have to walk a fine line to maintain public trust. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon launched its new service Ama...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Time, US, Beck, Trends, Eu, Amazon Prime, Healthcare, Pfizer, Jeff Bezos, Forrester, Medications, HIPAA, Tech Insider


Twitter says it will hand over the official presidential account to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter will hand over the official @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he's sworn in on Inauguration Day, the company said on Friday. The social media company plans to do the same for other Twitter handles linked to the presidency, including @FLOTUS, @VP, and @whitehouse accounts. This move won't affect President Trump too much as he's been largely tweeting from his personal account @realDonaldTrump. However, his priva...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Politics, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Tech News, News UK, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Nyu, Trump, Elizabeth, Facebook Twitter, National Archives and Records Administration


Twitter says it will hand over the official presidential handle to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day, but Trump will still keep his personal account

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter will hand over the official @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he's sworn in on Inauguration Day, the company said on Friday. The social media company plans to do the same for other Twitter handles linked to the presidency, including @FLOTUS, @VP, and @whitehouse accounts. This move won't affect President Trump too much as he's been largely tweeting from his personal account @realDonaldTrump. However, his priva...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Politics, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Tech News, News UK, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Nyu, Trump, Elizabeth, Facebook Twitter, National Archives and Records Administration


A study shows why you shouldn't just rely on Google Maps or Yelp for restaurant reviews

You can update the address of your business on Google Maps by using the free Google My Business tool. AngieYeoh/Shutterstock Academic analysis of restaurant reviews shows public reviews aren't the objective truth they claim to be. Reviews submitted on Google for the same restaurant in the same area average 0.7 stars more than on Yelp. "The five-star rating scale is a false simplicity," said Brent Hecht, one of the authors of the paper. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Be...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Trends, Google Maps, Yelp, Northwestern University, Li, Hecht, Tech Insider, Li Read, Brent Hecht, Chris Stokel Walker, UK Weekend, Hanlin Li, Northwestern University Part


4 times Trump supporters have been accused of voter intimidation in 2020, from a Trump mask-wearing cop to a landlord threatening to double rent if Biden wins

People wait to cast votes early in the 2020 general election at Boston City Hall Plaza on October 28, 2020. Anik Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images Record numbers of Americans have already cast their votes early in the 2020 general election. There have also been multiple reports of voter intimidation. The incidents reported so far include a Miami police officer who wore a Trump 2020 face mask at a polling site, and a Colorado trailer park owner who threatened to double rent if Democratic nom...
Tags: Google, Florida, Politics, Colorado, Office, Trends, Joe Biden, Features, Fbi, Pennsylvania, News UK, Miami, Ohio, Fox News, Philadelphia, Rochester


What it's like to get locked out of Google indefinitely

Google; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Entrusting your data to big tech platforms can be highly risky. Users who have been banned by Google for supposedly violating its terms of service have been left without access to key parts of their lives. Many have appealed the suspensions but have received automated responses. They don't know why they've been banned. "This is just how life is when you're dealing with trillion-dollar faceless corporations," said Aral Balkan. Visit Business Insider's ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Gmail, Instagram, Microsoft, Trends, Tech, Google Music, Skype, Tech Insider, Birkenhead UK, Samantha Lee, Gmail YouTube, Aral Balkan, Stephen Roughley


Easily overblown, little-understood, and dangerous: Why we need to understand political microtargeting

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaving The Merrion Hotel in Dublin after a meeting with politicians to discuss regulation of social media and harmful content in April 2019. Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images We learned this week that the Trump campaign may have tried to dissuade millions of Black voters from voting in 2016 through highly targeted online ads. The investigation, by Channel 4, highlighted a still little-understood online advertising technique, microtargeting. This targets ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, UK, US, Trends, Georgia, Channel 4, Dublin, Discrimination, Naacp, Donald Trump, Black, Trump, Simon


Twitter warned it will suspend users who wish for President Trump's death and then received a backlash claiming double standards

President Donald Trump wearing a mask while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tasos Katopodis President Donald Trump's positive coronavirus diagnosis has prompted many people to wish for his death on social media.  The tweets have since prompted Twitter to issue a statement saying the messages violate their abusive behavior policy and could result in suspension. The company's statement, however, has sparked a backlash within...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, News, White House, Trends, Tech, News UK, Moscow, Donald Trump, Trump, Melania Trump, Bethesda Maryland, Evan Greer, Walter Reed Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Tech Insider


How worsening wildfire seasons are threatening businesses of all sizes in California and Oregon, from tech giant Apple to small food trucks

Firefighters keep an eye on the Creek Fire along state Highway 168, September 6, 2020, in Shaver Lake, California. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo The recent blazing wildfires on the West Coast have burned through businesses and ruined livelihoods. Small companies are particularly at risk: Many have closed down because of fire damage, and may never re-open. "The Almeda fire took our home and our business," said Phoenix Sigalove, a food truck owner in Ashland, Oregon. School-owner Lola Conde D...
Tags: Apple, Business, Cook, California, Oregon, Finance, Fire, Trends, Wildfires, Tim Cook, Community, Wildfire, West Coast, Business Insider, Smoke, Company


Kids in the UK are now spending more money on 'Fortnite' and 'Roblox' than candy and books

LPETTET/Getty Images Childrens’ spending habits in the UK have shifted to online games such as "Roblox" and "Fortnite" since lockdown began, away from sweets and books, a pocket money app has reported. Kids are also saving 14% more money than they did in 2019 — that’s £104 ($135) a year, RoosterMoney. Lego, Roblox, and Apple are the top three brands that children save up for, the study found. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Online video games "Fortnite" and "Roblox" ha...
Tags: Apple, UK, Kids, Money, Children, Saving, Trends, Fortnight, Online Games, PIGGY BANK, Tech Insider, Roblox, Fortnite, UK Weekend, Kate Duffy, RoosterMoney Lego Roblox


The ban on TikTok downloads has been postponed by one week after Trump gave his 'blessing' to a deal with Oracle and Walmart

US President Donald Trump said he's given the TikTok-Oracle deal his blessing. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images The US is officially postponing the ban on TikTok downloads it said would come into force on Sunday. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement Saturday that "recent positive developments" meant the deadline for the ban has now been moved to 11:59 p.m. on September 27. It came the same day Trump told reporters he had given his "blessing" to a deal between TikTok ...
Tags: Apple, Google, News, China, US, Trends, Walmart, Commerce, Ban, Donald Trump, Oracle, Trump, Ministry of Commerce, Tech Insider, Wilbur Ross, Bytedance



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