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Man stole $122m from Facebook and Google by sending them random bills, which the companies dutifully paid

Last week, Evaldas Rimasauskas of Lithuania plead guilty to US wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering charges, admitting that he had stolen $99m from Facebook and $23m from Google between 2013 and 2015. Rimasauskas's grift was pretty bold. He merely sent Google and Facebook invoices for items they hadn't purched and that he hadn't provided, which the companies paid anyway. The invoices were accompanied by "forged invoices, contracts, and letters that falsely appeared to...
Tags: Post, Business Email Compromise, Facebook, Fraud, Google, Grifter Capitalism, Lithuania


How The FBI Easily Retrieved Michael Cohen's Data From Both Apple and Google

Court documents unsealed Tuesday showed just how much information America's FBI was able to gather on Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen -- from both Google and Apple products. An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Notably, the FBI made use of Cohen's use of Touch ID and Face ID on his Apple devices, which allow users to quickly log into iPhones and computers by scanning their face or fingerprint rather than typing in a password... But that gives law enforcement an additional means to access those d...


Apple's Tim Cook urges China to continue to open up its economy

Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Saturday urged China to keep opening up its economy as local rivals bit into the profits of the US tech giant caught in the crosshairs of a trade spat between Beijing and Washington. "We have seen China continue to change and evolve... We encourage China to continue to open up," he said during a speech at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing on Saturday. Apple in January revealed that it took a hit in the "Greater China" region, where revenue plunged ...


Amazon to launch mobile ads, threatening Google and Facebook

Amazon has found a new way to grab a chunk of the US$129 billion (NZ$187b) digital advertising market now dominated by Google and Facebook: selling video spots on the e-commerce giant's smartphone shopping app.Amazon has been beta... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Business, US


Microsoft Says the FCC 'Overstates' Broadband Availability In the US

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Microsoft this week was the latest to highlight the U.S. government's terrible broadband mapping in a filing with the FCC, first spotted by journalist Wendy Davis. In it, Microsoft accuses the FCC of over-stating actual broadband availability and urges the agency to do better. "The Commission's broadband availability data, which underpins FCC Form 477 and the Commission's annual Section 706 report, appears to overstate the extent to which bro...
Tags: Fcc, Microsoft, US, Tech, Commission, Wendy Davis


Walmart is reportedly considering taking on Google and Microsoft with a video game streaming service (WMT, GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT)

Walmart is considering creating its own video game streaming service, according to a new report from US Gamer. The report comes just days after Google announced Stadia, an upcoming video game streaming service that aims to remove the need for expensive video game consoles. According to US Gamer, Walmart has entered preliminary talks with developers and publishers, and discussed video game streaming at this year's Game Developers Conference, where Stadia was announced. Walmart is the latest co...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, US, Trends, Walmart, Netflix, Wall Street Journal, MGM, GDC, Samsung Galaxy, Netflix Hulu, VUDU, Walmart CTO Jeremy King, San Francisco Stadia


US Companies Are Moving Tech Jobs To Canada Rather Than Deal With Trump's Immigration Policies, Report Says

US companies are going to keep hiring foreign tech workers, even as the Trump administration makes doing so more difficult. For a number of US companies that means expanding their operations in Canada, where hiring foreign nationals is much easier. From a report: Demand for international workers remained high this year, according to a new Envoy Global survey of more than 400 US hiring professionals, who represent big and small US companies and have all had experience hiring foreign employees. So...
Tags: Amazon, US, Tech, Canada, Trump, Google Facebook, Envoy Global


Super-crook admits he nicked $122m from Facebook, Google by sending staff fake invoices for tech kit

Evaldas Rimasauskas will pay back $50m, faces years in clink for phony hardware bill scam A Lithuanian citizen extradited the US has admitted bilking $122m from Facebook and Google by sending the tech giant's staff bogus invoices for computer gear.…
Tags: Google, Facebook, US, Software, Facebook Google, Evaldas Rimasauskas


Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer plans to meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford says efforts like Google’s artificial intelligence venture in China allow the Chinese military to access and take […]
Tags: Google, Business, News, Washington, China, US, Ap, Nation, U S Gen Joseph Dunford


Marqeta files to raise $250M on a $1.9B valuation

The world of digital payments continues to power ahead — fuelled by the continuing growth of e-commerce and fintech — and now one of the bigger startups making waves in the secotr is raising a huge round of funding. TechCrunch has learned that Marqeta — a payment processing company that works in the area of powering payment cards on behalf of other brands along with related services — is in the process of raising $250 million on a valuation of $1.875 billion. The figures come by way of a Delawar...
Tags: Europe, Finance, Funding, US, Tech, Banking, Accenture, Max Levchin, Delaware, Reuters, Oakland CA, Iconiq, Marqeta, Granite Ventures, PrimeUnicornIndex Marqeta, Iconiq Goldman Sachs Visa


Qualcomm's new smart speaker platform will drive third-party device growth (QCOM)

This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. San Diego-based technology company and semiconductor designer Qualcomm  announced  a set of new system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs as well as a dedicated smart speaker platform on which companies can base AI-enabled audio devices. The announcement comes at an opportune time: More and more  companies are buil...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, San Diego, Qualcomm, Alexa Google, QCOM


Satellite giants Dish and DirecTV are taking wildly different pricing approaches to streaming. Here's what it says about the future of live digital TV.

Sling TV and DirecTV Now are taking opposite approaches to OTT growth. DirecT V Now increased its prices, which could cause it to lose half its sub scribers this year, while Sling is ratcheting up promotions to attract new customers. The differences in approach reveal the fundamental differences between the two companies and the future of live digital TV. After competing head to head for years, Sling TV and DirecTV Now, the two biggest digital live TV services by subscribers are taking opposi...
Tags: Google, Hbo, Abc, Youtube, US, Trends, Comcast, Sony, Cbs, Hulu, Viacom, Macquarie, AT T, Frost Sullivan, Alan Wolk, DirecTV


'It's a complex ecosystem': Ad-tech firms promise OTT advertisers granular measurement, but marketers say there are holes in their pitches

A number of ad-tech companies are rolling out new measurement products they say can help marketers see if their OTT ads led to a sale. These companies pull data from smart TV manufacturers and cable boxes, then match it with third-party stats to determine if someone purchased a product or went to a store after seeing TV ads. Marketers' challenge is finding enough scale to measure the growing number of OTT platforms and streaming services. Vizio-owned Inscape is one of the largest sources of sm...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, Vizio, Samba TV, Emarketer, SVP, Cramer Krasselt, Wexler, Giacosa, Alphonso, Lisa Giacosa, Inscape, Chris Wexler, Samba TV Alphonso


Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview

Last year, Microsoft announced the launch of its Windows Virtual Desktop service. At the time, this was a private preview, but starting today, any enterprise user who wants to try out what using a virtual Windows 10 desktop that’s hosted in the Azure cloud looks like will be able to give it a try. It’s worth noting that this is very much a product for businesses. You’re not going to use this to play Apex Legends on a virtual machine somewhere in the cloud. The idea here is that a service like...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, Office 365, US, Tech, Windows 10, OneDrive, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Microsoft-office, Virtual Machine, US Central Azure


Lyft's first Wall Street analyst to launch coverage of the stock gave it a buy rating. Here's why he says the company could be worth $25 billion (LYFT)

Lyft is racing towards an initial public offering (IPO) that could launch as soon as next week.  Ahead of the IPO, the company nabbed its first buy rating from a Wall Street analyst.  Tom White of D.A. Davidson gave the company a $75 price target, which translates to a valuation of more than $25 billion  — its highest target yet.  More than a on the Nasdaq stock exchange, Lyft has already nabbed its first buy rating from a Wall Street analyst. Tom White, an internet analyst at Montana-based...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Montana, Ipo, New York City, US, Trends, Alibaba, White, Davidson, Tom White, Santosh Rao, Manhattan Venture Partners, Nasdaq stock exchange Lyft


Here's a look at every single Apple store in the United States (AAPL)

We've compiled a list of every Apple store in the United States. Jump to your favorite state via the table of contents, or scroll down to see every state in alphabetical order. To understand Apple's retail footprint, it really helps to see it for yourself. Below, we've collected the photos and locations of every single Apple store in the United States. Apple currently has 271 US stores in operation: Notably, nine states (and Washington D.C.) only have one Apple store, and six states have no A...
Tags: Apple, Washington, US, Trends, United States, Zurich, Albuquerque, United States Apple, Wyoming California, United States Jump, Apple The Summit Apple Bridge Street


Instagram users will be able to buy from brands on platform

‘Checkout on Instagram’ is new e-commerce service available to US customersFacebook is moving into retail, as the company partners with more than 20 brands to allow Instagram users to buy clothes, accessories and makeup on the social network without leaving the app.“Checkout on Instagram” is a step up from previous shopping features on the service, which ultimately pushed buyers to a brand’s web page to complete transactions. Users were then required to enter payment and shipping details, and of...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Money, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, US, World news, Consumer affairs, E-commerce, US news, Online Shopping


How to hide apps on your iPhone's home screen and search function

Apple doesn't provide an official way to hide apps, but you can store iPhone apps you want to hide in a folder, shielding it from view. iPhone folders support many "pages" of apps, so you can store "private" apps on back pages in a folder. You can also configure your iPhone so that it isn't possible to search for installed apps.   Apple makes it easy to manage the apps on your iPhone. You can reorganize your apps onto different pages and folders , and outright delete the ones you never u...
Tags: Apple, US, Trends, Siri, Huawei China


I don't hate US tech, snarls Euro monopoly watchdog chief – as Google slapped with €1.49bn megafine

Play fair, chaps The European Commission has concluded its third probe into Google's business practices by whacking it with a €1.49bn fine. The third investigation dealt with advertising broker services that Brussels said foreclosed competition and raised prices for website operators.…
Tags: Google, US, Software, European Commission, Brussels


I don't hate US tech, snarls Euro competition chief as Google slapped with €1.49bn megafine

Play fair, chaps The European Commission has concluded its third probe into Google's business practices by whacking it with a €1.49bn fine. The third investigation dealt with advertising broker services that Brussels said foreclosed competition and raised prices for website operators.…
Tags: Google, US, Software, European Commission, Brussels


Full moon patents: Uber’s pick-up AR, Microsoft’s crime scene AI, and Boeing’s toilet

Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This March-ish roundup lands on the icky Worm Moon ! Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 13,028 patents and published over 13,113 patent applications. Each patent asset adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As I cannot l...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, US, Tech, Boeing, PatentYogi, AR Microsoft


Donald Trump calls Kellyanne Conway's husband a 'stone cold loser' as Twitter feud escalates

Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on his senior aide Kellyanne Conway's husband, calling him a "stone cold loser and husband from hell". The US president accused George Conway of being "very jealous" of his wife's White House position. The Twitter feud came after Mr Conway questioned the president's mental fitness. Mr Trump issued a series of tweets over the weekend in which he attacked the late senator John McCain, Google and the Russia investigation, prompting Mr Conway to su...
Tags: Google, News, Washington Post, White House, Russia, US, Fbi, John Mccain, Donald Trump, Justice Department, James Comey, Trump, Conway, Donald J Trump, Mr Trump, Kellyanne Conway


Ad-tech companies are moving full speed ahead to chase OTT ad dollars. Here are the 13 companies poised to win the most.

A growing number of ad-tech companies are moving into over-the-top advertising as ad dollars shift from TV to streaming video. While ad-tech companies are clamoring to get a share of the OTT ad market that's coming from the $70 billion in TV advertising, not all ad-tech companies will actually be able to deliver. Business Insider polled a handful of ad buyers and compiled a list of 13 ad-tech companies that are at the forefront of shaping the future of OTT advertising. More people are cutting...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Youtube, Amc, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Roku, Cbs, David Cohen, Nielsen, North America, Vizio, Hulu, Comscore


THE APPLE STORE WORLD TOUR: From Albuquerque to Zurich, here's a look at every Apple Store across the globe (AAPL)

To understand Apple's global retail footprint, it helps to see it for yourself. We've compiled a list of every Apple store in the world. Jump to your favorite country or state via the table of contents, or scroll down to see every store alphabetically. It's hard to believe Apple was started out of a garage in California just over 40 years ago. Today, Apple is worth hundreds of billions of dollars and has over 500 stores in 24 countries around the world. Apple stores weren't even a "thing" unt...
Tags: Apple, Google, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden, Colorado, South Park, California, Steve Jobs, Washington, Mexico, US, Trends, Spain, Turkey


Apple introduces new AirPods with H1 chip, optional Wireless Charging Case starting at Rs. 14900

After several rumors, Apple has introduced new AirPods. It has the latest Apple H1 headphone chip for a faster and more stable wireless connection and also drives voice-enabled "Hey Siri” access making it easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions and delivers up to 30 per cent lower gaming latency. It also comes with a new wireless charging case that offers wireless charging with Qi-compatible charging solutions. An LED light indicator located on the front of...
Tags: Apple, Accessories, News, US, Siri, Blogging, Qi, AirPods, Apple AirPods 2 price, Apple AirPods 2 price India, Apple AirPods 2019 price India


California's Right to Repair Bill, killed by Big Ag and Apple, has been reintroduced

Last year, California was one of several states to introduce right to repair legislation that would force companies to end practices that discourage the independent repair sector, creating a requirement to sell replacement parts, provide documentation, and supply codes to bypass DRM systems that locked new parts out of devices until the company activated them. The bills were mostly defeated, thanks to coalitions led by Apple -- which subsequently warned its investors that its profits were...
Tags: Apple, Post, Business, News, Law, California, US, Stockton, Agribusiness, SMEs, Big Ag, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Right To Repair, CALPIRG, Mikey Campbell, Maureen Mahoney


EU hits Google with $1.7 billion fine

The European Union has hit Google with another big antitrust fine, the third in a series of billion-dollar penalties the US tech giant has faced for hindering competition.
Tags: Google, News, US, Eu, European Union, Stories


Europe hits Google with a third, $1.7 billion antitrust fine

Europe has slapped Google with another big antitrust fine, the third in a series of billion-dollar penalties the US tech giant has faced for hindering competition.
Tags: Google, Europe, US, Cnn


US mum 'abused kids who performed on family YouTube channel'

The woman, whose children performed on the Fantastic Adventures channel, denies charges of child abuse.
Tags: US, Tech


More than 130 European businesses tell the European Parliament: Reject the #CopyrightDirective

The EU's Copyright Directive will be voted on in the week of March 25 (our sources suggest the vote will take place on March 27th, but that could change); the Directive has been controversial all along, but it took a turn for the catastrophic during the late stages of the negotiation, which yielded a final text that is alarming in its potential consequences for all internet activity in Europe and around the world. More than 5,000,000 Europeans have signed a petition against Article 13 of the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Post, News, Wikipedia, Germany, US, Eu, Spain, Competition, United Nations, Eff, European Parliament, EUCD, Monopolism



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