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Google Play Music Shutting Down, Subscriptions Migrating To YouTube Music

A merger between corporate-sibling streaming services Google Play Music and YouTube Music has been in the works for several years, and as Billboard reports, it's coming to fruition soon. That spells the end for Google Play, which will be phased out starting in August with subscribers moved over to YouTube Music. More »
Tags: Google, Google Play, Music, News, Youtube, Youtube Music


Google Play Music Shutdown Dates Set: Service to Be Replaced by YouTube Music by End of 2020

The last dance is looming for Google Play Music, the subscription service that will be fully subsumed into YouTube Music by December 2020, the internet company announced. In streamlining its music offerings, Google is coming down the home stretch of a months-long migration of users from Google Play Music — which will start shutting down […]
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Youtube Music, Google Play Music


Big YouTube accounts are being plagued by hackers promoting Bitcoin scams resembling the hack that compromised Twitter (GOOGL)

Hackers appear to have taken over several big YouTube channels in recent weeks, changing the channels' names to topics like "SpaceX" or "Elon Musk" and promoting Bitcoin scams. The hacked channels, some of which have tens or hundreds of thousands of subscribers, post videos urging people to send Bitcoin in order to be paid back double — a common scam tactic. It bears similarities to the tactics used by hackers who compromised hundreds of high-profile Twitter accounts last month. Unlike the Twi...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, Youtube, Barack Obama, Trends, Nasa, Fbi, Bitcoin, Business Insider, Breslau, Rod Breslau, MarcoStyle


How much TikTok is paying for key roles as it goes on a hiring spree

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for August 4. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected] Before we get to today's news, two pieces of housekeeping: Tomorrow, reporter Amanda Perelli is hosting a webinar about how influencers are adapting to the pandemic with YouTube stars like Shelby Church. Register and get more information here. W...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Youtube, US, Trends, Pwc, Kpmg, Sheryl Sandberg, Cohen, Ashley Rodriguez, Instagram YouTube, Poshmark, Lauren Johnson, Tiktok, Coco Cohen


Trump Admin Moves to Boot GOP FCC Commissioner Who Hinted Its Social Media Order Is 'Gibberish'

The White House has yanked its nomination to give GOP Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly another term at the agency, offering no explanation as to why.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Youtube, White House, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Tech Policy, Section 230, Mike O'Rielly, Mike Orielly


Google wants to be only destination for Search and digital advertising: 14 key takeaways from Pichai’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Given that Google earns more than $100 billion, there is “a fundamental conflict of interest between serving users who want to access the best and most relevant information and Google’s business model, which incentivises Google to sell ads and keep users on Google’s own sites,” David Cicilline (D-RI), the chair of the subcommittee, said at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here). But Google CEO Sundar Pichai clarified that ads ar...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, News, Microsoft, Congress, Navy, Youtube, Senate, China, US, Joe Biden


Revisit Scenes of Daily Life in Amsterdam in 1922, with Historic Footage Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence

Welkom in Amsterdam… 1922. Neural network artist Denis Shiryaev describes himself as “an artistic machine-learning person with a soul.” For the last six months, he’s been applying himself to re-rendering documentary footage of city life—Belle Epoque Paris, Tokyo at the start of the the Taish? era, and New York City in 1911—the year of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. It’s possible you’ve seen the footage before, but never so alive in feel. Shiryaev’s renderings trick modern eyes with artifi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Film, Indonesia, Youtube, College, New York City, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Computer Science, Facebook Twitter, Surinam


A 17-Year-Old's Journey: Minecraft, SIM-Swapping Bitcoin Heists, Breaching Twitter

The New York Times tells the story of the 17-year-old "mastermind" arrested Friday for the takeover of dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts. They report that Graham Ivan Clark "had a difficult family life" and "poured his energy into video games and cryptocurrency" after his parents divorced when he was 7, and he grew up in Tampa, Florida with his mother, "a Russian immigrant who holds certifications to work as a facialist and as a real estate broker." By the age of 10, he was playing the vi...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Youtube, Tech, New York Times, Secret Service, Graham, Minecraft, Times, Seattle, Tampa, Bennett, Clark, Tampa Florida, Bitcoins, Gregg Bennett


We now know exactly what Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg think about before they acquire a startup

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Business Insider stories from executive editor Matt Turner. Please subscribe to Business Insider here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.  Hello! It's been a dizzying week for Big Tech, with Jeff Bezos et al appearing in front of Congress, then earnings, before the week wrapped up with an unexpected twist involving Tik Tok, President Trump, and Microsoft.  For smart commentary on the Congressional hearing on tech antitrust, I'd re...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, Washington, China, US, Trends, Walmart, Tim Cook, Evan Spiegel, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Young


YouTube Criticized For Ending Its Community Captions Feature

Long-time Slashdot reader xonen quotes the Verge: YouTube plans to discontinue its community captions feature, which allowed viewers to add subtitles to videos, because it was "rarely used and had problems with spam/abuse," the company announced. It says it's removing the captions and will "focus on other creator tools." The feature will be removed as of September 28th. "You can still use your own captions, automatic captions and third-party tools and services," YouTube said in an update on its...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Tech, Deaf YouTuber Rikki Poynter


Google Threatens to Remove All Danish Music From YouTube

YouTube is "embroiled in a very public spat with songwriters and music publishers in Denmark," according to one music-industry news site. They cite Koda, the group that collects royalties and licensing fees for musicians, as saying that YouTube is now threatening to remove all music written by Danish songwriters: The cause of this threat is a disagreement between the two parties over the remuneration of songwriters and publishers in the market. YouTube and Koda's last multi-year licensing deal ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Tech, Denmark, Koda, YouTube Music EMEA


Secret documents from US antitrust probe reveal big tech’s plot to control or crush the competition

Nearly 500 pages of evidence were made public during the House Judiciary’s marathon hearing this week on potential anti-competitive actions by Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple . We’ve collected them here with added context and an omnibus, searchable version for anyone who’d rather not juggle four dozen documents. The emails, chat logs and other communications listed here trickled out online as the hearings went on. Many are internal documents that were never meant to be exposed publicl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Government, China, US, Tech, Policy, Jeff Bezos, App Store


Report: Trump wants to order TikTok owner ByteDance to sell US business

President Trump has plans to order China’s ByteDance, the owner of hit social video app TikTok, to divest from the company, according to new reporting from Bloomberg. The app is increasingly a target of U.S. security concerns over its Chinese ownership. While little is known about what that could mean — or if it’s how a sale of TikTok would really take place — the event would send huge waves through the tech world. TikTok is one of the only meaningful outside competitors for U.S.-based social...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Youtube, White House, China, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Trump, Congressional, Tiktok, TechCrunch TikTok


Report: Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok’s US business from China’s ByteDance

President Trump has plans to order China’s ByteDance, the owner of hit social video app TikTok, to divest from the company, according to new reporting from Bloomberg. The app is increasingly a target of U.S. security concerns over its Chinese ownership. After the initial news, reports bubbled up that Microsoft is in talks to buy the Chinese social network, which is potentially valued at $50 billion and has a massive footprint in the U.S. and beyond. TikTok itself is not available in China and...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Youtube, White House, China, Disney, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Trump, Congressional, Apple Google Facebook, Kevin Mayer


Nvidia's Android TV streaming player is a bit pricey, but it offers more advanced video and gaming capabilities than similar devices from Roku and Amazon

  Nvidia's Shield TV streaming boxes have long offered excellent Android TV performance with access to a large assortment of apps. The latest Shield TV has a cylindrical design, and it's built to be placed behind other components, or in a corner. The powerful device offers advanced 4K, HDR, gaming, and upscaling capabilities, along with integrated Google Assistant support. At $149.99, the Shield TV is a little expensive compared to players from Roku and Amazon, but the device is a great opti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Hbo, Youtube, Office, Trends, Netflix, Nvidia, Roku, Ai, Dolby Vision, AAA, Hdr, Dolby Atmos, Amazon Alexa


Facebook will launch officially licensed music videos in the US starting this weekend

Facebook today confirmed it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the U.S., as TechCrunch first reported, as well as introduce a new Music destination within Facebook Watch. The changes, which will go into effect starting this weekend, will allow Facebook users to discover, watch and share music videos from a wide range of artists, including, for example, Anitta, Blake Shelton, Bob Marley, Diplo, Elton John, Jonas Brothers, Josh Groban, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Ma...
Tags: Social, Videos, Facebook, Video, Music, Media, Youtube, China, Music Videos, India, US, Tech, Thailand, Artists, Facebook Live, Facebook Page


Why “The Girl from Ipanema”‘ Is a Richer & Weirder Song Than You Ever Realized

Say what you want about YouTube’s negative effects (endless soy faces, influencers, its devious and fascist-leaning algorithms) but it has offered to creators a space in which to indulge. And that’s one of the reasons I’ve been a fan of Adam Neely’s work. A jazz musician and a former student at both the Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, his YouTube channel is a must for those with an interest in the how and why of music theory. If not for Neely’s talent and YouT...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, John Cleese, Harvard, Rio De Janeiro, Cole Porter, Ipanema, Stan Getz, Berklee College of Music, Facebook Twitter, Duke Ellington, David Sedaris, Leonard Bernstein, Neely


Emails and IMs from the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook and Google show how they think about acquiring companies — and it has little to do with the quality of a startup's product (AMZN, FB, GOOG)

Documents made public Wednesday as part of a Congressional antitrust hearing give insight into the concerns of tech's most powerful CEOs leading up to game-changing acquisitions. Amazon, Facebook and Google all made big purchases of startups whose technology, the documents reveal, their teams found to be lacking. Instead, the deals got done because the companies feared losing market share or wanted a leg up in a new sector.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're lookin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, Yahoo, Youtube, Trends, Cisco, Palo Alto, Tim Cook, Oracle, Sap, Zuckerberg


YouTube Q2 Ad Revenue Growth Slows, Google’s Search Sales Fall Nearly 10%

YouTube’s revenue growth cooled in the second quarter of 2020, but even with the COVID-19 pandemic Google’s internet video platform carved out year-over-year growth of 5.8%. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, posted a 2% decline in revenue — its first-ever revenue drop — while it still topped Wall Street estimates. For Q2, YouTube’s ad revenue was […]
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Alphabet, Alphabet Google


CEOs from Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook had to defend their companies against what lawmakers called 'a pattern of' monopolistic behavior. Here's how each was grilled during Wednesday's landmark hearing. (AMZN, GOOGL, AAPL, FB)

Wednesday's tech antitrust hearing was a grueling six-hour event in which House committee members grilled Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai about their companies' market power.  Cook, Apple's CEO, received what seemed like the fewest questions, but he was asked about the App Store and how Apple treats app developers.  Zuckerberg was probed on Facebook's acquisition strategy and whether it bought companies like Instagram to "neutralize" a competitor.  Pichai, who is CEO o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, China, Trends, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Gop, Hillary Clinton, House


Alphabet beat Wall Street expectations in second-quarter earnings, but couldn't save the company from its first revenue decline in history (GOOGL)

- Alphabet has announced its second-quarter earnings for 2020, slightly beating Wall Street expectations. But it wasn't enough to save the company from its first ever revenue decline. The company reported an overall 2% drop in revenue, not including traffic acquisition costs. Cloud was one of the brightest spots for Google, seeing a 43% year-on-year boost. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google's second-quarter results are in, revealing a slight beat on Wall Street expectat...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Wall Street, Trends, Bloomberg, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, GAAP, Google Cloud, Waymo


Live: Here come Google and Alphabet's Q2 earnings (GOOGL)

Alphabet will report its second-quarter earnings after the bell today. It's our first look at how three months inside a pandemic has affected Google's business. Wall Street expects to see a year-on-year revenue drop of around 4%, but Cloud could be a big winner. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alphabet is set to announce its Q2 earnings after the closing bell today, giving us our first look at how three months inside a pandemic has affected Google's business. Alphabet CEO ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Bloomberg, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, GAAP


Newly surfaced emails show how ruthlessly Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google built their businesses and ate up smaller companies

New documents surfaced through a Congressional investigation into Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook show how the companies pursued acquisitions and fought off perceived competitors.  The documents provide a rare glimpse into the actions taken by top executives including Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs at crucial moments for their company. Lawmakers said the documents are evidence that companies engaged in anticompetitive behavior, but CEOs defended their companies' actions and said they conti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Steve Jobs, Youtube, Washington, Trends, Pennsylvania, Jeff Bezos, Kevin Systrom, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet


Where was Microsoft? Antitrust experts explain why they think the company managed to avoid testifying alongside Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook in this week's Big Tech hearing (MSFT)

Microsoft was notably missing as peer companies Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook faced a Congressional antitrust hearing this week. The company's absence was noteworthy because it's bigger than several of the companies that testified, is still dominant in many sectors of enterprise software market, and was accused of anticompetitive practices by Slack just this month. Antitrust experts say Microsoft managed to avoid the hearing mostly because the company is good at flying under the radar wh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, Office, Satya Nadella, Trends, Linkedin, European Union, Sony, Signal, Amazon Web Services, Business Insider, Congressional


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Emails released on Wednesday by the congressional subcommittee investigating antitrust in Big Tech gave an insight into how Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon headed off competitive threats. The emails revealed how Google bought YouTube; why Amazon bought Ring; why Steve Jobs cut off a developer; and why Facebook acquired Instagram. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he coul...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Australia, Steve Jobs, Youtube, Trends, Eu, Nasa, Jeff Bezos, Republican, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Trump, Jim Jordan


Newly-released emails reveal how Google hoped to pay $50 million for YouTube in 2006, and why it ended up paying $1.65 billion (GOOG)

New emails released as part of Wednsesday's Congressional tech antitrust hearing reveal a fascinating exchange between Google executives who were considering buying YouTube back in 2005. The emails reveal that Google thought it could buy YouTube for just $50 million. "They want something in the $500M range, something like 'the MySpace deal'" one exchange reads. Months later, Google acquired the company for $1.65 billion in a historic deal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. I...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Youtube, Trends, Larry Page, Bill, Susan Wojcicki, Eric Schmidt, Sequoia, Mike, Dempsey, Eric, Congressional, SCHMIDT, Mike Moritz, Wojcicki


Republican lawmakers hijacked a historic antitrust hearing to air conspiracy theories and accuse tech companies of secretly working to undermine Trump

Republican lawmakers used a widely-anticipated House subcommittee hearing with the world's most powerful tech CEOs to air grievances and accuse tech companies of secretly working to undermine President Donald Trump's reelection campaign. The hearing erupted into a shouting match several times as Democratic lawmakers accused their Republican colleagues of pushing "fringe conspiracy theories." Ohio congressman Jim Jordan implied Google is trying to give former Vice President Joe Biden an edge ov...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Florida, Texas, Cdc, Youtube, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, House, Food And Drug Administration


Google's high exposure to COVID-19 'weak spots' will test its recession-proof search business like never before (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google is set to report its second quarter earnings on Thursday. It's the company's first quarter to take place entirely within the pandemic. Analysts are expecting a revenue decline, but there could be signs of recovery for Google's advertising business. All eyes will be on YouTube and Cloud as possible bright spots. Analysts are also interested to see if Google mentions plans for its costly moonshot projects. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's a busy week for Alphabet ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, Trends, Sundar Pichai, Srinivasan, Ruth Porat, Trump, Facebook Google, Rohit Kulkarni, Google s YouTube, Kulkarni, Google Cloud


Apple CEO Tim Cook Testifies in U.S. Antitrust Hearing

Apple CEO Tim Cook is today participating in an antitrust hearing with the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee alongside Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The hearing was supposed to kick off at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time or 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time, but it was delayed for a half hour to an hour. It can be watched live through the YouTube stream above. Cook is expected to be grilled about Apple's App Store policies in regard to app r...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Featured, Youtube, China, Fbi, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, Alphabet Google, Facebook Amazon, David Cicilline, Sundar Pichai Amazon


Here are 22 of the most important executives leading Google Cloud as it takes on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google Cloud is competing with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft for bigger share in the fast-growing cloud market. These 22 executives are leading Google's bid to expand its reach in cloud computing. These executives are focused on expanding sales, partnerships, and customer relationships, as well as building technology like artificial intelligence and cloud infrastructure. Click here for more BI Prime stories.  With Amazon and Microsoft gobbling up large portions of the share on the cloud m...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Japan, Florida, London, Microsoft, Youtube, Office, Trends, Siri, Cisco, SU, Asia Pacific, South Africa, Middle East



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