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WhatsApp now allows users to search the web to verify claims made in forwards

WhatsApp now allows users in a handful of markets — but not India — to verify claims made in forwarded messages on the platform, the company announced on August 3. The feature, called ‘search the web’, will add a magnifying glass icon next to “messages that have been forwarded many times”. The icon will appear next to messages that have been forwarded at least five times, according to TechCrunch. We have reached out to WhatsApp for more details. The feature was rolled out in Brazil, Italy, Irela...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, US, Whatsapp, Misinformation, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Fake News, Disinformation, Brazil Italy Ireland Mexico Spain UK


Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe

Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a security purpose to target them with ads. In an SEC filing, reported on earlier by the New York Times, Twitter revealed it received the draft complaint from the FTC late last month. The activity the regulator is complaining about is alleged to have taken...
Tags: Travel, Security, Social, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, Florida, Privacy, Advertising Tech, US, Social Media, Joe Biden, Data Breach, United States, Ireland, Bill Gates


Q2 2020 Major US Hotel Sales Survey | By Daniel Lesser

The year 2020 will not be soon forgotten as the spread of COVID-19 and society's reaction to the virus have combined to devastate the global economy. U.S. GDP in the second quarter declined by 32.9 percent on an annualized basis, the most significant quarterly decline observed since the 1940's. While the stock market has rebounded considerably from its lows and seems to be reflecting an optimistic view regarding an economic recovery, base case will be a slow and very bumpy re-opening of t...
Tags: Travel, US, Daniel Lesser


Apple sees growth in Mac and iPad sales owing to global work from home restrictions

Apple had a strong June quarter, and Mac and iPad sales, aided by the global shelter-in-place rules, were a major contributor: iPad revenue grew, sequentially, by over 50%, while revenue from Macs increased by over 30% in the same period. iPhone sales, meanwhile, grew marginally over last year, but fell down by as much as nearly 9% compared to the March quarter. The Services category, which had done really really well for Apple in the March quarter, more or less remained unaffected, as Apple loo...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Cook, News, Mac, La, China, US, Intel, Tim Cook, Earnings, App Store, Télé, UC San Diego Health, Maestri


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


Apple’s preferential treatment in App Store, coercive practices: 8 key takeaways from Cook’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Apple’s App Store policies are such that at one point even Facebook’s CFO Sheryl Sandberg thought that Apple could lock out Facebook’s apps, the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here) revealed. Questions to Apple CEO Tim Cook largely focussed on the company’s App Store policies. “I am concerned that Apple’s policies are also picking winners and losers in the app economy, and that Apple rules mean Apple apps always win.” — Representa...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Cook, News, China, US, Competition, Beijing, House, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Baidu, Johnson


EU Block On US Travelers Renewed

For the second time this month, the European Union extended its travel ban on Americans on Thursday, as COVID-19 infections continued to rise across the United States.
Tags: Travel, US, Eu, European Union


Facebook bought, copied, threatened competition: 11 key takeaways from Zuckerberg’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

In his introductory remarks at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here), Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg conveniently gave a skewed picture of Facebook’s dominant position. “In many areas, we’re behind our competitors. The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage. The fastest growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is that of Amazon. The largest ads pl...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Competition, Netflix, House, Antitrust


Amazon targeted sellers, investees, AWS clients with anti-competitive practices: 9 key takeaways from Bezos’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

On questioning by Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO), who is also the vice-chair of the subcommittee on antritrust, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos conceded that Amazon accounts for 40% of “online retail sales in the e-commerce market stream”. In his prepared testimony, Bezos had said, “Amazon accounts for less than 1% of the $25 trillion global retail market and less than 4% of retail in the US”, characterising retail as everything — including restaurants, bars, gas stations, Neguse pointed out...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, News, Congress, China, India, US, Competition, Netflix, House, New York Times, Antitrust, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Johnson


Microsoft-TikTok: On Global ambitions, Geopolitics, IPO plans, Big Tech and the splinternet

It’s official: Microsoft is in talks to buy the TikTok business from ByteDance in four countries: the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This comes a day after US President Donald Trump told reporters on-board Air Force One that “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States”. President Trump was not in favor of a US company buying Tiktok, but and was considering an executive order to ban it. However, as per Microsoft’s statement (reproduced in full belo...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, UK, News, Supreme Court, Microsoft, China, India, Satya Nadella, US, Social Media, Linkedin, Eu, Bloomberg, United States, United Kingdom


Gaddafi’s prophecy comes true as foreign powers battle for Libya’s oil | World news | The Guardian

Gaddafi’s prophecy comes true as foreign powers battle for Libya’s oil | World news | The Guardian:In August 2011, as Libya’s rebels and Nato jets began an assault on Tripoli, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi delivered a speech calling on his supporters to defend the country from foreign invaders.“There is a conspiracy to control Libyan oil and to control Libyan land, to colonise Libya once again. This is impossible, impossible. We will fight until the last man and last woman to defend Libya from east to...
Tags: Travel, US, Nato, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Gaddafi, Sirte, Tripoli, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Global report: French and Spanish Covid-19 cases at highest level in weeks

Iceland reinstates public gathering restrictions; US Republican Herman Cain dies; Brazil’s first lady tests positive Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance’s seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases has risen above the 1,000 threshold for the first time since the first half of May, when it eased its lockdown, as Spain said its daily rise in cases was the highest since its lockdown was lifted in June.French health authorities reported 1,377 additional confirmed cases of...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, US, Spain, World news, Asia Pacific, Brazil, Iceland, Herman Cain, Coronavirus outbreak


Global report: France records highest daily rise in Covid-19 cases since May

Spain tops 1,000 cases for second day in row; US Republican Herman Cain dies of disease; Brazil’s first lady tests positive Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance has recorded its highest daily increase in new Covid-19 infections since May, prompting authorities there to consider new suppression measures, as Spain said its daily rise in cases was the highest since a nationwide lockdown was lifted in June.According to the latest figures, released late on Wednesday, the...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, US, Spain, World news, Asia Pacific, Brazil, Herman Cain, Coronavirus outbreak


STR: US Hotel Results For Week Ending 25 July

U.S. hotel performance data for the week ending 25 July showed slightly higher occupancy and room rates from the previous week, according to STR.
Tags: Travel, US


Telegram hits out at Apple’s app store ‘tax’ in latest EU antitrust complaint

Apple has another antitrust charge on its plate. Messaging app Telegram has joined Spotify in filing a formal complaint against the iOS App Store in Europe — adding its voice to a growing number of developers willing to publicly rail against what they decry as Apple’s app “tax”. A spokesperson for Telegram confirmed the complaint to TechCrunch, pointing us to this public Telegram post where founder, Pavel Durov, sets out seven reasons why he thinks iPhone users should be concerned about the...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, Ipad, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Europe, Lawsuit, Cook, US


‘Company size doesn’t prevent competition’, Zuckerberg to argue at antitrust hearing

“Facebook is a successful company now, but we got there the American way: we started with nothing and provided better products that people find valuable. As I understand our laws, companies aren’t bad just because they are big. Many large companies that fail to compete cease to exist,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to tell lawmakers at an antitrust hearing on Wednesday, according to prepared remarks released to the public. “We know that our future success is not guaranteed, especially in a ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, China, US, America, Competition, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos


‘App Store commissions are comparable to competitors’: Tim Cook in his prepared congressional testimony

Apple CEO Tim Cook will defend Apple’s App Store policies, and identify Google and Huawei as “fierce” rivals to the iPhone in his antitrust congressional testimony on late Wednesday. In particular, he’ll submit that the 30% commission that Apple charges from developers on in-app purchases — which has been heavily criticised — is “comparable” to some of its competitors, according to a prepared testimony. Cook won’t be alone at the congressional hearing, as CEOs of the other three Big Tech compani...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, News, US, Eu, Competition, Netflix, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, App Store, Huawei


‘The world needs large companies as well’: Jeff Bezos in his prepared congressional testimony

In his first ever appearance before the US Congress, Amazon’s CEO will make a pitch that the world needs big companies like Amazon, as much as it needs smaller ones. “There are things small companies simply can’t do. I don’t care how good an entrepreneur you are, you’re not going to build an all-fiber Boeing 787 in your garage,” Bezos plans to tell a House Judiciary panel Wednesday, according to written testimony. In a prepared testimony, Bezos also argues that Amazon is just another company in ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, News, China, India, US, Walmart, Eu, Competition, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, Boeing, Wall Street Journal


Sundar Pichai to downplay competition concerns in US Big Tech antitrust testimony

In an antitrust hearing in the US on Wednesday, Google and its parent company Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai will downplay concerns on the internet giant’s market dominance, his prepared remarks show. “Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving. Today’s competitive landscape looks nothing like it did 5 years ago, let alone 21 years ago, when Google launched its first product, Google Search,” Pichai wi...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, India, US, Competition, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Alexa


New York’s M&R Hotel Management, Magnuson Hotels rebrand 285 room New Jersey conference center

M&R Hotel Management, a top US management company with operations across 5 states, has selected Magnuson Hotels, the fast-growing franchise alternative, to rebrand its 285 room Magnuson Grand & Conference Center Somerset-Bridgewater located in New Jersey.
Tags: Travel, New York, US, New Jersey, R Hotel Management Magnuson Hotels


South American tourism impacted by loss of US spending, yet growth is identifiable, says GlobalData

US spending into South America is forecast to drop by 44.4% between 2020 and 2021 as travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have stymied visitor flows. Having featured in the top ten international arrivals in all the five major economies across South America in 2019, the reduction of this source of market will be detrimental for the travel sector. A proactive approach in engaging US tourists should be considered vital to stimulate recovery for when it is possible, says GlobalData, a leading ...
Tags: Travel, US, South America, GlobalData


Bahamas Reverses US Travel Ban But With New Restrictions

The government of the Bahamas changed its mind and reversed their prior US travel ban.  Just last week, the Bahamas announced it was closing its borders to all US tourists.  Bahamas US travel ban lifted but all travelers face lockdowns On Saturday, July 25, the Read More The post Bahamas Reverses US Travel Ban But With New Restrictions appeared first on .
Tags: Travel, US, Bahamas, Cruise News, Bahamas US


Parliamentary Committee focusses on exemptions for govt agency under Data Protection Bill

After a four-month-long pandemic-induced hiatus and a false start, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill convened on July 27. The two-and-a-half-hour meeting, that saw attendance from 18 of the 30 MPs, largely focussed on Sections 35 and 36 of the Bill, the ones that allow the central government to exempt any government agency from any or all provisions of the Bill, four sources, on the condition of anonymity, who were present at the meeting told MediaNama. The n...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Congress, India, BJP, US, European Union, Surveillance, European Commission, Npr, Bill, Committee, Bengaluru, Shiv Sena, Rajya Sabha


The Case Against Emirates Etihad Merger

The Case Against Emirates Etihad Merger:Emirates, the airline owned by Dubai government and Etihad, the airline owned by Abu Dhabi government have always attracted speculation that they would merge. Economics and the thought of creating an airline behemoth dwarfing Middle Eastern rivals Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines, seems the right thing to do for both the airlines. But the ground reality is vastly different, and merger could be the last option for both airlines’ owners.In favor of the mer...
Tags: Travel, US, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates Etihad, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Case Against Emirates Etihad Merger


11 (more) things on my mind about the protests in the u.s.

In April, I wrote a post called "11 things on my mind about the anti-police-violence and anti-racism protests". For reasons unknown to me, it's one of the most widely-read posts I've written in a long time. So here's an updated list.1. When governments respond to protests with violence and intimidation, and the protests only grow, a movement has reached another landmark of growth and development. This is  happening right now, and it's exciting!2. Protest by middle-class and middle-aged citizens ...
Tags: Travel, Activism, White House, US, Canada, Brooklyn, United States, Portland, Philadelphia, Oakland, Biden, St Louis, BLM, Civil Liberties, Trump, UK Canada


The 16 Coolest Airbnb Stays in the U.S.

These are some of the coolest Airbnb stays in the US. Try one of these unique and wonderful Airbnbs for a memorable vacation. You can read the original article here: The 16 Coolest Airbnb Stays in the U.S.. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel - Trekking and Hiking Tours in Europe | Mountain Hiking | Adventure Travel Blog
Tags: Travel, Europe, US, Travel Tips


US envoy in #Qatar: Gulf dispute 'gone on too long' | News | Al Jazeera

US envoy in Qatar: Gulf dispute 'gone on too long' | News | Al Jazeera:The three-year blockade of Qatar by neighbouring Arab nations has gone on for too long and threatens regional security and prosperity, a US envoy has said.US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook on Sunday acknowledged the challenge ahead of ending the crisis that has torn apart the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain part of the siege.Egypt also joined the bloc...
Tags: Travel, US, Qatar, Egypt, GCC, Oman, Al Jazeera, Bahrain, Kuwait, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, United Arab Emirates UAE Saudi Arabia


US oil production wells up after Covid price crash | Financial Times

US oil production wells up after Covid price crash | Financial Times:US oil companies have increased production by 1.2m barrels a day over the past six weeks, as they restore wells shut earlier this year and start producing from others they left unfinished as prices sank.Output bottomed out at 9.7m b/d in the second week of June but has since risen to 10.9m b/d as activity starts to pick up in the big shale fields of Texas, according to Genscape, a division of consultancy Wood Mackenzie that mon...
Tags: Travel, UK, Texas, US, Financial Times, Wood Mackenzie, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Rystad Energy, Alexandre Ramos Peon


Mubadala invests over $150 million in world’s largest wood pellet-producer | Business – Gulf News

Mubadala invests over $150 million in world’s largest wood pellet-producer | Business – Gulf News:Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala invested over $150 million as an anchor investor in the recapitalization of Enviva Holdings, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, the sovereign wealth fund said in a tweet on Sunday.Last week, Enviva said it completed a series of transactions that recapitalized the company with more than $1 billion of new equity contributions and incremental equity commitment...
Tags: Travel, US, Abu Dhabi, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mubadala, Enviva, Enviva Holdings, Riverstone Holdings LLC Companies


How Hawaii avoided a coronavirus spike – but severely damaged its economy

Its remote setting and a decision to shut down helped keep cases fairly low, but unemployment soared. What next?The Sheraton Waikiki stands just a sea-smooth pebble throw from one of Hawaii’s most famous beaches. Working the front desk, Jordyn Wallace loved meeting new people from different states and faraway countries in one of the world’s most beautiful holiday destinations. Related: Niagara Falls tour boats highlight US and Canada's stark Covid-19 divide Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Business, US, Economics, World news, US news, Canada, Hawaii, US economy, US personal finance, Niagara Falls, Sheraton Waikiki, Coronavirus outbreak, Jordyn Wallace



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