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Trump's Twitch channel was reinstated two weeks after being suspended for violating 'hateful conduct' policies (AMZN)

President Donald Trump's Twitch account was temporarily suspended for two weeks, but it was reinstated on Monday. Twitch had suspended the channel, saying Trump's words violated the company's hateful-conduct rules. It gave two prime examples from Trump campaign rallies: one in 2015, and another in late June in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Twitch is the latest social platform to struggle with moderating the US president's speech. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump's...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Mexico, US, Trends, Reddit, Miami, Donald Trump, Twitch, Steve Huffman, Trump, Tulsa Oklahoma, Facebook Twitter, AMZN


Epic Games, maker of 'Fortnite,' saw its value rise by $17 billion in just 8 years — a more than twentyfold increase

Epic Games, the studio behind "Fortnite," has skyrocketed in value across the past eight years. In 2012, Chinese conglomerate Tencent invested $330 million and got a 40% stake. Sony's $250 million investment earlier this month nabbed the company only a 1.4% stake in Epic. That means Epic's valuation has exploded: The company was worth approximately $1 billion in 2012, and is worth nearly $18 billion just eight years later. Epic Games remains privately owned, and the majority stake is held by T...
Tags: Trends, Epic, Sony, Tencent, North Carolina, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Ben Gilbert, Fortnite, Epic Games Store, Rocket League Epic, Fortnite Epic Games Join


Democratic and Republican parties warn staff not to use TikTok over security concerns

The wildly popular social app TikTok is owned and operated by a Chinese company, ByteDance, prompting critics to accuse it of being a tool for the Chinese government to collect data. As such, both major US political parties have warned staff members not to use the app on their personal devices, according to CNN. Representatives for both parties cited security as the reason for warning staff. "If you are using TikTok for campaign work, we recommend using a separate phone and account," the Democ...
Tags: China, US, Dnc, Trends, Cnn, United States, Chinese communist party, Trump, Rnc, State, Mike Pompeo, Ben Gilbert, Bytedance, Mandi Merritt, Tiktok, ByteDance CNN


Amazon spent 6 years and tens of millions of dollars making a huge new game that flopped and was pulled from stores weeks after its launch (AMZN)

On May 20, Amazon launched "Crucible," a major new video game that was in development for over five years. One week later, the game completely dropped off the charts. One month later, and Amazon outright pulled the game from availability and put it back into "closed beta" — a term used in game development to signify a game isn't complete. "Crucible" is the latest attempt from Amazon to push into the lucrative video game industry, which it has repeatedly failed to achieve. Visit Business Inside...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Youtube, Trends, Dota, AMZN, Crucible, Ben Gilbert, Fortnite, Valorant, Riot Games Amazon


Sony just invested $250 million in the company behind 'Fortnite' (SNE)

Sony is making a $250 million "strategic investment" in Epic Games, the company behind "Fortnite," the two announced on Thursday. The big-money investment "cements an already close relationship between the two companies and reinforces the shared mission to advance the state of the art in technology, entertainment, and socially-connected online services," a press release said. It's unclear what impact, if any, the investment will have on Sony's PlayStation group. Visit Business Insider's homep...
Tags: Trends, Epic, Sony, Tencent, Tim Sweeney, Rocket League, Ben Gilbert, Fortnite, Kenichiro Yoshida, Fortnite Epic, Sony Epic Games, Fortnite SNE, Epic Games the North Carolina, Travis Scott Got


4 years later, and 'Pokémon Go' players have spent nearly $4 billion on the wildly popular smartphone game (NTDOY, GOOGL)

Just over four years ago, "Pokémon Go" launched for smartphones and sparked a worldwide phenomenon. With tens of millions of players around the world, "Pokémon Go" has been a smash-hit success: Players have spent nearly $4 billion on the game across the last four years, according to Sensor Tower data. As the years have gone on, player spending has actually increased — 2019 was the game's biggest year since launch, with nearly $1 billion spent. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storie...
Tags: Trends, Ben Gilbert, Pok, Sensor Tower Perhaps


Facebook's refusal to fact-check or moderate politicians like President Trump is its biggest civil rights issue, according to a new internal audit (FB)

For the past several years, Facebook has refused to moderate speech from politicians — a policy that has been repeatedly tested by statements made by President Trump. In a , that policy is explicitly cited as a major issue.  "If politicians are free to mislead people about official voting methods (by labeling ballots illegal or making other misleading statements that go unchecked, for example) and are allowed to use not-so-subtle dog whistles with impunity to incite violence against groups ad...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Minnesota, Trends, United States, Miami, Zuckerberg, Trump, National Guard, Georgetown University, Facebook We, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Ben Gilbert


4 times that major tech companies, from Apple to Google and Amazon, tried and failed to break into video games (AAPL, GOOGL, AMZN)

Despite decades of trying, most major tech companies have thus far failed to compete in the video game market. From Amazon's Fire TV debacle to Google's ongoing Stadia struggles, tech's biggest players have been unable to crack the code on video games. We've rounded up the most notable missteps into gaming from the biggest tech giants. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Remember Apple's Game Center? How about the video game controller Amazon designed, produced, and sold?  You...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Ben Gilbert, Google Stadia Google Stadia


The standard price for video games may be increasing to $70 for the PlayStation 5 and next-gen Xbox, ending 15 years of $60 games

For nearly 15 years, the standard cost of video games has been $60.  But for the next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, which launch this holiday season, that standard price may be increasing to $70.  The first indication of that change came on July 2, with the announcement that this year's "NBA 2K21" will cost $60 for current generation consoles but $70 for next-gen consoles. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When this year's annual "NBA 2K" game launches, it'll...
Tags: Microsoft, Halo, Trends, Sony, Nba, Activision, NPD Group, Ben Gilbert, Piscatella, Mat Piscatella


Mark Zuckerberg's network effects nightmare

Hello and welcome back to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. This week: Tech's "surge" of goodbyes and Facebook's network effects nightmare The tech business thrives on newness — new products, new features, new speeds. Even when the new stuff is really just old stuff with a new name, you can be s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Yahoo, Ipo, Softbank, US, Trends, CMO, Tesla, Netflix, Missouri, Aol


Apple is canceling deals with game makers as it rethinks Apple Arcade, according to a new report (AAPL)

Apple's subscription gaming service, Apple Arcade, is reportedly getting revamped to keep subscribers locked in. For $5 per month, Apple Arcade offers users access to over 100 games across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac computers. The company is said to have canceled several deals with game makers as it shifts to games with stronger "engagement," according to a Bloomberg report. Since launching in September 2019, Apple Arcade has failed to host any must-play games, and game makers speaking to...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Trends, Bloomberg, Apple TV, Arcade, Aapl, Ben Gilbert, Apple Arcade


Amazon launched a major game in May, and it flopped — now, the company is pulling the game from stores and putting it back in 'closed beta' (AMZN)

On May 20, Amazon launched a major new video game that was in development for over five years: "Crucible." Just one week later, the game completely dropped off the charts and was deemed to be a flop out of the gate. Now, Amazon is pulling the game from digital storefronts and putting the game back in "closed beta" — a term used in game development to signify a game isn't complete. " Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon, the biggest company in the world, launched a big-bu...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Crucible, Ben Gilbert


Former employees and a cofounder explain what went wrong at Microsoft's Mixer, which is shutting down even after spending millions of dollars on top streamers like Ninja to compete with Amazon's Twitch (MSFT)

Microsoft plans to shut down its video streaming service Twitch, its answer to Amazon's popular Twitch, by July 22.  Microsoft spent tens of millions of dollars on Mixer, particularly within the last year as it lured top streamers like Tyler "Ninja" Blevins from Amazon's Twitch with big-money exclusivity deals. Business Insider spoke to six former Mixer employees, including the service's cofounder, to find out what happened. They described issues from technical fumbles, to business miscalculat...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Seattle, Black, Youtube Gaming, Business Insider, Wilson, Spencer, Lee, Wedbush, Ashley, Beam, Marisa, Nadella


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Stephanie Nebehay: In a First, China Knocks U.S. From Top Spot in Global Patent Race (Source: Reuters) Mohammad Musharraf: Sony and Other Major Multinationals File 212 Blockchain Patents in China in 2020 (Source: Coin Telegraph) Atty. Rebeca Harasimowicz: The Global Patent Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine (Source: The National Law Review) Ben Gilbert: Sony’s PlayStation Group Applies for Patent of a Robot Friend Who Will Play Games and Watch Movies with You (Sour...
Tags: Law, China, Sony, Uspto, Patent, Reuters, Stephanie Nebehay, Catherine Kelly, SSRN, Ben Gilbert, Christopher Buccafusco, Scott Duke Kominers, Juvan Bonni, Jonathan S Masur, Mohammad Musharraf, Rebeca Harasimowicz


Tech companies have canceled some high-profile conferences, causing an estimated economic loss of $666 million amid coronavirus concerns. Here's what's been called off so far.

The coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, is forcing tech companies to adapt as remote work and suspended travel become realities. Some of the biggest tech conferences of the year are being canceled as well, as companies heed the CDC's advice to "modify, postpone or cancel mass gatherings." Facebook's F8 conference, Google I/O, and IBM's Think are just some of the events that have been called off. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Cdc, China, US, Toronto, San Francisco, Trends, Barcelona, Austin, Sprint, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Airbnb


Tech companies have canceled 12 high-profile conferences so far, causing an estimated economic loss of $1 billion amid coronavirus concerns. Here's the full list.

The coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, is forcing tech companies to adapt as remote work and suspended travel become realities. Some of the biggest tech conferences of the year are being canceled as well, as companies heed the CDC's advice to "modify, postpone or cancel mass gatherings." Facebook's F8 conference, Google I/O, and IBM's Think are just some of the events that have been called off. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Cdc, China, US, Toronto, San Francisco, Trends, Barcelona, Austin, Sprint, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Airbnb


28 ways companies and governments can collect your personal data and invade your privacy every day

In modern life, privacy is no longer a given — people are being tracked on their daily commute, at work, online, and when they're shopping. That's because data is valuable. In 2018, American companies spent an estimated $19 billion attaining and interpreting consumer data. Data is a commodity to be sold for advertising, used by government agencies to stop crimes, or for companies to increase workplace productivity. Almost nothing is private anymore. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Craigslist, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, New York City, Time, US, San Francisco, Trends, Bbc, Delta Airlines


These are Microsoft's 15 most significant hirings and departures of 2019 (MSFT)

Microsoft lost and hired important executives in 2019. Perhaps its most significant loss is artificial intelligence leader Harry Shum, who is leaving the company next month during a crucial time for the business. Microsoft's hiring choices reveal some of the company's priorities, including an overall trend of hiring people with expertise in the industries to which Microsoft wants to sell. Read below for Microsoft's 15 biggest hires and departures of the past year. Click here to read more BI Pr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Eric Holder, Satya Nadella, US, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Bloomberg, Netflix, Bp, GlaxoSmithKline, Hall


In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment

Venture capital investment exploded across a number of geographies in 2019 despite the constant threat of an economic downturn. San Francisco, of course, remains the startup epicenter of the world, shutting out all other geographies when it comes to capital invested. Still, other regions continue to grow, raking in more capital this year than ever. In Utah, a new hotbed for startups, companies like Weave, Divvy and MX Technology raised a collective $370 million from private market investors. In ...
Tags: Amazon, Utah, Microsoft, Bono, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Howard Schultz, Silicon Valley, Starbucks, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Foundry Group, Silicon Valley Bank, Madrona Venture Group, Marc Benioff


Nintendo's latest Switch exclusive stars one of its iconic characters in his very own spin-off

"Luigi's Mansion 3" is the latest Nintendo exclusive, and it's coming to the Nintendo Switch on October 31. After trying all of Nintendo's biggest upcoming releases for 2019, Business Insider's Ben Gilbert said "Luigi's Mansion 3" was his favorite. In the latest entry of this "Super Mario" spin-off series, Mario, Peach, and Toad have been kidnapped by the nefarious King Boo, leaving Luigi to rescue his friends. Equipped with a ghost-sucking vacuum cleaner and a gooey clone of himself, Luigi ha...
Tags: Trends, Nintendo, Mario, Luigi, Boo, Ben Gilbert, Luigi s Mansion, Mario Peach, Gooigi


WeWork cofounder Rebekah Paltrow Neumann's in-house school is closing. Meet the former actress, who is former CEO Adam Neumann's 'strategic thought partner.'

Rebekah Paltrow Neumann cofounded WeWork in 2010 alongside her husband, Adam Neumann, and Miguel McKelvey. WeGrow, the private primary school run by Paltrow Neumann inside WeWork's headquarters, will close after the 2018-2019 school year, The Huffington Post's Rebecca Klein reported October 11. Investor pushback led both Paltrow Neumann and Adam Neumann to give up their posts at the company, Bloomberg reported on September 24.  Adam Neumann said in a press release on September 24 that he is st...
Tags: New York, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, WeWork, Dalai Lama, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Signal, Cnbc, Cornell University, Securities And Exchange Commission, Forbes, Barney


This PlayStation 4 game gives you the freedom to create anything you want — and it's finally available to download

"Dreams," a PlayStation 4 game that lets you create the video game of your dreams, is finally rolling out after years of anticipation. "Dreams" is now available, having launched exclusively on the PlayStation 4, in early access, on April 16. If you buy the early access version of "Dreams," you'll get access to the full game when it launches. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. "Dreams," a new game from Media Molecule (creator of "Little Big Planet") and published by Sony, is finally ...
Tags: US, Trends, Canada, Sony, North America, Spongebob Squarepants, Little Big Planet, Ben Gilbert


A video game that lets you recreate your dreams will finally become available this month — here’s how to get it

"Dreams," a new video game that lets you recreate your dreams (and play those created by others), is finally releasing in 2019 after years of anticipation. "Dreams" will launch exclusively on the PlayStation 4, in early access, starting April 16. If you buy the early access version of "Dreams," you'll get access to the full game when it launches. "Dreams," a new game from Media Molecule (creator of "Little Big Planet") and published by Sony, is finally coming this year. The game was unveiled ...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, Canada, Sony, North America, Spongebob Squarepants, Little Big Planet, Ben Gilbert


Prominent Apple blogger calls the MacBook's butterfly keyboards the 'worst products in Apple history'

Apple blogger John Gruber called Apple's butterfly keyboard on its later Mac laptops "the worst product in Apple history" on Wednesday in his Daring Fireball blog. Gruber's post was in reaction to a new piece from The Wall Street Journal that was written with the latest version of Apple's butterfly keyboard, which has so many typos as a result of the faulty keyboard that the piece is almost illegible.  Apple issued its first-ever apology to MacBook owners facing keyboard issues on Wednesday. ...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Trends, Macbook, MacBook Air, Gruber, Wall Street Journal, Macbook Pro, John Gruber, Ben, Ben Gilbert


This giant 'S' spotted in San Francisco is almost certainly the logo for Google's highly-anticipated game streaming service (GOOG, GOOGL)

A giant S logo, for what is likely Google's highly anticipated gaming announcement, was spotted by 9to5Google on Monday. The "S" likely stands for "Stream," as in "Project Stream," Google's Netflix-like video game streaming service it announced last October. Interestingly, 9to5Google also snapped a photo of an empty display case, about the size in which one might expect a gaming console to sit.  Business Insider's Ben Gilbert has speculated that the company will likely release its own gaming h...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Trends, Netflix, Sega, GDC, Moscone Center, Louis Vuitton, Gilbert, Keith Andrew, Ben Gilbert


Pioneer Square Labs is invigorating Seattle’s startup ecosystem

Three miles from Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood — better known as Amazonia to locals — sits Pioneer Square. The original heart of the city, the area has managed to hold on to its decades-old charm as other parts of town are besieged by Amazon-contracted architects. On a mission to champion Seattle’s unique entrepreneurial DNA, startup studio Pioneer Square Labs has not only adopted the neighborhood’s moniker but established its fast-growing HQ at its center. Pioneer Square Labs, or P...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Washington, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Zillow, Russell Wilson, Pacific Northwest, Psl, Denton, Gilbert, McCann, Pioneer Square, Amazonia


'It's been a long road to get here': BioWare's Mike Gamble on the launch of 'Anthem,' and what the team learned from that rocky demo

Starting this week, the first huge game of 2019 is finally available: "Anthem" launches on February 15. Ahead of Friday's launch, Business Insider spoke with lead producer Mike Gamble about the game's rocky first demo weekend and what to expect from the full game. Yes, we also spoke about that chart. There's a lot riding on "Anthem," the huge upcoming game from EA's legendary BioWare studio. For starters, it's the first major new franchise from BioWare in years. It's an online-only, multiplay...
Tags: Trends, EA, Anthem, Gilbert, BioWare, Ben Gilbert, Mike Gamble, Moreover Anthem


We compared the $1,200 MacBook Air to the $500 Surface Go and the results were a mess

Apple's MacBook Air starts at $1,200, it has an amazing display but the hardware isn't very powerful. Microsoft's Surface Go is an affordable tablet/laptop device capable of running full Windows 10. How does the Surface Go compare to the MacBook Air for everyday tasks? Business Insider's Ben Gilbert tried the Surface Go to find out. I've been using MacBook Air laptops for roughly the last decade, give or take, without pause. I tested out the Microsoft Surface Go, a significantly less expensive...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Microsoft, Trends, Netflix, Macbook, Microsoft Office, Minecraft, MacBook Air, Hulu, Ben Gilbert


The 14 tech gadgets on our wish lists this year

The holidays are here, which means it's time for Business Insider's tech team wish list. Members of the team in New York, Toronto, and California provided the items that top their lists this year, like the iPhone XR and Bose's QuietComfort headphones. Here are all the products we're wishing for this season and beyond.  The holidays are officially upon us, and it's gotten Business Insider's tech team thinking about what's on our wish lists this year. For some, it's products that are...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, New York, California, Trends, Bloomberg, MacBook Air, Dyson, MEGHAN MARKLE, Ben Gilbert, New York Toronto, AirPower Apple, Becky Peterson, San Francisco Toronto, Amazon Bose


Everything you need to know about 'Red Dead Redemption 2' — 2018's most anticipated video game

"Red Dead Redemption 2," is an open world video game set in the Wild West. The main character is an outlaw who can do things like hunt animals, rob stagecoaches, play dominos, and drink whiskey. The highly anticipated follow-up to "Red Dead Redemption" was released by Rockstar Games, the same company behind other elaborate, narrative games like the "Grand Theft Auto" franchise. Watch the video above to see what it's like to play "Red Dead Redemption 2."  Following is a transcript of the video...
Tags: Trends, Grand Theft Auto, Gilbert, Ben Gilbert, Red Dead Redemption, Arthur Morgan