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A Microsoft deal for TikTok is a win for Big Tech

Hi and welcome to Insider Advertising, weekly edition. I'm Lucia Moses, deputy editor. To get this in your inbox daily, go here. This week: Microsoft's play for TikTok, Netflix's new secret weapon, and takeaways of the Facebook ad boycott. Microsoft is interested in advertising again People who know their Microsoft history are scratching their heads when it comes to its planned deal for TikTok's US business, and not just because it would plunge the tech giant into the unfamiliar territory unk...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, John, Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings, Forrester, Emarketer, Hershey, Lucia Moses, Petco


Facebook and Twitter are cracking down on videos that promote conspiracy theories and unproven COVID cures, but researchers say that removing already viral misinformation can backfire and make things worse (FB, TWTR)

Social media platforms have enacted bans on disinformation related to COVID-19 and other issues, but researchers say that banning content after it's already gone viral can do more harm than good.   For example, the platforms recently banned a viral video of doctors urging COVID-19 treatment with hydroxychloroquine, which federal agencies have called ineffective and dangerous.  That ban prompted news coverage and charges by conspiracy theorists that the video contained truth being suppressed by...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, White House, America, Trends, Cnn, New York Times, Bill Gates, Fox News, Msnbc, Breitbart News, Nyu, Trump, Twitter Facebook


Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing a privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying personal information from data brokers

Sen. Ron Wyden said he will introduce a new privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying people's personal information from data brokers to skirt standard court orders.  The proposed legislation would "be very specific about making sure that you just don't have this backdoor to throw in the Fourth Amendment in the trash can," Wyden told The Verge in an interview. The bill, named "The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale," is expected to roll out in the coming weeks. Visit Business I...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Fcc, Oregon, Trends, Federal Communications Commission, Wyden, Senate Intelligence Committee, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Ron Wyden, Trump, Reilly, Facebook and Twitter, Sen Ron Wyden, Michael O Reilly


Bodies of missing Marines and sailor have been found off San Clemente Island

The bodies of seven Marines and a sailor who disappeared when their seafaring military vehicle sank in deep water off San Clemente Island during a training exercise last week have been found, officials announced this afternoon, Aug. 4. Marine Corps officials notified families on Monday, Aug. 3, when the amphibious assault vehicle was first sighted by the crew of the HOS Dominator, a Navy ship brought in that specializes in undersea search and rescue. Pfc. Bryan Baltierra, 18, of Corona, is a...
Tags: Facebook, News, Navy, California, Sport, Soccer, Military, Stockton, Portland, Marine Corps, Marines, Channel Islands, Gofundme, Riverside, U S Navy, AAV


Speaking U.S Congressional Candidate John Collick

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)-John Collick served his country with honor in the United States Marine Corp. He worked as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and a Counterterrorism Analyst. John received a B.S. from Campbell University and an M.B.A in Homeland Security from Northcentral University. He retired as a 1st SGT. After finishing his time in the Marines, John went into the business world. He was a Target executive team leader before going into business for himself. His life was great, but John fe...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Congress, Virginia, House Of Representatives, John, Nra, Democratic Party, Robert Scott, Northern Virginia, Congressional, District, ATF, Bobby Scott, NFA, U S Congressional


Uber announces employees can work from home through June 2021, and it's giving them $500 for their home office

On Tuesday, Uber announced that corporate employees will have their voluntary work from home policy extended through June 2021.  Corporate employees will also be given a $500 stipend for a home office setup.  Uber is joining a growing list of companies that have extended their work-from-home polices into 2021. The company has still not issued a uniform policy for drivers during this time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On Tuesday, Uber announced that corporate employees w...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends


A new Senate bill would ban corporations from using facial recognition without people's explicit consent

A new bill in the Senate would curtail the use of facial recognition by private companies, requiring them to obtain people's consent before scanning them with facial recognition tech. It would also ban companies from selling people's biometric identifiers, like face ID or fingerprint. If passed, the bill would wipe out much of the business of controversial facial recognition companies like Clearview AI.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A new bill introduced in the Senate T...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Senate, US, Trends, House, Illinois, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Reuters, ClearView, Evan Greer, Merkley, Business Insider If, Sens Jeff Merkley D Ore, Clearview AI Visit Business Insider


Ford's CEO switch-out shows that the automaker is still a family business — and that Bill Ford is still in charge (F)

Ford announced on Tuesday that CEO Jim Hackett will retire October 1 and be replaced by current COO Jim Farley. Ford remains a family business, overseen by Bill Ford, the company's chairman and great-grandson of founder Henry Ford. The carmaker's share price has been in decline for years, through three different CEOs. The Ford family still controls the company — and relies on the stock. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Jim Hackett announced his retirement as CEO for Fo...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, California, China, US, America, Trends, Tesla, Vw, Ford, Gm, Bill Ford, Silicon Valley, South America, Toyota, Boeing


WhatsApp Pilots 'Search the Web' Tool for Fact-Checking Forwarded Messages

WhatsApp is piloting a new feature meant to support fact-checking of in-app messages by searching their contents on the web, the company announced this week.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Whatsapp, Misinformation


Animal Rights group offers reward to find person who put "Trump 2020" sticker on a bear

Someone attached a "Trump 2020" sticker to a bear's tracking color in North Carolina and an animal rights organization called Help Asheville Bears is offering $5,000 for information. From CNN: "Whoever put these political stickers on these bears is cruel and heartless," HAB wrote in a Facebook post. "HAB and our followers hope to stop and expose you. This is now the second bear this happened to, which can only mean either someone in the study is doing this or it is someone in the public. Either ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Delightful Creatures, Cnn, North Carolina, Help Asheville Bears


Netflix's new CMO handled crises for Uber and Papa John's with ease. The biggest 'badass' in marketing could be its secret weapon in the streaming wars.

Bozoma Saint John, Netflix's newly named chief marketing officer, has climbed the corporate-marketing ranks over 20 years using her celebrity connections and ability to tie brands like Pepsi and Apple to cultural trends. She's also known as unapologetically outspoken and a role model for women of color — who are notoriously underrepresented in the C-suites of corporations.  Netflix has long been synonymous with streaming video, but it needs to convince people to keep subscribing as new options...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Uber, Hbo, Hollywood, Instagram, Arianna Huffington, Disney, America, Trends, CMO, Netflix, Katy Perry, Michelle Obama, New Orleans, Starz


Trump’s TikTok meddling means we’ll never be able to escape Big Tech

Holding a huge competitor hostage only makes them more powerful
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Opinion, Trends, Social Media, Huawei, Trump, Big Tech, Tiktok


Google-Fitbit deal to be scrutinized in Europe over data competition concerns

In a set-back for Google’s plan to acquire health wearable company Fitbit, the European Commission has announced it’s opening an investigation to dig into a range of competition concerns being attached to the proposal from multiple quarters. This means the deal is on ice for a period of time that could last until early December. The Commission said it has 90 working days to take a decision on the acquisition — so until December 9, 2020. Commenting on opening an “in-depth investigation” i...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Facebook, Wearables, Internet Of Things, Europe, Privacy, Congress, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphones, Whatsapp, Policy


WhatsApp users can now fact-check forwarded message chains as another way to fight the spread of misinformation (FB)

WhatsApp, the popular, Facebook-owned messaging app, is rolling out a feature that helps users fact-check information forwarded in message chains. A magnifying glass icon now appears in the chat, which can redirect users to search the web for sources of information on the topic discussed in the message. The feature is the company's latest attempt to help curb the spread of misinformation. In early April, WhatsApp set a limit for how many times a message can be forwarded at one time in response...
Tags: Facebook, North Korea, US, Trends, Brazil, Business Insider, UK Brazil


Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel

Facebook's man told: 'OK, now you are just trolling us' Linux devs have dismissed a proposed patch to the kernel that would only work with a Nvidia driver, motivating a second patch that will prevent disguised use of proprietary code in GPL modules.…
Tags: Facebook, Software, Nvidia, GPL


Facebook doubles down on work-from-office with massive NYC lease near Penn Station

We’ve had huge debates about the future of work — are we going to be working from home, working from the office, or perhaps, working from anywhere? Work From Home is dead, long live Work From Anywhere Well, Facebook has put its wager down, and it’s work from office. In a flurry of articles in the local press overnight, the New York Times and others confirmed that Facebook has secured the main office lease on the James A. Farley Building, located one block south of Penn Station in west...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, Real Estate, New York, New York City, Atlanta, Chelsea, New York Times, Dallas, Postal Service, Amtrak, Penn Station, Eighth Avenue, Port Authority


Man thought to have been murdered, found 5 years later living in the woods

Five years ago, Ricardas Puisys, then 35, didn't show up for his job at a fruit and vegetable producer in Cambridgeshire, England. He was never seen again. Police suspected Puisys had been murdered but what actually happened was a "complete mystery," they said. Yesterday though, police announced they had found Puisys hiding in a dense forest near the town of Wisbech. "Following a search of wooded area in Harecroft Road, Ricardas was eventually found living in undergrowth, very well conceal...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Cnn, Lost And Found, Hall, Unsolved Mysteries, Missing Persons, Wisbech, Rob Hall, Disappearances, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Ricardas Puisys, Cambridgeshire England, Puisys, Wisbech Following


Explore the Ruins of Timgad, the “African Pompeii” Excavated from the Sands of Algeria

Image via Wikimedia Commons Fifteen centuries after its fall, the Roman Empire lives on in unexpected places. Take, for instance, the former colonial city of Timgad, located in Algeria 300 miles from the capital. Founded by the Emperor Trajan around 100 AD as Colonia Marciana Ulpia Traiana Thamugadi, it thrived as a piece of Rome in north Africa before turning Christian in the third century and into a center of the Donatist sect in the fourth. The three centuries after that saw a sacking by Van...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, Africa, History, Rome, Architecture, Unesco, Algeria, Alan, Seoul, Pompeii, Versailles, Facebook Twitter, James Bruce, Sahara


Facebook moderators say companies should avoid a 'PR stunt' by extending the ad boycott against the company (FB)

Facebook moderators have called for the ad boycott against the company to be extended, according to The Guardian. Companies such as Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Unilever have participated in the boycott, which began in response to the company's decision not to take action against controversial posts from President Trump regarding the George Floyd protests. Despite the boycott, Facebook's ad revenue still grew in the second quarter of 2020, although its growth rate was lower than that of the first...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Trends, Unilever, Adidas, The Guardian, Trump, Ben Jerry, FB, Sheryl Sandberg Facebook, Starbucks Coca Cola, George Floyd, Unilever Verizon Ford


Messenger launches a new chat plugin for business websites to reach non-Facebook customers

Facebook is making it easier for businesses to leverage its Messenger service on their own websites. The company in November 2017 first launched a new customer chat plugin which allowed customers to talk directly with a business on the business’s own website using the Messenger service. However, that plugin had required the website visitors to be logged into Facebook, limiting adoption. Today, that’s changing, Facebook says. The prior version of the plugin may have worked for smaller businesses ...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Soma Toth, WooCommerce ManyChat, Haravan


Mom's viral Facebook post about Indiana football player's COVID-19 issues serves as warning

Debbie Rucker, the mother of Indiana freshman Brady Feeney, says the lineman could face heart issues after a long, tough battle with COVID-19.         [Author: Indianapolis Star]
Tags: Facebook, News, Indiana, Indianapolis Star, Debbie Rucker, Brady Feeney


From warehouses to office space, real-estate markets are getting turned upside down. Here are the must-know deals and key trends.

Offices, hotels, and malls were emptied by the coronavirus. Even as they reopen, the disruption has many thinking we're looking at a new normal for how we occupy space.  Big firms are rethinking office needs — and some commercial real-estate deals are being put on ice as financing dries up.  A surge in e-commerce, meanwhile, is fueling demand for warehouse and cold-storage space from companies like Amazon.  For more stories like this, sign up here for our Wall Street Insider newsletter. The c...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, New York, Texas, New York City, US, Trends, Brooklyn, Washington Dc, Manhattan, Brookfield, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Victoria


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


WhatsApp launches factcheck feature aimed at viral messages

Users will be able to check truthfulness of messages that have come via five or more peopleWhatsApp has introduced a feature allowing users to check the contents of viral messages in the latest move to root out disinformation and fake news being spread on the Facebook-owned service.The feature, which is being piloted in six countries including the UK from Tuesday, allows users to perform a Google search on content they have been forwarded to factcheck claims and information. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Social Media, UK News, Whatsapp, Digital Media


Messenger From Facebook Revamps Its Chat Plugin

Messenger From Facebook rolled out a major update to its chat plugin that will enable businesses to communicate with their customers via their websites, even if they are not logged into Facebook. The chat plugin also features a revamped design aimed at making conversations easier and more intuitive. Messenger product manager Jenny Li said in...
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, Social Pro Daily, Jenny Li


Facebook Gears Up for National Black Business Month

Facebook unveiled several initiatives in support of National Black Business Month, which will run throughout the month of August. The social network teamed up with U.S. Black Chambers on a three-part online series of training and discussions with Black-owned small business owners and business experts, covering topics including access to capital and building community. U.S....
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, Black, U S Black Chambers, Social Pro Daily, Diversity & Inclusion, National Black Business Month


Agenda and Reading List: Discussions on Non Personal Data; Aug 6 and 7 #Ad

We are looking forward to our online sessions on the Governance of Non Personal Data, being held in partnership with the Centre for Communication Governance (NLU-Delhi). We are hosting these sessions on August 6 and 7, a week before the August 13 deadline for submitting comments to the government on the draft Non Personal Data Governance Framework. We are doing this across two days, because we felt that, given the details in the report, it required a more in-depth discussion (and debate), and a ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Un, Bill, Committee, Infosys, NPD, Chatham House, FTI, IPR, DSCI, Sean McDonald, Neil Lawrence, Sameer Nigam


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


Trump risks playing into China's hands by demanding a US government cut of any Microsoft-TikTok deal

President Trump risks giving ammo to his geopolitical rivals with his eye-opening demand for a Treasury cut of any sale of TikTok's US business to a US firm. Trump explicitly stated on Monday that if lead bidder Microsoft or another US firm were to acquire TikTok from its Chinese parent ByteDance, "the US should get a very large percentage of that price." China reacted furiously, with the state-owned China Daily writing: "China will by no means accept the 'theft' of a Chinese technology compan...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Australia, China, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, United States, Treasury, US Treasury, China Daily, Trump, House Judiciary Subcommittee, Alex Stamos, Nadella


China Refuses to Accept 'Theft' of TikTok if US Acquisition Goes Ahead

Yesterday we reported on Microsoft's accelerated efforts to purchase TikTok in the United States before President Trump follows through on a threat to ban the Chinese-owned app in the country. On Tuesday, Reuters reported that China's ruling Communist Party blasted those efforts via an editorial in the China Daily newspaper, saying it will not accept the "theft" of a Chinese tech company and is ready to respond if needed. The United States' "bullying" of Chinese tech companies was a consequ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington, China, US, Bloomberg, Taiwan, United States, Treasury, Huawei, TSMC, China Daily, John Gruber, Trump