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The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are about to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. In prepared remarks published ahead of the testimony, all four CEOs argued that their compani...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Cook, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, US, Trends


Apple's App Store will be at the center of Wednesday's historic antitrust hearing — and the tech giant is weaponizing every tool it has to defend it (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook will testify alongside CEOs from Google, Amazon, and Facebook in a hearing about possible anticompetitive practices on Wednesday. The App Store, a critical part of Apple's burgeoning services business, is expected to be at the heart of regulators' concerns when it comes to the iPhone maker.  Apple has come under scrutiny for its policy of taking up to a 30% cut from App Store transactions, which some developers have said makes it difficult to compete with Apple. In his openi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Cook, Congress, Trends, House, Tim Cook, App Store, Munster, Davidson, Google Amazon, RBC Capital Markets, Robert Muller, Gene Munster


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Here's why each CEO has been asked to appear, the types of questions they will likely be aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos


Are We in an AI Overhang?

Andy Jones, a London-based machine learning researcher, writes: An overhang is when you have had the ability to build transformative AI for quite some time, but you haven't because no-one's realised it's possible. Then someone does and surprise! It's a lot more capable than everyone expected. I am worried we're in an overhang right now. I think we right now have the ability to build an orders-of-magnitude more powerful system than we already have, and I think GPT-3 is the trigger for 100x-larger...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, Microsoft, Tech, Google Amazon, NLP, GPT, Andy Jones


Apple's App Store will be at the center of a historic antitrust hearing next week — and the tech giant is weaponizing every tool it has to defend it (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook will testify alongside CEOs from Google, Amazon, and Facebook in an upcoming antitrust hearing next week. The App Store, a critical part of Apple's burgeoning services business, is expected to be at the heart of regulators' concerns when it comes to the iPhone maker. Apple has come under scrutiny for its policy of taking up to a 30% cut from App Store transactions, which some developers have said makes it difficult to compete with Apple. The biggest question is whether any a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Cook, Congress, Trends, Tim Cook, App Store, Munster, Davidson, Google Amazon, RBC Capital Markets, Robert Muller, Gene Munster, Wedbush Securities


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing next week. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Here's why each CEO has been asked to appear, the types of questions they will likely be aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos


Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.

Google, Amazon and Qualcomm finance a George Mason University institute teaching a hands-off approach to antitrust regulators and judges.
Tags: News, Conflicts Of Interest, Conventions, Philanthropy, Qualcomm, Justice Department, Law Schools, Wright, George Mason University, Ginsburg, Qualcomm Inc, Google Inc, Google Amazon, Suresh, Naidu, Computers and the Internet


Apple commissioned a study to defend its App Store ahead of a big antitrust hearing where Tim Cook and other tech CEOs will testify (AAPL)

Ahead of a congressional antitrust hearing on July 27, Apple commissioned a study defending its App Store, which has come under fire as anticompetitive. The Apple-funded report compared the 30% cut Apple takes from App Store transactions as similar to those charged by Google, Amazon, and others. Part of the concerns from developers around Apple's App Store, however, is that Apple also favors its own apps, and that the 30% cut puts competitors at an inherent disadvantage. Spotify, for example, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, Congress, US, Samsung, Trends, European Union, Tim Cook, European Commission, App Store, Daniel Ek, Margrethe Vestager


Apple digs in heels over its App Store commission structure with release of new study

Apple today is again taking to the press to fight back against claims of anti-competitive practices on its App Store. Last month, the company detailed the results of a commissioned study that showed how Apple wasn’t receiving a cut of revenue on the majority of App Store transactions — $519 billion in commerce. This time, Apple is touting the results of a new study that is meant to demonstrate how Apple’s App Store commission rate is similar to those of other app stores and digital content ma...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Amazon, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Ios Apps, Netflix, Tim Cook, Nintendo, Antitrust, App Store, iOS App Store, Google Amazon, Today Apple, AppStore


Google’s latest R&D project is Shoploop, a mobile video shopping platform

Google’s latest experiment is a video shopping platform designed to introduce consumers to new products in under 90 seconds. The company today is launching Shoploop, a project from Google’s internal R&D division, Area 120, where it tests out new ideas with a public user base. Shoploop’s founder, Lax Poojary, had previously worked on online trip planner, Touring Bird, also at Area 120. Last year, that effort became one of a small number of R&D projects to graduate and become a part of Google itse...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Video, Instagram, Shopping, Tech, Mobile Shopping, Google Amazon, Area 120, Depop, Lax Poojary, Live-Shopping


Former Palantir employees say that the startup's workforce has been 'itching to go public' — and the pandemic may have helped speed the secretive company's IPO filing

Earlier this month, Palantir, the secretive data analytics startup confidentially filed for an IPO, which has surprised some outsiders. But Palantir employees are "really itching to go public," said one former employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because workers are sworn to secrecy about company operations when they sign the startup's stringent non-disclosure agreements. Here's why Palantir employees want the company to go public, and why the descent of the coronavirus pandemic might ...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Ipo, Trends, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Palantir, Business Insider, Google Amazon, Becky Peterson, Business Insider Like


Meet 23 insiders from companies like Hershey, Disney, and NBCUniversal who are working to fix TV advertising

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nbc, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Levy, Aol, Bravo


U.S. has not yet decided how it will retaliate to France digital tax: Mnuchin

The United States has not yet finalized a decision on how it will respond to France's digital tax, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday. Washington had been in talks with the European Union over the taxes on digital giants like Alphabet's Google, Amazon and Facebook, but Mnuchin called for a break in the negotiations in June.
Tags: Facebook, News, Washington, France, European Union, United States, Cnbc, Alphabet, U S Treasury, Google Amazon, Mnuchin, Steven Mnuchin


Law enforcement agencies are using a legal loophole to buy up personal data exposed by hackers

A company called SpyCloud is selling personal data originally obtained by hackers to law enforcement agencies, Vice reported Wednesday. Experts told Vice that, while the practice isn't illegal, it effectively lets police bypass processes they normally must go through to obtain private information. SpyCloud's chief product officer told Business Insider that the data is already public and that selling the data to law enforcement helps them track down cybercriminals and terrorists faster. Tech co...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Research, Fbi, Business Insider, Google Amazon, Stanford Center for Internet and Society, Engler, SpyCloud, David Engler, Riana Pfefferkorn, Customs Enforcement the Drug Enforcement Agency


New records show Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have thousands of previously unreported military and law enforcement contracts (GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT, AMZN)

New research shows that Silicon Valley companies have thousands of previously-unreported subcontracts with the US military and federal law enforcement including ICE and the FBI. The subcontracts were surfaced through open records requests filed by Jack Paulson, a former Google researcher who previously joined coworkers to pressure the company not to work with the Pentagon. Microsoft has more than 5,000 previously unreported subcontracts with the Department of Defense and federal law enforcemen...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Fbi, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Gizmodo, Google Microsoft, Google Amazon, Microsoft Google, Poulson, Jack Poulson, Jack Paulson


Alexandra Bowman talks to India's "Wade" animation directors

"Wade" Co-Directors on Discussing Climate Change Through 2D Animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nNKLXQZkK4&t=1s "Wade" Co-Directors on Animation Inspiration, Production, and Self-Distribution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWWjJfPMxlk&t=2s "Ghost Animation" Co-Founders on Creating an Animation Studio, and Animating for Amazon and Google https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13X3_mGkGI8&t=2s From the press release - Upamanyu Bhattacharyya and Kalp Sanghvi's 'Wade' addr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Comics, Interview, Climate Change, India, Animation, Bangladesh, Palm Springs, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Co, Wade, Rahman, Google Amazon, Mani Ratnam


Tech employees are selling referrals online to job candidates for under $50 to help them get hired at Google, Facebook, and other industry giants

A website is allowing prospective tech employees to anonymously purchase a job referral from existing tech workers for $20 to $50 apiece. Rooftop Slushie, created by the makers of techie chat favorite Blind, has hosted 11,000 referral transactions since it was launched in 2019. Facebook and Google referrals are the most popular. The "vendors" are established employees at companies like Amazon, Google, and Twitter who can become verified on the website and vet candidate submissions before accep...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hbo, Trends, Silicon Valley, Kim, Gizmodo, Blind, Slushie, Google Facebook, Google Amazon, Amazon Google, Nelson Big Head Bighetti, Seth King, Melia Russell


Transatlantic trade fight looms as US blows up talks on taxing big tech

Europe is vowing to move ahead with levies that could hit Google, Amazon and Facebook after the United States slammed the brakes on international negotiations aimed at overhauling how online sales are taxed.
Tags: Facebook, Europe, US, Cnn, United States, Google Amazon


Europe threatens digital taxes without global deal, after U.S. quits talks

France said a U.S. decision to quit global talks on how to tax big digital firms such as Google, Amazon and Facebook was a "provocation" and the European Union said it could impose taxes even if no deal was reached by year-end.
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Money, France, European Union, businessNews, Google Amazon


Some companies may stall their startup investing in the recession, but insiders say separate corporate venture arms will still deploy their cash troves to back hot prospects

Corporations usually invest in startups through one of two ways: They create a separate corporate venture capital arm, and raise funds earmarked for investment. Or, the corporation invests directly from its own accounts. Insiders expect a drop-off in investing from the second type of corporate venture capital, because those companies will wait to see how their core businesses fare in the current downturn.  "In difficult times, corporate VCs, I think, often look at it as if it was a discretiona...
Tags: Stanford, Trends, Tech, Intel, TOMS, Intel Capital, National Venture Capital Association, Brooks, Google Amazon, PitchBook, Fast, Wendell Brooks, Intel Capital Visit Business Insider, Kyle Stanford


Google Says It Will Not Build Custom AI for Oil and Gas Extraction

After a year of weathering criticism from tech workers, politicians, and activists over its oil industry contracts, Google has stated that it will not create new custom A.I. or machine learning algorithms that would help the oil and gas industry enhance its ability to extract fossil fuels. From a report: "We will not ... build custom A.I./ML algorithms to facilitate upstream extraction in the oil and gas industry," a Google spokesperson said in a statement provided to OneZero. The declaration co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Tech, Greenpeace, Google Amazon, Microsoft Google, Exxon Chevron, Google Cloud Microsoft


How to Grow Your Enterprise Into a Business Empire

. {display:none !important;} .ezoic-ad {min-height: 10px !important;} .tagdiv-type iframe {display:none !important;} If you’ve already built a large company, you might feel as if you’ve already reached the highest level your business will ever achieve. However, losing that sort of drive can be dangerous to the well-being of your company. If you really want to find success, you should aspire to reach the heights and ubiquity of companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook. After all,...
Tags: Facebook, Business, London, Management, Seattle, Right Now, Google Amazon


Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt reportedly once told the US Army's top special forces general 'you absolutely suck' at artificial intelligence

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the US special forces' top general "you absolutely suck at machine learning," The New York Times reported Saturday. The comments came in 2016 during Schmidt's push to expand his influence over the US military's strategy around technology and innovation, The New York Times reported. Schmidt now sits on two Department of Defense advisory boards, but his new roles have sparked allegations that he could be trying to sway business to Google or startups where he h...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, New York, China, Defense, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Epic, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, The New York Times, Times, US Army


Longtime Amazon VP Tim Bray just quit in dismay, calling the company 'chickensh--' for firing workers who organized

An Amazon engineer and VP says he resigned "in dismay" over Amazon's firing of whistleblowers who raised concerns about warehouse employees frightened of COVID-19. Writing on his personal blog, Tim Bray said remaining in his job "would have meant, in effect, signing off on actions I despised" and described Amazon's actions as "chickenshit." The tech giant is reported to have fired multiple employees who've criticized working conditions at its warehouses. Bray had worked at Amazon since Decembe...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Post, Washington Post, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Tim, Cunningham, Chris Hayes, Google Amazon, Bray, Tim Bray, Emily Cunningham, Maren Costa, COVID, Google Bray


A longtime Amazon engineer quit in dismay over the company firing workers who organized, and says it will cost him more than $1 million

An Amazon engineer and VP says he resigned "in dismay" over Amazon's firing of whistleblowers who raised concerns about warehouse employees frightened of COVID-19. Writing on his personal blog, Tim Bray said remaining in his job "would have meant, in effect, signing off on actions I despised." The tech giant is reported to have fired multiple employees who've criticized working conditions at its warehouses. Bray had worked at Amazon since December 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile, havin...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Post, Washington Post, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Tim, Cunningham, Chris Hayes, Google Amazon, Bray, Tim Bray, Emily Cunningham, Maren Costa, COVID, Google Bray


Longtime Amazon VP Tim Bray just quit in dismay, calling the company 'chickens---' for firing workers who criticized it

An Amazon engineer and vice president said he "quit in dismay" over Amazon's firing of whistleblowers who raised concerns about warehouse employees frightened of COVID-19. Writing on his personal blog, Tim Bray said that remaining in his job "would have meant, in effect, signing off on actions I despised" and described Amazon's actions as "chickenshit." The tech giant has fired multiple employees who've criticized working conditions at its warehouses. According to his LinkedIn profile, Bray ha...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Post, Trends, Linkedin, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Costa, Tim, Cunningham, Chris Hayes, Google Amazon, Bray, Tim Bray, Emily Cunningham, Maren Costa


Meet 23 insiders from companies like Hershey, Hulu, and NBCUniversal who are working to fix TV advertising

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nbc, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Levy, Aol, Bravo


TV advertising is a mess — these 23 industry insiders are working to fix it

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nbc, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Levy, Aol, Bravo


Amazon is cutting rates for a program that splits sales with publishers, and it could be a warning sign for companies like BuzzFeed and Wirecutter that bet big on the e-commerce giant

Amazon plans to cut commission rates for its affiliate program that publishers like Wirecutter, BuzzFeed and Hearst use to collect money from product recommendations. The move comes as publishers are dealing with a loss of advertising revenue, layoffs, and furloughs. Amazon previously cut ties with third-party firms like Skimlinks, Narrativ, and Rakuten that publishers use to drive traffic to multiple retailers. Skimlinks said that it's advising publishers to diversify their affiliate revenue,...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Buzzfeed, US, Trends, Information, Walmart, New York Times, The New York Times, Rakuten, Hearst, Newman, HuffPost, Chen, Google Amazon, Amazon Associates


Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says people should 'be a little bit grateful' for companies like Amazon that have 'really helped us out' in the coronavirus fight (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN, FB, AAPL)

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says tech companies like Amazon have provided a "profound benefit" during the coronavirus pandemic and people should "be a little bit grateful." "Think about what your life would be like in America without Amazon," Schmidt said during a video interview hosted by The Economic Club of New York on Tuesday. Schmidt argued that having to navigate the pandemic without the tools offered by tech companies would be much more difficult. Google, Amazon, and others in the te...
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