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Google Has Stopped Responding To Data Requests from Hong Kong Authorities

Google will stop responding to requests for data from Hong Kong authorities with the search giant instead directing requests for user data to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States that is done in conjunction with the Department of Justice. From a report: The move comes after a new national security law imposed by China curbed political expression. Although Hong Kong officials have said that the law would only target a "small minority," human rights groups such as Amnesty Intern...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, China, Tech, United States, Amnesty International, Department Of Justice, Cnet, Google Facebook, Hong Kong Authorities






Here's everything we do and don't know about Microsoft's bid to acquire TikTok so far (MSFT)

TikTok's parent company ByteDance is facing increased pressure to cut ties with the viral video app, as President Donald Trump has threatened to ban TikTok unless ByteDance divests. Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and says it expects to reach a conclusion by September 15th. Of course, TikTok could also find another buyer. If the talks fall through by that date, Trump has said he would ban the app. If the companies make a deal, the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, China, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, United States, New Zealand, Lgbtq, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Signal, Cnbc


Harness makes first acquisition, snagging open source CI company Drone.io

Harness has made a name for itself creating tools like continuous delivery (CD) for software engineers to give them the kind of power that has been traditionally reserved for companies with large engineering teams like Google, Facebook and Netflix. Today, the company announced it has acquired Drone.io, an open source continuous integration (CI) company, marking the company’s first steps into open source, as well as its first acquisition. The companies did not share the purchase price. “Drone is ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Harness, Jyoti Bansal, Crunchbase, Exit, Developer Tools, Google Facebook, Rydzewski


Amazon inks cloud deal with Airtel in India

Amazon has found a new partner to expand the reach of its cloud services business — AWS — in India, the world’s second largest internet market. On Wednesday, the e-commerce giant announced it has partnered with Bharti Airtel, the third-largest telecom operator in India with more than 300 million subscribers, to sell a wide-range of AWS offerings under Airtel Cloud brand to small, medium, and large-sized businesses in the country. The deal could help AWS, which leads the cloud market in ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Cloud, Asia, Enterprise, Microsoft, India, Azure, Tech, Aws, South Asia, Airtel, Amazon India, Google Facebook, Bharti Airtel


If Microsoft buys TikTok, it could be bad news for Google Cloud (MSFT)

Microsoft's plans to buy TikTok may seem crazy at first, but it's all about the data. TikTok would give Microsoft eyes into a market where it is mostly blind: smartphone use among Generation Z. But there's another appealing side for Microsoft: TikTok is reportedly a huge customer of arch-rival Google Cloud. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At first glance, Microsoft's talks to acquire TikTok's US operations from Chinese owner ByteDance seems somewhere between odd and crazy....
Tags: Google, Microsoft, India, US, America, Trends, Wells Fargo, Trump, Google Facebook, Microsoft Azure Google, Kevin McLaughlin, Google Cloud, Amir Efrati, Bytedance, Google Cloud MSFT, TikTok Redmond


What brands need to do if they want to break up with Facebook

Sean Clayton Contributor A 15-year digital media veteran, Sean Clayton connects brands with the data-driven intelligence solutions they need to drive growth. With more than 90 major advertisers and counting announcing plans to dump Facebook, a significant question lingers: Where will brands go next for their digital marketing needs? The case for the breakup is clear: Brands want to distance themselves from third-party business practices that do not align with...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Column, Media, Opinion, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing, Google Facebook


Massive gains and shock losses as Google, Facebook and Amazon report quarterly earnings

Big Tech companies are reporting mixed quarterly earnings, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices.The staggering economic fallout caused by... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Amazon, Business, Google Facebook


‘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


Apple CEO Tim Cook releases opening statement ahead of historic congressional antitrust hearing: 'We make no concession on the facts'

Apple CEO Tim Cook released his opening statement ahead of the historic tech antitrust hearing before House Judiciary's Antitrust subcommittee on Wednesday. Cook is set to appear alongside Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and CEO Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, as part of an investigation into the companies' power and influence on the tech industry. Cook's opening statement defended Apple, asserting that the company "does not have a dominant market ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, London, Congress, Trends, Tim Cook, App Store, Sundar Pichai, Google Facebook, Apple Google Facebook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Facebook, Aaron Holmes, Hugh Langley


Apple has acquired more AI startups than Google, Facebook or any other Big Tech company. Is Apple bulking up in AI or just catching up?

Apple bought more AI companies than any of its big tech competitors between 2010 and 2019, according to an analysis from CB Insights. Many of these purchases have been used to create new features on Apple's flagship iPhones. But others may help power Apple's shift towards digital products as sales for those services rise. As sales of the iPhone have dipped, income from products like Apple Pay and Apple Music may be the company's future. Apple faces some blowback in its push into services. The ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Microsoft, Trends, Siri, Tim Cook, Machine Learning, App Store, North America, Apple Music, Alexa, Cb Insights


Apple made a recent announcement that's meant to be a big win for developers — but a leaked document reportedly suggests that may not be the case (AAPL)

A leaked Apple document obtained by The Washington Post suggests that Apple is imposing tight restrictions on developers participating in its "Find My" program. The program allows third party developers to build support for Apple's Find My service into their products. According to the Post, the program prohibits the devices in Apple's Find My program from working with other competing products simultaneously. It sounds like it could be similar to the way Apple's HomeKit Secure Video platform wo...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Post, Congress, Washington Post, Trends, Tim Cook, European Commission, Logitech, App Store, The Washington Post, Margrethe Vestager, Aapl, Google Facebook, Apple Music Apple


Amazon reportedly met with the creator of an Echo-like device in 2013 before launching its own now-dominant smart speaker 2 years later

Amazon reportedly met with multiple startups over the years for apparent talk of acquisitions and investments only to develop similar products of their own, according to a Wall Street Journal report. One of the companies was Ubi, a voice-activated device that landed on the market in 2012 and was strikingly similar to the Amazon Echo, which launched in 2015. Ubi creator Leor Grebler said he believed Amazon wished to acquire his company when he met with execs in 2013 for a demo of his device, at...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Echo, Congress, US, Trends, Seattle, Wall Street Journal, Amazon Echo, WSJ, Google Facebook, Leor Grebler, Grebler, WSJ It, Ubi Amazon


Apple Targeted in Multi-State Consumer Protection Investigation

Several states have undertaken an investigation that is seeking to determine whether Apple deceived customers, according to documents discovered by the Tech Transparency Project and shared by Axios. Details on the investigation are sparse, and it's not clear what Apple is under investigation for. The documentation suggests that the Texas attorney general could sue Apple for violating deceptive trade practices in the state as part of a multi-state investigation, but little else is known. The ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Amazon, Ipad, Texas, Mac, Tim Cook, European Commission, Rumors, Ken Paxton, Google Facebook, Apple Apple, Texas AG, Consumer Protection Division, Axios


Treacherous Americans Pose the Greatest Threat to Our Nation – Part One

Seattle, WA, USA – May 1, 2015: Protesters run from gas grenades fired by Seattle police officers during May Day rioting on Capitol Hill. U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The “Free Press” And Big Tech Use Propaganda To Enslave Us: Control Of Speech And Ban On Firearms. “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government whic...
Tags: Europe, Guns, Congress, Russia, US, United States, Seattle, Smith, Trump, McCain, U S Department of State, Google Facebook, Seattle WA USA, USCS, Edward Bernays, Gun Rights News


Immersive chat startups have a very different vision for the future of voice

What happens when startups look to build on the trendiness of podcasting and social audio platforms while injecting them with some of virtual reality’s weirdness? Turns out, plenty of founders are already experimenting with that strange question. As audio-centric platforms garner investor interest, virtual reality founders of old are trying to push 3D audio as the next evolution, presenting the tech in a way that looks entirely different from today’s voice chat platforms. Though some of these ef...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Chat, Google Facebook, High Fidelity, 3D audio


No one can seem to agree on how much Uber and Lyft drivers actually get paid (UBER, LYFT)

Two recent academic studies on how much Lyft and Uber drivers actually earn came to wildly different conclusions.  Researchers at Cornell University found that drivers in Seattle earned a median hourly wage of $23.25. Another study conducted by The New School and University of California, Berkeley found that drivers netted $9.73 per hour. The disparity is due to a number of factors, including the fact that Cornell received driver earnings data directly from Uber and Lyft. But the study didn't...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, New York, California, Washington Post, New York City, US, Trends, University Of Chicago, Seattle, Cornell, Cornell University, Google Facebook, Uber Lyft, Luigi Zingales, Louis Hyman


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


Apple is 'assessing' human rights impact of Hong Kong's new national security law, but has not paused data requests from local police

On Monday, Facebook, Google, and Twitter suspended data requests from Hong Kong police. It follows China unilaterally passing a sweeping new national security law in the semi-autonomous city. Apple said it is "assessing" the impact of the law on human rights, but stopped short of promising to pause data-processing requests from local authorities. An Apple spokesperson told Bloomberg that it was up to the US Department of Justice to block requests that might infringe on human rights, under Mutu...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Tim Cook, US Department of Justice, Google Facebook, Apple Apple, Facebook Google, US China, China Google


TikTok to Withdraw From Hong Kong as Tech Giants Halt Data Requests

Google, Facebook and Twitter said they were reviewing China’s punitive new national security law for the city, a rare public questioning of Chinese policy by major American tech companies.
Tags: Twitter, Hong Kong, News, China, Social Media, Computer Security, Google Facebook, Facebook Inc, Tech Giants, Computers and the Internet, Politics And Government, WhatsApp Inc, Human Rights and Human Rights Violations, Freedom of Speech and Expression, Telegram LLC


Apple and Google block dozens of Chinese apps in India

Two days after India blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms, Google and Apple have started to comply with New Delhi’s order and are preventing users in the world’s second largest internet market from accessing those apps. UC Browser, Shareit, and Club Factory and other apps that India has blocked are no longer listed on Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. In a statement, a Google spokesperson said that the company had “temporarily blocked access to the apps”on Google Play Store as...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Google Play Store, Social, Apps, Asia, Government, China, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, Tencent, Silicon Valley, Alibaba Group, New Delhi


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Reddit banned r/The_Donald, the largest pro-Trump subreddit, as it cracks down on hate speech and targeting. The subreddit was one of roughly 2,000 communities that were banned across Reddit on Monday, CEO Steve Huffman said. Amazon's live streaming service Twitch suspended President Trump's channel for violating 'hateful conduct' policies and cited his campaign speeches as the reason. Twitch said Trump's words at campaign rall...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Youtube, China, India, US, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Reddit, Wall Street Journal, Alexa


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


How to impress a Google Cloud recruiter, as the unit continues to hire faster than the rest of the company during the coronavirus crisis (GOOG)

Google's CEO announced in April the company would slow down hiring except in "strategic areas", like its cloud platform, GCP.  The cloud unit had the most sizable employee increase of all of Google's product areas in 2019, and is continuing to hire despite the coronavirus crisis.  There are a handful of valuable skills that help Google Cloud employees thrive, said Google Cloud's VP of Human Resources, Brigette McInnis-Day.  Empathy, self-reflection, and a willingness to collaborate are all imp...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Sundar Pichai, Business Insider, Google Facebook, Google Google, Google Cloud, GCP, Google Cloud Platform GCP, McInnis Day


The US-China Battle Over the Internet Goes Under the Sea

Last week, Washington strongly objected to a new project from Facebook and Google. It's too risky and offers "unprecedented opportunities" for Chinese government espionage, the Justice Department declared. The project, however, wasn't about online speech or contact tracing, but concerned an issue that would seem far less politically charged: building an undersea internet cable from the United States to Hong Kong. From a report: On June 17, Team Telecom -- the executive branch group charged with ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Washington, US, Tech, Taiwan, Beijing, United States, Philippines, New Jersey, Federal Communications Commission, Justice Department, Google Facebook, TE SubCom, Team Telecom


America's Team Telecom urges FCC to do something about that 120Tbps fiber line between US, Hong Kong

Google, Facebook cable link to China problematic, says oversight body The White House's Team Telecom advisory committee wants the FCC to put the kibosh on a proposed capacious fiber-optic cable linking America and Hong Kong.…
Tags: Hong Kong, Fcc, China, America, Software, Google Facebook, US Hong Kong, America s Team Telecom, White House s Team Telecom


UK and Europe renew calls for global digital tax as US quits talks

Countries in discussions over levy on tech firms such as Google condemn ‘provocation’Britain and European countries are continuing to push for a global digital tax on technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, despite the US pulling out of the negotiations this week.The prospect of a digital services tax, which the UK hopes could bring in up to £400m annually for the exchequer, has been viewed as unfair by Washington, which has threatened retaliatory tariffs on products from Briti...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, Media, Washington, US, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Britain, Digital Media, OECD, Google Facebook


Does the Internet Need a New Architecture that Puts Users First?

Two VoIP pioneers argue in a Wired opinion piece that "Treating the internet like a public utility only bolsters the platform giants," adding "A more secure model starts with control by the people." As we rely on the internet more and more for work, social connections, and basic needs, it is time to talk about the future of meaningful online experiences, and the need for a new internet architecture. We need a user-focused, localized internet. This competitive architecture would deliver an experi...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Silicon Valley, Google Facebook


Encryption and issues related to Terrorism and Communications

“Traceability based on the message that you have is possible through metadata analysis, but traceability on the basis of searching the content of the messages is not possible,” a speaker said during MediaNama’s discussion on encryption. The bigger problem is that the technological capability of law enforcement is limited. All speakers concurred that the problem of end-to-end encryption in counter-terrorism operations was not a technological issue, but a policy and legal issue that needs to be so...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, India, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Terrorism, Pegasus, Tamil Nadu, State, NIA