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Using Apps for Contact Tracing: Can We Protect Privacy?

Governments in Canada have yet to officially use phone data to track and trace people who may be infected with COVID-19. However, there has been discussion around using a system in Canada similar to Singapore. In Singapore, the app being used to track and trace people who may have contracted COVID-19 is “TraceTogether”. TraceTogether uses bluetooth technology to track nearby phones. People can then opt-in to have their information provided to the Ministry of Health if they test positive for COVI...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Technology, Law, Washington, Singapore, Eu, Canada, New York Times, Mobility, Times, Brookings Institution, Gabriel, Google Facebook, Ministry of Health


TV advertising is a mess — meet 23 industry insiders 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


'The old rules are dead': How a pandemic could change the way Google, Facebook, and Twitter tackle misinformation forever

Coronavirus has forced big tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to take unprecedented action to stop the spread of harmful misinformation.  The pandemic has so far killed close to 50,000 people worldwide, and the internet has been overrun with fake cures and conspiracy theories.  Social media companies have previously insisted they only offer "platforms", meaning they don't share the same legal responsibilities as publishers for the content on their sites. But experts told Business I...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, London, California, Cdc, US, Trends, Who, Kpmg, Christchurch, Business Insider, Alex Jones, Facebook Twitter


'This is why people are so angry': Tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Uber built their empires on the backs of contractors. A pandemic is showing just how horrifically that model failed American workers.

Over the course of the last decade, the tech industry has spurred the rise of the gig economy.  "Gig economy" has since become something of a catch-all phrase to describe many sorts of non-standard work: independent contracting, temping, or working for a third-party contract firm.  Most companies in the tech world rely on non-standard workers: Uber or Instacart for tasks like driving and delivery services; Google and Facebook for tasks like content moderation and data analysis. Those workers a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Microsoft, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Paypal, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Philippines, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Jeff Bezos


Ad-Tech Firms Seek Financial Relief (and to Save the Cookie)

Amid the chaos the coronavirus crisis has created in the media industry, separate intriguing petitions aimed at the media industry's cash-rich platforms have recently emerged. One request asks Google, Facebook and Amazon to implement more magnanimous policies that industry insiders hope will help reduce friction on Big Tech's payment terms. Another asks Google to shelve...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Advertising, Google Facebook, Ad Tech & Mar Tech, Coronavirus


Tech giants such as Google, Facebook seek to defer Indian digital tax: sources

Big U.S. tech firms such as Google and Facebook plan to seek deferment of a new Indian digital tax, which has caught them off-guard as businesses battle the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, three industry sources told Reuters.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Money, businessNews, Google Facebook


Elizabeth Warren for President open-sources its 2020 campaign tech

Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren may have ended her 2020 presidential run, but the tech used to drive her campaign will live on. Members of her staff announced they would make public the top apps and digital tools developed in Warren’s bid to become the Democratic nominee for president. “In our work, we leaned heavily on open source technology — and want to contribute back to that community…[by] open-sourcing some of the most important projects of the Elizabeth Warren campaign for anyone to u...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Government, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Sms, Democrats, President, Warren, Api, Politicians, Github, Real-time, Cto


Startups Weekly: A new era for consumer tech

TechCrunch is out hunting for bright spots in the startup world as we all come to grips with the pandemic — particularly where checks are actually being written despite everything. D2C is back to the future First up this week, we surveyed top direct-to-consumer investors, and they seemed pretty optimistic despite the struggles of some sector leaders. Here’s Lightspeed Venture Partners Nicole Quinn, for example, on investor activity versus current opportunity: I would argue it is too weak as in...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Alexis Ohanian, Casper, Cac, Alex, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Gitlab, Sxsw, Josh, Google Facebook, Google Amazon, Josh Constine, Connie Loizos


Edward Snowden warns 'bio-surveillance' may outlast coronavirus

Edward Snowden is a former CIA contractor who exposed NSA mass surveillance programs. In a recent interview, Snowden expressed concern over the ways in which governments are using technology to track the spread of the virus. These new tracking measures may someday be repurposed to advance governments' mass surveillance programs, Snowden warned. As governments turn to technology to help contain the spread of COVID-19, privacy advocates are expressing concern over how new bio-surveillance prac...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, South Korea, Technology, Snowden, Government, Nsa, White House, China, US, Virus, Surveillance, United States, Edward Snowden, Innovation, Disease


“Material Support for Terrorism” Lawsuit Fails a Third Time–Colon v. Twitter

This lawsuit alleges that social media providers contributed to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured dozens more. If that sounds familiar, that’s because those facts formed the basis of the Crosby v. Twitter litigation from Michigan, which failed in the lower court in 2018 and then on appeal to the Sixth Circuit in 2019. In a litigation move I’ll charitably characterize as tenacious, after the emphatic loss in the 6th Circuit, the plaintiffs’ law...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Florida, Isis, Sixth Circuit, Law, Court, US, Colon, Michigan, Force, Orlando, Crosby, Cohen, Twitter Inc, Sinclair


Declining ad rates may signal a reset for startup SEM strategies

With limited prospects for growth, one of the iron laws of economic downturns is that advertising is among the first budgets to be cut. Advertising revenues have already cratered at many alt-weekly newspapers , which heavily rely on local events and restaurants that have been shuttered in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. BuzzFeed even went so far (as they do) to label it a “ media extinction event .” Clearly it’s bad times, but I wanted to get a lot more granular around the data for ad r...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Advertising Tech, Tech, Airbnb, Search Engine Marketing, Google Facebook


A Guide to Making the Most of Your Videos By Ranking Them in 2020

According to a report published by YouTube, there are about 6 billion hours of video that is published on the platform every month. And, that’s just one video-sharing platform. There’s no denying that video is an integral part of every digital marketing strategy, and arguably one of the best ways to deliver a message to your audience. But, how can you get your video to stand out from the rest of the crowd and rank on search engines and video-sharing platforms like YouTube? Indeed, video SEO is n...
Tags: Google, Business, Youtube, Sales & Marketing, Right Now, Google Facebook, LinkedIn Facebook, DailyMotion Vimeo, Arvind Patil, SRV Media, Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Video


Google is extending the contracts of temp workers whose jobs were about to end during the pandemic — starting with the hundreds that were due to leave this week (GOOG)

Google is extending the contracts of temporary workers whose jobs were due to end during the pandemic. The company is keeping workers who were due to end from March 20 onwards on for an extra two months. Workers had raised concerns internally that workers might have to start looking for other jobs amid an unprecedented outbreak and economic downturn. 600 temporary Google workers had been due to end their roles at the company this week.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Goog...
Tags: Google, Trends, Nasa, Silicon Valley, Signal, Google Facebook


Watchworthy’s personalized TV recommendation app will help you find your next binge

Ranker, an online publisher that turns crowdsourced lists and fan-rankings into a data business, is now turning its attention to the world of streaming services. The company this week launched a new app, Watchworthy, that helps you find something new to watch across TV networks and over 200 streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Apple TV+, and many more. Ranker, as you may already know, is the website that always pops up in search results when you’re looking for some sort of “best o...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Better Call Saul, TV, Television, Media, Tech, Mpaa, House Of Cards, Ray Donovan, Amazon Fire TV, Cord Cutting, Recommendations, Streaming Tv, Binging


Most US small businesses have only days to stay afloat as the coronavirus crisis takes its toll: 'My business can just disappear'

Many small businesses can only stay afloat for days as they reel from the coronavirus crisis and the shelter in place policy in many areas. A recent JP Morgan study estimated that more than half of the 30 million small businesses in the US have only 15 days of cash reserves to survive. For many businesses, "revenue could easily be zero right now across the state of California, and increasingly in other states as well," Gwendy Brown, a vice president at Opportunity Fund, a nonprofit small busin...
Tags: California, Mexico, US, San Francisco, Trends, Jp Morgan, Golden State Warriors, Anne, Brown, Google Facebook, SBA, ALICIA, Chase Center, VILLANUEVA, US Small Business Administration, Eastside College Preparatory School


Startups rethink what it means to be high-touch during a pandemic

Glossier NYC, in normal times, is typically visited by more than 2,000 people every day, with lines of people from all over the world curling out the door. And when you enter, it’s tempting to touch, well, everything. The walls are adorned with flowers, mirrors and giant versions of the makeup company’s flagship product: Boy Brow. Makeup is sold on communal tables, where customers are encouraged to try products. Emily Weiss, the founder of the unicorn startup, calls customer meetups as she se...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Lyft, London, Tech, Barcelona, Austin, South Africa, Airbnb, Facetime, Revel, Bay Area, Google Facebook, Emily Weiss, Google Apple Facebook


Yelp cancels internship program due to COVID-19 outbreak

Yelp has canceled its summer internship due to the safety threat from the COVID-19 outbreak. While health is the priority across the world right now, the move is another blow to the potential prospects of a graduating class entering what looks to be a prolonged economic downturn. In a statement to TechCrunch, a Yelp spokesperson said: Yelp is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19. Since the health and safety of our community is a top priori...
Tags: TC, Tech, Interns, Salesforce, Yelp, Google Facebook, Personnel, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Facebook built a tool last year to map the spread of diseases. Now it's being used to combat coronavirus. Here's how it works.

Facebook has built a tool meant to help track the movements and demographics of people affected by a disease outbreak. The tool, called Disease Prevention Maps, was first released in 2019. Now, it's already being used by universities and health nonprofits for COVID-19 prevention. The US government is reportedly considering asking Facebook to develop a similar tool for tracking the spread of the virus in the US. Here's a breakdown of how it works. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stor...
Tags: Facebook, London, US, Trends, Mozambique, Malawi, The Washington Post, Google Facebook, Harvard School of Public Health, COVID, Laura McGorman, McGorman, Disease Prevention Maps, Congo Facebook, Humanitarian Data Exchange Facebook, Facebook Anonymous White House


The US wants to track your phone’s location data to help limit the spread of coronavirus

With more than 6,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 registered in the US, the government is thinking about new ways to control the outbreak. To that end, the White House is exploring solutions that help people maintain a safe distance from each other — by teaming up with tech companies to monitor your location data. A report by the Washington Post notes that the government is already talking with experts at Google, Facebook, and other tech giants to possibly use anonymized location data, so that he...
Tags: Startups, Washington Post, White House, US, Google Facebook, Coronavirus, COVID


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google, Facebook, and other tech companies are reportedly in talks with the US government to use your location data to stop the coronavirus and to see if social distancing is really working. The reported plan comes after several meetings between tech industry leaders and White House officials in the past week as the US scrambles to mobilize the private sector to help fight the spread of COVID-19.  Facebook wrongly blocked new...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hong Kong, White House, China, US, Trends, Nasa, Italy, Alexa, Google Facebook, Fortress Investment Group, Amazon Alexa, Watch Google


Google, Facebook, and other tech companies are reportedly in talks with the US government to use your location data to stop the coronavirus — and to see if social distancing is really working

Google, Facebook, and other major tech companies are reportedly in talks with the US government to aggregate people's location data to help track the spread of COVID-19. The proposed partnership, first reported by The Washington Post, would aim to map how COVID-19 is being transmitted. Location data gathered by companies like Facebook and Google could also clarify whether people are social distancing in accordance with government orders, and whether it's working. Visit Business Insider's homep...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Washington Post, White House, US, San Francisco, Trends, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Trump, Google Facebook, Watch Google, COVID


The dot-com bubble burst 20 years ago this month — here's what tech experts say were the biggest lessons as coronavirus triggers another tech crash

This March marks the 20th anniversary of the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000, which led to the demise of iconic startups with names like Pets.com and Webvan. Experts reminisce about the era which they say offers key lessons as coronavirus triggers another tech market crash.  "There was a lot of cash and investors put money on companies that had a '.com' in their Web address," analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies Inc. told Business Insider. "The good news is that it separated the w...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Taylor Swift, Ipo, Trends, Webvan, Idc, Kay, Allen, Wedbush, Google Facebook, Wang, Ives, Steve Allen


Oracle CEO Safra Catz tells all of its workers, except for 'critical employees,' to work from home because of the coronavirus crisis (ORCL)

Oracle CEO Safra Catz said the tech giant's workers must work from home starting this week, except for "critical employees" who must maintain Oracle and customer "essential services." As for employees who aren't considered critical, but can't do their jobs remotely, she said that Oracle "will continue to pay you until further notice."  "We need each of you to focus on your health and helping to contain the spread of the virus," Catz said in a memo. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Oracle...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Larry Ellison, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Oracle, Google Facebook, ORCL, Catz, Safra Catz


Google, Facebook Contractors Still Expected On Site Amid Outbreak While Full-Time Staff Works Remote

The tumultuous divide between full-time staff and contract workers at Facebook and Google has come to a head recently, with this distinction now purportedly determining who deserves to work from home amid an ongoing global pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Contractors, Google Facebook, Labor Practices, Coronavirus, Covid 19


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. The Pentagon could reconsider its decision to award a major cloud contract to Microsoft after protests from Amazon. The Defense Department said on Thursday that it would re-evaluate the awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft after Amazon claimed the decision was interfered with by the Trump administration, the New York Times reports.  Google reportedly sent its Bangalore office employees home to work rem...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spacex, Microsoft, France, Softbank, Nigeria, Trends, Cnn, Comcast, New York Times, Beverly Hills, West Africa, Madeleine McCann, Pentagon


Microsoft is canceling its massive Build developer conference due to the coronavirus outbreak, and will do it online instead (MSFT)

Microsoft is canceling its Build developer conference, one of its biggest events of the year, which was slated to be held from May 19 to 21st in Seattle. It will do it as an online event instead. Other companies, including Google, Facebook, and Amazon, have similarly canceled their developer conferences, opting instead to take them online. Microsoft has had at least two COVID-19 cases among employees. The company has advised most employees to work from home, but is asking some sales people to ...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, US, Trends, Washington State, Seattle, Trump, Google Facebook, King County, Facebook Google


One of San Francisco's most colossal landlords says it won't evict tenants if they can prove their failure to pay rent was related to the coronavirus

One of San Francisco's largest landlords says it is halting evictions of tenants who cannot make their rent due to financial disruptions brought on by the coronavirus disease. Residents will be asked to provide documentation as proof of hardship. The move comes days after San Francisco lawmakers pressed for legislation that would ban evictions related to the coronavirus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of San Francisco's largest property owners will halt evictions for ...
Tags: Microsoft, California, San Francisco, Trends, Beverly Hills, San Jose, Jeff Bezos, Bay Area, Google Facebook, Veritas Investments, Greentree, US San Francisco, Dean Preston, GreenTree Property Management, Department of -RSB- Public Health San Francisco


Face mask ads claiming to protect consumers from coronavirus are flooding the internet. Here's what Google and Facebook are doing to crack down on them.

Online ads are appearing from brands with names like Safe Mask, Viral Tech Mask, and Flu Mask Store that have popped up overnight and claim to protect against coronavirus. Business Insider made numerous attempts to contact six companies advertising face masks but got no response. One company listed a phone number for a customer service firm that claimed to not work with the vendor. Google, Facebook, and digital firms like Revcontent are trying to curb face such mask ads, in the latest example ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, New York City, NFL, Trends, Tokyo, Better Business Bureau, Adtech, Business Insider, Google Facebook, Integral Ad Science, Strong Current Enterprise, Flu Mask Store, Business Insider Revcontent


Face mask ads claiming to protect against coronavirus are popping up all over Google and Facebook, and the platforms are scrambling to stamp them out

Online ads are appearing from brands with names like Safe Mask, Viral Tech Mask, and Flu Mask Store that have popped up overnight and claim to protect against coronavirus. Business Insider made numerous attempts to contact six companies advertising face masks but got no response. One company listed a phone number for a customer service firm that claimed to not work with the vendor. Google, Facebook, and digital firms like Revcontent are trying to curb face such mask ads, in the latest example ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, New York City, Trends, Tokyo, Better Business Bureau, Adtech, Business Insider, Google Facebook, Integral Ad Science, Strong Current Enterprise, Flu Mask Store, Business Insider Revcontent


4 lessons I learned after spending $6 million on Google Ads last year

I had an unlimited budget. I could spend as much money as I wanted on whatever ads I wanted. But I had to be profitable. I was working in-house for a technology company. We had aggressive revenue targets and I wanted to play a major part in making that happen. I managed to grow ad spend from $3 million to $6 million per year because I found creative ways to profitably scale my campaigns. I crushed our revenue targets. Here’s what I learned. The creative is everything This is true across every ma...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, Google Facebook, Growth Quarters