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Inside the Plot To Kill the Open Technology Fund

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: [The Open Technology Fund is a U.S. government-funded nonprofit, which is part of the umbrella group called the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which also controls Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.] OTF's goal is to help oppressed communities across the globe by building the digital tools they need and offering training and support to use those tools. Its work has saved countless lives, and every single day millions of people use OTF-...
Tags: News, China, Russia, Tech, Kremlin, Cuba, Black Lives Matter, Signal, Trump, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Bannon, OTF, Steve Bannon, Michael Pack, Bethany Kozma


Police roll up crime networks in Europe after infiltrating popular encrypted chat app

Hundreds of alleged drug dealers and other criminals are in custody today after police in Europe infiltrated an encrypted chat system reportedly used by thousands to discuss illegal operations. The total failure of this ostensibly secure method of communication will likely have a chilling effect on the shadowy industry of crime-focused tech. “Operation Venetic” was reported by various police agencies, major local news outlets, and by Motherboard in especially vibrant form, quoting extensively pe...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Europe, France, Government, Tech, Encryption, Fbi, Netherlands, Signal, Joseph Cox, EncroChat


Amazon's lawsuit against a former exec is shining a spotlight on its use of noncompete agreements — a practice that critics say is unfair and will scare away talent (AMZN)

Amazon makes new corporate employees sign a noncompete agreement saying they won't work for competitors for 18 months after they leave the company. The agreements are controversial: Critics charge that with Amazon involved in everything from retail to cloud computing to shipping logistics, these agreements unfairly limit career options for anybody who leaves the company.  That controversy was renewed in June when it was revealed that Amazon filed a lawsuit against a former marketing vice presi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hollywood, Microsoft, California, Washington, Trends, Ireland, Aws, Quinn, Seattle, Oracle, Hall, Signal, Amazon Web Services, Farrell


These are the best strategies to cut cloud computing costs during the pandemic, according to experts (MSFT, AMZN, GOOG)

Companies looking to save money in the current environment of economic uncertainty should take a closer look at their cloud computing spending, experts told Business Insider. As much as 35 percent of cloud spending is wasted as companies pay for more cloud capacity than they use, according to one estimate.  Companies should evaluate whether they're paying for any unused resources, cautiously explore cloud provider discount programs, and build a process to continually assess cloud spending. Mak...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Signal, Vendors, Sap, Amazon Web Services, Riley, Microsoft Google, Flexera, Ashley Stewart, Wein, Weins, Rosalie Chan, Business Insider Google Cloud


Microsoft paused ad spending on Facebook and Instagram over concerns about 'inappropriate content' (MSFT, FB)

Microsoft has paused advertising spending on Facebook and Instagram, Axios reported Monday.  The news comes to protest the way the company moderates hate speech. Microsoft is not participating in the boycott, according to Axios, but is concerned about the content that its ads could appear next to on the social networks. Microsoft has yet to respond to a request to confirm the report. Are you a Microsoft employee? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or e...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Pepsico, Signal, Chris Capossela, Axios, Coca Cola Starbucks, MSFT FB, Instagram Axios, Business Inisder Facebook


After deflecting scandals for years, Facebook now faces a rapidly growing advertiser boycott that is the biggest threat to its business yet (FB)

Facebook faces a growing advertiser boycott over its failure to curb hate speech on the social network. Unlike many previous scandals that Facebook has weathered, this directly impacts its bottom line. The company has announced a bunch of new rules and changes intended to appease its critics. But some civil rights groups say it's not enough, and the situation will only get more heated as the 2020 US election approaches. Coca-Cola. Verizon. Unilever. Honda. The North Face. Patagonia. REI. The ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Unilever, New York Times, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Signal, Zuckerberg, Facebook Audience Network, Rob Price, Hellman, Cambridge Analytica


Facebook is going to start labeling posts from politicians that break its rules but are 'newsworthy' enough to remain on the platform (FB)

Facebook has announced a raft of new rules and features amid a mounting boycott from advertisers over hate speech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company will now attach labels to "newsworthy" posts from politicians that break its rules. It's also tightening up its rules on hate speech in advertising. One civil rights group has already said Facebook's changes don't go far enough. Facebook will start affixing labels to post from politicians violate its rules but it chooses to leave up because th...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Donald Trump, Signal, Zuckerberg, Trump, Rob Price, Rashad Robinson, Contact Business Insider, Verizon Patagonia, Voter Information Center


Microsoft's $450 million decision to close retail stores is a smart move as the stores 'never had the same cache as Apple' and retail is uncertain in the pandemic, analysts say (MSFT)

Microsoft is permanently closing its physical retail stores, in a decision that stands to cost Microsoft $450 million this quarter — but analysts say it's a smart move in the long run. Microsoft stores never achieved the same success as Apple stores, and their contribution to the bottom line was "negligible," analysts say. Coupled with the pandemic-driven uncertainty around physical retail overall, closing the stores was rthe safe choice.  Besides, Microsoft can always change its mind and open...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Trends, Lenovo, Signal, Newman, Ives, Redmond, HP Dell, Apple Stores, Wedbush Securities, Daniel Newman, Futurum, Futurum Research, Dan Ives, Gownder


Leaked email reveals SoftBank-backed Oyo is slashing most US staff. Read the full message laying out details on stock options and the hotel startup's 2021 outlook.

SoftBank-backed budget hotel company Oyo will lay off most of its US staff, per a leaked email sent to employees Wednesday night.  The employees will have the option to buy Oyo stock, though one employee said he doesn't know anyone planning to take that offer.  Oyo has raised more than $3 billion in capital, though the last fundraise included $700 million from its young chief executive, Ritesh Agarwal. Sign up here for our Wall Street Insider newsletter. Oyo, the hotel chain backed by SoftBan...
Tags: India, Softbank, US, Trends, Manhattan, WeWork, Accenture, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Signal, Ritesh Agarwal, Sinha, Oyo, ESOP, Ritesh, Adecco Group


Leaked email reveals SoftBank-backed Oyo is slashing most US staff. It's offering them stock options, but doesn't expect a full recovery until the second half of 2021.

SoftBank-backed budget hotel company Oyo will lay off most of its US staff, per a leaked email sent to employees Wednesday night.  The employees will have the option to buy Oyo stock, though one employee said he doesn't know anyone planning to take that offer.  Oyo has raised more than $3 billion in capital, though the last fundraise included $700 million from its young chief executive, Ritesh Agarwal. Sign up here for our Wall Street Insider newsletter. Oyo, the hotel chain backed by SoftBan...
Tags: India, Softbank, US, Trends, Manhattan, WeWork, Accenture, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Signal, Ritesh Agarwal, Oyo, ESOP, Ritesh, Adecco Group, Abhinav Sinha


Leaked email reveals that Oyo is planning to lay off most of its US staff and give them a new option to buy stock in the SoftBank-backed hotel company

SoftBank-backed budget hotel company Oyo will lay off most of its US staff, per a leaked email sent to employees Wednesday night.  The employees will have the option to buy Oyo stock, though one employee said he doesn't know anyone planning to take that offer.  Oyo has raised more than $3 billion in capital, though the last fundraise included $700 million from its young chief executive, Ritesh Agarwal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Oyo, the affordable hotel chain backed ...
Tags: India, Softbank, US, Trends, Accenture, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Signal, Ritesh Agarwal, Oyo, ESOP, Ritesh, Adecco Group, Abhinav Sinha, COVID, LHH


More than half of tech workers on visas say they'll simply look for work outside the US if Trump's H-1B ban forces a choice

More than half of tech workers in the US on visas say they'd just look for work outside the US if affected by Trump's visa ban. The president has suspended the H-1B visa program, along with others, amid the pandemic. In a poll of 1,000+ workers on visas, just 7% said they'd try to get a different visa if they'd affected. More than half said they'd either return home or move to another country — a big win for non-US tech hubs, and a major potential loss to the American tech sector. In a recent...
Tags: London, US, Tel Aviv, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Signal, Blind, Trump, Rob Price, Contact Business Insider


WeWork is ditching a major Manhattan office, and it's the first big step in a turnaround that's put its entire real-estate portfolio under review

WeWork is cutting ties with a 115,000 square foot Manhattan location it leased almost two years and that it was set to occupy before the end of the year.  The struggling coworking company has been in talks to renegotiate its rents and potentially dispose of locations for months, but this is the first major location shed so far by the firm.  The deal could be an ominous sign that WeWork is readying to finally cull its vast portfolio in a way that could sink the office market with large blocks o...
Tags: UK, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Manhattan, Ibm, WeWork, Signal, Business Insider, Madison Avenue, University Place, Midtown South, Madison Ave, Columbia Property Trust, Knotel


WeWork is ditching a major Manhattan office it hasn't even moved into yet — and it's the first big step in a turnaround that's put its entire real-estate portfolio under review

WeWork is cutting ties with a 115,000 square foot Manhattan location it leased almost two years and that it was set to occupy before the end of the year.  The struggling coworking company has been in talks to renegotiate its rents and potentially dispose of locations for months, but this is the first major location shed so far by the firm.  The deal could be an ominous sign that WeWork is readying to finally cull its vast portfolio in a way that could sink the office market with large blocks o...
Tags: UK, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Manhattan, Ibm, WeWork, Signal, Business Insider, Madison Avenue, University Place, Midtown South, Madison Ave, Columbia Property Trust, Knotel


Amazon engineers built an internal wiki page that suggests alternatives to unconsciously racist terms like 'brown bags,' 'cake walk,' and 'master/slave' (AMZN)

Amazon engineers have created an internal Wiki page that lists unconsciously biased terms and how to replace them in their everyday language. Although not officially enforced by the leadership team, Amazon's managers have been encouraging employees to review the page, which has been viewed roughly 30,000 times since its creation earlier this month. Words and phrases listed in the page include "brown bags," "cake walk," and "master/slave." It's the latest example of employee-driven change at Am...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Black Lives Matter, Signal, AMZN, Business Insider Amazon, George Floyd


Goldman Sachs raises its price target on Microsoft stock after telling investors to sell Slack amid the 'enduring battle' between the 2 (MSFT)

Goldman Sachs raised its price target on Microsoft's stock and maintained its buy rating on Tuesday as the company continues to look like a beneficiary of the changes in IT spending caused by the pandemic. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs advised investors last week to sell stock in Slack, citing competition from Microsoft, among other risks.  Goldman Sachs' rating underscores Wall Street's belief that Microsoft will emerge as a big winner from the workplace changes caused by the pandemic. Are you a c...
Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Signal, Bellini, Heather Bellini, MSFT Teams


I Miss AIM

These days, there’s a million different ways to chat. Sliding into DMs, group texts, Slack channels, Facebook Messenger, encrypted messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp—you name it. But half these platforms are tied to a social network, and the rest are on your phone. Chances are, your various friend groups are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Aim, Instant Messaging, Facebook Messenger, Signal, I Miss, 0_0 0_0 0_0


Former employees at Microsoft's Mixer say the company failed to take action on misconduct complaints about 'toxic working conditions' and racist comments (MSFT)

Ex-employees of Microsoft's game streaming platform Mixer say the company failed to act when they complained about a manager's misconduct, including allegations that she referred to partners as "slaves" and herself as the "slavemaster."  Microsoft on Monday announced plans to shut down Mixer – the company's competitor to Amazon's wildly popular Twitch platform — but the company has been accused of failing to address employee complaints before. "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Seattle, Signal, Black, Amazon Web Services, Business Insider, Wilson, Spencer, Lee, Nadella, Mixer, Business Insider Microsoft


Meet 13 former Microsoft power players who went on to found billion-dollar companies like Xiaomi, Zappos, and Valve (MSFT)

Many entrepreneurs have passed through Microsoft in the company's 45-year history, including a handful who have managed to startup businesses that are worth $1 billion or more.  We rounded up 13 former employees that built unicorn companies, including Daniel Dines of UIPath and Rich Barton, who cofounded the trifecta Expedia, Zillow, and Glassdoor.  Are you a current or former Microsoft employee? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email ([email protected]
Tags: Amazon, Craigslist, Microsoft, Trends, Intel, Netflix, Harvard University, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Zappos, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Zillow, Signal, Expedia, Business Insider


A top German court just dealt a blow to Facebook's data-collection efforts (FB)

A top German court has dealt a blow to Facebook's data collection efforts. The American social media giant is ensnared in an antitrust battle in the country. On Tuesday, it was ordered to comply with an order to curb data collection. The broader antitrust case is still ongoing. Facebook must comply with an order by Germany's antitrust watchdog to curb data collection from users, a top German court ruled on Tuesday, in a setback for the U.S. social network company. The Federal Court's stay ord...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Germany, Trends, Dusseldorf, Ireland, Silicon Valley, Signal, Trump, Federal Court, Facebook Group, Duesseldorf, Germany Germany, Higher Regional Court, GWB


Microsoft president Brad Smith slams Trump's order suspending work visas: 'Now is not the time to cut our nation off from the world's talent' (MSFT)

President Trump signed an executive order on Monday suspending entry into the US for immigrant workers, including highly skilled H-1B visas often used by Microsoft employees. Microsoft President Brad Smith condemned the order, saying it comes at a time when the US needs those workers most. Microsoft is among the most prolific H-1B visas sponsors. The company has opened and expanded an office in Vancouver, Canada, for the country's relative ease in bringing in talent from other countries. Amazo...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, US, America, Trends, Canada, Smith, Donald Trump, Signal, Trump, Brad Smith, Vancouver Canada, Redmond Washington, HCL Technologies, Ashley Stewart, Amazon Google Apple


Microsoft plans to double the number of Black and African American company leaders and suppliers (MSFT)

Microsoft plans to double the number of Black and African American leaders within the company, and the number of Black and African American suppliers with which it works. The company also announced a series of outside investments meant to support Black- and African-American-owned banks and other kinds of businesses.  Microsoft has yet to respond to a request about how many Black and African American leaders it has now. Are you a current or former Microsoft employee? Contact this reporter via e...
Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Msft, Signal, Ashley Stewart, Black African American Microsoft


Amazon just signed its largest-ever warehouse lease in NYC. Here's how it's been inking deals left and right to grow its massive storage and distribution network.

Amazon has signed a deal for its largest-ever warehouse in New York City. The e-commerce giant has rapidly assembled the largest portfolio of storage and distribution locations ever by a private company in the city.  The warehouses serve as the backbone for Amazon's booming e-commerce business. For more stories, sign up for our Wall Street Insider newsletter. Amazon just signed its largest lease ever in New York City — it's a deal to occupy a 1-million-square-foot warehouse that will be purpo...
Tags: Amazon, New York City, Trends, Queens, New Jersey, Bronx, Staten Island, Signal, Grand Avenue, Linden, South Bronx, Red Hook, Maspeth, Joseph Taylor, Daniel Geiger, Lower Road


Amazon just signed its largest-ever warehouse lease in NYC. Here's how it's been making deals left and right to grow its massive storage and distribution network.

Amazon has signed a deal for its largest-ever warehouse in New York City. The e-commerce giant has rapidly assembled the largest portfolio of storage and distribution locations ever by a private company in the city. The warehouses serve as the backbone for Amazon's booming e-commerce business. For more stories, sign up for our Wall Street Insider newsletter. Amazon just signed its largest lease ever in New York City — it's a deal to occupy a 1 million-square-foot warehouse that will be purpos...
Tags: Amazon, New York, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Queens, New Jersey, Bronx, Staten Island, Signal, Don, RXR Realty, Linden, Queens New York, South Bronx, Staten Island New York


The former Amazon VP who quit in solidarity with fired employees published a business case for why he thinks the massively profitable Amazon Web Services cloud business should be spun off (AMZN)

Tim Bray, the former Amazon vice president and distinguished engineer who quit this year to protest Amazon's firing of internal critics, wants the company to spin out its cloud business Amazon Web Services. He's getting the effort started by drafting a six-page memo, a common device Amazon uses internally to pitch new ideas, with the goal of ultimately getting it in front of AWS CEO Andy Jassy. Bray calls spinning out AWS a "complete no-brainer," and told Business Insider the main arguments fo...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Signal, Amazon Web Services, Business Insider, Nyu, Morningstar, AMZN, Scott Galloway, Bray, Amazon VP, Business Insider Amazon, Tim Bray, COVID


Trump's shutdown of H-1B visas is a huge hit to the Silicon Valley tech giants that employ tens of thousands of affected workers (FB, GOOG, AMZN, AAPL)

Silicon Valley tech companies hire tens of thousands of workers on H-1B visas every year. On Monday, Trump issued a proclamation halting a range of visa programs until the end of 2020. H-1B visas are one of those affected, and the tech industry will be affected keenly. Last year, Google and Amazon were granted around 9,000 applications for H-1B visas each, while Microsoft had almost 6,000. Government data shows just how hard hit the various big tech firms will be by the order. Silicon Valley ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Aaron Levie, Trump


A marketing chief boycotting Facebook says brands that advertise on the site are guilty of bankrolling a destructive 'polarization' of society (FB)

Civil rights groups are trying to persuade advertisers to boycott Facebook in July because of the hate speech on its platform. Companies that have signed up for the campaign include Patagonia, The North Face, Dashlane, and Talkspace. In an interview, Dashlane's CMO said advertisers have "bankrolled" political division by spending money on Facebook's platform. She said marketers have a responsibility to speak out, and called on Facebook to do more to police hate speech and misinformation. Got a...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, CMO, Patagonia, Naacp, Dashlane, Signal, North Face, Trump, Howard, Rob Price, Joy Howard, Carolyn Everson, North Face Dashlane


Moving companies are Silicon Valley's new booming businesses as techies flee town to work remotely

Business for moving companies in the San Francisco Bay Area is booming. Services are in high demand as tech workers leave the region now that they can work remotely because of COVID-19. The shift illustrates how the pandemic will reshape Silicon Valley for years to come. Entire companies are ditching their offices and moving their furniture into storage as they pivot to remote-first business models. As the pandemic rages on, increasing numbers of tech workers are ditching Silicon Valley. It h...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, America, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Jim Morris, Oakland, Lake Tahoe, Central Valley, Signal, Bay Area, Bay, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area, Morris


WeWork is grappling with a fresh setback after the pandemic emptied offices. Here's the latest on job cuts and executive departures.

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. Real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani started as CEO in February. In April, investor SoftBank backed out of its plan to buy $3 billion worth of WeWork shares, including nearly $1 billion from Neumann. WeWork's US head of real estate has departed. And IBM is leaving a big WeWork office it rents in New York City. You can read our stories by s...
Tags: Google, UK, New York, Stanford, Softbank, New York City, US, America, Trends, Kanye West, Italy, Brookfield, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, WeWork


As remote work transforms Silicon Valley, moving companies are making a fortune helping tech workers flee to smaller towns and putting their startups' office furniture into storage

  Business for moving companies in the San Francisco Bay Area is booming. Services are in high demand as tech workers leave the region now that they can work remotely because of COVID-19. The shift illustrates how the pandemic will reshape Silicon Valley for years to come. Entire companies are ditching their offices and moving their furniture into storage as they pivot to remote-first business models. As the pandemic rages on, increasing numbers of tech workers are ditching Silicon Valley. It...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, America, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Jim Morris, Oakland, Lake Tahoe, Central Valley, Signal, Bay Area, Bay, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area, Morris