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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. The White House spread a conspiracy theory on social media that "antifa" activists are placing caches of bricks around cities to incite riots, but the posts subsequently disappeared. The posts presented a new challenge for Facebook and Twitter, which have struggled with how to properly moderate the president's posts. Snapchat will not promote President Trump's account in the Discover section of its app, the company said on Wed...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, New York, White House, Softbank, US, Trends, Snapchat, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Palantir, Alexa, Trump, Department for Culture Media and Sport, Amazon Alexa


How Amazon Wins By Utilizing Other People’s Work

Original ideas are in short supply. However, anyone can fill a toolbox with existing great ideas and learn how to apply the right ones at the right moments. When I was a consulting partner at Arthur Andersen, I knew someone else had created a methodology, tool, proposal, or analysis that could get me going. I just needed to know how to find it. As Jim Collins has pointed out in his book Good To Great, best beats first. “The pattern of the second (or third or fourth) market entrant’s prevailin...
Tags: Amazon, Airbnb, Jeff Bezos, Disneyland, Collins, Branding, Jim Collins, Bezos, Arthur Andersen, McGraw Hill, Amazon Flex, Business Strategy, eBay eBay, OPW, John Rossman, Eventually Amazon


How billionaires are responding to the George Floyd protests

Several American billionaires have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the growing civil unrest, but not all of it has been well received. The United States is facing a national reckoning over racism, as cities across the country erupted in protests over the weekend following the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against the United States' history of systemic racism but is facing outrage from Facebook's users and employees ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Nazis, US, America, Trends, United States, New York Times, Bill Gates, Evan Spiegel, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Smith, Bet


Amazon workers slammed the company for supporting the George Floyd protesters while still flogging surveillance tech to police

Amazon on Sunday published a statement expressing solidarity with the Black community in the wake of the George Floyd protests. An activist employee group challenged the company, tweeting: "Which police contracts have you cut? How many remain?" Amazon has numerous ties to law enforcement through its Ring surveillance cameras and facial recognition software Rekognition. A warehouse worker who last week published a blog saying he was suspended for union organizing said the company was "full of i...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Oregon, US, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Gizmodo, Hopkins, Andy Jassy, John Hopkins, Smalls, Jacobin, Amazon s Black, George Floyd, George Floyd a Black, Ioannis Kouvakas


Amazon drops $2 coronavirus pay rise for warehouse workers as CEO Jeff Bezos' fortune nears $150 billion

This week Amazon warehouse workers lost a $2 pay bump brought in to reward them for coming in during the coronavirus pandemic. Amazon has now phased out two major policies brought in to protect workers, the other being that they could take unlimited amounts of unpaid time off without being penalized. The apparent return to normalcy is at odds with the experiences of warehouse workers who told Business Insider they still feel in danger coming to work. Amazon said its starting wage was higher th...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, UK, California, US, Trends, Indiana, Tennessee, New Jersey, Jeff Bezos, South Carolina, Business Insider, US Amazon, Upt, Bloomberg Billionaires Index Bezos, COVID


Henri’s Couch: Words From the Front

Money has a funny way of creeping around. And, let’s be honest, it tends to creep towards people who already have a lot of it, so it’s no surprise that Jeff Bezos has made approximately $25 billion during the Covid pandemic, or that the banks that processed the Federal government’s $349 billion loan program booked […]
Tags: Los Angeles, Jeff Bezos, Henri, More Dirt, Henri's Couch


How logistics startup Beacon won backing from US tech billionaires Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, and Travis Kalanick to disrupt a $140 billion industry

Logistics startup Beacon has raised $15 million in a fundraising round backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.  The UK firm, which aims to disrupt the world of international freight shipping, has previously been backed by Uber founder Travis Kalanick and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  The global freight forwarding industry was valued at around $140 billion in 2016, according to data from market research firm Transport Intelligence.  Beacon CEO Fraser Robinson told Business Insider how a "network effect...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Uber, UK, London, US, Trends, Travis Kalanick, Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, Garrett Camp, Robinson, EMEA, Jeff Bezos Eric Schmidt, Transport Intelligence Beacon, Fraser Robinson


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Facebook employees publicly rebelled over Mark Zuckerberg's decision to keep up a Trump post about the George Floyd protests. More than a dozen Facebook workers directly contradicted the company's stance over the weekend and on Monday in a rare show of public discord. Mark Zuckerberg committed $10 million to fighting racial injustice amid outrage at Facebook's handling of Trump's post threatening protesters. Zuckerberg committe...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Youtube, Washington, Israel, US, Trends, New York Times, Zynga, Tim Cook, Philadelphia, Evan Spiegel, Jeff Bezos


Companies like Netflix, McDonald's, and Target are speaking out amid the George Floyd protests — and some are actually taking action

Protests are spreading through the US after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for over 8 minutes. Many companies are weighing in on the protests, but not all of them have announced specific actions, donations, or internal changes. Read more to see how companies and their leaders are responding. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Protests erupted across the US after the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black m...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spotify, Cook, Instagram, Minnesota, Microsoft, Minneapolis, Youtube, Satya Nadella, Disney, US, America


Apple Co-Founder Mike Markkula Relists His Carmel Valley Ranch

Though coronavirus chaos has hit all sectors of the economy hard, the luxury real estate market has been especially affected. Jumbo mortgages have dried up, many would-be buyers backed out of escrow, and even Jeff Bezos — still the globe’s richest man — decided to back out of a $90 million deal to buy one […]
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Moguls, Carmel Valley Ranch, Apple Co, Mike Markkula


How Silicon Valley leaders, from Elon Musk to Tim Cook, are responding to the George Floyd protests (AAPL, GOOGL, TSLA)

Silicon Valley leaders are voicing their solidarity for protests that have erupted across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd.  Executives from Google, Snap, Apple, Facebook, and more are speaking out against racial inequality and police brutality in social media posts and memos to employees.  "Every minute we are silent in the face of evil and wrongdoing we are acting in support of evildoers," Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wrote in a memo to employees obtained by The Information. He c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Minneapolis, US, America, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Evan Spiegel


Microsoft's 'trailblazing' plan to solve climate change will create a lucrative new market, Morgan Stanley says

Microsoft shared some details of its plan to become a carbon negative company in 10 years with Morgan Stanley. Microsoft plans to invest enough in green technologies and initiatives that by 2050, it's removed from the environment all the carbon emitted by its operations between its founding in 1975 and today. Microsoft is charging its internal business units for their carbon footprint as a way to motivate them all to get with the program, the company told Morgan Stanley. Between the $1 billion...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Cisco, Jeff Bezos, Morgan Stanley, Weiss, Joppa, Keith Weiss, Morgan Stanley Microsoft, Lucas Joppa, Morgan Stanley Between the 1


5 ways to watch SpaceX's historic first rocket launch of NASA astronauts live online

SpaceX is about to launch its highest-stakes mission since Elon Musk founded the company in 2002: Its first launch of people. NASA is working with the company to launch the mission, called Demo-2, which will fly the astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley inside a Crew Dragon spaceship. Poor weather near Cape Canaveral, Florida, scrubbed the first launch attempt on Wednesday. The backup launch dates are Saturday and Sunday. SpaceX, NASA, Neil deGrasse Tyson, National Geographic and ABC News, an...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Katy Perry, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Demo, Abc News, Boeing, National Geographic, US Air Force, Falcon, Cape Canaveral


Shifting Gears: Meet Amazon's most important man who's not Jeff Bezos (AMZN, TSLA, UBER, UAL, AAL)

Happy Friday and welcome to another issue of Shifting Gears, Business Insider's roundup of all things transportation from the week. Have you ever heard of Dave Clark? I hadn't until a few months ago. The 21-year Amazon veteran started as a warehouse manager and worked his way up to a top lieutenant of CEO Jeff Bezos. Now, he oversees the backbone of Amazon's e-commerce operations: getting goods from factory to warehouse to your door. Rachel Premack, Eugene Kim, and Hayley Peterson have the insi...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, US, Trends, Tesla, Jeff Bezos, Hertz, Boeing, United Airlines, American Airlines, Tesla Model, Dave Clark, Meet Amazon, Dara Khosrowshahi, Mark Matousek


Amazon engineers spend hours preparing for ordinary meetings with one of Bezos' top executives because they're afraid of encountering 'Brilliant Clark' (AMZN)

Amazon's SVP of worldwide operations Dave Clark is known for his attention to detail and sharp feedback. That could be intimidating to some employees, but it's also earned him a flattering nickname: "Brilliant Clark." Some employees indulge Clark's obsession with detail. For example, the 6-page reports used in every Amazon meeting would typically have an appendix of over 50 pages with additional data when presented to Clark, people who worked with him told Business Insider. Engineers would p...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Clark, SVP, Dave Clark, Business Insider Engineers, Brilliant Clark


How Dave Clark, the mastermind behind Amazon's coronavirus response, became one of the most powerful executives in America (AMZN)

Amazon's SVP of worldwide operations Dave Clark is one of the most powerful people in corporate America. Clark is in charge of everything from Amazon's warehouse and shipping network to marketing and the Prime membership program. Since joining Amazon in 1999, Clark has quickly jumped through the ranks, going from a Kentucky warehouse manager in 2001 to a part of the "S-team," a secretive group of 23 most senior executives at the company. He's largely in charge of shaping Amazon's COVID-19 resp...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Kentucky, China, US, America, Trends, Dave, Italy, Ivy League, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Kiva, Signal, Cto, Business Insider


Amazon's reported interest in buying the self-driving car startup Zoox would help the retail giant tighten its grip on its delivery network, an industry expert says (AMZN)

Amazon is in talks to acquire the autonomous-driving startup Zoox, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Amazon's interest in the company is likely related to its potential to improve the retail giant's package-delivery process, said Benjamin Gordon, the founder and managing partner of Cambridge Capital. Zoox has reportedly struggled to raise money in recent months, so the potential deal could help it stay afloat, said Asad Hussain, a mobility analyst at PitchBook. Amazon and Zoox decli...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Aurora, Gordon, Hussain, AMZN, Zoox, Aurora Innovation, Cambridge Capital, Asad Hussain, COVID, Benjamin Gordon, Cambridge Capital Zoox, PitchBook Amazon


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told shareholders that his leadership team has done a 'remarkable' job during COVID-19: 'I'm proud of what we've done.' (AMZN)

Amazon held its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said his leadership team has done a "remarkable" job during COVID-19 and that he's "proud" of their work. His comments were in response to a question about Amazon's COVID-19 safety measures, which came under fire in recent months over its loose policies. Some shareholders still managed to criticize Amazon's coronavirus-related moves during the meeting, including the firings of activist employees. Maren Costa, a form...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Jeff Bezos, American Civil Liberties Union, Bezos, AMZN, Rees, Tim Bray, Maren Costa, COVID, Chris Smalls, Company Costa, Chris Smalls Brandon Rees


Jeff Bezos revealed the one question he always asks himself before setting Amazon's vision for the next 10 years (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was asked about the company's "10-year vision" during Wednesday's annual shareholder meeting. He said it's more important to ask yourself "What won't change" over the next 10 years before setting your goals. For Amazon, that would include its intense focus on serving the customers, as that leads to other important leadership principles of the company, such as taking a long-term approach. It's an oft-cited idea by Bezos, who shared a similar answer last year, when he said ...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Jeff, Bezos, AMZN


A tropical storm may scrub SpaceX's history-making rocket launch of 2 astronauts on Wednesday

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk more than 18 years ago, is about to rocket launch its first humans into orbit. If all goes according to plan, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lift off at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday as part of a test flight of the new Crew Dragon spaceship. However, weather forecasters said a tropical storm forming off the coast of South Carolina might delay the mission. The US Air Force's 45th Space Wing said on Monday there's a 50% chance of weather scrubbing the l...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, International Space Station, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, South Carolina, US Air Force, Musk, Falcon


6 ways to watch SpaceX's historic first rocket launch of NASA astronauts live online

SpaceX is about to launch its highest-stakes mission since Elon Musk founded the company in 2002: Its first launch of people.  NASA is working with the company to launch the mission, called Demo-2, which will fly astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley inside a Crew Dragon spaceship. The mission is scheduled to launch from from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday — weather and other conditions permitting. The backup launch days are Saturday and Sunday. SpaceX, NASA, Neil deGra...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Katy Perry, International Space Station, Neil Degrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Demo, Abc News, Boeing


11 local news stations praised Amazon's health and safety practices but didn't tell viewers the company had provided the content (AMZN)

At least 11 local news outlets ran nearly identical segments praising Amazon's health and safety efforts during the pandemic, as first reported by Courier. However, all but one failed to tell viewers that the content was provided and produced by an Amazon spokesperson, according to Courier. Amazon told Business Insider told the video was meant to provide an "inside look" into its health and safety efforts for reporters who couldn't tour the site themselves and that the company welcomes journal...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Abc, US, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Illinois, Business Insider, Toledo Ohio, New York California, AMZN, Todd Walker, WTVG, Courier Amazon


Local News Is Laundering Amazon's Bullshit

There are a few norms that constrain the behavior of newsgathering, one of which is to at least try, for any given story, to get the perspective of all parties involved. Many company PR teams abuse this constraint by providing journalists with spin or misinformation, which a reporter may or may not infuse with the…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Jeff Bezos, Local News, Tim Burke, Coronavirus, Come The Fuck On, Laundering Amazon


SpaceX is gunning for a history-making rocket launch of 2 NASA astronauts on Wednesday, but a stormy weather could foil its plans

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk more than 18 years ago, is about to rocket launch its first humans into orbit. If all goes according to plan, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lift off at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday as part of a test flight of the new Crew Dragon spaceship. However, officials from SpaceX and NASA said on Monday that stormy weather may delay the mission. If the launch of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship is scrubbed or delayed, the company can try again at 3:22 p.m. ET on...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley, Irene Klotz


SpaceX is gunning for a history-making rocket launch of 2 NASA astronauts on Wednesday, but stormy weather could foil its plans

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk more than 18 years ago, is about to rocket launch its first humans into orbit. If all goes according to plan, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lift off at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday as part of a test flight of the new Crew Dragon spaceship. However, officials from SpaceX and NASA said on Monday that stormy weather may delay the mission. If the launch of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship is scrubbed or delayed, the company can try again at 3:22 p.m. ET on...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley, Irene Klotz


NASA gave SpaceX a 'go' for its history-making rocket launch of 2 astronauts on Wednesday, but stormy weather could foil its plans

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk more than 18 years ago, is about to rocket launch its first humans into orbit. If all goes according to plan, the astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lift off at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday as part of a test flight of the new Crew Dragon spaceship. Officials from SpaceX and NASA on Monday, however, said stormy weather might delay the mission. The US Air Force's 45th Space Wing said on Monday there's a 40% chance of weather scrubbing the launch attempt. If it'...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, US Air Force, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean


'The big show': US poised to return to human spaceflight with historic launch

Elon Musk’s SpaceX, in partnership with Nasa, to launch Falcon 9 rocket from Florida carrying two American astronautsIn a historic moment a decade in the making, the skies above Florida will light up on Wednesday when the launch of a rocket born from a groundbreaking public-private partnership returns the United States to the business of human spaceflight.Not since the retirement of Nasa’s space shuttle fleet in 2011 has the US possessed the capability to send its own astronauts into orbit, and ...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, News, California, US, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, United States, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, Mars, Jeff Bezos


SpaceX has NASA's 'go' for a history-making rocket launch of 2 astronauts on Wednesday, but stormy weather could foil its plans

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk more than 18 years ago, is about to rocket launch its first humans into orbit. If all goes according to plan, the astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lift off at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday as part of a test flight of the new Crew Dragon spaceship. Officials from SpaceX and NASA on Monday, however, said stormy weather might delay the mission. If the launch of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship is scrubbed or delayed, the company can try again at 3:22 p.m. ET ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley


NASA calculated how risky SpaceX's first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they're 'very comfortable' with those odds

SpaceX is preparing to fly its first humans to orbit aboard a new Crew Dragon spaceship. The Demo-2 mission, as it's called, is a high-stakes test flight of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. The mission on Friday passed a critical NASA safety review, teeing up the astronauts to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday. NASA told Business Insider it estimates there's a 1-in-276 chance the flight could be fatal and a 1-in-60 chanc...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, US, America, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Demo, Boeing, LOC, Columbia, Falcon


NASA calculated how risky SpaceX's first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they're 'really comfortable' with those odds

SpaceX is preparing to fly its first humans to orbit aboard a new Crew Dragon spaceship. The Demo-2 mission, as it's called, is a high-stakes test flight of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. The mission on Friday passed a critical NASA safety review, teeing up the astronauts to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday. NASA told Business Insider it estimates there's a 1-in-276 chance the flight could be fatal and a 1-in-60 chanc...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, US, America, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Demo, Boeing, LOC, Columbia, Falcon