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Opinion | Inside the I.R.S. Files of the Ultra-Wealthy
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Sway | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
It’s an open secret that the uber-rich don’t pay their fair share in taxes. But Jesse Eisinger and his team at ProPublica have unearthed the numbers to back that up. In “The Secret I.R.S. Files,” they combed through more than 15 years of federal income tax records, revealing that Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, George Soros and many more have paid as little as $0 in recent years. By amassing and borrowing off their wealth, while minimizing how much of it is treated as income, these billionaires live outside the tax system perfectly legally.
Persons: Jesse Eisinger, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, George Soros, Eisinger, Kara Swisher, Biden, Kara, Michael Bloomberg, Carl Icahn Organizations: Apple, Spotify, Google, Elon, Times
Apple’s Bet on China
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.nytimes.com + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
Listen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherApple built the world’s most valuable business by figuring out how to make China work for Apple. It bet that China would be a great place to do business and that the Chinese government would be a great business partner. Years on from the beginning of that relationship, a New York Times investigation found that the dynamic has now fundamentally changed. China has figured out how to make Apple work for China, bringing its technology to bear to aid the government’s vast censorship operation.
Organizations: Spotify, Apple, New York Times Locations: China
Pershing Square served as cosponsor of Justice Holdings, with Nicolas Berggruen and Martin Franklin. Pershing Square remains the second-largest investor in Restaurant Brands International. Pershing Square has had its best success when it has invested in high quality businesses with simple, predictable, cash flow and durable and growing business lines. One transferable five-year right per share of Pershing Square SPARC Holdings, Ltd. ("SPARC"), which is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange. Pershing Square Tontine Holdings is owned in the fund.
Persons: Nicolas Berggruen, Martin Franklin, Tim Hortons, PSTH, Bill Ackman, Ken Squire Organizations: Pershing, Justice Holdings, Martin Franklin . Justice Holdings, 3G Capital, Burger King Worldwide Holdings Inc, Restaurant, Restaurant Brands, Warner Brothers, Spotify, Charter Communications, Disney, Amsterdam, Securities and Exchange Commission, Pershing Square SPARC Holdings, Ltd, New York Stock Exchange, SPARC, Bloomberg, 13D, Tontine Locations: UMG, effectuate, PSTH
Spotify Technology SA SPOT -1.43% is nearing a deal to bring top podcaster Alexandra Cooper and her show “Call Her Daddy” to its service, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest exclusive podcast tie-up. Ms. Cooper and Spotify are discussing a licensing deal for around or over $20 million, according to some of the people. It was the fifth-most-popular podcast globally on Spotify last year, and in the top 15 across services, according to Edison Research. Spotify has been investing aggressively in podcasting since 2019, setting off a feeding frenzy among other media and tech companies. Spotify, which signed deals with Gimlet Media and Bill Simmons ’ the Ringer, now carries more than 2.6 million podcasts on its service, up from 450,000 in 2019.
Persons: Alexandra Cooper, , Cooper, , Dax Shepard’s, Joe Rogan, Kim Kardashian, Bill Simmons, Corp’s Dow, Dow Jones, 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8 Organizations: Spotify Technology, Spotify, Edison Research, Gimlet Media, Apple, Corp’s Dow Jones & Co, Street, Spotify’s Gimlet Media, Dow Jones & Company, Inc Locations: Swedish, U.S
Spotify Nearing Deal to Exclusively License ‘Call Her Daddy’ Podcast
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Anne Steele | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Spotify Technology SA is nearing a deal to bring top podcaster Alexandra Cooper and her show “Call Her Daddy” to its service, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest exclusive podcast tie-up. Ms. Cooper and Spotify are discussing a licensing deal for around or over $20 million, according to some of the people. Her back catalog would be available only on Spotify beginning at the end of next month, they said. Spotify has been investing aggressively in podcasting since 2019, setting off a feeding frenzy among other media and tech companies. Spotify, which signed deals with Gimlet Media and Bill Simmons’ the Ringer, now carries more than 2.6 million podcasts on its service, up from 450,000 in 2019.
Persons: Alexandra Cooper, , Cooper, , Dax Shepard’s, Joe Rogan, Kim Kardashian, Bill Simmons Organizations: Spotify Technology SA, Spotify, Edison Research, Gimlet Media, Apple Locations: Swedish, U.S
Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. The PayPal mafia isn't just men — we profiled 20 women who helped build the company early on. These women played key roles at PayPal, then went on to do big things at Ancestry, Google, and LinkedIn. Twelve top fintech bankers share the trends they're most excited about. A miscarriage led a startup employee to build a company that's now funded by Alexis Ohanian's Seven Seven Six.
Persons: Let's, isn't, , Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Branson, They're, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Gates, Alexis Ohanian's Seven, Simmone Taitt, Jordan Erb Organizations: Netflix, PayPal, Google, Galactic, Channel, Spotify, White, Facebook Locations: Tech
His argument is this: Since the 1970s, computers have gotten exponentially better even as they’re gotten cheaper, a phenomenon known as Moore’s Law. could get us closer to Moore’s Law for everything: it could make everything better even as it makes it cheaper. [You can listen to this episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” on Apple, Spotify, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.] But what struck me about his essay is that last clause: “if we as a society manage it responsibly.” Because, as Altman also admits, if he is right then A.I. And whether that world becomes a post-scarcity utopia or a feudal dystopia hinges on how wealth, power and dignity are then distributed — it hinges, in other words, on politics.
Persons: , Sam Altman, ” Altman, Altman, , Ezra Klein Organizations: Everything, Law, Apple, Spotify, Google
The S&P 500 is at an historic high, but investors who earlier this year overweighted their portfolios into reopening stocks like Caterpillar and banks, and away from tech and other growth stocks, appear to be rethinking that strategy. "The value trade is unwinding, and the growth bulls are winning," Alec Young, chief investment officer at Tactical Alpha, told me. "Bond yields are a proxy on the growth outlook," he told me, noting that bond investors see moderating inflation and a slower rate of growth (though still positive) in the second half of the year. The result: Investors are staying in the market, but they are rotating into defensives (health care) and growth (technology). Formerly crowded trades like cyclicals and banks that are associated with the "value trade" are now retreating.
Persons: Martin, Banks, Alec Young Organizations: New York Stock Exchange, NYSE, Whirlpool, United Rentals, Deere, Caterpillar, Industries, Martin Marietta, Mohawk, DR Horton, Huntington Bancshares, of America, JPMorgan, Cisco, IBM, Tech, Spotify, Federal Reserve, Tactical Alpha
However, those aren't the only factors driving the loyalty program boom among restaurants. Restaurant digital orders surged 124% in the year ended March, according to market researcher NPD Group. By now, most restaurant chains automatically sign customers up for loyalty programs once diners order via a mobile app. While restaurant loyalty programs differ in design and rewards, most programs don't use separate tiers based on how many points members have racked up, unlike airplane rewards programs. One of the big questions for restaurants with existing loyalty programs is how to retain loyalty members even as other restaurant chains launch rival plans.
Persons: Brian Niccol, we've, Elle Kross, Goldman Sachs, McDonald's, Joe Erlinger, Brand, Eduardo Luz, Luz, Allen, Hilton, hoteliers, Kross, Dunkin Organizations: Companies, NPD, Goldman, Starbucks, PayPal, U.S ., Starbucks Rewards, Mobile, U.S, Spotify Locations: U.S, Arizona , Nevada, New England, Ballwin , Missouri
Cramer's lightning round: Buy Spotify at these levels
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Tyler Clifford | ) www.cnbc.com + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
I think RH goes higher." Moody's: "Moody's is a buy, but I've got to tell you, as much as I like Moody's, I like S&P Global more." Nvidia: "I want you to hold Nvidia and buy some if it comes under $700." Spotify: "Stock's come down, come down a lot. I know the podcast area is crowded, but I'm going to say at these levels you want to buy Spotify."
Persons: I've, Eric Grubman's SPAC, we've Organizations: Nvidia, Grubman, Spotify
Auto, travel firms weigh on European shares ahead of ECB meeting
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Sruthi Shankar | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) -European stocks slipped on Thursday as automakers and travel stocks fell after a recent run of gains, while investors counted on the European Central Bank to maintain an accommodative policy stance at a meeting later in the day. Automakers fell for the third straight day, while travel and leisure stocks dropped 1.1% following recent gains for the sectors on optimism about economic re-openings. Euro zone stocks fell 0.2% ahead of the ECB’s policy decision and its projections for euro zone economic growth and inflation. The meeting comes as recent data from across the globe point to building inflationary pressures, particularly in commodities, as economies recover from long COVID-19 lockdowns. Euro zone inflation last month exceeded the central bank’s target of just under 2%, a mark it has undershot for most of the last decade.
Persons: Christine Lagarde’s, pare Organizations: Reuters, European Central Bank, REUTERS, Staff, Volkswagen, RBC Capital Markets, BT Group, Altice, Spotify, Apple Music Locations: Frankfurt, Germany
(Reuters) -European stocks inched to fresh peaks on Thursday as the European Central Bank raised its recovery outlook and promised to keep ample stimulus flowing, while travel stocks fell after a recent run of gains. REUTERS/StaffThe pan-European STOXX 600 index was up just 0.1%, but at a fresh record high of 455.76 points, while the narrower index of euro zone stocks fell 0.1%. The central bank now sees 2021 euro zone economic growth at 4.6%, above the 4% projected in March. “The ECB’s main mission today was to avoid any taper talk and not harm the still tentative economic recovery or allow bond yields to surge prematurely,” said Carsten Brzeski, global head of macro at ING. “It accomplished its mission: the ECB seems to have bought some time without starting the taper talk.”Interest rate-sensitive banking stocks rose 0.4%, while tech stocks rose 0.9%.
Persons: Christine Lagarde, , Carsten Brzeski, pare Organizations: Reuters, European Central Bank, REUTERS, Staff, ECB, ING, Federal Reserve, Volkswagen, BT Group, Altice, Spotify, Apple Music Locations: Frankfurt, Germany
Auto, oil firms weigh on European shares ahead of ECB
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window)June 10 (Reuters) - European stocks inched lower on Thursday as energy and automakers’ shares slipped, with investors focused on a European Central Bank meeting later in the day. The pan-European STOXX 600 index slipped 0.1% by 0713 GMT, snapping a four-day winning streak. Automakers slid nearly 1%, while oil and gas sector shed 0.9%. Euro zone stocks fell 0.2%, ahead of the ECB policy decision and its projections for economic growth and inflation. French digital music company Believe, which helps to distribute music via deals with platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, dropped 10.2% in its stock market debut.
Persons: Sruthi Shankar, Sriraj Kalluvila Organizations: , European Central Bank, BT Group, U.S, Altice, Spotify, Apple Music Locations: Bengaluru
Opinion | Meet Big Tech’s Tormenter in Chief
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Sway | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
Vestager does this from her post as the head of the European Commission’s antitrust division. And while Swisher may regularly opine on what drives tech C.E.O.s, Vestager says she isn’t interested in “soul-searching” their motives. In this conversation, Swisher and Vestager trade notes on the power of tech. They discuss the Group of 7’s recent agreement to work toward a global corporate tax rate. (Vestager thinks she’ll be 150 years old by the time there’s a global tax authority.)
Persons: Margrethe Vestager, Kara Swisher, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Swisher, Vestager, isn’t, She’s, she’ll, Donald Trump, she’s Organizations: Apple, Spotify, Google, Times
Mark Zuckerberg plans to spend half the next year working remotely, The Wall Street Journal reported. Facebook is letting more employees work from home – and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no exception. Zuckerberg plans to spend up to half of the next year working remotely, according to a memo reported by The Wall Street Journal. CNN reported that he would work remotely for at least half of the next year, citing a Facebook spokesperson. Facebook also said in Wednesday's memo to staff that it would expand eligibility for staff to work remotely from overseas, CNN reported.
Persons: Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, I've, Read, they'll, Ford Organizations: Street Journal, Facebook, Wall Street, CNN, Twitter, San, Spotify, Google, Apple, UK's, National Statistics Locations: Canada, Europe, San Francisco, Houston, Portland
The Unlikely Pioneer Behind mRNA Vaccines
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.nytimes.com + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
Listen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherWhen she was at graduate school in the 1970s, Dr. Katalin Kariko learned about something that would become a career-defining obsession: mRNA. Messenger RNA was a newly discovered molecule, a genetic script that carried DNA instructions to each cell’s protein-making machinery. Dr. Kariko believed in the potential of mRNA, but for decades she ran up against institutional roadblocks. Then, the coronavirus hit and her obsession would help shield millions from a once-in-a-century pandemic. Today, a conversation with Dr. Kariko about her journey.
Persons: Katalin Kariko, Kariko Organizations: Spotify
Large chunks of the internet went down Tuesday morning, including Reddit, Spotify, and the White House's site. The problem was caused by Fastly, a content-delivery network used by many sites. Fastly said the outage was due to a bug triggered by a single customer updating their settings. In a blog posted on Wednesday, Fastly's Senior Vice President of Engineering and Infrastructure Nick Rockwell explained what had triggered the outage — it was one unnamed customer changing their settings. "On May 12, we began a software deployment that introduced a bug that could be triggered by a specific customer configuration under specific circumstances," Rockwell said.
Persons: Fastly, Fastly's, Infrastructure Nick Rockwell, Rockwell Organizations: Reddit, Spotify, New York Times, Engineering, Infrastructure, The New York Times, White House Locations: The
LONDON — Swedish fintech firm Klarna said Thursday that it raised $639 million in a new funding round led by SoftBank, valuing the company at $45.6 billion. Klarna is one of the largest providers of "buy-now-pay-later" services, which let people finance their shopping purchases interest-free over a period of monthly instalments. Klarna makes money by taking a fee from merchants each time a customer makes a transaction. The company's competitors include Australia's Afterpay and Affirm, the American fintech firm from PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. Siemiatkowski told CNBC earlier this year that Klarna may seek a stock market listing as soon as this year.
Persons: Klarna, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Australia's, Max Levchin, Snoop, Siemiatkowski, Niclas Neglen Organizations: LONDON, SoftBank, SoftBank's Vision, Adit Ventures, WestCap, PayPal, Ant Group, CNBC, HSBC, Spotify Locations: Swedish, Klarna
Apple Music with Dolby Atmos spatial audio Todd Haselton | CNBCApple rolled out a really cool new Dolby Atmos surround sound feature to Apple Music this week that might help it attract and keep subscribers as it competes with streaming music leader Spotify. But there's a noticeable difference between regular stereo music and these new "Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos" songs. It's probably not enough alone to get people to subscribe to Apple Music -- at least not yet -- but it's a nice added benefit for people who already have Apple Music to get more out of the service. Apple Music with Dolby Atmos spatial audio Todd Haselton | CNBCIt's easy to try Dolby Atmos spatial audio in Apple Music. But I recommend starting with the "Hits in Spatial Audio" playlist, which provides an audio example of stereo vs. Dolby Atmos.
Persons: Todd Haselton, Dolby, It's, Max that's, Pro Max, iPads Organizations: Apple, CNBC Apple, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, AirPods, CNBC, Pro, Solo3, Powerbeats3
Younger online shoppers are embracing services that allow them to pay in installments. If you've amped up your online shopping habit during the pandemic, you've probably encountered a button at checkout: "Buy now pay later with Klarna." Screenshot/TopshopThese services — Klarna, Affirm, Afterpay, and others — have exploded over the past 12 months as the COVID-19 pandemic turned online shopping into the norm. Affirm says it does not charge late fees, but a missed payment might hurt a user's credit score. A survey from 2020 indicated that users of buy now, pay later services are tempted into spending more than they normally would.
Persons: you've, , Sarah Kocianski, Klarna, Afterpay, Credit Karma, Kocianski Organizations: Services, Technology, PayPal, Spotify, Regulators, Credit Locations: Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Sweden
Varshini Satish started on Snap's talent-management team, leaving a similar role as a creator partnerships manager at TikTok. Every week, Insider gives a rundown of news on hires, promotions, and other creator company announcements from the past week. Fennelly was previously head of brand and communications at digital publisher JOE Media . Fennelly was previously head of brand and communications at digital publisher . Mike Muney started a new role at the virtual-events platform Moment House as its new head of creator partnerships.
Persons: Snapchat, Sam Corrao Clanon, Varshini Satish, TikTok, Substack, Nick Spencer, America, Insider's Steven Perlberg, Rebecca Fennelly, Timothy Armoo, Fennelly, Mike Muney, Muney, Clanon, Satish, Sean Mills, Rajni Jacques, Jacques, Condé, Facebook's Carolyn Everson, Insider's Claire Atkinson, Emma Clarke, Eddie Gamarra, Talent, FaZe Clan, Kalei Renay, David Dobrik, Alexis Ohanian's Seven, Annie Leibovitz, Raven, Read Organizations: influencer, JOE Media, Spotify, TikTok, Variety, Nickelodeon, FaZe, Hollywood Reporter, Unshackled Ventures, LinkedIn, CNBC Locations: TikTok, Snapchat
The Bill That United the Senate
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
Listen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherThe Senate passed the largest piece of industrial policy seen in the U.S. in decades on Tuesday. The legislation would direct funds to high-tech industries. In sectors including the manufacture of semiconductor chips and the development of artificial intelligence, the government would inject huge amounts of capital into the private sector. In an era when rival lawmakers can’t seem to agree on anything, how did they come together on a bill to spend over a quarter-trillion dollars?
Persons: can’t Organizations: Spotify Locations: U.S
Northvolt, a Swedish battery maker, has raised $2.75 billion from a host of big names to help fuel its global expansion and increase production. It is aiming to produce "the world's greenest batteries" by drawing on renewable energy sources and recycled raw materials. VW, which made a $14 billion order with Northvolt earlier this year, said Wednesday it has invested 500 million euros ($609 million) of the $2.75 billion and that its 20% stake in the company remains unchanged. "If we do it based on renewable energy … we can prevent this from happening," he said. The company's main plant is in Sweden and it is considering building a second in Germany if it can find enough renewable energy sources.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, Daniel Ek, Baillie Gifford, Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, Carlsson, Arno Antlitz Organizations: BMW, VW, Spotify, CNBC, Northvolt Locations: Swedish, Stockholm, Sweden, Palo Alto, China, Spain, Germany, Europe
Varshini Satish started on Snap's talent-management team, leaving a similar role as a creator partnerships manager at TikTok. Every week, Insider gives a rundown of news on hires, promotions, and other creator company announcements from the past week. Fennelly was previously head of brand and communications at digital publisher JOE Media . Fennelly was previously head of brand and communications at digital publisher . Mike Muney started a new role at the virtual-events platform Moment House as its new head of creator partnerships.
Persons: Snapchat, Sam Corrao Clanon, Varshini Satish, TikTok, Substack, Nick Spencer, America, Insider's Steven Perlberg, Rebecca Fennelly, Timothy Armoo, Fennelly, Mike Muney, Muney, Clanon, Satish, Sean Mills, Rajni Jacques, Jacques, Condé, Facebook's Carolyn Everson, Insider's Claire Atkinson, Emma Clarke, Eddie Gamarra, Talent, FaZe Clan, Kalei Renay, David Dobrik, Alexis Ohanian's Seven, Annie Leibovitz, Raven, Read Organizations: influencer, JOE Media, Spotify, TikTok, Variety, Nickelodeon, FaZe, Hollywood Reporter, Unshackled Ventures, LinkedIn, CNBC Locations: TikTok, Snapchat
A widespread outage hit sites including The White House, Shopify, and Reddit early Tuesday. The outage appeared to be linked to content delivery network Fastly, which reported problems at around 6 a.m. Websites including the White House, Gov.uk, Spotify, and Reddit were down early Tuesday amid a widespread outage apparently linked to popular content delivery network Fastly. The problem also affected e-commerce sites, with some Downdetector users reporting problems with Shopify and PayPal's services. Most major sites rely on a select group of content delivery networks, or CDNs, which allow sites and content to load faster.
Persons: Shopify, Fastly Organizations: White, Spotify, eBay, Vimeo, Elon, SpaceX, Financial Times, Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, IGN, Forbes
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