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There was a time when John McAfee was mentioned alongside the names of the biggest tech pioneers of the 1980s and ʼ90s, with a fortune to match. His eponymous company, McAfee Corp., would become a household name thanks to its Windows-focused antivirus software. "Although John McAfee founded the company, he has not been associated with our company in any capacity for over 25 years," a company spokesperson said in an email. Suddenly wealthy after selling his company, McAfee spent the next two decades relatively quiet. In the documentary "Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee," a former business partner accused McAfee of drugging and raping her in Belize.
Persons: John McAfee, McAfee, , cryptocurrency, Jay Clayton, Janice McAfee, John Organizations: McAfee Corp, Spanish, YouTube, Tribal Voice, McAfee, U.S, Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, U.S . Justice Department, . Locations: Las Vegas, Virginia, Colorado, Belize, Guatemala, U.S . Belize, U.S, Spain
Google delays Chrome's blocking of tracking cookies to late 2023
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Paresh Dave | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Charles PlatiauJune 24 (Reuters) - Google's Chrome web browser will not fully block tracking cookies until late 2023, the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) company said on Thursday, delaying by nearly two years a move that has drawn antitrust concerns from competitors and regulators. Google had wanted to bar reams of ad-personalization companies from gathering users' browsing interests through cookies from January 2022. After an investigation, Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) agreed this month with Google to oversee the Chrome changes. read moreGoogle is working with the ad industry on technologies that could replace the tracking capabilities of cookies while better protecting online privacy. It now aims to choose new techniques by late next year, do final testing and then gradually phase out tracking cookies starting mid-2023 if CMA signs off.
Persons: Charles Platiau, Vinay Goel, Chrome, Paresh Dave, Richard Pullin Organizations: Google, Viva Tech, REUTERS, Alphabet Inc, Markets Authority, CMA, U.S . Department of Justice, Reuters, YouTube, Apple, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, European, United States, Europe
LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - Andy Murray is cashing in on the craze for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by selling the “moment” he won the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 2013 in the latest such high-profile auction. NFTs are crypto assets which record ownership of a digital item, such as an image, video or text, on blockchain. While anyone can view or download the asset in question, only the buyer can claim the status of being its official owner. Murray’s auction plan was announced on Thursday by NFT marketplace WENEW, which was set up by American digital artist Mike Winkelmann, who is also known as Beeple. I decided to work with WENEW and Wimbledon to turn this moment into an NFT so that fans can share in that memorable day,” Murray said in a statement.
Persons: Andy Murray, , NFTs, Mike Winkelmann, , ” Murray, Buyers, Beeple, Murray’s NFT, Murray, WENEW Organizations: Wimbledon, Scottish, WENEW, YouTube, Court Locations: blockchain
Indonesia jails cleric for four years over spread of false COVID-19 information
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A demonstrator holds a picture of Rizieq Shihab, an Indonesian Islamic cleric who is sentenced for breaching coronavirus disease (COVID-19) curbs after his return last year from self-imposed exile, during a protest supporting him, in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanJAKARTA, June 24 (Reuters) - An Indonesian court jailed hardline Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab on Thursday for four years for spreading false information in a video saying he was healthy despite having tested positive for COVID-19. In a streamed broadcast, Judge Khadwanto said Rizieq was guilty of "announcing false information and purposefully causing confusion for the public." Indonesia passed the 2 million mark in coronavirus cases on Monday, as authorities announced a tightening of restrictions to contain the spread in the world's fourth most populous country. Shortly after being sentenced, Rizieq told the court he rejected its ruling and would contest it.
Persons: Rizieq Shihab, Willy Kurniawan, Rizieq, Judge Khadwanto, Rizieq's, Jakarta's, Joko Widodo, Stanley Widianto, Ed Davies, Michael Perry Organizations: REUTERS, YouTube, Thomson Locations: Indonesian, Jakarta, Indonesia, Willy Kurniawan JAKARTA, Islamic, COVID, Saudi Arabia
Interest in podcasting continues to spikeIt was a busy week for podcasting startups and influencers looking to break into the format. And this week, Variety reported that Spotify is also working with Jemele Hill to launch a podcast network focused on putting a spotlight on the stories of Black women. signed , an Emmy-nominated creator, author, and host of the podcast "How to Citizen With Baratunde," Variety reported. Ziwe Fumudoh is set to develop a comedy series for Amazon , Variety reported. is set to develop a comedy series for , Variety reported.
Persons: WaitWhat, Alex Cooper, Cooper, Barstool, It's, Elizabeth Banks, Studio71, it's, Manny MUA, Laura Lee, Erika Nardini, Nardini, Dave Portnoy, TikToker Josh Richards, Baratunde Thurston, Tubefilter, VidCon, Todd Sherman, Ray Cao, Matt Peltier, Paresh Rajwat, Ben Relles, Connie Chan, Andreessen Horowitz, Read Organizations: Spotify, Service, Raga Partners, Chapter One Ventures, Barstool Sports, Variety, UTA, Amazon, YouTube, Community, Facebook Locations: TikTok
TV ad tech company Innovid plans going public via SPAC
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Megan Graham | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Innovid, a 14-year-old ad tech company focused on connected television, plans to go public via a merger with a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. Innovid runs a software platform that helps advertisers create, deliver and measure ads on streaming video services and internet-connected TV platforms — its name is a play on "innovation in video." The ad tech space has seen a flurry of public entrants in the past year. "There is a good recognition of good companies that are very tech-heavy. It's almost like a second wave of ad tech IPOs.
Persons: NBCUniversal's Peacock, Zvika Netter, Innovid, that's, Zetter, Goldman Sachs, Netter, That's, Peacock Organizations: YouTube, L'Oreal, Toyota, GlaxoSmithKline, CNBC, Google's, CTV, Google, ION, Corp, Fidelity Management, Research Company, Baron Capital Group, Sequoia Capital, Newspring, Genesis Partners Locations: Hulu, Innovid, U.S
"White House senior staff had two productive meetings today with the bipartisan group of Senators who have been negotiating about infrastructure," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Wednesday night. "The group made progress towards an outline of a potential agreement, and the President has invited the group to come to the White House tomorrow to discuss this in-person." President Joe Biden invited Democratic and Republican infrastructure negotiators to the White House on Thursday, as senators say they have moved closer to a deal to revamp transportation, broadband and utilities. Twenty-one senators — 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats — have backed the infrastructure framework. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., met with White House officials on Wednesday night.
Persons: Sen, Bill Cassidy, Kyrsten Sinema, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Jen Psaki, Joe Biden, , Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Schumer, Biden Organizations: Sen, U.S . Capitol, White House, Senators, Democratic, Republican, White, , Senate, House, Republicans, GOP, CNBC, YouTube Locations: U.S, Washington ,
"It's just evolved as this massive new industry and new form of gig economy, particularly for content creators," said Caroline Jacobs, an executive at UTA Ventures, the investing division of United Talent Agency. Check out the investors and VC firms helping to shape the future of the creator economy, here. Here are some takeaways from the investigation:Some of the videos Insider discovered had hashtags with misspelled words and other related keywords such as "ed" and "ana." Paris has flooded TikTok with daily vlogs, and she earns income from revenue streams including brand deals, TikTok's Creator Fund, and consulting. Read more about Paris' TikTok success, here.
Persons: Amanda Perelli, Marlon Nichols, Li Jin, John Smothers, Katelin Holloway, Marianne Ayala, Dan Whateley, Sydney Bradley, Margaux MacColl, Blake Robbins, Caroline Jacobs, Molly Innes, TikTok, hashtags, Captiv8 Captiv8, Captiv8, Paris, Kyra IQ, Jack Conte, Jerod Harris Organizations: Twitter, Ventures, Acrew, Ludlow Ventures, Night Ventures, Night Media, YouTube, UTA Ventures, United Talent Agency, University of Arkansas, Victoria Paris, Universal Music Group, Spotify, UTA, Studio71 Locations: Paris, TikTok
BuzzFeed, a 15-year-old digital media company, announced Thursday it plans to go public via a merger with a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. The company, merging with 890 Fifth Avenue Partners, is targeting a $1.5 billion valuation. BuzzFeed also plans to acquire Complex Networks, a digital publisher that specializes in streetwear, music and culture, for $300 million. The deal is made up of $200 million in cash and $100 million of equity in BuzzFeed, the company said. "With today's announcement, we're taking the next step in BuzzFeed's evolution, bringing capital and additional experience to our business," Peretti said in a statement.
Persons: Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed, BuzzFeed, Felicia DellaFortuna, we're, Peretti Organizations: Wall Street Journal Digital, Avenue Partners, Complex Networks, Verizon Media, Digital, Vox Media, Vice Media, CNBC, Nasdaq, YouTube Locations: Laguna Beach , California, U.S, BuzzFeed
This story is part of CNBC Make It's Millennial Money series, which details how people around the world earn, spend and save their money. Plus, after they had Aiden, the family was traveling at least once a month to show him the world. Aiden, Ethan and Avery climb in the bunk bed in the Akpans' RV. $8,950 to 401(k)s for Karen and Sylvester ($3,250), and Roth IRAs for all three Akpans, including Aiden ($1,500). The family has always prioritized traveling, particularly international travel, and she had a knack for finding deals.
Persons: Karen Akpan, Sylvester, Aiden, Karen, Sylvester Akpan, Trotter, wasn't, Avery, Ethan, It's, Roth, Spotify Karen, Roth IRAs, we're Organizations: CNBC, Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Disney, Cal State Northridge, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Spotify, Corp, Adobe, YouTube Locations: Florida, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Colombia, South Carolina, Savannah , Georgia, California, U.S, Cameroon, Central Africa, American, Arizona , Nevada, Utah, New Orleans
How much money Instagram influencers earn
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Sydney Bradley | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Influencers on Instagram earn money in a multitude of ways. And they don't need millions of followers to earn money on Instagram. Insider has spoken with dozens of Instagram influencers about how much money they charge brands for sponsored content and how else they make a living using the app. Here's a comprehensive breakdown of Insider's Instagram money log series:How much money Instagram influencers make from brand dealsWorking with brands on sponsored content is how many influencers earn an income on Instagram. Read more:Reselling clothingResale apps like Poshmark, Depop, and Etsy have become lucrative small businesses for many Instagram creators.
Persons: influencers, it's, Instagram, Influencers, Instagram influencers, Read Organizations: Service, Facebook, YouTube
Crypto companies are about to start a marketing blitz with investment and interest rising. Exchanges like Coinbase, eToro, and Blockfolio have hired ad agencies in recent months. But crypto companies have attracted $8.6 billion in funding so far this year, easily surpassing 2020's $3.4 billion total. The crypto exchanges are still new to traditional advertising channels like broadcast TV. Paul said crypto companies will be tempted to define themselves as upstarts taking on the banking giants, but this strategy will lead to commoditization.
Persons: Blockfolio, Elizabeth Paul of, Coinbase, Sina Nader, JPMorgan Chase, haven't, Nader, Paul, FTX, Trevor Lawrence, Avinash Dabir, EToro, Alec Baldwin, Kristian Nairn, Charlie D'Amelio, Logan Paul, Neil Patrick Harris, Brad Michelson, Virtue, Edelman, It's Organizations: Twitter, Elizabeth Paul of The Martin Agency, Gemini, MasterCard, JPMorgan, Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena, Major League Baseball, Facebook, YouTube Locations: Blockfolio, HBO's
Biden discusses bipartisan infrastructure deal from White House
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Thomas Franck | ) sentiment -0.83   time to read: 1 min
[The stream is slated to start at 2 p.m. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak to reporters from the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss a breakthrough infrastructure deal to fix the nation's highways, bridges and waterways. Correction: An earlier headline misstated the location of Biden's address. Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.
Persons: Joe Biden Organizations: CNBC, YouTube
For more than a decade, BuzzFeed has competed against other digital media companies for consumer attention. BuzzFeed announced its intentions to become a publicly traded company Thursday by merging with special purpose acquisition company 890 Fifth Avenue Partners. BuzzFeed will be the industry's guinea pig -- the first of its kind to test public investor appetite. Vice, Vox Media, Group Nine, Bustle and other digital media companies have all discussed going public via SPAC with varying timelines. Still, BuzzFeed will need to convince potential shareholders it can capture those digital dollars rather than watching them flow into Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Persons: BuzzFeed, Peretti Organizations: Avenue Partners, Complex Networks, Vox Media, Google, Facebook, CNBC, Apple, Netflix, YouTube
Jasmine Wilson, 28, is a UX designer from Battle Creek, Michigan who lives in a van. Throughout college, I was known as a graphic designer and did a lot of work for organizations around campus. The first job I work, I've had for well over a year now. At the other two jobs, one of them is very similar, where I mostly have three meetings a week. I'm very much into tech Twitter, and I follow a lot of tech people and I'm not the only one doing it.
Persons: Jasmine Wilson, Lauryn Haas, I've, I'm, Wilson, Jasmine Wilson I'm, there's, it's Organizations: Tech, Service, Arizona State, University of Michigan, YouTube, YouTube University, Austin, Twitter Locations: Battle Creek, Michigan, Austin , Texas, San Francisco, West Coast, Texas
Twitter released a list of the 10 most talked about gaming personalities in 2021 so far. Two creators, Corpse Husband and Dream, haven't revealed their faces to fans. The Minecraft server "Dream SMP" is at the center of the gaming world conversation. This week, Twitter released a list of the 10 most tweeted about gaming personalities of the first half of 2021. Corpse Husband also made a guest appearance on the "Dream SMP" in December.
Persons: haven't, Twitter, Colon, Kiyo, El, Alexandria Ocasio, Husband, Minecraft Organizations: Twitter, YouTube Locations: Colon, Alexandria, Cortez
Instagram's top exec, Adam Mosseri, took to Twitter this week to voice some opinions about his app. But recent tweets reveal a bit more about Mosseri's opinions on Instagram's position among its peers and the app's future. Recommendations are "driving a lot of the growth for YouTube, TikTok, and Spotify to name a few. Recommendations are "driving a lot of the growth for YouTube, TikTok, and Spotify to name a few. Instagram users can include links in Stories (if they have over 10,000 followers) or in their bio — but not on posts, as of now.
Persons: Adam Mosseri, Mosseri, Sarah Frier, TikTok, Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg, Here's, He's, aren't, Taylor Lorenz Organizations: Twitter, Service, Bloomberg, Facebook, Spotify, NBC, YouTube, New York Times Locations: Instagram
Insider spoke with creators about how it has impacted their views, subscribers, incomes. Shorter content lends well to the type of sharable experiment videos Braun creates, such as creating chemicals like bromine (45 million views), touching mercury (15 million views), and making liquid air (5 million views). "But we always knew the ultimate goal was to go to YouTube Shorts because that is the same platform. The moment it came out, we basically just jumped from TikTok to YouTube Shorts." "To make a good YouTube video that gets viewership is one of the hardest things to do, in my opinion.
Persons: Nigel Braun, Braun, Samir Chaudry, Colin, Samir, Chaudry, monetization, Jake Fellman Organizations: YouTube, Service, TikTok, Samir YouTube Locations: TikTok
(CNN Business) A powerful House panel on Thursday approved a sweeping set of proposals aimed at weakening Big Tech. The toughest bills outlaw what committee members have alleged are the most blatantly anti-competitive tactics practiced by Big Tech. The House markup comes as the tech industry confronts growing pressure from policymakers and regulators worldwide. America is ready to hold Big Tech accountable so we can build a stronger online economy." But proponents of tough new restrictions called for swift action to shore up the nation's competition laws, arguing they were necessary to save small businesses threatened by Big Tech.
Persons: Andmay, Hart, Scott, William Kovacic, David Cicilline, Jerry Nadler, Ken Buck Organizations: CNN, Big, Judiciary, Big Tech, YouTube, Google, Amazon, Federal Trade Commission, Ford, Justice Department, Facebook, Epic Games, MGM, Apple, Conservative, DOJ, Republican Locations: United States, America, California, Silicon
A House committee passed a series of sweeping antitrust reforms Thursday after roughly 23 hours of debate. Still, the last leg of the debate offered some signs of optimism for those hoping to advance the bills further. It's clear that even after such a long debate, the bill authors still have a lot of work to do. They also said the committee members did not have enough time to properly consider the bills prior to the markup. WATCH: How US antitrust law works, and what it means for Big Tech
Persons: Pramila Jayapal, Lance Gooden, Ken Buck, Matt Gaetz, Greg Stanton, Lou Correa, Zoe Lofgren, Eric Swalwell, I'm, Dan Bishop, David Cicilline, Jayapal, Bishop, Cicilline, Jim Jordan, Buck, Correa, Swalwell, Lofgren, Darrell Issa, Tom McClintock Organizations: House, Rep, Apple, Democrats, Republicans, California, Big Tech, CNBC, YouTube Locations: Texas, Ohio, California
A clip of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg appearing to say that climate change does not exist has been selectively edited. The text on one post reads: “Greta says climate change doesn’t exist. Since the climate crisis doesn’t exist, how can we expect people to want climate action?”The full video of the interview is available on MSNBC’s YouTube channel here . Since the climate crisis ‘doesn’t exist’, how can we expect people to want climate action?”Therefore, in the original interview, Thunberg does not say that the climate crisis doesn’t exist, but that voters will not take the crisis seriously if they believe it does not exist. Greta Thunberg did not say that climate change does not exist.
Persons: Greta Thunberg, Greta, Mehdi Hasan, Thunberg, Biden, Hasan, Joe Biden, , ‘ Greta, that’s, Read Organizations: YouTube, Reuters
PlanetScale builds software based on YouTube-created open source project Vitess. YouTube first built open source software Vitess back in 2010 (when demand for cat videos was at an all-time high) to scale its database infrastructure during times of peak traffic. Building a business off of open source projects is challenging, especially when startups face the risk of competition from cloud giants. AWS, for example, has a habit of selling open source software on its cloud, much to the chagrin of smaller companies that build the tools like Redis Labs, Confluent, and Elastic. "We have a lot of respect for everything they have with open source.
Persons: PlanetScale, Jiten Vaidya, he's, Sugu, Slack, Vaidya, GitHub PlanetScale, Sam Lambert, Lambert, Vitess, GitHub Organizations: Insight Partners, YouTube, Amazon Web, Native Computing Foundation, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, GitHub Locations: GitHub
BI GraphicsMarsha Bonner is VP of people and culture at NY-based nonprofit Urban Resource Institute. As a 20-year HR veteran, she says diversity and inclusion need to be looked at separately. Look at diversity and inclusion differentlyA good starting point for organizations is separating out the concepts of diversity and inclusion. Creating an inclusive culture is then the "intermediate steps," such as reviewing policies and the way you hire and promote. She calls it "strengthening the organization from the inside out" — and ensures that organizations such as the Urban Resource Institute look like the communities that it serves.
Persons: Marsha Bonner, Bonner, Bonner's, you've, " Bonner Organizations: Urban Resource Institute, New York Times, The New, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, YouTube, Urban Locations: NY, New York City, The New Jersey, lockstep
Brazilian Senate to hear Google, Facebook, Twitter in pandemic probe
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Facebook, Google and Twitter logos are seen in this combination photo from Reuters files. BRASÍLIA, June 23 (Reuters) - A Brazilian Senate committee on Wednesday formally approved a request to call representatives of Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook (FB.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) to testify in an ongoing probe into the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators want to look into what role the companies had in helping to spread potentially dangerous misinformation during the pandemic. Senator Omar Aziz, who presides over the committee, said on Tuesday that while company representatives would testify as witnesses, the firms could eventually come under investigation themselves. read more"To prescribe medication via YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, that's a crime," Aziz said during Senate proceedings on Tuesday.
Persons: Omar Aziz, Aziz, Ricardo Brito, Eduardo Simões, Ana Mano, Christian Plumb Organizations: Facebook, Google, Brazilian, Twitter, YouTube, Thomson
According to Freelancers Union, at current rates of growth, the overall US workforce will be majority freelance by 2027. Many creators rely on established tech platforms and build leaner "storefronts" on Instagram and YouTube. If you're a creator, you need to be thinking about next steps. Many now offer programs that support creators early on, like Pinterest and Tiktok, or offer supply side equity, like Airbnb. The growth of the creator economy is also going to put a lot more pressure on traditionaly employers to retain and reward their workforce.
Persons: Mercedes Bent, GenZers, Signalfire, Twitch, Issa Rae, Seth Rogen, They're, Kylie Jenner, Instagram, Z, Sarah Cooper, Trump, , Jimmy Donaldson, they'll Organizations: Lightspeed Venture Partners, Employers, Union, YouTube, Netflix, Lightspeed Locations: Dua Lipa, TikTok
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