• 31
    Jul

    Triller sues TikTok over patent infringement

    Social video platform Triller has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against its biggest rival TikTok and parent company ByteDance. The suit, which was filed in the U.S District Court for the Western Division of Texas, claims TikTok is infringing on Triller’s U.S Patent No. 9,691,429. The patent covers “systems and methods for creating music videos synchronized with an audio track.” The patent credits Triller ...
  • 30
    Jul

    Google’s Sundar Pichai grilled over ‘destroying anonymity on the internet’

    Google’s  Sundar Pichai faced an awkward line of enquiry during today’s House Antitrust Subcommittee hearing related to its 2007 acquisition of adtech platform DoubleClick, and how it went on to renege on an original promise to lawmakers and regulators that it would not (nor could not) merge DoubleClick data with Google account data — automagically doing just that almost a decade later. By linking ...
  • 29
    Jul

    Read how Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google plan to defend themselves to Congress

    With their big day before lawmakers just around the corner, previews of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple’s opening statements are now available on the House Judiciary Committee’s site. On Wednesday, the CEOs of each company will appear in an unusually executive-packed Congressional hearing focused on antitrust concerns over the business practices. While the opening statements are just a glimpse of the hearing’s ...
  • 22
    Jul

    Twitter cracks down on QAnon conspiracy theory, banning 7,000 accounts

    Twitter announced Tuesday that many accounts spreading the pervasive right-wing conspiracy theory known as QAnon would no longer be welcome on its platform. Citing concerns about “offline harm,” the company explained that it would begin treating QAnon content on the platform differently, removing related topics from its trending pages and algorithmic recommendations and blocking any associated URLs. Twitter also said that it ...
  • 17
    Jul

    Russian cyberops are targeting COVID-19 vaccine R&D, intelligence agencies warn

    Western intelligence agencies say they’ve found evidence that Russian cyber espionage is targeting efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine in a number of countries. In an advisory report, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said the Russia-linked cyber espionage group commonly known as ‘APT29’ — which is also sometimes referred to as ‘the Dukes’ or ‘Cozy Bear’ — has targeted ...
  • 13
    Jul

    Google makes education push in India

    Google said on Monday that it has partnered with CBSE, an Indian government body that oversees education in private and public schools in the country, to deliver a “blended learning experience” across 22,000 schools in the world’s second largest internet market by the end of this year. The Search giant, which today also announced plans to invest $10 billion in India in the ...
  • 3
    Jul

    Sprint 5G is no more, as T-Mobile focuses on its own network

    A day after formally completing the sale of Boost, Virgin and other Sprint prepaid networks to Dish, T-Mobile is pulling the plug on Sprint 5G. The move is one in a long list of issues that need sorting out in the wake of April’s $26.5 billion merger. And like a number of other moves, it’s set to leave some customers in the lurch. ...
  • 30
    Jun

    Ride-hailing giant Ola adds tipping option to its app

    You can now tip your Ola driver. The Indian ride-hailing giant said on Tuesday that it has rolled out this feature to its users in India, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — all the nations where it currently operates. Ola said riders in each market will see a range of denominations they can pick as the amount they wish ...
  • 29
    Jun

    Amazon eliminates single-use plastic in packaging in India

    Amazon said on Monday it has eliminated all single-use plastic in its packaging across its fulfillment centers in India, delivering on a pledge it made last year to achieve this goal by June. The American e-commerce group said it had replaced packaging materials such as bubble wraps with paper cushions and was also using “100% plastic-free biodegradable” paper tapes. All of Amazon’s ...
  • 26
    Jun

    Automating payments for the corporate sales force leads to a $10 million windfall for Spiff

    Salt Lake City’s Spiff has announced a $10 million round of funding to expand the sales and marketing efforts for its service that automates commission payments for sales people. Some of the biggest names in startup tech are using the service to pay their sales force including Brex, Workfront, Algolia, and the publicly traded startup, Qualys. The idea at Spiff is to ...