Wednesday's tech antitrust hearing was a grueling six-hour event in which House committee members grilled Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai about their companies' market power.  Cook, Apple's CEO, received what seemed like the fewest questions, but he was asked about the App Store and how Apple treats app developers.  Zuckerberg was probed on Facebook's acquisition strategy and whether it bought companies like Instagram to "neutralize" a competitor.  Pichai, who is CEO of Google-parent Alphabet, received what seemed like the most questions from the committee on matters ranging from perceived conservative censorship to Google's search dominance.  Bezos had perhaps the most surprising admission of the day when he admitted Amazon may have violated its own policies when it comes to third-party seller data and its private-label business.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Four of tech's most high-profile leaders spend nearly six hours on Wednesday being grilled before the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee.  The hearing allowed subcommittee chair Rep. David Cicilline to compel Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, to answer questions on their companies' acquisition strategies, data collection tactics, advertising methods, and behavior toward consumers and third-party vendors that use their platforms. The hearing also opened up the floor to questions unrelated to antitrust. Several members of the committee grilled executives like Zuckerberg and Pichai over what they see as conservative censorship on their platforms, and Cook and Bezos were questioned on topics like cancel culture and charitable donations through their platforms.  Wednesday's hearing was the first time Bezos testified before Congress and the first time all four major tech CEOs testified alongside each other. The subcommittee said it would use the testimonies it gathered Wednesday to complete its year-long investigation into whether Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google engaged in anticompetitive practices. But if you didn't sit through all six hours of testimony, here's what you need to know about how each CEO was questioned Wednesday's hearing. Tim Cook was scrutinized over Apple's treatment of app developers Cook was largely left alone for a significant portion of the hearing. When he was questioned, Cook was mostly asked about the App Store, and whether Apple applies rules differently to different developers. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia, told Cook the committee's investigation had found that "the rules are made up as you go, they are arbitrarily interpreted and enforced, and are subject to change whenever Apple sees fit to change." Cook denied that's the case, saying the company treats every developer the same.  "We have open and transparent rules, it's a rigorous process," Cook said. "Because we care so deeply about privacy and security and quality we do look at every app before it goes on. But those rules apply evenly to everyone." When Johnson asked whether Apple would ever raise App Store commission fees, Cook replied that doing so would push developers to other app stores. "It's so competitive I would describe it as a street fight for market share," Cook said. Cook also denied assertions that the company would retaliate against developers who complained about Apple's policies, saying that "it's strongly against our company culture" to bully or retaliate against people.  Mark Zuckerberg was pushed on Facebook's acquisition tactics and its treatment of rivals Zuckerberg, along with Pichai, seemed to face the brunt of the committee's questioning. Lawmakers devoted a significant amount of time to how Facebook treats rivals in the social media space. Rep. Pramila Jayapal questioned Zuckerberg on whether the company's competitive strategy includes outright copying features from rivals, and Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook has "certainly adapted features" from other companies. Lawmakers also grilled Zuckerberg on whether Facebook had ever threatened to clone a rival's product in an attempt to acquire it, like in the case of Snapchat and Instagram, and whether he saw the acquisition as a means to "neutralize" a competitor, which Zuckerberg denied. "It was clear that this was a space that we were going to compete in one way or another," Zuckerberg said about Instagram. "I don't view those conversations as a threat in any way." Elsewhere in the hearing, Zuckerberg addressed what some lawmakers viewed as conservative censorship on the platform. Zuckerberg defended Facebook's content moderation policies and said he would investigate complaints of bias among moderators.  "We want to make sure that anything we do reflects the values of the company that we'll give everyone a voice," Zuckerberg said.  Sundar Pichai faced accusations that Google abuses its search prowess to identify competition and crush it Like Facebook, Pichai had to defend Google over assertions from GOP lawmakers that its platform is inherently biased against conservatives, that it actively attempted to help Hillary Clinton get elected in 2016, and that it's censoring information about an unproven treatment for the coronavirus a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, Democrat of Pennsylvania, described several of these notions as "fringe conspiracy theories."  But Pichai faced a tougher line of questioning when it came to Google's power over its competitors — Cicilline pointed to Yelp, specifically, as a competitor that Google has wielded unfair power over by threatening to delist Yelp in search results. Cicilline questioned Pichai over what the committee sees as a conflict of interest: that Google search results will frequently point users to other Google products, like YouTube, over competitors. Pichai denied that search results favor Google products. "We have always focused on providing users with the most relevant information," Pichai said. Pichai was also questioned over Google's relationship with China — he initially told the committee he didn't have "first-hand knowledge" of China stealing information from Google, though it was one of the main reasons Google pulled out of China. (Pichai later corrected this statement.) Jeff Bezos was grilled on Amazon's relationship with third-party sellers Bezos wasn't questioned for a significant portion of the hearing after what was likely a technical issue. But lawmakers quickly piled on the questions for Bezos on multiple aspects of the company's business, particularly its relationship with third-party sellers. In perhaps the most revelatory moment of the hearing, Bezos told the committee that he couldn't guarantee Amazon had never violated its own policies when it comes using trend data about third-party sellers to dictate Amazon's private-label products.  Amazon was accused of using its size to bully and harass third-party vendors, and that sellers have no other choice but to work with Amazon because "it's the only game in town," according to Cicilline.  Bezos didn't deny that that type of behavior had taken place, but stopped short of admitting any wrongdoing on Amazon's part.  "It does not seem like the correct way to treat her," Bezos said about comments from a third-party seller who said she'd been crushed by Amazon. "I don't understand what's going on in that anecdote. I do not think that's systematically what's going on."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Leslie Odom, Jr.'s $500,000 gamble that led to a starring role in 'Hamilton'
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here. QUOTE OF THE DAY "Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself," — the late John Lewis. He left the New York Times a posthumous essay to be published the day of his funeral. WHAT'S HAPPENING GDP plunged at an annualized rate of 33% in the second quarter, by far a record drop. The pandemic lockdowns caused the economy to shrink about 10% in the quarter. Meanwhile, weekly unemployment claims increased again to 1.43 million, the 19th week in a row with more than 1 million claims.   President Trump suggested postponing the presidential election, which he cannot do. Trailing badly in the polls, Trump tweeted falsely that mail-in voting could make the election "FRAUDULENT." Only Congress could change the date of the presidential election, and only a constitutional amendment could change Inauguration Day.  Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died at 74, apparently of COVID. He had been hospitalized for weeks, and had contracted the virus shortly after attending President Trump's Tulsa rally. A former restaurateur, Cain briefly led the GOP field in 2011. Trump considered him for the Fed board in 2019, but didn't nominate him after widespread opposition.  VIEWS OF THE DAY It's time to take Trump seriously, figuratively, and literally This morning President Trump tweeted about delaying the election due to the pandemic. In April Trump's rival, Vice President Joe Biden, predicted the President might try to delay the election if his poll numbers looked bad, and they look hideous. Remember that this is a pandemic that spun out of control largely because of a lack of federal response. Trump only put on a mask himself a few weeks ago. The White House could create the conditions for safe elections by competently handling this crisis, but it won't. That's why we're here. Trump works by gut instinct, and he has never let his ignorance of how the US government works — or the limits of presidential power — stop him from trampling on the rights of others. (See: His multiple attempts at passing a travel ban on Muslim countries.) The fact that he can't change the date of the election won't stop him from knocking on every door, or trying to open any window he can, into victory. We already have evidence that Trump will stop at nothing to improve his chances for reelection. Two weeks ago he tried to get Republicans to defund coronavirus testing in Congress' upcoming pandemic relief bill to make infection numbers look better for him.   If you think someone who is willing to do that won't try to hinder the democratic process, I have a gold-plated, Trump-branded bridge to sell you. And I don't just mean Trump will try messing with vote counts, I mean he will be messing with our faith in the outcome of this election and the process of democracy itself. That's the bare minimum of what he will do. It is in this man's inherent nature to use all of his power — unfortunately, the power of the presidency — for his own power's sake. That is exactly how Henry Wallace, Vice President of this country from 1941 to 1945, described American fascists. "A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party." Be vigilant. Take Donald Trump seriously, literally, figuratively. He is a desperate demagogue limited only by what we the people will abide. — Linette Lopez Now we know what Jeff Bezos' worried face looks like Four masters of Silicon Valley — the CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook — testified before Congress to answer for their anti-competitive behavior yesterday, and in stark contrast to previous hearings they were visibly shaken by the questions they were asked. As I put in my column, we got to see Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' worried face. Some highlights in case all you caught were the clips of Republicans screaming about being silenced (there was some of that, but there was more productive questioning): Members of both parties hammered Facebook for its strategy of buying, copying or threatening competitors out of business, reading damning internal emails from the company's acquisition of Instagram. Bezos was tongue tied when asked why Amazon makes money from counterfeit goods, nor could he answer any questions about Amazon's protocol for ensuring that it's not selling stolen goods. Bezos squirmed through questions from Representative Pramila Jayapal about how Amazon misuses third-party seller data to develop in-house brands that compete with merchants selling on his platform saying only, "I can't answer that question yes or no." Zuckerberg could not explain away the fact that his company profits from peddling misinformation. Cicilline brought up that, despite committing to only distributing accurate information about the coronavirus, it took Facebook five hours and 20 million views before it took down a video full of false claims about the pandemic. Amplifying that misinformation once its on the platform, Cicilline said is a "business decision." Democratic Rep. Congressman Joe Neguse of Colorado pressed the CEOs of Apple and Google, both of which control app stores, to promise they would not use the information they collect from apps in their stores to build competitors. Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida pressed Pichai about the way Google surveils its customers, bundling data from across all of its products (Gmail, maps, etc.) in order to sell them targeted ads All in all, the CEOs seemed caught off guard. They expected this hearing to be more of the same from Washington — a series of uninformed questions from geriatric senators who barely read email. It was not that. Catch the whole column here.  — LL BUSINESS & ECONOMY Exxon is reclassifying employees as poor performers in order to hide layoffs as performance-based job cuts. Internal documents and 19 insiders reveal that the company is pushing managers to downgrade employees in order to force them out for performance reasons. In April, Exxon required managers to put at least 8% of employees in the poor performer category, up from a previous minimum of 3%.  There was some fraud, but not a ton of it, in the PPP program. The SBA watchdog has found about $300 million in potentially dubious small business loans, out of more than $500 billion issued. LIFE Scientists have finally figured out where the huge stones at Stonehenge came from. The 80 "sarsens," which weigh 25 tons each, were brought from about 15 miles away, and probably all at the same time.  10 signs your relationship will or won't work, based on a study of 11,000 couples. Some are obvious: Do you fight a lot? Is your sex life good? Others are less so: Do you appreciate your partner? LISTEN OF THE DAY Parents, teachers, and lawmakers are all debating whether or not schools should open their doors this fall for in-person instruction. We joined Insider Audio's Charlie Herman for a discussion about what it will take to get students back in their seats amidst a pandemic, and what's at stake if they don't return. Click here to listen to the full conversation. — HB & DP THE BIG 3* She tried making scrambled eggs 10 different ways: Insider's Rachel Askinasi changed the level of heat, added different liquids, and compared results. Milk made them watery, cream made them fluffy.  Claudia Conway returned to Twitter. She criticized her mom's boss, Donald Trump, and joked that AOC should adopt her. The best and worst things about living in a camper van. Pluses: the great views, the nature, the lack of schedule. Minuses: No showers, no WiFi, never getting to stay in the same place for more than a couple nights.  *The most popular stories on Insider today.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
You can capture a screenshot on your Lenovo computer in several different ways.  If you have Windows 10, you can simply take a screenshot to be saved directly to your files, or you can take one and edit it before saving it. If you aren't running Windows 10, though, there are still ways to do both of those things, just with a few more steps. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. The ability to screenshot your computer screen can be useful for a number of reasons. You can show somebody exactly what you're doing step-by-step, save a webpage for future reference, or screenshot frames of your favorite shows or movies. Taking a screenshot works differently depending on the kind of computer you have, and the software that it's running. On Lenovo, there are a few different ways to do it: some that only work with Windows 10, and some that work with any version of Windows. Check out the products mentioned in this article: Windows 10 (From $139.99 at Best Buy) Lenovo Ideapad 130 (From $469.99 at Walmart) How to screenshot on Lenovo if you have Windows 10 Hold down the Windows key, then press the PrtSc key. The screen will dim for a moment, and the image on your monitor will save to the Screenshots folder in your Files. Another way to screenshot is to hold down the Windows key, then press the W key. A sidebar menu will appear on the right side of your monitor. Select ScreenSketch from the menu. Make any edits you might want to the image, then hit save. This method is particularly useful if you want to highlight or mark up certain parts of the image for later. How to screenshot on Lenovo if you don't have Windows 10 If you don't have Windows 10, use this method instead. It requires more steps, but it combines the functionality of the other two. 1. Press the PrtSc (Print Screen) key on your keyboard to copy an image of your screen to the clipboard. 2. Open Paint, or a similar application, and use the Paste function to open the image in the program. 3. Use the tools in Paint to mark up the image if you desire, then click "File" and "Save" to save it to your files. Related coverage from Tech Reference: How to rotate a video in Windows 10 in 2 different ways, without using Windows Media Player How to set up dual monitors on your Windows 10 computer and double the screen size of your workspace How to find your computer's IP address on Windows, for troubleshooting or configuring your internet connection 'Does Instagram notify you of screenshots?': Here's what you need to know How to take a screenshot on a Mac, and find that screenshot on your computer later SEE ALSO: The best all-in-one PCs you can buy Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Leslie Odom, Jr.'s $500,000 gamble that led to a starring role in 'Hamilton'
Photo illustration by William Joel | Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP via Getty Images Newly released emails from April 2012 show Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives were frustrated by slow internal prototyping and weighed the benefits of quickly copying and iterating on smaller apps like Pinterest instead. A chain of messages starts with Zuckerberg recounting a meeting with the founders of Chinese social networking app Renren. “In China there is this strong culture of cloning things quickly and building lots of different products,” he wrote. “Seeing all this and the pace that new mobile apps seem to be coming out from other companies makes me think we’re moving very slowly. ... I wonder what we could do to move a lot faster.” The messages were released on Wednesday as part of a House Judiciary Committee... Continue reading…
New documents surfaced through a Congressional investigation into Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook show how the companies pursued acquisitions and fought off perceived competitors.  The documents provide a rare glimpse into the actions taken by top executives including Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs at crucial moments for their company. Lawmakers said the documents are evidence that companies engaged in anticompetitive behavior, but CEOs defended their companies' actions and said they continue to face stiff competition. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple didn't become four of the biggest tech companies in the world overnight — and newly surfaced documents show the tough, often-cutthroat decisions made by top executives at the company at pivotal moments in their growth. Members of Congress obtained emails, memos, and internal studies from the four companies as part of an ongoing antitrust investigation. They were published Wednesday when the CEOs of the four companies testified in an unprecedented Congressional hearing. The documents reveal how top executives at the tech giants including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs guided their companies' growth and jousted with perceived threats. They also paint a picture of four tech companies aggressively pursuing growth at all costs, chasing acquisitions and strategizing against possible competitors. Many of the lawmakers leading the House Antitrust Committee's investigation said the documents are evidence that the companies wield too much power. But the four CEOs repeatedly framed their actions as necessary steps to keep their companies alive. Facebook emails show Zuckerberg worried 'Instagram can hurt us' before acquisition Months before Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion, Zuckerberg wrote in an email that he was concerned "Instagram can hurt us meaningfully without becoming a huge business." In a different email, a colleague questioned whether Zuckerberg's reasoning for wanting to acquire Instagram was to either neutralize a competitor or improve Facebook. In his response, Zuckerberg said it was a combination of both. He then replied to that email 45 minutes later to clarify that "I didn't mean to imply that we'd be buying them to prevent them from competing with us in any way." At one point in Wednesday's hearing, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat, accused Zuckerberg of leveraging acquisitions of companies he saw as threats. "These tactics reinforce Facebook's dominance which you then use in increasingly destructive way," Jayapal said. Zuckerberg said in response that Facebook doesn't aim to intimidate or pressure competitors. "I respectfully disagree with the premise," he said. Amazon emails show how the company tried to hobble Diapers.com before acquiring it Emails published by Congress show Amazon aimed to undercut Quidsi, the parent company of Diapers.com and Soap.com, before acquiring the company for $545 million in 2010. "We have already initiated a more aggressive 'plan to win' against diapers.com," Amazon retail executive Doug Herrington wrote in a 2010 email. "To the extent that this plan undercuts the core diapers business for diapers.com, it will slow the adoption of Soap.com." "We have already initiated a more aggressive 'plan to win' against diapers.com," Herrington apparently wrote in an email released by the committee. "To the extent that this plan undercuts the core diapers business for diapers.com, it will slow the adoption of Soap.com ... We need to match pricing on these guys no matter what the cost." Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Pennsylvania Democrat, questioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about the emails Wednesday and accused Amazon of routinely weakening competitors with low prices, even if it caused Amazon to take a loss. Bezos responded that he didn't remember the situation described in the emails about Diapers.com and that Amazon sets low prices to win over customers. "I cannot comment on that because I don't remember it," Bezos said. "What I can tell you is that we are very, very focused on the customer." New emails show how Steve Jobs used Apple's control over the app store to 'cut off' developers  Congress published emails that show former Apple CEO Steve Jobs wielding the company's control over its app store to punish developers. In one 2010 email, Jobs suggests the company "cut off" Joe Hewitt, a developer that didn't want to comply with Apple's new requirement that iPhone apps be written in Apple's native programming language. "I'd suggest we just cut Joe off from now on," he said. Emails suggest Google feared competitors that could divert traffic away from its own products Rep. David Cicilline, chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee, said that newly published emails from over a decade ago show Google repeatedly considering whether to delist companies from search that it found threatening. "These documents show that Google's staff discussed 'the proliferating threat' that these web pages pose to Google. Any traffic lost to other sites was a loss in revenue," Cicilline said. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, said in reply that the company prioritizes users' experiences, but did not directly address anticompetitive concerns. "When I run the company, I'm really focused on giving users what they want. We conduct ourselves to the highest standard," Pichai said. Read more about new emails surfaced by Congress: Mark Zuckerberg wrote to his top lieutenants about the benefits of 'cloning' competitors after meeting with Chinese entrepreneurs in 2012 — read the full memo Newly released Steve Jobs emails, included in Congress' antitrust investigation, show how ruthless the Apple founder could be Emails show Amazon coordinated an 'aggressive' plan to 'undercut' Diapers.com before acquiring its parent company in 2010 Newly-released emails reveal how Google hoped to pay $50 million for YouTube in 2006, and why it ended up paying $1.65 billion Emails show how Amazon's $1 billion Ring acquisition was driven by Jeff Bezos' interest in its 'market position – not technology' New text messages show Kevin Systrom worried about Mark Zuckerberg going into 'destroy mode' if he didn't sell to Facebook Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why YETI coolers are so expensive
Emma Rogue, 24, sells thrifted and vintage clothing and accessories on Depop, a social app where users buy and sell secondhand or upcycled items. After going viral on TikTok in May, Rogue has tripled her following on Depop and has since doubled her monthly sales. She now makes about $7,000 to $8,000 a month in sales. Rogue said TikTok is a powerful driver for sales and where her most active following exists. Her TikTok has over 173,000 followers and her most popular video has over 6.5 million views.  Business Insider spoke with Rogue about what it was like to go viral, how her TikTok has helped her business grow, and how she operates her full-time Depop career. Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboard. Emma Rogue started posting on TikTok, the buzzy short-form video app, in February. But it wasn't until mid-May that she began to see the real power of TikTok to drive sales for her clothing resale business, when a video she made of herself packaging sales went viral, eventually reaching over 6 million views.  Rogue uses Depop, a fashion marketplace app for selling and reselling clothing, to host her resale business. With over 21 million users, almost 90% of its buyers and sellers are Gen Z, which makes it a natural fit with TikTok's young audience. TikTok's #Depop tag has over 350 million views. Rogue's viral video and subsequent follower boost on TikTok drove eyes and customers to her Depop shop, where she has now sold 2,340 items since starting nearly two years ago. And she's not alone. TikTok has driven sales for other sellers too, like artists on Etsy and clothing resellers on Poshmark.  Before May, Rogue was selling between 150 and 250 items each month, she said. But after her viral TikTok, the amount of inventory she was selling doubled to between 300 to 500 items each month. Rogue was making about $3,000 to $4,000 in sales each month before May. Within a week of her TikTok being viewed by millions, her sales skyrocketed to just over $7,500 that week. "The amount of sales that I got from that — it was just crazy," she said. "TikTok is definitely a huge driver and that's why I'm keeping up with TikTok." She now makes about $7,000 to $8,000 each month in her Depop sales, according to her Depop Stats report, which was viewed by Business Insider. That amount doesn't factor in Depop's 10% cut of each sale, and Rogue also estimates that she spends between $400 to $500 each month sourcing new items to sell. After fees and inventory costs, her monthly profit is around $6,000. Since going viral on TikTok, Rogue's following on Depop has tripled – growing by 20,000 within the first week after the video and reaching 60,000 followers on the app since.  On TikTok, she has over 173,000 followers and 4.6 million likes. Her other popular videos include tips on how to get on Depop's explore page and content sharing how she sources thrifted and vintage items. "My shop is live 24/7, 365 days a year, so even if I might not be actively shooting or sourcing, I'm always thinking about the future and how to take my business to the next level, how to improve current processes, etc.," Rogue said. "It's 24/7."  A lot of thrifting and production goes into her Depop Rogue's first sale was a pair of vintage 'Y2K' chunky platform Skechers, which she found at a thrift store for $4 on a half-off day. She had a hunch they would sell, so she bought two pairs and sold them for $40 each. The first pair sold within hours of posting them onto her Depop. Now, running her Depop shop is a full-time job. Her day to day changes, but she breaks up her week into three days: sourcing days, shooting days, and TikTok days.  "During a sourcing day, I start my day early and source up until the late afternoon," she said. "When I get home, I'll prep those items for shooting. I'll end the day with packing up orders so I can ship those out the next morning." Each listing is shot by Rogue, who is also a freelance photographer. "I've got an at-home studio setup with a seamless backdrop, professional lighting, and a DSLR," she said. "Items are prepped for shooting after sourcing which includes washing/steaming, repairing any flaws." After she shoots the items on colorful backdrops and on-body, she'll list them on Depop and write out individual descriptions. She said these captions are important for getting items on the Depop "Explore Page," the in-app homepage, and that sellers should carefully choose their hashtags in the captions, since they're only allowed five.  Her shipping and marketing materials are also essential to her business, she said. She wants each package from her shop to be "an exciting experience" for her customers that will make them want to buy from her again. Her packaging process was what made her go viral on TikTok in the first place and includes a branded postcard with a note, a sticker, and a goodie bag with a few accessories. On Depop, the buyer usually pays for the shipping. Rogue spends 1 to 1.5 days a week making new TikToks Ever since her popular packaging video on TikTok, Rogue has incorporated content creation into her weekly routine for her business. The app is where her most active and engaging audience is located. "I'll usually dedicate 1 to 1.5 days a week to filming and editing a few TikToks and post those throughout the week," she said.  "On my TikTok days, sometimes I'll meet up with my friend to film a collab video or my brother will help me film if we are shooting out in the field," she added. Rogue often collaborates with Vienna Skye, another TikTok star (with over 811,500 followers) on sourcing and styling videos.  As she builds up her TikTok, Rogue also plans to grow her Instagram following, with the goal of getting enough buzz between social media and Depop to launch her own brand. For more information about how influencers and creators are making money using resale platforms, read these additional Business Insider stories: How Instagram and TikTok are becoming powerful tools to help Poshmark clothing resellers drive sales: Business Insider spoke with two sellers in their early 20s who use Poshmark as their main source of income.  How artists are using TikTok to drive thousands of dollars in sales and find new customers: Artists are using TikTok's fast-growing audience to generate art commissions and sales on the ecommerce platform Etsy. Sneaker influencers are seeing unexpected wins as the coronavirus pummels the $2 billion resale market: Michael Mitchell, also known as MikeTheCompass, a "shoetuber," earns thousands of dollars a month on YouTube from posting videos about sneakers. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 7 secrets about Washington, DC landmarks you probably didn't know
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When people think about TikTok these days, the thought that’s on everyone’s mind is: will the US ban it? Earlier this month, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the government is ‘thinking about it.’ Last night, President Donald Trump also said the government is ‘thinking about it.’  But will they finally pull the plug? The Zuckerberg fight One person that might enjoy the demise of TikTok is Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO has left no stone unturned to take potshots at the short video app and simultaneously building rival products. [Read: Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs]… This story continues at The Next Web
Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Influencer Dashboard, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here. Before we get started, I wanted to remind you to mark your calendars for a digital event I'm hosting on Wednesday, August 5 at 11 a.m. ET on how influencers are earning money in 2020 with YouTube creators Shelby Church, Ruby Asabor, and Katy Bellotte. Sign up for the event here. And now, to the news!  Social-media platforms like Triller and Instagram are taking steps to lure creators away from TikTok as they aim to become more competitive in the short-form video category. My colleague Dan Whateley wrote about Triller's new hire, 18-year-old TikTok star Josh Richards, who will serve as chief strategy officer as the platform looks to raise $250 million in new funding. Two of Richards' friends and content collaborators — Griffin Johnson, 21, and Noah Beck, 19 — will also join Triller as advisors and equity shareholders. The three previously worked and lived together as members of a TikTok creator collective called Sway LA. But don't expect them to stop posting on TikTok. "We aren't going to stop right away posting on TikTok because we want to be able to migrate our audience over from TikTok to Triller," Richards said. Read the full post, here. How to create Instagram Stories with high engagement and reach Britney Turner, a lifestyle Instagram influencer and a content creator coach, works with other creators on how to land brand deals and pitch themselves. One thing she has seen in the past few months is that brands want to incorporate more Instagram Stories into their agreements with creators. My colleague Sydney Bradley spoke with Turner who shared her tips for growth in reach and engagement on Instagram Stories.  "I advise five to eight story slides filled with impactful content," Turner said. "If you want to share longer-form content (i.e. a day in the life, clothing haul, a routine, etc.), I'd say limit your stories to 15 to 20 slides. Anything past this will cause drop off unless you're adding value." Read the full post on using Instagram Stories for business, here.  Meet the team helping Dixie D'Amelio launch a music career  TikTok star Dixie D'Amelio recently released her first single, "Be Happy," under a new family-owned label, DAM FAM Recordings, and the song reached over 1 million Spotify streams within its first weekend. I spoke with the D'Amelio family's comanagers about developing a song with Dixie and their plans to work with more talent on music going forward.  D'Amelio and her internet-famous family aren't betting on an established record label for her introduction into the music industry. Instead, they are counting on the massive fanbase their family has built across social media.  For Dixie, the launch of her new song is the start of a larger strategy, said Barbara Jones, who comanages the family and is the founder of Outshine Talent. Read more about the team launching Dixie's music career, here.  TikTok influencers say they're making tens of thousands of dollars by promoting apps Most TikTok creators don't rely on the app's built-in monetization features, and instead, they've turned to outside brand deals, paid song integrations, and more recently, app marketing to earn money.  "I started doing apps around four weeks ago, and it was a gamechanger," said Reagan Yorke, a 19-year-old college student who was recently paid tens of thousands of dollars to promote the group video chat app Bunch to her 2.5 million TikTok followers. Dan wrote that Yorke worked with the app-marketing company Yoke, which provided her with a tracking link to add to her TikTok bio that would give her credit for any app installs she drove from her account.  "I literally posted it right before I went to sleep," Yorke said. "I woke up the next day and I had like $20,000 in my account, so I was just like, is this real?" Read more about how TikTok influencers are making money with app promotions, here.  More creator industry coverage from Business Insider:  Instagram news Instagram and TikTok are becoming powerful tools to drive sales for clothes sellers on the app Poshmark. We broke down the major Instagram metrics that brands are tracking to measure success, like post "saves," which are sometimes referred to as "super likes." YouTube news 15 YouTube creators share the most money they've made from a single video. 6 media startups built around influencers and digital creators that are set to surge this year. YouTube creators break down their exact monthly incomes from the platform, from under $600 to over $140,000. TikTok news How a media brand that started on Snapchat is trying to replicate its success on TikTok. An influencer management company is looking to spend between $5 million and $8 million on a new TikTok content house. Creator Spotlight: Sonja Lauren I spoke with fashion and fitness influencer Sonja Lauren on her YouTube channel (17,000 subscribers) and growing a social-media business.  A year ago, Lauren learned that she could be making money as a micro influencer through the ads that play in her videos, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing. She had originally created her YouTube channel in 2012, but she didn't post videos consistently until six months ago, she said. "There's been a big jump in my channel from six months to now, in terms of my following," Lauren said. "For me, my most viewed video is actually a video on weight gain and how you can grow your butt through working out. That's the video that got me a lot of subscribers."  Lauren treats her YouTube channel as a side hustle, but wants to pursue her digital business as a full-time career one day, she said. "I'm also in school and I work, but I think if you really want something you just make time for it," she said. Lauren shared her tips for starting out and growing a YouTube channel. Here's what she said:  "Be consistent. Drop videos every week and make the time for it. It looks easy, but it takes hours of editing and time." "I get emails from various companies who want me to include a product in a video. Make sure to go back and forth with a brand and negotiate what you deserve. I'm my own manager for now, pitching brands and responding to emails. I don't accept every offer, only the ones that I genuinely believe in." "Ask yourself, are you willing to work for free for your dream until you get to the point where you can make this into a main occupation?"  Check out her YouTube channel here. This week from Insider's digital culture team:  Black Reddit moderators are hoping for stricter policies that make spaces safe (by Margot Harris) Sexual misconduct allegations show sexism in the gaming industry (by Rachel Greenspan) Gabbie Hanna says YouTube has fostered a toxic environment (by Kat Tenbarge)  5 Egyptian women were sentenced to 2 years in prison for TikTok videos (by Palmer Haasch) Here's what else we're reading and watching: The challenge of breaking up TikTok from tech giant ByteDance (by Juro Osawa, Yunan Zhang, and Amir Efrati, from The Information) Why women are posting black-and-white selfies on Instagram (by Taylor Lorenz, from The New York Times) A deep dive into Shane Dawson's YouTube history: (by D'Angelo Wallace, on YouTube) Influencer Arielle Charnas got a loan PPP loan of up to $350,000: (by Emily Smith, from Page Six)  Thanks for reading! 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The CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google were grilled during a five-hour congressional hearing on Wednesday. The hearing followed an antitrust investigation into the power and size of the Big Tech companies. Analysts at Wedbush identified the three moments from the hearing most likely to come back and bite the companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Over the course of five hours on Wednesday, the CEOs from the world's four biggest tech companies were grilled by Congress over whether they use their enormous size to crush competition. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Apple's Tim Cook, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos all faced an inquisition from members of the congressional sub-committee, which has been investigating the power of Big Tech since 2019. The hearing covered a wide range of topics, with members of the committee honing in not just on traditional antitrust questions about company acquisitions, but also questions about how the companies use data, treat political speech, and whether they profit from forced labour of the Uighur people in China. The hearings have yet to result in anything concrete, and in a few weeks the subcommittee will publish its full report. Analysts at Wedbush identified what they think are the three biggest issues that could haunt the tech giants in the years to come:1. Jeff Bezos admitted it's possible Amazon might have used third-party sellers' data to benefit its own-brand products Bezos was questioned by Rep. Pramila Jayapal about a Wall Street Journal investigation from April which claimed Amazon had used its marketplace data about third-party sellers to build strategies for developing its own products. "We have a policy against using seller-specific data to aid our private label business, but I can't guarantee you that that policy has never been violated," Bezos replied. He said that the policy was "voluntary" — which he clarified to mean that Amazon had created the policy for itself. Bezos said Amazon is conducting an internal investigation following The Journal's report. "I do not want to go beyond what I know right now," Bezos said, adding Amazon is "looking at that very carefully."  The hearing also gave some insight into Bezos' mentality around buying companies, as it revealed emails from him about Amazon's 2018 acquisition of home security company Ring. In a December 2017 email Bezos said: "To be clear, my view here is that we're buying market position — not technology. And that market position and momentum is very valuable." Bezos told the committee market position is the most common reason companies acquire each other. 2. Tim Cook was grilled over the way Apple controls its App Store and takes a 30% commission from app developers The way Apple controls its App Store came under fire from Georgia Representative Hank Johnson. "Mr. Cook with over 100 million iPhone users in the United States alone and with Apple's ownership of the App Store giving Apple the ability to control which apps are allowed to be marketed to Apple users you wield immense power over small businesses to grow and prosper," said Johnson. "Throughout our investigation we have heard concerns that rules governing the App Store review process are not available to app developers, the rules are made up as you go, they are arbitrarily interpreted and enforced, and are subject to change whenever Apple sees fit to change. And developers have no choice but to go along with the changes or they must leave the App Store," said Johnson, before asking whether Apple treats all app developers equally. "Sir, we treat every developer the same. We have open and transparent rules, it's a rigorous process," said Cook. Specifically Cook defended the App Store's policy of requiring developers to use Apple's payment system Apple Pay for in-app purchases, which comes with an either 15% or 30% commission on any in-app payments. For example, if you buy a Spotify subscription in the Spotify iOS app, a cut of that payment goes to Apple.  This element of Apple's App Store policies has been under fire from developers including Spotify, which filed an antitrust complaint with the EU last year — which resulted in the launch of an investigation last month. Spotify argued this rule allows Apple to artificially inflate prices while launching competing own-brand apps, such as its music-streaming service Apple Music. Although Johnson's questions were sharp, Wedbush analysts qualified their assessment of their impact saying "the bark has been worse than the bite" on this particular line of questioning. 3. Mark Zuckerberg had to explain his logic behind acquiring Instagram, and was accused of threatening to crush it if Facebook didn't buy it Representatives presented Mark Zuckerberg with internal emails and texts going back to 2012 relating Facebook's acquisition of Instagram. In a 2012 email to Facebook's chief financial officer at the time, Zuckerberg voiced the concern that Instagram could "hurt us meaningfully without becoming a huge business." The committee also published messages exchanged between Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and investors after being approached by Facebook. In a text Systrom said he worried Zuckerberg might go into "destroy mode" if Instagram refused to sell. An exchange between Zuckerberg and Systrom was also presented, in which Zuckerberg said Facebook was developing its own camera product. "In a chat you told Mr. Systrom that Facebook was 'developing our own photo strategy so how we engage now will also determine how much we're partners versus competitors down the line. Instagram's founder seemed to think that was a threat," Rep. Jayapal told Zuckerberg. "I think it was clear that this was a space we were going to compete in one way or another. I don't view those conversations as a threat in any way," said Zuckerberg. Another piece of Facebook history that came out as part of the hearing was a memo Zuckerberg sent his lieutenants in 2012 about the benefits of "cloning" features from rival companies. The analysts don't think the investigation will leave much of a mark on big tech unless there's a big political shift in the US. Wedbush's analysts said the hearing has set the stage for an antitrust "battle royale" overt the next six to nine months. One of the biggest factors governing how this battle could actually turn out for the tech companies is November's presidential election. "We don't see Congress agreeing on legislation unless both houses of Congress and the Presidency are controlled by the same party, as the parties have had difficulty reaching consensus on more pressing issues," the analysts concluded. Although both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have attacked the size and tactics of big tech companies, they have done so from different angles. Democrats including former presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren have criticized the market size of companies like Amazon and Facebook and called for breakups, while Republicans have honed in on accusations that platforms like Facebook and Google use their influence to disadvantage conservative politicians and voices — an accusation the companies deny. Partisan divides on how to hold big tech to account were apparent during Wednesday's hearing. There was a fiery exchange between committee members after Republican Rep. Jim Jordan asked Sundar Pichai whether Google is biased against conservatives. Democrat Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon was up next, and took a swipe at Jordan's line of questioning: "I'd like to redirect your attention to antitrust law rather than fringe conspiracy theories." Jordan interrupted her allotted time, and was furiously told his time had expired. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1288559259840634883?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw INSANE exchange after Penn. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon suggested moving away from "fringe conspiracy theories." Nice to see the Real Housewives of DC are back. #BigTechHearing pic.twitter.com/OchS00yTHO  
TikTok has announced a $300 million creative fund in Europe. It mirrors a larger fund announced for the US on July 23. The company has not yet said who can apply for the fund, which is designed to help creators make money from the platform.  Currently, creators can only make money on TikTok from brand deals or donations. The news comes after a report in the Wall Street Journal said Instagram Reels, an upcoming Facebook-backed competitor, was offering TikTok's biggest names hundreds of thousands of dollars to defect. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok says it will hand up to $300 million to European creators over the next three years, giving them the chance of earning a living on the short-video platform. The new European creator fund will kick off at $70 million in its first year, TikTok said Thursday, and rise to an estimated $300 million within three years. The fund is the European version of a scheme TikTok announced for the US on July 23. The US fund is $200 million for its first year. Creators looking to apply for the US fund must be 18 years old or older, meet a certain baseline for followers, and meet TikTok's requirements around posting original content. TikTok hasn't detailed eligibility criteria for Europe, but says it'll provide more detail in the coming weeks. TikTok creators can currently only make money on the platform through brand deals or donations. Alongside the fund, TikTok said that brands could broker deals with up to 12,500 creators  to mention products through the company's Creator Marketplace. UK-based Anna Bogomolova, who has 2.3 million followers on the app, suggested the fund could help creators buy equipment, such as a new phone, to help them make better videos. Money was a "big restriction" for many on the app, she said. "I think it's a good idea, and I think obviously it all depends on how the selection process works, but it will give more of a chance for creators to create more exciting and varied content than they're doing now," she told Business Insider. Timothy Armoo of Fanbytes, a social media company that runs the ByteHouse, the UK's first collective of TikTok creators, said the fund could help users who were already popular grow faster. "I'm excited to see things like that happening ... From our perspective, when we launched the ByteHouse, it's almost turned into its own TV show. If you can use a fund to elevate that to the next level, it would be excellent," he said. He also called for clarity on who could get the money in Europe. "We need to know who would be eligible," he said. "I think it would be people who are truly creators, to some degree – not people who are celebrities. I don't think the Jason Derulos of the world are going to benefit from this." The cash could prevent TikTok's creator base being tempted away from the platform by other social media networks. Instagram Reels, the Facebook-backed competitor to TikTok launching worldwide imminently, is offering TikTok's biggest names hundreds of thousands of dollars to defect, according to the Wall Street Journal. "I find it interesting that funding has come just as Facebook has offered hundreds of thousands to TikTok creators to post on Reel first or exclusively," said Vicky Banham, a TikTok creator with 1.3 million followers. "But either way it's a great step in a positive direction to keep TikTok thriving and succeeding."SEE ALSO: Inside the rise of TikTok, the viral video-sharing app that US officials are threatening to ban due to its ties to China Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
Push notifications have definitely made our lives easier.They help save us time by letting us know if something is worthy of our full, undivided attention.However, at times these notifications for certain applications might not work as desired.If you are not getting Instagram notifications, then read on and apply the fixes mentioned below.Check the Notification Settings of InstagramYou should pursue these instructions given below:You have to launch the Instagram app on the device.Thereafter, select the option of profile.After that, select the hamburger option.Reach the lower side of the menu and locate the options of Settings.Open Instagram settings.Go to the Settings menu and choose the option of Notifications.Once you reach the Instagram settings, select the option of ‘Push Notification.’Don’t forget to switch off the toggle of ‘Mute Push Notification.’Check the Instagram Notification Settings of PhoneYou should pursue these instructions given below:On iPhoneYou should launch the Settings on the iPhone then select the Notifications option.Then you will see all the apps, move down to locate Instagram, and tap the arrow beside it.Don’t forget to enable the ‘Allow Notifications’ option.On Android DeviceOpen Settings.Tap on Notifications.Find and select Instagram.After that, switch the toggle of ‘Show Notification’ to enable it.Remove Cache Data on InstagramRemoving cache can also help you fix the notifications related issue.You should pursue these instructions given below:Before you begin the process of removing the cache, we suggested that you sign out of the account.Select the ‘Log Out All Accounts’ option and close the app.You should launch Settings on the device and input ‘Apps’ or ‘Application’ into the search section.Once you reach there, locate the apps list on the phone.Then browse for the “Instagram’ and select it to launch.After that, click on the ‘Storage and Cache’ option to continue.Tap the ‘Clear Cache’ option.Later, confirm the actionNow, restart the device once and log-in again to the Instagram account.Hopefully, by following the steps mentioned above, you will be able to resolve the Instagram notifications not working issue on your Android or iOS device.Source : Fix Instagram Notification
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Mark Zuckerberg wrote warmly about how Chinese apps copied competitors and urged his team to find ways to "move a lot faster" in 2012. The Facebook CEO made the comments in an internal memo that was made public on Wednesday by the US House Judiciary Committee. The document offers a window into the tech exec's influences, and how he has historically thought about product strategy. Facebook has long had a reputation for blatantly copying competitors if it can't acquire them, and is now facing intense antitrust scrutiny. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a message for his top lieutenants: Shamelessly copying competitors gets results. In March 2012, the technology executive sent an emailed message to some of his closest confidantes at the social network, relaying some takeaways from conversations he had had with Chinese entrepreneurs about their products. Zuckerberg spoke warmly about the results of China's "strong culture of cloning things quickly" — highlighting how it ultimately produces "clean and polished" apps with a plethora of features — and implored his team to think of ways to "move a lot faster." The document was made public on Wednesday by the US House Judiciary Committee as part of its year-long investigation into Facebook and other big tech firms over antitrust issues. It offers a unique window into some of the relatively early influences on Zuckerberg's thinking around product design, and how he communicated product strategy to key executives at his company in an unguarded way.  Facebook is notorious for shamelessly copying competitors if it can't outright acquire them, adopting features pioneered by other companies like Snapchat's Stories format — often to immense success. The company now faces mounting antitrust scrutiny over whether it has acted anti-competitively, and some critics are calling for it to be broken up and for its acquisitions — including Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus — to be undone. The email was sent to Chris Cox, a key product exec, and Mike Schroepfer, a long-time tech leader who is currently the company's chief technology officer, and later forwarded to COO Sheryl Sandberg. It details meetings between Zuckerberg and Robin Li, a cofounder of Chinese search engine Baidu, as well as with the founders of Renren, a Chinese social network similar to Facebook. "In China there is this strong culture of cloning things quickly and building lots of different products instead of just focusing on one thing at a time. This allows them to plant lots of seeds, and although it yields lower quality products in the short term as they're cloning and the markets are growing quickly, as markets mature there seems to be less of a gap between the clones and the originals," Zuckerberg wrote. He detailed an array of features Renren had built that Facebook lacked, writing that it "now seems almost as clean and polished as our own [social network]." Zuckerberg concluded: "Overall, seeing all this and the pace that new mobile apps seem to be coming out from other companies makes me think we're moving very slowly. If we were moving faster, then we might be able to build out more of the social use cases ourselves and prevent our competitors from getting footholds. "Maybe it's just a lot easier for these guys to move quickly since they're just copying other people, but a lot of the stuff that we're doing around messages, photos, etc doesn't have a huge number of original problems either." He added: "I wonder what we could do to move a lot faster."  Schroepfer enforced the memo, responding that "fast-follow is something I'm a fan of," though warning that the company needs to ensure "the engineers/[product managers] on the project are excited/motivated by what they are doing."  And Sandberg wrote that "it is hard not to agree that it is better to do more and move faster, especially if that means you don't have competitors build products that takes some of our users." Here's the full memo from Zuckerberg:  Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why you don't see brilliantly blue fireworks
Emails obtained by Congress shed light on the thinking behind the 2012 deal.
Facebook's Instagram acquisition has been the focus of an antitrust probe into the company.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled about acquiring and copying competitors
He added, 'It will be a while before we can buy Google'
The House Judiciary Committee has published documents relating to its tech antitrust investigation, including a copy of a conversation between Instagram cofounder and Benchmark investor Matt Cohler. The conversation — which took place in 2012, prior to Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of Instagram — provides a rare glimpse into the mind of a startup founder when a would-be buyer comes calling. You can read the full conversation below, in which Systrom wonders whether Zuckerberg will "go into destroy mode" if Instagram chose to stay independent. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The tech antitrust hearing has revealed a number of surprising pieces of information about the businesses of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. But it's also afforded a peek into the mindset of tech founders, offering a glimpse into some never-before-seen conversations. The House Committee on the Judiciary on Wednesday published documents relating to its antitrust investigation into some of the biggest companies in tech, including a trove of emails between Zuckerberg and employees, as well as messages related to Facebook's business. One such message exchange is between two individuals whose names are redacted, but whom the Judiciary Committee's website identifies as Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom and Benchmark investor Matt Cohler. The conversation revealed Systrom's mindset at a time when Instagram was will an independent company.  The exchange took place in 2012, before Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. While it's only one conversation, it provides a rare look into the mind of a startup founder as he weighs a potential acquisition, including whether Zuckerberg would "go into destroy mode" if Systrom turned down an offer. Read the full conversation between Systrom and Cohler below:  Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom worried that Mark Zuckerberg would go into "destroy mode" if he didn't sell the company to Facebook, according to records of his text messages. Instagram investor Matt Cohler warned that Zuckerberg would "go harder into destroy mode" if Instagram turned down the acquisition offer. The exchange was published by the House Judiciary Committee as part of its historic antitrust hearing Wednesday where Zuckerberg faced questions over Facebook's purchases of competitors. Regulators didn't challenge the Instagram acquisition at the time, but the deal has since drawn scrutiny from both regulators and politicians who say it constituted anti-competitive behavior. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Mark Zuckerberg spent Wednesday trying to persuade lawmakers that Facebook's acquisitions and cloning of competitors' products and features haven't amounted to monopolistic behavior, and that it has plenty of competition. But when Zuckerberg first expressed interest in buying Instagram in 2012, cofounder Kevin Systrom didn't appear confident about what would happen if he opted to remain independent. "Will [Zuckerberg] go into destroy mode if I say no [to an acquisition deal]?" Systrom asked in a message to Benchmark Capital's Matt Cohler, according to documents published by the House Judiciary Committee as part of its antitrust hearing on Wednesday. "Probably," replied Cohler, an early Facebook employee-turned-VC who had invested in Instagram and was on its board of directors. Cohler also warned that Zuckerberg was unlikely to be deterred by the fact that Instagram was keen on raising additional startup funding. "He'll go harder into destroy mode," Cohler told Systrom.  The names in the text transcript are redacted, but the committee's website identifies the two participants in the conversation as Systrom and Cohler. "Mark doesn't react emotionally, he reacts based on competition" Systrom and Cohler went on to strategize around how to best respond to Zuckerberg's probe, weighing options like downplaying Instagram's strength and saying the product wouldn't be a good fit or able to succeed within Facebook. But two things they seemed to agree on: Zuckerberg was most worried about Instagram getting bought up by Twitter, and they were worried about Zuckerberg trying to crush Instagram if they refused to sell. "If i make the 'leave instagram alone for Facebook's sake' argument, [Zuckerberg] will conclude that it's best to crush instagram," Cohler said, implying that they wouldn't be able to fend off Facebook just by floating the possibility of selling to Twitter. Ultimately, Systrom and Cohler concluded during the text exchange that Instagram needed to keep raising money and they needed to convince Zuckerberg that they weren't a threat to Facebook. "Mark doesn't react emotionally, he reacts based on competition," Systrom said, "that's why i think signaling no competition is good." "Bottom line I don't think we'll ever escape the wrath of mark," he added. "It just depends how long we avoid it." Facebook eventually got its way just two months after the exchange, buying Instagram for $1 billion in April 2012. The price tag seemed massive at the time, but Instagram reportedly brought in $20 billion in revenue for Facebook last year alone and has the second-most number of monthly users in the US, according to eMarketer. Facebook's acquisition of Instagram has since come under scrutiny from regulators and politicians who argue it amounted to anti-competitive practices. Zuckerberg faced multiple questions on the topic Wednesday, and argued that Facebook still faces lots of competition. "The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage," Zuckerberg told lawmakers. "The fastest-growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is Amazon. The largest ads platform is Google. And for every dollar spent on advertising in the US, less than 10 cents is spent with us." Still, the committee obtained large numbers of documents from Facebook and others companies as part of its antitrust investigation, including emails where Zuckerberg said he viewed Instagram as a significant threat to Facebook's business before acquiring it.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
With Big Tech about to face Congress over competition issues, TikTok is speaking up.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company has "adapted features" from competitors during Wednesday's big tech antitrust hearing. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, asked Zuckerberg whether Facebook had copied features from rivals as part of its competitive strategy. Jayapal pressed Zuckerberg on conversations that occurred during Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, asking whether the company threatened to copy Instagram's features while it attempted to buy it. The exchange was part of an unprecedented antitrust hearing in which CEOs from Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google testified before Congress.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company has "adapted features" from competitors when confronted about whether the social media giant used unfair practices — including copying features from rivals — to stay ahead of competitors. The exchange was part of an unprecedented antitrust hearing on Wednesday, in which the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon testified before Congress as part of an investigation into whether these companies are engaging in anticompetitive business practices.  Zuckerberg said Facebook had "certainly adapted features" from others in response to a question from Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, whether the company had copied features from competitors. During her questioning, Jayapal cited emails between Facebook executives about pursuing "aggressive and nimble" tactics to maintain a lead over competing services. She also pressed Zuckerberg about whether the company has ever threatened to clone products from other companies while trying to acquire them. Specifically, she pushed the Facebook CEO on whether the social media giant had used a camera product the firm was developing at the time to threaten Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom ahead of its $1 billion acquisition of the photo sharing app in 2012. Jayapal referenced a chat in which Zuckerberg told Systrom that Facebook was "developing our own photo strategy, so how we engage now will also determine how much we're partners versus competitors down the line." Systrom told an investor at the time that he worried Zuckerberg would go into "destroy mode" if he didn't sell Instagram to Facebook, Jayapal said. In his response, Zuckerberg disagreed with the characterization that the company had threatened competitors or copied them. "It was clear that this was a space that we were going to compete in one way or another," Zuckerberg said. "I don't view those conversations as a threat in any way." Facebook's acquisition of Instagram and other popular apps like WhatsApp has been a point of interest for regulators throughout the hearing. Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, also referenced emails saying that Facebook acquired Instagram to neutralize a competitor when questioning Zuckerberg earlier in the day.  The questions and Zuckerberg's response come after the tech giant has been accused of copying features from rivals like Snapchat. The company has introduced several features into its app that are similar to those of Snapchat, such as Instagram's "Stories" feature, which is much like Snapchat's "Story" post format. Both features allow you to post a collection photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. Jayapal referenced Snapchat as well, asking Zuckerberg if Facebook had warned Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel that the company was planning to clone its features while attempting to acquire the company. Zuckerberg pushed back on that claim, reiterating the company's goal.  "People want to be able to communicate privately, they want to be able to communicate with all their friends at once," Zuckerberg said. "And we're going to make sure that we build the best products in all of the spaces we can around helping people stay connected with the people they care about." Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
In 2012, Facebook boasted that it makes up "95% of all social media in the US." The claim came in a marketing presentation it prepared to give to Vodafone's board of directors at the time. Facebook now faces intense antitrust scrutiny, and has changed its rhetoric — claiming it faces plenty of competition from many corners. On Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that it's still competing with everyone from Apple to TikTok and the broader advertising industry. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Facebook faces mounting antitrust scrutiny, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly asserted that the company faces intense competition and is not a monopoly. But eight years ago, the company was telling a very different story. In a marketing presentation from 2012, Facebook boasted about its market dominance — claiming to make up "95%" of total social media in the United States. The claim was made in a chart that compared Facebook's market share to those of rivals including Tumblr, Twitter, and MySpace for a presentation to telecoms firm Vodafone's board of directors, which was obtained by the US House Judiciary Committee as part of a year-long investigation into big tech antitrust issues and made public on Wednesday. The document is a striking illustration of how Facebook has historically emphasised its size and power as a marketing tool, and how drastically the company has changed its approach now it is the subject of growing political scrutiny and anti-monopoly investigations. CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Committee on Wednesday, and he used his opening remarks to assert that Facebook is still fighting considerable competitors.  "The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage," he said. "The fastest-growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is Amazon. The largest ads platform is Google. And for every dollar spent on advertising in the US, less than 10 cents is spent with us." The House Committee obtained large numbers of documents from Facebook and others companies in its investigation. In another exchange between Zuckerberg and top executives in 2012, the CEO said that he viewed Instagram as a significant threat to Facebook's business before acquiring it. Facebook has long aggressively bought up competing businesses. Many of its core products, from Instagram to WhatsApp and Oculus started life as independent companies before being acquired. Regulators and politicians are now scrutinizing whether Facebook's acquisitions constitute anti-competitive behaviour. Got a tip? Contact Business Insider reporter Rob Price via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 650-636-6268), encrypted email ([email protected]), standard email ([email protected]), Telegram/Wickr/WeChat (robaeprice), or Twitter DM (@robaeprice). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by standard email only, please.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
You can block a number on an Android phone with just a few taps. Blocked calls go directly to your phone's voicemail.  The steps to block a call vary depending upon what handset and version of Android you are using, but in most cases you can block calls by tapping a number in your recent calls and looking for the "Block Call" command.  Your cellular carrier may also offer the ability to block calls for you, though this might be a premium subscription service (depending on the carrier). Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. You don't need to put up with the annoyance of regularly receiving unwanted phone calls.  If you frequently get a call from the same telemarketer or another unwanted caller, you can simply block that call.  When you do, all new calls from that number will go directly to voicemail.  Check out the products mentioned in this article: Samsung Galaxy S10 (From $699.99 at Walmart) How to block a number from the Phone app on most Android phones The exact procedure to block calls may vary slightly from one Android smartphone to another, but most phones allow you to block a number directly from the Phone app with just a tap or two. Here is the general procedure: 1. Open the Phone app and view your recent calls.  2. Tap the phone number you want to block. You should see some options appear below the number or at the bottom of the screen.  3. Tap "More" or "Info," designated by three vertical dots.  4. Choose the option to block the number, which may be labeled something like "Block" or "Block contact." How to block a number on Samsung phones Because Samsung phones are so common, there's a good chance that the device in your hand is a Galaxy phone. Here's what this general process looks like on your phone: 1. Start the Phone app and then tap "Recents" at the bottom of the screen.  2. Tap the phone number you want to block and then tap "i" in the expanded options under the number.   3. At the bottom of the screen, tap "Block." How to block a number on other Android devices The procedures above should work on most Android models, but the option to block calls might be located elsewhere on some versions of the Android OS. If the steps above don't work for you – for example, if tapping the number simply dials it — try this instead: 1. Start the Phone app and view your recent calls.  2. Tap and hold the phone number you want to block. A drop-down menu may appear with additional options.  3. Tap "Block number" in the menu.  How to block a number using your cellular carrier You have one other option available: Your service carrier may offer tools to help you block calls. The advantage of using your carrier is that a blocked number will remain blocked even if you change smartphones. The downside is that in some cases, this is an optional subscription service that may cost additional money.  If you want to investigate blocking callers at the carrier, here are links to the major carriers' call blocking plans: AT&T T-Mobile Sprint Verizon Related coverage from Tech Reference: 'Who blocked me on Instagram?': How to figure out if you've been blocked, and by whom How to see messages from a blocked number on an iPhone, and filter messages from unknown senders How to block private callers from reaching your iPhone in 2 ways How to check if someone has blocked your iPhone number in a few different ways Here's what happens when you block someone's number on your iPhone SEE ALSO: The best budget smartphones Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pointed to the success of rivals like Apple, Google, and TikTok as evidence that there's plenty of competition in the tech industry. Zuckerberg referenced Apple's iMessage, Google's YouTube, and the popular video app TikTok in his opening remarks, pointing to their size and dominance in various industries. During the hearing, lawmakers grilled Zuckerberg about Facebook's acquisition of Instagram. While Zuckerberg framed big tech companies as its main competition, questions have also been raised about whether Facebook is also competing with news outlets as more people are turning to social media for news. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began Wednesday's unprecedented antitrust hearing by pointing to the success of rivals like Apple, Google, and TikTok as part of an argument that competition is alive and well in the tech industry. "The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage," Zuckerberg said in his opening remarks, referring to Apple's texting service. "The fastest-growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is Amazon. The largest ads platform is Google. And for every dollar spent on advertising in the US, less than 10 cents is spent with us." Zuckerberg appeared alongside Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai to testify before Congress as part of an investigation into whether these large tech platforms are engaging in anticompetitive practices.  The remarks from Zuckerberg pointing to the success of other large tech companies come as the social media giant is scrutinized for its acquisitions of other social apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Giphy.  During the hearing, Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, pressed Zuckerberg about Facebook's acquisition of Instagram back in 2012 — citing emails published by The Verge of Facebook leadership saying that the acquisition could serve to neutralize a competitor. Zuckerberg is also framing large tech firms like Apple and Google as its main competition as questions have risen about whether its reach and distribution make it a rival to smaller news organizations as well. Facebook executives have repeatedly indicated that it does not see itself as the "arbiter of truth." But at the same time, Facebook lawyers argued in court in 2018 that the company's decisions about content should be treated like that of a traditional publisher. It has also added new features in recent years that put it in more direct competition with news publishers, and a Pew Research study found that four in 10 US adults get their news from Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here. QUOTE OF THE DAY "I want to stress that this is a very highly unusual event. In fact, this is the only confirmed fatality in Maine waters from a shark attack," — Patrick Keliher, commissioner of Maine Department of Marine Resources, on the Monday great white shark attack that killed 63-year-old Julie Dimperio Holowach, who was swimming 20 yards offshore. LISTEN OF THE DAY Should schools reopen? We sat down with Insider Audio's Charlie Herman for a lively discussion about what it will take to make it happen, and what's at stake if it doesn't. Click here to listen to the full conversation. — HB & DP WHAT'S HAPPENING The Big Tech hearing is underway: Follow along. The House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust is questioning the CEOs of Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook. Joe Biden will announce his running mate next week. It's one of the most consequential picks in recent history, since Biden's age means he may not run for a second term if he wins in 2020, making the VP the de facto party leader going into 2024. Biden has said he will pick a woman.  "Umbrella man" is a white supremacist who was trying to incite violence. Minneapolis police say the man filmed calmly smashing the windows of an Auto Zone early in the George Floyd protests is a member of the Hell's Angels and an Aryan gang. Other demonstrators suspected at the time he was a provocateur.  GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas tested positive for coronavirus. He has refused to wear a mask, and reportedly spoke to AG Bill Barr yesterday, maskless, at close range.  The Trump administration is talking to Oregon officials about removing some federal agents from Portland in exchange for more local police intervention against the protests. VIEWS OF THE DAY The US is in the midst of a constitutional crisis The US is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. It doesn't feel like it. Congress is still in session; no judge has been hauled off to jail; the president's enemies have not been put up against the wall and shot.  This is a quieter kind of constitutional crisis.  First, and perhaps most alarmingly, the Trump administration is blatantly defying the Supreme Court ruling on DACA. SCOTUS ruled that the Trump administration improperly ended the program, and a federal judge this month ordered DACA returned to its pre-cancelation status. But acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf — the same brutal minion who's assaulting Portland — is ignoring the order by refusing to accept new DACA applications and only renewing DACA holders for one year, even though they're entitled to two-year renewals. Wolf is brazenly flouting a federal court order, and saying, essentially: You can't do anything about it.  When one branch of government refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of another branch, that is a constitutional crisis.  Second, the Trump administration has exacerbated and magnified the Portland protests by dispatching federal paramilitaries to Portland against the wishes of local and state officials. These federal agents have occupied streets away from federal buildings.  When the federal government uses force to seize state streets and property, against the express wishes of a popularly-elected state government, that's also a constitutional crisis.  Third, Attorney General Bill Barr strongly hinted to Congress yesterday that he would consider casting doubt on the 2020 election because of the use of mail-in ballots. Previously Barr and Trump have used the DOJ and pardon power to prevent Roger Stone and Michael Flynn from being punished, to harry the government officials who investigated Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and to undermine the Mueller investigation. In short, Barr and Trump used the federal Department of Justice to clear those who worked to corrupt the 2016 election in Trump's favor, and Barr has signaled that he might use the DOJ to shape the 2020 election too.  When the fairness and safety of the election is under threat because of the President and his AG, that too is a constitutional crisis. — DP Keeping authoritarians happy is expensive, it turns out. Senate Republicans are grumbling about something countries around the world have known for ages: It's expensive to keep authoritarian leaders happy. This week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presented his caucuses proposal for the next coronavirus aid bill, and pretty much everyone hates it. The most contentious item is a White House ask — $1.75 billion for a new FBI building that Trump wants. No one sees the point. But it's clear Senate Republicans included it because they were tired of dealing with the White House's delays. For a while Trump was holding up negotiations because he wanted Senate Republicans to defund coronavirus testing.  That didn't make it into the Senate Republican proposal, and it's unlikely that the FBI building funding will make it into the final bill once House Speaker Nancy Pelosi starts negotiating with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.  Senate Republicans spent precious time writing an expensive proposal they hate so that Trump could pretend he was going back to his old Bob the billionaire Builder life for a few moments. He co-opted the process for his vanity project, and even Republicans — as invertebrate as they've been — seem ashamed of that. This is the kind of stuff authoritarians do, and it's expensive.  — Linette Lopez Serious Trump lasted exactly one week One week ago today, following President Trump's just-barely-OK briefing in which he praised masks and didn't say anything truly grotesque, we asked: "How long will the new, serious Trump last? A week?"  Nailed it!  The president, of course, is trying to feign sobriety — especially about the pandemic — in order to regain public approval.  He managed for just six days. His daily briefing on Tuesday veered into the usual Trump wetland of self-pity and conspiracism. He malingered on the question of why Anthony Fauci, who works for him, has a high approval rating, while "nobody likes me."  Later, he again shilled for hydroxychloroquine, and defended sharing a video from a quackish doctor who claims preposterously that the drug is a cure for COVID She also claims that many gynecological ailments are caused by women having sex with demons. Trump abruptly ended the briefing soon after a reporter asked about the demon sex.  Will he try gravitas again? Or will the White House conclude, as it has so many times before, that Trump can only be Trumpish? — DP Cuomo's "victory" lap is a slap in New York's face New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be keeping his head down, humbly doing the public service for the state which — even though the curve has been flattened — is still ravaged by the coronavirus.  Instead, he's sitting for backslapping late night TV interviews, flouting mask and quarantine rules, and screwing small businesses with a short-sighted and puritanical crackdown on "to-go cocktails." In my new column, I argue that Cuomo is no hero, he's just cosplaying as a "man of action." Yes, New York was one of the first states hit hard by the virus at a time when governors had far less equipment, knowledge, and time to prepare than they have had in recent months. Under his governance, New York has successfully flattened the curve. And Cuomo pulled this off with virtually no help from the federal government.  But he also dithered in the pandemic's early weeks and made a catastrophic decision to force nursing homes to take COVID patients. Now that the public accounting is due, he's blaming the media — which created the myth of his heroism in the first place —  for the bad optics of thousands of dead elderly New Yorkers, and he's refusing out of hand the prospect of an independent investigation of the state's response. He is, however, making it a point to assign a multi-agency crackdown on bars and restaurants selling to-go booze, even as those businesses are gasping for survival and the people still have little to do during a sweltering summer heat wave as we enter the fifth consecutive month of hell. — Anthony Fisher IDEA OF THE DAY China is the first surveillance superpower.  The Atlantic's Ross Andersen details how China has built a monumental surveillance infrastructure with cameras everywhere, facial recognition, natural-language AI analysis of social media and cell communication, and much more. It's tested it on the Uighurs, using it to suppress and control them. "China is what Orwell feared." Now it's beginning to export to the rest of the world, giving governments and corporations elsewhere insidious tools for quashing dissent, chilling free speech, and ensuring political dominance. The Chinese technology is making life easier for the most thuggish authoritarian leaders out there.  If American values are going to survive, we can't be Luddites and hide from the technology. We need to come up with a persuasive alternative in which surveillance technology and AI are somehow used to increase freedom, and build connections at a grassroots level. That's a hard problem to solve! — DP BUSINESS & ECONOMY Insider investigates the MLM Young Living, which sells essential oils. The business claims $1.5 billion in revenue, but 89% of its sellers are on the bottom rung, where the average annual wage is $4.  Jeff Bezos's former wife MacKenzie has donated $1.7 billion of her $60-plus billion fortune since their divorce. Most of the money has gone to efforts to promote racial equity and economic mobility. She has also changed her name to MacKenzie Scott.  Google has started laying a fiber optic undersea cable from the US to the UK and Spain. The cable, named Grace Hopper after the pioneer computer scientist, is Google's fourth cable overall and first to the UK. LIFE The baseball card of Anthony Fauci mid-pitch is ToppsNow's bestseller ever. It's sold more than 51,000 copies in just a few days.  Instagram is offering TikTok stars huge payments to join their new competitor Reels. Reels is being tested already in Europe and will go broadly live in August. It limits videos to 15 seconds.  THE BIG 3* Not surprisingly, Belarus's dictator got COVID. He had told his people you could avoid the disease by drinking vodka and going to the sauna.  Stella Immanuel, the doctor in the COVID misinformation video endorsed by Trump, belongs to a pro-Trump group of medics. America's Frontline Doctors is also supported by Tea Party Patriots, which has opposed lockdowns.  Employment discrimination continues to be rampant in the US. A new study of Seattle restaurants found them turning away black job applicants while asking identically qualified white ones to start work immediately.  *The most popular stories on Insider today.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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