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Tinder does not notify users of screenshots taken by others, unlike apps like Snapchat. This means that you can take screenshots of profiles and conversations on Tinder without the other person being notified.  You should always remember, though, not to share anyone else's personal information online without their consent. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. The widespread use of Snapchat has acclimated most social media users to the concept of the screenshot notification. If you're a Tinder user, there have probably been multiple occasions in which you wanted to take a screenshot of something on the app.  Maybe you had a conversation with a match that was too funny not to save — after all, on the off chance that you get married, that conversation will be a great relic to show your future grandchildren, right?   Or, maybe you've had an unsettling conversation that you want to share with a friend to get validation or a second opinion on your interpretation. It may even be something as simple as trying to decide how to swipe on someone you're not sure about, and wanting to get a friend's advice on their profile.  Regardless of the reason, you may have felt hesitation about screenshotting any part of an interaction on Tinder, worrying you may ruin your chances with the person you're screenshotting if they see that you're doing it. Tinder does not notify users of screenshots The good news on that front, though, is that Tinder doesn't notify anybody when you take a screenshot, unlike apps like Snapchat (and Instagram, in one instance). You can capture anything on the app and save it, and nobody will know. You can take a screenshot on almost any device, such as your Lenovo, HP, Dell, Windows, or Mac computer, or on your Google Pixel, iPhone, or Galaxy S10 mobile device.  Now, it's important to remember that you should be careful with how you use this power.  You should never expose someone's personal information without their permission, and just because Tinder doesn't notify them doesn't mean they can't find out another way if you post about them online or share their messages or profile with a large group. If you want to post a funny or creepy conversation on social media, do the polite thing and censor the person's personal information out of the picture. Related coverage from Tech Reference: How to cancel your Tinder subscription on an Android device in 2 different ways How to connect your Spotify account to your Tinder profile to display your music taste How to screenshot on a Chromebook in 2 different ways, and then open those screenshots later 'Does Instagram notify you of screenshots?': Here's what you need to know How to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch, and find those screenshots in the Photos app on your iPhone SEE ALSO: I tested the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for 2 months, and it made me question everything about my 'iPhone or nothing' mentality Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
Over the past half century, workers' wages have stagnated, their rights have been eroded, and whistleblowers have faced frequent retaliation for calling attention to the problems. But in the tech industry, a new alliance of workers from warehouses to cubicles — bolstered by the pandemic and anti-racism protests — is speaking with a louder and more unified voice than ever. They're demanding everything from better pay and workplace protections to a bigger say over how the products they build are designed and put to use. Business Insider spoke to 14 tech organizers and labor experts about what obstacles the movement faces as well as the changes they'd like to see in American workplaces to empower workers once again. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. All is not well for workers in Silicon Valley. Amid a devastating pandemic that has left millions of Americans jobless, the four largest US tech companies blew past Wall Street's expectations, reporting quarterly earnings that pushed their combined net worth past $5 trillion and boosted their CEOs' personal fortunes by billions. But as the tech industry soared to unprecedented heights, many of the workers fueling its rise have seen their wages and benefits stagnate, grueling job environments have become more dangerous, and efforts to call attention to workplace inequities have been met with retaliation. Despite this, the tide is shifting. Last week, the top executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google faced a grilling from lawmakers that focused on their companies' outsized power. Over the past few years, the experiences of rank-and-file employees have become increasingly at odds with those of the wealthy executives at the top — both on the job and in how they see their employers' impact on society. Bolstered by the pandemic and sweeping protests against systemic racism, tech workers from warehouses to corporate office buildings have been speaking up with a unified voice for the first time. Their demands: Better pay, benefits, and working conditions. But there's a broader agenda in place. They want to shift the balance of power at their organizations so they can have more control over how their work gets done, how products are built, and who their companies do business with. And now they're inspiring others across the country to do the same at their own workplaces. Business Insider spoke with 14 tech organizers and labor experts who said the industry has reached an inflection point and that things aren't going back to the way they were before. Here are their thoughts on how to empower workers once again and the obstacles that still lie ahead. Chris Smalls — organizer and former Amazon warehouse worker What's the biggest obstacle workers face: Smalls said Amazon and other companies' self-interest and antagonism toward workers continues to jeopardize their safety. "Everything [Amazon's] doing doesn't benefit the employees, everything they're doing benefits the company and the company only," he said adding that companies like Amazon "smear the lower class people, they intimidate the working class people." How can we improve American workplaces: Amazon needs to be taxed and workers need better pay, Smalls said. "You're telling me at $25 an hour I'm working for the richest man in the world and I'm capped out," he said, referring to the salary limit he hit after five years with the company. What organizers should focus on now: "What we need is for the families who actually lost somebody [to COVID-19] to actually come out to the public," Smalls said. Concerns about coronavirus exposure were raised as early as March and he said Amazon's response fell short. "This could have been prevented ... somebody needs to be held accountable." Oriana Leckert — former Kickstarter outreach team member and organizer for the Kickstarter United employee union What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "There's a strain of individualism that runs through tech for sure, Leckert said. Convincing workers who have good jobs now to organize on behalf of their coworkers — and their future selves — can be challenging at times, she said. How can we improve American workplaces: Leckert said companies should start "listening to workers and giving the people who are doing the work some more influence over how and when and why the work gets done." Executives should trust their employees to have good ideas instead of dictating everything via "opaque, top-down hierarchical management," she said. What organizers should focus on now: "Talk to everybody in your workplace, talk to everybody outside of your workplace. Get advice from other folks," Leckert said. "There are lots of people who are having a struggle at the same time and who have done it before," she said, and people looking to organize at their workplaces can learn from others' efforts. Grace Reckers — organizer at the Office and Professional Employees International Union What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "The lack of hardened geographic bounds is an important component of the tech organizing movement, and it mirrors the structures of the tech companies themselves," Reckers said. "Unlike nurse unions that represent RNs in a few distinct hospitals, typically in one region or city, organizers in the tech industry have to take into account the growing number of remote workers, international employees, contract workers, and vendors that are all affiliated with their companies." How can we improve American workplaces: "The biggest change I would like to see is for workers to have unobstructed rights to form unions at their workplaces," she said. "Employers need to be swiftly disciplined and employees need to be reinstated when organizers are fired in retaliation for their union activity. I also believe that the amount of money companies spend on anti-union consultants and 'union avoidance' law firms should be publicized, called out, and eventually redistributed to workers' paychecks." What organizers should focus on now: "Going forward, I imagine that the remnants of these fears around job security will remain for a lot of workers in the tech industry. My hope is that employees will continue to organize around these issues and recognize that as long as you are an at-will employee, you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all—without any guarantee of severance pay or continued healthcare coverage. It's only with a union contract that workers have the right to negotiate terminations and the safety nets that come with them." Laurence Berland — organizer and former Google engineer What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "In the pandemic, with so many out of work, a lot of people might have the attitude they are lucky to even have a job," Berland said. "But workers should remember that despite high unemployment, their experience and institutional knowledge is valuable, and not so easily replaced by a new hire, especially if they act collectively." How can we improve American workplaces: Berland said people need to fight for coworkers "across class and roles," especially those who have to work in person or whose jobs are jeopardized by the remote work surge during the pandemic. "Workers who are able to work from home need to fight for those workers and stand in solidarity with them," he said. What organizers should focus on now: "Make those connections with the most vulnerable workers — the Black and Brown essential workers, the unemployed service workers. Ask them what you can do to be a part of what they need," Berland said. "They know what they need and if you are genuinely showing up for them, they will tell you exactly what they need. Listen to them." Jacinta Gonzalez — organizer at Mijente What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "Office tech workers are recognizing that their technologies are inherently political and are never 'race neutral,'" Gonzalez said, pointing to the growing surveillance state and "the insidious relationship between tech corporations and law enforcement." Gonzalez said that at companies like Google and Microsoft, "tech workers have made clear demands that all contracts with law enforcement be dropped, a necessary and long overdue step." How can we improve American workplaces: Gonzalez said that "while office tech workers today may not be underpaid, they are recognizing that the cushy benefits they currently receive does not mean they have a voice in the types of technologies and contracts their companies engage with, even if workers recognize that their technologies are harmful." She added that giving workers more power would create "more accountability within the companies creating the technologies that are actively harming Black and Brown communities."  What organizers should focus on now: "The revolving door between government contractors and corporations must end and the curtain must be pulled back to reveal the full impacts of the growing surveillance state," she said. "As Naomi Klein said on a recent Mijente panel with Edward Snowden, we have a right to live illegible lives. It is time for technology to be transparent, human focused and end the growing surveillance and ownership of our data."  Wesley McEnany — organizer at the Service Employees International Union Local 1984 What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "Workers are seeing the use of their labor for immoral or unethical reasons as cause to organize because these issues are fundamentally working conditions as much as wages or benefits are," McEnany said. "These are also workers, especially at the big 5, who potentially hold a lot of structural power." How can we improve American workplaces: "Tech companies have a serious responsibility to end systemic and structural racism. They are uniquely positioned to use technology for good and lead on issues of diversity and inclusion." What organizers should focus on now: To make money, tech firms are incentivized to "take on nefarious projects, whether it's facial recognition software for oppressed governmental agencies or upgrading the technological infrastructure of local police departments surveilling Black Lives Matter activists," McEnany said. "[Tech companies] aren't going to be moral institutions without worker input." Dania Rajendra — director of Athena, a coalition of activists and Amazon workers What's the biggest obstacle workers face: The "sheer size and utter disregard for transparency or accountability" of companies like Amazon lets them get away with mistreating workers, Rajendra said. "Amazon's outsized power and its impunity about wielding it is the obstacle." How can we improve American workplaces: Rajendra said she'd like to see "more elected officials — at every level — start to use their investigative and regulatory power to prioritize everyday people." She pointed to France, where a court ruled in April that Amazon wasn't doing enough to protect workers and would have to shut down or take stronger precautions. What organizers should focus on now: "We'll continue to see more bridges built between the issues workers deal with on the job and the issues people — including those very same workers — deal with in their communities," Rajendra said. "Both COVID and the uprising [against systemic racism] expose the fact that the risks working people face on the job don't just end at the warehouse exits." Ben Gwin — data analyst at HCL Technologies and organizer for the United HCL Workers of Pittsburgh What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "Corporate-friendly labor laws," Gwin said. "Companies would rather pay lawyers and union busters, break the law, and pay a fine than honor workers' rights to organize and bargain in good faith." How can we improve American workplaces: "Medicare for All," Gwin said. Nearly half of Americans get health insurance through their employers, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the pandemic has shown gaping flaws in the US' approach. A study from Health Management Associates said 35 million could lose coverage due to layoffs. What organizers should focus on now: Gwin said a change in the White House is needed before things improve for workers. Under Trump, the National Labor Relations Board, the top federal agency tasked with protecting workers, "is awful, and we need at least nominally pro-labor appointees in there," he added. Nicole Moore — Lyft driver and volunteer organizer for Rideshare Drivers United What's the biggest obstacle workers face: For gig workers, Moore said the biggest challenge is not having the same rights and labor protections as employees. "If we want safe industries where people aren't dying to put a box on your porch, people aren't becoming homeless as they buy a new car so they can drive you and anybody else with an app around, then we have to put these basic things in place," she said. How can we improve American workplaces: "We need to see a reform of labor law that makes that easier for groups of workers to organize," Moore said. Workers should be able to band together to negotiate contracts that guarantee fair wages, she said, "so that when you wake up in the morning, you know what kind of money you're going to make, it's not going to change overnight." What organizers should focus on now: Moore said she's focused on getting "fair pay and a voice on the job, more PPE for drivers, and "somebody in the White House who actually is going to have a Labor Department that's worried about the welfare of workers, not just how much profit companies can make off of them." Y-Vonne Hutchinson — CEO and founder of ReadySet and cofounder of Black Tech For Black LIves What's the biggest obstacle workers face: While "a lot of people are waking up to the reality of racism in the tech sector and racism in this country," said Hutchinson, "there are still people who are invested in keeping things the same who are going to push back, and we have to be prepared to face those people." How can we improve American workplaces: "When it comes to anti-racism, we do need to hold people accountable," Hutchinson said. "People don't change their behavior if they're not incentivized to change their behavior." She said employees who serve on diversity and inclusion committees and managers who hire, promote, or mentor diverse workers should be rewarded, not forced to sacrifice their work toward these goals in order to accomplish others. What organizers should focus on now: Within tech, Hutchinson said Black Tech For Black Lives wants to "make sure that Black people are hired and promoted and supported and really able to thrive" in a way she said hasn't happened so far, even as companies have said they want more diversity and inclusion. Steve Smith — communications director at the California Labor Federation What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "Tech CEOs have become very adept at employing anti-union strategies to crush organizing," Smith said. While executives' opposition to unions isn't new, Smith said the difference now is that tech companies have "some of the wealthiest and most powerful CEOs on the planet with vast resources to fight organizing at their disposal." How can we improve American workplaces: Companies need to follow existing labor laws, Smith said. "Provide workers with the basic protections and pay they deserve." What organizers should focus on now: Smith, who works closely with rideshare and food delivery drivers, said they're focused on defeating Proposition 22, a California ballot measure backed by Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart, and Postmates, that would permanently make drivers independent contractors. If it passes, Smith said it will hurt drivers "who have few basic protections" as well as "small businesses who are at a competitive advantage when these large tech companies cheat the system." Erin Hatton — associate professor of sociology at the University of Buffalo What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "Labor movements — like all social movements — require an incredible amount of work," Hatton said. Keeping up the momentum while trying to support families, survive a pandemic, and fight for civil rights will be "a Herculean task" for workers, she said. How can we improve American workplaces: Hatton said "all workers who perform labor from which others profit" should be covered by all labor and employment laws, not be forced to work in unsafe work environments, and should be protected from "coercion and abuse" by their employers. That includes diverse groups such as "Uber drivers, student athletes, incarcerated workers, graduate students, Instacart drivers, meatpacking workers, grocery store workers, and doctors and nurses," she said. What organizers should focus on now: Worker rights as well as basic civil rights for Black people, immigrants, and transgender people should be top priorities, Hatton said. "As a country, as a democracy, and as an economy, we are only as strong as our most vulnerable population." Clair Brown — professor of economics at the University of California Berkeley What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "Right now the problem is at the national level," Brown said. "The Department of Labor was set up to speak for workers, to protect workers, to represent workers. And right now it doesn't. Right now, it really represents employers under Trump." How can we improve American workplaces: Brown said unemployment programs in the US should look more like those in Europe, which "focus less on payments directly to individuals once they're thrown out of work" and instead on "how can we actually pay to keep them on the job." What organizers should focus on now: "We have to get back to this question of: 'what kind of social safety net do we want to provide people in the United States?'" Brown said workers who are laid off or can't work have no way to "just basically get through life, pay their mortgage or their rent, pay their health insurance, pay their kids' bills." Tom Kochan — professor of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology What's the biggest obstacle workers face: "Employer opposition, and that hasn't changed at all," Kochan said. "Any employer that wants to defeat a union organizing campaign can do so because the penalties are so weak and so slow to be enforced." How can we improve American workplaces: "We have to open up our labor law to new forms" in order to give workers more voice, Kochan said. That could include creating works councils or putting rank-and-file employees on corporate boards, "not to control it, but to bring a worker's perspective to these issues and the knowledge and the information that workers can bring." What organizers should focus on now: Kochan said the upcoming election will have huge implications for workers. "If we get a change in government, both in the presidency and in the Congress, then we are going to see a massive debate around the future of work and how we learn from this crisis and fill the holes in the safety net that have been temporarily filled."
TikTok's parent company ByteDance is facing increased pressure to cut ties with the viral video app, as President Donald Trump has threatened to ban TikTok unless ByteDance divests. Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and says it expects to reach a conclusion by September 15th. Of course, TikTok could also find another buyer. If the talks fall through by that date, Trump has said he would ban the app. If the companies make a deal, the acquisition will be complicated, but Microsoft is less likely to face roadblocks from the Trump administration and antitrust regulators in the process. Here's what we know about why Microsoft is the most likely buyer, what happens to TikTok if it goes through, and other questions you may have about the deal-in-progress. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The word is out: Microsoft is exploring a deal to viral video app TikTok's operations in several countries including the US as its Chinese parent company ByteDance faces increasing pressure from the Trump administration. News broke Friday President Donald Trump was planning to order ByteDance to divest its stake. Soon after, reports emerged Microsoft was an interested suitor, followed by confirmation from the company itself. Now, ByteDance and Microsoft will have until September 15 to reach a deal — at which point Trump says he will take action to ban the app in the US entirely (though it's not clear how, exactly, he'd do that).  The deal raises a lot of questions, not all of which have readily-apparent answers.  Here's what we know about the deal so far: Why is Microsoft the most likely buyer? First and foremost, while Microsoft is widely considered the leading candidate to buy TikTok, and the only one that has publicly stated its interest, nothing has yet been set in stone and another company could still come in and snap it up. Rumors of other interested parties include Google, Facebook, and Apple — the last of which has since denied such reports. It's still unclear how the talks between Microsoft and TikTok began, but there are several serendipitous factors at play that could give the tech titan an edge in these talks. Only a handful of companies could afford to acquire TikTok in the first place. The app as a whole is said to be worth between $30 billion and $50 billion. However, Microsoft is apparently only bidding for a portion of TikTok's business — specifically, its operations in US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  Given that the TikTok deal is only for a relatively narrow slice of the business, Microsoft — or any other buyer — is likely to pay less than those figures, especially since ByteDance is also likely feeling the heat from Trump to sell by the September 15 deadline. While the US is one of TikTok's biggest markets, users in the four countries in question only comprised 10.3% of TikTok downloads in the last 30 days, according to data provided to Business Insider by app analytics firm Sensor Tower. In fact, CNBC reported Wednesday the TikTok deal could be worth between $10 billion and $30 billion. CBNC also reported Microsoft has agreed to bring TikTok's code to the US from China within a year, an engineering feat that would be out of reach for most other companies. And of the deep-pocketed tech giants, Microsoft is perhaps the least likely to face any political consequences or regulatory blowback on the deal, given how it's largely managed to stay above the fray when it comes to disputes between Big Tech and the Trump administration. To that point, Microsoft, the second-most valuable tech company in the world was notably absent last week when CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google testified before Congress about how their market dominance and business practices might harm competition. That lack of scrutiny might mean Microsoft could get the deal done with minimal antitrust roadblocks to overcome.  Meanwhile, there are important links between Microsoft and TikTok. ByteDance founder Yiming Zhang did a brief stint at Microsoft, but perhaps more significant is that TikTok's Global General Counsel Erich Andersen, who just joined the company this year, is a 25-year Microsoft veteran who worked closely under the company's president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith. What Microsoft plans to do with TikTok is still the source of speculation, especially given CEO Satya Nadella's historic focus on cloud computing and productivity. However, analysts recently told Business Insider the acquisition could be an opportunistic play for Microsoft to bolster its consumer business and gain favor among younger generations. What exactly would Microsoft get for its money?   In a statement about its discussions with ByteDance, Microsoft said a "preliminary proposal" for the deal would see the company buy TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Microsoft would own and operate TikTok in those countries, although the company said it may invite other American investors to acquire minority stakes in its portion of the business. But a complete divorce between ByteDance and TikTok would likely also apply to its employees and internal operations, presenting a complex challenge for the buyer.  According to The Information, ByteDance engineers based in China are responsible for the underlying software and infrastructure across the company's more than two dozen apps, including TikTok. The few US-based engineers TikTok has hired report to senior executives in China, as do some managers working on TikTok's US ad business. Whoever buys up TikTok will be tasked not only with bridging those technological gaps, but with filling the gaps that could open up in TikTok's workforce. It could take TikTok at least to half a year to hire the hundreds of employees they need to replace, the Information estimates. In any case, the terms of the deal will be subject to approval from CFIUS and Trump. What is CFIUS, and why is it investigating TikTok in the first place? Lawmakers have long raised concerns over the connection between ByteDance and China, and whether the Chinese government can access user data or influence content moderation. A formal national security review of the app was launched in November 2019 by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States — better known as CFIUS (pronounced "siff-ee-yuss). CFIUS, an interagency body under the government's executive arm, is tasked with investigating the transactions of American companies that involve foreign businesses for potential national security risks. The US Department of the Treasury earlier this year published new regulations intended to strengthen the committee's ability to address national security concerns. The relevant CFIUS review focuses on ByteDance's 2017 acquisition of, a popular US-based social network that preceded TikTok and was later merged into TikTok in the US. The US government argues it has jurisdiction over the deal because ByteDance didn't get approval from CFIUS at the time of the acquisition. There are some notable instances where Chinese companies sold their stakes in US companies following a CFIUS investigation. Earlier this year, Chinese company Kunlun sold LGBTQ dating app Grindr for $608.5 million after CFIUS said its ownership of the company was a security risk. In 2019, CFIUS required online health startup PatientsLikeMe to find another buyer for the majority stake it sold to a Chinese company called iCarbonX. Microsoft and ByteDance informed the committee they plan to explore a deal involving Microsoft's purchase of TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Microsoft said it may invite other American investors to acquire a minority stake in TikTok. What happens if CFIUS approves a TikTok acquisition? Trump has given ByteDance a deadline of September 15 to hammer out a deal in which TikTok's US operations are sold — whether that buyer is Microsoft or somebody else. If a deal isn't reached by that date, Trump has said that he will act to ban the TikTok app entirely in the United States (though it isn't clear how he would accomplish that). If ByteDance reaches a deal, it will go through another CFIUS review and, concurrently, a Justice Department antitrust review. That review is expected to be a quick process, unless a direct TikTok competitor like Facebook, Google, or Snap are involved, according to experts consulted by Business Insider. But even if CFIUS approves a TikTok acquisition, it's unclear how Trump will respond. Trump initially disproved of such a sale, and insisted on pushing for a complete ban of the app in the US. However, Trump's stance has apparently since softened: He told reporters Monday he would approve of such a deal to acquire TikTok's US operations. What happens if TikTok's sale falls apart? Trump hasn't completely let go of choosing the nuclear option by enacting an outright ban of TikTok in the US. Trump told reporters Monday he would give ByteDance until September 15 to hammer out a deal with a US buyer — or he would ban TikTok in the country entirely. If discussions with Microsoft were to fall through, however, it's unlikely TikTok would struggle to find another interested buyer. Despite the political firestorm around it, TikTok is one of the hottest and most influential platforms in the social sphere, with a reported 100 million monthly users in the US. However, any other buyer would likely be not as well-equipped as Microsoft to face the Trump administration's concerns over the deal. A group of ByteDance's US investors expressed early interest in buying a majority stake in TikTok, but those talks are said to have fallen apart over concerns that such a takeover "wouldn't pass muster with the Trump administration." Can Trump ban TikTok in the US? A US-wide ban on a smartphone app would be an unprecedented move. Despite Trump's repeated claims he's pursuing an outright ban, it remains unclear what power or authority he has to do so, experts told Business Insider.  "He can't outright 'ban' TikTok itself," Kyle Langvardt, a law professor at the University of Detroit, told Business Insider. "But he can interfere so heavily with TikTok's business that an American TikTok clone will replace it." Additionally, TikTok's classification as "software" could mean the platform is covered by the First Amendment, making a ban a violation of American's freedom of speech. "Banning" an app is a complex process: Even if the US government could get TikTok removed from Google and Apple's smartphone app stores, there are millions of users who already have the app on their phone.  The Verge's Adi Robertson reports a more intense nationwide ban would have to happen at the "network level" by blocking communication between TikTok servers and US users. This is the same method the Chinese government uses to block popular platforms, like Facebook and Google, behind its "Great Firewall" of internet censorship. All of that combined would make a full ban of TikTok a tall order. Are you a Microsoft employee with insight to share? Contact reporter Ashley Stewart via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email ([email protected]). Are you a TikTok or ByteDance employee? Contact reporter Paige Leskin at [email protected] using a non-work device. 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Image: Evan Blass Samsung’s entire rumored device lineup for today’s upcoming Unpacked event has been spoiled by a series of videos from leaker Evan Blass. Most interesting is the hands-on footage of Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable (most previous leaks have only been press renders), but the videos also include footage of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet, the Galaxy Buds true wireless earbuds, and the Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch. The sheer quantity of leaks that have preceeded today’s event mean we already had a good idea of what to expect from the five devices, but in some cases this is the first time we’ve seen them outside of perfectly composed press renders. For the Galaxy Z Fold 2 that means seeing how its two displays... Continue reading…
The EU Commission has announced it is launching an in-depth probe into Google's proposal to acquire wearables maker Fitbit. "The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would further entrench Google's market position in the online advertising markets," it said in a statement. Google says the deal is about the devices, not the data. But after Google broke a major promise after acquiring DoubleClick in 2008, regulators are wary. Last week's antitrust hearing was a reminder of that. Are you a Google or Fitbit insider with more to share? You can contact this reporter securely using encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 628-228-1836) or encrypted email ([email protected]). Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been nine months since Google announced its intentions to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion, and the deal still hasn't closed. Now, the companies will have to wait even longer: the EU Commission just announced it has launched an in-depth probe into the deal with a decision to be made by Dec. 9, potentially extending the entire process to over a year. Compared with talk of Microsoft potentially snapping up TikTok for as much as $50 billion, Google's Fitbit deal might look like small potatoes, but it still would be one of the largest acquisitions Google has ever made. More importantly, the data of more than 28 million users would be sucked up into the Google mothership, and it's this bit that regulators are worried about.  Or, as the commission put it in a statement announcing the investigation: "The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would further entrench Google's market position in the online advertising markets by increasing the already vast amount of data that Google could use for personalization of the ads it serves and displays." In an effort to push the deal through, Google promised to keep this data in a separate "silo" away from its advertising business, but the EU said the pledge was "insufficient" and didn't cover "all the data that Google would access as a result of the transaction and would be valuable for advertising purposes."  The last time Brussels launched an all-out probe into one of Google's acquisitions was in 2007 when it investigated the company's plans to buy the internet advertising company DoubleClick. At the time, Google promised it wouldn't combine DoubleClick's database of user's web browsing information with Google's own account data, and the deal was approved following an extended investigation by the EU. Then in 2016, the company quietly removed that firewall and just meshed the two together anyway. Four years later, Google's move is coming back to bite it as regulators decide whether to approve or veto the Fitbit deal. Indeed, during last week's antitrust hearing, Val Demmings (D-FL) pressed Google CEO Sundar Pichai on whether he signed off on Google ultimately merging DoubleClick data with its own in 2016. "I am concerned that Google's bait and switch with DoubleClick is part of a broader pattern where Google buys up companies for the purposes of surveilling Americans," Demmings told Pichai. Like DoubleClick, user data is at the center of Google's Fitbit acquisition, and consumer groups from around the world have petitioned the regulators to closely scrutinize the deal. The European consumer organization BEUC said the deal would be a "test case" for analyzing potential data monopolies brought about through an acquisition. The Commission apparently listened, and says it will now investigate whether obtaining Fitbit's data would put Google at an unfair advantage, what the merger could mean for digital healthcare, and whether Google could "degrade the interoperability" of rival wearables that connect with Android. Google, for its part, insists this is all about hardware. "This deal is about devices, not data," said Google's SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh in a statement, echoing a sentiment that Google has been sharing with reporters since the deal was announced. And if it were just about hardware, then Google would have a case. After all, Apple dominates the wearables market right now – something we were reminded of last week when the company announced its Q3 earnings. But the commission is more interested in the potential ramifications of Google grabbing Fitbit's data trove, and experts say the DoubleClick case is a lingering reminder for them to tread carefully.  Some commentators also believe that privacy should play a more central role in the investigation, which is currently focused primarily on competition. "I've argued generally that privacy is a competition problem," Tommaso Valletti, a professor of economics at Imperial College and prior chief economist of the Directorate General for Competition, told Business Insider. "I really hope that we won't repeat the same mistakes with DoubleClick," he said.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
Apple announced in June that it will start making its own chips for future Mac computers, enabling its laptops and desktops to run iPhone and iPad apps. But that will pose a challenge for Apple's iOS developers, who are used to creating apps centered on touch-based interactions and smaller screen sizes, developers say. Apple isn't the first to tackle the challenge of creating an app ecosystem that works seamlessly across mobile and desktop — Microsoft has made attempts at this as well. Overall, app developers will have to do a lot more than simply recompile their apps for Apple's Mac software, developers say. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple dropped a bombshell announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June: It would begin making its own chips for future Mac computers, moving away from its longtime chip partner Intel. The move was expected, as reports from Bloomberg had previously detailed, but it was still the most significant news to come out one of Apple's biggest events of the year. Apple spent the latter portion of its keynote detailing the benefits that such a shift would yield for both the customers using Apple's products and the developers creating apps for them. Andreas Wendker, Apple's vice president of tools and frameworks engineering, showed how iPhone apps like the Calm meditation app and the game "Monument Valley 2" would run seamlessly on the Mac since both platforms would now run on the same architecture. But there's a big question that will largely be left up to developers to answer: Why would anyone want to use touch-based iPhone apps on a Mac computer to begin with? Apple has always maintained that apps should be designed and tailored for a specific platform rather than simply replicated across devices. That approach was a key driver behind the success of the iPad and Apple Watch, as apps for those platforms are much more than just retooled iPhone apps. That's likely to be the biggest challenge for developers looking to bring their iPhone apps to the Mac once new computers powered by Apple's chips launch, developers say. "I think developers are going to require essentially a whole new kind of a learning experience, figuring out what works on the Macintosh," James Cuda, cofounder and CEO of Savage Interactive, the company behind the popular sketching and drawing app Procreate, said to Business Insider. 'They just don't have that experience' App makers looking to bring their programs to the Mac will likely have to rethink how their apps will work since they'll have to be compatible with mice and keyboards rather than touch screens. "These are people who have had their careers as mobile developers for over a decade now," Eric Puidokas, president of the weight loss app Lose It!, told Business Insider. "And they just don't have that experience." Yaron Inger, the chief technology officer at Lightricks, the firm behind the photo editing app Facetune, cited the app's touch-centric tools for editing portraits as a big driver behind its appeal. For Mac devices that lack a touch screen, Lightricks will have to find other ways to make an app like Facetune stand out. Another question is whether it's worth it for app developers to invest in redesigning their apps for the desktop. Some companies, particularly game developers and publishers, might prefer to prioritize iOS development because of the iPhone's scale and reach, says Thor Fridriksson, CEO of Teatime Games, which makes the mobile trivia game called Trivia Royale. "The developer has to kind of decide whether it makes sense to use the resources to make a better experience on the mobile app and try to access the billions of users that are in the mobile market, or if it's worth its while to try and create an experience on the Mac," Fridriksson said to Business Insider. "And I think it's just going to be different from game to game." Succeeding where Microsoft has struggled Apple has already been laying the groundwork for this type of switch by making tools available for developers to port their existing iPad apps to the Mac through its Catalyst program. The company also began requiring developers to shift all their apps to 64-bit architecture rather than 32-bit as far back as 2017.  Even so, creating programs that are just as useful, enjoyable, and intuitive on the Mac as they are on the iPhone may not be so simple for mobile app makers. Developers have struggled with the tools available as part of Apple's Catalyst program, Bloomberg reported in October, as some app makers told the publication they encountered user interface issues with scrolling, the keyboard, and other features.   Microsoft, with its ill-fated Windows 8 operating system from 2012, had also tried to create software that could work universally across all types of computers, whether they were touch-based or relied on the mouse and keyboard. What it ended up with, however, was a less user-friendly interface that didn't excel as a mobile or desktop operating system. Of course, Microsoft's approach was much different than Apple's. Unlike Windows 8, macOS is still a completely separate operating system designed for laptops and desktops, while Apple's iPhones and iPads are powered by its iOS and iPadOS software. And Apple's history in creating its own chips for other products like the iPhone and offering programs like Catalyst for developers could give it an advantage. "Partly just historical and structural, Apple is better prepared for this than Microsoft and Windows are," Frank Gillett, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, previously said to Business Insider. The advantages of bringing iPhone apps to the Mac Despite the obstacles that might lie ahead, developers are confident that the shift to Apple silicon will ultimately mean more choice and flexibility for both app creators and Apple device owners. It'll be beneficial for developers who are interested in expanding to the desktop but may not have the resources to build a full macOS app. Companies that prefer pointing users to their app rather than their website may also find the ability to port iPhone apps over to macOS useful.  Puidokas considers Lose It! to be one of those companies. "I could see this starting to supplant web apps," Puidokas said. "For a company like Lose It! — where we have our website and our iPad app — I would prefer people use the iPad app." Plus, some app makers are looking forward to performance gains that may come from using Apple's own chips over Intel's. Sharad Shankar, cofounder and CEO of Andor Communications, which offers a photo-editing and retouching app called LightX, said the shift to Apple silicon will be helpful for apps that heavily rely on machine learning and artificial intelligence. For an app like LightX, this would likely mean a boost in performance when processing edits. "Doing high-resolution image processing becomes quite easy," Shankar said to Business Insider. "Understanding your portraits becomes quite easy, and segmenting your image becomes quite easy." All told, the introduction of Apple's own silicon for the Mac should make it easier than ever for app makers to bring their mobile programs to MacBooks and iMacs. But developers will still have to make sure they're doing more than simply porting their apps over to the Mac. "I don't think it's going to be as easy as just compiling their iOS app for Macintosh," Cuda said. "I think that to really make a beautiful product, something that customers really enjoy, I think there's going to have to be a lot of time spent on the interface and on the user experience to really embrace what a Macintosh is."SEE ALSO: 'We've all been neutered by what Apple did:' App makers are rallying against Apple's claims that it creates a level playing field for everyone Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
Sen. Ron Wyden said he will introduce a new privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying people's personal information from data brokers to skirt standard court orders.  The proposed legislation would "be very specific about making sure that you just don't have this backdoor to throw in the Fourth Amendment in the trash can," Wyden told The Verge in an interview. The bill, named "The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale," is expected to roll out in the coming weeks. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said he is rolling out a new piece of legislation in the next few weeks that would ban government agencies, such as law enforcement, from purchasing people's data and obtaining their personal information. In an interview with The Verge, Wyden outlined his plans for the bill, named "The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale," which would prevent governments from skirting the standard court orders and buying from data brokers. "I don't think Americans' Constitutional rights ought to vanish when the government uses a credit card instead of a court order," Wyden told the outlet. "I mean, surveillance, folks, is surveillance. And what I want to do is close this loophole." Wyden also notes that, as a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he's privy to more intel on "shady data brokers" selling American user data and said what the general public is informed of is the "tip of the iceberg." The bill is slated to roll out in the next few weeks, per the report. The proposed legislation comes after Sen. Wyden introduced the "Mind Your Own Business Act" in October 2019. The act was designed to keep tech executives in check by threatening up to 20 years of jail time if they are caught lying to the Federal Trade Commission about privacy violations. Wyden is a coauthor of Section 230, the provision made to a 1996 internet law that shields tech companies with an online presence, like Twitter and Facebook, from being regulated as third-party content publishers, meaning they are not liable for the content that users post on their platforms. In his interview with The Verge, Wyden also said President Trump's handling of the Federal Communications Commission is a "disaster" following his renomination block of Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Reilly, who did not share the president's opposition to Section 230 as well as a strong desire to crack down on the platforms offered by tech companies. "I shudder to think of a day in which the Fairness Doctrine could be reincarnated for the Internet, especially at the ironic behest of so-called free speech 'defenders,'" O'Reilly said last week according to a Deadline report. Read Wyden's interview with The Verge here.SEE ALSO: The Justice Department wants to weaken protections for internet companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have drawn Trump's ire Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
Ford announced on Tuesday that CEO Jim Hackett will retire October 1 and be replaced by current COO Jim Farley. Ford remains a family business, overseen by Bill Ford, the company's chairman and great-grandson of founder Henry Ford. The carmaker's share price has been in decline for years, through three different CEOs. The Ford family still controls the company — and relies on the stock. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Jim Hackett announced his retirement as CEO for Ford after a tough three years of restructuring, the first voice on a conference call with the media was that of Bill Ford. "I thank him for his brave leadership and his friendship," Ford said of Hackett.  The chairman of the automaker's board of directors served as CEO from 2001 to 2006, before stepping down to let former Boeing exec Alan Mulally steer Ford through the Great Recession. But 14 years and three CEOs later, Henry Ford's great-grandson commands a leading role in what is still very much a family business.  On the call, Bill Ford praised Hackett, whom the board elevated to CEO in 2017, after Mulally's successor, Mark Fields, failed to deliver on profit forecasts to Wall Street. But the 117-year-old company's stock continued to slide under Hackett, dropping 40% since 2017.  That puts Bill Ford in a tricky spot. Thanks to a special class of "super" shares, Henry Ford's descendants control 40% of the company — and they need their stake to perform well. Ford suspended its dividend earlier this year, as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged its US and European operations. The company has a fortress balance sheet with $39 in total liquidity, but has borrowed billions to brace for the COVID-19 shutdown. CFO Tim Stone said much of those credit lines would be repaid and that Ford expects to return to profitability in the third quarter. But the carmaker's market performance had been disappointing, even before the pandemic struck, despite a run of positive bottom-line years since the 2009 downturn. It hasn't been lost on Bill Ford, either, that Tesla's $266 billion market cap is ten times higher than Ford's, despite selling roughly 250,000 cars in 2019, compared to Ford's 5.4 million. Bill Ford wants a different future for his family's 117-year-old business Bill Ford has long been a forward-thinking leader, articulating a future for his family's company that stresses environmental stewardship and high-tech, urban-focused, connected mobility over simply building more F-150 pickup trucks. But the F-150s, with their juicy profit margins and history as America's best-selling vehicle, literally pay the bills. Ford's North American business makes up for struggles in Europe and South America, as well as a late start in China relative to competitors such as VW and GM. When Hackett, now 65, became CEO, the view in the industry was that his primary mission was to articulate Bull Ford's vision, which made sense as he had been overseeing Ford's "smart mobility" initiatives after a stint on the board. Two other executives, Joe Hinrichs and Farley, would manage the actual car business.  But Bill Ford remained very much in the picture, more so than he had been when Mulally was in charge, and even later when Fields became CEO. He made it clear on Tuesday that in Farley, Ford had committed to an industry veteran after taking a chance on an offbeat outsider who had run furniture maker Steelcase and had gotten involved with Silicon Valley through investments in influential California design firm IDEO. "My closest ally in this was Bill Ford," Hackett told Business Insider in an interview several weeks ago. "I've gotten to test ideas with him constantly. He and I would talk three or four times a day. The other day, he said, 'It's a better company since you've been here.' You could have knocked me over with a feather." Farley, who came to Ford from Toyota in 2007, was being tracked for the CEO job at least since the beginning of the year, when Hinrichs abruptly left the carmaker, clarifying the succession plan. Farley is a noted gearhead who likes to work on his own cars and frequents race tracks, but he's also known as a marketing maven. And with Ford in the middle of rolling out critical products including a new F-150, the revived Bronco SUV, and a marquee electric vehicle in the new Mustang Mach-E, the chairman's view could be that the time for talking up the future is over — and that the company needs to core business to do its job. That doesn't mean Ford can forget about the transformation of the auto industry that's now underway. But it could mean that in the next year or two, we'll be hearing a lot more about that from the man whose name is still on the building.FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content! Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How the Ford GT was aerodynamically designed
The mid-2020 iMac may not quite be ready for Apple Silicon, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a powerhouse if you open your wallet wide. Put up for order today, the newest iteration of the macOS all-in-one may look the same, but there are plenty of new features inside, along with some performance upgrades you simply couldn’t get … Continue reading
Hearsay Systems allows financial advisors and insurance agents to have a more personal relationship with clients while still keeping their communication secure and compliant. CEO Clara Shih founded the company after working at Salesforce for three years and realizing that digital customer relationships often lost the personal touch that an advisor offers. Almost a decade later, Shih's startup is deepening its partnership with Salesforce, as digital personalized customer service is valued more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.  Ther partnership will improve Hearsay's app on the AppExchange and develop more integrations and data sharing features between Salesforce and Hearsay, Shih said.  Click here to read more BI Prime stories.  When Clara Shih led product marketing for Salesforce's AppExchange for three years in the late 2000s, she saw two glaring problems: First, Salesforce's customer relationship management system lacked tools allowing agents to update a customer's profile based on personal conversations with them. Also, while sales reps often turned to social media platforms to connect with customers on a personal level, they couldn't connect those apps back to their CRM. She realized there was an opportunity to build a social selling tool that could connect the dots on those two opportunities, so she left Salesforce in 2009 to found Hearsay Systems, a startup that makes digital communication software for the financial services industry.  Now, almost a decade later, as the coronavirus pandemic makes personalized digital customer service more important than ever, Shih's startup is partnering with her former employer.  While Hearsay already had an app on Salesforce's AppExchange, the two company are now working together to develop additional integrations, and Salesforce Ventures poured some fresh funding into the startup. Shih declined to share the amount of the investment, though Hearsay previously raised $51 million at a $175 million valuation, according to PitchBook, from investors like Sequoia and NewView capital.  In financial services, agents and advisors rely on cultivating personal relationships with their customers. While self service tools like chatbots are increasingly popular, they often don't actually drive customer loyalty, Shih said.  "No one ever switches from Bank of America to Wells Fargo because Wells Fargo has a better chatbox," Shih said. "But on the advisor side, that happens all the time. People follow their advisor from company to company."  However, it's often challenging for individual advisors to take insights from their one-on-one conversations and make them useful to other parts of the firm: Because all of their communication deals with finances, it's sensitive and needs to be protected. That's where Hearsay comes in. Agents can use Heresay's tools to change settings or leave actionable notes based on conversations that they've had with customers, that coworkers in other parts of the business can read without seeing the nitty-gritty details of the conversations. "The real people that we serve are the insurance agents and the financial advisors who are in what we call the 'last mile,'" Shih told Business Insider. "The reason this is important, especially in the last five months, is that the relationship in the last mile is really special. It's only in the last mile that clients feel comfortable sharing."  Using technology to create personal relationships with customers People rely on financial advisors to manage their money, estates, wills, retirement, and many other potentially life-altering matters. During tough situations, digitization itself can often do more harm than good, Shih said. For example, someone who just lost a parent and has to manage their finances and estate would rely on a financial advisor during that process. Hearsay's tools allow the advisor to communicate with the client securely via text or voice chat, and track those conversations in the customer relationship management software. That's where it's real value-add comes in: Using Hearsay, an agent can leave notes to make sure sure that their conversations are informing the way the rest of a bank or management firm interacts with that customer. For example, as the customer is dealing with a difficult process, it would be inappropriate for the marketing team to send them targeted emails about other services, Shih said. Hearsay's product can prevent such snafus.   Hearsay's partnership with Salesforce will let agents and advisors will make it easier for information to be communicated to other departments. That doesn't mean the entire company would be able to see a customer's personal information, Shih said. But it could allow an agent to turn off marketing emails for a customer, for example.  "So much of the value in enterprise software is actually not about adding more technology," Shih said. "It's about making sure that the technology [customers] have is connected." The partnership also lets Salesforce deepen its industry specific strategy Given that Hearsay's tools are targeted towards the financial services industry, Shih sees the partnership as allowing Salesforce to deepen its commitment to its industry specific sales and product strategy. Salesforce acquired Vlocity earlier this year and named its leader — David Schmaier — as CEO of Salesforce Industries in June.  Partnership like this one with Hearsay help Salesforce unlock a "last mile of value" for customers in regulated industries, Bill Patterson, Salesforce's executive VP and general manager of CRM, said in a video blog.  Salesforce and Hearsay have a number of joint customers including Prudential, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, New York Life, Liberty Mutual, Barclays, and TD Ameritrade. Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected] or Signal at 925-364-4258. 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Nanoelectronics Market is related to the use of nanotechnology in the field of gadgets and electronic segments.The term nanoelectronics may generally mean all the electronic components, special attention is given in the case of transistors.However the plan is likewise particularly unique in relation to the conventional transistors and ordinarily falls in the class of one-dimensional nanotubes/nanowires, half and half sub-atomic hardware, or progressed sub-atomic gadgets.The Global Nanoelectronics Market accounted for USD 38.4 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 18.3% the forecast period of 2018 to 2025.The upcoming market report contains data for historic years 2016, the base year of calculation is 2017 and the forecast period is 2018 to 2025.Get Sample Report at : Analysis: Global Nanoelectronics MarketFew of the major competitors currently working in Global Nanoelectronics Market are Bühler PARTEC GmbH, STMicroelectronics, Robert Bosch GmbH, Intel Corporation, Koninklijke Philips N.V, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., Siemens AG, Everspin Technologies Inc., and Infineon Technologies AG.Key Pointers Covered in the Global Nanoelectronics Market Trends and Forecast to 2026Global   Nanoelectronics Market New Sales VolumesGlobal   Nanoelectronics  Market Replacement Sales VolumesGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Installed BaseGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market By BrandsGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market SizeGlobal   Nanoelectronics  Market Procedure VolumesGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Product Price AnalysisGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Healthcare OutcomesGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Cost of Care AnalysisGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Regulatory Framework and ChangesGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Prices and Reimbursement AnalysisGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Shares in Different RegionsRecent Developments for Global   Nanoelectronics Market CompetitorsGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Upcoming ApplicationsGlobal   Nanoelectronics Market Innovators StudyGet Detailed TOC: Drivers and Restraints:Adoption of mobile wireless devicesEmergence of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), data, logic, and applications moving on to the cloud.Growth in semiconductor industryTechnological advancement in the field of electronics.High Implementation costs.
A Chinese AI firm is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement involving the voice assistant Siri. Shanghai Zhizhen — also known as Xiao — is seeking $1.43 billion (10 billion yuan) in damages from Apple. It also wants the firm to stop selling products in China that breach the patent, which would mean most iPhones, iPads, and Macs would no longer be available in Apple‘s second-largest market. “As a tech person, I have a lot of respect for Apple, whose products and services bring a lot of value and experience to the world,” said Xiao-i CEO Yuan Hui in a statement. “But… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple
But recent developments in the world economy and the standstill it has come to, are a cause of worry with nothing significant to look forward to for Nintendo.Pushed into a landlock because of the pandemic, the gaming giant has been unable to put together their Nintendo Direct events.They were a huge crowd puller and kept the buzz going about different Nintendo projects.BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN COUNT THEM OUT!Nintendo is a company with a legacy and is currently holding cards that could easily be a revival for them.People from all parts of the gaming community love the title and have been eagerly waiting for new updates.We saw a short and mystifying trailer that posed more questions than answers (which could be what they wanted to show us.)THEY MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE A MOVE SOONER THAN LATER!Nintendo’s two main competitors have been all over the media channels and discussion circles even through the pandemic.
Make the most of your time indoors with a daily dose of celebrity news and guides to the best shows. Sign up to the entertainment newsletter.Glastonbury fans might have to keep their wellies stored away a little longer than hoped after Michael Eavis suggested the music festival won’t return until 2022.The festival’s organiser said he is “moving heaven and earth” to try and make it a reality next year but admitted it was probably “wishful thinking”.The annual event was due to celebrate its 50th birthday in June but was forced to cancel because of the coronavirus pandemic.Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar were set to headline the Pyramid Stage this year to celebrate the festival’s landmark anniversary.In a new interview with ITV News West Country, Michael said: “Five hundred people is OK, isn’t it? But my job, 250,000 altogether, is too many people I suppose really.“I’m still hoping I’m going to run next year. We’re moving heaven and earth to make sure that we do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen, that’s just wishful thinking.”However, asked if he worries about the future of the festival and what will happen after this year, he said: “No, I do not worry at all, I am so confident that it will survive.“The only certainty I think is the year after, 2022. To be perfectly candid, so we might have to wait for two years maybe.“But I am still hoping and we are fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens next year.”He also said he believes the world of the performing arts will come back stronger after the crisis, saying: “Of course it will. My god, yeah. You can’t kill it off just like that. It will come back.“It will come back, probably stronger actually.”Michael previously said the future of the festival could be in danger if it’s not able to go ahead in 2021.In June, Michael – who oversees Glastonbury every year with his daughter, Emily Eavis – told The Guardian that if the festival can’t take place next year, “it will be curtains”.“We have to run next year, otherwise we would seriously go bankrupt,” he explained. “It has to happen for us, we have to carry on. Otherwise it will be curtains. I don’t think we could wait another year.” Emily agreed that Glastonbury would be in a “very serious situation if we had to cancel next year’s event”, but pointed out that the industry in general could well be in jeopardy.“The whole live industry will be hanging in the balance if we have another summer without festivals,” she added. “And we don’t know what level of government support there will be for this industry.”Emily insisted that she was feeling optimistic, though, noting: “We’ve navigated choppy waters so many times. This festival has always evolved and found ways to survive, and I’m confident that we will again.”READ MORE: Why Glastonbury's Reputation As The Best Festival In The World Will Never Be Shaken 8 Tips For Recreating The Iconic Glastonbury Festival In Your Garden Adele Putting On Her Glastonbury Dress To Watch Her Headline Set On TV Is A Total Lockdown Mood
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Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.After nearly four years of perplexing interviews with US president Donald Trump, the bar is pretty high for what qualifies as outrageous, jaw-dropping or even just plain mad.Enter Jonathan Swan of American news site Axios, who not only managed to clear that bar but fly so far over it that even in 2020 his interview has still managed to prompt a general response of “omg is this actually real life?”.If you showed the Axios interview to someone that just came out of a 5 year coma they'd think SNL still doesn't know when to end a sketch.— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 4, 2020Much of the interview covered the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has so far killed more than 150,000 Americans – the highest death toll of any country.In a particularly bizarre segment, Trump brandished pieces of paper while trying to convince Swan that his administration was winning the battle against the virus.The president said: “Those people who really understand it say it’s incredible, the job that we’ve done.”Swan replied: ”Who says that?”There was no reply from the president. Instead, he continued to insist that other countries were faring far [email protected]: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”@realdonaldtrump: “You can’t do that.”Swan: “Why can’t I do that?”— Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020Trump: “If you look a this chart here, the United States is lower in numerous categories. We’re lower than... the world.”Swan: “Lower than the world? What does that mean?”Trump: “Lower than Europe.Swan: “In what? Oh, you’re doing deaths as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about deaths as a proportion of population. That’s where the US is really bad. Much worse that South Korea, Germany, et cetera.”Trump: “You can’t do that.”Swan: “Why can’t I do that?”Trump: “You have to go by the cases. The cases that are there.”Swan: “Why not as a proportion of population? Look at South Korea – 51m population, 300 deaths.” Trump: “You don’t know that, you don’t know that.”Swan: “You think they’re faking their statistics?”Trump: “I won’t get into that because I have a very good relationship with South Korea.”At this point Trump rifled through his pieces of paper and pulled out another chart, saying: “Here’s one right here. You take the United States – we’re last. Meaning we’re first.”It is not clear what the president was referring to.It was just one of many mind-boggling moments. Other highlights included:TestingTrump has long insisted that the only reason the pandemic is so bad in the US is because they’re conducting more tests than any other country.Aside from the patently false assumption that somehow coronavirus cases only exist when you test positive for them, the incredibly high death toll is evidence enough of the terrible situation in the US.Undeterred, Trump once again picked up the theme of testing “too much”.Trump: “There are those who say ‘you can test too much’. You do know that?”Swan: “Who says that?”Trump: “Just read the manuals, read the books.”Swan: “Manuals? What manuals?”Trump: “Read the books.”Swan: “What books?”damn,— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) July 31, 2020The coronavirus test itself One section in which the president did speak the truth, albeit it not to his advantage, was when he pointed out there was no test for coronavirus when he took office in 2016.Trump: “When I took over we didn’t even have a test.”Swan: “Why would you have a test? The virus didn’t exist.”Trump: “We didn’t have a test because there was no test.”Let me be the millionth person to add the Jonathan Swan interview is simply unbelievable gear. And now I cant wait for the Sarah Cooper re-work.— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 4, 2020On global warming and nuclear weaponsTrump: “Nuclear proliferation is a much bigger problem than global warming... in terms of the real world.”On his comprehension abilitiesTrump: “I comprehend extremely well, probably better than anyone you’ve interviewed in a long time.”On Ghislane MaxwellAway from coronavirus, Trump was also asked why he wished Ghislane Maxwell well after she was arrested for alleged child sex trafficking. Not only did he he defend his words, but he also floated the conspiracy theory that Jeffrey Epstein was murdered.“She’s accused of child sex trafficking.” — “Big deal.” Big deal??????— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) August 4, 2020Swan: “Ghislane Maxwell has been arrested on allegations of child sex trafficking. Why would you wish such a person well?”Trump: “First of all I don’t know that...”Swan: “She has. She’s been arrested for that.”Trump: “Her friend or boyfriend was either killed or committed suicide in jail. She’s now in jail. Yeah I wish her well. I’d wish you well. I’d wish a lot of people well.”To top it all off, Trump also dismissed the legacy of John Lewis, the Democratic congressman who dedicated his life to the civil rights movement.Trump: “He didn’t come to my inauguration. He didn’t come to my State of the Union speeches. And that’s OK. That’s his right. And, again, nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.”JONATHAN SWAN: “How will John Lewis be remembered in history?”DONALD TRUMP: “I don’t know...He didn’t come to my inauguration.”I mean, wow.— Chris Jackson (@ChrisCJackson) August 4, 2020Related... Trump And His Company Under Investigation Over Reports Of Bank Fraud Donald Trump Just Hinted He Wants To Delay The US Election
The legal industry is seeing a drive for innovation by law firms, clients, and in-house counsel alike. Business Insider spoke with 6 VC investors about how they think the drive toward innovation will impact the legal industry, from boosting efficiency to displacing some of the workforce. "Software automation carves out the rote processes, allowing lawyers to focus on creativity, and redirect attention and resources toward value creation," said Vas Natarajan, partner at Accel. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While it's hardly a secret that law firms are slowly adopting technologies to boost efficiency in the workplace — from contract analysis to automated timekeeping — there's some debate over just how far legal tech's reach can go, and what jobs will be displaced in the process. 23% of work done by lawyers can be automated by existing technology, McKinsey estimates in a study last updated in 2018. In this context, skeptics of legal tech argue that automation will lead to skill erosion among lawyers, that a machine can't replicate what a human lawyer does, or that firms simply don't see a financial incentive to cut billable hours. But most of the six VC investors that Business Insider spoke with agree that legal tech is here to stay — and can bring a wealth of long-term benefits to the legal industry. The drive for legal tech comes from clients, law firms, and in-house counsel The demand for innovation comes from three primary sources: law firms seeking greater efficiency, clients desiring better cost-management, and in-house counsel wanting to validate their work. In-house teams are typically less risk-averse than law firms, explained Hannah Seal, principal at Index Ventures, and so tend to be early adopters when it comes to technology. A partner at a firm might then notice the software's potential, and bring it to the firm. Read more: Top VCs say these 9 legal tech startups are poised to take off as clients pressure law firms on costs General counsel also use tech to track legal spend, which provide transparency into how a company's money is being spent, and thus demonstrate their value to employers, said Philip O'Reilly, principal at Draper Esprit, Europe's largest tech-focused VC. The trend toward innovation is being accelerated by remote work With most law firms continuing to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, co-founder of Ulu Ventures, Miriam Rivera, thinks that technology that enables remote work will change how law firms think about staffing. The economic crunch caused by COVID-19 has forced many law firms to pull the trigger on layoffs and pay cuts, and reconsider how tech is used. Machine learning and other analytical software used at tech- and science-focused law firm Fenwick & West, in fact, have eliminated thousands of hours of work, Jim McKenna, the firm's chief information officer, told Business Insider. Working from home also slashes costs like rent and utilities, while allowing firms to continue to rake in money through billable hours, which haven't changed for the most part, said Rivera. A technology takeover? How legal tech impacts the workforce There's no way around it: As technology boosts efficiency and automates processes in the workplace, it'll likely eliminate the need for certain jobs. McKinsey estimates that nearly 70% of paralegal work and anywhere from 59-88% of administrative work can be automated with current tech. But that doesn't mean these jobs will be totally erased. "Software automation carves out the rote processes, allowing lawyers to focus on creativity, and redirect attention and resources toward value creation for clients," said Vas Natarajan, partner at Accel. Older generations of lawyers also argue that it's a rite of passage for junior associates to do the grunt work, and that automating these tasks will lead to skill erosion. Read more: How top law firm Mintz is using AI to help reduce costs for clients and alleviate work for associates Many VC investors, however, say that technology and skill development aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. "You can gain these skills doing high-value work rather than forcing yourself to do what a machine can do better," said Index Ventures' Seal. "And I think you'll see an increasing move away from the mundane and into the more cerebral, value-add, trusted advisor-type role." By allowing young lawyers to dive into the more meaningful work they've spent at least three years studying for, legal tech is also a talent retention tool, said O'Reilly of Draper Esprit. "It's a win-win for everyone," he said. But an 'antiquated' legal industry may be resistant to disruption Some VC investors, however, are more skeptical about the adoption of legal tech within an industry that is "a relatively antiquated one that's incredibly hard to disrupt," said Patrick Chung, managing general partner of Xfund. Chung explained that as long as Big Law continues to operate as a large, "military" operation, there's no financial incentive to shake up its business model, which is centered around the high value of human time (i.e., attorneys' billable rates). There's also issues of trust and liability. "I wouldn't want a contract completed by a robot. Both clients and lawyers don't want that," Chung said. "Law firms will want clients to sign a waiver acknowledging that if the technology screws up, they're not liable, while clients will be averse to an 'inferior work product' as a result of AI, which will likely make mistakes in the beginning since it's a machine learning process. No one wants to take that risk." But Merritt Hummer, partner at Bain Capital Ventures, thinks that if large law firms, which have more bandwidth and resources, lead the pack, the legal industry may be more open to innovation. "Companies with unique access to a large number of contracts are likely to develop superior algorithms and therefore better products over time," she said. These firms could set the gears of the machine learning process in motion.SEE ALSO: Top VCs say these 9 legal tech startups are poised to take off as clients pressure law firms on costs SEE ALSO: How top law firm Mintz is using AI to help reduce costs for clients and alleviate work for associates Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
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Authorities have arrested a Pennsylvania man after he allegedly fired on police with an AK-47 a day after shooting at a store clerk who asked him to wear a face mask.Adam Zaborowski, 35, opened fire on three local and state police officers when they pulled him over near his Slatington home the day after the store shooting, Pennsylvania state police said in a statement. Zaborowski was shot at least twice and arrested. He’s expected to fully recover. An officer was left with bullet fragments in the arm.The violence comes amid a spate of ugly confrontations involving Americans refusing to wear face masks to help stem the spread of COVID-19.Zaborowski was “just not handling the pandemic well,” his attorney, John Waldron, explained Sunday to Lehigh Valley Live. “I know there’s been some stressors in his life — I don’t mean that as an excuse,” Waldron told The Morning Call. “The fact that he got shot twice with non-life-threatening injures when he had an AK-47 and another handgun, Adam is very fortunate he ended up the way he did,” Waldron said.The string of incidents began last Friday at a cigar shop in Bethlehem Township when a store clerk told Zaborowski to put on a mask. A witness in the store told WFZM-TV that Zaborowski whipped out what he claimed was a copy of an order from the governor saying he didn’t need to wear one. The state requires masks in public places, including stores.As the clerk argued with Zaborowski, he allegedly grabbed a couple of cigars and walked out. When the clerk followed him to the parking lot, police reported that Zaborowski pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and shot once in the air and twice at the clerk, who escaped injury. Police released video of the shooting, which can be seen above.“It’s crazy, just crazy,” the store witness told WFZM. “It’s the mask. The guy was obviously anti-mask.”Zaborowski has been charged with 22 crimes, including seven counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery, and is being held on $1 million bail.He is banned from possessing firearms in Pennsylvania because of a previous aggravated assault case, police said.Related... Can Trump Really Ban TikTok – And Could It Happen In The UK Too? Coronavirus Second Wave Fears Unless Test And Trace Expanded How Likely Is A Second Wave – And Can It Be Prevented? Also on HuffPost
Dish, the company is best known for its satellite television service, has announced the acquisition of Ting Mobile, a prepaid carrier that offers a unique pay-per-usage subscription model. Tucows, the previous owner of Ting Mobile, is onboard to serve as Dish’s technology partner for its own retail wireless business. What does this mean for existing Ting Mobile customers? Read on … Continue reading
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, or CFIUS (pronounced siff-ee-yus,) is a government body whose members have the power to launch an investigation into business deals that involve foreign investment in US firms on national security grounds. It determines if deals pose national security risks, but the group does not hold the power to block deals outright — only a president's executive order can do that. However, its designation that a deal involves security threats often results in investors standing down from moving forward with the deal. The committee was formed in 1975, but a 2018 act passed under the Trump administration gave it a whole new burst of power that it has wielded on deals involving the tech industry and Chinese investors. CFIUS reportedly is behind the Sept. 15 deadline set for Microsoft and ByteDance to come to an agreement on a potential TikTok acquisition deal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the latest developments to the ongoing talks of Microsoft's possible acquisition of TikTok was President Trump's reported approval of a would-be deal between the two tech companies. However, per a Monday Reuters report, Trump will only let it proceed if the two tech giants can come to an agreement in 45 days, or by Sept. 15. That deadline was reportedly drawn up by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, or CFIUS.  If you're curious about how to pronounce the acronym, it's siff-ee-yus. You can hear it pronounced in this video. CFIUS is a government panel whose members are tasked with reviewing business and real estate transactions that involve foreign investments made in US firms. They then conclude if the potential deals pose any national security risks or not. If they decide a deal poses such threats, it doesn't necessarily mean that the deal won't move forward — only the president's executive order can do that, and only about five deals have been blocked that way since 1990 as Bloomberg notes. But it still often leads to companies standing down anyway. The body was formed in 1975 and has reviewed thousands of deals, and a 2018 act, dubbed FIRRMA, passed under the Trump administration gave it a whole new bout of power. The new regulations gave CFIUS greater jurisdiction in scrutinizing deals — including much more so in the tech world. One of the most recent high-profile tech investigations was when CFIUS probed the Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom's $117 billion plan to acquire its US rival, California-based Qualcomm. President Trump ended up issuing an executive order blocking the would-be takeover citing national security concerns in early 2018.  Since around 2016, CFIUS has delved more so into scrutinizing deals that involve Chinese tech firms, as the Wall Street Journal reported, and has reviewed 114 deals involving Chinese investment between 2016 and 2017. All of which is to say this committee has been given much more control in recent years over its ability to investigate outside investments in US companies, and it's playing a pivotal role in the Trump-China-TikTok-Microsoft discussions.SEE ALSO: Critics in China reportedly called ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming an 'American apologist' as talk of Microsoft's potential TikTok acquisition picks up steam Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
Poshmark is a social shopping app where users can resell clothing from their own closets or thrift stores. Some sellers earn tens of thousands of dollars in sales. Some Poshmark resellers are using social-media apps like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok to not only grow their audiences, but also drive sales. "I think I would still be making a part-time income if it wasn't for Instagram," said Coco Cohen of Color Resale, a full-time Poshmark reseller from Portland, Oregon. Business Insider spoke with several Poshmark resellers about their social-media accounts and how they are using them to build their brands. Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboard. Influencers often make money advertising the products of other brands. But some Poshmark sellers are using their social-media accounts — especially Instagram — to build their own brand awareness and drive sales. Poshmark is a social shopping app where users, sometimes referred to as "Poshers," buy and sell used clothing from their own closets, thrift stores, or other wholesale vendors on the Poshmark app. Some top sellers have turned their side hustles into full-time jobs, earning thousands of dollars each month. Jack Ermisch is a full-time Poshmark seller (@FlippedThrift) with an Instagram following of over 22,000 and a growing YouTube community of over 5,000 subscribers. He told Business Insider that he earns almost $1,000 in sales each week (after Poshmark takes a 20% cut). "It's given me a lot more returning customers," Ermisch said of his Instagram account. "There are people that specifically buy from me and my boyfriend just because they like our videos and they like our pictures." Some followers even purchase clothing from Ermisch straight through Instagram. Color Resale, another Poshmark closet (the app's term for a shop), has over 21,000 followers on Instagram. Coco Cohen, the owner of the Poshmark account, said she had prioritized building a strong community on social media as she was building her business.   As Cohen started sharing on Instagram, she realized she had a unique Poshmark story to share as a mother to a toddler. She leaned into this content, sharing tips for time management and helping others resell. "Then I started noticing that the more authentic I was, and the more I shared about things I didn't really think had to do with business, the more people started actually shopping from me," she said.  Today, her Instagram page has a high engagement rate of 6.4% (the average engagement rate sits around 3%) and Cohen said that nearly 80% of her Poshmark sales are driven through Instagram. Cohen was previously an early childhood education teacher in Portland, Oregon, and transitioned to reselling on Poshmark full time. Now she's making more on Poshmark than she did as a teacher, she said.  "I think I would still be making a part-time income if it wasn't for Instagram," she added. Instagram isn't the only social network that has proven useful to some Poshmark sellers. TikTok, YouTube, and Pinterest are also popular. Poshmark recently published a guide for its sellers titled, "How to Get Started on Social Media to Drive Poshmark Sales," which shares tips with users on how to use social media to drive traffic to their Poshmark closets. In the guide, the company said users that on average "20% more sales are made when you connect your Poshmark account to Pinterest." The company declined to comment on numbers for Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube. Poshmark also has its own version of 'influencer' programs for resellers Poshmark also has a few programs that create incentives for resellers to share Poshmark content on social media. The "Posh Ambassador" is the most accessible one, which provides resellers with the ambassador title, selling tips through a monthly newsletter, and the ability to appear on Poshmark's "Find People" page. "It just kind of helps your reputation, but it doesn't really boost up sales," said Poshmark seller Kaitlin Kao. Kao is a Posh Ambassador and runs Kao Closet, a popular account that has also gained traction on the short-form video app TikTok. Resellers can also earn Poshmark store credit through a rewards program called "Posh Affiliate," if they have least 5,000 followers on their respective social-media accounts and participate in "campaigns" or challenges, such as using hashtags like #FromWhereIPosh. "The more campaigns they participate in, the more Posh Credit they earn to use on the platform," a Poshmark representative said. Kao said you get a certain amount of points toward Poshmark credit for actions like posting in a Poshmark social-media campaign and or signing up a new user. Kao said she participates in these opportunities often, and as a student at UCLA is also part of its college ambassador program called "Posh on Campus." She uses both her TikTok and Instagram to take part, adding a link in her bio that offers 10% off for new users, she said. So far, she has recruited over 57 new Poshmark users. Some Poshers end up partnering with brands for sponsorships Some Poshmark resellers with large enough followings have also built their own influencer careers and been hired by other brands for sponsorships. One reseller, Kirsten Russel, owns the boutique Shop Kirsten (which is also her name on Instagram and Poshmark). Her Instagram following has grown to 24,000 since she started in 2017. "I do not think I would be where I am today without my Instagram," Russel said.  Brands started gifting Russel products for reviews and content in 2018, but it wasn't until 2020 that she started being hired for brand sponsorships. She said that shifting her account toward lifestyle content and making it more of a personal brand around herself helped land these deals. Now she has booked deals for paid posts with brands like Rollo, a printing services company. For more stories about influencers and the resale industry, read these recent Business Insider pieces: How a clothing reseller used TikTok to double her sales to over $7,000 per month on the social shopping app Depop: Emma Rogue went viral on TikTok with over 6 million views. Business Insider spoke with her about what it was like to go viral and how she's doubled her sales since. How Instagram and TikTok are becoming powerful tools to help Poshmark clothing resellers drive sales: Two Poshmark resellers in their early 20s share how they've been using the social media apps to drive sales back to their Poshmark accounts. 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. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott had vowed that the tech giant would not resort to layoffs as the COVID crisis battered the tech industry earlier this year. Not only has ServiceNow kept that promise, but the tech giant has expanded its workforce by 20% to meet stronger demand due to the sudden shift to remote work during the COVID crisis. "Not only are we not doing layoffs, we've hired 20% more people," he told Business Insider. "We're a 20% bigger company. We're adding jobs left, right and center." Click here for more BI Prime stories. ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott vowed that the cloud software company would not resort to layoffs as the COVID crisis was upending the tech industry four months ago. The tech giant, which has about 12,000 employees, not only kept that promise, it has even gone on a hiring binge as the crisis ended up boosting demand for the cloud platform that helps businesses automate their workflow and operations. ServiceNow says the Silicon Valley company has added 1,500 full time employees, including about 300 tech interns, since the crisis began.  "I told you no layoffs," McDermott told Business Insider. "Not only are we not doing layoffs, we've hired 20% more people. We're a 20% bigger company. We're adding jobs left, right and center." The coronavirus crisis led to a big spike in demand for cloud-based enterprise software applications — including ServiceNow — that businesses needed to adapt to the sudden shift to remote work.  "In March, there was the shock of, 'What does it all mean?'" McDermott said.  "Now, I think that it has become the normal operating environment albeit obviously a very abnormal situation." ServiceNow's second-quarter results, which it reported last week, underlined its market momentum. The company beat Wall Street estimates as it recorded a 30% jump in subscription revenue. In fact, McDermott said ServiceNow is expanding its workforce because it anticipates even stronger demand for its cloud services and tools in the next few years. "You have to take the medium and long-term view when it comes to human capital," he said. "We're absolutely convinced that what we do now will be mission critical to what happens in 2021, 2022 and 2023." Got a tip about ServiceNow or another tech company? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected], message him on Twitter @benpimentel or send him a secure message through Signal at (510) 731-8429. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop. Claim your 20% discount on an annual subscription to BI Prime by clicking here. SEE ALSO: The new chief marketing officer of Oracle talks about leaving Amazon, and says that Larry Ellison's big cloud offensive has 'parallels' to the early days of AWS SEE ALSO: VCs say that these 29 companies are the top startups in the booming big data industry Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths