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On August 5, 2019, India's Hindu nationalist government revoked the autonomy of the Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir region by scrapping Article 370, a constitutional provision that grants special status and allows the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir to make its own laws . The day before, it had cut off phone signals, mobile data, and broadband internet. Majid Maqbool is a freelance journalist from the region and the opinions expressed are his own. He says Kashmir's internet blackout traumatised families, devastated businesses, and cut millions of people off from the outside world.  A year on from when 213-day blackout started, he writes about what it was like to live through — and about how the media celebrated Kashmiris' loss of freedom. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. This week marks one year since I and seven million other Kashmiris were subjected to the longest-ever internet blackout in a democracy. On August 4, 2019 — the day before India's Hindu nationalist government revoked the autonomy of the Jammu and Kashmir region — mobile and landline phone signals, mobile data, and broadband internet were shut down and a curfew was announced (the government imposed another curfew this week, saying it was worried about anniversary protests). Extra soldiers were brought in to patrol the streets and confine us to our homes. Gatherings of more than three people were banned. Hundreds of Kashmiri leaders, including ones who had long advocated that Muslim-majority Kashmir embrace its place in Hindu-majority India, were jailed under draconian laws like the Public Safety Act, that the government claims is a preventive detention law under which a person can be taken under custody in order to prevent them from acting harmfully against the security of the state in Jammu & Kashmir.  The communication clampdown was meant to quell any protests.  Hundreds of thousands of families were suddenly cut off from their loved ones, and students studying abroad couldn't contact home. It was traumatic, and no date was given for when it might end. Meanwhile, triumphant headlines on the Indian news channels declared: "A Naya (new) Kashmir is born!"  My parents, who are in their mid 60s, left for the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca two days before communication was cut. They couldn't speak to us for more than a month. For the first time in my life, I couldn't greet them on the day of Eid. Their once-in-a-lifetime experience was filled with added anxieties and worries. About two weeks in, I reached a media centre the government set up in mid-August in a hotel in the city, where hundreds of journalists jostled to get a few minutes of internet access and file their reports on one of a dozen computers. After waiting in the queue for hours, I logged in and sent a short email to my brother, who was in UAE, telling him that we were fine and asking him about our parents, who had been calling him frequently to find out if he could somehow contact us. I added a final line before signing off: Please tell them to not worry about us. My time was up. Others stood behind me waiting for the computer impatiently. Two days later, I read his reply after I once again dodged spools of concertina wires and road barricades to return to the media centre. "How did you manage to access the internet?" he wrote, surprised and delighted. Our parents were worried about us, he added, but relieved to know that we were fine despite the curfew and total communications blackout. When they returned home after more than 40 days, it was an emotional reunion. We hugged each other at the airport. It broke my heart to see tears in their eyes. "We were restless and worried when the phones didn't connect and we couldn't contact you," my mother said, fighting back tears. "Every Kashmiri on Hajj was in pain and praying all the time for their homeland," my father said. Many of our relatives couldn't call to ask how the Hajj had been. My parents couldn't talk to their 10-year-old grandson until September, when some landline phones started working. Whenever I went to the media centre, the only place even a journalist like me could access the internet, I'd download photos of my nephew that my brother emailed to show my parents back home on my laptop. Seeing him on the screen would moisten their eyes. Every time I left home for work, they would worry about not being able to ring me to check on me. There was no way I could contact them while I was out. Our mobiles were useless, lying in a corner. My mother never forgot to remind me to carry my ID card when I left home — just as she had when I was a teenager. The internet shut down had lasted for 213 days when slow, 2G mobile internet was restored on March 4. At seven months long, it was the longest-ever internet shutdown imposed in a democracy, according to Access Now, an advocacy group that tracks internet suspensions worldwide. Kashmiris' rights stripped away In 2016, the United Nations declared access to the internet a human right. But from 2012 to 2019, Kashmiris had theirs shut down 206 times by the authorities. This year, the internet has been shut down 26 times so far.  In 2018, the internet was suspended 65 times, in 2017, 32 times. In 2016, after widespread protests after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani, the internet was shut down for six months. Mobile data was suspended for 133 days. As of this week, a ban on high-speed 4G has been in force for a full year. Children in Kashmir have had just two weeks schooling since last August. The ongoing ban on fast internet has deprived them of online classes and learning that so many children worldwide relied upon during the coronavirus pandemic. The blackout period exacerbated the economic pain of the coronavirus lockdown, which came to Kashmir on March 21. The economic damage of the blackout to Kashmir was around $2.4 billion by the end 2019, according to the region's main trade organisation. In 2020, the Kashmiri economy has lost a further $5.3 billion. Read more... Kashmir's 5-month internet blackout is the longest ever imposed in a democracy — and it's stifling local workers By the end of 2019, more than 50,000 jobs had been lost in the handicraft sector from the internet shutdown — local artisans couldn't take fresh orders online from most of their clients outside the state and abroad. Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), a leading trade body, estimated that, in the first two months of the coronavirus lockdown, the handicraft business alone suffered further losses worth $4 million. More than 30,000 hotel and restaurant workers lost their job after the blackout and clampdown last August. More than 10,000 people in the e-commerce sector also lost their jobs in the months that followed. The ban on the internet also hit several online businesses and IT companies in Kashmir that lost their clients, resulting in closures and thousands of job losses. They lost contact with hundreds of overseas clients. Media toes the government line While Kashmir was under siege, the mainstream Indian media were quite willing to toe the government line, praising our state's loss of autonomy as it was divided into two territories, governed by the authorities in New Delhi. Instead of being questioned, government spokespersons were given more space to air their views. Most of the Indian media, particularly the mainstream Hindi and English news channels, made attempts to paint living under siege as some kind of a normalcy, playing down the denial of basic human rights. It was described with terms like "preventive step" and "temporary measures," and they lapped up the government's line that it was merely "full integration." One primetime anchor said: "Justice has been done. In the heart of every Indian, in yours and mine, there's an overwhelming sense of pride."  Even the pro-India politicians in Kashmir were rendered mute on August 5 last year, put under detention and booked under the Public Safety Act. Hundreds of youths, resistance leaders, and business leaders were simultaneously jailed. Some were moved to prisons outside Kashmir. The politicians, including three former chief ministers of the state, were kept uninformed by the ruling regime in New Delhi, and were not consulted before their state's autonomy was revoked.  In the end, like other Kashmiris, they were used, arrested, humiliated by the Indian state.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
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Hello and welcome to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Matt Weinberger, deputy tech editor out of our San Francisco bureau, filling in for Alexei Oreskovic while he's on vacation. If you want to get Trending in your inbox every Wednesday, just click here. The clock goes tick-tock for TikTok Hello, and welcome to Trending, the Business Insider tech newsletter. As you may have already noticed, I'm not Alexei Oreskovic, your usual host — I'm Matt Weinberger, deputy tech editor out of our San Francisco bureau, filling in for Alexei while he takes some well-deserved time off.  In my day job, I oversee our enterprise tech coverage, which encompasses cloud computing, artificial intelligence, open source software, and productivity (shameless plug: you can read all about it on Hyperscale, my enterprise tech newsletter, which publishes via LinkedIn on Fridays). So imagine my surprise when Microsoft — the single largest company in the enterprise sector — suddenly and unexpectedly found itself inserted into the saga of Chinese-owned TikTok, the hottest consumer app in who knows how many years. As you've probably heard by now, Microsoft is in talks to buy up TikTok, or at least its American operations, in a deal likely to be worth many billions of dollars. Microsoft has said that it expects those talks to be completed, one way or the other, by September 15th. President Donald Trump has upped the pressure by saying that he intends to ban TikTok in the United States entirely if the app isn't owned by an American company by that date (and that the US should get a cut of the sale, which is generally not how that works). A brief Q&A on Microsoft/TikTok I won't pretend to be an expert in international trade or China relations, but I am pretty familiar with Microsoft and how it operates. While nothing is set in stone and another buyer could swoop in, Microsoft seems like the most likely buyer, not least because it has the cash to spare and because it's so far avoided the worst of the antitrust scrutiny that rivals like Google and Facebook now find themselves under.  Therefore, I've taken the liberty of throwing together a quick FAQ on what Microsoft might be thinking: Q: This is a weird deal, right? A: On the face of it, it's super weird. But, if you dig a little bit deeper — well, it's still super weird, but starts to make a little bit more sense.  Q: Isn't Microsoft all about cloud computing and Microsoft Teams and all that kind of thing these days? A: Sure is. Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has seen a tremendous bull run, thanks almost entirely to its focus on products like the Azure cloud platform and Office 365 productivity suite. In fact, Microsoft recently shuttered most of the Microsoft retail stores and the Mixer live-streaming service, a rival to Amazon's Twitch, in a move to make sure the company stayed on target. The Xbox game console is Microsoft's last major consumer brand. Q: So where does TikTok fit into that master plan? A: Honestly, it probably doesn't.  Q: Wait, but... A: The best and most educated guesses hold that Microsoft sees TikTok as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win over an entire generation of fans. With an estimated 100 million mostly-younger daily active users, TikTok has a built-in audience, and the pressure from the White House to sell is expected to give Microsoft an edge in negotiations. Plus, it could be Microsoft's chance to wind the clock back and get another chance to take on Facebook and Google in online advertising. Otherwise, we'll have to wait and see. Q: So will it work? A: Great question. Nadella has largely earned the benefit of the doubt — his signature acquisitions of LinkedIn, GitHub, and "Minecraft" maker Mojang have all been very successful, and established a trend towards allowing big-money acquisitions to retain a level of independence previously thought unthinkable in the industry. But on the other hand...I already mentioned that Microsoft just shut down Mixer, right? Q: Last question: Doesn't it set a bizarre precedent for Silicon Valley in particular and American capitalism as a whole for a sitting president to get so involved in the affairs of a private company like Microsoft?  A: Great question! You're very good at asking smart questions. Keep it up. But it looks like we've run a bit long, so let's put a pin in this for now. But feel free to keep asking those sharp, sharp questions! So how did the Big Tech hearing go? The sudden news of a potential Microsoft and TikTok tie-up was only the capstone on a week that was already incredibly busy.  On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai all testified before Congress on allegations of anticompetitive behavior. As expected, there was plenty of grandstanding, but there was also some substance there. As Business Insider's Linette Lopez writes, the execs were forced to testify under oath about allegations about Amazon's use of third-party seller data, or Facebook's history of spying on the competition.  More interesting than the hearing, however, were the internal emails released by the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation. With the release of documents, we got a rare insight into how these tech giants do business: Everything from an email from Jeff Bezos on the $1 billion purchase of smart doorbell company Ring, to a missive from late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs recommending the company "cut off" a developer.  As Business Insider's Becky Peterson reports, the big takeaway is that in several cases, these mega-companies bought up startups not because they wanted their technology — which they often seemed to find lacking — but because they wanted to buy their way into a market. Either way, the real capstone on the hearing came a day letter, when all four of those companies simultaneously announced their quarterly earnings on Thursday. The big earnings bonanza Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook all blew away their earnings reports late last week, with the stocks surging in after-hours trading.  It wasn't entirely a clean victory for all of them, however: Amazon reported a slight miss on Amazon Web Services cloud revenue, booking $10.81 billion in sales for the quarter, versus the $11.01 billion Wall Street was looking for, demonstrating slower growth than expected. Google parent company Alphabet, meanwhile, showed its first quarterly decline in revenues for the first time ever since it went public. None of this is especially surprising, given the increased reliance on services from all four companies in a stay-at-home, work-remotely kind of world. But it's a funny sort of synchronicity that all four were able to take such a victory lap just a day after being raked over the coals by lawmakers over their size and influence. Congress may be able to shame you, but it's Wall Street that pays you. Lightning round Well, that's enough out of me. Before I give up this virtual podium and turn it back over to Alexei, here are a few various other recent highlights from the Business Insider tech team: Apple will start making its own chips to enable iPhone apps to run on future Mac computers. But developers say pulling that off may not be so easy. The president of cybersecurity giant RSA explains how its $2.1 billion breakup deal with Dell will return it to its 'scrappy' startup days: 'How often do you get to do that as a 38-year-old company?' Radish wants you to binge-read romance novels, and now it has a fresh $63.2 million to pay its soap opera writers to get you hooked Sheila Bair oversaw nearly 400 bank closures during the last financial crisis. She told us her worst fear about the coronavirus crisis and explained what regulators are getting wrong this time. These two VCs were hobby Bitcoin miners a decade ago, and now they've raised $110 million for a second fund focused on cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups Thanks for reading, and if you like this newsletter, tell your friends and colleagues they can sign up here to receive it.  — MattJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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Documents made public Wednesday as part of a Congressional antitrust hearing give insight into the concerns of tech's most powerful CEOs leading up to game-changing acquisitions. Amazon, Facebook and Google all made big purchases of startups whose technology, the documents reveal, their teams found to be lacking. Instead, the deals got done because the companies feared losing market share or wanted a leg up in a new sector.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're looking to sell your tech startups to one of the big tech giants, an intimidating reputation will take you further than good technology.  Market position, "land grabs," and winning were all top considerations for the CEOs at Amazon, Facebook and Google ahead of major acquisitions, according to emails and instant messages made public on Wednesday as part of Congressional hearing over possible anticompetitive practices in tech. The documents give unique insight into the thought processes of these powerful (and often rash) men on the eve of big purchases, which over time have proven to completely rewrite the technology landscape. Ultimately, the messages show, none of these companies made their most high-profile acquisitions because of the quality of the technology. Google, which acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006, considered the video streaming website a threat because it meant people were searching for things away from, the documents show. Ultimately, its product was less important to Google than its position as a top video startup. In one email, Peter Chane, who founded and oversaw Google Video, said that YouTube's "systems wouldn't be valuable to us" and described its content quality as "worse than ours." But Google's Jeff Huber defended the talks and wrote that at the very least, opening M&A talks would raise the price tag for Google's competitor Yahoo if it wanted to acquire YouTube itself. Plus, Huber said, YouTube was located a quick drive away from Google in Palo Alto. It might seem like an arbitrary advantage, but it sure worked out for YouTube.  Perhaps the most insecure emailer was Amazon, which spent months trying to "undercut" before acquiring its parent company Quidsi for $545 million in November 2010. Emails show extensive deliberations, referred to as the "Plan to Win," which addressed Amazon's internal strategy to price match and "meet or beat"'s order time cut off of 6 p.m. (The plan also required Amazon to fix a bug on its website: a widget that gave shoppers to option to browse "used" diapers.)   In 2017, Amazon shuttered its Quidsi properties altogether. In other words, its plan was a success. 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Instagram, then a small but growing photo-sharing app, came into Zuckerberg's line of sight as he fretted over how long users spent on Facebook's mobile app, according to the documents. Every second spent on Instagram's app was a second not spent looking at Facebook. "Instagram is eating our lunch. We should have owned this space but we're losing quite badly," an unnamed Facebooker wrote in a redacted IM transcript from January 2012. "Not losing strategic position in photos is worth a lot of money," Mike Shroepfer, Facebook's technology chief, wrote to Zuckerberg on March 9, 2012, ahead of the deal. Once the acquisition went through, Zuckerberg was more direct about his reason for buying Instagram: it was stiff competition. "One thing about startups though is you can often acquire them," Zuckerberg wrote on April 9, 2012 One email of particular interest during the hearing on Wednesday came from Facebook's chief financial officer, David Wehner, in a February 2014 thread about Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition earlier that month.  "A big concern expressed it that we're going to spend 5-10% of our market cap every couple of years to shore up our position," Wehner wrote in defense of the deal. "I hate the word 'land grab' but I think that is the best convincing argument and we should own that. ... We are being aggressive about seizing that opportunity as it is transforming the communications landscape." (Apple CEO Tim Cook was also part of the hearing, though the company's M&A history was not a big concern for lawmakers.) Consolidation is nothing new in the land of tech, and in many cases strategic acquirers get lauded for the wisdom behind deals that increase their power and eliminate risk. But not every acquisition is about dominance or eliminating obstacles.  When the $194 billion enterprise tech giant SAP acquired Qualtrics for $8 million in 2018, SAP added a top-of-the-line market research and data analysis product to its offerings. If SAP saw market research as its only growth opportunity, that would be one thing. But the point of the acquisition wasn't to make SAP the market leader in that sector. It was to give SAP more ground in its competition against Oracle and Microsoft to dominate in cloud software more broadly. Then there are deals like Cisco's May acquisition of ThousandEyes, a network security startup whose technology Cisco plans to tie into its existing products. Cisco bought the company because it made more sense than developing its own tool that could do the same thing. This is all to say: it's possible for a large tech company to acquire a startup for reasons other than fear of the underdog. But if these messages from executives at Facebook, Amazon, and Google show anything, it's that making tech's mega giants feel insecure is a great way to go from startup founder to multi-millionaire. SEE ALSO: When colleagues accused Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief of racism and harassment, the family said there was no evidence. In sworn declarations, 3 workers said otherwise. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
New documents surfaced through a Congressional investigation into Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook show how the companies pursued acquisitions and fought off perceived competitors.  The documents provide a rare glimpse into the actions taken by top executives including Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs at crucial moments for their company. Lawmakers said the documents are evidence that companies engaged in anticompetitive behavior, but CEOs defended their companies' actions and said they continue to face stiff competition. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple didn't become four of the biggest tech companies in the world overnight — and newly surfaced documents show the tough, often-cutthroat decisions made by top executives at the company at pivotal moments in their growth. Members of Congress obtained emails, memos, and internal studies from the four companies as part of an ongoing antitrust investigation. They were published Wednesday when the CEOs of the four companies testified in an unprecedented Congressional hearing. The documents reveal how top executives at the tech giants including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs guided their companies' growth and jousted with perceived threats. They also paint a picture of four tech companies aggressively pursuing growth at all costs, chasing acquisitions and strategizing against possible competitors. Many of the lawmakers leading the House Antitrust Committee's investigation said the documents are evidence that the companies wield too much power. But the four CEOs repeatedly framed their actions as necessary steps to keep their companies alive. Facebook emails show Zuckerberg worried 'Instagram can hurt us' before acquisition Months before Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion, Zuckerberg wrote in an email that he was concerned "Instagram can hurt us meaningfully without becoming a huge business." In a different email, a colleague questioned whether Zuckerberg's reasoning for wanting to acquire Instagram was to either neutralize a competitor or improve Facebook. In his response, Zuckerberg said it was a combination of both. He then replied to that email 45 minutes later to clarify that "I didn't mean to imply that we'd be buying them to prevent them from competing with us in any way." At one point in Wednesday's hearing, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat, accused Zuckerberg of leveraging acquisitions of companies he saw as threats. "These tactics reinforce Facebook's dominance which you then use in increasingly destructive way," Jayapal said. Zuckerberg said in response that Facebook doesn't aim to intimidate or pressure competitors. "I respectfully disagree with the premise," he said. Amazon emails show how the company tried to hobble before acquiring it Emails published by Congress show Amazon aimed to undercut Quidsi, the parent company of and, before acquiring the company for $545 million in 2010. "We have already initiated a more aggressive 'plan to win' against," Amazon retail executive Doug Herrington wrote in a 2010 email. "To the extent that this plan undercuts the core diapers business for, it will slow the adoption of" "We have already initiated a more aggressive 'plan to win' against," Herrington apparently wrote in an email released by the committee. "To the extent that this plan undercuts the core diapers business for, it will slow the adoption of ... We need to match pricing on these guys no matter what the cost." Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Pennsylvania Democrat, questioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about the emails Wednesday and accused Amazon of routinely weakening competitors with low prices, even if it caused Amazon to take a loss. Bezos responded that he didn't remember the situation described in the emails about and that Amazon sets low prices to win over customers. "I cannot comment on that because I don't remember it," Bezos said. "What I can tell you is that we are very, very focused on the customer." New emails show how Steve Jobs used Apple's control over the app store to 'cut off' developers  Congress published emails that show former Apple CEO Steve Jobs wielding the company's control over its app store to punish developers. In one 2010 email, Jobs suggests the company "cut off" Joe Hewitt, a developer that didn't want to comply with Apple's new requirement that iPhone apps be written in Apple's native programming language. "I'd suggest we just cut Joe off from now on," he said. Emails suggest Google feared competitors that could divert traffic away from its own products Rep. David Cicilline, chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee, said that newly published emails from over a decade ago show Google repeatedly considering whether to delist companies from search that it found threatening. "These documents show that Google's staff discussed 'the proliferating threat' that these web pages pose to Google. Any traffic lost to other sites was a loss in revenue," Cicilline said. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, said in reply that the company prioritizes users' experiences, but did not directly address anticompetitive concerns. "When I run the company, I'm really focused on giving users what they want. We conduct ourselves to the highest standard," Pichai said. Read more about new emails surfaced by Congress: Mark Zuckerberg wrote to his top lieutenants about the benefits of 'cloning' competitors after meeting with Chinese entrepreneurs in 2012 — read the full memo Newly released Steve Jobs emails, included in Congress' antitrust investigation, show how ruthless the Apple founder could be Emails show Amazon coordinated an 'aggressive' plan to 'undercut' before acquiring its parent company in 2010 Newly-released emails reveal how Google hoped to pay $50 million for YouTube in 2006, and why it ended up paying $1.65 billion Emails show how Amazon's $1 billion Ring acquisition was driven by Jeff Bezos' interest in its 'market position – not technology' New text messages show Kevin Systrom worried about Mark Zuckerberg going into 'destroy mode' if he didn't sell to Facebook Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why YETI coolers are so expensive
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This week the government released a report that is its starting point for a new obesity strategy. In summary: you’re probably overweight, especially if you’re poor. The report reads: “Children in the most deprived parts of the country are more than twice as likely to be obese as their peers living in the richest areas,” which surprised a total of zero people. For most it confirmed one of two things; if you’re poor you’re to be patronised: clearly you don’t understand that pot noodle isn’t a vegetable. Or they’re to be pitied: they can’t afford the nutrients they need. And it’s true, if fruit and vegetables were cheaper more people would have access to them, but they’ll never be a treat.The government’s obesity plan treats food as something only to keep you going, rather than something to be enjoyed.Being on a beach drinking a cocktail from a hollowed-out pineapple is a treat – a pineapple isn’t a treat. The problem is not only that nutritious food is expensive and that junk food is cheap, it’s that people live with such limited resources that the only treat they can afford is something from the confectionary aisle. We’d often eat pizza for dinner when I was growing up, sometimes twice a week. The pizza was 99p and depending on how much change was left in “the tin” in the kitchen I’d have a whole one to myself or it would be halved and shared. The pizza was frozen with spongy dough thick as two fingers, the tomato sauce was thick and tasted like tomato puree and when the cheese melted it set again with an unnatural sheen like condensation on a window. It was what you would expect a 99p pizza to taste like, but it was a treat, nonetheless. Your appetite for nice things isn’t suspended when your credit card is. And, if you’re a parent with no money you spend more time than you’d like telling your child, no, they can’t have those nice things either.My parents gave me £1.60 for a portion of chips so often that the owner of the shop, an avuncular man who wore a white lab jacket, told me he’d be giving me extra chips, because I was a regular. They would have preferred to take me to Disneyland, or bought me toys to play with for an afternoon before they were replaced with more toys, but that wasn’t an option. Instead they gave me food laced with sugar and ingredients that sound like they belong on the periodic table. They could have bought me a courgette, but they wanted to give me something that would make me feel like I was lucky, something that felt like a treat. But it’s not only poor children who are obese, the government report tells us. “Obesity prevalence is highest amongst the most deprived groups in society.” The government’s response, of banning adverts for junk food before 9pm and buy-one-get-one-free deals misses the point. It treats food as something only to keep you going, rather than something to be enjoyed. And if you’re near broke, why would you deprive yourself of one of the few treats you can afford, when for £1 you can enjoy the luxury of a pack of Fox’s Chocolatey Ring Biscuits, just like everyone else. The response to the report was predictable. Annunziata Rees-Mogg, of the multi-millionaire Rees-Mogg family, tweeted that a bag of Tesco 1kg potatoes is 83p, while 950g of crisps were £1.35, this was in response to another tweet suggesting vegetables are too expensive for low income households. The suggestion is unclear – make your own crisps, invest the 52p you’ve saved (presuming there are no other costs) and become rich like her? What Annunziata’s tweet and others like it show is that if you’ve got no money you’ve got to defend wanting anything other than basic sustenance. Why eat crisps, when you could eat a sack of boiled potatoes? Eat up son, if you don’t finish your spuds, they’ll be no turnip for dessert. When my dad finishes a 12-hour shift, tired and underpaid, he doesn’t want a salad. He can’t afford a holiday to watch his weight for, and he wants something tasty – a treat – so he orders a combo meal from the chicken shop. He’s just not going to be convinced to switch to a healthy alternative through government messaging. My dad isn’t obese, however, living in a low-income area his neighbours likely are. If poverty and obesity are going to be untangled it won’t be with the window dressing that has been proposed. There are bigger, structural issues, that have gone unaddressed. Having the time and resources to think about living a healthier lifestyle is a privilege. If you’re poor you’ve got stuff on your mind: you’re more likely to likely to live in insecure housing, be in insecure employment and more likely to die from Covid-19. When someone is struggling to put food on the table is it any wonder, they’re unconcerned with what’s on the plate?Josh Schot is a freelance writer. Related... Opinion: Blaming Obesity Is Not The Solution To Coronavirus I've Been On A Weight Management Programme. Here's Why It Didn't Work. No.10 Slammed For 'Obesity Crackdown' That Ignores Poverty
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The CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google were grilled during a five-hour congressional hearing on Wednesday. The hearing followed an antitrust investigation into the power and size of the Big Tech companies. Analysts at Wedbush identified the three moments from the hearing most likely to come back and bite the companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Over the course of five hours on Wednesday, the CEOs from the world's four biggest tech companies were grilled by Congress over whether they use their enormous size to crush competition. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Apple's Tim Cook, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos all faced an inquisition from members of the congressional sub-committee, which has been investigating the power of Big Tech since 2019. The hearing covered a wide range of topics, with members of the committee honing in not just on traditional antitrust questions about company acquisitions, but also questions about how the companies use data, treat political speech, and whether they profit from forced labour of the Uighur people in China. The hearings have yet to result in anything concrete, and in a few weeks the subcommittee will publish its full report. Analysts at Wedbush identified what they think are the three biggest issues that could haunt the tech giants in the years to come:1. Jeff Bezos admitted it's possible Amazon might have used third-party sellers' data to benefit its own-brand products Bezos was questioned by Rep. Pramila Jayapal about a Wall Street Journal investigation from April which claimed Amazon had used its marketplace data about third-party sellers to build strategies for developing its own products. "We have a policy against using seller-specific data to aid our private label business, but I can't guarantee you that that policy has never been violated," Bezos replied. He said that the policy was "voluntary" — which he clarified to mean that Amazon had created the policy for itself. Bezos said Amazon is conducting an internal investigation following The Journal's report. "I do not want to go beyond what I know right now," Bezos said, adding Amazon is "looking at that very carefully."  The hearing also gave some insight into Bezos' mentality around buying companies, as it revealed emails from him about Amazon's 2018 acquisition of home security company Ring. In a December 2017 email Bezos said: "To be clear, my view here is that we're buying market position — not technology. And that market position and momentum is very valuable." Bezos told the committee market position is the most common reason companies acquire each other. 2. Tim Cook was grilled over the way Apple controls its App Store and takes a 30% commission from app developers The way Apple controls its App Store came under fire from Georgia Representative Hank Johnson. "Mr. Cook with over 100 million iPhone users in the United States alone and with Apple's ownership of the App Store giving Apple the ability to control which apps are allowed to be marketed to Apple users you wield immense power over small businesses to grow and prosper," said Johnson. "Throughout our investigation we have heard concerns that rules governing the App Store review process are not available to app developers, the rules are made up as you go, they are arbitrarily interpreted and enforced, and are subject to change whenever Apple sees fit to change. And developers have no choice but to go along with the changes or they must leave the App Store," said Johnson, before asking whether Apple treats all app developers equally. "Sir, we treat every developer the same. We have open and transparent rules, it's a rigorous process," said Cook. Specifically Cook defended the App Store's policy of requiring developers to use Apple's payment system Apple Pay for in-app purchases, which comes with an either 15% or 30% commission on any in-app payments. For example, if you buy a Spotify subscription in the Spotify iOS app, a cut of that payment goes to Apple.  This element of Apple's App Store policies has been under fire from developers including Spotify, which filed an antitrust complaint with the EU last year — which resulted in the launch of an investigation last month. Spotify argued this rule allows Apple to artificially inflate prices while launching competing own-brand apps, such as its music-streaming service Apple Music. Although Johnson's questions were sharp, Wedbush analysts qualified their assessment of their impact saying "the bark has been worse than the bite" on this particular line of questioning. 3. Mark Zuckerberg had to explain his logic behind acquiring Instagram, and was accused of threatening to crush it if Facebook didn't buy it Representatives presented Mark Zuckerberg with internal emails and texts going back to 2012 relating Facebook's acquisition of Instagram. In a 2012 email to Facebook's chief financial officer at the time, Zuckerberg voiced the concern that Instagram could "hurt us meaningfully without becoming a huge business." The committee also published messages exchanged between Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and investors after being approached by Facebook. In a text Systrom said he worried Zuckerberg might go into "destroy mode" if Instagram refused to sell. An exchange between Zuckerberg and Systrom was also presented, in which Zuckerberg said Facebook was developing its own camera product. "In a chat you told Mr. Systrom that Facebook was 'developing our own photo strategy so how we engage now will also determine how much we're partners versus competitors down the line. Instagram's founder seemed to think that was a threat," Rep. Jayapal told Zuckerberg. "I think it was clear that this was a space we were going to compete in one way or another. I don't view those conversations as a threat in any way," said Zuckerberg. Another piece of Facebook history that came out as part of the hearing was a memo Zuckerberg sent his lieutenants in 2012 about the benefits of "cloning" features from rival companies. The analysts don't think the investigation will leave much of a mark on big tech unless there's a big political shift in the US. Wedbush's analysts said the hearing has set the stage for an antitrust "battle royale" overt the next six to nine months. One of the biggest factors governing how this battle could actually turn out for the tech companies is November's presidential election. "We don't see Congress agreeing on legislation unless both houses of Congress and the Presidency are controlled by the same party, as the parties have had difficulty reaching consensus on more pressing issues," the analysts concluded. Although both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have attacked the size and tactics of big tech companies, they have done so from different angles. Democrats including former presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren have criticized the market size of companies like Amazon and Facebook and called for breakups, while Republicans have honed in on accusations that platforms like Facebook and Google use their influence to disadvantage conservative politicians and voices — an accusation the companies deny. Partisan divides on how to hold big tech to account were apparent during Wednesday's hearing. There was a fiery exchange between committee members after Republican Rep. Jim Jordan asked Sundar Pichai whether Google is biased against conservatives. Democrat Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon was up next, and took a swipe at Jordan's line of questioning: "I'd like to redirect your attention to antitrust law rather than fringe conspiracy theories." Jordan interrupted her allotted time, and was furiously told his time had expired. Tweet Embed: // INSANE exchange after Penn. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon suggested moving away from "fringe conspiracy theories." Nice to see the Real Housewives of DC are back. #BigTechHearing  
Internal Amazon emails were released as part of a Congressional hearing on tech antitrust Wednesday, which featured testimony from CEO Jeff Bezos. Some of those emails show how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2017 strategized about how to negotiate a lower price for Ring, the smart doorbell company it would ultimately acquire in 2018 for $1 billion.  They also show Bezos saying that the decision to buy Ring was based on its "market position – not technology." At the hearing, Bezos testified market position is "one of the primary things that one would look at in an acquisition." Are you an Amazon Web Services employee? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email ([email protected]). Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Internal Amazon emails released as part of a Congressional tech antitrust hearing Wednesday provide insight into the company's $1 billion acquisition of home-security camera company Ring. The messages show how CEO Jeff Bezos strategized on how to lower the price of the deal, and that his interest in Ring was because of its "market position – not technology." The emails, from late 2017, show Amazon leaders were hesitant to buy the company including because of the potential price, but ultimately Bezos wanted to move forward Ring because already had a firm foothold in the nascent market for smart home gear. Amazon announced plans to buy Ring in early 2018, though it's not clear from the emails if that's lower than the security camera company's asking price.  "I'd buy it right now," Bezos said of Ring in a December 2017 email after receiving an update about the acquisition from Amazon devices and services chief Dave Limp. "To be clear, my view here is that we're buying market position — not technology. And that market position and momentum is very valuable." Bezos addressed the email when questioned during Wednesday's hearing, in which he testified alongside CEOs from Amazon, Facebook, and Google. He said market position is "one of the primary things that one would look at in an acquisition." "Sometimes we're trying to buy some technology or some [intellectual property]. Sometimes it's a talent acquisition, but the most common cases market position that the company has traction with customers, they have built a service, maybe they were the first mover," he said. "There could be a number of reasons why they have that market position, but that's a very common reason to acquire a company." Bezos in the December 2017 email thread also suggested Amazon could offer better terms on funding for Ring's upcoming Series E round, set to close the following day, "so we don't make the acquisition too expensive for ourselves." Dollar amounts are redacted in the email. Bezos references "tomorrow's hundred million," and data from PitchBook estimates Ring's Series E round was $160 million — though it does not appear that Amazon invested in that round. Additional emails exchanges show Amazon leaders debated about the acquisition, which was internally called "Project Darwin," but decided to move forward because of Ring's market position. "Ring is hard, just in terms of total dollars. But they are doing something right given happy customers and high growth rate," Jeff Helbling, an Amazon VP and Bezos' so-called "shadow adviser" at the time, wrote in an October 2017 email. "Feed good about moving forward with Ring due diligence, willing to pay for market position as it's hard to catch the leader." Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected], message her on Twitter @ashannstew, or send her a secure message through Signal at 425-344-8242.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why American sunscreens may not be protecting you as much as European sunscreens
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