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Scoop: Microsoft has been pausing spending on Facebook, Instagram

Scoop: Microsoft has been pausing spending on Facebook, Instagram

Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela. Photo: MicrosoftMicrosoft suspended its advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the U.S. in May and recently expanded that to a global pause, according to an internal chat transcript seen by Axios.Between the lines: Unlike the many advertisers who recently joined a , Microsoft is concerned about where its ads are shown, not Facebook's policies. But the move still means yet another big advertiser is not spending on Facebook right now.What they're saying: "Based on concerns we had back in May we suspended all media spending on Facebook/Instagram in the US and...

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Report: Amazon to pay $1 billion+ for self-driving tech firm Zoox

Report: Amazon to pay $1 billion+ for self-driving tech firm Zoox

A Zoox self-driving test vehicle. Photo: ZooxAmazon is expected to announce a deal as early as today to purchase self-driving vehicle technology provider Zoox for upwards of $1 billion, according to a report in .Why it matters: While Apple, Google and others have invested in self-driving technology, Amazon is the one whose core business could benefit the most, given how much the company spends to deliver goods to consumers.Zoox CEO Aicha Evans told Axios earlier this year that the company about raising more money. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Zoox and Amazon .Between the...

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AT&T confirms thousands of job cuts, 250 store closings

AT&T confirms thousands of job cuts, 250 store closings

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesAT&T confirmed to Axios it is planning widespread job cuts that include managers and executives, in addition to 3,400 technician and clerical jobs. It will also close 250 retail stores, impacting 1,300 retail jobs.Why it matters: While the cuts can't be separated from the COVID-19 impact on the economy, the moves also come as the mobile industry has consolidated from four national players to three following T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint.Details: The stores facing closure are a mix of AT&T-branded locations and those of Cricket Wireless, AT&T’s prepaid...

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Fresh concerns about AI bias in the age of COVID-19

Fresh concerns about AI bias in the age of COVID-19

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosBusinesses facing unprecedented demands during the coronavirus pandemic have boosted their use of artificial intelligence in some of society's most sensitive areas.Why it matters: Algorithms and the data they rely on are prone to automating preexisting biases — and are more likely to do so when they're rushed into the field without careful testing and review. Driving the news: The big picture: Beyond these examples, experts worry that the economy's sudden halt has driven resource-strapped companies and institutions to increasingly rely on algorithms to make...

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Apple's challenges as it swaps out the Mac's brain

Apple's challenges as it swaps out the Mac's brain

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosApple is on the verge of transitioning the Mac from Intel processors to homegrown chips — a move that, even if it pays off in the long term, could mean hassles and tough choices over the next few years for developers and consumers.The big picture: The move is a blow to Intel, long the U.S. microprocessor leader. Whether it is a win for Apple depends on the eventual cost savings and performance gains, as well as how smoothly Apple is able to handle its transition without losing customers and app developers.Driving the news: Bloomberg Tuesday that Apple may...

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Cisco, Sony postpone events amid continued protests

Cisco, Sony postpone events amid continued protests

Screenshot: Axios ()Cisco said Monday night that it is postponing the online version of Cisco Live, its major customer event, amid the ongoing protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd.Why it matters: Cisco joins Sony, Electronic Arts and Google in delaying tech events planned for this week.Driving the news:Protests of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.The latest: "Widespread looting" occurred in Manhattan, including at "Macy's flagship store...

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Civil rights leaders blast Facebook after meeting with Zuckerberg

Civil rights leaders blast Facebook after meeting with Zuckerberg

Screenshot of an image some Facebook employees used as part of their virtual walkout on Monday.A trio of civil rights leaders issued a blistering statement Monday following a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives to discuss the social network's decision to leave up they say amount to calls for violence and voter suppression.Why it matters: While Twitter has flagged two of the president's Tweets, one for being potentially misleading about mail-in ballot procedures and another for glorifying violence, Facebook has left those and other posts up, with CEO Mark...

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Twitter suspends fake antifa account tied to white nationalists

Twitter suspends fake antifa account tied to white nationalists

Twitter said Monday that it has suspended an account named "ANTIFA_US" which it says was tied to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. Over the weekend, the account had called for violence and its posts had widely circulated online.Why it matters: It's the latest example of social media being used to exploit and sharpen the very real divisions in American society. It's also the latest example of Twitter more aggressively rooting out false information on its platform."This account violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts," a...

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Twitter suspends fake antifa account tied to white nationalists

Twitter suspends fake antifa account tied to white nationalists

Twitter said Monday that it has suspended an account named "ANTIFA_US" which it says was tied to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. Over the weekend, the account had called for violence and its posts had widely circulated online.Why it matters: It's the latest example of social media being used to exploit and sharpen the very real divisions in American society. It's also the latest example of Twitter more aggressively rooting out false information on its platform."This account violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts," a...

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Twitter: Trump's Minnesota tweet violated rules on violence

Twitter: Trump's Minnesota tweet violated rules on violence

Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules. The company said it was leaving the tweet up in the public interest. Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and Trump over the company's authority to label or limit his speech and, conversely, the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.The big picture: Earlier in the day, President Trump with an aim of trying to limit legal protections afforded to social media sites, including...

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Trump has turned Big Tech's speech rules into a political football

Trump has turned Big Tech's speech rules into a political football

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/AxiosTwitter made headlines Tuesday after labeling two election-related tweets from President Trump as potentially misleading — the company’s first action against the president’s tweets, which often test its policies on misinformation and abuse.The big picture: Twitter's unprecedented move, which swiftly drew Trump's fury, was just one of four controversies over the last 24 hours involving tech platforms grappling with free speech issues. And all of them, Axios' Sara Fischer and I report, reflect what a partisan issue the policing of social media content has...

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Exclusive: Snapchat to offer in-app domestic violence support

Exclusive: Snapchat to offer in-app domestic violence support

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosSnapchat and Twilio are both announcing new efforts Monday to provide support for people affected by domestic violence and mental health concerns in response to a swell in demand during the COVID-19 outbreak.Why it matters: Online services and crisis lines are being asked to shoulder a greater share of the burden of responding to people's needs at a moment when other types of direct service are harder to access.Twilio, a digital phone services provider whose tech powers many of the nation's crisis hotlines, said it has seen usage by such services increase 20%...

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How domestic abusers tap technology — and how to stop them

How domestic abusers tap technology — and how to stop them

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosWith much of the world sheltering in place, there has been a noted increase in domestic violence, . Not all abuse is physical, though: Many abusers are using smartphones and apps to inflict additional pain.Why it matters: Technological forms of abuse, ranging from sharing intimate photos to hacking accounts and stalking, can persist even after survivors have physically escaped their abusers.Of note: is now the most common form of domestic abuse, followed by in-person psychological abuse, physical and sexual abuse, according to Alison J. Marganski, an...

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Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosGoogle has made significant progress toward developing its own processor to power future versions of its Pixel smartphone as soon as next year — and eventually Chromebooks as well, Axios has learned.Why it matters: The move could help Google better compete with Apple, which designs its own chips. It would be a blow to Qualcomm, which supplies processors for many current high-end phones, including the Pixel.Details:A Google representative declined to comment for this story.The big picture: The main processor, though just one component in a smartphone, plays an...

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Big Tech's summer internships go digital amid coronavirus shutdown

Big Tech's summer internships go digital amid coronavirus shutdown

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosThe major tech companies are scrambling to craft digital options for this year's summer intern class, as businesses remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.Why it matters: Internships serve as key learning opportunities for students, but are also critical for the recruiting and diversity efforts of the Big Tech companies who compete fiercely for college talent.Driving the news: These companies said they’re moving their programs online: These companies are still hoping have at least some interns on-site for at least part of the summer:And Facebook’s...

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Trump's Google announcement raises questions

Trump's Google announcement raises questions

Photo: Anadolu Agency / Getty ImagesPresident Trump said Friday that Google is building a website to help people determine whether they need a test for COVID-19 and that "Google has 1700 engineers working on this right now." But Google says that Verily, the life sciences unit of its parent company Alphabet, is "in the early stages of development" on such a tool. By the numbers: Verily has 1,000 employees in total. On Thursday Google/Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai sent out a call for volunteers from Google to help Verily with its COVID-19 project, and received 1700 offers. What they're saying:...

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