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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
YouTube faces legal and ethical minefield from unmarked “kidfluencer” sponsored marketing, which targets kids under 13, who are barred from creating accounts   —  On Feb. 13, JoJo Siwa posted a YouTube video from a Target store, detailing her plan to buy “every single item of JoJo merch” inside.
Mar 21, 2019, 2:55 AMIn context
Bloomberg:
Court documents: Larry Page worried he would lose control of Google in 2011 and seemed to make a “veiled threat” to quit over the issue   —  - Page feared co-founder Brin might sell voting shares in 2011  — Court documents shed new light on controversial class C stock
Mar 13, 2019, 1:05 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Disney joins Nestle, Epic Games, and others in pulling ad spending from YouTube following details about a “pedophile ring” in YouTube comments   —  - YouTube faces criticism for recommending videos of minors  — Nestle, Epic Games also among companies stopping ad purchases
Feb 20, 2019, 3:20 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
FOIA inquiry: Google urged US Labor Board to drop an Obama-era protection for staff organizing over work email; Google says doing so was part of a legal defense   —  While Google publicly supported employees who protested company policies, it quietly asked the government to narrow the right to organize over work email
Jan 24, 2019, 2:40 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Shareholder sues Alphabet's board of directors, claiming they breached fiduciary duty by covering up sexual misconduct by execs and giving Andy Rubin a payout   —  - Investor accuses Alphabet directors of abusing their power  — Android creator allegedly got $90 million payout amid probe
Jan 10, 2019, 6:05 PMIn context
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Fourth Paradigm, a Chinese provider of AI-driven data analysis software founded by Huawei veterans, raises $150M at a ~$1.2B valuation   —  - Fourth Paradigm snags $150 million at a $1.2 billion valuation  — The startup is joining ranks of Chinese firms making AI chips
Dec 24, 2018, 8:50 AMIn context
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
How Huawei is pushing China's grand tech ambitions forward with a secretive enterprise unit that is estimated to net $10B+ in revenue this year   —  - Secretive enterprise unit carries on undistracted by U.S. rift  — Services for internet, cloud to net $10 billion this year
Dec 14, 2018, 5:55 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
A look at Ninebot, a Chinese company that makes an estimated four out of five electric scooters in use worldwide, which a source says is valued at $1.5B   —  Ninebot makes powered unicycles, Segways and other odd-looking artifacts of the transportation future.  It didn't see the scooter boom coming.
Dec 6, 2018, 4:10 AMIn context
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Interviews with current and former Google staff about its China-related projects reveal tensions between preserving its founding ideals and a desire for growth   —  CEO Sundar Pichai thinks the search engine should be willing to work with Chinese censors.  Will employees go along with the plan?
Nov 8, 2018, 8:20 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google's advertising chief, is leaving to join Greylock Partners as a VC, and will be replaced by Prabhakar Raghavan, who heads G Suite   —  - Ramaswamy heading to Greylock as a venture capital partner  —  Google is replacing its top advertising executive, Sridhar Ramaswamy …
Oct 1, 2018, 7:16 PMIn context

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