Gun control groups spend over $2 million on ads since recent mass shootings, while NRA talks to Trump

Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019. Gun control advocacy groups have dedicated more than $2 million on digital and TV ads, widely outspending the National Rifle Association, since the mass shootings weeks ago in California, Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. Gun control advocates say the NRA may not spend as much for lobbying going forward because they have Trump’s ear. Everytown for Gun Safety


Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019. Gun control advocacy groups have dedicated more than $2 million on digital and TV ads, widely outspending the National Rifle Association, since the mass shootings weeks ago in California, Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. Gun control advocates say the NRA may not spend as much for lobbying going forward because they have Trump’s ear. Everytown for Gun Safety
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Gun control groups spend over $2 million on ads since recent mass shootings, while NRA talks to Trump

Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019.

Gun control advocacy groups have dedicated more than $2 million on digital and TV ads, widely outspending the National Rifle Association, since the mass shootings weeks ago in California, Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead.

Everytown for Gun Safety — funded mostly by Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former New York mayor — is leading the way with a $935,000 ad campaign. Its digital and TV ads call on Congress to require tougher background checks for gun sales along with strong red-flag laws, which are meant to take firearms away from those deemed a threat to themselves or others.

The NRA has spent just $14,000 on Facebook ads since last week. Instead, the group focused its recent advocacy on tweeting and being in direct contact with President Donald Trump.

Gun control advocates say the NRA may not spend as much for lobbying going forward because they have Trump’s ear.

“There is not a response from them to counter the overwhelming push from the American people, politicians and activists on this issue,” said Andrew Patrick, media director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “In the past, they get their lobbying going. Now they can call the president and he can prepare their talking points.”

The spate of shootings has given organizations calling for tighter gun laws new momentum, particularly as big-money backers such as Bloomberg look to counter the decades-long influence the NRA has exerted on Capitol Hill.

Everytown for Gun Safety’s campaign focuses largely on Republican senators who have resisted calls for tighter gun control. They include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both of Florida, Richard Burr, of North Carolina, and John Cornyn, of Texas. Most of these lawmakers have previously received NRA contributions. The ads will start airing next week and will continue through the August recess.

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is part of the Everytown group, says Senate lawmakers will have to listen or expect to face tough reelection battles.

“We’re hopeful that the Senate will act, but if they don’t there will be hell to pay in 2020,” Watts told CNBC on Thursday. “We are having our events in all 50 states, and it’s really important that senators in red, blue and purple states listen to these constituents,” she added. The organization is also spending $65,000 on nationwide rallies that are scheduled to take place this weekend.

A Fox News poll taken Aug. 11-13 showed that 90% of participants support requiring all potential gun buyers to go through a criminal background check, while 81% said they’d like red-flag laws.

Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization created by the families of victims of the 2012 gun massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, has spent just over $300,000 on Facebook ads since Aug. 7, according to the company’s ad library. The most recent ad shows a boy named Dylan, who was killed during the mass shooting, and calls on Congress to limit the size of gun magazines.

Only billionaire and presidential candidate Tom Steyer, with more than $900,000 in ads over the past seven days, has spent more than Sandy Hook Promise on Facebook ads.

Ban Assault Weapons NOW, a nonprofit whose leadership includes survivors of various mass shootings, has spent just over $90,000 on ads since this summer’s mass shootings. Its latest message calls for people to sign its petition urging a ban on assault weapons in Florida. It also criticizes Congress for its inaction on gun laws and its members’ ties to the NRA.

A gun control advocacy group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during a mass shooting in Arizona in 2011, has launched a $750,000 TV ad campaign. It will call for McConnell and Sen. Cory Gardner, of Colorado, to support background-check legislation.

While the NRA hasn’t spent much recently, it has used other means to get its message across.


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How to take control of your spending and start saving

Jonathan Shepherd knew his spending and money habits were out of control. So, he started meeting regularly with certified financial planner Lazetta Rainey Braxton, founder of Financial Fountains in Baltimore, to focus on what they call his “money rhythm” and discuss his spending and saving, as well as plan for the future. Shepherd is not alone in his efforts to curb his spending. According to a recent Invest in You Spending Survey, one-third of Americans said they have cut their spending in the


Jonathan Shepherd knew his spending and money habits were out of control. So, he started meeting regularly with certified financial planner Lazetta Rainey Braxton, founder of Financial Fountains in Baltimore, to focus on what they call his “money rhythm” and discuss his spending and saving, as well as plan for the future. Shepherd is not alone in his efforts to curb his spending. According to a recent Invest in You Spending Survey, one-third of Americans said they have cut their spending in the
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How to take control of your spending and start saving

Jonathan Shepherd knew his spending and money habits were out of control. What he needed was a plan. “I was going through a pretty strenuous situation, financially,” Shepherd said. The Maryland physician and child psychiatrist not only wanted to set aside money for his future, he also had to save a set amount of each year to pay for things like malpractice and disability insurance. More from Invest in You:

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Boost your budgeting IQ by answering these 10 questions “Those are tens of thousands of dollars, so I have to be able to save appropriately for those and be able to have money left over,” said Shepherd. So, he started meeting regularly with certified financial planner Lazetta Rainey Braxton, founder of Financial Fountains in Baltimore, to focus on what they call his “money rhythm” and discuss his spending and saving, as well as plan for the future.

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“When I’m working with clients, we are putting everything on the table and matching that up to their goals and values,” said Braxton, a member of the CNBC Advisor Council. “When they see those line items that don’t match up to who they want to be, that is certainly a reason to cut back.” Shepherd is not alone in his efforts to curb his spending. According to a recent Invest in You Spending Survey, one-third of Americans said they have cut their spending in the last year. The reasons for the shift were varied, from things like job loss to new debt. The poll of 2,800 Americans was conducted June 17-20 by CNBC + Acorns in partnership with SurveyMonkey.

When I’m working with clients, we are putting everything on the table and matching that up to their goals and values. Lazetta Rainey Braxton founder, Financial Fountains


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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls US inaction on gun control ‘insanity’ after mass shootings

China fires biggest warning shot yet in trade war and now it’s up…China added its currency to the weapons it is willing to use in the trade war, and now it’s up to President Trump to make the next move. Market Insiderread more


China fires biggest warning shot yet in trade war and now it’s up…China added its currency to the weapons it is willing to use in the trade war, and now it’s up to President Trump to make the next move. Market Insiderread more
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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls US inaction on gun control 'insanity' after mass shootings

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Google says you’ll be able to control its new phone without touching the screen

Google on Monday again teased its upcoming Pixel 4 phone, which it’s expected to announce sometime this fall. The company posted a short video on Twitter showing how users will be able to control the phone without touching by using hand gestures. “Face unlock uses facial recognition technology that is processed on your device, so that image data never leaves your phone. The images used for face unlock are never saved or shared with other Google services,” the company explained. “These capabiliti


Google on Monday again teased its upcoming Pixel 4 phone, which it’s expected to announce sometime this fall. The company posted a short video on Twitter showing how users will be able to control the phone without touching by using hand gestures. “Face unlock uses facial recognition technology that is processed on your device, so that image data never leaves your phone. The images used for face unlock are never saved or shared with other Google services,” the company explained. “These capabiliti
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Google says you'll be able to control its new phone without touching the screen

Google on Monday again teased its upcoming Pixel 4 phone, which it’s expected to announce sometime this fall. It follows a similar tweet posted in June that first revealed the phone.

The company posted a short video on Twitter showing how users will be able to control the phone without touching by using hand gestures. It also explained how the feature works in a blog post.

The clip starts by showing a user unlocking the Pixel 4 by looking at it, similar to how Apple’s Face ID works on the iPhone. Traditionally, Android phone face-unlock mechanisms haven’t been as secure as Face ID, and Android phones have instead relied on fingerprint readers for security and face unlock for convenience. Google says this is more secure now.

“Face unlock uses facial recognition technology that is processed on your device, so that image data never leaves your phone. The images used for face unlock are never saved or shared with other Google services,” the company explained.

The video also shows a user skipping songs in an app without touching the phone, again suggesting the front-facing camera is more advanced than usual.

The option is called “Motion Sense” and uses radar technology called “Soli” that was developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team.

“Pixel 4 will be the first device with Soli, powering our new Motion Sense features to allow you to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving your hand,” Google said. “These capabilities are just the start, and just as Pixels get better over time, Motion Sense will evolve as well. Motion Sense will be available in select Pixel countries.”

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were launched last October, when Google traditionally releases its new phones. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected around the same time.


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Hiding in plain sight: Regular office devices are vulnerable to hackers

Hiding in plain sight: Regular office devices are vulnerable to hackers4:45 AM ET Mon, 29 July 2019Office phones, printers, building control systems and more — these may not sound like computers but they can all be hacked, according to cybersecurity pros. One cybersecurity CEO even says it is the most important threat since they control critical infrastructure. Andrea Day reports.


Hiding in plain sight: Regular office devices are vulnerable to hackers4:45 AM ET Mon, 29 July 2019Office phones, printers, building control systems and more — these may not sound like computers but they can all be hacked, according to cybersecurity pros. One cybersecurity CEO even says it is the most important threat since they control critical infrastructure. Andrea Day reports.
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Hiding in plain sight: Regular office devices are vulnerable to hackers

Hiding in plain sight: Regular office devices are vulnerable to hackers

4:45 AM ET Mon, 29 July 2019

Office phones, printers, building control systems and more — these may not sound like computers but they can all be hacked, according to cybersecurity pros. One cybersecurity CEO even says it is the most important threat since they control critical infrastructure. Andrea Day reports.


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Hulu CEO: Expect to see more original content now that Disney is in control

Now that Disney has full control of Hulu, audiences can expect more original programming to appear on the streaming service. “When you look at the capacity inside of the Walt Disney Company to create content, the IP that’s there, the access we’ll have with that is, you know, terrific. Freer, who took the helm at Hulu in 2017, told CNBC’s the company’s “investment in original programming will increase significantly.” Hulu already has a slate of original shows including the Emmy Award-winning “Han


Now that Disney has full control of Hulu, audiences can expect more original programming to appear on the streaming service. “When you look at the capacity inside of the Walt Disney Company to create content, the IP that’s there, the access we’ll have with that is, you know, terrific. Freer, who took the helm at Hulu in 2017, told CNBC’s the company’s “investment in original programming will increase significantly.” Hulu already has a slate of original shows including the Emmy Award-winning “Han
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Hulu CEO: Expect to see more original content now that Disney is in control

Now that Disney has full control of Hulu, audiences can expect more original programming to appear on the streaming service.

“When you look at the capacity inside of the Walt Disney Company to create content, the IP that’s there, the access we’ll have with that is, you know, terrific. We are going to be able to invest more and invest more upstream and find the best stories and the best creators to make shows for the company,” CEO Randy Freer told Julia Boorstin Tuesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Freer, who took the helm at Hulu in 2017, told CNBC’s the company’s “investment in original programming will increase significantly.”

Representatives for Hulu clarified that investments would be less about spending money and more about refocusing the company’s resources. In the past, Hulu has concentrated on acquiring content, but with a powerhouse like Disney behind the streaming service, it can now put more effort towards creating its own.

A source close to the matter said Hulu’s programming budget will remain in line with the guidance Disney provided during its investor day in April.

Hulu already has a slate of original shows including the Emmy Award-winning “Handmaid’s Tale” as well as “Catch 22,” “Ramy,” “The Act,” “Pen 15,” and “Shrill.”

Ahead of Disney securing a controlling stake in the streaming service, Hulu had already green lit two live-action Marvel shows — “Ghost Rider” and “Helstrom” — as well as a slate of four animated series featuring Marvel superheroes, including Howard the Duck.

As entertainment giants like Warner Bros. and Comcast enter the streaming game, having a brand like Hulu is an asset for Disney. Not only does it have proprietary programming, but it also has a live-TV feature as well as the option for ad-supported viewing.

Disney has also discussed bundling its ESPN+ programming and its upcoming Disney+ streaming service with Hulu, but it has not disclosed how much this bundle would cost or when it would become available. Disney+ will launch on Nov. 12.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC.


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Zuckerberg: Facebook is working on products you’ll control with your voice

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the company is working on a number of different projects that could benefit from having an AI voice assistant. “I imagine there are going to be more products that we build where voice is going to be an important interface over the coming years,” Zuckerberg said, speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. The question comes after an April CNBC report that said Facebook was building a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon’s Alexa, App


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the company is working on a number of different projects that could benefit from having an AI voice assistant. “I imagine there are going to be more products that we build where voice is going to be an important interface over the coming years,” Zuckerberg said, speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. The question comes after an April CNBC report that said Facebook was building a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon’s Alexa, App
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Zuckerberg: Facebook is working on products you'll control with your voice

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the company is working on a number of different projects that could benefit from having an AI voice assistant.

“I imagine there are going to be more products that we build where voice is going to be an important interface over the coming years,” Zuckerberg said, speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. “We’re working on a lot of different things around this.”

The question comes after an April CNBC report that said Facebook was building a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and the Google Voice Assistant. Facebook confirmed the report.

Facebook already sells two Portal video chat devices that make use of the Amazon Alexa assistant. Facebook is the only major tech company that doesn’t have its own voice assistant. It did have an assistant called M that launched in 2015 and used human helpers to perform requests from users, but Facebook shut the project down in early 2018.

Now it sounds like Facebook is working on products that use a new AI assistant that responds to voice.

“You can look at where the product roadmap is likely to go on this and see why this would be a very useful and an important way where people are going to want to interact with more technology that way,” Zuckerberg said.

WATCH: Here’s how to see which apps have access to your Facebook data — and cut them off


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Trump: We’ll know in three to four weeks if China trade talks are successful

Disney to take full control over HuluComcast could either sell it at a valuation of at least $27.5 billion or whatever Hulu is appraised to be worth in five years. Technologyread more


Disney to take full control over HuluComcast could either sell it at a valuation of at least $27.5 billion or whatever Hulu is appraised to be worth in five years. Technologyread more
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Trump: We'll know in three to four weeks if China trade talks are successful

Disney to take full control over Hulu

Comcast could either sell it at a valuation of at least $27.5 billion or whatever Hulu is appraised to be worth in five years.

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Apple defends itself against claims of anti-competitive practices

Apple said Sunday that it removed several parental control apps from its App Store platform because they put user privacy and security at risk. The statement was made in response to a New York Times story that suggested Apple had pulled the apps for anti-competitive reasons. Using MDM to track and limit phone use isn’t the intended purpose of MDM, Apple says. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said earlier this year that the fact that some apps Apple develops competes with developers on the


Apple said Sunday that it removed several parental control apps from its App Store platform because they put user privacy and security at risk. The statement was made in response to a New York Times story that suggested Apple had pulled the apps for anti-competitive reasons. Using MDM to track and limit phone use isn’t the intended purpose of MDM, Apple says. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said earlier this year that the fact that some apps Apple develops competes with developers on the
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Apple defends itself against claims of anti-competitive practices

Apple chief design officer Jony Ive (L) and Apple CEO Tim Cook inspect the new iPhone XR during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on September 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California.

Apple said Sunday that it removed several parental control apps from its App Store platform because they put user privacy and security at risk.

The removed apps, according to Apple, were abusing a kind of technology intended for company-owned work phones called Mobile Device Management (MDM), which can give an app developer access to information including user location, browsing history, and what photos and videos have been taken with the camera.

The statement was made in response to a New York Times story that suggested Apple had pulled the apps for anti-competitive reasons.

The response, published on Apple’s website, is another example of how the company is walking a tightrope given its control of the App Store and its safety and security priorities along with new accusations from politicians and rivals that Apple uses its power over the software distribution platform to favor its own apps.

Apple said in its statement that it “is incredibly risky—and a clear violation of App Store policies—for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer’s device.”

Most of the apps highlighted by the Times report enabled parents to limit the amount of the time they and their children spent on their iPhones and Android devices, and two developers have filed a complaint with the European Union’s competition office.

Apple continued: “Contrary to what The New York Times reported over the weekend, this isn’t a matter of competition. It’s a matter of security.”

One of Apple’s App Store guidelines says that “Apps should use APIs and frameworks for their intended purposes and indicate that integration in their app description.” Using MDM to track and limit phone use isn’t the intended purpose of MDM, Apple says.

Apple released software in 2018 called Screen Time that enables users to track which apps they use the most and restrict access to distracting apps. It’s installed by default on iPhones. “I think it has become clear to all of us that some of us are spending too much time on our devices,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said last summer.

In the weeks after Screen Time was released, 11 of the 17 most-downloaded screen-time and parental control apps were removed and restricted, according to the Times.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said earlier this year that the fact that some apps Apple develops competes with developers on the App Store is possibly anti-competitive. Spotify, which competes with Apple Music, has also accused Apple of anti-competitive practices.


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Apple said Sunday that it removed several parental control apps from its App Store platform because they put user privacy and security at risk. The statement was made in response to a New York Times story that suggested Apple had pulled the apps for anti-competitive reasons. Using MDM to track and limit phone use isn’t the intended purpose of MDM, Apple says. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said earlier this year that the fact that some apps Apple develops competes with developers on the


Apple said Sunday that it removed several parental control apps from its App Store platform because they put user privacy and security at risk. The statement was made in response to a New York Times story that suggested Apple had pulled the apps for anti-competitive reasons. Using MDM to track and limit phone use isn’t the intended purpose of MDM, Apple says. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said earlier this year that the fact that some apps Apple develops competes with developers on the
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Apple defends itself against claims of anti-competitive practices

Apple chief design officer Jony Ive (L) and Apple CEO Tim Cook inspect the new iPhone XR during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on September 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California.

Apple said Sunday that it removed several parental control apps from its App Store platform because they put user privacy and security at risk.

The removed apps, according to Apple, were abusing a kind of technology intended for company-owned work phones called Mobile Device Management (MDM), which can give an app developer access to information including user location, browsing history, and what photos and videos have been taken with the camera.

The statement was made in response to a New York Times story that suggested Apple had pulled the apps for anti-competitive reasons.

The response, published on Apple’s website, is another example of how the company is walking a tightrope given its control of the App Store and its safety and security priorities along with new accusations from politicians and rivals that Apple uses its power over the software distribution platform to favor its own apps.

Apple said in its statement that it “is incredibly risky—and a clear violation of App Store policies—for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer’s device.”

Most of the apps highlighted by the Times report enabled parents to limit the amount of the time they and their children spent on their iPhones and Android devices, and two developers have filed a complaint with the European Union’s competition office.

Apple continued: “Contrary to what The New York Times reported over the weekend, this isn’t a matter of competition. It’s a matter of security.”

One of Apple’s App Store guidelines says that “Apps should use APIs and frameworks for their intended purposes and indicate that integration in their app description.” Using MDM to track and limit phone use isn’t the intended purpose of MDM, Apple says.

Apple released software in 2018 called Screen Time that enables users to track which apps they use the most and restrict access to distracting apps. It’s installed by default on iPhones. “I think it has become clear to all of us that some of us are spending too much time on our devices,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said last summer.

In the weeks after Screen Time was released, 11 of the 17 most-downloaded screen-time and parental control apps were removed and restricted, according to the Times.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said earlier this year that the fact that some apps Apple develops competes with developers on the App Store is possibly anti-competitive. Spotify, which competes with Apple Music, has also accused Apple of anti-competitive practices.


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