IAC invests $250 million in car-sharing company Turo

IAC is investing $250 million in Turo, a peer-to-peer car-sharing firm that is often referred to as the Airbnb for cars. IAC said Wednesday the investment would make it the largest shareholder in Turo. Similar to home sharing services, Turo allows users to rent out their personal vehicle to other users and markets itself as a rental car alternative for consumers. The company expects to use the fresh funding from IAC to kickstart additional growth and further “refine the customer experience.” Las


IAC is investing $250 million in Turo, a peer-to-peer car-sharing firm that is often referred to as the Airbnb for cars. IAC said Wednesday the investment would make it the largest shareholder in Turo. Similar to home sharing services, Turo allows users to rent out their personal vehicle to other users and markets itself as a rental car alternative for consumers. The company expects to use the fresh funding from IAC to kickstart additional growth and further “refine the customer experience.” Las
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IAC invests $250 million in car-sharing company Turo

IAC is investing $250 million in Turo, a peer-to-peer car-sharing firm that is often referred to as the Airbnb for cars.

IAC said Wednesday the investment would make it the largest shareholder in Turo. The funding brings Turo’s total equity raised to $470 million.

Similar to home sharing services, Turo allows users to rent out their personal vehicle to other users and markets itself as a rental car alternative for consumers.

Turo says it has grown steadily in the U.S. and internationally in the past two years, counting more than 10 million members and approximately 400,000 listed vehicles.

The company expects to use the fresh funding from IAC to kickstart additional growth and further “refine the customer experience.”

IAC CEO Joey Levin, who will join Turo’s board as a result of the move, said the company is at the forefront of a broader disruption of the rental car industry.

“Turo has incredible scale and is benefiting from clear network effects in a very large market where consumers want better, more tailored experiences — perfect for IAC,” Levin said in a statement.

“Just as we’ve seen with travel, dating and home services, technology is accelerating a shift in the transportation space as the economics of car ownership change and the more than $60 billion global car rental market faces disruption and expansion with peer-to-peer car sharing services like Turo taking hold,” he added.

Recently, IAC has deepened its investments in the transportation space. Last February, the company invested $15 million in on-demand car leasing platform Honcker and in 2017, IAC invested in trucking start-up Convoy.


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Twitter is getting a makeover — here’s what’s new

The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon. No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base. Here’s what the new Twitter is like.


The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon. No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base. Here’s what the new Twitter is like.
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Twitter is getting a makeover — here's what's new

Twitter’s website just got a major redesign. The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon.

No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base.

Here’s what the new Twitter is like. Click each image to see a larger version.


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Facebook’s real goal with Libra is to become even more of a utility

In his prepared remarks, Marcus perfectly outlines the business model behind the social network’s upcoming Libra digital currency and its Calibra digital wallet. Our first goal is to create utility and adoption, enabling people around the world — especially the unbanked and underbanked —to take part in the financial ecosystem. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is obsessed with the idea of utility, a former Facebook employee who left the company in 2017 told CNBC. Marcus is set to testify before the S


In his prepared remarks, Marcus perfectly outlines the business model behind the social network’s upcoming Libra digital currency and its Calibra digital wallet. Our first goal is to create utility and adoption, enabling people around the world — especially the unbanked and underbanked —to take part in the financial ecosystem. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is obsessed with the idea of utility, a former Facebook employee who left the company in 2017 told CNBC. Marcus is set to testify before the S
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Facebook's real goal with Libra is to become even more of a utility

The Senate Banking Committee on Monday released the testimony of David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s cryptocurrency projects ahead of his testimony Tuesday.

In his prepared remarks, Marcus perfectly outlines the business model behind the social network’s upcoming Libra digital currency and its Calibra digital wallet.

“We do not expect Calibra to make money at the outset, and Calibra customers’ account and financial information will not be shared with Facebook, Inc., and as a result cannot be used for ad targeting. Our first goal is to create utility and adoption, enabling people around the world — especially the unbanked and underbanked —to take part in the financial ecosystem. “But we expect that the Calibra wallet will be immediately beneficial to Facebook more broadly because it will allow many of the 90 million small- and medium-sized businesses that use the Facebook platform to transact more directly with Facebook’s many users, which we hope will result in consumers and businesses using Facebook more. That increased usage is likely to yield greater advertising revenue for Facebook.”

The key word in Marcus’s remarks is “utility.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is obsessed with the idea of utility, a former Facebook employee who left the company in 2017 told CNBC. If Facebook is essential, then you simply cannot dispatch it from your life because it provides fundamental value.

For many people, Facebook already plays this role. The company’s social networks serve people as their address book, their events calendar, their messaging services and their photo albums. Facebook will further cement itself as a utility in its users’ lives if they begin to use it as their digital bank.

The rest of Marcus’s statements follow the classic Facebook game plan. By focusing on user adoption first, the company is prioritizing growth with the assumption that ad revenue will shortly follow.

Marcus said Facebook will not use people’s Calibra data to target ads to them, which is surely a relief for any users concerned about privacy. But the company doesn’t really need this data to sell more ads. If people exchange their money for Libra, the company expects they and businesses will increase their use of Facebook. That in turn will lead more companies to pay to promote their products and services within the Facebook ecosystem.

Facebook may be pivoting to privacy, but the company’s breadwinner will continue to be advertising.

Marcus is set to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday and before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.

WATCH: CNBC’s full interview with David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s digital wallet project


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Snap’s stock is up more than 200% from its low and is a huge winner in 2019

The stock price has more than tripled since hitting a record low of $4.99 on Dec. 21, closing at $15.61 on Friday. Within the U.S., Snapchat can reach between 30 million and 31.2 million users ages 18 to 24, according to the company’s ads manager tool. By comparison, Facebook’s reach among the same demographic is between 25 million and 30 million users, according to its Audience Insights tool. Snap’s reach expands further for advertisers who want to target even younger users. Brands have also us


The stock price has more than tripled since hitting a record low of $4.99 on Dec. 21, closing at $15.61 on Friday. Within the U.S., Snapchat can reach between 30 million and 31.2 million users ages 18 to 24, according to the company’s ads manager tool. By comparison, Facebook’s reach among the same demographic is between 25 million and 30 million users, according to its Audience Insights tool. Snap’s reach expands further for advertisers who want to target even younger users. Brands have also us
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Snap's stock is up more than 200% from its low and is a huge winner in 2019

Evan Spiegel, co-founder and chief executive officer of Snap Inc., stands on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the company’s initial public offering on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images

After a rough two years following its IPO, Snap is trading within shouting distance of its $17 debut price from March 2017. While hardly cause for celebration, considering a generic bet on the S&P 500 would’ve returned 25% during that same period, it’s quite a turnaround for a company that spent the bulk of last year in free fall, as users fled the Snapchat app and losses mounted. Snap has since abandoned its effort to cater to everybody, and renewed its focus on young users, which remain a strength for the company and an area where it has a clear advantage over rival Facebook. Advertisers are finding more ways to reach those users and now have better tools to track their campaigns. Investors are rewarding the company in a big way. The stock price has more than tripled since hitting a record low of $4.99 on Dec. 21, closing at $15.61 on Friday. The shares are up 183% this year, trouncing every member of the S&P 500, whose top performer, Advanced Micro Devices, is up 80% in 2019. “We believe product improvements and feature additions are driving positive trends in user growth and engagement that, along with monetization improvement from ad tech initiatives, should drive upside to consensus estimates,” wrote Goldman Sachs analysts, in a note to clients on Friday. They raised their rating to buy from neutral and boosted their 12-month price target to $18 from $13. Other investment banks have made similar moves. Bank of America on Thursday raised its price target for Snap to $17 from $12, and last month BTIG increased its share price prediction to $20 from $15.

‘It feels different’

Analysts and advertisers pointed to three main reasons for Snap’s reversal: Renewed focus on Gen Z users (those born roughly between 1995 and 2009)

Innovation in augmented reality (AR) technology

Maturation of its advertising business “It feels different, it feels good, it feels grown up but still authentic to them,” said Travis Freeman, executive vice president of media for ad agency VaynerMedia, an advertising agency. “It’s good vibes.” Freeman said his agency boosted spending on Snap by about 20% in the first half of the year from the same period in 2018. Snap still faces massive challenges. It’s losing hundreds of millions of dollars a quarter, including $310 million in the latest period, as it pumps money into research and development, while fellow consumer internet companies Google and Facebook have some of the fattest profit margins on the planet. Analysts are projecting substantial losses in the coming quarters. Even after the stock’s huge rally this year, its remains 8% below the IPO price from 2017. But optimism about Snap’s future is unquestionably on the rise, and much of that is attributable to CEO Evan Spiegel’s renewed focus on serving its core audience: the youth. Back in November 2017, Spiegel called out the company’s need to gain adoption with users 34 and older. That plan didn’t work, and Snap saw its user growth begin to shrink from 191 million daily active users in May 2018 to 186 million in October.

Snapchat, with its silly features for editing and enhancing photos, has always been better suited for younger users, and the company has come to grips with that. Within the U.S., Snapchat can reach between 30 million and 31.2 million users ages 18 to 24, according to the company’s ads manager tool. By comparison, Facebook’s reach among the same demographic is between 25 million and 30 million users, according to its Audience Insights tool. Snap’s reach expands further for advertisers who want to target even younger users. According to its ads manager tool, Snap can reach 48.4 million U.S. users between the ages of 13 and 24. “There is no questioning the fact that, in Gen Z, Snapchat has an incredibly strong, dominant footprint,” said Meghan Myszkowski, vice president of social activation for Essence, an advertising agency. “If advertisers want to reach Gen Z, they have to have Snap as a part of their mix.” Those younger users typically don’t have the purchasing power of older consumers who are more commonly in the workforce. While that limits Snap’s average revenue per user, advertisers are recognizing the importance of getting the youth familiar with their brands, said Carter Henderson, portfolio specialist for Fort Pitt Capital Group, which oversees $2.5 billion in assets. “The demographics Snap attracts will be the price setters of the future and investors are paying for this future growth,” said Henderson. Advertisers are particularly excited about Snap’s AR technology, which has led to improved engagement with users by letting them have fun with selfies and group photos. In 2019, Snap replicated the past success of its puppy face and rainbow lenses with a gender swap lens that showed users what they’d look like as a person of the opposite sex and a baby face lens that showed them as babies. Facebook mimicked Snapchat, adding AR lenses to its Stories feature and on Instagram, but Snap’s filters and enhancements have gone more viral. “The gender swap filter got a lot of attention and really took off,” said Noah Mallin, managing partner of media agency Wavemaker. “That’s a good sign of health that people are actively using the platform, and it points to one of the strengths Snap has: they’re still the leader when it comes to AR.” Brands have also used Snap’s AR technology to promote their products. In April, HBO teamed up with Snap to create a lens that allowed users to see one of the dragons from “Game of Thrones” land on the Flatiron Building in New York. And in June, Gatorade worked with Snapchat to create an AR experience built around the company’s “Every Day is Your Day” short film. The effort was part of Gatorade’s video-everywhere marketing strategy, which has lifted its digital ad spend to 46% of the total media budget, up from 35% in 2018. The bulk of that spending is going to advertising on Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat, the company said. “As a partner, Snapchat is always pushing boundaries to reach audiences in new and innovative ways,” said Jill Abbott, Gatorade’s head of consumer and athlete engagement, in an email.

Maturing as a company


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Microsoft says its Teams app is bigger than Slack and growing faster

Tobias Schwarz | AFP | Getty ImagesMicrosoft’s answer to the trendy team chat app Slack has exceeded Slack in regular usage after only two years on the market. Slack, whose app became publicly available in 2014, no longer discloses that figure; in 2017 it said there were 9 million weekly active Slack users. A chart Microsoft released suggests that Teams is growing faster than Slack in terms of daily users, despite being larger. Using email properlySince March 2017, Microsoft has included Teams i


Tobias Schwarz | AFP | Getty ImagesMicrosoft’s answer to the trendy team chat app Slack has exceeded Slack in regular usage after only two years on the market. Slack, whose app became publicly available in 2014, no longer discloses that figure; in 2017 it said there were 9 million weekly active Slack users. A chart Microsoft released suggests that Teams is growing faster than Slack in terms of daily users, despite being larger. Using email properlySince March 2017, Microsoft has included Teams i
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Microsoft says its Teams app is bigger than Slack and growing faster

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at a fireside chat with the CEO of German carmaker Volkswagen (unseen) where they unveiled their cooperation for the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud in Berlin on February 27, 2019. Tobias Schwarz | AFP | Getty Images

Microsoft’s answer to the trendy team chat app Slack has exceeded Slack in regular usage after only two years on the market. On Thursday the company revealed a statistic it had previously kept to itself: The Teams service has more than 13 million daily active users, which puts it ahead of Slack’s last reported number of 10 million daily users in the three months that ended on Jan. 31. On a weekly basis, Teams has 19 million active users. Slack, whose app became publicly available in 2014, no longer discloses that figure; in 2017 it said there were 9 million weekly active Slack users. A chart Microsoft released suggests that Teams is growing faster than Slack in terms of daily users, despite being larger. The success of Teams, at least in relation to Slack, is an example of how Microsoft can make hits out of young products just by distributing it to its large collection of existing customers. The company has done this in the past with software like Internet Explorer in Windows and SharePoint in Office. In addition, teams is part of the Commercial Cloud category that investors watch closely; in the most recent quarter Microsoft’s Commercial Cloud revenue grew 41%. Shares of Slack haven’t ended any day higher than the $38.62 closing price on the day of the company’s market debut, June 20.

Using email properly

Since March 2017, Microsoft has included Teams in companies’ subscriptions to the Office 365 bundle of productivity software at no additional charge. In Teams, people can make calls and exchange messages with teammates, and work on Word and Excel files without switching to different applications. Later in 2017, Microsoft introduced a software bundle called Microsoft 365, which includes Windows 10, Office 365 subscription-based productivity apps and mobility and security tools. “Teams, I think, is a canonical example of the flagship of the Microsoft 365 product, which is person-centered, customer-centered,” said Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s executive vice president for experiences and devices, and the person responsible for Office at the company. “You select the group that you’re doing a project in or you’re working with, and all the tools and the applications and the context all comes to you there.” Microsoft uses it internally, too — including the senior leadership team that includes Jha alongside CEO Satya Nadella and finance chief Amy Hood. “We’ve got a Teams group, and not only are our meetings and our chats integrated in there, but our business dashboards, our shared documents or any other business process that we interact with is all in that same context of the Teams scaffolding,” Jha said. One such business process, he said, is a playbook for business continuity that Microsoft’s IT team built. Nadella is all about having Microsoft operate as one company, a conscious break against its historical tendency to break into warring silos, Jha said. So instead of having many one-on-one conversations, Nadella meets with Jha and the others on the senior leadership team for hours every Friday. This is reflected in how the group uses Teams. Jha said the group uses “less DMs [direct messages between individuals] and much more group messaging, much more shared context in the documents and business dashboard.” He added that he communicates with the leaders in his team in a similar fashion. Jha said he personally prefers Teams to email — he particularly appreciates the ability to react to messages through emojis in a more lightweight fashion than one can over email — although he also oversees Microsoft’s popular email programs, including Exchange and Outlook.

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He said Teams has helped email get used for the right things inside Microsoft. In certain contexts Jha is seeing less email communication, although he stopped short of saying he’s getting less email altogether after adopting Teams. “When I talk to customers or partners, or when I’m not logically in kind of a group with people where there’s sporadic, intermittent interaction, email is still the tool. But when I’m in the senior leadership team or my leadership team, or I’m in some project that’s about to launch in those groups, rather than going back and forth in email, it’s much more efficient to have the chats, the transcripts of meetings we’ve been in, the dashboards, the files, all of that in one place,” Jha said. The Teams user base even includes Microsoft co-founder and board member Bill Gates. “He’s a big email guy, but he’s started to use Teams as well,” Jha said. “It’s good to see that.”

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Facebook now shows you who uploaded and shared your information for other advertisers to target you

Facebook is updating the kinds of information users can see about why they’re viewing a certain ad. For the first time, Facebook users will be able to see what third-party data brokers and agencies are providing data to Facebook to target personalized ads. In the section, Facebook claims it matches that uploaded information to a person’s profile “without revealing your identity to the business, through a hashing process.” Facebook claims this ensures the company doesn’t see that information and


Facebook is updating the kinds of information users can see about why they’re viewing a certain ad. For the first time, Facebook users will be able to see what third-party data brokers and agencies are providing data to Facebook to target personalized ads. In the section, Facebook claims it matches that uploaded information to a person’s profile “without revealing your identity to the business, through a hashing process.” Facebook claims this ensures the company doesn’t see that information and
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Facebook now shows you who uploaded and shared your information for other advertisers to target you

Facebook is updating the kinds of information users can see about why they’re viewing a certain ad.

The changes to Facebook’s “Why am I seeing this ad?” experience, announced Thursday in a blog post, includes more specific information about why a user is being targeted by an ad with interests and categories. Users will now also be able to see more information about the businesses uploading lists of their information, and the advertisers using those lists to target ads.

The new features come as Facebook continues to grapple with its privacy practices and how it uses personal data to display ads. For the first time, Facebook users will be able to see what third-party data brokers and agencies are providing data to Facebook to target personalized ads.

Users will now be able to browse businesses that uploaded and shared a list with user information, including email addresses or phone numbers. In the section, Facebook claims it matches that uploaded information to a person’s profile “without revealing your identity to the business, through a hashing process.” Facebook claims this ensures the company doesn’t see that information and that a business can’t see the contact information of Facebook users.

For instance, those businesses sharing my information include Oracle Data Cloud, identity resolution company LiveRamp and media agency Starcom USA. In total, my information was uploaded by 74 businesses, according to Facebook.

Facebook also now shows the advertisers that are using that uploaded information to advertise to you. The list shows advertisers that uploaded a list from businesses and used that list to run at least one ad in the past seven days. On Thursday, that list included 57 advertisers, including HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” a car dealer in Chicago (where I used to live) and a lieutenant governor candidate in Mississippi. (I’ve never lived in Mississippi. I’ve actually never been to Mississippi).

Users will also show people reasons why they’re seeing an ad on Facebook. When users select “Why am I seeing this ad” in the dropdown menu of an ad, they’ll be able to see more detailed targeting information, like the interests or categories that matched them to a specific ad, as well as where that information came from if they had previously visited a website or liked a certain Facebook page.

On Facebook’s “Your ad preferences” page, users can browse this information, choose ad settings (like turning off ads based on data from outside advertisers and other companies) and hide certain ad topics.


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23andMe is moving into Apple’s territory with a pilot to pull in medical data, not just DNA

DNA-testing start-up 23andMe is experimenting with a new way to collect a lot more health data from millions of its users than just their DNA. The company is now asking a subset of customers if they’d be willing to incorporate their lab results, prescription information and medical history, after they’ve received the results from the genetic test. 23andMe, which has sold about 10 million at-home DNA testing kits, will be able to access that data if users let the company connect outside medical p


DNA-testing start-up 23andMe is experimenting with a new way to collect a lot more health data from millions of its users than just their DNA. The company is now asking a subset of customers if they’d be willing to incorporate their lab results, prescription information and medical history, after they’ve received the results from the genetic test. 23andMe, which has sold about 10 million at-home DNA testing kits, will be able to access that data if users let the company connect outside medical p
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23andMe is moving into Apple's territory with a pilot to pull in medical data, not just DNA

DNA-testing start-up 23andMe is experimenting with a new way to collect a lot more health data from millions of its users than just their DNA.

The company is now asking a subset of customers if they’d be willing to incorporate their lab results, prescription information and medical history, after they’ve received the results from the genetic test. 23andMe, which has sold about 10 million at-home DNA testing kits, will be able to access that data if users let the company connect outside medical providers using a third-party medical data network called Human API.

CNBC viewed the service in action earlier this week and the company confirmed that it’s a beta program that will be gradually rolled out to all users, but declined to comment further on its plans. The service is still being piloted, said a person familiar with the matter, and the product could change depending on how it’s received.

Such a move would bring the 23andMe squarely into Apple’s territory.

Apple, in recent years, has developed its own health records service, which aims to aggregate medical information including lab tests and prescriptions into the Health app on the iPhone.

One missing component from Apple’s program, however, is genetics data, which might present an opportunity for 23andMe to reach people who care about getting a deeper analysis of how their genetic information might impact their risk of disease.

23andMe’s pitch to users is that the service is an easy way to access health data, especially if it’s scattered across multiple systems, get new insights about their health, and assist with research. (Click the image to enlarge.)


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AT&T will soon automatically block annoying robocalls

AT&T said this week that it will soon block spam calls or alert customers of suspected spammers. The FCC mandated in February that U.S. carriers need to help stop spam calls. T-Mobile already offers customers two free tools, Scam Block and Scam ID, but Scam Block needs to be turned on first. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a can automatically screen calls for you, while iOS 13, which will roll out this fall, uses Siri to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers. Correction: A previous vers


AT&T said this week that it will soon block spam calls or alert customers of suspected spammers. The FCC mandated in February that U.S. carriers need to help stop spam calls. T-Mobile already offers customers two free tools, Scam Block and Scam ID, but Scam Block needs to be turned on first. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a can automatically screen calls for you, while iOS 13, which will roll out this fall, uses Siri to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers. Correction: A previous vers
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AT&T will soon automatically block annoying robocalls

AT&T said this week that it will soon block spam calls or alert customers of suspected spammers. The blocking will first activate for new lines and will then be applied to all existing accounts, the carrier said on Tuesday.

The feature will be on by default but can be turned off by users who don’t want it, per rules set by the Federal Communications Commission that require carriers to let customers opt out.

The FCC mandated in February that U.S. carriers need to help stop spam calls. Hiya, a spam-blocking app, estimates that 25.3 billion unwanted robocalls were received by U.S. wireless customers in the first half of this year alone, even to people who are registered on the Do Not Call list.

AT&T’s service is the first that will be on by default, instead of requiring users to opt in or download a separate app.

T-Mobile already offers customers two free tools, Scam Block and Scam ID, but Scam Block needs to be turned on first. Sprint charges a $2.99 fee for Premium Caller ID, and Verizon alerts customers if a call is from a suspected spammer. Google and Apple have worked to add spam blocking into Android and iOS too.

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a can automatically screen calls for you, while iOS 13, which will roll out this fall, uses Siri to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers.

Correction: A previous version of this story included an incorrect number of unwanted robocalls.


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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: Get off Facebook

“There are many different kinds of people, and [for] some, the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy,” Wozniak told TMZ . Or Facebook and its competitors should give the option of privacy, suggested Wozniak. “Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” he told USA Today in April. Alexa has already been in the news a lot, ” Wozniak said. Amazon told Bloomberg at the time that employees listen to “an extremely small


“There are many different kinds of people, and [for] some, the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy,” Wozniak told TMZ . Or Facebook and its competitors should give the option of privacy, suggested Wozniak. “Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” he told USA Today in April. Alexa has already been in the news a lot, ” Wozniak said. Amazon told Bloomberg at the time that employees listen to “an extremely small
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: Get off Facebook

“There are many different kinds of people, and [for] some, the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy,” Wozniak told TMZ . “But to many like myself, my recommendation is — to most people — is you should figure out a way to get off Facebook.”

The 68-year-old engineer and entrepreneur said as much to TMZ in Washington D.C. on Friday .

Or Facebook and its competitors should give the option of privacy, suggested Wozniak.

“People think they have a level of privacy they don’t. Why don’t they give me a choice?” Wozniak tells TMZ. “Let me pay a certain amount, and you’ll keep my data more secure and private then everybody else handing it to advertisers.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC Make It’s request for comment.

In April, 2018, Wozniak himself removed his Facebook account.

“I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It’s brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages,” he wrote before he deactivated his account, USA Today reported.

“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” he told USA Today in April. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”

“I don’t think we can stop it, though. But everything about you… I mean, they can measure your heartbeat with lasers now, they can listen to you with a lot of devices. Who knows if my cellphone’s listening right now. Alexa has already been in the news a lot, ” Wozniak said.

(In April, Bloomberg found thousands of Amazon employees listen to what people say when they speak to their Alexa virtual assistant, which is built into devices like the Amazon Echo. Amazon told Bloomberg at the time that employees listen to “an extremely small sample” to improve user experience.)

Fellow Apple bigwig, Tim Cook, CEO of the company, has also pointed fingers at much of the Silicon Valley tech cohort.

“Lately it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation – the belief you can claim credit without accepting responsibility,” Cook said in a Stanford University commencement address in June.

“We see it every day now with every data breach, every privacy violation, every blind eye turned to hate speech, fake news poisoning out national conversation, the false miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood.”

Cook continued: “It feels a bit crazy that anyone should have to say this, but if you built a chaos factory, you can’t dodge responsibility for the chaos.”

See also:

Ex-Apple exec: If I were Mark Zuckerberg, here’s what I’d do to get Facebook out of trouble

Here’s what happened when Steve Jobs called to buy this founder’s start-up

4 keys to launching a successful business, according to this entrepreneur who sold Siri to Steve Jobs


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YouTube launches on Fire TV, ending dispute between Amazon and Google

YouTube will launch on Amazon Fire TV devices on Tuesday. YouTube Kids and YouTube TV will launch later this year, Google said. Amazon did not sell Google products, such as the Google Home speaker and Nest cameras, which compete with the Amazon Echo and Amazon’s Ring cameras. Google decided to pull YouTube from Fire TV due to a “lack of reciprocity” from Amazon. YouTube will be available Tuesday on the Fire TV Stick, TV Cube and Toshiba, Element, Insignia and Westinghouse TVs with Amazon’s Fire


YouTube will launch on Amazon Fire TV devices on Tuesday. YouTube Kids and YouTube TV will launch later this year, Google said. Amazon did not sell Google products, such as the Google Home speaker and Nest cameras, which compete with the Amazon Echo and Amazon’s Ring cameras. Google decided to pull YouTube from Fire TV due to a “lack of reciprocity” from Amazon. YouTube will be available Tuesday on the Fire TV Stick, TV Cube and Toshiba, Element, Insignia and Westinghouse TVs with Amazon’s Fire
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YouTube launches on Fire TV, ending dispute between Amazon and Google

YouTube will launch on Amazon Fire TV devices on Tuesday. YouTube Kids and YouTube TV will launch later this year, Google said. Amazon Prime video will also be available on Google Chromecast products and Android TVs.

Google had originally promised to relaunch YouTube on the Fire TV in April after it pulled the app in December 2017 as competition between Google and Amazon began to heat up in the streaming space.

Amazon did not sell Google products, such as the Google Home speaker and Nest cameras, which compete with the Amazon Echo and Amazon’s Ring cameras. Google decided to pull YouTube from Fire TV due to a “lack of reciprocity” from Amazon. Amazon still doesn’t sell the Google Home, but it now sells Nest products.

A third-party YouTube app has been available on Fire TV devices, but it only brought users to YouTube’s website and was not a full-featured experience. The new YouTube app will support streaming in 4K HDR and users can ask Alexa to play videos from the service or control content, for example.

YouTube will be available Tuesday on the Fire TV Stick, TV Cube and Toshiba, Element, Insignia and Westinghouse TVs with Amazon’s Fire TV software installed.

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