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Statebacked hackers have targeted Trump Biden campaigns Google warns

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BOSTON — Google said state-backed hackers have targeted the campaigns of both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, although it saw no evidence that the phishing attempts were successful. Huntley said a Chinese group known as Hurricane Panda targeted Trump campaign staffers while an Iranian outfit known as Charming Kitten had attempted to breach accounts of Biden campaign workers. A Google spokesman added that “the timeline is recent and that a couple of people were targeted on both campaigns.” He would not say how many. His tweet referred to the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and subsequent online release of internal emails — some doctored — that U.S. investigators determined sought to assist the Trump campaign. Neither the Biden nor the Trump campaign would say how many staffers were targeted, when the attempts took place or whether the phishing was successful.

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Google Shakes Up Top Search, Advertising Leadership

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(Bloomberg) -- Alphabet Inc.’s Google is shaking up its leadership, putting control over the company’s search engine and advertising product teams under the same person and moving leaders who have been around since the company’s founding to less visible teams. The new advertising product chief, Jerry Dischler, will report to Raghavan, signaling that the two groups will now be run by one central leader. Philipp Schindler, Google’s chief business officer who oversees the company’s advertising operation and large ad sales force, will continue to report to Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai. Jen Fitzpatrick, another 20-year Google employee, will move from Maps to lead a group of engineers running the company’s internal tech infrastructure.

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Chinese and Iranian hackers targeted Biden and Trump campaigns, Google says

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Chinese and Iranian hackers targeted Biden and Trump campaigns, Google says. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the ongoing protests over racial inequality in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - State-backed hackers from China have targeted staffers working on the U.S. presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden, a senior Google security official said on Thursday. Last year, Microsoft Corp announced that a group often nicknamed Charming Kitten had tried to break into email accounts belonging to an unnamed U.S. presidential campaign, which sources identified as Trump's.

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zoom app: Zoom's Covid boom poses a challenge for big tech like Google, Apple, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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Together with Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc. and Microsoft Corp., these behemoths also reign over the stock market with their ballooning valuations. How can any smaller company hope to compete against such power in the current difficult environment? Many of these upstarts — from video-conferencing software maker Zoom Video Communications Inc. to cloud-computing firm Datadog Inc. — are emphatically winning even as the tech giants try to squash them. And they’re doing it in many cases by simply making a better product and having a laser focus on it. The reason is all companies – big or small – have finite top-tier engineering talent. And of course, companies tend to put their best people on their most important profit-making segments, versus any peripheral new markets, opening the door for the upstart specialists to thrive. Earlier this year, I wrote how corporations were flocking to software vendors such as Zoom for solutions on how to get the job done at a time when their employees were forced to work from home amid lockdown restrictions. Since then, Big Tech has taken particular aim at the software company as they sought to push their own video-conferencing tools.

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DocuSign Rival Startup Gets $5M Seed Funding From Google

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Anvil, a Silicon Valley startup working to simplify paperwork processing for businesses, has raised $5 million in seed funding, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) subsidiary Google's artificial intelligence investment arm Gradient Ventures led the funding round, according to TechCrunch. Anvil competes with companies like DocuSign Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU) that also help businesses make their paperwork process electronically and faster. The startup's Chief Executive Officer Mang-Git Ng told TechCrunch that DocuSign is "great for completing and executing a document," but is "lacking when it comes to actually creating the document," a gap that Anvil is looking to fill.

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zoom app: Zoom's Covid boom poses a challenge for big tech like Google, Apple, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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Together with Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc. and Microsoft Corp., these behemoths also reign over the stock market with their ballooning valuations. How can any smaller company hope to compete against such power in the current difficult environment? Many of these upstarts — from video-conferencing software maker Zoom Video Communications Inc. to cloud-computing firm Datadog Inc. — are emphatically winning even as the tech giants try to squash them. And they’re doing it in many cases by simply making a better product and having a laser focus on it. The reason is all companies – big or small – have finite top-tier engineering talent. And of course, companies tend to put their best people on their most important profit-making segments, versus any peripheral new markets, opening the door for the upstart specialists to thrive. Earlier this year, I wrote how corporations were flocking to software vendors such as Zoom for solutions on how to get the job done at a time when their employees were forced to work from home amid lockdown restrictions. Since then, Big Tech has taken particular aim at the software company as they sought to push their own video-conferencing tools.

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Google Takes Down 'Remove China Apps' With 5M Downloads

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Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) on Tuesday took down an app from Play Store that assisted users in finding and deleting which apps on their devices were developed by China-based companies. "Remove China Apps" had amassed more than 5 million users since late May, according to TechCrunch, which first reported the news. An Indian developer called "OneTouch AppLabs" had launched the app at the backdrop of rising tensions between India and China over a shared border. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi or other high ranking government officials haven't targeted the use of Chinese apps directly but aggressively called for the economic "self-reliance" of the country.

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Merkle Launches Performance Marketing Lab to Enable Cross-Channel Experiences through Data, Analytics, and Google Technology

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Merkle Launches Performance Marketing Lab to Enable Cross-Channel Experiences through Data, Analytics, and Google Technology. The Lab comprises a cross-functional team of data scientists, developers, analysts, media experts, and product engineers, who develop proprietary solutions and leverage best-in-class products to help brands ensure their adtech and martech investments deliver greater digital marketing value. “I’m excited to kickstart this hands-on Performance Marketing Lab to help brands develop better cross-channel marketing strategies, as we continue to see tremendous advancements in platform automation and adtech consolidation,” said Mierzejewski. “Merkle’s performance Marketing Lab is ideal for advertisers who are sitting on a mountain of first-party data, but aren’t quite sure how to put it to work in their marketing campaigns.

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Google pulls down Remove China Apps, Mitron from Play Store for policy violation

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Alphabet Inc''s Google had previously removed Mitron app - the popular Indian alternative for China''s TikTok. "Our global Play policies are designed to provide a safe and secure experience for our users while also giving developers the tools they need to succeed. When violations of these policies are identified, we have an established process of working with developers to help them find remedies," Google spokesperson said in response to an e-mail query. Remove China Apps helped users identify the country of origin for apps installed on the phone, highlighting Chinese ones and suggesting steps for removal. "Thank you all for your support in past 2 weeks. "You Are Awesome"," it said, and went on to provide a workaround to the app being removed from Goople Play Store. "TIP: It''s easy to find the origin of any app by searching on google by typing origin country.

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Twitter To Appoint Former Google CFO As Chairperson After Investor Push

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Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) named Patrick Pichette, a former Google executive as the board's chairperson, bringing an outsider to lead its board for the first time ever. Pichette, who served as a chief financial officer at Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) owned Google had been on the board as an independent director since the end of 2018, reported Reuters. Omid Kordestani, the outgoing executive chairperson, will continue to serve as a director on the 11-member board, which has three new members. The appointment of Pichette comes three months after Elliott Management hedge fund had pressed for the ouster of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

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