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Tech & Sanders

Big Tech opponent Bernie Sanders raises more money from Big Tech employees than anyone else – Sanders, an avowed democratic socialist, has been highly critical of tech companies. Their employees don’t seem to mind. … Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter employees funneled almost $270,000 into the Sanders campaign during the last three months of 2019, according to new fundraising disclosures filed this weekend. Almost half of that money came from employees of Google, according to an analysis for Recode by GovPredict.“


Apple Watch vs Schweiz

Apple now sells more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry – The Apple Watch continues to dominate the market – The Apple Watch wasn’t just the best-selling smartwatch last year, but also put the Swiss watch industry to shame, according to new sales estimates compiled by Strategy Analytics. The report estimates Apple shipped nearly 31 million units in 2019, a 36 percent jump over last year. The Swiss watch industry, which includes brands like Swatch and TAG Heuer, only shipped an estimated 21.1 million units, a 13 percent decline, Strategy Analytics says.“

The Verge

SAP: die deutsche Marke

SAP weiter wertvollste deutsche Marke – Deutlich vor Mercedes-Benz, BMW oder Adidas ist SAP die mit Abstand wertvollste deutsche Marke. Das hat zumindest Kantar ermittelt. – Europas größter Software-Konzern SAP hat nach Einschätzung von Beratern seine Spitzenposition als wertvollste deutsche Marke verteidigt. Mit einem errechneten Markenwert von 46,4 Milliarden Euro führt das Dax-Unternehmen aus Walldorf das Ranking „BrandZ Germany“ an, das vom Beratungsunternehmen Kantar und der Werbeholding WPP erstellt wird. Auf dem zweiten Platz landete die Deutsche Telekom (40,8 Mrd. Euro) und Mercedes-Benz (20,1 Mrd. Euro).“


Google Maps 15. Geburstag

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Maps, AI, Ads, and Ambient Navigation – On Google Maps‘ 15th anniversary, the CEO underscores the importance of machine learning, while downplaying Google’s dominance in advertising. – The future of Google Maps is one in which algorithms are drawing buildings, AR is helping you decide what to eat, and Google Maps technology exists more broadly outside of the actual Google Maps app.“



Uber shares spike as company says it will reach a key profitability goal sooner than expected – Uber’s revenue growth picked up in the quarter. – During the fourth quarter, Uber faced tighter regulations impacting its business in London and California and continued to slash costs. – It laid off hundreds of employees in its marketing, recruiting, Uber Eats and Advanced Technologies Group, among others, in October. – Shares spiked after hours as the company moved its EBITDA profitability forecast forward to Q4 2020.“



Pinterest shares surge as revenue, user adds beat estimates – Image sharing company Pinterest Inc beat analysts’ estimates for fourth-quarter revenue and profit on Thursday, as efforts to improve user interaction and expand globally paid off, sending its shares surging 17% in extended trading. – The company also beat estimates for average revenue per user and provided a bullish 2020 sales forecast as measures like adding augmented reality features to its platform and expanding into markets like Denmark, Norway and Switzerland attracted more users.“