Tag Archives: Microsoft

Financial Daily Dose 9.3.2020 | Top Story: CBO Projects U.S. Nat’l Debt Will Nearly Eclipse GDP for First Time Since WWII

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 3, 2020

New figures from the Congressional Budget Office predict that U.S. government debt will, thanks to the pandemic recession, just about eclipse the size of the nation’s GDP—a level not reached since just after World War II – CBO and WSJ and MarketWatch and NYTimes Still, fiscal hawks be damned, the Dow again topped 29,000 and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.31.2020 | Top Story: New Chinese Tech Law Threatens U.S. Bids for TikTok

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 31, 2020

Whoever emerges as the victor in the competition for TikTok will have to contend with another complication—this time from China, where on Friday the country “updated its export control rules to cover a variety of technologies it deemed sensitive, including technology that sounded much like TikTok’s personalized recommendation engine.” The change means that TikTok parent … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.28.2020 | Top Story: In Major Policy Shift, Fed Embraces Inflation to Keep Rates Low

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 28, 2020

In hotly anticipated comments on Thursday—and yes, such a designation applies to a speech on monetary policy—Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell “announced a major shift in how the central bank guides the economy, signaling it will make job growth pre-eminent and will not raise interest rates to guard against coming inflation just because the unemployment … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.24.2020 | Top Story: TikTok Confirms Plans to Sue U.S. over Recent Executive Orders Targeting App

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 24, 2020

More on TikTok’s plans to sue the U.S. over the White House’s recent executive orders seeking to block the app on American soil and force its owner, ByteDance, to sell its American assets. The company intends to argue that the EOs “deprived it of its due process and [claimed] it had been unfairly and incorrectly … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.6.2020 | Top Story: Facebook Launches Instagram Reels to Compete with TikTok

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 6, 2020

Never one to let a competitor’s misfortune pass by without looking for an opportunity, Facebook’s Instagram is hoping to capitalize on TikTok’s questionable U.S. status by launching Reels, a new feature that allows users to create easily sharable 15-second videos while syncing up their recordings “with clips of music or audio files that they record … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.4.2020 | Top Story: Twitter to Pay FTC Up to $250 Over Privacy Violations

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 4, 2020

Twitter will pay the Federal Trade Commission up to $250 million to “resolve new charges . . . that the social media giant breached a 2011 consent decree by using data provided for security purposes to target users with advertisements.” Twitter had collected the personal info—like phone numbers and email addresses—after a massive cyberhack in … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.3.2020 | Top Story: Microsoft in Talks to Acquire ByteDance’s U.S. TikTok Operations

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 3, 2020

Following recent histrionics from the White House, ByteDance, “the Chinese internet giant that owns TikTok, has offered to sell all of the popular video app’s American operations as a way to save the business from being banned” by the administration. Microsoft is one of several notable suitors for the site, though its precise path forward … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.15.2020 | Top Story: Reopening-Related COVID Surge Pauses Recent Market Rally

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 15, 2020

Rising infection rates around the U.S. and the globe are worrying markets, as fear of a second wave of cases linked with the reopening of the economy freaks out traders – WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch Coronavirus-related litigation looks to be a hot topic in America for months and years to come, which is why … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.12.2020 | Top Story: American Airlines Pledges Loyalty Program as Collateral for COVID Stimulus Package

BY: Juvian Hernandez | June 12, 2020

American Airlines Group Inc. stated that it plans to pledge its loyalty program “as collateral for a $4.75 billion government loan as it seeks to shore up capital to manage through the coronavirus pandemic.” The company expects second quarter revenue to be down about 90%. – WSJ Market Snapshot: S&P 500 gained 1.9%; Bloomberg Dollar Spot … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.3.2020 | Top Story: New Class Action Seeks Billions From Google Over Alleged Privacy Violations

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 3, 2020

A proposed class action filed in federal court in California on Tuesday accuses Google of “surreptitiously amass[ing] billions of bits of information—every day—about internet users even if they opt out of sharing their information.” The complaint seeks upwards of $5 billion in damages – Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 Highlights (term used generously) from Zuck’s … Continue reading