YouTube's CEO is asking for help fighting a new copyright bill as Google's troubles in Europe mount (GOOG, GOOGL)

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  • YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote a letter to YouTube videomakers asking them for help fighting proposed changes to copyright in Europe. 
  • The letter comes at a time when YouTube’s prospects are fraught with regulatory troubles. 
  • It’s doubtful that YouTube users can sway European regulators. The company’s credibility is largely shot there.
  • If Google is going to improve its position in Europe, it’s largely going to be done at the negotiating table and through changes to its business practices.

Google’s business prospects in Europe seem to grow bleaker all the time.

The company faces multiple probes, fines, and new rules that could raise costs and slice into revenue.

On Monday, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, appealed for help from the people who post clips to the web’s top video-sharing site.

In a blog post to YouTube’s creators, Wojcicki wrote that a new piece of legislation in Europe threatens to “shut down the ability of millions of people … to upload content to platforms like YouTube,” and is “a threat to both your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world … tell the world through social media and your channel why the creator economy is important and how this legislation will impact you.”

Wojcicki is referring to is Article 13, a proposed law in the European Union that throws more responsibility for fighting copyright violations on to social networks like Facebook and video-sharing platforms like YouTube.

Wojcicki’s claim that Article 13 would break the internet is part of a familiar strategy. A decade ago, the US film and music sectors pushed hard for a law that gave law enforcement the power to shut down suspected pirate sites, but Google, Wikipedia, and their allies whipped up opposition and killed it.

But her plea now is unlikely to bring the same success. Google, YouTube’s parent company, has suffered multiple hits to its credibility the past year.

In all cases, the company has denied it broke any rules.

The company has also tried working things out at the negotiating table.

YouTube has tried to improve its relationship with the big entertainment companies. The big music labels are impressed by the money brought in by streaming-subscription services, such as Spotify. So YouTube launched a similar service.

And last week, the video-sharing service made it easier for users to buy concert tickets on the site.

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A new survey suggests Salesforce and SAP have an early lead over Amazon and Google in the next frontier in tech (CRM, AMZN, GOOGL, MSFT, SAP)

Cloud giants Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are all touting their artificial intelligence bona fides.

But the companies that are already embracing AI technologies are more frequently turning to the likes of SAP and Salesforce for such capabilities.

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Although many of those early adopter corporations are tapping into the AI technologies of the cloud service providers, more of them are getting such features from enterprise software companies, according to a new study from consulting firm Deloitte. For many corporations, that’s “perhaps the easiest path” to incorporating AI into their businesses, analysts Jeff Loucks, Tom Davenport, and David Schatsky said in the report.

“These systems have the advantage of access to immense data sets (often their own customers’ data), and can often be used ‘out of the box’ by employees with no specialized knowledge,” they said.

For the study, Deloitte in the third quarter surveyed some 1,100 executives at US companies representing 10 different industries. All those surveyed represented companies that are already testing or using AI in at least one of their business functions.

Some 59% of those surveyed said they were using AI from the provider of their customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, or other enterprise software. Among the enterprise software firms that offer such capabilities is Salesforce, whose Salesforce Einstein can help companies identify which potential clients are most likely to sign up as customers; and SAP, whose Leonard machine learning technology can help companies analyze their data.

Still, many of the AI earlier adopters are also tapping into the capabilities of the cloud vendors such as Amazon and Google. That was the third most popular method of getting access to such technologies, cited by some 49% of those surveyed.

In many cases, though, executives at the early adopters indicated that they feel a need to develop their own AI technologies, rather than relying on those solely created by other companies. The second most popular way executives named for developing or acquiring AI was to codevelop it with partners; 53% of those surveyed said that was what their companies were doing. Meanwhile, some 49% of companies said they were using open-source tools to develop AI capabilities, and 39% said they were using crowdsourcing services.

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Atlassian's stock just got whacked, but Wall Streeters still see a bright future ahead

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Australian team productivity software company Atlassian saw its stock drop 14% on Friday after it announced its earnings, falling from $81.89 on Thursday evening to $70.18 by the end of Friday. The stock has since rebounded slightly, and was trading at $72.64 on Monday evening.

Atlassian reported revenue that beat Wall Street analyst’s expectations by 3%, but the beat left some investors disappointed.

“While they guided up, they didn’t guide as much as people had hoped and expected,” Joel Fishbein, Jr., a software and cloud technology analyst at BTIG, told Business Insider. “The operating margins are a little bit less than what Wall Street had expected.”

Here’s what it reported:

  • Revenue: $267.3 million. Analysts polled by Bloomberg were expecting $260 million.
  • Net income per diluted share: $0.20. Wall Street forecasted $0.19 a share.
  • Revenue guidance (next quarter): $287 million to $289 million. Analysts are predicting $281 million.
  • Net income per diluted share guidance (next quarter): $0.21. Wall Street was forecasting $0.20 a share.

The question going forward is whether Atlassian can penetrate the IT market, analysts say. The company has strong product demand, according to Fishbein, and just before the end of the quarter, Atlassian increased pricing for its products, meaning there’s a potential upside to the numbers next quarter.

Atlassian is focused on serving the IT market. At the start of fiscal 2019, Atlassian announced its acquisition of IT alerts technology company OpsGenie for about $295 million and introduced a new incident management platform called Jira Ops. Atlassian also just revamped Jira, its oldest and most well-known software product. The first quarter is off to a strong start so far, Fishbein says.

This past year, Atlassian partnered with Slack, and one of Atlassian’s key products, Trello, saw its user base grow to over 35 million people. Atlassian also surpassed 100,000 cloud customers.  Morgan Stanley analysts also believe that Atlassian has strong growth potential, as there are 100 million technical users around the world up for grabs.

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Uber’s head of corporate development resigns

Less than one month after The Wall Street Journal reported allegations of sexual misconduct by Cameron Poetzscher, Uber’s head of corporate development, Poetzscher has resigned, according to the WSJ.

Uber has confirmed Poetzscher’s resignation to TechCrunch. While Uber searches for a new corporate development lead, Uber CFO Nelson Chai will oversee Poetzscher’s duties.

“We thank Cam for his four and a half years of service to Uber,” an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Uber had previously hired an outside firm to look into allegations against Poetzscher. That firm reportedly found Poetzscher did indeed have a history of making sexual remarks about female Uber employees. Uber reportedly proceeded to give him a formal warning, reduced his annual bonus and required that Poetzscher take sensitivity training.

However, Uber later promoted him to acting head of finance. At the time of the WSJ’s article last month, Poetzscher said he was “rightfully disciplined” and that he had “learned from this error in judgment.”

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Guillermo del Toro is making a stop-motion Pinocchio movie for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro, the Academy Award-winning director of “The Shape of Water” (not to mention “Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Pacific Rim”) is making a new version of “Pinocchio” for Netflix.

I’d thought that after del Toro’s awards victory earlier this year, he might finally make his long-thwarted adaptation “At the Mountains of Madness.” And while I’m not giving up hope that I’ll see a del Toro-helmed version of the classic H.P. Lovecraft horror story one day, it seems that he’s going in a different direction for now.

The official announcement from Netflix describes this as del Toro’s “lifelong passion project,” and says that it will be both a stop-motion animated film and a musical.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro said in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

This isn’t the director’s first project for Netflix — he previously created the animated series “Trollhunters,” and he has another series in the works for the streaming service, “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.” Netflix says that in addition to directing the film with Mark Gustafson (“The Fantastic Mr. Fox”), he will co-write and co-produce it. The Jim Henson Company (which is also making a “Dark Crystal” prequel series for Netflix) and ShadowMachine are producing as well.

Netflix also announced today that it’s raising an additional $2 billion in debt to fund its original content plans. It says production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall.

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Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe leaves Facebook

The big picture: Facebook has lost at least half a dozen high-profile executives in the last year that came aboard as a result of acquisitions. While it’s not unsurprising that founders may not agree with a new owners’ vision, the fact that so many people have departed in such a short period is telling.

Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe is the latest executive to leave Facebook. Iribe, who joined the social network when it acquired Oculus in 2014, announced his departure on Monday.

Iribe said this will be the first real break he’s taken in over 20 years. He’ll use the time to “recharge, reflect and be creative,” adding that he’s excited about the next chapter.

According to TechCrunch, Iribe’s departure comes as a result of an internal shake-up last week that involved the cancellation of the PC-powered Rift 2 virtual reality headset. The source said Iribe and Facebook’s executive team had “fundamentally different views on the future of Oculus that grew deeper over time” and Iribe wasn’t interested in a “race to the bottom.”

Fellow Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey departed Facebook in March 2017. In a recent interview with CNBC, Luckey said it wasn’t his choice to leave.

Other key figures that joined Facebook via acquisition, including WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum and Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, walked away earlier this year. Clashes over future plans were reportedly involved in both departures.

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This Weirdly Geometric Iceberg Is Freaking Us Out

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Well here’s something you don’t see everyday: an iceberg so unbelievably geometric in shape you’d think it was deliberately carved with a gigantic chainsaw. Scientists have documented this sort of thing before, but this latest ‘berg, which recently split from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, happens to be a rather extraordinary example.

What you’re looking at here is a tabular iceberg. Unlike the icebergs of non-tabular variety, such as the irregularly shaped berg that sunk the Titanic, these chunks of ice are distinguished by their flat tops, steep sides, and sometimes massive sizes. At their largest, tabular icebergs can extend for hundreds of miles in length, and reach hundreds of feet below the surface.

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NASA scientists spotted this iceberg in Antarctica on October 16 as part of the Operation IceBridge program—an ongoing mission to monitor polar regions and track the planet’s global climate system.

Tabular icebergs are the remnants of calving events, where a large strip of ice breaks free from an ice shelf. In this case, an uncannily square-shaped iceberg broke away from Larsen C, the same ice shelf that produced the gigantic A-68 iceberg back in July 2017. Based on its relatively smooth edges and pristine condition, this berg likely only calved very recently, according to NASA.

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Speaking to LiveScience, University of Maryland Earth scientist Kelly Brunt compared calving events to a long fingernail that eventually snaps off at the end; the process often results in seemingly perfect geometric edges. This berg hasn’t been measured yet, but Brunt says it’s about one mile across (1.6 kilometers), which isn’t not particularly large. By contrast, iceberg A68’s surface area measured some 2,240 square miles (5,800 kilometers) at the time of calving. Brunt added that only about 10 percent of the iceberg’s mass is visible, the rest being underwater. So what you’re seeing here is only the tip of the…uh…you know what.

Needless to say, this photograph isn’t telling us the whole story. It’s doubtful the entire iceberg is perfectly geometric throughout. But who cares—this photo is an instant classic.

[NASA via LiveScience]

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Donald Trump has an upsetting new nickname for Ted Cruz

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The long, twisted relationship between President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) continues as Trump coins a new nickname for one of his most heated 2016 GOP rivals: “Beautiful Ted.”

Trump shared his new nickname for Cruz while speaking to reporters on Monday as he prepared to leave for yet another rally, this time down in Texas in support of the senator’s re-election efforts.

“Beautiful Ted” and “Texas Ted” are a far cry from the “Lyin’ Ted” moniker Trump slapped on Cruz during the 2016 GOP presidential primary. 

Befriending a former inter-party opponent isn’t out of the norm (see: Obama and Hillary Clinton.) But there was nothing normal about the downright ugly relationship Cruz and Trump had during the 2016 race, which included insults aimed at wives and baseless conspiracy theories

Because of course who could forget the 2016 election’s connection to the John F. Kennedy assassination by way of the National Enquirer?

Trump, by the way, says he regrets nothing.

With Cruz facing a stiff challenge from Democratic opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke, he’s called in the president to fly down and do the MAGA rally act he’s been putting on all over the country recently.  This, despite calling Trump a “sniveling coward” on the campaign trail in 2016 and being booed at the 2016 RNC where Trump was coronated as the official GOP candidate.

If Monday’s rally is anything near as awkward as that time Cruz phone-banked for Trump, we’re in for a delight.

Politics does, indeed, make strange bedfellows.

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