Roku Hires Apple’s Chief Siri Architect For Software Role

(Bloomberg) — Roku Inc. has hired a Siri executive at Apple Inc. to lead advanced technology development.



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Brian Pinkerton has joined the San Jose, California-based maker of TV set-top-boxes and software where he will focus on “technical innovation and strategic software development across the platform,” the company said on Tuesday. His work will be broader than voice control, which was his specialty at Apple, where he was the chief architect of Siri until November, according to his LinkedIn page. Pinkerton was also previously chief technology officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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Roku sells several streaming video players to access video content as well as sound bars, but the company has increasingly focused on expanding its software platform and the Roku Channel streaming service. It has also been pushing for its software to be built into lower-end TVs, ceding

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Roku Hires Apple’s Former Chief Siri Architect for Software Role

(Bloomberg) — Roku Inc. has hired a senior manager for Siri at Apple Inc. to lead advanced technology development.



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Brian Pinkerton has joined the Los Gatos, California-based maker of TV set-top-boxes and software where he will focus on “technical innovation and strategic software development across the platform,” the company said on Tuesday. His work will be broader than voice control, which was his specialty at Apple, where he was the chief architect of Siri until November, according to his LinkedIn page. Pinkerton was also previously chief technology officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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Roku sells several streaming video players to access video content as well as sound bars, but the company has increasingly focused on expanding its software platform and the Roku Channel streaming service. It has also been pushing for its software to be built into lower-end

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How the chief of Cigna’s $250 million fund judges healthcare founders

  • Tom Richards, head of Cigna’s global business development, shared his criteria for healthcare bets with Business Insider. 
  • Cigna likes to bet on companies that are tackling specific problems that Cigna is also facing. As a huge health plan, it’s often a customer to the same vendors it bets on.
  • When it comes to the leadership team, Richards puts a premium on flexibility such as how they’ll respond to customer needs and change the solution accordingly. 
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Tom Richards, Cigna’s global head of business development, oversees the health plan’s $250 million venture fund for bets on up-and-coming startups. 

Richards has led the health plan’s strategy and M&A since 2013, according to his LinkedIn, though Cigna Ventures recently launched in 2018. Over the years, he’s developed a checklist for evaluating companies, including their founders and leadership teams. 

Fueled by the need to stay home, startups that

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Apple Software Chief Craig Federighi Defends App Tracking Transparency Feature

Following Apple’s confirmation that it still plans to introduce a new App Tracking Transparency feature that will let users know when companies want to track them across apps and websites, which has attracted criticism from companies such as Facebook, Craig Federighi has explained more about the rationale behind the change to The Independent.

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The App Tracking Transparency feature allows users to opt-out of data collection and choose whether advertisers can track their activity. While it was originally supposed to arrive with iOS 14 earlier this year, Apple postponed the feature until early 2021 to give developers more time to accommodate it.

Federighi told The Independent that the new feature can be put down to Apple’s support for privacy as a “core value” that has been present “since the beginning of the company,” citing how Steve Jobs highlighted the Apple II’s ability to allow users to secure their own information

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EU digital chief, tech giants call on new rules rescheduled to Dec. 2

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A video call between the European Union’s digital chief and Alphabet, Apple, Amazon and Facebook to discuss draft rules to curb their powers has been postponed until Dec. 2, an EU official said on Friday.



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Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, responsible for digital regulation, rescheduled the call from Nov. 24 because of an institutional engagement, the official said.

The call is to discuss proposed rules known as the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA) which Breton is scheduled to present on Dec. 9 together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

About 20 companies, which include Microsoft, Booking.com, Expedia, Trivago and DuckDuckGo have been invited on to the call.

The draft rules have been the subject of intense lobbying by tech companies

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Apple hires Intel’s chief diversity officer

Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Barbara Whye is leaving the company. Whye, who was also corporate vice president of social impact, had been in the role since 2017, following the departure of Danielle Brown for Google.



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Whye will join Apple as its new vice president of inclusion and diversity in 2021, the iPhone maker said late Thursday, confirming an earlier report by Fortune. The position has been vacant since June when Christie Smith, who had served as Apple’s inclusion and diversity chief since 2017, departed the company.

“An engineer by training and a globally recognized leader on issues of representation in the technology industry, Barbara has spent 25 years at Intel, helping the company make meaningful and durable positive change,” Apple said in a statement. “Now, she will bring her immense talents and

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‘Don’t count out technology,’ even as value stocks start to stage a comeback, says Oppenheimer’s strategy chief

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  • With positive COVID-19 vaccine news lifting value stocks related to the reopening trade, technology stocks have underperformed.
  • In fact, since September 23, value stocks have outperformed growth stocks across all market cap segments, according to a Monday note from Oppenheimer.
  • Technology investors should stay calm, as the underperformance of growth stocks over the past couple months likely has to do with a potential tax-hike under a Biden administration, the note said.
  • “Interest rates are likely to remain low for the intermediate term suggesting that growth will retain its attraction for investors,” Oppenheimer’s Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus said.
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Value stocks have staged a comeback over the past two months as investors bet that beaten down cyclical shares will surge on an economic reopening.

The outperformance in value stocks relative to growth stocks has become more pronounced over the past week, with

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Salesforce chief equality officer no longer reports to CEO Marc Benioff

  • Salesforce hired Tony Prophet as its first chief equality officer in 2016 and made a point of noting that he would report directly to CEO Marc Benioff.
  • It was a major sign of commitment to diversity and inclusion on the part of the enterprise-software giant.  Now, after an organizational shake-up earlier this year, Prophet no longer reports directly to Benioff. But his role has expanded.
  • He now reports to Brent Hyder, Salesforce’s chief people officer, Business Insider has learned. Prophet also took over Salesforce’s recruiting function in May.
  • Read Business Insider’s full story about Salesforce’s efforts to improve diversity and inclusion at the company here.
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When Salesforce hired Tony Prophet as its first chief equality officer in 2016, it made a point of noting that the new role would report directly to CEO Marc Benioff — a sign of the $236 billion cloud

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Tech groups’ services could face bans if they breach rules, EU industry chief says

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Technology companies’ services could be banned from the European market if they do not heed EU regulation, Europe’s industry chief Thierry Breton told German weekly Welt am Sonntag, as the European Commission finalizes rules on internet companies.

Breton will announce new draft rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Dec. 2.

The rules will set out a list of do’s and don’ts for gatekeepers – online companies with market power – forcing them to share data with rivals and regulators and not to promote their services and products unfairly.

The new draft rules come as critics of U.S. tech giants, which include companies and industry bodies, question the EU’s rulings against Alphabet <GOOGL.O> unit Google, saying they have not curbed its allegedly anti-competitive behaviour. Some want EU enforcers to go further than just ordering

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Led by former DoD digital chief and backed by ex-Google CEO, Rebellion Defense opens Seattle hub

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Seattle is not exactly known as a hotspot for national security software startups. But Matt Shobe hopes to carry forward the region’s history of defense-related work with Rebellion Defense, a year-old Washington D.C.-based startup that recently opened a new office in Seattle.

Shobe, a veteran Seattle-area entrepreneur, joined Rebellion Defense last year and is heading up the company’s Seattle engineering hub.

Rebellion Defense is led by co-founder and CEO Chris Lynch, another longtime Seattle tech leader who moved to D.C. in 2015 to launch the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service (DDS).

As director of the DDS, Lynch worked under three defense secretaries and helped lead the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract procurement process, along with the Hack the Pentagon bug bounty program. He departed in 2019 to launch Rebellion Defense.

The startup has attracted investors including former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who was chairman of the

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