Technology Pulse: A roundup of digital news
 
Technology Pulse: A roundup of digital news
08 JULY 2020 1:03 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes IHG pauses Facebook ads; IT hiring boost and more.

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IHG pauses Facebook advertising
InterContinental Hotels Group is one of several companies to pause its advertising on popular social media platform Facebook over concerns about the prevalence of hate speech, the BBC reports.

IHG told the news outlet the ad pause is global, and it is part of a unified “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign with Ford, Adidas, HP, Coca Cola, Unilever and Starbucks, among others.

Tech hiring jumps
More than 200,000 IT jobs were added across the U.S. in June according to CompTIA, The Wall Street Journal reports. A similar number of layoffs kept unemployment in the sector stable at 4.3%.

“At the start of COVID-19, there was a surge in demand for support professionals, people who can configure and deploy laptops in volume,” Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network Inc., told the newspaper.

Consolidation in food delivery
Food delivery, a space that has growing interactions with the hotel industry, is seeing some M&A of its own with an announced $2.65-billion all-stock deal for Uber to buy Postmates and boost its Uber Eats division, The New York Times reports.

“Together, Postmates and Uber Eats would have a 37% share of food delivery sales in the United States, according to Edison Trends, which tracks credit card spending. DoorDash would remain the largest player with 45%, while Grubhub would have 17%,” the newspaper reports.

Compiled by Sean McCracken.

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