Tag: Amazon.com Inc

Amazon Offers Millions of Songs in High-Quality Audio. Even Neil Young Approves.

Amazon is hoping high-fidelity digital audio will appeal to all kinds of music fans, not just music snobs. On Tuesday, the company introduced a new subscription level of its streaming music service, offering millions of songs at high resolution — the first time a major streaming outlet has delved into a market long considered an […]

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There Is No Tech Backlash

It’s fun, and increasingly fashionable, to complain about technology. Our own devices distract us, others’ devices spy on us, social media companies poison public discourse, new wired objects violate our privacy, and all of this contributes to a general sense of runaway change careening beyond our control. No wonder there’s a tech backlash. But, really, […]

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House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms

A House committee investigating Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google over possible antitrust violations on Friday sent the four companies detailed requests for documents, emails and other communications. House investigators are seeking information on the big technology companies’ businesses, acquisitions and conduct in digital markets including internet search, advertising and e-commerce. The formal requests for information […]

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Review: In the Entrancing ‘Undone,’ Life Is But a Dream State

“Is this a dream?” Alma (Rosa Salazar) asks her father, Jacob (Bob Odenkirk), in the second episode of “Undone.” “No,” he says. “Well, partly.” It’s a reasonable question, and the answer makes more sense than you might assume. For starters, there is the little fact that Jacob is dead, killed one Halloween night years ago […]

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Rihanna’s Spectacular Sexy Underpants Variety Hour

On Tuesday night in Brooklyn, Rihanna made her bid for global underwear domination. It took place in the Barclays Center, against a gigantic set that was part stairway to heaven, part Roman Colosseum, part “Chicago” (the Bob Fosse version) and part “Laugh-In,” with a reflecting pool in the middle. It involved famous singers, famous models […]

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E.U.’s New Digital Czar: ‘Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet’

BRUSSELS — For five years, Margrethe Vestager, was the scourge of Silicon Valley, levying billions of dollars in fines and initiating investigations against Google, Apple and Facebook for violating antitrust laws and harming consumers. As the European Union’s competition commissioner, she, and her army of lawyers, became heroes to many critics of Big Tech, even […]

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How Democracy Dies, American-Style

Democracies used to collapse suddenly, with tanks rolling noisily toward the presidential palace. In the 21st century, however, the process is usually subtler. Authoritarianism is on the march across much of the world, but its advance tends to be relatively quiet and gradual, so that it’s hard to point to a single moment and say, […]

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Google Antitrust Investigation Outlined by State Attorneys General

The state attorneys general from about four dozen states officially declared on Monday that they are beginning investigations into the market power and corporate behavior of big tech companies. The formal declaration, delivered from the steps of the United States Supreme Court by a bipartisan group of state officials, adds investigative muscle and political momentum […]

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Amazon’s Effort to Recruit 30,000 Workers Collides With Saturated Job Market

SEATTLE — Engineers in the Bay Area. Advertising managers in Chicago. Freight specialists in Arizona. At Amazon, the job listings keep piling up, reflecting a company growing in many directions amid one of the tightest labor markets in memory. On Monday, Amazon said it had 30,000 open positions in the United States, including full- and […]

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How Each Big Tech Company May Be Targeted by Regulators

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have been the envy of corporate America, admired for their size, influence and remarkable growth. Now that success is attracting a different kind of spotlight. In Washington, Brussels and beyond, regulators and lawmakers are investigating whether the four technology companies have used their size and wealth to quash competition and […]

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How to Build Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust

Artificial intelligence has a trust problem. We are relying on A.I. more and more, but it hasn’t yet earned our confidence. Tesla cars driving in Autopilot mode, for example, have a troubling history of crashing into stopped vehicles. Amazon’s facial recognition system works great much of the time, but when asked to compare the faces […]

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The Human Cost of Amazon’s Fast, Free Shipping

This article is co-published with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom. When she added Gabrielle’s name to the chart in her kitchen, Judy Kennedy could picture the annual ritual. At birthdays she would ask her newest grandchild to stand up straight, heels against the door frame, so she could mark Gabrielle’s height beside that of her […]

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After Times of Turmoil, ‘Transparent’ Goes Out Singing

LOS ANGELES — Last February, Jill and Faith Soloway were filming the final episode of “Transparent” here at Paramount Pictures, in the studio’s cavernous Stage 14. It was the last day of a 20-day shoot, and Judith Light, as the nettlesome matriarch Shelly Pfefferman, was tearing through “Your Boundary Is My Trigger,” a show tune-slash-primal […]

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Hi, Alexa. How Do I Stop You From Listening In On Me?

Many of us ask the digital companions in our homes, whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant, to handle innocuous tasks like setting a timer and playing music. What most of us may not realize is that in some instances, there might be a person listening in, too. In two separate reports in […]

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Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite

SAN FRANCISCO — In George Orwell’s “1984,” the classics of literature are rewritten into Newspeak, a revision and reduction of the language meant to make bad thoughts literally unthinkable. “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” one true believer exults. Now some of the writer’s own words are getting reworked in Amazon’s vast virtual […]

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Amazon Uses a Twitter Army of Employees to Fight Criticism of Warehouses

On Wednesday evening, a phalanx of Amazon employees known as “FC ambassadors” began tweeting again about how great it is to work at Amazon. When the ambassadors see others on social media discussing the brutal working conditions at Amazon fulfillment centers, its anti-union actions or anything else unflattering about the company, they step in to […]

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The Phony Patriots of Silicon Valley

Not long ago, many leading technologists considered themselves too lofty and idealistic to concern themselves with the petty affairs of government. John Perry Barlow, a lion of the early internet, addressed his “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” to the “governments of the industrial world,” saying that for him and his fellow netizens, these creaky […]

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Can Netflix, the King of Stand-Up Specials, Be Dethroned?

Imagine Netflix died. What happens to stand-up comedy? This may seem like an outlandish hypothetical since Netflix is the most powerful player in comedy today. But in the current media landscape, when major new streaming services will be entering the market in the new year including Disney and AT&T (which owns HBO), uneasy lies the […]

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The Secret History of ‘Easter Eggs’

Every car can accelerate, brake and turn. But only the Tesla Model X can put on a three-minute dance performance. The windows open, the speakers blast a holiday carol, the exterior lights flash in sequence, the front doors open and close, and the gull-wing doors rise, arch and flap to the music. That roboshow is […]

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