Tag: Amazon.com Inc

Trump Says He May Intervene in Huge Pentagon Contract Sought by Amazon

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Thursday that he was looking “very seriously” at intervening in the hard-fought commercial battle for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract for which Amazon, a company he has frequently attacked, is seen as the leading contender. For the president to weigh in on the award of a major […]

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Amazon Faces E.U. Inquiry Over Data From Independent Sellers

LONDON — Amazon is coming under scrutiny from the European Commission over how it collects and uses data from third-party sellers who appear on the retailing giant’s website and whether that breaches antitrust rules. The investigation was announced on Wednesday as the latest effort by European regulators to examine antitrust concerns about giant technology firms. […]

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‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers leveled stinging criticism and sharp questions at Big Tech executives on Tuesday, attacking Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market power, their perceived bias as gatekeepers of communication and Facebook’s ambitions to reshape the financial industry. The criticisms came at three hearings on Capitol Hill that showcased Washington’s widening range of […]

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Emmy Nominations 2019: What to Watch For

Here’s what you need to know: ImageFrom left, Kristofer Hivju, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones.”CreditHelen Sloan/HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ is likely to lead the nominations. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has won more Emmys — 47 — than any other prime-time series in TV history. A three-time best drama winner, the epic show based […]

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Beware. Other Nations Will Follow France With Their Own Digital Tax.

Last Thursday, the French Senate passed a digital services tax, which would impose an entirely new tax on large multinationals that provide digital services to consumers or users in France. Digital services include everything from providing a platform for selling goods and services online to targeting advertising based on user data, and the tax applies […]

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Judge Clears Way for Amazon and Microsoft to Compete for Giant Pentagon Contract

SEATTLE — A federal judge ruled on Friday that Amazon did not unduly influence the shape of one of the largest technology contracts in the Pentagon’s history, setting the stage for the Department of Defense to choose between Amazon and Microsoft for the $10 billion project. Oracle had alleged that Amazon and the Defense Department […]

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As Nations Look to Tax Tech Firms, U.S. Scrambles to Broker a Deal

WASHINGTON — For most of the 21st century, wealthy nations have engaged in a race to the bottom on corporate taxes, cutting rates in an effort to poach business activity across borders. Very quickly, that script has flipped. Developed countries are now moving to impose new taxes on technology companies, like Facebook and Google, that […]

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Prime Day’s Best Sellers by Year

Each July for the past four summers, Amazon has held a (made-up) retail holiday called Prime Day, offering some of the deepest discounts of the year on all kinds of things. Amazon doesn’t announce Prime Day deals ahead of time, so you can’t exactly plan out your purchases. But based on what we’ve seen over […]

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Alexa Now Gives U.K. Users N.H.S. Medical Advice

LONDON — “Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?” When British users ask Amazon’s voice assistant system for medical advice, it can respond as of Wednesday with the authority of an organization once described as “the closest thing the English have to a religion”: the country’s National Health Service. The collaboration, described by Britain’s Department […]

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‘Friends’ to Leave Netflix for HBO Max, AT&T’s New Streaming Service

After AT&T spent over $80 billion to acquire Time Warner in part to take on Netflix, the phone giant’s new streaming service finally has a name: HBO Max. The company also announced it will debut next spring and will offer 10,000 hours of content, including exclusive access to the hit show “Friends.” What will be […]

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The Great Race to Rule Streaming TV

When Nick Weidenfeld heard what happened at HBO last summer, he was thrilled. “Everyone I knew was texting that article around, saying, ‘What the [expletive]!’ ” Weidenfeld, an independent TV producer, recently recalled. A lot of people who work in Hollywood were spooked by the news, but not him: “I thought it was amazing.” Weidenfeld was […]

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Your Inbox Is Spying on You

Call it the Five Stages of Privacy Erosion. Tech Company builds popular product. Product is exposed in the press for doing something shady behind the scenes. Tech Company apologizes/clarifies/signals a fix. Brief phase of collective rejoicing and moving on. It’s revealed (usually by the same people) that Product was never really fixed. That’s the rough […]

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Letting the Internet Regulate Itself Was a Good Idea — in the 1990s

Tech regulation may be the only thing on which a polarized Capitol Hill can agree. “We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, and perhaps we will,” President Trump recently declared. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, has made the breakup of tech companies a central plank of her campaign. Even Silicon […]

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Suspect in Mackenzie Lueck Case Wrote a Novel With 2 Burning Deaths

A Utah man who the authorities said had the charred remains of a missing university student in his backyard appears to have previously published a book that includes the burning deaths of two people. The man, Ayoola Ajayi, 31, is suspected of killing the student, Mackenzie Lueck, shortly after she returned to Salt Lake City […]

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Inside an Amazon Warehouse, Robots’ Ways Rub Off on Humans

The last person to touch an item at an Amazon fulfillment center is the packer, whose job is to stick each order in a box and tape it shut. As with most jobs, being a packer is more complicated than it looks. Michael Waterman, a packer at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse, told me that when […]

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Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts Are Worried About the 2020 Census

In the run-up to the 2020 census, the government has embraced technology as never before, hoping to halt the ballooning cost of the decennial head count. For the first time, households will have the option of responding online, and field workers going door to door will be equipped with smartphones to log the information they […]

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Meet the Man Quietly Building the Tesla of Trucks, With Jeff Bezos Aboard

NORMAL, Ill. — By definition, the time of the world’s richest man is pretty valuable. But early last fall, Jeff Bezos sought out a 36-year old entrepreneur named R.J. Scaringe and spent the better part of a day in Plymouth, Mich., at the company he founded, Rivian. Mr. Bezos got a preview of Rivian’s electric […]

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