Tag: Amazon.com Inc

Silicon Valley’s Biggest Foe Is Getting Even Tougher

BRUSSELS — Margrethe Vestager spent the past five years developing a well-earned reputation as the world’s top tech industry watchdog. From her perch overseeing Europe’s competition rules, she fined Google more than $9 billion for breaking antitrust laws, and forced Apple to pay about $14.5 billion for dodging taxes. Now she says that work, which […]

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The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About to Change.

LOS ANGELES — Every three decades, or roughly once a generation, Hollywood experiences a seismic shift. The transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s. The rise of broadcast television in the 1950s. The raucous “I Want My MTV” cable boom of the 1980s. It is happening again. The long-promised streaming revolution — the […]

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Amazon Protesting Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract

Amazon on Thursday said it planned to officially challenge the Pentagon’s surprise decision last month to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, setting off another legal battle over the lucrative, decade-long project. Amazon said it had notified a federal court of its plans to protest the government’s decision. In a statement, a spokesman […]

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We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases

SAN FRANCISCO — Last fall, Google unveiled a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology called BERT that changed the way scientists build systems that learn how people write and talk. But BERT, which is now being deployed in services like Google’s internet search engine, has a problem: It could be picking up on biases in the way […]

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Woody Allen and Amazon Settle Breach of Contract Lawsuit

Woody Allen and Amazon settled a breach of contract lawsuit that the director had filed after the company backed out of a four-picture movie deal because #MeToo allegations from the 1990s had resurfaced against him. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in a one-page filing on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan. […]

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Powerful Coalition Pushes Back on Anti-Tech Fervor

WASHINGTON — Thomas Lambert, a professor at the University of Missouri’s law school, gave his former colleague Josh Hawley a warning before Mr. Hawley became a senator in January. Mr. Lambert had been wary of Mr. Hawley’s decision in 2017, as Missouri’s attorney general, to open an antitrust investigation into Google, saying he didn’t see […]

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The Great Streaming Space-Time Warp Is Coming

This may be TV’s biggest fall ever. It could also be its last. By “biggest,” I mean as measured by volume. In addition to the usual slate of broadcast premieres — still operating on a back-to-school schedule like half a century ago — and the cable premieres, and the Netflix season drops, two entire new […]

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California Attorney General Is a No-Show on Tech Investigations

WASHINGTON — When numerous state attorneys general gathered last month on the steps of the Supreme Court to announce an antitrust investigation into Google, one was conspicuously absent: Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general. He was also missing from a list of state attorneys general publicly signing on to a joint antitrust investigation into Facebook, released […]

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Amazon’s Cash Complicates Seattle’s Bold Plan to Limit Corporate Influence

SEATTLE — In 2015, Seattle voters approved a plan to foil corporate political contributions, creating “democracy vouchers” that allow residents to assign public campaign funds to local candidates of their choice. With the goal of amplifying the voices of regular people and diluting the influence of powerful donors, the voucher program has since drawn the […]

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Amazon Turns to More Free Grocery Delivery to Lift Food Sales

SEATTLE — Amazon has yet to find the key to unlocking huge grocery sales. Now, the company is trying a new tack: free delivery for more people. On Tuesday the company announced free two-hour grocery delivery for Prime members in more than 20 major metropolitan areas. The changes eliminate what had been a monthly $14.99 […]

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The Impact of Your Online Shopping Habits

Weather: Dry and sunny, with a high in the mid-60s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Friday (All Saints Day). ImageCredit…Brittainy Newman/The New York Times The Times’s Matthew Haag and Winnie Hu report: Click, click, purchase. Days (or sometimes hours) later, a package arrives. Thanks to the internet and behemoths like Amazon and FreshDirect, buying food, […]

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1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets

An Amazon order starts with a tap of a finger. Two days later — or even in a matter of hours — the package arrives. It seems simple enough. But to deliver Amazon orders and countless others from businesses that sell over the internet, the very fabric of major urban areas around the world is […]

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Microsoft Wins Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract, Thwarting Amazon

The Department of Defense has awarded a $10 billion technology contract to Microsoft, in what was a closely scrutinized contest after President Trump said he might intervene in the hard-fought commercial battle. The decision, announced Friday, was a surprise because Amazon had been considered a front-runner to win the 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise […]

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Amazon Earnings: Profit Falls Sharply as Company Buys Growth

SEATTLE — Amazon is back in the business of buying growth. The company has been investing heavily to keep its giant core businesses growing at the expense of profits. For its retail business, that means spending to ship items to customers in just one day, an expensive proposition that the company said has already kicked […]

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Amazon’s First Fully Automated Factory Is Anything But

Editors’ note: This is part of the Op-Eds From the Future series, in which science fiction authors, futurists, philosophers and scientists write Op-Eds that they imagine we might read 10, 50 or even 200 years from now. The challenges they predict are imaginary — for now — but their arguments illuminate the urgent questions of […]

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How Amazon Has Transformed the Hasidic Economy

They are a religious community known for clinging to 18th-century fashions and mores — strict rules that keep men and women apart and constraints on attire, with men favoring black suits and formal hats and women in long sleeves and long skirts. But when it comes to doing business, Hasidic Jews have become enamored with […]

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Australian Booksellers Block Sales of Ronan Farrow’s Book

SYDNEY, Australia — Two of Australia’s biggest online booksellers have suspended sales of Ronan Farrow’s new book after one of the men who is prominent in it threatened legal action. The book, “Catch and Kill,” which details Farrow’s investigation of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, was unavailable on Booktopia, a major Australian online book retailer, […]

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2,200 Viewed Germany Attack Before Twitch Removed Post

Twitch, the Amazon-owned live-streaming platform known for its video game content, is developing another, darker reputation as a place to find footage of mass shootings. On Wednesday, a heavily armed man with a head-mounted camera live-streamed his shooting rampage in Halle, Germany, on Twitch for more than 35 minutes. Two people were killed and two […]

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Behind Amazon’s Abrupt Change in Its Film Strategy

LOS ANGELES — “The Aeronauts,” an adventure film about swashbuckling 19th-century hot-air balloonists, was built for the big screen. Led by an Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne, and a “Star Wars” star, Felicity Jones, it has real cinematic sweep, with sequences that take place miles above sea level. In May, Amazon Studios announced that the movie […]

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Review: ‘Transparent’ and Its Unsettling Technicolor Dream Theater

“Transparent,” when it arrived on Amazon in 2014, did what great TV does: It made the medium bigger. Most obviously, it made room for more kinds of characters. The story of Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a senior citizen coming out to her adult children as transgender, it was one of the first series to signal […]

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Twitch Has the Gamers but Yearns for a Wider Audience (Like YouTube’s?)

Without video games, Twitch would not be what it is now: a live-streaming platform with millions of devoted viewers and broadcasters, some of them with tattoos of the company’s logo. But the company, which Amazon bought five years ago for more than $1 billion, has ambitions beyond serving fans of Fortnite and World of Warcraft. […]

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