Tag: Amazon

Breaking Up Amazon Won’t Solve Its Climate Problem

Elizabeth Warren’s biggest foe in her campaign for the Democratic nomination isn’t one of the nearly 20 candidates she’s competing against. It’s Amazon. The senator, who released a plan in March to break up Big Tech, attacked the e-commerce behemoth for the umpteenth time in a CNN town hall on Tuesday. Giant tech companies have […]

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Amazon Reportedly Launching High Fidelity Music Streaming Service by Year End

Amazon is reportedly in talks to license and offer a new premium music subscription service by the end of 2019 with high definition content. This could give Amazon’s music streaming service a major advantage over Apple Music and Spotify which have been gaining millions of subscribers every quarter. Amazon is talking to a number of […]

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Amazon sets one-day delivery goal after profit surge

(Reuters) — Amazon.com plans to deliver packages to members of its loyalty club Prime in just one day, instead of two days, part of a spending ramp-up that may curb near-term profits and will up the ante for retail rivals such as Walmart. Shares rose as much as 2 percent in after-hours trade on Thursday […]

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Amazon reports $59.7 billion in Q1 2019 revenue: AWS up 41%, subscriptions up 40%, and ‘other’ up 34%

Amazon today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2019, including revenue of $59.7 billion, net income of $3.6 billion, and earnings per share of $7.09 (compared to revenue of $51.0 billion, net income of $1.6 billion, and earnings per share of $3.27 in Q1 2018). North American sales were up 17% to $35.8 […]

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I Bought This $20 Clarisonic Dupe, and My Skincare Regimen Has Never Been The Same

No Thought, Just BoughtBefore making most purchases, we meticulously research all of our options, wait for deals, and try to make an informed buying decision. But sometimes, we just buy things on a whim, and end up loving them anyway. No Thought, Just Bought is a space to share the impulse purchases that exceeded our […]

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Elijah Wood Thinks It’s ‘Crazy’ How Much Money Amazon Is Spending On A ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Show

AMAZON Any article about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show must begin with the $1 billion price-tag. That’s $250 million for the rights and $750 million for, y’know, actually making the thing. That’s a lot of money. Just imagine how many po-tay-toes you could buy for a billion bucks. Even Elijah Wood, who played Frodo […]

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Amazon Employees Who Listen to Alexa Requests Can Also Learn Customers’ Home Address

Earlier this month, there was a report that outlined how some Amazon employees have access to listen in on Alexa requests doled out by customers out in the real world. Now, a follow-up report suggests that available information for those employees could include home addresses. Bloomberg reports this week that it has learned those Amazon […]

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Mozilla highlights AI bias and ‘addiction by design’ tech in internet health report

Mozilla today released the 2019 Internet Health Report, an analysis that brings together insights from 200 experts to examine issues central to the future of the internet. This year’s report chose to focus primarily on injustice perpetuated by artificial intelligence, what NYU’s Natasha Dow Schüll calls “addiction by design” tech like social media apps and […]

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Amazon’s in-garage delivery service is now open for business

Amazon has officially launched its in-garage delivery offering for Prime customers in the U.S., nearly four months after first announcing the service. Key for Garage, as it’s known, is an extension to the broader Amazon Key service that debuted back in 2017, which allows delivery drivers to leave packages in customers’ homes while they’re out, […]

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Amazon’s AI system could cut Alexa speech recognition errors by 15%

A few months back, Amazon detailed some of the underlying systems that prevent Alexa from responding when someone says the wake word “Alexa” on TV, in an internet ad, or on the radio. But how does Amazon’s voice assistant filter out everyday background noise? A blog post and accompanying research paper (“End-to-End Anchored Speech Recognition“) […]

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Amazon strikes at Spotify with new free streaming music with ads

Billboard recently reported that Amazon had entered discussions to launch an answer to Spotify’s free music streaming tier, and apparently, those talks were productive. The Seattle company today announced an ad-supported Amazon Music option that’s available through Alexa-enabled devices in the U.S. Amazon Music’s free offering has a limited catalog, and Amazon’s reportedly offered to […]

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