Tag: Amazon

Big tech’s credibility crisis: Fake news, fake goods, and fake reviews

Big tech’s role in the spread of misinformation and “fake news” is well documented, and as we enter a U.S. presidential election year you might expect the issue to be a burning priority. In the face of public scrutiny, tech giants have begun targeting various credibility issues over the past year, with Facebook introducing measures […]

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Amazon explores a way to preserve privacy in natural language processing

Can privacy and security be preserved in the course of large-scale textual data analysis? As it turns out, yes. A team of Amazon researchers in a recently published study proposed a way to anonymize customer-supplied data. They claim that their approach, which works by re-phrasing samples and basing the analysis on the new phrasing, results […]

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How to break down TV streaming services to make sure you aren’t paying too much

Streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu are all the rage these days, especially for cord cutters. Many people who still subscribe to cable also pay for at least one streaming service. But how do you know which ones provide the content you want, and how much do you have to pay to get it? […]

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Amazon asks court to pause Microsoft’s work on Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract

(Reuters) — Amazon said on Wednesday that it filed a motion in court to pause the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft from carrying out an up to $10 billion cloud computing deal until a court rules on Amazon’s protest of the contract award. Amazon, originally considered to be the favorite to win the award, […]

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Amazon Music Closes the Gap on Apple Music with 55 Million Subscribers

Music streaming war is heating up with Amazon Music passing 55-million customer mark. Amazon Music seems to be closing the gap and catching up with Apple Music and Spotify. Amazon told that “nearly all” of subscribers were paying. Steve Boom, head of Amazon Music said that “Amazon doesn’t talk numbers that much,” he further added […]

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amazon to roll out 10,000 electric rickshaws in india by 2025

following a successful pilot program in several cities across india, amazon india has announced that by 2025, its delivery fleet will include 10,000 electric rickshaws. the initiative is part of the company’s commitment to the climate pledge and amazon’s aim to reduce carbon emissions the environmental impact of its delivery operations. the news comes after […]

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‘I Am Somebody’: A Landmark Documentary’s Enduring Lesson That Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

Photo: Madeline Anderson, ‘I Am Somebody’ (Icarus Films) In the spring of 1969, Coretta Scott King stood in front of a packed church in Charleston, S.C., to address a group of striking hospital workers. She wore a simple white dress and layered strands of necklaces, her pressed, shoulder-length hair nestled under a blue cap with […]

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From Washington state to Washington DC, lawmakers rush to regulate facial recognition

Amid the start of an impeachment trial; talk of mounting hostility with Iran; new trade deals with China, Canada, and Mexico; and the final presidential debate before the start of the Democratic presidential primary season, you might’ve missed it, but it was also a momentous week for facial recognition regulation. A bipartisan group in Congress […]

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Amazon details the AI behind Alexa’s Whisper Mode

In October 2018, months after a brief reveal, Amazon brought Whisper Mode to select third- and first-party Alexa devices. It expanded the feature to all locales in November 2019, such that all smart home appliances powered by Alexa — the company’s virtual assistant — now respond to whispered speech by whispering back. Amazon was a […]

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Can Amazon Finally Crack the Bestseller Code?

As the last decade concluded, book publishers breathed a sigh of relief. The 2010s were characterized by a series of Amazon-related shock waves—the growing power of the retail behemoth, the rise of e-books, a related Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit, and the decimation of bookstores both large and small. But publishers had survived. Once viewed […]

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