why-big-tech-companies-can’t-stop-being-‘evil’

In 1998, in an academic paper titled “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine,” Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin described how their project, which they had named Google, worked. Until Page and Brin published, their work had been shrouded in secrecy, much to the consternation of the Stanford faculty. However,…

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who-will-win-cyber-monday?-shipping-could-tip-the-scales

The holiday shopping winners are likely to be engaged in shipping wars as more consumers turn to e-commerce. This could be the largest holiday shopping season ever, providing successful competitors with big gains. Black Friday and Cyber Monday will offer a glimpse into retailers’ Q4 performance The holiday shopping season ramps up this weekend with…

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amazon-lodges-formal-protest-after-controversial-‘jedi’-contract-awarded-to-microsoft

Following a surprise announcement in late October that the Pentagon had awarded a controversial cloud computing deal to Microsoft, Amazon on Thursday announced a formal appeal of the contract that was widely expected to go to them, according to CNBC. “Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias —…

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seattle’s-socialist-city-councilwoman-loses-after-amazon-dumps-money-into-race

Kshama Sawant, a self-proclaimed socialist incumbent running for Seattle city council, lost her seat after Amazon poured approximately $1.5 million behind her more moderate Democratic challenger, Egan Orion. “We are engaging in this election because we want Seattle to have a city government that works. Seattle deserves a council that delivers results for all of…

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nearly-500-musicians-boycotting-amazon-sponsored-events-over-ice-contracts

Almost 500 artists – most of them relatively unknown – have signed an open letter stating that they will boycott concerts, namely the Intersect Music Festival sponsored by Amazon Web Services, until Amazon relinquishes its contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The artists include Deerhoof, Ted…

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amazon-plummets-on-first-profit-drop-in-two-years,-aws-miss,-dismal-guidance

Two quarters ago, when Amazon reported otherwise respectable earnings, the market hammered the stock after AWS growth slowed and Amazon guided to the lowest revenue growth since 2001, despite broadly higher margins. Then, last quarter, Amazon stock tumbled again on the company’s disappointing profit outlook, and continued slowdown in the growth rate of the company’s…

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streaming-wars-heat-up-as-disney-crosses-swords-with-netflix

The battle for media streaming champion is heating up with another conflict for Disney and Netflix. The iconic media company recently implemented a blanket ban on Netflix adverts across many of its channels. Inc notes this clash is “interesting.” Disney, the world’s largest content creator, and Netflix as the world’s largest streaming platform, hadn’t historically…

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amazon-wants-to-write-facial-recognition-rules

by Grant Gross  | October 03, 2019 11:00 PM Amazon’s public policy team is drafting legislation that would regulate the use of facial recognition technologies, but some privacy advocates think that’s a bad idea. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced the legislation-writing effort during an Alexa event in Seattle in late September. Bezos didn’t…

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here’s-what-mark-cuban-would-have-made-if-he-picked-apple-instead-of-amazon

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of NBA team Dallas Mavericks, has revealed that his biggest stock investment is in online retail giant Amazon. Speaking to the Fox Business Network, the Shark Tank star disclosed that the Amazon stake is worth nearly a billion dollars. Meanwhile, his stake in the other major FAANG stock, Apple, is…

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amazon’s-alexa-to-accept-2020-presidential-candidate-donations-after-company’s-ceo-warns-trump-is-‘dangerous’

The anti-Trump Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is rolling out a new feature in October that will allow Alexa users to make campaign donations to 2020 presidential candidates using the virtual voice assistant. Amazon unveiled its new Alexa Political Contributions feature on Wednesday, informing users it must have voice purchasing enabled and…

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