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Activists propose Amazon shareholder vote on facial recognition software

A group of activist shareholders are proposing that stop selling facial recognition software to government agencies until its board determines the technology doesn’t threaten people’s civil rights.
Tags: Amazon, Technology, News

Walmart is looking for a CEO for a ‘stealth company’ that doesn’t exist yet

By Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg Walmart Inc. is searching for its next big technology star. The world’s largest retailer has posted an opening for a “CEO, Stealth Company” who would lead the latest startup housed inside its technology incubator, Store No. 8. The executive will be responsible for “building a business from scratch,” the job listing says, working closely with senior Walmart leaders and serving as the “public champion” for the as-yet-undefined business. One key skill is the ability to h...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, New York, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Arkansas, Silicon Valley, Kepler, Marc Lore, National Retail Federation, Amazon com Inc, Sam Walton, Nordstrom Inc, Jeremy King

CEO Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is embracing Amazon's Alexa instead of fighting it — and he wants to be friends with Google, too (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that it no longer sees its Cortana smart assistant as a competitor to Amazon's Alexa.  Instead, Nadella says that he wants Cortana to be thought of as a skill, or app, for Amazon's Alexa — something that Alexa users can already try for themselves.  But Nadella doesn't want to stop there: He says that there's no reason why Cortana shouldn't be available on Google Assistant, too.  Rather than fighting Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft wants to be friends — in...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Cortana, Trends, Earth, Silicon Valley, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Harman Kardon, Javier Soltero, Amazon Alexa, Nadella, Google Home

Netflix adds 8.8M paid subscribers globally, says it now accounts for 10 percent of US TV screen time

Netflix just released its , which looks mixed compared to Wall Street expectations. The company added 8.8 million subscribers, well above the 7.6 million that it had predicted at the beginning of the quarter. It also beat estimates for earnings per share — analysts had predicted EPS of 24 cents, but actual EPS came in at 30 cents. However, revenue was a bit lower than expected — $4.19 billion, compared to predictions of $4.21 billion. As of 4:50pm Eastern, Netflix shares were down about 2 pe...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Media, US, Tech, Netflix, Fortnite, Bird Box, Eastern Netflix

Amazon shareholders want the company to stop selling facial recognition to law enforcement

Amazon shareholders are demanding the company stop selling Rekognition, the company’s facial recognition software, to law enforcement. Unless the board of directors determines the technology “does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights,” shareholders want Amazon to stop selling the software to government agencies. Rekognition, which is part of Amazon Web Services, has the ability to conduct image and video analyses of faces. The technology can iden...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Congress, Government, Tech, Aclu, Customs, Amazon Web Services, Michael Connor, Open Mic, Rekognition

Facebook says it will ask employees to take down glowing Portal reviews on Amazon

The reception to Facebook Portal has been, at best, a mixed bag. Between the company’s ongoing privacy woes and a lackluster response, Facebook likely didn’t get the response it was anticipating for its first in-house hardware creation. Still, both the Portal and Portal Plus are floating around the four-star mark over on Amazon. Not too shabby. New York Times columnist Kevin Roose noticed something fishy in all of this, noting on Twitter that many of the verified reviewers on the site bore th...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Tech, New York Times, Andrew Bosworth, Bosworth, Boz, Kevin Roose, Amazon Not, Facebook Portal

Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, 3d Printing, Transport, Sun

The Henn na Hotel in Japan is firing most of its robotic workforce and hiring humans instead — highlighting the limits of automation

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. T he Henn na Hotel in Japan, which from 2015 has employed almost 250 robots to meet guests’ needs, is cutting back on automation after its experiment failed to reduce costs or workload for employees, reports  The Wall Street Journal . The hotel will reduce its robotic workforce by more than half and return to more trad...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Japan, Trends, Lg, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, UBTech, Business Insider Intelligence, Henn na Hotel, Henn ha Hotel, Brookings Institution Though

7 Technological Innovations That Will Shape the Future of E-commerce

By Smith Willas A new wave of innovation is poised to disrupt the business yet again, especially the e-commerce sector. It’s opening up new channels and giving online businesses better ways to interact with customers. They are creating opportunities for new products, new markets, and new business dimensions. The rapid advancements in gadgets, internet access, bid data, and cutting-edge research are paving a way for a more interactive relationship between businesses and consumers. Thus the upcomi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, Sales & Marketing, Alibaba, Voice, HubSpot, Alexa, Right Now, AR VR, Smith Willas, Apple Siri Amazon Alexa

Amazon investors are cranking up the pressure on Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies

Amazon shareholders with shares worth $1.32 billion have filed a resolution aimed at stopping the company selling its controversial facial recognition technology to government agencies. The five investors want Amazon's board to investigate the technology and conclude it "does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights." It is the first time an investor proposal has been put forward on the Rekognition software, and could be the first of its kind at any U...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Florida, Microsoft, Oregon, US, America, Trends, Aclu, Xiaomi, Ice, SEC, Catholic, Jeff Bezos, Long Island

How to use this time-saving feature Apple added to the iPhone

Siri Shortcuts was introduced with . The Shortcuts app allows you to automate tasks and routines on your iPhone or iPad. You can find premade shortcuts or create your own custom commands to do everything from playing a song in Spotify to finding an item on Amazon or Target.  Watch the video above for five Siri shortcuts we find really useful. Do you ever find yourself completing the same couple of actions on your phone every day? It's so annoying to do the same thing over and over again. A li...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Youtube, Trends, Siri, Walmart, Control Center, Robert Petersen, Amazon Target, Siri Shortcuts, Siri Suggestions, Siri Okay Google

Big brands like Verizon and Toyota are backing Amazon's Freedive as the e-commerce giant pushes deeper into OTT advertising

Amazon recently launched its first foray into ad-supported video streaming with its IMDB Freedive service. Business Insider tracked 57 commercials on Freedive and found that 41 of them promote Amazon's products like Echo or Amazon Music. The remaining 16 ads come from a handful of big TV advertisers including Verizon, Geico and Toyota. Marketers said that they're interested in seeing how Freedive plays into Amazon's bigger play for OTT advertising. Amazon is moving into ad-supported streaming...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Nbc, Disney, Trends, Sony, Roku, Toyota, Hulu, Pluto, Crackle, Amazon Fire TV, DSP, Thomas Middleditch

The Sequel To One of Logitech's Best Mice Is Down To Its Best Price

With its ability to work on any surface, including glass, the Logitech MX Anywhere mouse has always been a reader favorite. And today, you can save on its sequel.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Tech, Logitech, Mice, Computers Accessories

AWS launches Backup, a fully-managed backup service for AWS

Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today launched Backup, a new tool that makes it easier for developers on the platform to back up their data from various AWS services and their on-premises apps. Out of the box, the service, which is now available to all developers, lets you set up backup policies for services like Amazon EBS volumes, RDS databases, DynamoDB tables, EFS file systems and AWS Storage Gateway volumes. Support for more services is planned, too. To back up on-premises data, busine...
Tags: Amazon, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, Tech, Data, Backup, Aws, Rackspace, Amazon Web Services, Amazon EBS, Bill Vass

Microsoft pledges $500M to create affordable housing around Seattle

At a time when tech companies are being blamed for creating housing shortages in cities across the country, Microsoft told the Seattle Times it will make a $500 million pledge, its largest ever, to create affordable housing around Seattle. The company is currently in the middle of a multi-billion dollar expansion of its Redmond, Washington campus. Microsoft’s pledge comes half a year after Seattle City Council failed to pass a “head tax” that would have required companies making more than $20...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Seattle, Smith, Affordable Housing, Brad Smith, Seattle Times, Seattle City Council, Arlington Virginia, Redmond Washington, Long Island City New York, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Seattle Times Microsoft, Challenge Seattle

You Can Now Buy a Boyfriend Pillow That Feels Like a Man, but Has None of the Drama

A lot of reviews on Amazon claimed it was a great gag gift, but ended up loving it way more than expected.
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Funny, Life, Amazing, Bizarre, Gallery

Google will raise prices on its G Suite for the first time ever, as competition with Microsoft Office 365 heats up (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google will raise prices on G Suite — the company's productivity suite — for the first time ever, according to a corporate blog post on Wednesday.  Starting on April 2nd, The cost of G Suite Basic will increase from $5 to $6 per user per month, and the cost of G Suite Business will move from $10 to $12. Google justified the 20% increase for its Basic and Business Editions by saying that it has not updated prices since introducing G Suite over a decade ago, while its product offering has gro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Microsoft Office, Diane Greene, Marie Kondo, G Suite, G Suite Enterprise Edition, G Suite Business, Business Premium, Thomas Kurian, Business Editions, G Suite Basic

ACLU urges Amazon, Microsoft & Google not to sell face recognition tech to government

The coalition argues that government agencies might abuse facial recognition technology. Google and Microsoft have expressed concern about the potential problems of facial recognition technology. Meanwhile, Amazon has been actively marketing the technology to law enforcement agencies in the U.S. None A coalition comprised of more than 85 of civil, immigrants' and human rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, is urging Google, Microsoft and Amazon not to sell facial recogniti...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Privacy, Congress, California, Mit, Surveillance, Fbi, Aclu, Innovation, Ai, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Sundar Pichai, Pichai

TV broadcaster Sinclair launches STIRR, a free streaming service with local news and sports

Local TV broadcasting company Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the launch of a new streaming service called STIRR that aims to bring local TV news and other content to the growing number of cord cutters across the U.S. The company today owns over 190 TV stations, which it’s leveraging in order to create its own “skinny bundle.” However, unlike TV streaming services such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV, for example – STIRR will be free and ad-supported in...
Tags: Amazon, TC, TV, Television, Life, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Seattle, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Sinclair, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Ware

Facebook poaches Google’s AR/VR engineering lead to take over Portal team

Facebook is bringing on the engineering lead for Google’s entire AR/VR team to tackle Portal hardware. Ryan Cairns comes aboard after 12 years at Google where he was most recently the engineering lead for a team of over 500 people tackling AR/VR at the big G, including Daydream, Lens and ARCore, according to his LinkedIn. Excited to announce that I'll be leading Hardware for AR/VR at @facebook…and would like to welcome Ryan Cairns, who will now lead Portal. Launching @portalfacebook...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Cairns, Michael Abrash, AR VR, Camargo, Facebook Reality Labs, Rafa Camargo, Ryan Cairns, Daydream Lens, Facebook Reality Labs AR VR

Save Big on a Bunch of MicroSD Cards, Including the Best Price Ever on 400GB

4K GoPro footage and Nintendo Switch games take up a ton of space, but you could hold plenty of both with these discounted microSD cards.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Storage, Tech, Nintendo, Sandisk, Lifehacks

Variety’s Digital Innovators 2019: The Trailblazers Pushing Media Boundaries

A decade ago, when the streaming-video revolution was in its infancy, the internet was more complementary than disruptive to Hollywood. Those days are gone. New platforms have risen up as Silicon Valley players have bulldozed onto the scene, and the media biz is rebuilding the ways it reaches audiences. With the inaugural Variety Digital Innovators […]
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Hollywood, Disney, Features, Silicon Valley, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Viacom, Quibi

A deep dive into the technical feasibility of Bloomberg's controversial "Chinese backdoored servers" story

Last October, Bloomberg published what seemed to be the tech story of the year: a claim that Supermicro, the leading supplier of servers to clients from the Pentagon and Congress to Amazon, Apple and NASA, had been targeted by Chinese spies who'd inserted devastating, virtually undetectable hardware backdoors into their motherboards by subverting a small subcontractor in China. But the story didn't quite add up. After it was published, the tech giants implicated in it released detailed, une...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Floss, News, Congress, Snowden, Spooks, China, Bloomberg, Nasa, Infosec, Badusb, Pentagon, Bmc

Are you in good voice?

When I think about the trends that are facing marketers and business owners in 2019, the one that I believe is going to be most significant is the influence of voice on search and content. Not only do I think it’s critical, but I think it is growing faster and stronger than anyone could have imagined. Let’s define the term, so we’re all on the same wavelength. When we talk about voice what we mean is all voice-activated or operated devices, apps, and the Internet of Things accessories that you ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, Siri, Ppc, Ibm, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Branding, Cubs, Search Engine People, Google Home, Amazon Echo Google Home Apple

Global trends shaping marketing in 2019

It’s tough enough for brands to keep track of the big emerging tech and innovation trends but 2019 is likely to see an acceleration and expansion of this change. From gaming, through to voice, to AI-driven content and social commerce, evolution will be all around us. To help marketers get to grips with this, some of the senior leadership from our offices around the world have shone a spotlight the big trends to look out for and identified their likely impact on the marketing industry in 2019. Na...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Milan, London, Youtube, Berlin, Singapore, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Brands, Seo

10 Gadgets That Will Help You Live Your Best Life in 2019

Now that 2019 is in full swing, it's time to talk about tech. We're lucky enough to live in a time when we have access to so much technology that's both functional and good-looking. Today, you can get text messages on your wrist, track your heart rate, and listen to your favorite music with sound quality that's better than a concert. We've found some of the gadgets we've been eyeing for the new year at Walmart, so keep reading to shop our 10 favorites. Related: ...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Shopping, Religion, Tech, Walmart, Tech Accessories, Technology & Gadgets

Everfi appoints Patterson as COO

Everfi Inc, an edtech company, has named Ellen Patterson as chief operating officer. Previously, she was the company’s chief revenue and partnership officer. Everfi’s backers include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund and Advance Publications. PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — EVERFI Inc., a leading education technology innovator, today announced the appointment of Ellen Patterson as its Chief Operati...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Washington, America, Trends, People, Canada, Aol, Ellen, Jeff Bezos, West End, Evan Williams, The Washington Post, Patterson, Eric Schmidt, EVERFI Inc

The best robot vacuums you can buy

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Vacuuming is a real pain, but robot vacuum cleaners can suck up the dust for you. Of all the robot vacuum cleaners we tried, the iRobot Roomba 690 proved to be the best for most people with its easy-to-use app, smart features, great suction, and affordable price. Nobody likes household chores, but they have to be done. Unfortunately...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Roomba, Alexa, Business Insider, Electrolux, Deebot, Ecovacs, James Brains, Malarie Gokey, Lulu Chang, Smart Navi Mapping Technology

Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22B fintech megadeal

While we will continue to see a lot of consolidation among smaller startups in the area of financial technology, or fintech, there are also some much bigger combinations at play to help tap into economies of scale against current and future competition. Today, Fiserv announced that it would acquire First Data — respectively giants in financial services and e-commerce payments — in a deal worth $22 billion. It is a merger, but Fiserv will be getting the upper hand in the deal: its CEO Jeffery Yab...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Tech, Paypal, First Data, Frank, Fiserv, Frank Bisignano, Jeffery Yabuki, Specifically First Data, Stripe Square

You can tell Pandora what to play with your voice now

Pandora, play music for my workout. Pandora, play more music like this song. Pandora, thanks for letting me use my voice to tell you what I want. Tell Pandora what you want it to play and now it will play it with a new Voice Mode making music streaming simpler than ever on their mobile app. Their smart assistant works like many of the voice controlled AI’s we’ve become accustomed to in recent years like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa but entirely based around controlling your music streamin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Music, Siri, App, Pandora, Streaming, Ai, Voice, Recognition, SoundHound, Alexa, Assistant, Digital Music News

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