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Interisland travel quarantine returns, Honolulu closes parks and beaches, hospitals near capacity as COVID-19 climbs, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard, Facebook live 14-day interisland quarantine returns. COVID-19 cases rising rapidly — including 152 cases and two deaths announced Thursday — Gov. David Ige imposed a partial 14-day quarantine on interisland travel effective Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.The Interisland Travel Quarantine Is Coming Back, Oahu Beaches And Parks To Close Again. Oahu crackdown begins Saturday, with partial interisland travel quarantine to follow on Tuesday. Gov. David Ige says ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hawaii, Pacific, Anderson, Kauai, Maui, State, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, United States Navy, Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, Honolulu Police Department

Trump signs executive order banning US business with TikTok and WeChat 

US President Donald Trump, on August 6, signed an executive order banning US transactions with Chinese internet major Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company. A similar order was signed banning US transactions with Tencent, the parent company of WeChat. Both the orders come in effect in 45 days. The executive orders also mention the Indian government banning TikTok, WeChat and 57 other ‘Chinese’ apps over national security concerns. This action comes less than a week after Microsoft confirmed that it...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, News, Microsoft, White House, China, India, US, America, United States, New Zealand, Tencent, WeChat, Warner Music

Bernie Sanders-backed bill in the US prohibits private entities from collecting facial data

Senators Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley introduced a bill in the US Senate which prohibits private companies from collecting people’s biometrics, including facial data, eye scans, voiceprints, and fingerprints, without their consent. It also bars private entities from selling, and leasing biometric data of people. Even in terms of consent, the bill, called National Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2020, requires private companies to receive written consent from consumers and employees befor...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Boston, US, Surveillance, United States, US Senate, Ibm, Facial Recognition, New York State, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Merkley

Google wants to be only destination for Search and digital advertising: 14 key takeaways from Pichai’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Given that Google earns more than $100 billion, there is “a fundamental conflict of interest between serving users who want to access the best and most relevant information and Google’s business model, which incentivises Google to sell ads and keep users on Google’s own sites,” David Cicilline (D-RI), the chair of the subcommittee, said at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here). But Google CEO Sundar Pichai clarified that ads ar...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, News, Microsoft, Congress, Navy, Youtube, Senate, China, US, Joe Biden

Apple’s preferential treatment in App Store, coercive practices: 8 key takeaways from Cook’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Apple’s App Store policies are such that at one point even Facebook’s CFO Sheryl Sandberg thought that Apple could lock out Facebook’s apps, the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here) revealed. Questions to Apple CEO Tim Cook largely focussed on the company’s App Store policies. “I am concerned that Apple’s policies are also picking winners and losers in the app economy, and that Apple rules mean Apple apps always win.” — Representa...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Cook, News, China, US, Competition, Beijing, House, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Baidu, Johnson

Saregama Carvaan sales plummet amid pandemic; company slashes marketing, manpower

Music label and film production company Saregama’s Carvaan physical music player suffered as the lockdown almost completely halted physical retail sales. Even with e-commerce platforms coming back on track later in Q1FY21, only 15,000 units of Carvaan were sold, compared to 198,000 units in Q3FY20 and 74,000 in Q4FY20. Source: Saregama The company said it heavily cut marketing and personnel costs for Carvaan, though it did not specify how much was saved in this exercise — Saregama Managing Di...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, News, Netflix, Saregama, Mehra, Carvaan, Vikram Mehra, Earnings Jun20, Saregama Increase, Saregama Public

Facebook bought, copied, threatened competition: 11 key takeaways from Zuckerberg’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

In his introductory remarks at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here), Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg conveniently gave a skewed picture of Facebook’s dominant position. “In many areas, we’re behind our competitors. The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage. The fastest growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is that of Amazon. The largest ads pl...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Competition, Netflix, House, Antitrust

Amazon targeted sellers, investees, AWS clients with anti-competitive practices: 9 key takeaways from Bezos’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

On questioning by Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO), who is also the vice-chair of the subcommittee on antritrust, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos conceded that Amazon accounts for 40% of “online retail sales in the e-commerce market stream”. In his prepared testimony, Bezos had said, “Amazon accounts for less than 1% of the $25 trillion global retail market and less than 4% of retail in the US”, characterising retail as everything — including restaurants, bars, gas stations, Neguse pointed out...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, News, Congress, China, India, US, Competition, Netflix, House, New York Times, Antitrust, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Johnson

AMAZON o ALIBABA? E-commerce, tasse & DUBAI

Amazon o Alibaba? Vendere su Internet da Dubai. Abbiamo affrontato in tanti altri articoli se e perchè conviene aprire una
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, Business, Featured, Alibaba, Dubai, Free Zone, First Page, Tasse, Video YouTube, Dubai Abbiamo

Telegram hits out at Apple’s app store ‘tax’ in latest EU antitrust complaint

Apple has another antitrust charge on its plate. Messaging app Telegram has joined Spotify in filing a formal complaint against the iOS App Store in Europe — adding its voice to a growing number of developers willing to publicly rail against what they decry as Apple’s app “tax”. A spokesperson for Telegram confirmed the complaint to TechCrunch, pointing us to this public Telegram post where founder, Pavel Durov, sets out seven reasons why he thinks iPhone users should be concerned about the...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, Ipad, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Europe, Lawsuit, Cook, US

Honolulu grocers hit by COVID-19, Young Brothers threatens to stop interisland shipping without 47% rate hike, Kauai park shut down after bad behavior, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Coconut climber at Polynesian Cultural Center ©2020 All Hawaii News COVID-19 leads to layoffs at The Polynesian Cultural Center. Approximately 30% of the 260 full-time employee workforce may be reduced by September 26, 2020. Shipper asks for ruling on rates by Aug. 17. Young Brothers says it may be forced to discontinue interisland services and furlough employees if the state Public Utilities Commission does not approve its emergency request for a 47 percent rate hike by Aug. 17. Maui...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Congress, China, Massachusetts, Thailand, Hawaii, Army, Jeff Bezos, Kilauea, Taser, Pacific, DOE, Costco, Natural Resources, Hawaiian Airlines

‘Company size doesn’t prevent competition’, Zuckerberg to argue at antitrust hearing

“Facebook is a successful company now, but we got there the American way: we started with nothing and provided better products that people find valuable. As I understand our laws, companies aren’t bad just because they are big. Many large companies that fail to compete cease to exist,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to tell lawmakers at an antitrust hearing on Wednesday, according to prepared remarks released to the public. “We know that our future success is not guaranteed, especially in a ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, China, US, America, Competition, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos

‘App Store commissions are comparable to competitors’: Tim Cook in his prepared congressional testimony

Apple CEO Tim Cook will defend Apple’s App Store policies, and identify Google and Huawei as “fierce” rivals to the iPhone in his antitrust congressional testimony on late Wednesday. In particular, he’ll submit that the 30% commission that Apple charges from developers on in-app purchases — which has been heavily criticised — is “comparable” to some of its competitors, according to a prepared testimony. Cook won’t be alone at the congressional hearing, as CEOs of the other three Big Tech compani...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, News, US, Eu, Competition, Netflix, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, App Store, Huawei

A complete guide to OTT content regulation in India

As the streaming video industry and the government hold discussions on regulation streaming services like Netflix and Hotstar in India, here’s a complete guide to OTT regulation in India. The Digital Content Complaints Committee IAMAI’s new code for online content streaming sets up a self-regulatory body, incorporates penalties [read] Self Regulation for Online Curated Content Providers, IAMAI [ ] Streaming players ask IAMAI to recall streaming content code, question legitimacy; IAMAI resp...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Asia, Hollywood, News, Supreme Court, John Oliver, India, BJP, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Cbs, Kashmir, Asean, Karnataka, Ji

‘The world needs large companies as well’: Jeff Bezos in his prepared congressional testimony

In his first ever appearance before the US Congress, Amazon’s CEO will make a pitch that the world needs big companies like Amazon, as much as it needs smaller ones. “There are things small companies simply can’t do. I don’t care how good an entrepreneur you are, you’re not going to build an all-fiber Boeing 787 in your garage,” Bezos plans to tell a House Judiciary panel Wednesday, according to written testimony. In a prepared testimony, Bezos also argues that Amazon is just another company in ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, News, China, India, US, Walmart, Eu, Competition, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, Boeing, Wall Street Journal

Sundar Pichai to downplay competition concerns in US Big Tech antitrust testimony

In an antitrust hearing in the US on Wednesday, Google and its parent company Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai will downplay concerns on the internet giant’s market dominance, his prepared remarks show. “Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving. Today’s competitive landscape looks nothing like it did 5 years ago, let alone 21 years ago, when Google launched its first product, Google Search,” Pichai wi...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, India, US, Competition, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Alexa

Calcutta HC leaves it up to government to censor Paatal Lok

The Calcutta High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL against Amazon Prime Video that asked for some scenes of the show Paatal Lok to be censored. LiveLaw first reported the dismissal. The suit had been filed because one Pranay Rai found the show’s depiction of Nepali minorities. In its order, the court left it open for the government to order Amazon to censor the series, seemingly referring to the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology to use the powers it has been granted under the Infor...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Censorship, Amazon Prime Video, Ott, The Supreme Court, Calcutta High Court, Ministry of Information Broadcasting, LiveLaw, Punjab Haryana High Court, Calcutta HC, Online content regulation, Delhi High Courts, Ministry of Electronics Information Technology, Pranay Rai

Zee’s Punit Goenka on strategic investments into Zee5, avoiding film acquisitions

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited’s Punit Goenka said that Zee5 would avoid acquiring big ticket films like Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video have done. “I do not think we thought that as a strategy that would have been a rewarding one, and therefore we did not enter the bidding war. We will remain committed to our original content strategy going forward, including our original film strategy, which is to produce solely for the Zee5 platform, or acquire for the network as a whole.” “We have seen...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, David, Earnings, Zee, Goenka, Zeel, Hotstar, Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Punit Goenka, Zee5, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Earnings Mar20, Zee5 Goenka, SugarBox

TikTok announces $200 million fund for creators in the US

Even as the American government continues to hint a ban at short video app TikTok, the company announced a $200 million fund to “help support ambitious creators” in the US, who are looking to make a livelihood out of making content. Called the TikTok Creator Fund, it will be distributed over the coming year and is expected to grow over that time, the company said. The TikTok Creator Fund will open to applications from US creators beginning in August. To be eligible for the fund, users must be 18...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hollywood, News, Youtube, White House, India, US, America, Vine, US Senate, Donald Trump, Wells Fargo, Peter Navarro, United States of America, Tiktok

Mandatory for e-commerce companies to show ‘country of origin’ of imported products: Govt tells Delhi HC

It is mandatory for e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal to display the country of origin alongside imported products, the government told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. This response came in a filed by the centre, following a plea seeking e-commerce to display country of origin alongside product listings. The government also prayed that the Court issue an advisory or directive to e-commerce companies to provide an option to “refine” search results for “made in India...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, India, Court, E-commerce, Delhi, SnapDeal, Flipkart, Amazon India, Gujarat, Department Of Consumer Affairs, Delhi High Court, PTI, Country Of Origin, Delhi HC

New York State halts use of facial recognition systems in schools for two years

The New York State legislature on Wednesday passed a bill which places a moratorium on the use of biometric identification technologies, including facial recognition, in schools until July 2022, becoming the first state in the US to halt the use of facial recognition tech in schools. The bill — S5140B — sponsored by senator Brian Kavanagh, also directs the state’s commissioner of education to conduct a study on the use of biometric identifying technology. It will now be delivered to the state’s ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Boston, US, Surveillance, United States, Ibm, Andrew Cuomo, Facial Recognition, New York State, Byrne, NYCLU

POWER PLAYERS: Meet the 12 key execs driving Shopify, the breakout e-commerce star that's inking partnerships with Walmart and Facebook and seen its stock price triple since March

As e-commerce booms, Shopify has taken off as a key player in the space, powering millions of small businesses online. In the last few months, Shopify has been on a product launching spree, from its consumer app, Shop; to a new point-of-sale; business bank accounts; and a buy now, pay later product. Since mid-March, Shopify's stock price has nearly tripled. Here are the 12 power players at Shopify launching new products and driving the company's meteoric rise. Visit Business Insider's homepage...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Ebay, India, US, Trends, Walmart, Paypal, NG, American Express, Tripadvisor, Morgan Stanley, King, Shopify

Adevinta acquires eBay’s Classifieds business unit in $9.2B deal

Consolidation continues apace in the world of e-commerce, and today it was the turn of the classified ads market. Today, eBay announced that it had reached a deal to sell off its Classifieds business unit to Adevinta, a Norway-based classified ads publisher majority owned by Danish publisher Schibsted. The deal is valued at $9.2 billion, which includes eBay getting $2.5 billion in cash and 540 million Adevinta shares. The deal makes eBay a 44% owner of Adevinta, with a 33.3% voting stake. Adevin...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Europe, Ebay, Paypal, M&a, Schibsted, Norway, Stubhub, Exit, SVP

Amazon’s global seller program sees $2 billion in e-commerce sales in India

E-commerce platform Amazon’s global seller program has garnered $2 billion (Rs 30,000 crore) in cumulative e-commerce export sales from India since its launch in 2015, the company announced on Monday, while releasing its exports digest for 2020. The company claimed it has now set a target of $10 billion in exports from India by 2025. “It took the program three years to hit cumulative exports of $1 billion and it has grown 100% to hit the next $1 billion in less than 18 months, to cross the $2 bi...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, India, Exports, Amazon India, Nitin Gadkari, Gadkari, Agarwal, MSME, Amit Agarwal, India Post, Medium Enterprises Ministry

Netflix will restart production in India ‘later this year’

“Parts of the world like India and some of Latin America are also more challenging and we are hoping to restart later in the year in these regions,” Reed Hastings, co-CEO said in his letter to shareholders. Bigger cities in India like Mumbai, where the majority of Bollywood productions are shot, continue to have thousands of new COVID-19 cases a day. “Outside of North America, parts of India and Brazil, we’re running pretty much in a normal fashion in terms of our volume around the world, and it...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, News, India, US, Netflix, Asia Pacific, Brazil, Earnings, North America, Mumbai, Ted Sarandos, Latin America, Reed Hastings, Hastings

EU probes Apple, Amazon & Google for dominance in IoT market

The European Commission, on Thursday, launched a two-year probe into the Internet of Things market to see if companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Google, among others, can engage in anticompetitive practices with their virtual assistants and other smart devices. The Commission will send questionnaires to about 400 companies based in Europe, Asia, and America that sell smart home appliances, wearables and voice assistants, as part of the probe. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager raise...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, News, America, Siri, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, Alexa, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, Europe Asia, Siri Google

Amazon India mandates sellers to display ‘country of origin’ alongside product listings

Amazon India has made it mandatory for sellers on the platform to display the “country of origin” of their product listings by August 10. The process will begin from July 21, and if sellers fail to update their product listings with their country of origin, it could lead to enforcement action and result in a suppression of their listings on Amazon. This information was conveyed to sellers via email, screenshots of which were shared with MediaNama by a representative of traders’ collective All In...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, China, India, US, E-commerce, Flipkart, Amazon India, Economic Times, Doc, Commerce Ministry, Cait, Medianama, PepperFry, All India Online Vendors Association AIOVA

Will a second wave cause another panic?

Before I get rolling with this post I want to provide some persepctive.  Putting a situation in its proper context is not covering up the truth, it is the truth.  These are the top 10 causes of death as per Statistics Canada for the year 2018, the most recent year for which numbers are available: Cancer - 79,536 deathsHeart Disease - 53,134Stroke - 13,480Unintentionl Accidents - 13,290Chronic lower respitory diseases - 12,998Influenza and Pneumonia - 8,511Diabetes - 6,794Alzheimers - 6,429Self H...
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Amazon to test Dash Cart, a smart grocery shopping cart that sees what you buy

Amazon today introduced the latest in smart store tech with the introduction of the Amazon Dash Cart, a grocery store shopping cart that identifies then charges you for the items you place inside its basket. The cart will first be made available at the Amazon grocery store opening in Woodland Hills, California later this year, the retailer says. The cart today isn’t meant for your standard grocery shopping trip where you’re stocking up. Instead, Amazon explains, the smart cart can handle small-t...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, TC, Woodland Hills California, PLU, Instead Amazon, Amazon Dash Cart

Another White House official hints at banning TikTok and other ‘Chinese’ apps in the US

It’s not a good time to be TikTok. White House adviser Peter Navarro said to expect “strong action” from Donald Trump on TikTok, WeChat and other Chinese apps, while speaking to Fox News. Though he didn’t specifically mention a ban, he referenced India’s ban on TikTok, WeChat, and 57 other ‘Chinese’ apps, suggesting that a similar action could be taken. “[TikTok] and WeChat are the biggest forms of censorship on the Chinese mainland, and so expect strong action on that,” he told the outlet. He a...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Usa, News, White House, China, India, Disney, US, America, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Huawei, Republican National Committee, Wells Fargo, Trump

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