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  1. If you don't want Amazon devices to share your bandwidth with your neighbors, you need to opt-out! Amazon plans to enroll many of its hardware devices that are operated in the United States, including many Echo devices and Ring Spotlight and Floodlight Cams, into its Amazon Sidewalk system on June 8, 2021. Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network. According to Amazon, it is used to make devices work better, e.g. by extending the working range of devices, keeping devices running even if outside the range of the wireless network of the home, or finding pets. One of the ide
  2. Amazon is in talks to buy MGM for $9 billion The Information and Variety are both reporting the talks James Bond, The Handmaid’s Tale, Rocky, Stargate, Robocop, Legally Blonde, Vikings, a historic catalog of films dating back many decades, an array of production and distribution companies, and the content network Epix — these are the things that Amazon might own if it buys storied film giant MGM for billions of dollars in the very near future. Amazon has reportedly offered $9 billion for the company, according to Variety, following a scoop fro
  3. Amazon gives workers new wellness program, but not extra time to participate Amazon wants warehouse workers to take action to improve their health — but they won’t get extra time to do it. On Monday, Amazon announced wellness initiatives aimed at operations employees, with a focus on health education, mindfulness, and stretching. When Mashable reached the company via email to ask how employees would be empowered to engage in these activities during their highly regimented and surveilled days, the company said it's not giving employees extra break time. And w
  4. Amazon launches free video streaming service miniTV in India Image Credits: TechCrunch Amazon has long maintained that its video streaming service, Prime Video, helps it drive more sales on the shopping app. Now the e-commerce giant is testing what happens when it brings the video streaming service to the shopping app itself. The e-commerce giant on Saturday launched miniTV, an ad-supported video streaming service that is available within the Amazon shopping app and is “completely free.” miniTV is currently available only in India, Amazon said.
  5. Amazon updates Echo Show line with a pan and zoom camera and a kids model Image Credits: Amazon Amazon this morning announced a handful of updates across its Echo Show line of smart screens. The top-level most interesting bit here is the addition of a pan and zoom camera to the mid-tier Echo Show. The feature is similar to ones found on Facebook’s various Portal devices and Google’s high-end Nest Hub Max. Essentially, it’s designed to keep the subject in frame – Apple also recently introduced the similar Center Stage features for the latest iP
  6. Amazon blocked 10 billion listings in counterfeit crackdown FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, people stand in the lobby for Amazon offices in New York. Amazon, which has been under pressure from shoppers, brands and lawmakers to crack down on counterfeits on its site, said Monday, May 10, 2021, that it blocked more than 10 billion suspected phony listings last year before any of their offerings could be sold. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which has been under pressure from shoppers, brands and lawmakers to crack down on counterfeit
  7. Amazon Drivers Are Instructed to Drive Recklessly to Meet Delivery Quotas Drivers say they’re being asked to quietly disable a driver safety system partway through their shifts. (PHOTO BY PAUL HENNESSY/NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES) Amazon delivery companies around the United States are encouraging reckless and dangerous driving by ordering delivery drivers to shut off an app called Mentor that Amazon uses to monitor drivers' speed and give them a safety score to prevent accidents. Drivers say they are being ordered to turn the app off by their bosses so that
  8. Amazon’s exclusive ‘Thursday Night Football’ package will begin in 2022 instead of 2023 KEY POINTS Amazon said it will begin streaming ‘Thursday Night Football’ games exclusively beginning in 2022. The company had previously announced it would begin exclusively streaming games in 2023. Amazon is paying $1 billion per year to exclusively stream NFL games outside of local broadcast networks. Amazon’s 11-year agreement marks the first time games will be provided by a streaming video provider.
  9. Amazon’s cashierless checkout technology is coming to its new supermarkets KEY POINTS Amazon could soon introduce its cashierless checkout technology at its growing line of Fresh grocery stores. Signs of Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” technology, including gated turnstiles and hardware to potentially house ceiling-mounted cameras, appear in planning documents for a store under construction in Brookfield, Connecticut. Inside Amazon’s first Amazon Fresh grocery store in Los Angeles. Amazon
  10. Jeff Bezos says Amazon needs to do a better job for employees in final shareholder letter Bezos pointed to the recent union election outcome at one of Amazon’s Alabama warehouses as an example of why the company needs to address challenges within its workforce. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. - September 9, 2018.Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images file In his final letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday that the company needs to “do a be
  11. Amazon's union vote: What's at stake in the Alabama warehouse election Nearly 6,000 Bessemer workers could kick off a movement that takes Amazon's reputation for reliable delivery out of its control. The warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, where a union vote will be tallied this week. Historically, the region had strong steel and coal unions, but industry died out in the late 20th century. Bloomberg via Getty Images For the first time in seven years, Amazon warehouse workers are deciding whether to unionize, which could give them more say in their hours, pa
  12. Amazon offers rare apology, says it will look for solutions to drivers peeing in bottles An Amazon Prime truck in downtown Seattle near Amazon HQ. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon issued a rare apology Friday night, stepping back from comments made on Twitter last week in a response to Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin over whether its delivery drivers felt the need to urinate in bottles since bathroom breaks were challenging to achieve. The apology is an unusual admission by the Seattle-based company, which has aggressively defended itself against cri
  13. Amazon gets FDA authorization for an at-home COVID-19 test kit The company plans to use it for its employee testing program Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon received Food and Drug Administration authorization for a COVID-19 test made by its subsidiary STS Lab Holdco, and it plans to use it for its onsite coronavirus testing programs. The test is done using a nasal self swab that can be done either under the supervision of a health care provider or as part of an at-home kit where a patient takes their own sample and mails
  14. Amazon is launching on-site Covid-19 vaccinations at some warehouses KEY POINTS Amazon announced Thursday that it’s setting up on-site vaccination clinics at fulfillment centers in Missouri, followed by Nevada and Kansas in the coming weeks. The company said it expects to launch vaccination clinics at additional warehouses across the country as more vaccine supply becomes available to front-line employees in other states. A worker loads customer orders into a waiting tractor-trailer inside the mi
  15. Parler sues Amazon again, this time in Washington state The company filed the lawsuit on the same day it dropped its previous one. Igor Bonifacic / Engadget Parler may have voluntarily withdrawn its federal lawsuit against Amazon, but the company isn’t ready to give up its legal battle just yet. On the same day it dropped that previous suit, the company filed a new one against Amazon in a Washington state court, according to The Verge. At the center of Parler’s complaint is the claim that Amazon broke its contract with the company when
  16. Microsoft slams Amazon’s AWS over Solarwinds silence While testifying in front of the House of Representatives, Microsoft’s President Brad Smith slammed Amazon’s AWS for lack of transparency regarding the Solarwinds attack, which compromised more than 18,000 companies. AWS admitted Thursday the SolarWinds hackers used its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in their attack. “You have other companies, some of the largest companies in our industry, that are well-known to have been involved in this, that still have not spoken publicly about what they felt,” Smit
  17. Amazon's MMO New World Delayed The MMO has been pushed back from Spring to August. Amazon's long-awaited MMO New World has been delayed. The game was originally scheduled to launch in Spring 2021, but it's now slated for August 31, 2021. "We've been hard at work on compelling end-game features we believe are important to include at launch," Amazon said in a blog post. "These features won't be ready for the Spring timeframe that we had communicated. With that in mind, we will release New World on August 31, 2021. With this extra time we'll be able to add these substantial
  18. Amazon & eBay Make Progress With Their Pirate Streaming Box Problem After being heavily criticized due to the prevalence of pirate streaming devices offered for sale on their platforms, Amazon and eBay now appear to be getting on top of the problem. While they haven't been completely eliminated, illegal devices are now much harder to find. The same cannot be said of pirate IPTV subscriptions, however. Three years ago, “Kodi Box” fever was ripping through piracy circles, with the popular media player persistently linked to infringing a
  19. Amazon reportedly working on a wall-mounted command center-like Echo device Amazon is reportedly working on an Echo device suited to be mounted on walls that acts like a control center for smart home devices. The said offering is expected to be a large touchscreen monitor, akin to the firm’s Echo Show, that houses microphones and cameras for not just controlling connected devices, but also work as a display for calendar events, video conferencing, playing music, and more. Sources familiar with the plans for the device that is currently under development sug
  20. Amazon Is Forcing Its Warehouse Workers Into Brutal ‘Megacycle’ Shifts The company has been quietly transitioning warehouse workers at Amazon warehouses nationwide to a 10-hour graveyard shift, known as the "megacycle." PHOTO CREDIT: GERARD JULIEN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES On January 25, hundreds of workers at an Amazon warehouse in Chicago were presented with a baffling choice: sign up for a ten-and-a-half-hour graveyard shift, or lose your job. Management informed workers that their warehouse, known as DCH1, would be shut down, and they were
  21. Amazon is using AI-equipped cameras in delivery vans and some drivers are concerned about privacy KEY POINTS Amazon has begun rolling out AI-enabled cameras from Netradyne in vehicles at a handful of contracted delivery partners across the U.S., CNBC has learned. The cameras record drivers “100% of the time” while they’re on their route and flag a series of safety infractions, including failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding and distracted driving. Amazon says the cameras will help it improve safety in its delivery network, but
  22. Amazon’s electric Rivian vans will start making deliveries in 16 cities this year 100,000 vehicles by 2022 Amazon’s new electric delivery vans will hit the road in more than a dozen cities starting this year, the company announced Wednesday. The vans, which are being designed and built by buzzy EV startup Rivian, are already making deliveries to customers in Los Angeles. Amazon plans to expand its testing to 15 more cities this year, as it continues to build toward a fleet of 100,000 vehicles by 2022. The companies did not name which cities they would choose.
  23. The Pentagon may cancel JEDI contract to make Amazon go away Despite winning the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract all the way back in October 2019, Microsoft has still not been able to start working on delivering a revamp of the US military’s IT infrastructure due to repeat litigation from loser Amazon. Now Business Insider reports that to make the issue go away the Pentagon may simply cancel the contract and start over, possibly with multiple cloud providers. The hope is that by re-running the contract the years of litigation by Amazon may
  24. Amazon’s motorized Echo Show 10 will finally be available on February 25th A smart display that can turn to face you If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Photo: Amazon Amazon’s new motorized Echo Show 10 — announced last fall at its annual hardware event — finally has a release date of February 25th, with preorders starting today for $249.99. The smart display was originally announced for a late-2020 release date.
  25. Amazon’s Alexa can now act on its own hunches to turn off lights and more New updates bring proactive hunches and Guard Plus to the smart assistant Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Amazon is enabling a new feature today that allows Alexa to proactively complete tasks around the house, such as turning off lights, based on your habits and frequent requests. Alexa has been able to sense these habits and ask about them since 2018 — the company calls them “hunches” — but before this
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