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Amazon cuts deal with Best Buy and expands reach globally

Amazon announced on Wednesday it is expanding its dominance globally by giving overseas customers access to more than 45 million items via its app. The online retail giant is also teaming with rival Best Buy on new Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

Op-Ed: Trump orders review of USPS finances over Amazon fight

Washington - President Donald Trump's obsession with Amazon's Jeff Bezos has taken another turn. Claiming the company is using the USPS as its "delivery boy," Trump has ordered an examination of the USPS's business practices.

Walmart to add 500 Pickup Towers to its stores this year

Over the course of this year, Walmart intends to add a total of 500 Pickup Towers to its stores in the US. The towers are like high-tech vending machines which deliver customer's online purchases to them.

Trump wants Amazon to increase how much it pays US Post Office

President Donald Trump has circled back to his criticism of Amazon in recent weeks, tweeting that he wanted Amazon to stop using the US Post Office "as their Delivery Boy."

US, EU hardwood imports fuel Amazon destruction: Greenpeace

Rio De Janeiro - Scores of US and European companies selling the hardwood ipe for things like decks and garden furniture are fueling an illegal trade devastating the Amazon rainforest, Greenpeace said Tuesday.

Amazon unveils cross-platform competitive gaming platform

Amazon has announced a new competitive gaming platform that connects players to cloud-based tournaments. Called GameOn, the service provides an API for developers to add to their competitive esports titles. It's Amazon's latest foray into gaming.

Amazon Japan says cooperating after raid in antitrust case

Apo - The Japanese unit of the US internet giant Amazon said on Thursday it was cooperating with authorities after a fair trade watchdog raided its Tokyo headquarters on allegations of antitrust violations.

Joseph Lyle Taylor talks Amazon series 'Sneaky Pete,' Al Pacino Special

Film and television actor Joseph Lyle Taylor chatted with Digital Journal about the new series "Sneaky Pete" on Amazon, and he shared his advice for hopefuls who wish to go into acting.

Amazon to quiet Alexa's cackling

San Francisco - Amazon on Wednesday promised to keep virtual assistant Alexa from spontaneously cackling, giving people eerie feelings about what the artificial intelligence might be plotting.

Amazon Web Services power outage took hundreds of sites offline

Amazon has confirmed that a datacentre power outage affected scores of online services including GitHub and Slack. The incident occurred almost exactly a year after a similar failure in the same region of Amazon's cloud. Service was quickly restored.

Amazon and Alibaba compete for global market dominance

Amazon and Alibaba together are the largest e-commerce companies on the globe. Together, their market cap is a whopping $1.1 trillion — and both are competing to expand their global reach.

Amazon taking photos to show parcel was delivered

Seattle - Over the past few months Amazon has been having delivery people take photos of delivered packages The photo shows exactly where the package was placed and is included in the notice of delivery.

Amazon acquires Ring in latest move into smart home market

Amazon has acquired Ring, the popular digital doorbell maker, for a figure believed to be in excess of $1 billion. Amazon is expanding into smart home products as it seeks to find ways to increase adoption of consumer AI and grow its hardware business.

Television titans bulk up to battle internet rivals

New York - Traditional television titans are bulking up in a battle with online streaming giants Netflix and Amazon as viewers take to binging on shows when and where they want.

Amazon quietly bought security cam startup Blink for $90m

Amazon acquired security camera company Blink in a deal worth $90 million, according to a report today. The acquisition was completed late last year and is intended to strengthen the hardware capabilities of Amazon products such as the Echo and Cloud Cam.

Amazon patches Key flaw that it dismissed as not 'real-life'

Amazon has rolled out an update for a security flaw in its Key smart lock which the company had claimed wasn't an issue. Amazon Key is a system which lets delivery drivers place parcels inside your home. The attack could let anyone through the door.

Amazon to 'double down' on Alexa 'positive surprise'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced the company will "double down" on Alexa in 2018 after it exceeded internal expectations last year. The company said Alexa has delivered "positive surprises." It is now committed to extending its market lead.

Amazon wristband patent monitors employee movements in real time

Amazon has patented a design for a smart wristband which could be used to identify warehouse workers and track their movements. The device was devised in 2016 and is presented as a way to help warehouse employees pick items more quickly.

Amazon invests in startup trying to increase voice AI engagement

Amazon has invested in a startup trying to address the low uptake of voice-controlled apps and digital assistants. Pulse Labs is trying to find ways to convince people they should keep using voice control.

Amazon and Co. set to disrupt U.S. healthcare

Healthcare insurance in the U.S. is set to undergo a significant reduction with news that major companies Amazon, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan are to come together to launch a type of health insurance plan.

Amazon, Warren Buffett join forces to tackle health care

Washington - Retail behemoth Amazon has joined forces with two other titans of American business -- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase -- to tackle one of the most enduring problems in the country: quality affordable health care.

No cashiers or money needed at Amazon Go, a high-tech way to shop

Seattle - Amazon Go, a grocery store that doesn't use cashiers or check-out lines, is opening to the public today at Amazon's Seattle, Washington campus after a year of beta testing of the new technology.

Amazon's indigenous people 'never so threatened': pope

Puerto Maldonado - Pope Francis sounded a stark warning about the future of the Amazon and its peoples during a visit to the region on Friday, saying they had "never been so threatened.

Amazon's indigenous people 'never so threatened': pope

Puerto Maldonado - Pope Francis sounded a stark warning about the future of the Amazon and its peoples during a visit to the region on Friday, saying they had "never been so threatened.

Amazon's indigenous people 'never so threatened': pope

Puerto Maldonado - Pope Francis sounded a stark warning about the future of the Amazon and its peoples during a visit to the region on Friday, saying they had "never been so threatened.

AWS launches auto-scaling feature to automatically add resources

Amazon Web Services has announced full support for auto-scaling, making it significantly easier for cloud customers to dynamically grow their apps in response to demand. The service automatically adds more resources as required, optimising performance.

Amazon draws up shortlist for second HQ

Amazon, the world’s leading e-commerce site, is on a global hunt for a second site to act as its headquarters. Now Amazon has drawn up a top twenty potential cities, and several major North American cities have made the shortlist.

Amazonians want pope to come to their defense, with a bow and arrow

Puerto Maldonado - Indigenous leaders from the Amazon who will meet Pope Francis in Peru on Friday will present him with a bow and arrow, a gift rich in symbolism for a vulnerable people clinging to a simple past, facing an uncertain future.

Toronto makes the shortlist for Amazon's HQ2, alongside 19 rivals

Amazon has announced the shortlist of cities that could host its second North American headquarters, known as HQ2. The company received 238 proposals from locations across the region. It's now narrowed the list to a total of 20 cities, including Toronto.

Google Assistant shouts down Alexa at CES

Google's attended CES with its biggest showing in years, arriving with an aggressive round of promotional material for Google Assistant. It comes after Amazon's Alexa was widely seen to have "won" last year's CES with more integrations than Google.
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