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Amazon synod to debate ordination of married men

Vatican City - An upcoming Vatican global synod dedicated to the Amazon is set to discuss allowing married men in remote areas to be ordained as priests, according to a preview of the meeting made public on Monday.

Amazon sued over Alexa's recording of child's voice

Amazon is to be sued in the U.S. over recordings made by Alexa of a child. Two separate cases allege that Amazon did not have the consent to create the voiceprints of children talking to the personal digital assistant.

Op-Ed: Will Facebook really start its own cryptocurrency?

Menlo Park - The ongoing rumour that Facebook will start its own cryptocurrency won't go away. At this stage, Facebook is refusing to comment, but there are a few working scenarios for this idea.

Elliott Management announces plans to acquire Barnes & Noble

Activist firm Elliott Management announced Friday it plans to acquire bookseller Barnes & Noble for roughly $683 million, including debt. After the announcement, the stock was up 10 percent to $6.56 per share, in premarket trading.

Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months'

Las Vegas - Amazon said Wednesday it expects to begin large-scale deliveries by drone in the coming months as it unveiled its newest design for its "Prime Air" fleet.

Mozilla executive shocked to learn what Alexa has been recording

A security executive working at Mozilla has said he was shocked to discover that recordings of his family had been made by Alexa and were being stored by Amazon. He adds that users of Amazon's Alexa need to be aware.

Amazon holds off Rekognition revolt

Amazon, and supporters of facial recognition software, have succeeded in defeating a shareholder-led Rekognition revolt by a large margin. Rekognition is Amazon's proprietary facial recognition technology.

Amazon's Board of Directors say no to climate change proposal

Seattle - A proposal backed by more than 7,500 Amazon employees asking that the company create a comprehensive climate-change plan did not impress Amazon's board of directors. And shareholders went along with the board and voted down the proposal.

Amazon opens four new mini-stores in malls after closing kiosks

Amazon can't seem to decide whether it wants to have mini-stores within large shopping malls. Early this year the company decided to close the many kiosks it had in malls but a few new mini-stores are appearing in malls branded as "Presented by Amazon".

'.Amazon' gives e-commerce giant its own internet domain

San Francisco - E-commerce giant Amazon was on its way to running its own online neighborhood Monday after the internet's address keeper granted the ".amazon" domain to the company.

Amazon is selling a $7,250 tiny home kit

Amazon is selling a tiny home kit that can be assembled in just 8 hours. The vendor, Allwood, said the structure isn't supposed to serve as a permanent residence, since there's no bathroom or kitchen.

Big Brother-style surveillance gives new insight into Amazon's hidden wildlife

Tef - Scientists are deploying ultra-sensitive sensors in the Amazon to collect images and sounds of the rainforest's rich biodiversity in real time, in an effort to track preservation efforts.

Brazilian giant's comeback shows preservation and development of Amazon is possible

Tef - Several meters long and weighing hundreds of kilograms, the Amazon's pirarucu was almost fished to extinction.

Amazon's new robots pushing employees toward package deliveries

Robots in Amazon's warehouses are taking on a new role of boxing up orders, which they do faster and more efficiently than humans. However, some employees they replace can take advantage of Amazon's program to start a delivery business.

Amazon hints that it may return to the smartphone market

Amazon may yet return to the smartphone market, despite the high-profile flop that was the Fire phone. An Amazon executive told The Telegraph that it needs to create a "differentiated idea" to be able to return to the market.

Merchants based in China are dominating Amazon is a global marketplace. Given the company's U.S. origins it might be expected that U.S. sellers still dominate in terms of the products on offer. New data, in contrast, shows the dominance of Chinese firms.

Amazon edges closer to robots unloading trucks

Amazon is preparing to eliminate the human element of unloading trucks by pushing ahead with trials involving robots. The technology is based around Siemens and Honeywell robotic devices.

Amazon predicts fully automated warehouses at least 10 years away

It will be at least a decade before Amazon will have a fully automated warehouse according to Scott Anderson who is the company's director of robotics fulfillment.

Attacks on Brazil's ecological paradises threaten biodiversity

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is home to more than half of the world's plant and animal species, but its ecological paradises are facing growing threats from agriculture and mining lobbies who have found a champion in far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, experts say.

Amazon uses Artificial Intelligence to fire warehouse workers

Amazon's huge warehouses, called fulfillment centers are the engine of the company's retail business as it is where workers track, pack. sort, and shuffle each order before it is sent to the buyer.

Amazon has record sales and profits in first quarter of 2019

Amazon hopes that it can continue its dominance in the e-commerce domain. However it can only grow so much and is entering a period of high spending, and slower revenue growth that could be an obstacle later though this quarter showed record high profits.

Walmart takes a jab at rival Amazon's one-day shipping

It could be that Walmart is telling Amazon that "anything you can do, I can do better," after Amazon announced its one-day free delivery for Prime members. Walmart took to Twitter, teasing "one-day free shipping without a membership fee."

After blowout earnings report, Amazon announces one-day shipping

Amazon announced on Thursday it will be making one-day shipping the standard for all Amazon Prime members, expecting to spend $800 million during the second quarter of this year to improve its warehouses and delivery infrastructure.

Amazon worker tracking system can automatically fire people

Amazon employs a system that not only tracks warehouse workers productivity, but can automatically fire them for failing to meet expectations.

Mueller report tops Amazon best seller charts

New York - Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is topping the Amazon best-seller charts.

Google and Amazon to work together on video content access

After several years of being at loggerheads, Google and Amazon have come to together to share video streaming content. This means that YouTube will become accessible from Amazon devices.

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Shanghai - Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and, a report said on Thursday.

Amazon staff may be listening in on Alexa recordings

Alexa owners concerned with their privacy have something new to worry about. It has emerged that Amazon staff have the functionality of listening in to questions and commands posed to the Alexa voice assistant.

Amazon employees urge Jeff Bezos to release climate change plan

Seattle - In an open letter to Amazon’s board of directors and CEO Jeff Bezos, thousands of employees have asked the company to adopt a wide-ranging plan to fight climate change and to stop offering its cloud business, AWS, to the petroleum industry.

Amazon's clean energy pledge seemed to be over — until today

Seattle - Amazon has been accused of abandoning a much-publicized goal of running its data centers on 100 percent renewable energy, turning instead, to courting fossil fuel companies. However, Amazon's announcement today may come as a surprise to many people.
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