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Will blockchain replace the web? Special

Brooklyn - Blockchain – a decentralized data base – is known today because it’s used to produce and exchange cryptocurrencies. But blockchain might prove to have many more applications, one day threatening the monopoly of companies like Amazon and Facebook.

Bonjour, Alexa: Amazon digital assistant heads to France

San Francisco - Amazon on Wednesday announced that its digital assistant Alexa is heading for France in Echo voice-commanded speakers as of next week.

Facebook gave user data to 60 companies including Apple, Amazon

Facebook has had data-sharing agreements with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft, many of which still exist.

Alexa spies on couple in house

Portland - A couple in Portland, Oregon have discovered that Amazon's Alexa listened in, recorded and then posted a recording of a private conversation. Amazon has been accused of flouting data privacy.

Op-Ed: Trump uses his office to launch personal vendetta against Amazon

In his latest move to exact revenge on Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, President Trump has now personally, behind closed doors, demanded that US Postmaster General Megan Brennan double package-delivery charges for Amazon and other companies.

Op-Ed: Break up the tech giants to protect privacy? Maybe not

Sydney - An NYU professor called Scott Galloway has called for the big tech monsters to be broken up to deal with privacy issues. The problem is that this whole environment is a moving target, and the big companies are targets themselves.

Amazon has started rejecting cities' proposals for its HQ2

Arlington, Texas, says that as of two weeks ago, it was out of the running to host Amazon's second headquarters, known as HQ2. Arlington, about 20 miles from Dallas, had submitted a proposal as part of Dallas' pitch to Amazon.

'Alexa' not as popular a name: could Amazon be to blame?

It seems like parents just don't want to look down at their new baby and think of Amazon Echo's personal assistant. The popular personal assistant is changing the baby naming game.

Walmart may pay $15 billion for 75% of Flipkart Online Services

Bangalore - The board of Flipkart On Line Services has approved an agreement that will see it sell about three quarters of the company to Walmart Inc. for approximately $15 billion according to people familiar with what is happening.

Amazon announcement brings concern over fair pay to Vancouver

Amazon is expanding its presence in Vancouver, by about 416,000 square-feet, but there are concerns over its heightened presence in Canada.

With the New Glenn, Blue Origin now competes with SpaceX

Van Horn - On Sunday, Blue Origin successfully completed the latest test flight of its fully reusable launch system, New Shepard, which could soon be taking private citizens into suborbital space. So what else is Blue Origin planning?

Amazon bringing 3,000 new tech jobs to Vancouver

Vancouver - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that Amazon is expanding its Vancouver tech hub with a new headquarters - adding another 3,000 jobs by 2022.

Amazon racks up $51 billion in sales in first quarter of 2018

Seattle - Amazon's first quarter earnings showed that sales were a huge $51 billion up nearly 43 percent year over year. The net profit was $1.6 billion.

Amazon offering five different smart home security packages

Seattle - Amazon now is offering home security services through a new portal. There are an array of smart security packages, including items such as entryway sensors, sirens, and a video doorbell all installed by Amazon workers and with no monthly contract.

Amazon on track to become first trillion dollar company

Amazon could beat Microsoft to be the first trillion dollar company, Macquarie says. The bank's new price target translates to a market cap of $1.19 trillion.

Amazon raising price of Prime membership by $20 a year

Amazon.com's 20 percent hike in the cost of Prime membership should deliver more than $1 billion in extra revenue this year and cover any “rational” hike in United States Postal Service delivery fees, Wall Street analysts said on Friday.

Amazon delivers hefty profits, led by web services

San Francisco - Internet colossus Amazon on Thursday reported that its quarterly profit more than doubled on soaring revenue from online commerce and cloud services.Amazon said it earned $1.

Amazon expanding home delivery to put packages inside your car

On Tuesday, Amazon announced it has expanded its in-home delivery service called Amazon Key to include deliveries to trunks and backseats of members cars where they cannot be easily stolen.

Amazon drops plan to sell bulk pharmaceuticals

Amazon Business, which is the bulk products arm of Amazon, appears to be dropping its plan to become a major distributor of pharmaceutical and medical devices products. This follows on from indications last year that Amazon was to enter the fray.

Amazon globalizes its e-commerce service Special

Amazon has begun to globalize its e-commerce service by adding a new international shipping feature to reach more than 100 countries. Dan Neiweem of Avionos provides an insight.

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.
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