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Meet the woman behind Amazon's Alexa

Meet the woman behind Amazon's Alexa

One-quarter of all American households now have an Amazon Echo powered by Alexa. But the surge in popularity of these virtual assistants comes with new questions about convenience, and privacy — especially as the company looks to make the smart speaker more "human."
A Guide to Walmart’s Ragtag Alliance Against Amazon

A Guide to Walmart’s Ragtag Alliance Against Amazon

Battling Amazon isn’t easy—even for the world’s largest retail chain. Fear of Jeff Bezos helps explain why Walmart has in recent years forged alliances with Google, Microsoft, China’s JD.com and other tech players. The members of the unofficial coalition all share a common goal: preventing Amazon from ruling the digital galaxy.
Amazon and Walmart’s rivalry is reshaping how we’ll buy everything in the future

Amazon and Walmart’s rivalry is reshaping how we’ll buy everything in the future

Walmart’s ongoing battle with Amazon for the retail crown is expanding well beyond retail, and it’s forcing one of the largest companies in the world to reexamine its DNA. In the last six months alone, Walmart has partnered with scores of tech firms to better compete with Amazon and make progress in markets that may become pivotal years down the line.
Cities’ Offers for Amazon Base Are Secrets Even to Many City Leaders

Cities’ Offers for Amazon Base Are Secrets Even to Many City Leaders

Jared Evans, a member of the Indianapolis City-County Council, is proud that the city is among 20 finalists for one of the most coveted prizes in the country: the planned second headquarters of Amazon.
New crypto-mining malware uses Amazon’s cloud to hijack computers

New crypto-mining malware uses Amazon’s cloud to hijack computers

Hackers are increasingly hijacking computers to secretly mine crypto assets. Such exploits surged last year, according a survey by IBM Managed Security Services. One recently discovered malware program is hiding itself on Amazon’s cloud to steal processing power from a fleet of ordinary computers.
Lawmakers sound alarm over Amazon face recognition software

Lawmakers sound alarm over Amazon face recognition software

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers and civil libertarians are voicing concerns about Amazon's facial recognition software, worrying that it could be misused. They fear that without proper oversight the technology could hurt minority or poor communities and allow police to ramp up surveillance.
Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin space venture go all in on moon settlements

Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin space venture go all in on moon settlements

And even if Blue Origin can’t strike public-private partnerships, Bezos will do what needs to be done to make it so, he said here at the International Space Development Conference on Friday night.
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