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Re: Amazon - expands to deliver packages inside your car
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Amazon Key expands to deliver packages inside your car
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/04/amazon-key-expands-to-deliver-packages-inside-your-car/





'Amazon added a new delivery location to the ever-growing number of spots it can leave your packages: inside your car. The company announced an expansion of its Amazon Key in-home delivery service that now lets Prime members get packages deposited in their cars at no extra cost. The service is available today in 37 cities across the country for Prime members with eligible vehicles and active subscriptions to connected car services.

The in-car delivery service only requires the Amazon Key app and a car of recent vintage. Before placing an order on Amazon, Prime members can choose the "in-car" delivery option at checkout. On the day of delivery, customers can check if their car is parked in-range of the delivery location in the Amazon Key app. Spam_A Spam_B Before couriers gain access to the customer's car, Amazon uses an "encrypted authentication process" to make sure the right courier is present in the right location with the right package. After authorization, the car is unlocked so the courier can deliver the package inside. As with most Amazon delivery services, customers receive alerts when a package is about to be delivered and after the package has been left in their car.

No special, one-time access codes are required for in-car delivery, as the car is remotely unlocked at the time of delivery and then immediately locked afterward. Amazon does this through the user's connected-car service that's paired with the Amazon Key app. Currently, compatible 2015 or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles with active OnStar accounts can receive in-car deliveries, as can 2015 or newer Volvo vehicles with active Volvo On Call accounts.'



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Re: Amazon - Working on Another Big Bet: Home Robots
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Amazon Is Said to Be Working on Another Big Bet: Home Robots
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'Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled out the Echo, prompting millions of people to start talking to a computer.

Now Amazon.com Inc. is working on another big bet: robots for the home.

The retail and cloud computing giant has embarked on an ambitious, top-secret plan to build a domestic robot, according to people familiar with the plans. Codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, the project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division based in Sunnyvale, California. Lab126 is responsible for Amazon devices such as the Echo speakers, Fire TV set-top-boxes, Fire tablets and the ill-fated Fire Phone. Spam_A Spam_B The Vesta project originated a few years ago, but this year Amazon began to aggressively ramp up hiring. There are dozens of listings on the Lab 126 Jobs page for openings like “Software Engineer, Robotics” and “Principle Sensors Engineer.” People briefed on the plan say the company hopes to begin seeding the robots in employees’ homes by the end of this year, and potentially with consumers as early as 2019, though the timeline could change, and Amazon hardware projects are sometimes killed during gestation.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.”'













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Re: Amazon v Seattle
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Amazon v Seattle: 7,000 jobs under threat as retail giant protests homeless tax
http://www.rt.com/usa/425726-amazon-seattle-tower-tax-homelessness/





Speaking to the Seattle Times, City Councillor Kshama Sawant accused Amazon of “blackmail” while Mayor Jenny Durkan said she was “deeply concerned” about the impact the company’s move might have on the city. Spam_A Spam_B The row follows Seattle’s decision to introduce a tax on the city’s 500 largest businesses. Seattle would raise an extra $75million under the plans, the majority of which would go to affordable housing. Homelessness has reached crisis point in the city, with 169 deaths recorded across the King County area last year. It is estimated that Amazon’s tax obligation under the proposal would be around $39million. The council will vote on the proposal on May 14.

“I can confirm that pending the outcome of the head-tax vote by City Council, Amazon has paused all construction planning on our Block 18 project in downtown Seattle and is evaluating options to sub-lease all space in our recently leased Rainer Square building,” Herdener said in a statement cited by Reuters.

Last week, Amazon reported a quarterly profit of $1.6billion. A forecast of further growth sent shares up seven percent to a record high, adding an extra $8 billion to the net worth of Amazon’s Chief Executive and largest shareholder Jeff Bezos.'



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Amazon's Alexa recorded private conversation and sent it to random contact
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/24/amazon-alexa-recorded-conversation





'No matter how suspicious it has seemed that Amazon is encouraging us to put listening devices in every room of our homes, the company has always said that its Echo assistants are not listening in on or recording conversations. Over and over again, company spokespeople have promised that they only start recording if someone says the wake word: “Alexa”.

It’s a spiel Danielle, an Alexa user from Portland, Oregon, had believed. She’d installed Echo devices and smart bulbs in every room in her house, accepting Amazon’s claims that they were not invading her privacy. But today she asked the company to investigate after an Alexa device recorded a private conversation between her and her husband and sent it to a random number in their address book without their permission. Spam_A Spam_B Danielle found out her Alexa was recording when she received an alarming call from one of her husband’s colleagues saying: “Unplug your Alexa devices right now, you’re being hacked.”

She told KIRO-TV in Seattle that at first she didn’t believe the co-worker, but then she said: “You sat there talking about hardwood floors.” Danielle realised the colleague must have heard everything.

“I felt invaded,” she told KIRO-TV. “A total privacy invasion. Immediately, I said, ‘I’m never plugging that device in again because I can’t trust it.’”

An Amazon customer service representative confirmed that Danielle’s audio had been sent to the number and apologised but didn’t provide any information about why the device had been activated. A spokesperson for the company said it had “determined this was an extremely rare occurrence”.'



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Re: Amazon
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Don't worry Orlando will probably renew the contract as soon as the press dies down.

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Orlando ends facial recognition program with Amazon

https://reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-facial-recognition/orlando-ends-facial-recognition-program-with-amazon-idUSKBN1JM12K

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The Florida city ended a pilot program last week after its contract with Amazon.com Inc to use its Rekognition service expired, news media reported on Monday.

“Partnering with innovative companies to test new technology – while also ensuring we uphold privacy laws and in no way violate the rights of others – is critical to us as we work to further keep our community safe,” the city and the Orlando Police Department said in a joint statement provided to Floridapolitics.com on Monday.

Amazon could not immediately be reached for comment.

Orlando was one of several U.S. jurisdictions that Amazon has pitched its service to since unveiling it in late 2016 as a way to detect offensive content and secure public safety.


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The power of the technology has been on display in Oregon, where law enforcement uploaded 300,000 mug shots dating to 2001 into Amazon’s cloud and indexed them in Rekognition, according to an Amazon blog post.

Rekognition identified four faces with more than 80 percent similarity to an image of an unidentified hardware store thief; a Facebook search subsequently helped with the case, the post said.



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Re: Amazon
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Posted to highlight Amazon's business practices in light of the media giving Amazon free advertising this week.

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Exploited Amazon workers need a union. When will they get one?

by  Michael Sainato

https://theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/08/amazon-jeff-bezos-unionize-working-conditions?

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While Amazon has been diligently working to shut down any prospect of its workers unionizing, investigative journalists and activists have uncovered widespread abuses of workers. Ambulances were called to British Amazon warehouses 600 times in three years. James Bloodworth, a writer who went undercover at an Amazon warehouse in Staffordshire, England, discovered that workers there routinely urinated in water bottles to avoid being punished for taking breaks from work.

Similar conditions have been reported in the United States. In a 2011 essay for the Atlantic, writer Vanessa Veselka shared her experiences working at an Amazon warehouse outside Seattle. She described how employees were forced to work in robotic, fast-paced conditions. Veselka was eventually fired from her temp position at the warehouse after she attempted to organize a union. More recently, warehouse workers told Business Insider about time-crunched employees using trash bins to go to the bathroom. Employees also described a work atmosphere predicated on fear of missing productivity targets, and said that employees spent most of their lunch breaks waiting in line for onerous security screenings. Former Amazon workers have also said they are pressured to under-report warehouse injuries.

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In fact the very presence of Amazon warehouses in a given area may drive down local warehouse wages, according to the Economist, which cited declines of more than 30% in Lexington county, South Carolina, 17% in Chesterfield, Virginia, and 16% in Tracy, California. Amazon also appears to have a negative impact on job growth: The company “employs just 19 people per $10m in sales, compared to 47 people per $10m in sales at local brick-and-mortar retailers”, the Institute for Local Self Reliance wrote in 2015. “This means that as Amazon grows and crowds out other businesses, the result is a net decrease in jobs.”



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Re: Amazon
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What Amazon does to wages

https://economist.com/united-states/2018/01/20/what-amazon-does-to-wages


WHEN Amazon announced in 2010 that it would build a distribution centre in Lexington County, South Carolina, the decision was hailed as a victory for the Palmetto State. Today the e-commerce giant employs thousands of workers at the centre. Just 3.5% of the local workforce is out of work. Alas, the influx of jobs has not boosted wages for the region’s forklift drivers and order-fillers. In the years since Amazon opened its doors in Lexington County, annual earnings for warehouse workers in the area have fallen from $47,000 to $32,000, a decline of over 30%

Lexington County is not alone. Since Amazon opened a warehouse in Chesterfield, Virginia, warehouse wages in the region have fallen by 17%. In Tracy, California, they have dropped by 16%. Flat or falling industry wages are common in the cities and towns where Amazon opens distribution centres, according to an analysis by The Economist. Government figures show that after Amazon opens a storage depot, local wages for warehouse workers fall by an average of 3%. In places where Amazon operates, such workers earn about 10% less than similar workers employed elsewhere.

About 44 cents out of every dollar spent online in America flows to Amazon, according to eMarketer, a research firm. The firm’s success can be attributed in part to speed and convenience. To get orders to customers as quickly as possible, the company relies on a vast network of warehouses the size of aircraft carriers where the company stores its products and processes orders. Amazon operates more than 75 “fulfilment centres” and 35 sorting centres in America, manned by 125,000 full-time workers.

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Re: Amazon - Hear no evil, see no evil
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Hear no evil, see no evil: Amazon pledges to continue selling face surveillance technology to cops
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'Last week, the ACLU of Northern California revealed that Amazon’s Rekognition face surveillance software identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been previously arrested for a crime. The only problem? They were false matches. Unsurprisingly, the 28 members of Congress falsely matched to the mugshot database were disproportionately people of color. While Congress is only 20 percent people of color, they were 40 percent of those falsely matched by Rekognition.

Lawmakers reacted swiftly to the report. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Ed Markey (D-MA) fired off a letter to 39 federal law enforcement agencies, among them ICE and the FBI, demanding information about how they use face surveillance technologies. Senator Markey and Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) also sent a letter to Jeff Bezos himself, asking the billionaire for more details about Rekognition and a list of its government users. Spam_A Spam_B Rekognition’s failure to accurately recognize Congress members comes on the heels of demands from the ACLU, a coalition of 70 civil rights, civil liberties, religious, and community organizations, hundreds of thousands of petition signatories, and Amazon shareholders that Amazon stop selling its face surveillance technology to law enforcement and other government entities. Employees later joined in by publicly asking Bezos to stop selling Rekognition to law enforcement and demanding more transparency about the company’s contracts with police departments and federal agencies like ICE.

Citing concerns that face surveillance technology violates privacy and free speech rights, and will exacerbate racial biases in policing, the ACLU has called for a moratorium on government use.'



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

https://nytimes.com/2018/08/05/technology/amazon-headquarters-hq2.html

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.

He does, however, have one small question: What financial incentives did his city dangle in front of Amazon?

“What have I been told?” Mr. Evans said. “Absolutely nothing.”

Across the country, the search for HQ2, as the project has been nicknamed, is shrouded in secrecy. Even civic leaders can’t find out what sort of tax credits and other inducements have been promised to Amazon. And there is a growing legal push to find out, because taxpayers could get saddled with a huge bill and have little chance to stop it.

“The only time the public may become aware if the city has promised Amazon incentives is if we win and then we need to get those incentives passed,” Mr. Evans said.

A primary reason for the information blackout is that, in many cases, the bids were handled by local private Chamber of Commerce affiliates or economic development groups that aren’t required to make their negotiations public. Many of the groups are also not covered by Freedom of Information Act or state open-records requests.

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Re: Amazon
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Amazon is positioning itself with AWS (Web Service) to control most of the traffic on the Internet.  Very dangerous.  In the next round of censorship the powers that be will bypass Facebook and Google and control who gets to go online.

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St. Louis University Is Installing Amazon Alexa-Enabled Echo Dots Campus-Wide

https://fortune.com/2018/08/15/amazon-alexa-echo-back-to-school-dorm-room/

The first college or university in the nation is installing Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo Dots in every single dorm room across campus.

St. Louis University, a private four-year university in Missouri, unveiled a plan to install 2,300 intelligent assistant-enabled Echo Dots in residence halls and student apartments before classes begin later this month. The Alexa-enabled Echo Dots will be programmed to answer over 100 specific questions about the campus and student activities, such as the hours for the library or a list of upcoming public lectures.

The program, the first of its kind in the nation because it will include every residence on the school’s campus, is managed by Amazon’s Alexa for Business and supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS), which means students don’t have to know how to set up Alexa or the Echo Dot. Instead the devices will be operated by a central system not tied to any student’s individual account and won’t retain personal information. Additionally, the university says the Echo Dots are operated at no cost to students.

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Break up Amazon before it does any more damage
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Break up Amazon before it does any more damage to America
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'When Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon would be raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour last week, the reception was rapturous. The Seattle Times called it “the just thing.” “Good for them,” said President Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. “I’m in favor of higher wages.” Bloomberg called it proof that “an even higher minimum wage is probably safe for big, productive cities.” Senator Bernie Sanders, a chief Bezos antagonist, called it “enormously important.” “Unequivocally good news,” said The Washington Post.

The latter is owned by Jeff Bezos, an all-too-easily forgotten point these days. Because for all the questions to follow this announcement — Why now? What is Amazon eliminating to pay for this? How much praise does Bezos, recently crowned the World’s Richest Man, deserve while paying, as of 2017, a median Amazon income of $28,446? — we are not asking the real one. Spam_A Spam_B <strong>When did we become The United States of Amazon?</strong>

Author, entrepreneur and NYU business professor Scott Galloway has emerged as one of Amazon’s fiercest critics. At last month’s Recode Code Commerce, Galloway gave a 45-minute talk on the future of retail that savaged Amazon and warned of the threats the company poses not just economically but philosophically and morally.

“I believe our society is effectively going through this very uncomfortable transition that is bad for our youth, bad for America and bad for the planet where we no longer worship at the altar of character and kindness,” he said. “We worship at the altar of innovators and billionaires.”'













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Re: Amazon : Puts Pentagon on His Monopoly Board
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Jeff Bezos Puts the Pentagon on His Monopoly Board



'Speaking at the Wired 25th anniversary last month month, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that his company will continue to accept Pentagon contracts. That includes a very controversial cloud-computing contract that Google and Microsoft have already backed out of due to vocal employee opposition to working with the U.S. military.

Amazon was long considered the front-runner for this contract, but Bezos’s rationale for taking it goes well beyond its being low-hanging fruit. He’s argued that the government’s job is to “make the right decision, even when it’s unpopular,” and that large tech companies should support those decisions irrespective of politics.


The $10 billion tied to the contract can’t hurt either. Whatever his motivation for sucking it up and taking one for team tech, Bezos’s public justification is a poor one, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Pentagon has a long history of immoral and reckless behavior, actions that objectively aren’t beneficial to the defense of the United States. Any company that blindly works with them does so at its own peril.

Employees at Google and Microsoft have already made a powerful case for why tech giants shouldn’t collaborate with the Defense Department. They don’t want to be responsible for developing technology that causes substantial harm, surveils others in violation of international norms, or contravenes human rights. The Pentagon can be counted on to do all three, and more.'


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Re: Amazon
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It will be no surpise that Jeff Bezos will choose the state of Virginia where the CIA and other defense companies have a home as the 2nd headquarters.



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Re: Amazon - new headquarters meets public backlash
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Bezos vs. the working class: Amazon’s new headquarters meets public backlash
http://www.rt.com/usa/443883-amazon-bezos-us/





Amazon has named New York City and Crystal City, Virginia, as the locations for its second and third headquarters. While the move will bring billions of dollars to these areas, locals fear spiralling rents and displacement.

The online retail giant made the announcement on Tuesday, putting an end to a year of competition between more than 230 cities, who sought to lure the megacorporation with tax breaks and promises of infrastructural development. Each of the locations can now expect to take a share of 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was ecstatic when discussing the then-unfinalized move on Monday night. “We’re talking about the single biggest economic development deal in the history of New York City,” he said.

According to Amazon, New York will give the company over $1.5 billion in direct incentives. This includes $1.2 billion in tax credits over ten years, or $48,000 per job. Amazon will also receive a cash grant of $325 million towards its headquarters building. What's more, the company can also avail of city’s Relocation and Employment Assistance Program, which grants employers $3,000 in tax credits per year to locate in the outer boroughs. With a workforce of 25,000, Amazon could snatch close to an extra $1 billion in savings.

Driving gentrification

Locals in Long Island City – the proposed location for the HQ – aren’t exactly thrilled. The area has seen rents skyrocket in recent years, a problem that they fear Amazon’s arrival will exacerbate. More rental units have been added here between 2010 and 2016 than in any other neighborhood nationwide, many of them luxury condos and high-rise apartments. Prices in this area have climbed almost ten percent since rumors of Amazon’s decision began circulating earlier this month.

Local realtor Patrick Smith told CNN that “buyers are asking if they can make an offer without seeing the apartment.”

Newly-minted congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described socialist, said that Amazon’s move will price the area’s long-term working class residents out of the area. She said that many of these residents have contacted her with their concerns.

“Displacement is not community development. Investing in luxury condos is not the same thing as investing in people and families,” she said on Monday. “Shuffling working class people out of a community does not improve their quality of life.”'



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Re: Amazon
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Re: Amazon : Echo is 'Always Recording' Your Conversations
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Professor Warns: Amazon Echo is 'Always Recording' Your Conversations
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'A media professor has warned that Amazon Echo and other such devices are “always recording” private conversations without the consent of their owners.

Nick Flor, an Associate Professor of Information Systems, Film, & Digital Media at the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Anderson School of Management, was reacting to a news story about a judge’s ruling which gave New Hampshire authorities permission to examine audio recordings from Echo in the case of a double murder where two women were stabbed to death.

Amazon’s Echo uses its Alexa voice assistant to respond to verbal commands from the user, but only when the word “Alexa” is spoken as a cue, raising questions as to why the murder suspect, Timothy Verrill, would have activated the device before murdering the women. Spam_A Spam_B “Remember when Amazon claimed they only started recording when you said: “Alexa”. Turns out that’s a big freakin’ lie,” tweeted Flor. “These stupid devices are ALWAYS RECORDING. All it takes is one SJW working in Amazon Support to leak all your conversations (For The Greater Good™, of course).”
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Remember when Amazon claimed they only started recording when you said: "Alexa". Turns out that's a big freakin' lie. These stupid devices are ALWAYS RECORDING. All it takes is one SJW working in Amazon Support to leak all your conversations (For The Greater Good™, of course) https://t.co/VUOljdLXIE</p>
— Nick Flor-ProfessorF (@ProfessorF) November 12, 2018[/size][/quote]

Earlier this year, it was reported that a private conversation between a husband and wife in Portland eventually ended up in the inbox of the man’s colleague.

After the work colleague received the email, he immediately called the woman and said, “Unplug your Alexa devices right now, you’re being hacked.”

“I felt invaded,” Danielle told KIRO-TV. “A total privacy invasion. Immediately, I said, ‘I’m never plugging that device in again because I can’t trust it.’”'



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Re: Amazon - new headquarters meets public backlash
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The online retail giant made the announcement on Tuesday, putting an end to a year of competition between more than 230 cities, who sought to lure the megacorporation with tax breaks and promises of infrastructural development. Each of the locations can now expect to take a share of 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was ecstatic when discussing the then-unfinalized move on Monday night. “We’re talking about the single biggest economic development deal in the history of New York City,” he said.

According to Amazon, New York will give the company over $1.5 billion in direct incentives. This includes $1.2 billion in tax credits over ten years, or $48,000 per job. Amazon will also receive a cash grant of $325 million towards its headquarters building. What's more, the company can also avail of city’s Relocation and Employment Assistance Program, which grants employers $3,000 in tax credits per year to locate in the outer boroughs. With a workforce of 25,000, Amazon could snatch close to an extra $1 billion in savings.


While Ocasio-Cortez gets criticized by conservatives and "capitalists" for criticizing gentrification, the mixed economy marches on. The "competition" was for which city would subsidize Amazon the most. A complete farce of capitalism. And Conservatives get to feel good making fools of themselves. The socialists get to continue eternally fooling themselves.



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'Amazon Echo for the elderly' uses AI to track people's movements so it can alert the authorities if something goes wrong (but would YOU trust it to monitor your loved ones?)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6397441/Amazon-Echo-elderly-uses-AI-track-peoples-movements.html





'A tiny white cube that uses Artificial Intelligence to monitor the lives of elderly people who live alone could save thousands of lives, according to its creator.

The miiCube, a kind of 'Amazon Echo for the elderly', learns people's routines and tracks their movements so it can alert the relevant authorities if something is wrong.

The device will also sense if there's a break in routine, such as not getting up at the normal time or not following usual daily routines. Spam_A Spam_B Creator Kelvin Summoogum - who set up miiCARE, the firm behind the gadget, in March - got the idea when his grandmother broke her hip at home.

He said she spent twelve hours in agony on the floor before anyone knew until a neighbour found her and brought her to the hospital.

Mr Summoogum, from Chatham, Kent said: 'It was a horrible experience and one I don't want anyone else to have to go through.

'Every time we walked into hospital we were scared her bed would be empty.'

The device can also monitor your vital signs and can sense if someone is getting unwell.

For example, a person getting up repeatedly in the night to use the toilet could be a signs of diabetes or a kidney infection.

Using miiCUBE in the homes of recently retired people can check on users throughout the day if needed.

'This keeps people active during their retirement and prevents them picking up bad habits, such as staying in bed later into the day, but it also helps keep the frail safe,' says Summoogum.

So far miiCUBE, which is being developed at the Medway Innovation Centre, has been backed by Kent County Council, Santander and Royal Mail.'



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'Always Listening' - Amazon's Alexa Stores Everything You Say To It; Here's How To Delete






If you're one of the millions of people who own a device with Amazon Alexa, the company's spying device helpful personal assistant, whatever you say may be recorded - especially if someone in the house is named Alexis, Alex, or Lexi.

According to Amazon's Alexa terms of use, the company collects and stores most of what you say to Alexa - including the geolocation of the product along with your voice instructions, reports CNBC's Todd Haselton.

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Your messages, communication requests (e.g., "Alexa, call Mom"), and related instructions are "Alexa interactions," as described in the Alexa Terms of Use. Amazon processes and retains your Alexa Interactions and related information in the cloud in order to respond to your requests (e.g., "Send a message to Mom"), to provide additional functionality (e.g., speech to text transcription and vice versa), and to improve our services. -Amazon Terms of Use


Does Alexa record everything? Not according to Amazon, which says that devices such as the Echo only begin "listening" when it hears its wake word, "Alexa." Could Alexa be remotely switched on or hacked to surveil a target? Well - we know they've been hacked to eavesdrop, and we know the government has been using personal cell phones as "roving bugs" for years - so it stands to reason that an Amazon listening device could be used against its owner.'


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If you're one of the millions of people who own a device with Amazon Alexa, the company's spying device helpful
This is so simple to avoid.  Simply do not buy products with this crap in it.  Buy older tech that doesn't have it, that simple.  This shit will NEVER be allowed in my home in 50 years.  The globalists can take all their mini-cybernetic dictator "personal assistants" and shove them the hell up their ass sideways.  Get completely the f*ck out of my life you shitbag dictators that think we don't know what you're trying to do.  I don't have ANYTHING "smart" in my home either, I'm not f*cking stupid like the globalists want me to be.



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This is so simple to avoid.  Simply do not buy products with this crap in it.  Buy older tech that doesn't have it, that simple.  This shit will NEVER be allowed in my home in 50 years.  The globalists can take all their mini-cybernetic dictator "personal assistants" and shove them the hell up their ass sideways.  Get completely the f*ck out of my life you shitbag dictators that think we don't know what you're trying to do.  I don't have ANYTHING "smart" in my home either, I'm not f*cking stupid like the globalists want me to be.

Yea. Pretty much. I'll never have one of those things around me either. Everyone I associate with right now won't either. About a year ago, while working in someone's home, they said, "And if you need anything, Alexa's over there." I looked across the room, seriously expecting a female human named Alexa. It dawned on me after about a minute wondering if she was crazy that she was talking about one of those things. I chose my words very wisely for the rest of the time I was on that job.

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‘Electric shocks & broken bones’: Amazon workers to protest ‘inhuman’ conditions on Black Friday
https://www.rt.com/news/444678-amazon-black-friday-protests/





Amazon warehouse workers are set to protest ‘inhuman’ working conditions in planned demonstrations across Europe on Black Friday.

Hundreds of Amazon employees are working with the British trade union GMB and planning to gather outside five of the website’s fulfillment centers on Friday. Meanwhile, in Italy and Spain, a 24-hour strike is planned.

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The biggest of the UK demonstrations is arranged for Rugeley, near Birmingham, where more than 100 workers and GMB members are expected to show up. The UK’s shadow work and pensions minister, Jack Dromey, is also expected to speak at a rally following the protest.

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GMB spokesman Tim Roache told Business Insider that the workers were not trying to disrupt Black Friday sales, but simply attempting to raise awareness about the “frankly inhuman” working conditions. The goal, he said is to “get Amazon around the table” for workers’ voices to be heard.

People are “breaking bones, being knocked unconscious, and being taken away in ambulances," he said.'

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'A new patent application filed by Amazon could enable the kind of dystopian face tracking envisioned in the movies and sci-fi books, where thousands of cameras are linked to track one person as they move through a city. The patent application, published last week, shows that instead of listening to widespread concern about its sale of face surveillance product Rekognition to law enforcement, Amazon is working hard behind the scenes to seamlessly integrate face tracking into networked surveillance systems, making the tracking more effective for law enforcement—and therefore more threatening to civil rights and civil liberties. Spam_A Spam_B The patent application describes a method for “Generating Composite Facial Images Using Audio/Video Recording and Communication Devices.” According to the company, this artificial intelligence system receives video recordings from two sources, identifies the persons in the scene, recognizes if they are the same person, and then alerts the user that a person was identified. Put simply, this new method enables the blending of footage from various cameras, applying artificial intelligence to identify persons that could not be otherwise determined by only one of them.

In its application, Amazon explains that sometimes two or more video recording devices “each capture partial facial images (e.g., from different angles and/or vantage points) of the same person.” These “partial facial images can be of limited value in identifying the persons in the images, due to the lack of a complete picture of the person’s face in any one image.” To address this, it would be “advantageous” (Amazon’s phrasing) if the partial facial images “could be combined to form a composite image that shows the entire face (or at least a more complete face) of a person captured in multiple images.”




The problem the patented technology aims to solve is that existing facial surveillance systems “do not provide the ability to identify image data including partial facial images from two or more cameras, or to determine that the partial facial images are of the same person.” The company’s invention purports to “solve this problem by enabling image data from multiple recording and communication devices to be analyzed so that partial facial images of a same person can be identified.” By combining partial facial images, “the identity of the person in the partial facial images can be more effectively determined,” the patent application states.'



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Amazon 'set to land on the British High Street with a high-tech, till-free supermarket' after launches in the U.S.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-6476967/Amazon-set-land-British-High-Street-high-tech-till-free-supermarket.html





'Amazon is planning to open one of its high-tech till-free supermarkets in London's West End, it has been claimed.

The Amazon Go stores allow customers to pick up their shopping and leave without having to go through a checkout, by charging them automatically through their phones.

The internet giant wants to open its first British bricks-and-mortar store close to Oxford Circus, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

There are already seven of the stores in the US – Seattle, where Amazon is based, Chicago and San Francisco. Another is reportedly planned in New York. Spam_A Spam_B To use them, customers install the Amazon Go app on their phones.

They then scan a code on their way into the shop and are <strong>tracked as they move around by hundreds of cameras and facial recognition software</strong>.

Their credit card is automatically charged when they leave.

Amazon has so far stuck to opening convenience shops which sell staple items. It has reportedly been looking at vacant retail space in the UK for several months.

The company did not comment yesterday.'



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Amazon patents doorbell camera that calls police when it recognizes a 'suspicious' person
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Amazon filed a patent application for a doorbell camera that scans the faces of passers by and compares them with a database of suspicious persons. If a match is made the camera calls the cops.

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The ACLU’s test is consistent with academic research demonstrating that face surveillance technology is less accurate for darker skinned faces and women. These systems threaten to further entangle people with law enforcement, ripping families apart and increasing the likelihood of racially biased police violence. In addition, this technology puts activists and protesters in danger when exercising their First Amendment rights.

Despite the risks to civil liberties and racial justice, Amazon has chosen to ignore questions from members of Congress and calls from consumers, civil rights groups, and its own employees and shareholders to take responsibility for the consequences of its technology on communities where it is deployed.

This patent application also suggests that Amazon has no plans to stop at identifying people based on their faces. The company anticipates targeting an arsenal of other biometrics, including fingerprints, skin-texture analysis, DNA, palm-vein analysis, hand geometry, iris recognition, odor/scent recognition, and even behavioral characteristics, like typing rhythm, gait, and voice recognition.



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