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Microsoft topples Amazon as second-biggest US company

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Microsoft was able to once again regain its spot as the second most valuable company in the US after a disappointing quarterly report from Amazon lowered its market capitalization by $65bn. Apple still holds the top spot at over $1tn after it crossed the trillion dollar threshold back in September but Microsoft and Amazon are …

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Lawmakers Seek Review of Pentagon Contract Thought to Favor Amazon

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[ad_1] Two Republican congressmembers are seeking a formal investigation into claims that the bidding process for a contentious $10 billion Pentagon contract was rigged in favor of Amazon. The contract in question would give one company full reign over the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative, or JEDI Cloud, a program that the Pentagon has …

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Report: Amazon Tried to Sell Facial Recognition Tech to ICE

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Face Hole Retail giant Amazon tried to sell its facial recognition technology to US. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this summer, according to documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight and first reported by the Daily Beast. ICE has attracted controversy during the Trump administration for what critics and insiders say is overzealous enforcement of immigration …

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Stepping Into an Amazon Store Helps It Get Inside Your Head

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[ad_1] Infrared light flooded down invisibly as I eyed the pastries in Amazon’s new convenience store in downtown San Francisco. It helped cameras mounted on the store’s ceiling detect that I picked up a croissant, then put it back. My flirtation with a $3.19 morsel of flaky pastry was recorded during a preview of the …

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Amazon Built an AI to Evaluate Job Applicants. One Problem: It Seemed Sexist.

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Gender Gap In 2014, Amazon built an AI to evaluate job applicants’ résumés. By 2015, it realized the system had a major flaw: It didn’t like women. According to five sources who spoke to Reuters, Amazon spent years developing an algorithm that used machine learning to sift through job applicants in order to identify the best …

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Jeff Bezos: Amazon Won’t Stop Helping the Military

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DOD + Amazon 4Ever You might not think Amazon should work with the U.S. government, but guess what? Jeff Bezos don’t care. The CEO channeled his inner honey badger during a WIRED event on Monday, telling the audience that, despite both internal and external protests, Amazon would continue to work with the U.S. military on …

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Amazon Australia has added free music streaming for Prime members

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Amazon Australia has brought additional value to its Prime members today, announcing that its Prime Music streaming service has officially launched Down Under, giving Aussie subscribers access to over two million songs at no extra cost. The service is included with every full Prime membership, which has an introductory price of $4.99 per month (after …

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