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Amazon Ruined Online Shopping

The Atlantic – There's a Gatorade button attached to my basement fridge. If I push it, two days later a crate of the sports drink shows up at my door, thanks to Amazon. When these “Dash Buttons” were first rumored in 2015, they seemed like a joke.

Leveraging Amazon search ads in a time of rapid change

Search Engine Land – Ginny Marvin – Amazon is making big advancements in its search advertising interface and products. With more inventory, evolving formats and technology updates, advertising on Amazon is quickly becoming more powerful — and more complex. To help advertisers…

'They Own the System': Amazon Rewrites Book Industry by Marching Into Publishing

Wall Street Journal – Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg – FRIEDEMANN VOGEL/EPA/Shutterstock FRIEDEMANN VOGEL/EPA/Shutterstock Amazon.com Inc., which over more than two decades made itself the world's largest book retailer, has created an unrivaled display window that can catapult titles from obscurity to…

Facebook employees busted leaving 5-star reviews for Portal on Amazon

The Verge – Chaim Gartenberg – Facebook's Portal smart displays have had an uphill battle, trying to convince people to willingly give the notoriously security-lax social media company another avenue into their homes. But it seems some people are pretty happy with their Portals:…

Microsoft Wants Cortana to Play Nicely With Amazon and Google

Wired – Klint Finley – Tech giants are battling to position their smart speakers as the center of the digital home. But Microsoft, which lost the mobile wars to Apple and Google, is trying to ensure that it will have a place, no matter who wins. Microsoft has its own…

Amazon issues no-deal Brexit advice to UK retailers

BBC News – British businesses trading on Amazon have been advised to take steps in preparation for a no deal Brexit to ensure they can continue selling to customers in the EU. The online retail giant has informed UK sellers no deal 'may temporarily prevent…

Amazon, le grand méchant gaspilleur ?

MiniMachines.net – Les images filmées par M6 en caméra cachée sont sans équivoque, Amazon dispose d'un service de destruction de produits qui ne s'embarrasse pas de trop grandes considérations écologiques ou éthiques.

Amazon Upgrades Alexa With Newscaster Voice

PCMag – If you're in the US and ask Alexa to reel off the latest news today through your smart speaker, she's going to sound a bit more professional than on previous days. That's because Amazon performed an upgrade and gave her a professional newscaster…

Facebook employees caught posting 5-star Portal reviews on Amazon

Fox News – Frank Miles – The primary purpose of the Facebook Portal is to let you make the types of video calls you can already make on Facebook's Messenger app. The Portal is part of a new category of gadgets best described as screens for making video calls, listening to…

Jeff Bezos is launching a new conference dedicated to AI, optimism, and Amazon

The Verge – James Vincent – For the last couple of years, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has held an annual invite-only event where billionaires, astronauts, and roboticists could rub shoulders and chat about the future of tech over gourmet nibbles. Now that event is being turned into…