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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

Amazon has rejigged its product reviews systems for customers in the US, in an apparent move to mute fake ratings on the retail giant's service. The company said it was now using machine-learning tech that it had developed to try to flush out old and crappy reviews, according to Cnet. Amazon's Julie Law was quoted as saying: …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2015
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Amazon game dev brain slurp bid revealed in industry back-page ad

A job advert posted on Gamasutra has led to speculation about Amazon's plans to branch out in the PC game market. The Kindle king is looking for 26 staff members for its gaming development team in Seattle. "Amazon is committed to gamers, and building great teams who are excited to use Twitch, the AWS cloud, and technical …
Jennifer Baker, 08 Jun 2015
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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

Amazon.com's German outpost, Amazon.de, is trialling delivery of goods direct into the trunks of buyers' cars. The trial will only work for Amazon Prime customers who drive an Audi, as the scheme relies on keyless entry to the vehicle. Enabling that access will require testers to add a gadget of undetermined nature to their cars …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2015
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Amazon turns up spectacularly late to 'transparency' party, pours a large one

Amazon has finally released details of the info snooping governments from around the world demand of the retail and cloudy biz. The company said in a subdued blog post that it would publish a bi-annual information request report. It comes after Amazon – unlike its tech rivals – spent years resisting going public with the data. …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2015

Amazon sighs, may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax

The economy of Luxembourg is about to shrink by a few billion pounds, with Amazon bowing to UK pressure and announcing it'll book UK sales through its British branch. The Wall Street Journal reports the change began on May 1. The Guardian says Amazon is moving in response to the UK government's diverted profits tax, which slaps …

Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

Having started capturing what you say in your home and sending it to the cloud in November, Amazon has decided that its Echo product needs to do more than just read the news. At launch, Amazon promised that Echo would be “always getting smarter”. It's now delivering on that threat promise. Agence France Presse says home …
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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Amazon is switching to a “pay-per-page” royalties model for self-published Kindle authors, a move likely to be welcomed by all readers with attention deficit disorder. From July 1 the amount an author earns will be determined by their share of total pages read, the company has said. It will affect self-published authors on the …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2015

Amazon douses Fire phone man-in-the-middle diddle

MRW Labs researcher Bernard Wagner has reported three flaws in Amazon's Fire phone that could allow apps to facilitate man-in-the-middle attacks. Wagner says two Certinstaller flaws allow apps to install certificates such that the large number of apps that do not use certificate pinning are open to traffic interception. A third …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2015
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Amazon AXES try-before-you-buy AppStore TestDrive facility from shopfront

Amazon customers can no longer preview apps via the online retail giant's TestDrive service before making a purchase, after the firm quietly killed the function on Wednesday. The try-before-you-buy feature was introduced by Amazon in March 2011 and was considered at the time to be a clever way to drum up more sales of apps. …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2015
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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

Amazon, Facebook and Google are among those who have been invited to a pow-wow with MEPs over their tax practices – but not all plan to show up. MEPs said on Tuesday that it's regrettable that the multinationals “seem unable to find time to discuss their tax practices in public before the European Parliament’s Tax Rulings …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Jun 2015
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Commish snaps on rubber gloves, Amazon readies itself for antitrust probe

The European Commish has decided to prod about in Amazon’s contracts with publishers looking for nasty antitrusty behaviour. The Commission is concerned that the contracts, which force publishers to notify Amazon about more favourable terms and conditions with competitors, may make it more difficult for other ebook distributors …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Jun 2015
Kindle for Kids

Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

Amazon.com looks to have decided that its next big market is your kids. The company's unveiled a “Kindle for Kids Bundle” that takes a normal 6” Kindle, wraps it in a bit of coloured plastic and bundles a two-year warranty for the device. That warranty applies to “common accidents, including knocking it off a table, dropping it …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2015
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Devs to pour Java into Amazon's cloud after AWS Lambda update

Amazon Web Services has expanded its AWS Lambda programming model to support functions written in Java, the cloud kingpin said on Monday. Lambda, which allows developers to run event-driven code directly on Amazon's cloud without managing any application infrastructure, launched in November 2014 and initially only supported code …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jun 2015
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FAA approves Amazon US drone flight just months after firm gave up and went to Canada

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has cut its response time to a measly ten months in approving Amazon's most recent drone flight request. In a letter to Paul Misener, public policy veep for the Sultans of Seattle, the FAA stunned all witnesses in granting permission for delivery drone test flights only ten months after the …
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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

Amazon is looking for 500 new minions in the Dunstable area. The online superstore is to open a new 310,000 sq ft "fulfilment centre". Amazon’s “passion” and “customer obsession” means this is the ninth shipping warehouse centre in the UK. The eight others together employ more than 7,000 people. Recruitment will be via local …
Jennifer Baker, 12 May 2015
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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

Trading Standards has this week intervened on behalf of a small business owner to ask Amazon to reconsider its refusal to remove a factually inaccurate review. Steve Smith, director of nuisance call screening company trueCall Care, complained to Amazon regarding a serious claim his device blocks all incoming calls from the …
Kat Hall, 21 Apr 2015
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Amazon's clouds are da bomb, say EU data protection watchdogs

Amazon’s cloud services have been declared safe by Europe’s privacy rights watchdogs. The Article 29 Working Party (a group made up of all Europe’s national data protection authorities), led by the Luxembourgish CNPD, has found that Amazon Web Services’ standard contractual clauses meet all the requirements of EU data protection …
Jennifer Baker, 01 Apr 2015
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Outbreak! Fake Amazon voucher offer seeds mobile malware attack

Spoofed Amazon vouchers are being used to spearhead a campaign to contaminate Android mobiles with malware, messaging security firm AdaptiveMobile warns. The attack, dubbed "Gazon", sends messages to victims’ mobile phone contacts linking to supposed offers for (non-existent) Amazon vouchers fictitiously promising a gift of $200 …
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2015

Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative'

Amazon.com has advertised for a Brisbane, Australia-based software developer to work on a “new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative”. AmazonFresh is shopzilla's grocery delivery service and has hitherto been confined to Seattle and parts of California. But the company has previously signalled it is keen to bring AmazonFresh …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Sep 2014
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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

Amazon looks to be exploring a new way to cut costs by turning you - or anyone willing to deliver parcels - into its drones. In an idea that's most likely a stick with which to beat its delivery contractors, the retail Leviathan reportedly wants Americans to download an app, and if they see a parcel delivery that's convenient to …
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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

The UK wing of online retail giant Amazon collapsed within the past hour, and netizens across Europe appear to be reporting similar outage woes. Outraged shoppers are – at time of writing – complaining that the service has completely buckled. Hui. #Amazon ist wirklich #down. Irre. pic.twitter.com/YmEAcMLSh4 — Wolfram Bölte (@ …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2015

Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

Amazon has filed for a patent on a service that would see the company offer 3D-printed stuff on demand. The US Patent Filing [PDF] describes a service where customers can order items to be remotely fabricated and shipped by Amazon – or, in some cases, 3D printed by a mobile unit that delivers the items directly to them. The …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2015
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Amazon lifts lid on AWS money factory, says it's a $5 BEEEELLION biz

Amazon lifted the veil from the financials of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business for the first time on Thursday, and it looks to be off to a fine start for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2015. While Amazon's total revenue of $22.72bn for the quarter represented 15 per cent year-on-year growth – a …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015
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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

The United States Federal Aviation Administration has released a new set of rules covering the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, and appears to have shot down Amazon.com's delivery-by-drone dream. The draft regulations (PDF) say drone operations must be “Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only” and that “unmanned aircraft must …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2015

I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

Amazon has patched dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in its website that exposed accounts to hijacking. A Brazilian hacker using the handle @BruteLogic published the then-zero-day flaw to XSSposed.org Saturday without tipping off the book giant. Amazon swatted the flaws two days later. The time between …
Darren Pauli, 26 Mar 2015

Larry Ellison: Oracle's going to WAR against Amazon cloud prices

Oracle technology chief Larry Ellison is embarking on a journey Microsoft couldn’t complete: beating Amazon’s cloud services on price. Oracle’s former CEO is reported to have kicked off a price war by committing his database firm to undercutting AWS on storage. “We are prepared to compete with Amazon.com on price,” Ellison said …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2015

Gamers! Yes, gamers – they'll rescue our streaming Fire TV box, hopes Amazon

Amazon is hoping to crack the streaming media market with a new gaming app that lets you play many of the latest titles for $6.99 a month. GameFly Streaming is available today as an app on the retail giant's Fire TV and lets you rent bundles of games at a time. For example, the "Action Pack" contains seven titles including F.E.A …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Jun 2015
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Microsoft is BEATING Amazon's cloud revenues. Er, how?

Microsoft's cloud revenues are beating those of Amazon's AWS. That's if analyst-haus Stifel Nicolaus's data is correct. Back in 2012's third quarter Microsoft commercial cloud revenue was $254m, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) ahead at $530m. In the first quarter of 2015 AWS revenues totaled $1.566bn, with Microsoft nudging ahead …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2015
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Wallet wafting into the Cloud? Amazon hears your pain

It's really cheap to spin up a single VM in a cloud like the one operated by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The burn comes when that VM goes live, starts to clock up some usage, spawns an extra CPU or four and starts to suck in and spew out data. At that point you'll also need a cloudy load balancer and firewall. And not long …
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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

Chinese Amazon equivalent Alibaba has unveiled plans to become the dominant international tat bazaar, aiming to shift more Chinese wares to the international market while simultaneously encouraging foreign companies to flog more goods to Chinese punters. The company has launched its B2B import biz, 1688.com, aimed at wooing …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2015
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Hey devs. Forget Siri – Amazon's Alexa will show you a $100m good time

Amazon is reaching out to developers in an effort to build a rival to voice assistant services like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. The online retail giant has released APIs and a software development kit (SDK) in an effort to build up its new Alexa voice service, which is built into its Echo smart speaker. It has also …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jun 2015

Kindle sparks Fire, Clouds emerge from Amazon data center

A fire has torn through an under-construction Amazon data center in Loudoun County, Virginia, US. The cloud giant told The Register that no one was hurt in the blaze on Friday, and that there was no disruption to the live Amazon Web Services platform. "We can confirm that a facility in Northern Virginia that is in the early …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2015

Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

Amazon hopes to knacker its competitors in the cloud world by offering endless online storage space for a flat yearly fee. For $12 a year netizens can store an "infinite" number of photos on Amazon's servers under the new Unlimited Photos Plan, along with 5GB of storage for other types of files. The $60 per annum Unlimited …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2015
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Amazon comes over all eBay with new ‘make an offer’ facility

Amazon is making a bid to steal customers from online marketplaces such as eBay with a new option to “make an offer” on items. The firm is introducing the option on Amazon.com for folks to offer a lower price for products in the fine arts and collectibles sections initially, and will then be expanding the service to other items …
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Amazon fires rocket up FAA for dithering on drone approval

Amazon has been complaining to US Congress about Uncle Sam's Federal Aviation Authority dragging its feet over rules that would allow commercial drones to operate in America's skies. Last week the FAA gave Amazon permission to carry out drone test flights, which the cloud giant hopes to use for ferrying small packages for its …
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2015

NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas. What it’s doing is this: Adding three SteelStore cloud-native backup products as Amazon Machine Images (AMI) to backup cloud-based workloads, taking on EMC'S newly acquired cloud app firm Spanning. On-premises SteelStore physical …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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Amazon whisks desktop apps into cloud bazaar in virty PC push

AWS Summit Amazon Web Services cut its teeth providing data center infrastructure in the cloud, but lately it's made some coin serving up virtual desktops, too. Now it has expanded that offering with new services that allow IT admins to purchase and manage desktop applications via AWS. Amazon first jumped into the virtual desktop …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015

What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

The US Congress has had a second stab at trying to get Amazon its own internet extension in a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The Congressional Trademark Caucus has written to the domain name overseer's CEO and chair complaining about the decision to deny the online retailer its …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jun 2015
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Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

Amazon has been granted a special "experimental airworthiness certificate" by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to test out new drones. The only problem is it's completely useless to the online retailer as it contains a line-of-sight requirement that would make its main aim of delivering packages impossible. It is over two …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Mar 2015
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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

Internet giants Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Taboola have reportedly paid AdBlock Plus to allow their ads to pass through its filter software. The confidential deals were confirmed by the Financial Times, the paper reported today. Eyeo GmbH, the German startup behind Adblock Plus, said it did not wish to comment. So far more …
Kat Hall, 02 Feb 2015
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Redshift is fastest growing AWS service ever, says Amazon

AWS Summit Amazon’s Redshift data warehouse is the fastest-growing service in AWS’s nine-year history, according to Amazon.com chief technology officer Werner Vogels, who told the AWS Summit in London that the old metric of measuring AWS size by raw objects is now outdated. Vogels told the event: “One of the services that’s been on fire is …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2015
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Amazon gobbles chips firm Annapurna to speed up cloudy data centers

Amazon has agreed to buy a secretive Israeli chipmaker in an apparent bid to build new custom tech for its massive data centers. Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist was the first to report that Bezos & Co had snapped up Yoqneam, Israel–based Annapurna Labs, and Amazon later confirmed the purchase to the Wall Street Journal and …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2015
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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

UK businesses that rely on a third party pricing system on Amazon were hit by an hour-long software glitch on Friday night, with items being sold for just 1p. Some retailers complained that RepricerExpress's technical cockup, which happened between 7pm and 8pm on 12 December, could leave them bankrupt. A number of small …
Team Register, 14 Dec 2014
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Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first

Amazon users can now add items to their wish lists via a Twitter hashtag. The web souk said customers can link their Twitter accounts with their Amazon profiles, and automatically send tweeted links into their Amazon wish list of desired stuff. Under the new system, users can reply to Tweeted links of Amazon products with a # …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014
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Amazon buries the hatchet, not Hachette, in ebook price brouhaha

Amazon has made peace with French publishing house Hachette, finally bringing an end to the months-long battle over ebook pricing and publisher royalty payouts. The two companies did not disclose terms of the deal but did acknowledge in a joint statement that Hachette would get the rights to set prices for its books with what …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014
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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

Amazon is preparing an online video-streaming service that will be stuffed with ads – and undercut rivals Netflix and Hulu Plus, it has been reported. The New York Post cited unnamed sources in reporting that Jeff Bezos' behemoth is readying a cheap version of the web telly service you get with a $99-a-year Amazon Prime account …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2014
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HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon

Hewlett-Packard is gunning for Amazon's corporate cloud business, with fully backed Windows Server on its cloud. HP is now running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 on its Helion OpenStack cloud, with full support from Microsoft. Redmond will provide technical support for customers through its …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2015
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Euro probe headed for Amazon's tax back door

A 2003 Luxembourgeois tax ruling used by Amazon.com to structure its European affairs looks likely to become the subject of a European Commission probe, according to the Financial Times. The Pink 'Un's paywalled report suggests Luxembourg's decision to limit the amount of Amazonian profits it would tax may have constituted an …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 2014
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Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

Amazon is reportedly expanding its own in-house ads system in a move for the online retail giant to compete with Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cites people familiar with the matter, the company is developing software that is eventually expected to unseat Google's ad placement platform on its own service. …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2014

Google chips at Amazon's Glacier with Cloud Storage Nearline

Google wants to take a chunk out of Amazon's Glacier storage business with a cloud-based archive service that can start retrieving data in three seconds. The Google Cloud Storage Nearline service, now in beta, charges one cent per GB per month for data at rest. "Many of you operate a tiered data storage and archival process, in …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2015