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Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

Technology worship has ascended to a higher spiritual plane with the Church of England now offering the faithful daily voice-activated prayers from Amazon's smart home kit, Echo. Using the new Alexa "skill", believers can ask the CoE for prayers, explanations of the Christian faith and location-based information about local …
Kat Hall, 24 May 2018
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Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

Analysis The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday expressed dismay that Amazon Web Services has been urging US government agencies to use its Rekognition API for state-sponsored facial recognition. The advocacy organization published emails obtained over a six-month investigation documenting marketing efforts by Amazon employees …
Thomas Claburn, 22 May 2018
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'Alexa, find me a good patent lawyer' – Amazon sued for allegedly lifting tech of home assistant

Amazon is the target of a patent complaint from a US university that claims the Alexa assistant ripped off its technology for processing voice commands. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute wants a jury trial in the Northern District of New York to determine damages against Amazon for what the Big Apple tech school alleges is …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2018
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Data centre down: Budget plane-ride mart Ryanair goes all in with AWS

Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair is shuttering the "vast majority" of its data centres and moving the infrastructure to AWS. The budget flight mart already runs several workloads on Amazon's public cloud including Ryanair Rooms and Ryanair.com but is set to go all-in over the next three years. Ryanair trilled today it is …
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2018
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Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing

Famed investors Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger have strongly criticised cryptocurrencies and machine intelligence at the annual shareholder meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company they serve as chair and vice-chair respectively. Asked about AI’s potential to improve capital allocation, Munger said “ I think there …
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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

Comment Poor, poor Jeff Bezos. The Amazon chief executive has complained he has so much money, the only thing he can think to blow it on is his Blue Origin space tourism project. Bezos was in Germany last month to pick up the Axel Springer Award for being such an innovative person, and gave an extensive interview to the German …
Iain Thomson, 3 May 2018

US techies: We want to see Pentagon's defence of winner-takes-all cloud contract

The Pentagon's decision to hand a multibillion-dollar cloud contract to one vendor has come under renewed scrutiny, after an industry group urged Congress to make public the department's reports on the proposals. The IT Alliance for Public Sector wrote to the House Armed Services Committee this week to voice concerns about the …
Rebecca Hill, 2 May 2018
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AWS sends noise to Signal: You can't use our servers to beat censors

Amazon has followed Google's example by lowering the boom on a practice called “domain fronting” that organisations like Signal use to get around government censorship. As defined by Amazon Web Services, "Domain Fronting is when a non-standard client makes a TLS/SSL connection to a certain name, but then makes a HTTPS request …
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Amazon: For every dollar of op. profit going into Bezos' pockets, 73 cents came from AWS

Amazon.com on Thursday reported $51bn in sales for its Q1 2018, an increase of 43 per cent from $35.7bn in the year-ago quarter. The company's net income reached $1.6bn for the quarter, or $3.27 per diluted share. That's more than double the company's Q1 2017 net income of $724m, or $1.48 per diluted share. Investors found …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Apr 2018
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'Alexa, listen in on my every word and send it all to a shady developer'

Amazon has shored up a security weakness in its technology to stop apps for Alexa-powered Echo personal assistants from secretly eavesdropping on folks. Alexa skills – software add-ons for the chatty voice-controlled assistant – could, once installed, have abused an Amazon-provided software development kit to continually …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2018
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Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

Amid worries about social network and ad-related privacy invasions, Amazon is asking for invitations into people's homes and cars. Expanding its Amazon Key service – by which delivery people can be granted access to the smart-locked homes of Amazon Prime members to drop off packages – the e-commerce behemoth has introduced …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Apr 2018
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Amazon and Netflix join Hollywood to lob sueball at 'Kodi' service SetTV

Silicon Valley has historically been at war with Hollywood, so Amazon and Netflix's membership of a studio-dominated anti-piracy alliance may raise eyebrows. But it shouldn't: Amazon and Netflix are big studios now in their own right, and Apple is expected to join them. Last week the recently formed Alliance for Creativity and …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2018
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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

Amazon, LG Electronics and KMG-Imports are being sued by a man in the US State of Rhode Island for selling a vaping box and batteries that allegedly burst into flames and set him on fire. In a lawsuit filed last month in Rhode Island Superior Court in Providence County, and just shifted to US District Court for Rhode Island, …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Apr 2018
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Jeff Bezos purple prose reveals Amazon Prime's passed 100m customers

Amazon has announced the yield from its money mine for the full year 2017: on full-year sales of US$178 billion, it generated an operating income of $4 billion and net income of $3 billion. The Bezos Bunch pulled most of its retail business in the Christmas period, since as we reported in February, Q4 2017 netted $1.9 billion …
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From Bangkok to Phuket, they cry out: Oh, Bucket! Thai mobile operator spills 46k people's data

TrueMove H, the biggest 4G mobile operator in Thailand, has suffered a data breach. Personal data collected by the operator leaked into an Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage bucket. The leaked data, which includes images of identity documents was accessible to world+dog before the mobile operator finally acted to restrict …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2018
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Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man

Amazon and eBay are to ink a deal with the UK tax man this month to provide data on potential VAT evaders. Both companies confirmed to The Register they will sign a voluntary agreement with HMRC, along with other online marketplaces, to combat sellers failing to pay their fair share of tax in Blighty. According to HMRC, the …
Kat Hall, 6 Apr 2018
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AWS Summit SF: Most definitely not a sales event, nuh uh, no way

The 2018 AWS Summit in San Francisco began on Wednesday with shock and awe, a chest-thumping bass beat accompanying a fusillade of testimonials from business customers that have cozied up to Amazon's cloud infrastructure. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, introduced by text-to-almost-human-speech service AWS Polly, then emerged to …
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Donald Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports

Oracle’s co-CEO Safra Catz was reportedly set to enjoy a slap-up meal with US president mop-haired windbag Donald Trump last night, giving the pair a chance to compare Amazon-bashing notes. The evening was, according to Bloomberg, also going to involve Peter Thiel, founder of CIA-backed data analytics biz Palantir, making it …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Apr 2018

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