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With Echo in Hotel Rooms, Amazon Can Now Track Your Travel Habits

Amazon (and hotels) now have the option to collect new forms of data from people.
S.A. Applin
3 days ago
taxes
taxes

Online Shopping Is About to Get More Expensive Thanks to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court just ruled that states can force online retailers to charge sales tax.
Karl Bode
3 days ago
The Military Industrial Complex
The Military Industrial Complex

Military Contracts Are the Destiny of Every Major Technology Company

Google said it won’t renew its Project Maven contract, but that doesn’t mean its leaving the war business.
Daniel Oberhaus
6.1.18
anthropunk
anthropunk

Amazon Wants You to Shop at Amazon as Long as You Follow the Rules It Doesn't Tell You About

Amazon has swallowed retail, and now has begun banning and threatening to ban what it deems to be problematic customers.
S.A. Applin
5.29.18
amazon
amazon

Amazon Is Selling Cheap, Real-Time Facial Recognition Technology to Cops

The ACLU says the technology, called 'Rekognition,' is dangerous and has demanded that Jeff Bezos stop selling it to governments. Amazon has advertised it to law enforcement for use on body cameras.
Jason Koebler
5.22.18
Internet Insecurity
Internet Insecurity

Android App With 10 Million Downloads Left Users’ Photos and Audio Messages Exposed to Public

The developers of Drupe, a popular Android app, left its users' data, including selfies and audio messages, on insecure, publicly accessible Amazon cloud servers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.8.18
anthropunk
anthropunk

Delivery Robots Will Rely on Human Kindness and Labor

If robots are going to invade public spaces, they will be subject to vandalism and pranking.
S.A. Applin
5.8.18
Opt-out
Opt-out

Why I'm Quitting Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple for a Month

Five companies in Silicon Valley are worth a combined $3 trillion. Most of us use at least one of their services everyday and it has become impossible to imagine life without them.
Daniel Oberhaus
4.24.18
patent watch
patent watch

Amazon Wins Patent for Data Stream to ‘Identify’ Bitcoin Users for Law Enforcement

Amazon’s latest patent aims to combine data from various sources to identify cryptocurrency users for subscribers including the taxman and cops.
Jordan Pearson
4.18.18
creepshot
creepshot

Amazon Sells Guide on How to Take Upskirt Photos

The for-sale guide includes advice on taking so-called creepshots, and comes after Reddit banned related sub-Reddits.
Joseph Cox
4.6.18
erotica
erotica

Amazon Is Burying Sexy Books, Sending Erotic Novel Authors to the 'No-Rank Dungeon'

Erotica authors say that removing best seller ranks on Amazon hurts their bottom line.
Samantha Cole
3.29.18
lost civilizations
lost civilizations

These Geometric Shapes Were Made By a Previously Unknown Civilization

Perhaps as many as one million Pre-Columbian people lived in the southern rim of the Amazon, away from major rivers.
Becky Ferreira
3.28.18