Boston surgeon to lead Amazon’s joint health care company

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced the leader of their new health care company. Dr. Atul Gawande, a renowned surgeon and writer, has been named CEO of the new health care venture. Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is a professor at Harvard Medical School. He’s a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written four New York Times best-sellers. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Berkshire’s Warren Buffett and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon […]

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Man accused of killing mom, burning body in backyard ordered urn from Amazon, police say

HAMDEN, Conn. –  Police arrested a 34-year-old Connecticut man accused of brutally killing his mother before setting her body on fire in the backyard of her Hamden home. Kyle Tucker, charged with murdering his mother, Donna Tucker, went before a judge Monday.  After originally fabricating a story, Tucker admitted to the killing, police said. Court documents obtained by WTIC described a grisly scene. “Something happened,” Tucker told investigators. “God got into my body and walked me downstairs with my baseball bat and it […]

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Did You Know?: Amazon is top dog when it comes to online shopping

SEATTLE, WA — There’s a reason why Jeff Bezos is one of the richest men alive! According to Business Insider, Amazon shipped 608 million packages in 2013. When you do the math, that’s about 1.6 million packages in one day. No wonder they have 566,000 employees! However, in August of 2013, the online retailer’s website went down for about 40 minutes, which ended up costing them a grand total of $4.8 million, or about $120,000 in one minute. It seems they’ve […]

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Couple claims Amazon device recorded them, sent conversation to another person

PORTLAND, Ore. – An Oregon family has unplugged all of their Amazon devices after they say the voice-controlled speakers secretly recorded them and sent audio files to one of their contacts living in Seattle. A woman named Danielle, who declined to give her last name, told KIRO that she and her husband used to joke about Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa spying on them, until they got a disturbing phone call. “Unplug your Alexa devices right now, you’re being hacked,” Danielle recalled […]

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‘Smart’ gadgets: Ways to minimize privacy and security risks

NEW YORK — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family’s private conversation to an acquaintance shows the risks that come with new technologies. According to Amazon, the Echo’s Alexa voice assistant misheard a word as “Alexa” — a trigger to activate the device — and interpreted subsequent conversation as a “send message” request. That conversation in a home in Portland, Oregon, was then recorded and sent to an acquaintance in Seattle on the family’s contact list. Amazon blamed […]

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Amazon is selling facial recognition software to police — and the ACLU is concerned

SEATTLE — The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.” The tool, called Rekognition, is already being used by at least one agency — the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon — to check photographs of unidentified suspects against a database of mug shots from […]

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Amazon Prime members to get extra discount at Whole Foods

Whole Foods is getting even more Amazon-y. Amazon, which purchased Whole Foods last year, is offering its Prime members an additional 10% off sale items when they shop at Whole Foods. The additional discount will apply to hundreds of products throughout the stores. To get the discount, Prime members will have to scan the Whole Foods app at checkout, after signing into the app with their Prime membership. Related: Amazon made Prime indispensable – Here’s how The new discounts will start in […]

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Macy’s says it’s found a “winning formula” for modern shopping

Don’t count out Macy’s yet. Digital sales are up. People are going to actual, physical Macy’s stores to shop. And tourists are flocking to Macy’s flagship store in New York. Macy’s is so confident in its business that it boosted its outlook for the year. The retailer once again posted double-digit sales growth from digital sales, thanks in part to improvements the company has made to its website and app. Macy’s said that sales were healthy at physical stores for […]

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