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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Interview with Alexa executives on the digital assistant's personality, history, and smart home capabilities   —  A Cornell University study from May called “Alexa is my new BFF” proves the point.  Researchers analyzed 587 customer reviews of the Amazon Echo smart speaker, powered by the Alexa voice assistant.
Aug 30, 2017, 8:00 AMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Verizon delays Bixby Amazon shopping feature in Samsung Galaxy S8   —  A new camera feature on the Galaxy S8 that recognizes bar codes and products was delayed on Verizon phones.  —  The Samsung Galaxy S8 launched today, but Verizon customers won't be getting the phone's full experience just yet.
Apr 22, 2017, 12:10 AMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
eBay announces 3-day guaranteed-delivery program for 20M+ items, rolling out in US this summer   —  The e-retailer introduced a three-day Guaranteed Delivery program, heating up the battle over quicker shipping.  —  Fast shipping is — finally — no longer all about Amazon.
Mar 20, 2017, 3:15 PMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon is rolling out Spanish option for Amazon.com in the US, the first time it has offered a non-English language on its flagship site since launch   —  The e-commerce giant's flagship site will offer a second language to appeal to Spanish speakers in the US.
Mar 9, 2017, 6:50 PMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon plans to spend $1.49B to create its first worldwide air cargo hub in Hebron, Kentucky, says the hub will create up to 2.7K new full- and part-time jobs   —  The investment, which could create over 2,000 new jobs, points to Amazon's continued ambitions to expand in shipping and logistics.
Feb 1, 2017, 10:55 AMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
eBay announces an authentication program for high-end products, offering verification for a fee in an effort to reduce counterfeit goods on site   —  The new program will create a network of authenticators to make it easier to sell big-ticket items online and keep out fakes.
Jan 12, 2017, 8:30 PMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
IHS estimates iPhone 7 $649 base model costs Apple $225 to make, up 18% YoY   —  According to a new teardown from IHS Markit, the cost of the new device jumped about 18 percent from last year's model.  —  James Martin/CNET  —  All that new tech crammed into the new iPhone 7 isn't coming cheap for Apple.
Sep 20, 2016, 7:10 PMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
eBay acquires AI and machine-learning company Expertmaker to help organize its listings   —  eBay boosts its big-data brain with Expertmaker buy  —  Expertmaker's AI and machine-learning software could help eBay organize its 900 million listings.
May 5, 2016, 5:10 PMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
eBay Now rapid-delivery service is shutting down, as are the company's Motors, Fashion, and Valet mobile apps   —  eBay Now rapid-delivery service shut down  —  The e-commerce company continues trimming initiatives to focus on its core marketplace, saying Monday it's shuttering some delivery services and several mobile apps.
Jul 27, 2015, 1:35 PMIn context
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon starts weighting product ratings to favor reviews that are newer, helpful, and verified   —  Amazon updates customer reviews with new machine-learning platform  —  The e-commerce giant created a new in-house model to show off more up-to-date and helpful reviews for buyers.
Jun 20, 2015, 3:55 PMIn context

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