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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple hired Afrooz Family, its former employee and a co-founder of speaker startup Syng, to lead HomePod software efforts   —  - Apple's smart-speaker efforts have struggled since 2018 debut  — Afrooz Family takes job after co-founding Syng speaker startup
Oct 15, 2021, 8:00 AMIn context
The Markup:
Investigation finds Amazon places its own brands above competitors, even those with higher ratings and more sales, despite telling Congress otherwise   —  The online giant gives a leg up to hundreds of house brand and exclusive products that most people don't know are connected to Amazon
Oct 14, 2021, 9:30 AMIn context
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisan Senate legislation announced Thursday would ban tech companies from self-preferencing and anti-competitively discriminating against businesses   —  Bipartisan legislation set to be unveiled in the Senate Thursday aims to stop tech companies from favoring their own products
Oct 14, 2021, 7:35 AMIn context
Reuters:
Internal documents show Amazon's Indian arm ran a systematic campaign to create knockoff goods and boost them in search, starting in 2016   —  A trove of internal Amazon documents reveals how the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoff goods and manipulating search results …
Oct 13, 2021, 8:55 AMIn context
Politico:
Draft EU Commission proposals, set to be unveiled on Nov. 23, would fine Google and Facebook if they don't share data on how political groups target ads   —  Social media companies could face hefty fines if they don't publish detailed information on political ad buyers, according to an EU internal document.
Oct 12, 2021, 7:25 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
In an email to employees, Andy Jassy says Amazon will leave remote work decisions to team leaders, instead of having everyone return by January   —  [Updated below with additional details from internal FAQ.]  —  Amazon no longer plans to bring corporate employees back to the office en masse …
Oct 11, 2021, 1:47 PMIn context
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
EU's proposed Big Tech regulations have become bogged down in the European Parliament and now risk being watered down and heavily delayed   —  Deep divides over proposed EU tech regulation likely to trigger long delays  —  A frank intervention in the European parliament last month captured …
Oct 11, 2021, 7:20 AMIn context
BBC:
Following a BBC investigation, Facebook bans buying and selling Amazon rainforest land in ecological conservation areas on Marketplace   —  Facebook says it will begin clamping down on the illegal sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest on its site.
Oct 9, 2021, 1:20 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max review: improved performance with Wi-Fi 6 and a large app selection, but the banner ads on the homescreen are not subtle   —  The improvements are minor but worth the extra cash  —  The tech industry sure has put a lot of hype behind descriptors like “max” over the last few years.
Oct 8, 2021, 3:10 PMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Hackers defaced Twitch for a few hours this morning, replacing a number of background game images with photos of Jeff Bezos   —  Twitch isn't having a good week  —  Hackers have managed to deface Twitch for a few hours this morning, replacing a number of background game images with photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Oct 8, 2021, 9:30 AMIn context

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