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Wayne Ma / The Information:
Sources: Facebook is developing an ML chip for tasks such as recommending content to users and a data center chip to improve video transcoding   —  Google, Amazon and Microsoft have all been hiring and spending millions of dollars to design their own computer chips from scratch …
Sep 9, 2021, 1:55 PMIn context
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon says it will offer to cover 100% of college tuition for its 750,000 hourly employees in the US after 90 days of employment, starting in January 2022   —  - Amazon is offering to pay the full cost of college tuition, including books and fees, for its 750,000 hourly U.S. employees.
Sep 9, 2021, 11:55 AMIn context
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Amazon announces updates to its Luna game streaming service, including Chromebook support, a $2.99/month family tier for 35 games, and local co-op Couch mode   —  Nearly a year after its release in early access, Amazon Luna is announcing some major expansions today including a family-focused subscription, Chromebook support, and more.
Sep 9, 2021, 9:45 AMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon introduces the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, its new flagship streaming device, with WiFi 6 and faster performance, for $55, shipping October 7   —  And it still comes in at an appealing $54.99 price  —  Amazon is today introducing a new flagship streaming stick that joins the Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Stick Lite.
Sep 9, 2021, 9:35 AMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon launches the Fire TV Omni Series, its first smart TVs, starting at $410 and shipping in October   —  Amazon is officially in the TV set business.  —  After years of selling Fire TV devices that plug into third-party HDTVs and teaming with TV makers for Fire TV-based products …
Sep 9, 2021, 9:28 AMIn context
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Documents show Microsoft and AWS secured contracts, worth $50M total, that appear linked to the Pentagon's Project Maven, following Google's exit   —  After Google decided to quit working on Project Maven in 2018 thanks to staff protests, rivals Amazon and Microsoft quietly took on Department …
Sep 8, 2021, 8:30 PMIn context
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon says it is bringing its cashierless “Just Walk Out” tech to two Whole Foods stores, set to open in 2022 in DC and California   —  - Amazon is launching its cashierless technology at two Whole Foods stores that are scheduled to open next year.
Sep 8, 2021, 6:50 AMIn context
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Deep dive on AWS, with margin estimates for specific services including S3, EC2, and EBS, as AWS has made up over half of Amazon's operating profit since 2014   —  - Amazon's cloud division doesn't break out gross margins by services, but some outsiders estimate that storage and network offerings could be highly lucrative.
Sep 6, 2021, 3:30 PMIn context
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sep 4, 2021, 1:35 PMIn context
India Today:
Amazon launches the “Kisan Store” in collaboration with the Government of India to let farmers in the country buy seeds and farming tools on Amazon   —  Farmers can now buy farming tools, seeds, crop protection and other farming tools on Amazon's Kisan Store.  —  India Today Tech
Sep 3, 2021, 11:55 PMIn context

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