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Amazon working on wrist device that could detect human emotion

May 24, 2019 | Inc. is developing a voice-activated wearable device that it says can recognize human emotions.

The wrist-worn gadget is described as a health and wellness product in internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg. It’s a collaboration between Lab126, the hardware development group behind…

L.A. Times – Business

Amazon Offers Gift Cards in Exchange for Body Scans

May 23, 2019 |

Amazon is enlisting participants for an image study in New York. In exchange for undergoing a 30-minute digital 3D scan of their bodies, Mashable reports, volunteers receive a $ 25 gift card. Photos, 3D scans, photos, and videos of study participants, both clothed and in “form-fitting” swimwear, are taken, per the…

Amazon shareholders vote down facial recognition, climate change proposals

May 23, 2019 | Inc. shareholders rejected a large slate of proposals at the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, including one that would have restricted the use of controversial facial recognition technology.

Proposals calling for Amazon to end the sale of its Rekognition technology to governments…

L.A. Times – Business

Having trouble with Amazon Alexa? You’re not the only one. [Update: It’s fixed.]

May 16, 2019 |

Update: An Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch “This afternoon we had an issue that impacted some Alexa customers’ ability to interact with the service. The Alexa service is now operating normally.”

If your requests to Alexa are being met with answers like “I’m having some trouble, please try again later,” you are not alone. Multiple users are reporting connection issues with Amazon’s voice assistant. According to Down Detector’s outage tracker and live outage map, issues are currently being detected around the world, with user reports starting around 7PM EST.

We’ve reached out to Amazon and will update this post when more information is available.


Walmart offers next-day shipping, speeding deliveries as it battles Amazon

May 15, 2019 |

Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars with

Walmart Inc., the nation’s largest retailer, said Tuesday that it has been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that…

L.A. Times – Business

Amazon offers to help employees quit their jobs and start delivery businesses

May 13, 2019 | Inc., which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its own employees with a proposition: Quit your job, and we’ll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages.

The offer, announced Monday, comes as Amazon seeks to speed up its shipping time from two days to one for…

L.A. Times – Business

Exclusive: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs

May 13, 2019 |

Exclusive: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders. The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years that scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelops them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item, two people who worked on the project told Reuters. Amazon has considered installing two machines at dozens more warehouses, removing at least 24 roles at each one, these people said.

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Great teams, UBI, data retention policies, and Amazon HQ2

May 5, 2019 |

3 key secrets to building extraordinary teams

David Cancel, the CEO and founder of Drift, wrote a deep dive on how to think about finding and recruiting the kinds of people who build incredible startups. Among the factors he looks at:

Scrappiness (Importance: 35%)

The four most telling words a new hire can say: “I’ll figure it out.” If you find someone who says that (and can follow through on it), you know you’ve found someone with drive — someone who will plunge headfirst into any challenge and help move the company forward. But to clarify, the type of drive I look for in new hires is different from traditional ambition. Because traditionally ambitious people, while hard workers, tend to obsess over their own personal rise up the corporate ladder. They always have an eye on that next title change, from manager to director, director to VP, or VP to C-suite, and that influences how they perform. That’s why a decade ago, while running my previous company Performable, I added a new requirement to our job descriptions: “Scrappiness.” Today, it’s one of our leadership principles at Drift.

Scrappy people don’t rely on titles or defined sets of responsibilities. Instead, they do whatever it takes to get the job done, even when no one is looking, and even if the tasks they’re performing could be considered “beneath their title.”

Takeaways from F8 and Facebook’s next phase

We had a greatly informative conference call with our very own Josh Constine and Frederic Lardinois, who were checking in from Facebook’s F8 conference in San Jose this week. In case you weren’t able to join us, the transcript and audio have been posted for Extra Crunch members:


Guess Which ‘Book’ Is No. 1 on Amazon

May 2, 2019 |

The Mueller Report is now officially a best-seller. A published edition of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign sold just under 42,000 copies last week, NPD BookScan reported Wednesday, per the AP . Jointly edited by Scribner and the Washington…

Teacher Posted Salary. Then Came the Amazon Boxes

May 2, 2019 |

Elisabeth Milich wasn’t exactly thrilled with her $ 35,000 salary in 2018 and made that known in a Facebook post. Still, the second-grade teacher at Phoenix’s Whispering Wind Academy felt lucky: “I have my husband’s income where I can buy [lunch] for kids that don’t have lunch,” even if “I…