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Inside Amazon (Aug 14th, 2017)

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Amazon sent a message to customers this weekend saying that certain eclipse glasses, as well as other solar viewing products, may not meet safety standards. The company is refunding customers for their purchases but is not asking that the defective solar viewing items be returned. Customers who search for eclipse glasses on Amazon today will see a notice meant for vendors saying that the company has “implemented safety requirements for all filters for solar viewing offered on the site.” The American Astronomical Society has released an updated list of guidelines for safe eclipse viewing, as well as a rundown of reputable vendors. – SLATE

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Former Microsoft AI expert Qi Lu talked to Wired magazine about the company's Cortana voice assistant and why he thinks Amazon's Alexa won the battle for dominance. Lu says Microsoft's mistake was focusing on putting their Cortana into a phone or a PC, while Amazon created a dedicated device for Alexa, the Echo speaker. “I worked on Cortana four and a half years ago. At the time we all were like, 'Amazon, yeah, that technology is so far behind'... But look at the AI race today. The Amazon Alexa ecosystem is far ahead of anybody else in the United States... They got the device right. Essentially, Alexa is an AI-first device.” – WIRED

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Lovefilm, Amazon's DVD rental service available only in Germany and the UK, will be shutting down. Amazon acquired Lovefilm in 2014. As with Netflix's once-popular rental service, Lovefilm customers would receive their titles by mail and return them when they were finished. Lovefilm struggled mightily to keep up with streaming services. Netflix's rental system - called DVD Netflix - still operates in the US and serves about four million subscribers. Lovefilm will cease operation on October 31 of this year, and the DVDs will be given to charity. – VERGE

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) used its annual New York Summit to announce Amazon Macie, a new service that will help businesses safeguard their cloud data. Macie uses machine learning to how monitor how data is accessed, and to hunt for any abnormalities. As of now, customers in Northern Virginia and Oregon can use Macie to protect their personal information and intellectual property stored in AWS's S3 storage service. Macie's availability in other AWS data stores is expected later this year. At the conference, Amazon also announced that Glue, their service used for the loading of data onto database and storage services, is now available to all AWS customers. – TC

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What are your most pressing insider questions about Amazon and how it all works? Ever considered being an Amazon seller but weren't sure what to do next? Our resident expert, William Tjernlund, is answering YOUR questions! Just hit REPLY and let us know what you want him to discuss!

William Tjernlund is an experienced Amazon seller and consultant. To learn more about him, check out this interview.

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Target has acquired software firm Grand Junction in an effort to compete with Amazon's Prime delivery. The San Francisco based startup manages same-day deliveries to distributors and retailers via a network of 700 North American carriers. Grand Junction currently provides same-day service for Target's store in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. Terms have not been released for the deal, which represents Target's first acquisition since 2013. Delivery is planned to expand to other New York City area Target stores by October and to other US cities in 2018. Target's web business has had a hard few years, including a major data breach in 2013. – BLOOMBERG

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