BusinessWire: Amazon Launches Support for Traditional Chinese Books on Kindle (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Amazon Launches Support for Traditional Chinese Books on Kindle (PRESS RELEASE). “Amazon announced today that Kindle customers around the globe can now enjoy reading from a growing selection of more than 20,000 Traditional Chinese language Kindle books with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and on Kindle devices. “

CNET: Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids violates privacy regulations, child advocates say

CNET: Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids violates privacy regulations, child advocates say. “Children’s advocates want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon over privacy concerns. Nineteen consumer and public health advocacy groups, led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, are asking the FTC to look into Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition, they said Thursday.”

Washington Post: Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

Washington Post: Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time. “For as much as we fret about snooping apps on our computers and phones, our homes are where the rubber really hits the road for privacy. It’s easy to rationalize away concerns by thinking a single smart speaker or appliance couldn’t know enough to matter. But across the increasingly connected home, there’s a brazen data grab going on, and there are few regulations, watchdogs or common-sense practices to keep it in check. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of Facebook in our smart homes. Any personal data that’s collected can and will be used against us. An obvious place to begin: Alexa, stop recording us.”

New York Times: The Real Stars of the Internet

New York Times: The Real Stars of the Internet. “Star ratings, meant to serve as a shorthand for written reviews, now require significant context to be comprehensible. Three stars for a restaurant might be excellent or middling, depending on the platform. On Uber, a 4.3-star average might mean a driver is at risk of getting booted from the system, while on Amazon 4.3 stars might be the result of a hard-fought and expensive campaign to climb to the first page of the search results for ‘Bluetooth headphones.’ A two-star restaurant might have mice, or its owner might have just made the news.”

Mashable: Amazon reportedly preparing free, ad-supported music streaming service

Mashable: Amazon reportedly preparing free, ad-supported music streaming service . “According to Billboard, ecommerce giant Amazon is currently in talks with major music labels to provide a free, ad-supported music streaming service. The service would offer a limited catalog of tunes and would be made available through Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, on the company’s Echo devices.”

BusinessWire: AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive—the Lowest Cost Storage in the Cloud (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive—the Lowest Cost Storage in the Cloud (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the general availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, a new storage class that provides secure, durable object storage for long-term retention of data that is rarely accessed. At just $0.00099 per GB-month (less than one-tenth of one cent, or $1 per TB-month), S3 Glacier Deep Archive offers the lowest cost storage in the cloud, at prices significantly lower than storing and maintaining data in on-premises magnetic tape libraries or archiving data off-site.”

CNET: Amazon to fund $10M to improve fairness in AI research

CNET: Amazon to fund $10M to improve fairness in AI research. “Amazon is giving money to broaden AI acceptance. The e-commerce giant on Monday said it’s working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to commit up to $10 million each in research grants over the next three years to help improve fairness in artificial intelligence.”