Bloomberg Quint: Amazon, Google Face Tax Test as Indonesia Reins In E-Commerce

Bloomberg Quint: Amazon, Google Face Tax Test as Indonesia Reins In E-Commerce. “Indonesia is drafting a tax bill that will force local e-commerce startups and digital giants such as Google, Amazon and Netflix to collect and pay value-added tax. The bill, expected to be passed into law next year, will also set a legal basis for the government to impose income tax based on a company’s economic presence in Indonesia.”

Bloomberg Quint: Amazon, Facebook and Google to Face Another House Inquiry

Bloomberg Quint: Amazon, Facebook and Google to Face Another House Inquiry. “House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez plans to invite Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. to face questions from her committee on how the companies may be damaging the competitive landscape for small businesses.”

CNET: Amazon bolsters Alexa privacy after user trust takes a hit

CNET: Amazon bolsters Alexa privacy after user trust takes a hit. “The choice to deviate from Big Tech’s playbook underscores how serious a problem privacy issues have become for voice assistants, particularly Amazon’s Alexa. The list of woes includes news that human reviewers listened to users’ private conversations, a common practice to train digital assistants but one many customers didn’t know about. Amazon’s child-friendly Echo Dot Kids Edition smart speaker has also worried parents over how it uses and stores kids’ data.”

Vox: Jeff Bezos says Amazon is writing its own facial recognition laws to pitch to lawmakers

Vox: Jeff Bezos says Amazon is writing its own facial recognition laws to pitch to lawmakers. “In February, the company, which has faced escalating scrutiny over its controversial facial recognition tech, called Amazon Rekognition, published guidelines it said it hoped lawmakers would consider enacting. Now Amazon is taking another step, Bezos told reporters in a surprise appearance following Amazon’s annual Alexa gadget event in Seattle on Wednesday.”

Reuters: In tech ‘awakening,’ U.S. workers at Google, Amazon join climate protests

Reuters: In tech ‘awakening,’ U.S. workers at Google, Amazon join climate protests. “Hundreds of workers from Google, Amazon and other technology companies on Friday joined climate-change marches in San Francisco and Seattle, saying their employers had been too slow to tackle global warming and needed to take more drastic action.”

TechCrunch: Twitch acquires gaming database site IGDB to improve its search and discovery features

TechCrunch: Twitch acquires gaming database site IGDB to improve its search and discovery features. “Amazon-owned Twitch has made a small but strategic acquisition designed to improve its search capabilities and better direct viewers to exactly the right content. The company is acquiring IGDB, the Internet Games Database (no relation to Amazon’s IMDb), a website dedicated to combining all the relevant information about games into a comprehensive resource for gamers everywhere. As a result of the acquisition, IGDB’s database will now feed into Twitch’s search and discovery feature set. However, the IGDB website itself will not be shut down.”

WSJ: Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: WSJ: Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent. “The goal was to favor Amazon-made products as well as third-party products that rank high in ‘what the company calls “contribution profit,” considered a better measure of a product’s profitability because it factors in non-fixed expenses such as shipping and advertising, leaving the amount left over to cover Amazon’s fixed costs,’ the WSJ said.”