Washington Post: Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the past decade, new data shows

Washington Post: Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the past decade, new data shows. “Ten years ago, Google executives rarely spoke to Congress. Amazon employed just two of its own registered lobbyists in Washington. And Facebook had only recently graduated to a real office after running its D.C. operation out of an employee’s living room. Since then, though, these technology companies have evolved into some of the most potent political forces in the nation’s capital, a Washington Post analysis of new federal records reveals, with just seven tech giants accounting for nearly half a billion dollars in lobbying over the past decade.”

CNET: Google and Amazon make us worse people

CNET: Google and Amazon make us worse people. “Let me show you a magic trick. Make a choice — any choice. You’re already online, so maybe you want to read the news, check your email, surf your newsfeed, buy some food or any other number of things. Now for the trick, I’m going to tell you the companies that facilitated whatever choice you just made. It was almost certainly Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or Facebook.”

It’s not just Google: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM get hospital data, too (Mashable)

Mashable: It’s not just Google: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM get hospital data, too. “The public freaked out in November 2019 at the Wall Street Journal’s revelations that Google was taking in non-anonymous healthcare information from hospital network Ascension. Now, a new report from the Journal shows that the tech giant is far from alone: Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and IBM also have data-sharing agreements with hospitals. The scope of work spelled out in those agreements allows for some information to be shared that could identify patients, too.”

Wired: Amazon Takes a Swipe at PayPal’s $4 Billion Acquisition

Wired: Amazon Takes a Swipe at PayPal’s $4 Billion Acquisition . “Days before Christmas, at the height of the last-minute holiday shopping rush, an ominous message appeared on Amazon.com. It warned shoppers who used a popular browser extension called Honey that the service, which promises to track prices and discount codes, was ‘a security risk.'”

Mashable: Ring admits its employees tried to access customers’ private video

Mashable: Ring admits its employees tried to access customers’ private video. “We knew hackers were creeping on Ring video feeds, but Ring’s own employees? In a Jan. 6 letter addressed to five U.S. Senators, Amazon-owned Ring admitted that, yes, an unspecified small number of employees have at least tried to inappropriately access customers’ home surveillance videos. Which, well, damn.”

Auto Remarketing Canada: Canadian government uses Amazon’s Alexa to enhance consumer vehicle recall knowledge

Auto Remarketing Canada: Canadian government uses Amazon’s Alexa to enhance consumer vehicle recall knowledge. “Late this summer, Transport Canada announced it was utilizing Amazon’s Alexa for a safety-based service that engages the Amazon tool in a new way — making sure consumers stay up to date on the latest vehicle recalls that impact their regular day-to-day use vehicles.”