Insights: Should Amazon Snap Up Struggling Snapchat? (Tubefilter)

Tubefilter: Insights: Should Amazon Snap Up Struggling Snapchat?. “Twitter and Facebook, who had spent the summer stamping out tens of millions of fake users, also saw their shares get beaten up recently on news that their growth wasn’t proceeding apace either. But only Los Angeles-based Snap has New York professors planning its exit strategy. Meanwhile there are others who think the company presents serious opportunities for those trying to reach its ardent young fans.”

Vox: The World Bank and tech companies want to use AI to predict famine

Vox: The World Bank and tech companies want to use AI to predict famine. “At this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Red Cross teamed up with tech giants Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to announce an unlikely new tool to stop famine before it starts: artificial intelligence.”

TechCrunch: Amazon donates $1M to Wikimedia

TechCrunch: Amazon donates $1M to Wikimedia . “Back in March, we asked the question ‘Are corporations that use Wikipedia giving back?’ The answer was kind of, sort of, with one key exception, noting, ‘Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google all contributed around $50,000 by matching employee gifts. Amazon, on the other hand, is nowhere to be found on that list.’ Today, however, the online retail giant is looking to address that apparent oversight, announcing a $1 million donation to the Wikimedia Endowment, the fund behind Wikipedia.”

AdWeek: Snapchat Is Partnering With Amazon to Test a Visual Search Tool

AdWeek: Snapchat Is Partnering With Amazon to Test a Visual Search Tool . “Snapchat is rolling out a new tool to let users identify objects in real life and then buy them on Amazon. The companies are announcing a partnership for a ‘visual search’ feature, which will let users point Snapchat’s camera app at items to find them within the ecommerce giant’s inventory.”

TechCrunch: Google Street View rival Mapillary collaborates with Amazon to read text in its 350M image database

TechCrunch: Google Street View rival Mapillary collaborates with Amazon to read text in its 350M image database . “Mapillary, the Swedish startup that wants to take on Google and others in mapping the world by way of a crowdsourced database of street-level imagery, is taking an interesting step in the development of its platform. The company is now working with Amazon, and specifically its Rekognition API, to detect and read text in Mapillary’s database of 350 million images.”

Gizmodo: Five Years Later, Google Express Is No Closer to Beating Amazon

Gizmodo: Five Years Later, Google Express Is No Closer to Beating Amazon. “September 25 will mark five years since Google first launched Shopping Express, the e-commerce offering meant to challenge Amazon’s dominance. But despite Google parent company Alphabet’s staffing brain trust and impressive coffers, Express has done little to reinvent fulfillment—in fact, according to several current and former workers, it’s been running much the same playbook as other on-demand gig economy offerings. Meanwhile, major retail partners like Target are beginning to opt out of what few boutique services it does offer, leaving Express’s contract workers scrambling in its wake.”

Wired: A Bot Panic Hits Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

Wired: A Bot Panic Hits Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. “FOR THE PAST week, psychologists all over America have been freaking out. The cause of their agita was an observation by a psychology graduate student from the University of Minnesota named Max Hui Bai. Like many researchers, Bai uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, where individuals sign up to complete simple tasks, such as taking surveys for academics or marketers, and earn a low fee. On Tuesday, August 7, he posed a simple question in a Facebook group for psychology researchers: ‘Have anyone used Mturk in the last few weeks and notice any quality drop?'”