CNET: Put a stop to coronavirus price gouging, state AGs tell Amazon, Facebook and others

CNET: Put a stop to coronavirus price gouging, state AGs tell Amazon, Facebook and others. “Thirty-four state attorneys general are calling on companies like Amazon, Craigslist, Facebook, eBay and Walmart to take a harder stance of price gouging in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The letters to each company cite specific examples, like a Craigslist ad for a 2-liter bottle of Purell Advanced hand sanitizer with a $250 price tag. While the attorneys general acknowledge that these companies have taken steps toward curtailing price gouging, the latter calls for further action.”

CNET: Big Tech companies to pay hourly workers affected by coronavirus

CNET: Big Tech companies to pay hourly workers affected by coronavirus. “Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Apple will continue to pay hourly workers who can’t do their jobs remotely even as big technology companies urge their full-time staff to work from home in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.”

Becker’s Hospital Review: Amazon, First Databank partner to let Alexa answer drug-related questions

Becker’s Hospital Review: Amazon, First Databank partner to let Alexa answer drug-related questions. “Amazon has partnered with First Databank — a database of drug and medical device information — to allow Amazon Alexa users to ask questions about drug information, such as drug interactions and side effects.”

The Verge: Ring cameras can help you spy on your neighbors, but they haven’t really helped police

The Verge: Ring cameras can help you spy on your neighbors, but they haven’t really helped police. “Ring’s security devices are advertised as a way to have peace of mind about your home, and the company’s work with law enforcement to provide additional security is well-documented. But two recent stories about the Amazon-owned company demonstrate how its security cameras can distort your view of how much crime actually takes place near your house and how they may not actually help police solve crimes at all.”

CNET: FTC orders Apple, Google, other tech giants to hand over acquisition info

CNET: FTC orders Apple, Google, other tech giants to hand over acquisition info. “The US Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that it sent special orders to five tech giants — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — requiring them to turn over detailed information about past acquisitions. The FTC said it’ll review the information to ‘examine trends in acquisitions,’ including how firms report transactions and whether companies are making potentially anticompetitive moves.”

Column: Would you write a 5-star Amazon review in return for a $20 bribe? (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: Column: Would you write a 5-star Amazon review in return for a $20 bribe . “It won’t be a news flash to anyone that a significant percentage of online reviews are untrustworthy. For as long as reviews have been posted on websites, there have been attempts by consumers and businesses to game the system. Nor will anyone be shocked to learn that a behemoth like Amazon has a hard time policing its own site. The company has been scrambling for years to battle both dubious reviews and counterfeit goods.”