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Amazon, foreign investment, jobs — what Piyush Goyal is talking about before Davos visit

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has been giving interviews ahead of his visit to Davos for World Economic Forum that will take place between 21-24 January.
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Twitter outcry over Amazon’s Auschwitz Christmas ornaments raises a bigger question

Companies like Amazon.com Inc., which took down Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments from its site, may need to draw a line when it comes to selling third-party merchandise.
File image of Amazon Echo, whose virtual assistant is Alexa | Pexels

Amazon finally addresses concerns about data privacy, but it’s a ‘dodge’

Among other nods to privacy protection, Amazon Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos announced that people could set their Alexa devices to automatically delete voice recordings every three months.
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Amazon comes up with new tools to address Alexa privacy woes

The e-commerce giant introduced an opt-in feature that lets Alexa users automatically delete their verbal recordings regularly, on a rolling three-month or 18-month basis.
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Amazon’s Alexa masters Hindi and Hinglish in time for Diwali

The new Amazon Echo will speak English, Hindi & Hinglish and switch automatically between all three. It will hit the market in time for Diwali shopping.
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New rival threatens Amazon, Microsoft & Google’s domain in cloud computing

People have started to want their computing power on mobile phones and wireless carriers building fast 5G networks are quickly catering to this demand.
Traders have blamed e-commerce sites like Amazon & Flipkart for poor Diwali sales

Amazon opens its largest campus in the world in Hyderabad

Hyderabad campus is Amazon’s first owned building outside US, spans 1.8 million sq ft of office space – about 50 times the footprint of the Taj Mahal’s.
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Coming soon: Amazon Prime Air’s part-helicopter drones for deliveries

Amazon Prime Air business model is to make deliveries within 12 kilometers and to reach customers within 30 minutes. It can carry packages weighing about 2kgs.
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Amazon’s Alexa reviewers can access home addresses of customers

Amazon says access is highly controlled, regularly audited and it has a zero tolerance policy for abuse of such internal tools & systems.

14 years since launch, Google Maps will no more be free for certain advertisers

Google is increasing the ways advertisers reach Maps users while raising prices for businesses that use the underlying technology.

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Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

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Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.