by Andy Meek, MSN News
Jacob Snow, a technology and civil liberties attorney for the ACLU, has been making the rounds telling media outlets that a newly publicized patent from Amazon paints a picture of a dystopian, “nightmarish” future. Strong words for a patent application that’s starting to make headlines over fears that Amazon could use the Ring doorbell camera company it acquired to build a robust tool for creepy surveillance.
Continue reading Amazon patent hints at using doorbell cameras to build a suspicious persons database
by Billy Steele, Engadget
The company is working with the Labor Department on an apprenticeship program
Last week, Amazon said it would bring 100,000 full-time jobs to the US by 2018. This week, the online retailer announced a registered apprenticeship program with the US Department of Labor that will offer training to veterans. Continue reading Amazon will help train veterans for tech jobs
by Maria Varmazis, Naked Security
Be careful what you click: There’s a new phishing scam hitting Amazon listings that look like legitimate deals, offering great prices on “used – like new” electronics.
If you click these links on Amazon, you’ll be redirected to a very convincing Amazon-looking payment site, where the phishy merchant will grab your money and run. Continue reading Beware phishing scams in Amazon listings
by Kif Leswing, Business Insider: Tech Insider
Amazon plans to break into physical retail in a new way.
The online retail giant revealed a concept for a physical store in a video published Monday. Continue reading This is Amazon’s grocery store of the future: no cashiers, no registers, and no lines
by Lacy Cooke, inhabitat
Companies from Amazon to Facebook have bet on drones as the aerial vehicles of the future. But many locales lack the appropriate infrastructure to support the day-to-day management of hundreds of zooming devices. Enter architect Saúl Ajuria Fernández, who, as part of his master’s degree in architecture at Universidad de Alcalá, designed a solar-powered drone hub for Madrid called Urban Droneport. Continue reading Futuristic Urban Droneport could act as a hub for drone deliveries