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Police trial of Amazon facial recognition tech doesn't seem to be going very well

Shankar Narayan, legislative director of the ACLU of Washington, left, delivers petitions to Amazon asking the company to stop selling Rekognition to the government.Image: Elaine Thompson/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Matt Binder2018-10-29 21:55:15 UTC Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Rekognition, continues to cause controversy. In documents recently obtained by BuzzFeed News, we now have a behind-the-scenes look at how Orlando police have been using the technology. After the city let the original pilot program

Jeff Bezos is totally cool with governments investigating Amazon

Jeff Bezos relaxes at the Wired 25 summit.Image: Getty Images for WIRED25 By Chris Taylor2018-10-15 23:49:42 UTC The world’s richest man is spending a billion dollars a year helping to launch the human race into space. Next to that goal, the threat of a government antitrust investigation into his trillion-dollar company is no big deal.  That was the impression Jeff Bezos gave at the Wired 25 summit in San Francisco

City of Orlando did not renew surveillance partnership with Amazon

Orlando is just one of a handful of cities across the country that is using or is thinking about using Rekognition for surveillance purposes. Amazon had been targeting cities and marketing this tool to law enforcement agencies nationwide.Image: John Raoux/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Diamond Naga Siu2018-06-25 18:23:16 -0400 The City of Orlando is no longer using Amazon to surveil its residents (for now). The Orlando Police Department and the city issued a

Amazon launches in Australia for real, but not all are impressed at its prices

Amazon Australia launched on Tuesday, but where are the deals?Image: Getty Images By Johnny Lieu2017-12-05 00:59:51 UTC Following a false start last week, Amazon’s Australian store launched on Tuesday — at last. The arrival of the internet retail giant has received plenty of media coverage in the lead up, with much of the focus on how Amazon would smash local bricks and mortar competition through better pricing and service. So

Starbucks launches new season of short films about ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things

Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman (center), visits the Coalfield Development in West Virginia.Image: Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks By Matt Petronzio2017-10-10 01:00:00 UTC Howard Schultz wants to introduce you to a better side of America. The Starbucks executive chairman (and former CEO) believes the country isn’t just the one you see on TV or in your social feeds. It’s not just the dark times we’ve treaded since the 2016 presidential election,

After all that, Amazon's Whole Foods deal may be delayed

345 Shares Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images By Patrick Kulp2017-07-25 00:07:01 UTC It could be a while before your local Whole Foods starts recognizing your Prime membership. A raft of regulatory questions may delay the $13.7-billion mega-merger between Amazon and the supermarket chain as Democratic lawmakers and government officials raise antitrust concerns. Whole Foods told its investors in June that the deal was expected to close late this year, but the