Ebay takes on Amazon with guaranteed 3-day delivery on 20 million items

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 In response to the growing threat of Amazon and its annual Prime membership program, eBay announced a new program that will offer online shoppers guaranteed three-day delivery on 20 million eligible products — “millions” of which that will also include free shipping. “Guaranteed Delivery” will roll out in the U.S. starting this summer. Read More

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Amazon Chime team responds to trademark suit, claims it wasn’t aware of competing Chime service

An Amazon Web Services employee claims the company had never heard of CafeX Communications and its competing Chime service when it decided to christen its new set of conferencing and collaboration tools Amazon Chime. Soon after AWS announced the new Amazon Chime service, New York-based CafeX slapped Amazon with a federal trademark lawsuit. In court documents filed Wednesday, AWS Product Manager Jennie Tietema, who was involved in naming Amazon Chime, disputes claims made by CafeX that Amazon knew about its Chime product and deliberately ripped off the name. “The first time I recall ever hearing of CafeX was when the litigation was filed and I… Read More
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff talks ‘crisis of trust’ in the world and jobs in the era of AI

Artificial intelligence is going to transform and impact many jobs, and it is up to the companies building the technology and government agencies regulating it to make sure it is a force for good, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said during a conversation with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty during the IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas Tuesday. The two companies earlier this month announced a surprise AI partnership. The companies will combine aspects of their respective AI technologies — IBM’s Watson and Salesforce’s Einstein — in a new bid to win customers in the emerging world of cloud-based artificial intelligence. For example, they say, Watson… Read More
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Amazon and DHL reportedly team up for Prime Air and Amazon Fresh deliveries

Amazon is reportedly partnering with the German-based DHL delivery service for its Prime Air transport operation in Kentucky as well as for Amazon Fresh food deliveries in Germany. The Lane Report says Amazon will begin processing shipments at DHL’s facility at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in May. The arrangement would give Amazon a head start on its $1.5 billion plan to use the airport as a major shipping hub for its Prime Air fleet. DHL would use the facility at night for its own operations, as usual, but let Amazon use it during the day, sources told The Lane Report.… Read More
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Boy meets artificial girl: My son got an Echo Dot, and here’s what he’s saying to Amazon’s Alexa

In my 10 years as a parent, I’ve served as the authority on a number of subjects, ranging from when one might expect a cut to stop bleeding to why there are no more dinosaurs. But there’s a new voice in my house fielding questions from my curious kid, and we’re all learning what it’s like to live with one another. Amazon’s Alexa showed up inside an Echo Dot last week, courtesy of grandparents on the other side of the country looking to wow a Seattle kid on his birthday. From the moment she was powered on and linked to various devices around… Read More
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Washington state and Seattle consider requiring companies to offer paid family and medical leave

The City of Seattle and Washington state are considering policies that would require businesses to offer paid family and medical leave — both of which would be funded through payroll fees. A representative from Olympia met with the Seattle City Council Wednesday to discuss the separate but related initiatives. The state’s divided legislative branches face an uphill battle finding a paid leave compromise, but far-left Seattle seems poised to implement a program over the next few years. That means businesses in Seattle could be required to offer six months of paid time off to care for new children or sick family members,… Read More
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