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Amazon Studios exec Roy Price resigns after sexual harassment claim

“Deadline is reporting that Amazon Studios executive Roy Price has resigned, in response to sexual harassment claims leveled online by The Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. But the company also clearly wants to avoid the public-relations disaster that’s hit the Weinstein Company. Amazon Studios quickly broke off plans for a prestige TV drama it was producing with the Weinsteins, and has reportedly severed its connection with the company. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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As cities ready HQ2 bids, Amazon should plan civic investments too, community groups say

“Chris Christie on Monday backed a plan to offer $7 billion in tax breaks to lure Amazon to Newark” writes Seattle Times Business for seattletimes.com. In its request for proposals, Amazon said tax breaks and other incentives that offset its costs would be a significant factor in its decision.A coalition of community groups sent an open letter to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on Tuesday asking the company to forgo tax breaks and invest in the civic health of whichever city the retail giant chooses for HQ2. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Former Obama Advisor Eyes Google, Amazon For SMB Lending

“Google and Amazon are ready to shake up the small business lending world and place competitive pressure on traditional banks, according to Karen Mills, advisor for small businesses to former President Barack Obama” reports pymnts.com. To date, reports said, the company has provided more than $1 billion in small business loans to merchants selling on its platform.Reports in CNBC said Mills, speaking at London’s LendIt Europe conference, predicted these tech conglomerates would disrupt the industry. “I think they are going to dominate the market and that is the next phase…

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10 best tech deals of the week: Amazon Echo Show, Sennheiser HD 650 headphones, and more

“Welcome to Good Deals, a Verge-approved roundup of the week’s best tech deals from Vox Media Commerce Editor Chloe Reznikov” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. However, there are still some tech deals worth checking out now, especially if any of the below items are something you can’t wait for.Check out Polygon’s gaming deals roundup here.Good Deals is a weekly roundup of the best deals on the internet, curated by Vox Media’s commerce editor, Chloe Reznikov, in collaboration with The Verge’s editorial team. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Amazon Studios Suspends Head Roy Price Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

“Amazon Studios has suspended Amazon Studios executive Roy Price in the wake of allegations by Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett that he sexually harassed her” reports slate.com. The allegations were first reported in August, but Hackett came forward yesterday with a more detailed public account, saying that Price told her, “You will love my dick” in a cab on the way to an Amazon staff party. (According to the article by Kim Masters, then-Amazon executive Mitchell Paull was also in the cab.) He later approached her…

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Microsoft and Amazon Join Hands for AI Framework

“Microsoft and Amazon on thursday announced an open source Deep Learning library named Gluon for building neural networks” reports spokenbyyou.com. To make this happen we need to put the right tools in the right hands, and the Gluon interface is a step in this direction.” The Gluon interface is open source and available today in Apache MXNet 0.11, with support for CNTK in an upcoming release. Source: spokenbyyou.com Share This:

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Grocery price check: Costco is 58 percent cheaper than Whole Foods, JPMorgan finds

“After completing price checks at Costco, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Target and Aldi, Horvers and his team found Costco’s stickers, on a per-unit basis, to be a “whopping” 58 percent cheaper than those at Whole Foods” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Nonetheless, JPMorgan’s latest price checks point out that Whole Foods’ value proposition greatly contrasts that of Costco, still. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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