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The opposition to Amazon’s HQ2 is making lots of noise, but it lacks the legal authority to shut down the new campuses

“Yes, but: The opposition to Amazon is making lots of noise, but lacks legal authority to shut down the new satellite offices” writes Erica Pandey for businessinsider.com. The bottom line: “This backlash is serious,” said Nate Jensen, a professor at UT Austin who studies tax incentives. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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France to Levy Its Own Tax on Alphabet, Apple, Facebook and Amazon in 2019

“The tax is being referred to as the “GAFA tax” for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon France’s tax would pre-empt a prospective EU-wide tax that member states have been negotiating for the better part of a year” writes Annie Gaus for thestreet.com. But with disagreements by some member states, including Ireland and the Netherlands, on how to move forward with such a tax, the process has stalled.That’s the case in France at least, with French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire saying that he plans to raise taxes on Alphabet (GOOGL) , Apple…

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The $23 billion hospital in Amazon’s back yard just hired a new chief information officer from Microsoft

“One option would be to stay in the tech industry” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. Going into some of the interviews with Providence, Moore said, he had two concerns about the transition into healthcare.Providence is a massive a health organization based in the Seattle area, near Microsoft and Amazon, with 51 hospitals.Moore said he expects to see other tech executives start to look for jobs in healthcare in the coming years. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Daily Deals: Nintendo Switch for £230, Xbox One X Battlefield Special Edition Bundle for £360, £20 off TV’s over £299 at AO

“It’s your lucky day, as early Black Friday deals can save you up to 25% off makes such as Acer, Lenovo, HP and more” writes Dominyka Bucelyte for ign.com. This works out to be the cheapest deal currently available, but we have also listed deals by other retailers below. Source: ign.com Share This:

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How a small-business revolution is brewing to fight off Amazon

“At the same time, the Wells Fargo Small Business Index shows optimism among small business owners growing at a historic clip” writes Salena Zito for nypost.com. But “I’d take a bunch of small businesses any day over Amazon.This summer, a National Federation of Independent Businesses report showed that small businesses are growing and adding the most workers per firm since July 2006. But with entrepreneurs like Bloom and Rendulic, it’s heartening to see the small business owner fighting back — one small store at a time. Source: nypost.com Share This:

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Amazon’s strategy for catching porch pirates with facial recognition could also curb civil liberties, critics say

“The doorbell-linked technology raises concerns Amazon that would hand over any facial recognition data captured from the devices to law enforcement, Snow wrote” writes Kari Paul for marketwatch.com. Amazon has reportedly pitched its facial recognition technology to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a possible tool for immigration enforcement, according to an October report from Bloomberg. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Trump thanks Apple’s Tim Cook for jobs expansion, but where’s the love for Jeff Bezos and HQ2?

“On the same day, Amazon said it was also going to create 5,000 jobs in Nashville, Tenn., with a new logistics hub” writes Kurt Schlosser for geekwire.com. Regardless of Apple’s U.S. jobs expansion motivation, we know that the president is fully aware of another tech company and CEO on the West Coast. Source: geekwire.com Share This:

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Amazon upgrades Alexa to more naturally control Ring, Abode, and other security systems

“Amazon is beginning to roll out improved home security system support, meaning Alexa play a greater role in keeping you and your humble abode safe” writes Nintendo Switch for 9to5toys.com. But it isn’t like you haven’t been able to control your security system with the voice assistant up until now.Absent from the list is SimpliSafe, one of the more prominent smart security system makers on the scene right now.At launch, there are already several notable security system providers that have worked with Amazon to support the update.Amazon’s recent Alexa update…

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