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NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal

“Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government” writes Amy Walker for theguardian.com. In July the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said a partnership with the NHS that allowed Amazon Alexa devices to offer expert health advice to users would reduce pressure on “our hard-working GPs and pharmacists”.The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational technology company to make, advertise and sell its own products. It said Amazon paid just $3.4bn (£2.6bn) in tax on its…

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Amazon CEO says wants to work more with Pentagon

“Amazon had competed to provide cloud computing capabilities to the Pentagon” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos said it would support the U.S. Department of Defense as technology companies vie for more defense contracts and the Pentagon seeks to modernize itself. Source: 95kqds.com

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Less than a year after abandoning HQ2 in New York City, Amazon says it’s opening a new 1,500-employee office in NYC

“Still, the company may be able to take advantage of existing benefits for moving into the Hudson Yards area” writes Eugene Kim for businessinsider.com. Scheduled to open in 2021, the new office will be located in the Hudson Yards area and will employ over 1,500 people, the company said.Amazon has signed a lease for a new 335,000-square-foot office in New York City, the company told Business Insider on Friday, confirming an earlier report in the Wall Street Journal. Source: businessinsider.com

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Amazon says deliveries are back up to speed after complaints about package delays

“In statements to Recode as well as responses to customers on social media, Amazon attributed delays to high order volumes, as well as weather” writes Hayley Peterson for businessinsider.com. An Amazon spokesperson sent Business Insider a similar statement on Friday saying, “We’re serving customers with our fastest holiday delivery speeds ever including Same-Day and One-Day deliveries. Source: businessinsider.com

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Fake ‘movie money’ from Amazon, eBay making bank in NYC

“The Secret Service last month issued a new warning about fake cash used in movies flooding into the real world” reports nypost.com. Chuck Schumer said Friday, announcing the fun money was becoming a “major problem” for Big Apple retailers.New York’s streets are awash with counterfeit cash this holiday season — and lawmakers say it’s very real-looking Hollywood movie prop money that’s been bought on Amazon and eBay.As part of their blitz on fake bills, the Secret Service announced “Operation Quick Glance,” which urges businesses and shoppers to take a quick…

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Amazon expands Bezos’ elite ‘S-team’, adding 6 execs from its emerging branches such as advertising and fashion, bringing the number of execs on the team to 22

“The six members Amazon is adding to the S-team are: Everyone joining the S-team is being elevated from within the company” writes Monica Nickelsburg for geekwire.com. Amazon’s executive suite, nicknamed the “S-team,” is adding six new members as the company doubles down on emerging fields such as advertising and fashion.The prestigious team manages Amazon’s day-to-day operations across the company and regularly meets with CEO Jeff Bezos to discuss critical business decisions. Source: geekwire.com

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Jeff Bezos now has 3 women in his elite S-Team exec squad but they’re still massively outnumbered by 19 men

“Jeff Bezos has brought two female Amazon execs into his inner executive circle bringing the total number of women there to three” writes Isobel Asher Hamilton for businessinsider.com. Beauchamp and Aubrey were added to the S-Team along with four male executives: The tally means there are now three women in the exec squad to 19 men.Recode reported Amazon’s VP of fashion Christine Beauchamp and VP of advertising Colleen Aubrey have been promoted into Jeff Bezos’ “S-Team” — a select group of 22 Amazon execs that help him run the tech…

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Customers are fuming after receiving Black Friday Amazon orders that contained condoms, toothbrushes, or even a tambourine instead of a Nintendo Switch

“Amazon apologized this week after receiving a barrage of complaints from customers who reported receiving random items including batteries, condoms, books, and even a tambourine instead of their Black Friday purchases” writes Rosie Perper for businessinsider.com. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday retail sales in November and December are expected to achieve record revenue of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday retail sales in November and December are expected to achieve record revenue of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion. Source: businessinsider.com

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Amazon’s AWS cloud business has reportedly come under scrutiny from the FTC as it looks into whether the company engaged in anti-competitive behavior

“The agency is said to have been talking to software companies about Amazon’s business practices, the report says” writes Lisa Eadicicco for businessinsider.com. Concerns over whether Amazon is engaging in anticompetitive business practices are continuing to grow as the Federal Trade Commission has reportedly begun looking into the company’s burgeoning cloud business.The FTC is reportedly broadening its examination into Amazon’s business as tech behemoths across the industry are coming under increased scrutiny over whether their respective business practices are harming competition.Amazon’s booming cloud business grew by 35% year-over-year to $9…

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