Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon- Where Does It Get AI Technology?

I saw an interesting table from Global Data Financial Deals Database. What’s interesting is that Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft were active purchasers of AI companies. I understand that “taking something off the table” is a sound business tactic. Even if the AI technology embodied in a takeover is wonky, a competitor cannot take advantage of …

Stephen E. Arnold: What Is Next for Amazon Netradyne?

What Is Next for Amazon Netradyne? I noted the “real” news outfit CNBC story “Amazon Is Using AI-Equipped Cameras in Delivery Vans and Some Drivers Are Concerned about Privacy.” The use case is monitoring drivers. I have heard that some drivers work like beavers. Other comments suggest that some drivers play fast and loose with …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Slave Bracelet, China Says US IT Wide Open?

Headline from Phi Beta Iota. Original headlines below. The Amazon Bracelet: Is It Like Those Shock Collars Thingies? Yes, in addition to basics like heart rate, skin temperature, activity, and sleep, this late entry to the market collects information its rivals do not—body photos and voice recordings. Despite that, it offers surprisingly little in the …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Policeware

Amazon Policeware: Despite Low Profile It Exists Navigate to the trustworthy Berkshire Hathaway Company Businesswire. Read “IPR Center, Amazon Launch ‘Operation Fulfilled Action’ to Stop Counterfeits.” Note that IPR means U.S. government’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. Here’s a passage I found interesting: Read full post.

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Security Shortfalls

AWS Security Maturity Struggling with leaky S3 buckets? Discovering phishing campaigns launched from your AWS instance? Wrestling with multiple, often confusing, security options? Answer any of these questions with a “yes”, and you may want to check out this paper, “AWS Security Maturity Roadmap.” After reading the essay, you will probably consider seeking an expert …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Drones – a True Cost Analytic Negative

Drones: In the Sky for Sure The US Federal Aviation Authority has decided the concept of drone deliveries is safe enough to grant Amazon Prime Air permission to fly beyond visual line of sight. But did the agency consider everything? Diginomica discusses some concerns in the article, “More Drones in the Sky in One Day …

Stephen E. Arnold: Is Amazon Destroying the US Postal Service?

Amazon: A Burr under a Presidential Saddle? This may just be an example of how a national scheme plays out on the local level. The Portland Press Herald reports, “Amazon Gets Priority While Mail Gets Delayed, Say Letter Carriers.” Mark Seitz, a Portland postal service veteran and president of the Maine State Association of Letter …