Stephen E. Arnold: The End of SciTech Publishing Silos? The End of Amazon?

Why Sci Tech Publishers Fight Online Innovation: Money Who reads academic papers? Give up. Answer: Other academics, students, and curious people with an interest in often arcane research. Here’s another question: What characteristic do many of these journal readers share? Answer: A desire to zoom through information without paying.

Stephen E. Arnold: Informatica Data Catalogue an Amazon Play?

Informatica: A Play for Greater Relevance in an Amazon Chess Game? According to “Informatica Aims to Better Track Data Lineage with AI-Powered Data Catalog,” its AI-powered data catalog, called Catalog of Catalogs is notable because it is trying to track data lineage across ecosystems. Catalog of Catalogs includes metadata scanners for business intelligence, data warehouses, …

Stephen E. Arnold: Will Amazon Face an Open Source Anti-Trust Lawsuit?

Open Source: A Good to Be Exploited? Is Amazon Web Services taking undue advantage of open source software, or is it simply giving its users what they want (or perhaps both)? It seems to be a matter of perspective. ZDNet reports, “AWS Hits Back at Open-Source Software Critics: Claims that AWS is Strip-Mining Open-Source Software …

Stephen E. Arnold: Is Amazon Concealing Its Core “Policeware” Aspect?

Amazon: What Does the S Team Do without a Policeware Leader? You can get the list of S Team members in “Amazon Expands Bezos’ Elite ‘S-Team,’ Adding 6 Execs from Emerging Branches of the Company.” DarkCyber believes that there is a commitment at Amazon for policeware and developing services to assist authorities in determining if …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Fraud Detection – Policeware

Amazon Fraud Detector: Policeware Service? The camel is poking its nose into another tent. Navigate to “Amazon Fraud Detector.” The service makes it easy to identify potentially fraudulent online activities. The service seems to focus on a commercial use case. There may be a government or public sector application or two enabled as well. Which …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Trumped, Under Investigation?

Amazon Trumped? DarkCyber does not have a dog in this fight. The fight? Jeff Bezos versus the President of the United States. If the information in “Trump Bezos Round 2: Amazon Faces Broad Antitrust Probe of Cloud Business” is accurate, lawyers involved in the matter will have a very good chance to generate some billable …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Online Data Market

Amazon Rolls Out an Online Data Market Here is some interesting news from Amazon Web Services. Inside Big Data reports, “Introducing AWS Data Exchange.” Third-party data has become integral to the processes of research, analytics, and machine-learning models for businesses and academic institutions, but the process of tapping into that data has been cumbersome and …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Mind Control Through Book Control

Why Analyzing Amazon EBook Reading Lists Is Useful An intriguing study in machine-learning models suggests human language behaviors may be more affected by what we read than previously thought. Neuroscience News tells us “What 26,000 Books Reveal When it Comes to Learning Language.” Brendan T. Johns, an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, and …

Stephen E. Arnold: Procurement Bias Favors Microsoft over Amazon?

Procurement Bias Alleged in Amazon Microsoft Procurement Competition DarkCyber noted “Trump Ordered Mattis to “Screw Amazon” Out of Pentagon Contract, Book Alleges.” If the allegation is accurate, the Federal procurement process is not above influence. If the allegations are not accurate, firing people who get quoted may be a bad idea. Maybe both statements are …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Struggling with Complexity?

Amazon: Specialist in Complexity The word “complexification” is tailor made for Amazon. A couple of examples might be helpful, right? Third party sellers provide expired food. Something’s wrong it seems. Complexification of the vendor vetting, product vetting, and warehouse vetting processes might be a reason. (I am setting aside “profit at all costs” because who …