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Artists, activists demand concert venues drop Amazon’s palm-scanning tech

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Concert operators may like Amazon’s palm recognition system, but some performers and activists are less than thrilled. A group of 200 artists and 30 rights groups has penned an open letter demanding the Red Rocks amphitheater, its ticketing provider AXS and AEG (AXS’ parent company) “immediately cancel” contracts to use Amazon One scanning at any venue. They also want the firms to ban all biometric surveillance at those events.

The opponents to Amazon’s palm tech include figures you’d recognize, such as Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna. The groups include organizations ranging from the immigrant-oriented United We Dream through to the Tor Project. The digital rights group Fight for the Future is leading the initiative. 

The letter contributors are worried Amazon might send palm data to government agencies hoping to track activists and marginalized people, particularly in light of its past collaborations with police. They’re also concerned thieves might steal info from the cloud, and see AEG as inconsistent after it condemned the use of facial recognition in 2019.

We’ve asked AEG and Red Rocks operators for comment. There are no guarantees the letter will convince anyone to drop Amazon One. The tech theoretically helps get people into a venue sooner, and might reassure concertgoers nervous about physical contact while the pandemic lingers. The objectors have some support, though — US senators are also worried Amazon might abuse palm data. The combined pressure might make life uncomfortable for palm scanning’s backers, even if they ultimately decide to move forward.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/artist-rights-groups-protest-amazon-palm-tech-100024591.html?src=rss
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How to Cancel an Amazon Order After It Ships Using the App

Did you just get a shipping notification from Amazon only to realize that you meant to cancel the order? This wikiHow article will teach you how to cancel an Amazon order that’s already shipped using the Amazon app. Don’t worry — it’s simple and can be done in a few quick steps. Make sure you have the Amazon app downloaded on your iPhone or Android, then let’s get started.

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  1. Open your Amazon app. You can cancel an Amazon order that has already been shipped straight from your mobile device. Open your Amazon app to get started.
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  2. Visit the “Your Orders” section of the app. Tap the profile icon on the bottom of your screen, represented by an image of a person. Then, tap “Your Orders” at the top your screen.
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  3. Select the item you want to cancel. The “Your Orders” screen offers a list of all your Amazon orders, both pending and delivered. Choose the order that you want to cancel (in this case, one that has already been shipped) and click on it.
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  4. Tap “Request cancellation.” If your order has already been dispatched, you cannot automatically cancel it. Instead, you must request cancellation.
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    • While Amazon does not technically guarantee that your request will be approved, you are likely to receive a refund as long as you provide a reason for your request.
    • If you are attempting to cancel an order that has not yet shipped, you will be offered “Cancel Item” as an option, and can simply tap that to complete your cancellation and receive a refund. [1]
  5. Choose a cancellation reason from the drop-down menu. Amazon does not require a reason for cancellation, but providing a reason ensures that your request will be approved. Amazon’s menu of options covers just about every reason you might want to cancel, such as an incorrect shipping address or the item being too expensive.
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    • The “Request cancellation” list will include any incomplete orders, so be sure to check the box next to any items for which you want to request cancellation. [2]
  6. Confirm your request for cancellation. Once you have chosen a reason for cancellation, you can click the big yellow button beneath it.
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  7. Wait for your refund. Amazon will make a decision on your request almost immediately, and will refund the cost of your order to your original form of payment. The processing speed of your reimbursement depends upon what form of payment you used.
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    • If you still receive your order in the mail, be sure to refuse it. If you still accept the order, Amazon may not approve your request.
    • If you ordered an item on Amazon from a third-party seller, your request for cancellation may take a bit longer to review. The decision to accept the cancellation must be made by the seller, and not Amazon. [3]

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Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Cancel-an-Amazon-Order-After-It-Ships-Using-the-App
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Amazon is reportedly working on a smart fridge that tracks what’s inside

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Amazon is reportedly aiming to bring some of the tech it uses at cashierless Amazon Go stores to your kitchen. According to Insider, the company has been working on a smart fridge that can monitor items and help you order replacements if you’re running low on something.

The team behind the Amazon Go systems is said to be heading the charge on the project, which has been in the works for at least two years. The Just Walk Out tech used at Go stores tracks what shoppers put in their carts and automatically charges them when they leave. Members of the Amazon Fresh and Lab126 hardware teams are reportedly involved with the fridge project too.

The fridge would monitor the items inside and keep tabs on your purchasing habits, according to the report. If you run low on something you buy frequently, the fridge would notify you and make it easier to order more from Whole Foods or Amazon Fresh, which could give the company’s grocery division a boost. The fridge could offer recipe suggestions too, which may prove useful if you forget about an item that’s about to expire.

Amazon wouldn’t make the fridges itself, Insider‘s sources said. It’s looking to team up with an appliance manufacturer. There’s a possibility that Alexa voice control could be included. That’s said to not be a major concern, but given Amazon’s propensity for stuffing Alexa into nearly every other type of product, including home robots and its own TVs, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the fridge has voice assistant support.

The company has reportedly spent upwards of $50 million per year on the project so far. Even so, there’s no guarantee that the fridge will come to market as it’s possible Amazon will shelve the plans. If the fridge does come to market, it likely won’t come cheap. An Amazon spokesperson told Engadget the company doesn’t comment “on rumors or speculation.”

The concept isn’t entirely new. In 2016, Samsung revealed a fridge that can help you keep track of what’s inside without having to open the door. You can even order groceries using the built-in touchscreen. Amazon’s fridge would take the idea a little further, though, since it would flag items that you’re about to run out of and help you order more through the company’s own grocery ecosystem.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/amazon-smart-fridge-report-162623916.html?src=rss
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Apple, Amazon and others back groups trying to kill US climate legislation

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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Disney are among the major companies backing corporate lobby groups and organizations that are battling a US climate bill, according to a report. That’s despite those companies all making pledges to reduce their impact on the environment.

The United States Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the Rate Coalition are three of the lobbyist and business groups that oppose the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget bill, which includes measures to fight climate change. The Guardian reports that watchdog Accountable.US analyzed the groups to learn which companies have connections to them.

The Chamber of Commerce, the biggest lobbying group in the US, has said it would “do everything we can to prevent this tax-raising, job-killing reconciliation bill from becoming law.” The group’s board includes executives from the likes of United Airlines and Microsoft.

The board of the Business Roundtable includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google and Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. The group has said it’s “deeply concerned” about the bill and the increased taxes it would lead to for the rich. Google has also made political contributions in the past to individuals and organizations that have denied climate change.

The report notes that The Rate Coalition is set to release attack ads against the bill. That body’s members include Disney and Verizon (Engadget’s former parent company).

The support of lobbying groups that are attempting to kill the bill conflicts with the tech companies’ attempts to tackle the climate crisis. Apple, Google and Microsoft have all backed the Paris Agreement, for one thing. Apple and Microsoft promised to become carbon neutral and carbon negative respectively by 2030.

In 2019, Amazon and founder Jeff Bezos launched the Climate Pledge, which has a goal of hitting net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and meeting the Paris Agreement benchmarks a decade early. Microsoft is among the 200+ companies that have joined the pledge. Disney, meanwhile, is aiming to reach net zero emissions for its direct operations by 2030.

Engadget has contacted Apple, Google and Microsoft for comment. The Guardian said that none of the companies it contacted rejected the stances of the groups they’re members of. None of them said they would re-assess their connections to those bodies either.

As Congress considers a vote on the #IIJA, we urge action to modernize the transportation network, reduce emissions and address the climate change crisis. The climate-focused elements included represent significant strides to turn ideas to reality. https://t.co/J1nHUGs1yC

— Amazon Public Policy (@amazon_policy) October 1, 2021

On Friday, Amazon expressed support for the infrastructure bill and the climate aspects of the Build Back Better reconciliation bill. A spokesperson provided the following statement to Engadget:

Amazon believes both private and public sector leadership is required to tackle the global issue of climate change. That’s why we actively advocate for policies that promote clean energy, increase access to renewable electricity, and decarbonize the transportation system. In addition to advocating for these issues on a local, state, and international level, we have a worldwide sustainability team that innovates sustainable solutions for both our business and customers, as well as co-founded The Climate Pledge – a commitment to be net-zero carbon 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

Amazon has made bold commitments to reduce our carbon emissions, and we continue to encourage other companies to join us. We support investments in the Infrastructure and Build Back Better bills to lower emissions in key sectors like energy and transportation, and we believe these investments will help advance America’s carbon reduction goals. As we said earlier this year, we support an increase in the corporate tax rate to pay for things like infrastructure, and we look forward to Congress and the administration coming together to find the right, balanced solution that maintains or enhances U.S. competitiveness.

Update 1/10 12:22PM ET: Added Amazon’s statement.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/apple-amazon-disney-microsoft-climate-bill-lobbyist-opposition-161736552.html?src=rss
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Amazon to Accept Bitcoin by End of 2021 and Develop Own Currency by 2022: Report

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Amazon has plans to accept the cryptocurrency bitcoin by the end of 2021, according to an anonymously sourced report in the London newspaper City A.M. And while this is just the word of one anonymous “insider” at the Seattle-based mega-retailer, bitcoin’s price skyrocketed overnight and it’s creating a lot of buzz in…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/amazon-to-accept-bitcoin-by-end-of-2021-and-develop-own-1847360405
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Pentagon cancels $10 billion cloud contract that Amazon and Microsoft fought over

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The Department of Defense announced Tuesday it’s calling off the $10 billion cloud contract that was the subject of a legal battle involving Amazon and Microsoft.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/pentagon-cancels-10-billion-cloud-contract-amazon-microsoft-fought-rcna1349
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House committee approves bill that could break up Amazon, Apple, and Google

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The House Judiciary Committee approved antitrust legislation that could prohibit platform operators like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook from favoring their own products and services, and the legislation could even break up industry giants by forcing them to eliminate or sell certain divisions. Companies could also face fines of 15 percent of their annual revenue.

Bills introduced by Democrats were approved in a hearing that began Wednesday morning, recessed at 5 am EDT Thursday, reconvened late Thursday morning, and finished around 3 pm. The final and most controversial bill approved was the Ending Platform Monopolies Act, which “eliminates the ability of dominant platforms to leverage their control over across multiple business lines to self-preference and disadvantage competitors in ways that undermine free and fair competition,” a press release from Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) on June 11 said.

The 21-20 vote went mostly along party lines, but Republicans Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) supported the bill. Democrats who opposed it were Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.); Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.); Lou Correa (D-Calif.); and Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.).

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/06/house-committee-oks-big-tech-breakups-and-massive-fines-in-antimonopoly-push/
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What Are AWS Security Groups, and How Do You Use Them?

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AWS handles firewall configuration using Security Groups. Every EC2 instance or other service with an Elastic Network Interface (ENI) uses your security group configuration to decide which packets to drop and what type of traffic should be allowed.

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Source: https://www.cloudsavvyit.com/12059/what-are-aws-security-groups-and-how-do-you-use-them/
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You Have a Week to Opt-Out of Amazon Sidewalk, Do It Now

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Users of Amazon Ring and Echo have only about a week to opt-out of the tech giant’s sketchy new IoT service, Sidewalk. The feature goes live on June 8th and promises to share an encrypted sliver of your home network with the networks of other nearby Amazon IoT device users as a way to “improve services.” Unless you…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/you-have-a-week-to-opt-out-of-amazon-sidewalk-do-it-no-1847008190
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