Tag: Amazon

Tech

Jeff Bezos is living the billionaire dream and buying a museum to turn into his house

From Graceland to the home of Mark Twain, old storied mansions are often transformed into museums. But when you’re a billionaire tech exec, life can work the other way round. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently paid $23 million in cash for a 27,000-square foot property in Washington D.C. that just happens to be the city’s…

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As Trump pledges U.S. jobs boost, Amazon plans to increase headcount by 55% to 280,000 over 18 months

Amazon has pledged to increase its U.S. headcount over the next 18 months to 280,000 employees, an increase of around 55 percent. The ecommerce titan has said that these will be “full-time, full-benefit” positions, located across the U.S. This move continues the company’s aggressive expansion over the past decade. Indeed, Amazon counted “just” 30,000 U.S….

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6 ways Amazon is trying to win friends and influence governments in Europe

ANALYSIS: Like many large U.S. tech companies, Amazon is facing its share of investigations in Europe. For Amazon, the company finds itself in the crosshairs of European Commission regulators over issues like taxes , ecommerce competition , and ebook distribution deals . Amazon is making its case directly to relevant investigators and bureaucrats. But in…

Culture & Gaming

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang dives deep into gaming, VR, autonomous cars, and Shield TV

You could say that Nvidia is at its high-water mark. The company’s stock price has tripled in the past year. It has transformed itself from a maker of graphics chips to an artificial intelligence company. And CEO Jen-Hsun Huang gave the opening keynote speech at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas…

Science

Amazon exec Paul Misener warns that state laws could bog down drone deliveries

Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global innovation policy and communications, speaks at the CES show in Las Vegas. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) A patchwork of state laws governing drone operations would pose a “real problem” for aerial delivery systems like the one that Amazon is developing, one of the executives in charge of…

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BotBeat: This week’s top bot stories

VentureBeat’s Bots Channel tracks the most important news and analysis from the exploding field of bots and messaging. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in our free weekly newsletter, BotBeat. We include news stories by VentureBeat staff, guest articles from leading figures in the bots community, and a good number of posts from a wide variety of…

Start Ups

GeekWire CES Dispatch, Day 2: High-tech celebrities, Alexa in the fridge, and VR barf bags

LAS VEGAS — The final CES media day was packed with surprises, reveals, and more than anything, Amazon’s Alexa. As GeekWire’s Taylor Soper reports, the voice activated Amazon assistant seemed to be everywhere at the event yesterday, including in LG refrigerators . Alexa now has over 7,000 skills , a seven times increase in the…

Tech

Amazon launches 'Business' service in India to target enterprise customers

Three years in India, Amazon has begun aggressively expanding its offerings in the country.  SEE ALSO: You can now sell your old products on Amazon India The ecommerce giant is bringing its Amazon Business service in India, targeting enterprises and business customers who purchase products in bulk quantity.  Amazon’s arch rival in India, Flipkart and…