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End of an era: Jeff Bezos bids farewell as Amazon CEO, leaving successor Andy Jassy

This Monday, July 5, marks a new stage in the history of the ecommerce giant, since its founder, Jeff Bezos , will leave the position of CEO of Amazon in the hands of his successor , Andy Jassy .

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Amazon’s private labels

Amazon is a big and very aggressive company, that’s radically changing how retailing works, and that attracts a lot of scrutiny and a lot of criticism. Some of this is entirely justified.

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Amazon delivery drivers have to consent to AI surveillance in their vans or lose their jobs

Amazon is well-known for its technological Taylorism: using digital sensors to monitor and control the activity of its workers in the name of efficiency.

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貝索斯辭任亞馬遜CEO 交棒AWS舵手

貝索斯轉任亞馬遜執行主席,並將繼續參與集團重要項目如太空公司Blue Origin。(法新社資料圖片)

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Wondery to join Amazon Music

We’re pleased to announce that Wondery—an innovative podcast publisher with a track record of creating and producing top-rated podcasts—has signed an agreement to join Amazon Music.

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Read the letter Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just sent to employees about the coronavirus: ‘Things are going to get worse before they get better’

US Updates It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options. Global Updates It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.

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【新聞點評】戰勝Amazon的男人

國際藝文業界上周有兩件大事,一是法國電訊大亨Patrick Drahi豪擲37億美元收購蘇富比(Sotheby’s),二是英國最大書店集團Waterstones斥6.

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Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Amazon’s Alexa is ready to broaden its one-track mind. The virtual assistant can deliver weather forecasts and traffic updates, and tap more than 90,000 additional functions, or “skills,” contributed by outside developers.

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A first look at Amazon’s new delivery drone

For the first time, Amazon today showed off its newest fully electric delivery drone at its first re:Mars conference in Las Vegas. Chances are, it neither looks nor flies like what you’d expect from a drone.

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Amazon reportedly buying a stake in Deliveroo

Amazon is reportedly considering investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Deliveroo, a global food delivery service based in the UK. Deliveroo would be better able to compete with rivals such as Uber Eats and DoorDash thanks to the funding injection, the Sky News report pointed out.

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A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it’ll definitely end well

When news organizations think about competition from tech companies, it’s usually in terms of the audience’s attention and advertisers’ dollars. But if Amazon has its way, a new sort of competition may be coming from a mixture of surveillance, fear, and doorbells.

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The making of Amazon Prime, the internet’s most successful and devastating membership program

It’s easy to forget now, but Amazon wasn’t always the king of online shopping. In the fall of 2004, Jeff Bezos’s company was still mostly selling just books and DVDs. That same year, Amazon was under siege from multiple sides.

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Which Tech Company Is Uber Most Like? Its Answer May Surprise You

SAN FRANCISCO — Pop quiz: Which technology company does Uber, the ride-hailing giant on the cusp of an initial public offering, consider itself to be the most like? Is it Lyft, its rival North American ride-hailing firm? Nope.

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世界首富用 AI 开除“兄弟”

功能介绍 最新鲜犀利的商业见闻,最国际视野的前沿技术,最不常见的独家猛料。钛媒体(www.tmtpost.

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3P是個好東西

除畢非德(Warren Buffett)的巴郡致股東信外,貝索斯(Jeff Bezos)的亞馬遜致股東信同樣不容錯過。 今年巴郡致股東信中,貝索斯先列出一系列數字,從1999年的3%,去到上年的58%。到底是什麼來的?這便是本欄反覆強調的第三方

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Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite ‘Project Kuiper’ constellation

Amazon is joining the race to provide broadband internet access around the globe via thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit, newly uncovered filings show.

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Amazon Is Making a Rival to Apple’s AirPods as Its First Alexa Wearable

Amazon.com Inc. is trying a new way to take its Alexa digital assistant mobile: wireless earbuds that mirror Apple Inc.’s popular AirPods.

Read more: https://bloom.bg/2CYODm6

亞馬遜封王贏面高 落注PayPal待爆發

人性使然,看重虧損,於是1000億美元的震撼力,比一萬億美元反而更大。1000億美元是指Facebook上周公布業績後,創出歷史上一隻股票單日蒸發最高市值的紀錄。至於一萬億美元,則是指蘋果公司及亞馬遜兩隻股票正在進行中的

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Amazon is planning a push into digital advertising in 2018, challenging Google and Facebook

Amazon has been quietly experimenting with various advertising products across its portfolio and off its website, according to interviews with half a dozen ad buyers and technology partners. And it’s getting ready to make waves in 2018.

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Amazon launches ‘Subscribe with Amazon,’ a marketplace for digital subscriptions

Amazon has made headway in the subscription business with its Subscribe & Save feature for consumers, which offers discounted pricing on products if you agree to buy on a recurring basis.

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AWS Takes Aim at Call Center Industry

Alexa is coming to customer call centers. Amazon Web Services is preparing to sell software to help companies manage their call centers, based on software Amazon developed for its retail call centers, according to a person who’s been briefed on the plans.

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Amazon now has a programmable Dash Button for the IoT

Amazon has revealed a programmable Dash Button which can be assigned to any product or purpose, a customizable version of its one-touch reordering gadgets.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1TcyDvN

Press Release

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 28, 2016– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 44% to $11.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.

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The Amazon Tax

Earlier today we rolled out Amazon S3, our reliable, highly scalable, low-latency data storage service.

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Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets

While Apple is fighting the FBI in court over encryption, Amazon quietly disabled the option to use encryption to protect data on its Android-powered devices.

Read more: http://bit.ly/21Lw5dS

Amazon would move into closer competition with Apple Inc. (AAPL), which sells its own set-top box called Apple TV. The device would also compete with products from Roku Inc. and Boxee Inc., as well as gaming consoles from Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. that deliver video programming.

The project is being run by Malachy Moynihan, a former vice president at Cisco Systems Inc. who worked on the networking giant’s various consumer video initiatives. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Moynihan spent nine years at Apple.

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“It would certainly make some sense,” said Jason Krikorian, a general partner at venture-capital firm DCM, and the former co-founder of Sling Media, who does not have knowledge of Amazon’s plans. “They have a ton of content, an existing billing relationship with millions of users.”

重要內容

  1. Amazon to Launch Set-Top Apple TV-Killer
  2. The economics behind Amazon’s possible set-top box gambit

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Jeff Bezos:「選擇塑造了我們的人生。」

(本文譯自貝佐斯在普林斯頓大學2010年學士畢業典禮上的演講,原譯者無法考察,英文原文可參考普林斯頓大學官網)

在我還是一個孩子的時候,我的夏天總是在德州祖父母的農場中度過。我幫忙修理風車,為牛接種疫苗,也做其它家務。

每天下午,我們都會看肥皂劇,尤其是「我們的歲月」。我的祖父母參加了一個房車俱樂部,那是一群駕駛Airstream拖掛型房車的人們,他們結伴遍遊美國和加拿大。每隔幾個夏天,我也會加入他 們。我們把房車掛在祖父的小汽車後面,然後加入300餘名Airstream探險者們組成的浩蕩隊伍。

我愛我的祖父母,我崇敬他們,也真心期盼這些旅程。那是一次我大概十歲時的旅行,我照例坐在後座的長椅上,祖父開著車,祖母坐在他旁邊,抽著煙。我討厭煙味。

在那樣的年紀,我會找任何藉口做些估測或者小算術。我會計算油耗還有雜貨開銷等雞毛蒜皮的小事。我聽過一個有關抽煙的廣告。我記不得細節了,但是廣告大意是說,每吸一口香煙會減少幾分鐘的壽命,大概是兩分鐘。無論如何,我決定為祖母做個算術。我估算了祖母每天要吸幾支香煙,每支香煙要抽幾口等等,然後心滿意足地得出了一個合理的數字。接著,我戳了坐在前面的祖母的頭,又拍了拍她的肩膀,然後驕傲地宣稱,「每天吸兩分鐘的煙,你就少活九年!」

我清晰地記得接下來發生了什麼,而那是我意料之外的。我本期待著小聰明和算術技巧能贏得掌聲,但那並沒有發生。相反,我的祖母哭泣起來。我的祖父之前一直在默默開車,把車停在了路邊,走下車來,打開了我的車門,等著我跟他下車。我惹麻煩了嗎?

我的祖父是一個智慧而安靜的人。他從來沒有對我說過嚴厲的話,難道這會是第一次?還是他會讓我回到車上跟祖母道歉?我以前從未遇到過這種狀況,因而也無從知曉會有什麼後果發生。我們在車子旁停下來。

祖父注視著我,沉默片刻,然後輕輕地、平靜地說:“傑夫,有一天你會明白,善良比聰明更難。”

選擇比天賦更重要

今天我想對你們說的是,天賦和選擇不同。聰明是一種天賦,而善良是一種選擇。天賦得來很容易——畢竟它們與生俱來。而選擇則頗為不易。如果一不小心,你可能被天賦所誘惑,這可能會損害到你做出的選擇。

在座各位都擁有許多天賦。我確信你們的天賦之一就是擁有精明能幹的頭腦。之所以如此確信,是因為入學競爭十分激烈,如果你們不能表現出聰明智慧,便沒有資格進入這所學校。

你們的聰明才智必定會派上用場,因為你們將在一片充滿奇蹟的土地上行進。

我們人類,儘管漫步前行,卻終將令自己大吃一驚。我們能夠想方設法製造清潔能源,也能夠一個原子一個原子地組裝微型機械,使之穿過細胞壁,然後修復細胞。這個月,有一個異常而不可避免的事情發生了,人類終於合成了生命。在未來幾年,我們不僅會合成生命,還會按說明書啟動它們。

我相信你們甚至會看到我們理解人類的大腦,儒勒凡爾納、馬克吐溫、伽利略、牛頓——所有那些充滿好奇之心的人都希望能夠活到現在。作為文明人,我們會擁有如此之多的天賦,就像是坐在我面前的你們,每一個生命個體都擁有許多獨特的天賦。

你們要如何運用這些天賦呢?你們會為自己的天賦感到驕傲,還是會為自己的選擇感到驕傲?

追隨自己內心的熱情

16年前,我萌生了創辦亞馬遜的想法。彼時我面對的現實是網路使用量以每年2300%的速度增長,我從未看到或聽說過任何增長如此快速的東西。建立涵蓋幾百萬種書籍的網上書店的想法令我興奮異常,因為這個東西在物理世界裡根本無法存在。那時我剛剛30歲,結婚才一年。

我告訴妻子MacKenzie想辭去工作,然後去做這件瘋狂的事情,很可能會失敗,因為大部分創業公司都是如此,而且我不確定那之後會發生什麼。 MacKenzie告訴我,我應該放手一搏。在我還是一個男孩兒的時候,我是車庫發明家。我曾用水泥填充的輪胎、雨傘和錫箔以及報警器製作了一個自動關門器。我一直想做一個發明家,MacKenzie支持我追隨內心的熱情。

我當時在紐約一家金融公司工作,同事是一群非常聰明的人,我的老闆也很有智慧,我很羡慕他。我告訴我的老闆我想開辦一家在網上賣書的公司。他帶我在中央公園漫步良久,認真地聽我講完,最後說:「聽起來真是一個很好的主意,但是對那些目前沒有找到一份好工作的人來說,這個主意會更好。」

這一邏輯對我而言頗有道理,他說服我在最終作出決定之前再考慮48小時。那樣想來,這個決定確實很艱難,但是最終,我決定拼一次。我認為自己不會為嘗試過後的失敗而遺憾,倒是有所決定但完全不付諸行動會一直煎熬著我。在深思熟慮之後,我選擇了那條不安全的道路,去追隨我內心的熱情。我為那個決定感到驕傲。

明天,非常現實地說,你們從零塑造自己人生的時代即將開啟。

你們會如何運用自己的天賦?你們又會作出怎樣的抉擇?

你們是被慣性所引導,還是追隨自己內心的熱情?

你們會墨守陳規,還是勇於創新?

你們會選擇安逸的生活,還是選擇一個奉獻與冒險的人生?

你們會屈從於批評,還是會堅守信念?

你們會掩飾錯誤,還是會坦誠道歉?

你們會因害怕拒絕而掩飾內心,還是會在面對愛情時勇往直前?

你們想要波瀾不驚,還是想要搏擊風浪?

你們會在嚴峻的現實之下選擇放棄,還是會義無反顧地前行?

你們要做憤世嫉俗者,還是踏實的建設者?

你們要不計手段證明你們的聰明,還是選擇善良?

我要做一個預測:在你們80歲時某個追憶往昔的時刻,只有你一個人靜靜對內心訴說著你的人生故事,其中最為充實、最有意義的那段講述,會被你們作出的一系列決定所填滿。最後,是選擇塑造了我們的人生。為你自己塑造一個偉大的人生故事。

謝謝,祝你們好運!

source: inside.tw

photo: rudebutgood@blogspot

邊度有Diablo 3買?

  1. 便利店(只有中文版,只可連結台灣伺服器,要聽普通話…
  2. Amazon(國際英文版,但連運費要$650,不划算)
  3. 銅鑼灣HMV(國際英文版,但要快手,賣晒就無)
  4. Battle.net (國際英文版或中文版,但要買點數,再下載)

祝各位好運。

Kindle的對手不是iPad

光陰如幻,又來到問誰是下任特首的時候。明白人其實都知,結果是誰,分別都不大。也許,我們不過是需要個共同的話題,給自己解解悶、找點樂。套用在科技的世界,回答誰是下一個「XX霸主」的問題上,也是同樣的道理。

Amazon公佈新平板電腦Kindle Fire,很快,像「iPad殺手」、「挑戰蘋果」的標題很快會攻佔主流媒體。實情是,Kindle對Amazon而言,與其說是新產品,倒不如說是整體策略的一部分,更為貼切。基本上,就算是過去幾代的Kindle,Amazon從來都不是以銷售硬件作為主要收入,甚至需要靠補貼來出售Kindle,像Google一樣,Amazon擁有電子產品以外的主業,推出Kindle,首要目的,是要搶佔作為任何電子內容包括書籍、報章、雜誌、電影、電視以至音樂的主要銷售渠道的地位。

在設計iPad的時候,Steve Jobs思考的問題是「如何一塊平板上,重新定義和設計電腦這回事?」而在設計Kindle的時候,Jeff Bezos考慮的卻是「為了重新定義和設計資訊的發佈,我們可以做些什麼?」。換言之,iPad和Kindle要解決是斷然不同的問題。唯一的相同之處,是它們都決意改變世界的一些運作及現狀,這兩家公司,用「偉大」來形容均絕不過份。

在政治和科技的世界,每隔幾年,星起星落,我們對某些理想、趨勢、明星、新產品滿懷希望,一窩蜂地問誰又即將殺死誰,誰又是誰的剋星,下一個霸主又是誰?媒體的同業倒輕鬆,將舊稿子搬出來,改改名字換換句字,配上新照片又是轟動的新聞。最大的分別,是在政治的世界,幾近每次總是原地踏步,是希望和失望的重複;而在科技的世界,縱新舊交替頻繁,箇中有真正的汰弱留強,路,基本上還是一直向前走的。

懂得這個道理的人,就知道若想真真正正改變世界,投身科技,肯定要比投身政治來得聰明,尤其是香港這個地方。

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