Black Friday on Amazon: How to spot fake reviews online

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Many shops are still expected to offer deals online for the pre-Christmas sales event on 27 November. It’s been a difficult year for lots of retailers, who will be hoping Black Friday – and its bigger cousin Cyber Monday – will give them a much-needed boost But this all comes with a health warning if you’re buying… Read more »

Amazon’s “most chilling home surveillance product” yet

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Amazon’s smart home security division Ring has unveiled a flying camera that launches if sensors detect a potential home break-in.It is designed to activate only when residents are out, works indoors, and is limited to one floor of a building. But one campaign group described the drone camera as Amazon’s “most chilling home surveillance product”… Read more »

Why Amazon knows so much about you

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I’ve been a customer since 1999, and rely on it for everything from grass seed to birthday gifts. There are Echo speakers dotted throughout my home, Ring cameras inside and out, a Fire TV set-top box in the living room and an ageing Kindle e-reader by my bedside. I submitted a data subject access request,… Read more »

Amazon profits hit by rising shipping costs

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Amazon delivered another quarter of sales growth above 20%, but a spike in shipping costs cut the firm’s bottom line. Shares dropped sharply in after-hours trade after the e-commerce giant said profits fell by about 25% to $2.1bn in the three months to 30 September. The firm said it spent nearly $10bn (£7.78bn) on shipping… Read more »

Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people to listen to your Alexa conversations

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Not only is Alexa listening when you speak to an Echo smart speaker, an Amazon employee is potentially listening, too.Amazon (AMZN) employs a global team that transcribes the voice commands captured after the wake word is detected and feeds them back into the software to help improve Alexa’s grasp of human speech so it can respond more efficiently in the… Read more »

Vendor Risk Management – the Importance of Vendor Vetting

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Most of us wouldn’t trust just anyone to watch our children, home, or pets, right? And we typically don’t hire just anyone who applies for employment, do we? What about the guy living out of his van offering low cost tax prep? Probably not your first choice this tax season. It’s our instinct to take… Read more »