Amazon is using AR to encourage employee social distancing – TechCrunch

[ad_1] From the outside, at least, Amazon’s COVID-19 response has been a mixed bag. The company has noted in various reports the things it’s been doing in an attempt to curb the virus’s spread — particularly among warehouse employees deemed essential workers. But various attorneys general, senators and other lawmakers have demanded more information about…

Amazon reportedly facing antitrust probes in California, Washington

[ad_1] Amazon’s antitrust headaches don’t appear to be going away. State officials in California and Washington are reportedly looking into Amazon’s handling of third-party sellers on a platform where the company also sells its own, competing products. Amazon faced similar scrutiny in 2019 from the European Union. The news of a California investigation was first…

Amazon halts police use of its facial-recognition tech for one year

[ad_1] When it comes to publicly pushing back against an ever-encroaching police state, the devil is in the details — or, in Amazon’s case, the lack of them.  Amazon announced Wednesday — in the most passive voice possible — that, for a year, police will no longer have access to its controversial facial-recognition tool dubbed…

Amazon won’t say if its facial recognition moratorium applies to the feds – TechCrunch

[ad_1] In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move applies to federal law enforcement agencies. The moratorium comes two days after IBM said in a letter it was leaving the facial recognition market…

Alibaba taps international influencers to sell more globally – TechCrunch

[ad_1] For years, Chinese e-commerce exporters have been learning the ins and outs of ad placement on Facebook, Instagram and other mainstream social media platforms to reach customers around the world. But they recently spotted a new way to grab people’s attention, one that has never felt more familiar. Video influencers. Shopping via videos is…

Silicon Valley can fight systemic racism by supporting Black-owned businesses – TechCrunch

[ad_1] As the United States sees its second week of large-scale protests against police brutality, it’s painfully clear that the country’s racial divide requires significant short- and long-term action. But most of these calls for change gloss over the role Silicon Valley can and should play in mending the racial divide. Right now, activists are…

“Culture of workplace fear” leads to COVID-19 spread at Amazon, suit says

[ad_1] Enlarge / Amazon.com Inc. signage is displayed in front of a warehouse in the Staten Island borough of New York, US, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. A group of Amazon employees are suing the company, alleging it mandated unsafe working conditions in one of its fulfillment centers that led to the spread of COVID-19…

JioMart, the e-commerce venture from India’s richest man, launches in additional cities – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The rationale behind the deluge of dollars flooding into billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms is beginning to become more clear as his e-commerce venture JioMart starts rolling out to more people across India. An e-commerce venture between the nation’s top telecom operator Jio Platforms and top retail chain Jio Retail, JioMart just launched…