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Amazon and Apple are quietly building rival networks that know where everything is

Amazon’s Sidewalk, which operates on the 900MHz band typically used for amateur radio and emergency services, and Apple’s close-range, ultra-wideband positioning with the U1 are designed to get Amazon out of the home and Apple inside it. Not only is it easy to see how Amazon could market a Sidewalk Connect Kit, in which like the Alexa Connect Kit, Amazon itself handles the connectivity, maintenance and security for a fee, Rausch’s use of the word neighbours also brings to mind its currently beleaguered connected Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Read More: www.wired.co.uk

Amazon Changed Search Algorithm in Ways That Boost Its Own Products

Late last year, these people said, Amazon optimized the secret algorithm that ranks listings so that instead of showing customers mainly the most-relevant and best-selling listings when they search-as it had for more than a decade-the site also gives a boost to items that are more profitable for the company. The private-label executives argued Amazon should promote its own items in search results, these people said. Read More: www.wsj.com

Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

In July, The New York Times reported that Amazon had paid $15,000 to sponsor an event organized by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank notorious for its attempts to sow public doubt about the scientific consensus on climate change for decades. Earlier this year, members of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice met with company leadership to discuss the retail giant’s plans to combat the climate crisis. Read More: www.wired.com