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To: TheJackofHearts who wrote (164135)9/17/2020 5:48:49 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Bezos has always been a long-term visionary, willing to take the short-term hit in order to position Amazon for future growth. The type of manager that everyone says they admire, while at the same time punishing those companies that miss their quarterly targets. Absolute control gives you the luxury of disregarding the ankle biters.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (164136)9/17/2020 6:01:26 PM
From: TheJackofHearts
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Yep agree..

ankle biters LOL used to be a favourite term of Isopatch

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From: ig9/24/2020 5:12:38 PM
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To: ig who wrote (164138)9/24/2020 5:36:42 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Also, autonomous indoor drones:

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (164139)9/24/2020 5:59:06 PM
From: ig
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Imagine you own one of these in-house drones and someone hacks into it and flies it into your bedroom or bathroom. Smile!

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From: Sr K9/24/2020 8:02:19 PM
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CNBC video Business News says Amazon is partnering with Tesla.

Tesla Sentry Mode is coming to Amazon’s Ring with new USB hub

- Sep. 24th 2020 4:36 pm ET

Ring, Amazon’s home security company, is launching a new car product that will work with Tesla’s Sentry Mode and also with a new USB hub.

Tesla’s Sentry Mode is an integrated surveillance system inside Tesla’s vehicles using the Autopilot cameras around the car.

The system detects when there’s a “threat,” which basically consists of anyone or anything approaching the car, and starts recording.

It was released after there was a series of break-ins in Tesla vehicles in the Bay Area.

The system, which is built on Tesla’s TeslaCam dashcam system, has been changing the game when it comes to vandalizing parked cars.

We reported on several instances where Sentry Mode’s video evidence helped police identify and find vandals.

It has also helped prevent theft or solve them after the fact — like recently with an RV in Canada.

In order for TeslaCam and Sentry Mode to work on a Tesla, you need a few accessories. You need a storage device, we recommend a Samsung portable SSD, but a USB hub is also highly recommended in order to be able to use your USB ports.

At first, Tesla owners were just using USB splitters and dongles, but more recently, many Tesla owners decided to improve their setups with a hub designed especially for Model 3 and Model Y from Jeda ($15 off with code Electrek).


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From: Sr K9/25/2020 12:54:42 AM
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More 9/24

Amazon Event: Tech Titan Unveils New Home Drone, Speakers, Gaming Service

Product event focuses on smart home, security as more people stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic

Amazon’s Echo Buds, for example, are priced at $129.99, although the company at times has sold them for $89.99. Apple’s cheapest AirPods retail at $159.99, although they sometimes sell at a discount as well. The AirPods, however, have been more popular and accounted for nearly half of all sales of wireless earbuds in 2019, according to Counterpoint Research.

Amazon’s strategy puts less pressure on the company to establish hardware hits compared with Apple, said Gene Munster, an analyst at Loup Ventures, a venture-capital firm specializing in tech research. The company is searching for its next big hit after its Echo smart speakers were unveiled in 2014.

“Amazon takes these events as opportunities to basically do market research about a product’s viability,” he said. “Amazon isn’t held to the same hardware standard as a company like Apple, so they have more flexibility to experiment. Alexa began as an experiment.”

Amazon has sought to integrate Alexa into as many products as possible and experimented greatly with that goal. Last year’s event, which was highlighted by the Alexa-enabled Echo Buds, also included announcements for eye frames and a finger ring featuring Alexa that the company has only made available to select customers.

There are few consumer categories in which Amazon is absent. In late August, the company revealed a health and wellness tracker named Halo that the company said tracks users’ body-fat percentage, heart rate, sleep and emotions. The band is retailing at $64.99, but the price will rise to $99.99 after the initial rollout.

In recent years, the retailer has pushed itself further into the smart-home and security industries. Much of that effort has centered around its popular but controversial Ring cameras. As of the second quarter of this year, Amazon was the top vendor by shipments in both the smart-speaker and video-doorbell categories, according to Strategy Analytics.

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From: Sr K9/26/2020 11:35:11 AM
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Everybody Vs. the App Store: Why Companies Are Taking Issue With Apple’s Growing Revenue Engine

Critics say Apple wields monopoly power over the gateway that connects users to mobile apps, which the tech giant disputes

Sept. 26, 2020 10:16 am ET

Amazon successfully fought the App Store in 2016 striking a deal that sets a 15% commission on subscription sales to Amazon Prime Video and not the 30% fee that all other apps are required to pay on first-year digital-subscription sales. In April, Amazon began using its own payment system to fulfill Prime Video purchases through its app with Apple’s blessing. Apple has said that is because Amazon is in a program for “premium subscription video entertainment providers,” which permits members to use the payment method tied to customers’ existing video subscriptions.

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From: Glenn Petersen9/27/2020 2:25:30 PM
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Amazon’s Alexa Boss on What Users Are Asking During Covid-19

Sebastian Herrera
Wall Street Journal via DNYUZ
September 27, 2020

When Toni Reid, Amazon. AMZN 2.49% com Inc.’s vice president of Alexa experience and Echo devices, sent hundreds of staffers home in early March to work remotely, she had her husband buy a standing desk for their house the next day.

“I knew we were in this for the long run,” she said.

Ms. Reid’s job overseeing the consumer experience for one of Amazon’s most popular product lines gives her unique insight into just how many people have embraced staying in during the coronavirus era.

Her staff raced to build new skills into Alexa, the virtual assistant in Echo devices, to give consumers coronavirus safety tips and information about its spread, the same way they teach Alexa to tell jokes and read the news. And people’s interactions with Alexa changed as the pandemic progressed, with more turning to Alexa for at-home exercise tips and recipes. The sheer volume of customers using Alexa-enabled devices jumped 65% from a year earlier between April and June.

Ms. Reid spoke with The Wall Street Journal by phone from her home in Seattle. Here are edited excerpts.

WSJ: Once you understood how serious coronavirus was, how did you think about what might change?

Ms. Reid: We started with hospitals and nursing homes. We donated tens of thousands of Echo devices that allowed hospital staff to communicate with their patients who were in isolation without having to use personal protective equipment each time.

We built a bunch of new Alexa routines for working from home and staying at home. They’re things like reminding you to get up and stretch. Or go eat. Or maybe it’s time to stop working. It’s like a prepackaged routine.

Third-party developers started building skills to help with their situations. In India, the Bengaluru city police created a skill for customers to ask what they can and can’t do during lockdown. The Spanish Red Cross created a way for people to donate by talking to Alexa, and then offered guidance on how to avoid Covid contagion.

WSJ: As people stay home, which consumer habits evolved the fastest?

Ms. Reid: Meditation skills! We’ve seen an increase in things around cooking and recipes. You’re seeing people use reminders and timers to help them with home schooling.

WSJ: What features did the Alexa team crank out that had never been imagined pre-pandemic?

Ms. Reid: We worked on a Covid skill that is sort of a symptom-checker. We started getting a lot of questions around “How do I know if I have Covid? What are the symptoms of Covid?” We work with health authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and, depending on the country, we’ll work with local authorities. We built a question-answer tree that helps people assess whether they have Covid or not.

WSJ: I hear people who work on the Echo began to help build Amazon’s own coronavirus-testing capabilities for its staff. How did that happen?

Ms. Reid: They drafted folks across Amazon with different types of expertise. At some point, you go get really smart, passionate people who want to solve a hard problem, and you put them on it.

WSJ: Women hold less than a third of management positions at big tech companies, including Amazon. How did you make it?

Ms. Reid: There are lots of ways in which you can have a career in tech. I tell my own daughters that. There’s industrial design. There’s voice design. There are lots of contributors to building a product like I work on with Alexa.

WSJ: Do you have any advice for other women in tech?

Ms. Reid: There’s an element also of risk-taking that has been part of my career. I was in a leadership role, had been scaling, taking on larger responsibility, and I decided that I wanted to do more consumer-product development and get closer to the customer. So I took a really small role to build Dash Wand, which was part of Amazon Fresh at the time. It was very experimental. That role, interestingly enough, is what led me to my current job.

WSJ: Amazon’s culture is tough and fiercely competitive. How do you explain it to people outside the company?

Ms. Reid: Amazon is a place where builders can come to build, and that appeals to a lot of people. It is fast-paced. There’s been a lot of history made here over the past couple decades. You can actually reinvent yourself in a lot of different ways because of the diversity of businesses that we’re in.

WSJ: What’s it like to manage people in that environment?

Ms. Reid: Any leadership principle or guiding rule or whatever you have, if you take it too far, it can be counterproductive.

How I coach people—and also how I gut-check myself—is balance. From a culture perspective and leadership perspective, seek balance. Bring skeptics into the room to validate your believers or disconfirm your own beliefs. When teams don’t do that, they get more narrow-minded in their approach.

WSJ: Amazon is hiring. Are you?

Ms. Reid: The Alexa organization is full steam ahead. We’ve continued hiring. We’ve put forth investment recommendations. Many of mine were just approved, so we’re gearing up for how we deliver.

Write to Sebastian Herrera at

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From: ig9/27/2020 5:24:21 PM
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The face of Alexa.

"You sound familiar. Who is this?"

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