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Amazon opens up access to developer tools for adding Alexa to commercial products | TechCrunch

Amazon wants to make its virtual assistant Alexa available on more devices, instead of just its own hardware. To that end, the company today is broadly opening up access to developer tools that will allow commercial device makers to build products powered by Alexa. With the launch of the Alexa Voice Service Device SDK toolset, companies can add a fully functional version of Alexa to their devices that’s able to handle speech recognition, as well as other Alexa functionality, like streaming media, using timers and alarms, notifications, weather reports, and accessing the thousands of voice apps, known as Alexa skills.

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Microsoft Joins Everyone but Amazon on Cloud Foundation | Fortune.com

Microsoft just joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a group dedicated to promoting a modern way for businesses to run their software.

The group touts Kubernetes, a hot technology used to deploy and manage what are known as software containers. Containers let businesses pack the components needed to run a given software application into bundles that can theoretically run in their own data centers or an outside public cloud. In that way it helps the customer avoid being locked into any one cloud provider.

Microsoft’s membership in the group is a formal endorsement of Kubernetes.

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Amazon Buying Whole Foods: An Industry Shudders | Fortune.com

For years, Amazon has been the specter looming over retail, as once-dominant department stores and specialty chains fell on harder and harder times. But up until now, the e-commerce titan has managed to irrevocably alter the industry without making much of a dent in retail’s biggest moneymaker of all—the $800 billion grocery business.

That changed on June 16 when Amazon announced its intention to acquire Whole Foods, the upscale supermarket chain that played a pivotal role in taking organic and natural foods mainstream. Whole Foods itself may have been under duress, pressured by an activist investor and softening sales, but the healthy-food movement and the meticulously curated store experience that it pioneered is alive and well. “Amazon is placing its bet on the future of the food industry,” says Errol Schweizer, a former Whole Foods executive who is now an industry adviser, “and they see Whole Foods as the leadership.”

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Amazon is gobbling Whole Foods for a reported $13.7 billion | TechCrunch

Amazon has made a bid to buy Whole Foods in what would be a whopping $13.7 billion deal.

The all-cash acquisition (which includes Whole Foods Market’s net debt), will radically shake up any number of businesses and completely changes the online retail and bricks and mortar landscape.

“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and chief executive in a statement. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.

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Apple and Amazon: Rivals that are maybe starting to play nice | Mashable

When it comes to tech giants, Apple and Amazon have one of the better rivalries.

Both are trying to be the living-room platform of the future. Apple is doing that through Apple TV; Amazon is doing that through its Fire sticks and boxes. Neither wants to cede ground to the other, which has meant they haven’t been playing nice.

The result? No Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV owners, and no Apple TVs available on Amazon.com. For now.

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Amazon Prime Revenue Is Up Big | Fortune.com

Amazon’s Prime subscription service grew rapidly in the latest quarter as the company added more streamed content and free shipping for more items sold through its marketplace.

On Thursday, Amazon said that first quarter revenue from Amazon Prime rose 49% to $1.9 billion compared to the same period a year earlier.

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Amazon Quietly Launches its Own Social Media Influencer Program into Beta | TechCrunch

Social media influencers – like Instagram stars or YouTube celebs – often promote products they like, either as part of a brand relationship or as means of generating income through affiliate sales. Now, Amazon is looking to get in on this action as well. The company has quietly launched the “Amazon Influencer Program,” which is currently in beta testing as of a couple of days ago. Similar to the Amazon Affiliate program, the new program will offer influencers commission on products sold, but is not open to the public.

One of the key things that makes the new Influencer program different from Amazon Affiliates is its exclusivity.

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Are We Breaking The Internet? | Fast Company

Recent outages from critical services across the net have created massive disruption in recent weeks: Whether it was Amazon’s S3 service failure, which took down thousands of sites, Cloudflare’s “Cloudbleed” security issue, which forced many sites to ask users to reset their passwords, or Google Wifi’s accidental reset, which wiped out customer’s internet profiles, the infrastructure behind the internet has looked substantially more unstable recently.

The packetized technology that underlies most of the internet was created by Paul Baran as part of an effort to protect communications by moving from a centralized model of communication to a distributed one. While the Internet Society questions whether the creation of the internet was in direct response to concerns about nuclear threat, it clearly agrees that “later work on Internetting did emphasize robustness and survivability, including the capability to withstand losses of large portions of the underlying networks.”

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The Basic Things You Need To Know About Setting Up An Online Commerce Website | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

If you are a budding entrepreneur, it is pretty normal to want to start somewhere where the playing field is evened out: the Internet. Now, you could go old school and set up a physical store, go through the usual stuff like doing a titles search to sift through properties, get the permits for construction, and so on. But if you do not have a lot of capital to begin with, that is going to hurt you more than it will help you.

This is why online stores are becoming more of a trend. It allows all business owners, from small start-ups to big companies, to share their products online. Everyone has the same chance to get noticed, so it is a matter of applying a bit more elbow grease to your online strategies. There are lots of places where you can have your products available for purchase like Amazon, Shopify, eBay, and so on. But you know, nothing beats having your own site exclusively hosting your products.

Here we will round-up a list of things you will need to start your very own eCommerce website.

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This Is the Future of Retail, According to 1 Silicon Valley Engineer | Inc.com

b8ta_play21_124685The retail shop might be beleaguered in this era of convenient online shopping and free returns, but it’s not dead yet. Far from it: just look at the storefronts operated by formerly online-only brands such as Bonobos, Warby Parker, and Rent the Runway.

But e-commerce has definitively changed the way people shop–and according to one Silicon Valley engineer, retailers are failing to adapt.

Most bricks-and-mortar shops are never going to be able to beat the Amazons of the world at supply chain efficiencies, says Vibhu Norby, formerly a lead engineer at the smart thermostat company Nest. So, he concludes, “the future of retail has to do with discovery and customer relations.”

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