(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. unveiled new cloud computing services and tools Wednesday aimed at maintaining its edge over Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc. in the fast-growing, profitable market.

Amazon Web Services Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy announced machine learning capabilities such as speech recognition and translation, intended to make the technology more accessible to developers who don’t have the time or resources to experiment with it on their own.
The presentation showed that Amazon anticipates high demand for machine learning products that can be sold to a variety of industries. Speech and image recognition and real-time language translation were among the tools Jassy unveiled Wednesday at the company’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The gathering is expected to draw 40,000 people for a week of learning about the latest offerings and services.
Amazon introduced SageMaker, which provides popular algorithms for tasks such as parsing data or recognizing images and speech. Amazon also showed off AWS DeepLens, a $249 device to help developers understand and experiment with machine learning. In a demonstration, the camera recognized a smile to be a positive reaction to a music album cover and a frown to be a negative reaction, enabling it to fine tune a customized playlist for the user. Other possible uses are to program a garage door to open when the camera recognizes a license plate number or sending an alert to an owner when their dog jumps on

 

(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. unveiled new cloud computing services and tools Wednesday aimed at maintaining its edge over Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc. in the fast-growing, profitable market.

Amazon Web Services Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy announced machine learning capabilities such as speech recognition and translation, intended to make the technology more accessible to developers who don’t have the time or resources to experiment with it on their own.
The presentation showed that Amazon anticipates high demand for machine learning products that can be sold to a variety of industries. Speech and image recognition and real-time language translation were among the tools Jassy unveiled Wednesday at the company’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The gathering is expected to draw 40,000 people for a week of learning about the latest offerings and services.
Amazon introduced SageMaker, which provides popular algorithms for tasks such as parsing data or recognizing images and speech. Amazon also showed off AWS DeepLens, a $249 device to help developers understand and experiment with machine learning. In a demonstration, the camera recognized a smile to be a positive reaction to a music album cover and a frown to be a negative reaction, enabling it to fine tune a customized playlist for the user. Other possible uses are to program a garage door to open when the camera recognizes a license plate number or sending an alert to an owner when their dog jumps on

 

(Bloomberg) — U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed concern about privacy intrusions in the digital age, hinting they may curb the power of law enforcement officials to track people using mobile-phone data.

In a spirited argument that went 20 minutes beyond its scheduled hour on Wednesday, the justices considered requiring prosecutors to get a warrant before obtaining mobile-phone tower records that show a person’s location over the course of weeks or months.
“This is highly personal information,” Justice Stephen Breyer said.
The case could have a far-reaching impact. Prosecutors seek phone-location information from telecommunications companies in tens of thousands of cases a year. More broadly, the court’s decision will help set the rules governing government access to the fast-growing trove of information available on the cloud, including data from virtual assistants, smart thermostats and fitness trackers.
Several justices, including Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, indicated they were concerned about the increasing precision of the phone location data being kept by wireless providers.
“A cell phone can be pinged in your bedroom,” Sotomayor said. “It can be pinged in a doctor’s office.”
Bank Records
But Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy questioned whether location data was any more sensitive than bank records, which the court said in 1976 aren’t protected by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment because they are

 

(Bloomberg) — U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed concern about privacy intrusions in the digital age, hinting they may curb the power of law enforcement officials to track people using mobile-phone data.

In a spirited argument that went 20 minutes beyond its scheduled hour on Wednesday, the justices considered requiring prosecutors to get a warrant before obtaining mobile-phone tower records that show a person’s location over the course of weeks or months.
“This is highly personal information,” Justice Stephen Breyer said.
The case could have a far-reaching impact. Prosecutors seek phone-location information from telecommunications companies in tens of thousands of cases a year. More broadly, the court’s decision will help set the rules governing government access to the fast-growing trove of information available on the cloud, including data from virtual assistants, smart thermostats and fitness trackers.
Several justices, including Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, indicated they were concerned about the increasing precision of the phone location data being kept by wireless providers.
“A cell phone can be pinged in your bedroom,” Sotomayor said. “It can be pinged in a doctor’s office.”
Bank Records
But Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy questioned whether location data was any more sensitive than bank records, which the court said in 1976 aren’t protected by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment because they are

 

(Bloomberg) — Someone was trying to game the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s electronic public comment system on net-neutrality rules.

But who? Was it supporters or foes of the open internet rules — or was it the Russians?
A study has found more than 7.75 million comments were submitted from email domains attributed to FakeMailGenerator.com, and they had nearly identical wording. The FCC says some of the nearly 23 million comments on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to gut Obama-era rules were filed under the same name more than 90 times each.
And then there were the 444,938 from Russian email addresses, which also raised eyebrows, even though it’s unclear if they were from actual Russian citizens or computer bots originating in the U.S. or elsewhere.
The oddities in the FCC’s inbox have attracted scrutiny from New York’s attorney general and from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which has opened a probe.
“In an era where foreign governments have indisputably tried to use the internet and social media to influence our elections, federal and state governments should be working together to ensure that malevolent actors cannot subvert our administrative agencies’ decision-making processes,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in an open letter to the FCC.
Schneiderman said the FCC had not cooperated with his investigation.
Brian Hart, an FCC spokesman, called Schneiderman’s facts “completely inaccurate.” Hart said

 

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence sent letters to DreamHost and Shopify over the weekend, asking the hosting service providers to disable the GhostGunner.net and GhostGuns.com websites. The request comes in the wake of news that the mass murder in Tehama County, Calif., was carried out by an individual prohibited from owning guns with weapons he made from parts ordered online.
Giffords Law Center argues that because the guns sold on the two sites are illegal in some states, the businesses aid and abet violations of state laws by their customers, and therefore they can be shut them down for violating the service providers’ Acceptable Use Policies and Terms of Service.
Weapons made without serial numbers — which are generally required by U.S. federal law — are known as “ghost guns,” according to the announcement. Kits and parts sold by the websites can be assembled into semi-automatic handguns and assault weapons using 3-D printing and milling technology in a home workshop.
“The recent mass shooting in Northern California underscored how dangerous it is when people legally prohibited from owning guns can go online and buy do-it-yourself assault weapon kits from unaccountable companies with no background checks, and no questions asked,” Adam Skaggs, Chief Counsel at Giffords Law Center said in a statement. “But companies like Ghost Gunner and Ghost Guns are profiting from doing just that. The Internet Service Providers hosting their

 

(Bloomberg) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut Obama-era net neutrality rules calls for handing off the job of policing broadband service to an agency with different powers and a different mandate.

Giving the Federal Trade Commission oversight for the web can make sense from Pai’s perspective: It’s a consumer-protection agency that already has taken action against high-speed internet providers.
See also: AT&T Suit Shows Web Has Enough Rules, Open Internet Foes Say
But, there’s a key difference: The FCC sets rules designed to prevent bad behavior, while the FTC acts after wrongdoing has occurred. That distinction has become a flash point in the debate over Pai’s proposal, which would change the way the government regulates the internet with far-reaching implications for a host of industries.
Opponents say that reactive nature means the trade commission is too slow to oversee the rapidly evolving digital economy.
“It’s not adequate,” said Gigi Sohn, who helped write the current net neutrality rules as an FCC aide in 2015. “If you wait for a case to be through, you can be out of business.”
Others say Pai is bringing a powerful watchdog into the fray.
“There’s no doubt they can bring cases,” said Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar with the American Enterprise Institute policy group in Washington. “The FTC has the right people” including economists “used to looking at all kinds of new arrangements” to

 

(Bloomberg) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut Obama-era net neutrality rules calls for handing off the job of policing broadband service to an agency with different powers and a different mandate.

Giving the Federal Trade Commission oversight for the web can make sense from Pai’s perspective: It’s a consumer-protection agency that already has taken action against high-speed internet providers.
See also: AT&T Suit Shows Web Has Enough Rules, Open Internet Foes Say
But, there’s a key difference: The FCC sets rules designed to prevent bad behavior, while the FTC acts after wrongdoing has occurred. That distinction has become a flash point in the debate over Pai’s proposal, which would change the way the government regulates the internet with far-reaching implications for a host of industries.
Opponents say that reactive nature means the trade commission is too slow to oversee the rapidly evolving digital economy.
“It’s not adequate,” said Gigi Sohn, who helped write the current net neutrality rules as an FCC aide in 2015. “If you wait for a case to be through, you can be out of business.”
Others say Pai is bringing a powerful watchdog into the fray.
“There’s no doubt they can bring cases,” said Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar with the American Enterprise Institute policy group in Washington. “The FTC has the right people” including economists “used to looking at all kinds of new arrangements” to

 

Digital transformation is a major part of new initiative driven by organizations to become a part of a new, digitally-connected market. These efforts can range from entire data center and cloud deployments to specific applications being leveraged for mobility and easier access.
“Digital transformation is at the center of business strategies as CEOs endeavor to capture the opportunities available in the digital economy,” said IDC Research Vice President Bob Parker. An IDC study shows that the worldwide digital transformation is impacting many major trends in the areas of leadership, customer experience, information, operating models, and workforces.
IDC pointed out that by the end of 2017, two-thirds of the CEOs of the G2000 will have digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategy. And, by 2020, 60 percent of the G2000 will have doubled their productivity by digitally transforming many processes from human-based to software-based delivery.
“Digital transformation is not just a technology trend, it is at the center of business strategies across all industry segments and markets,” added IDC Research VP Bob Parker. “Enabled by the 3rd Platform technologies of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud, digital transformation represents an opportunity for companies to redefine their customers’ experience and achieve new levels of enterprise productivity. Investment related to digital transformation will constitute the majority of growth in

 

(Bloomberg) — The holiday shopping season is off to a strong start and retailers hope to continue the momentum today — Cyber Monday — the biggest online spending day of the year.
Amazon.com Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are vying for holiday spending with competing deals on flat-screen televisions, toys and gadgets. Traditional retailers Macy’s Inc., Sears Holdings Corp. and JC Penney Co. have all shuttered stores, creating an opportunity for retailers to fill the void online, said Tom Forte, analyst at DA Davidson & Co.
“There’s a lot of market share out there to be had,” he said.
E-commerce spending will jump almost 17 percent from a year ago to $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday, according to estimates from Adobe Systems Inc. Shoppers continue to ditch the hassle of crowded stores and malls for the convenience of shopping online. Online spending during the November-December holiday season in the U.S. is projected to reach about $107 billion this year, more than 11 percent of total holiday retail sales — the largest portion ever, according to EMarketer Inc.
Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, is projected to capture half of the e-commerce holiday spending growth, according to Bain & Co. GBH Insights estimated Friday afternoon that Amazon had captured as much as 50 percent of all online Black Friday sales.
Cyber Monday became a phenomenon when e-commerce was in its infancy and most people had slow, dial-up internet connections at

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