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Amazon Investigates; Cashier-Free Shopping; Sale, Sale, Sale
 

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September 17 · Issue #88 · View online
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Amazon Investigates; Cashier-Free Shopping; Sale, Sale, Sale

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Rate this. Are some Amazon employees leaking company secrets and deleting negative reviews? And are they doing it for bribes? Amazon is so concerned about the possibility that it’s investigating, according to a Wall Street Journal report. It’s hard to know which to be more concerned about. That data is pretty precious, though it’s unclear if it’s sales data (which would be anonymized) or broader company plans. Fixing bad reviews has all kinds of unfortunate ripple effects, like making you think that waffle maker you bought really does the best Belgian waffles. Let’s hope Amazon gets to the bottom of this.
Amazon probing employees leaking data for bribes - CNET Amazon probing employees leaking data for bribes - CNET
Shop right. Speaking of Amazon, its cashier-free Go stores are apparently coming to New York, Seattle and San Francisco. In case you haven’t seen or heard of these shopping meccas, they’re like your typical grocery story in that they have groceries. Other than that, they’re completely different. You check in with your phone basically by walking in and then dozens of sensors track your activities in the store, including what you grab off the shelves and put in your cart. You walk out and get charged without ever talking to or interacting with anyone.
Amazon's cashier-free stores are coming to New York Amazon's cashier-free stores are coming to New York
Going fast. Ever since Apple started taking preorders of its new iPhone Xs and the giant iPhone XS Max, there’ve been reports of them very quickly selling out, even the $1449 51 GB Max(!). The question, though, is demand exceedingly high or are supplies simply limited? Apple does have a habit of keeping early supplies rather thin to, IMHO, keep demand high. Not sure if that’s what’s happening here. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to demand once the reviews start rolling in.
Initial stocks of new iPhones and Apple Watch already sold out | Fox News Initial stocks of new iPhones and Apple Watch already sold out | Fox News
Still got Time. Marc Benioff, co-founder and co-CEO of Salesforce , just scooped up Time Magazine for a cool $190 M, big money in the modern publishing age, but maybe a steal for such a storied brand. No, he’s not planning on turning the media brand into a CRM publishing house. The sale is, Benioff said, wholly separate from Salesforce. He just really likes the brand, its content and, well, I guess he had all that cash lying around. By the way, Tech scions buying media brands is not a new thing. See Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post.
Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife buy Time magazine for $190 million - MarketWatch Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife buy Time magazine for $190 million - MarketWatch
P.S. Have a Coke and really smile.
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Mea Culpa. Last week, I said Apple had started delivering iOS 12 to iPhone owners. Not quite. That was the final code to those running the public beta. The public release comes this week. Sorry I got that wrong. On the other hand, you will be hearing about it soon and from Apple. Ready to update?
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