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The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from New York and California have opened a new antitrust investigation into Amazon's online marketplace, Bloomberg reported Monday. The agencies will coordinate on the probe and plan to interview witnesses starting in the next few weeks, according to the report. Amazon has come under fire over potential anti-competitive behavior in recent months following reports that it secretly used its data on third-party sellers and startups to launch competing products. Lawmakers grilled CEO Jeff Bezos over Amazon's treatment of sellers last week in a historic hearing on the growing power of the tech industry.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. State attorneys general from New York and California have teamed up with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon's online marketplace, Bloomberg reported Monday. The agencies plan to begin interviewing witnesses in the coming weeks, according Bloomberg. California's probe was previously reported by The Wall Street Journal, but Bloomberg first reported on the collaboration across the agencies. The New York Times reported last month that Washington has also been looking into the issue.  Amazon has faced increasing scrutiny over how it uses the vast trove of data it collects from third-party sellers on its site, with competitors and regulators claiming that Amazon has leveraged the information to launch competing products, or favor its own, in violation of its own stated policies. The company initially refuted those claims publicly and under sworn testimony to Congress, but reporting from the Wall Street Journal in April challenged the accuracy of its statements, leading Amazon to open an internal probe into the issue. Last month, dozens of entrepreneurs and investors also told The Wall Street Journal that Amazon used its investment deals in their companies to gain access to their internal data and use it to develop competing products. In a major congressional antitrust hearing last week, lawmakers grilled CEO Jeff Bezos (as well as CEOs from Apple, Facebook, and Google parent Alphabet) about how tech giants use their market power. In perhaps the most revelatory moment of the hearing, Bezos told them that he couldn't guarantee Amazon had never violated its own policies against using trend data about third-party sellers to inform Amazon's in-house brands. Amazon is already the subject of several investigations concerning its potentially monopolistic behavior as well as its treatment of workers. Those include probes by the FTC into "hundreds" of Amazon's past acquisitions, the House Judiciary Committee over a wide range of antitrust issues (which informed its hearing last week), and regulators in the European Union, who are looking into the company's treatment of third-party sellers specifically.  Amazon is also facing inquiries from officials in New York state, New York City, and California as well as the National Labor Relations Board over claims it failed to protect workers during the coronavirus pandemic or retaliated against them for speaking out. A spokesperson for the New York attorney general's office neither confirmed or denied the investigation. A spokesperson for the California attorney general's office referred Business Insider to the New York attorney general and the FTC declined to comment for this story. Avery Hartmans contributed reporting for this story.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Platform created by FAPESP in partnership with University of São Paulo, Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital, Hospital Sírio-Libanês and Fleury Group begins providing access to data for 180,000 patients, 5 million clinical examinations and 9,600 outcomes
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The historic first test flight of SpaceX's new capsule is now complete
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The rover is on track to reach the red planet in February and begin exploring a crater that held water 3.5 billion years ago.
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"One of our big focuses for the next four-six years will be to refresh our SAP landscape which will require a complete overhaul..." The post The Big Interview: Novartis Chief Technical Officer Elizabeth Theophille appeared first on Computer Business Review.
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Finding Inari shrines helps Sakai unlock charm slots. The shrines are hidden, but surely worth hunting for.
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The recently launched Chuwi CoreBook Pro is a 13 inch full-screen laptop which specializes itself in mobile productivity. A great timing as due to the ... The post Chuwi CoreBook Pro Performance Tested, Great for Productivity while Staying Compact appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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The past weeks have seen no less than three Android smartphones being presented to the world and the upcoming weeks will most likely revolve around Google’s mobile platform again courtesy of Samsung and possibly Microsoft and Google itself. That doesn’t mean there’ll be a dearth of iPhone news to go around, of course, even if they’re pretty much slim pickings … Continue reading
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The race for higher refresh rate displays is getting more competitive by the days. This year, we saw the arrival of a 144Hz standard for ... The post Asus ROG Phone 3 has a hidden 160Hz refresh rate mode appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Chondritic and achondritic? Back to the drawing board, then Meteorites discovered strewn across Earth after the 1960s may have broken off the same planetesimal body. What’s more, scientists have discovered signs this ancient body had a molten core, which turns some cosmological thinking on its head.…
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Heavy molecules reveal wave-like properties after scattering from light beam.
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Make guilt-free chips, roasts and more in our pick of the best air fryers.
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Police are working to disperse hundreds of people from a rave in a disused airfield near Bath, which was attended by some 3,000 people on Saturday night. The event, at the former Charmy Down airfield in Upper Swainswick, continued throughout the morning and crowds of people are believed to still be on site as of Sunday afternoon, with video footage shared on Twitter appearing to show large crowds partying in daylight. With the event audible across Bath, and with reports of some areas of Bristol still within earshot of the music, police were first alerted shortly before 11.30pm on Saturday evening. Yes mate sick party #bathrave#goodvibespic.twitter.com/TWfrc79Pfo— Conor Macleod (@klash1312) July 19, 2020Households as far away as Keynsham, some 10 miles from the site, could hear the loud music, ITV reported. Avon and Somerset Constabulary released a lengthy statement on Sunday afternoon explaining why the event had not been shut down sooner, stating that officers had arrived “within 10 minutes” of the first call – at which point several hundred people were already on site.A spokesperson said: “We had dedicated extra patrols on duty last night to respond to any reported unlicensed music events across the force area. These units were immediately deployed to this incident.“Officers closed off the approach routes, however people were abandoning vehicles and making their way to the site on foot. Officers were still turning vehicles away at 6.40am today, Sunday 19 July.“A full risk assessment last night concluded that the potential risks to public safety of an intervention to close an event attended by more than 3,000 people in dark and wet conditions were too great.“There were also other significant incidents across the force area including 120 999 calls which required an immediate police response and the attention of our resources. Therefore the decision was taken to contain the event until daylight hours.” Reports of the rave circulated quickly on social media, with posts largely bemoaning the volume of the event and raising questions about why it had continued throughout the morning – especially with social distancing rules still in place. Scenes from the #BathRave today - cars parked up the motorway, roads blocked by police, ravers still arriving every minute, and music still blasting over #Bath . pic.twitter.com/4vmoqlX12a— Jude Andon (@JudeAndon) July 19, 2020Given up trying to sleep - illegal rave that @ASPolice seem powerless to stop has kept much of Bath awake most of the night. I would advise sending them packing soon - there are a lot of angry, sleep deprived locals.— Adam Joinson (@joinson) July 19, [email protected]@bathlive PLEASE STOP THE RAVE!! Woken up half of Bath Weston,Lansdown, Larkhall Batheaston.— Emma Moxham RN QN (@MoxhamE) July 19, 2020The force’s chief superintendent Ian Wylie Said: “We’re working with neighbouring forces and other agencies including Bath and North East Somerset Council, highways, and the ambulance service to close down this event in a controlled way and ensure those attending are able to disperse safely.“We’re sorry for the disruption caused to so many residents by the selfish actions of the organisers of this event and those attending, knowing the problems it would cause and the ongoing risk to public health of large gatherings due to COVID-19.“We will take appropriate action against those responsible and would ask anyone with evidence which could help to get in touch, quoting reference 1414 of 18 July.”The rave comes after a number of illegal events were held throughout the lockdown period, with police attending several gatherings in London. Six thousand people attended two illegal raves in Manchester in June, with one man dying of a suspected drug overdose, three separate stabbings and one report of a rape at the events.  Related... Sadiq Khan Condemns 'Disgraceful' Attack On Police At Street Party Man, 20, Dies Of Suspected Drug Overdose As 6,000 People Attend Two Illegal Raves In Greater Manchester
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Tesla's stock price has jumped from $373 at the end of March 18 to $1,575 when markets opened on Wednesday. Morgan Stanley said in a research note that those who have bought Tesla shares for $1,500 or more are making four questionable bets about Tesla and its competitive and economic environments. Those investors are banking on relatively peaceful trade relations between the US and China, weak competition from other automakers and tech companies, and Tesla's automated-driving technology bringing in a large amount of revenue in the coming years. Are you a current or former Tesla employee? Do you have an opinion about what it's like to work there? Contact this reporter at [email protected], on Signal at 646-768-4712, or via his encrypted email address [email protected] Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla's stock price has been on a tear this year, rising from $373 at the end of March 18 to $1,575 when markets opened on Wednesday. But investors who have paid $1,500 or more for Tesla shares are making four questionable assumptions about Tesla, its rivals, and macroeconomic conditions, Morgan Stanley said in a research note published on Monday. "In our view, buying the stock at these levels one must believe: (a) that US-China relations will remain copacetic on trade/IP long term, (b) the legacy [automakers] will fail to produce a competitive EV product, (c) the big tech platforms (AMZN, GOOGL, APPL, etc.) will either not try to develop compelling EV systems, not achieve success, or, if successful, use Tesla technology in its offering, (d) that autonomous driving can produce substantial service revenue ($50 to $100 ARPU) over the next three to five or five to 10 years," the bank said. Morgan Stanley raised doubts about the prospect of those four scenarios playing out simultaneously, saying, "We remain concerned about Sino-US relations with respect to autos. We believe legacy players will spend $400 billion to $500 billion on EVs over the next five years. We expect big tech (established and clean-sheet startups) to enter transport as a significant competitive force in EVs. And we are extremely cautious on the pace of adoption of full autonomy as a percentage of miles traveled over the next decade ( Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Though Tesla shares have been more expensive than those of General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler for years, the electric-car maker reached a new milestone earlier this month when its market capitalization surpassed Toyota's, making Tesla the most valuable automaker, based on the value of shares held by investors. Skyrocketing investor confidence has come as Tesla has posted three consecutive profitable quarters for the first time in its history, begun production of its Model Y SUV months ahead of schedule, and surpassed analysts' expectations for vehicle deliveries in the second quarter of this year, though Morgan Stanley expressed confusion regarding the significant number of Tesla shares that have been traded in recent weeks. "We have made efforts to identify the source of such extraordinary levels of volume (long-only short covering, retail, index, quant, ESG options, intra-exchange volume), but admittedly, it is not entirely clear to us where the bulk of the volume is originating," the bank said in its Monday note. Are you a current or former Tesla employee? Do you have an opinion about what it's like to work there? Contact this reporter at [email protected], on Signal at 646-768-4712, or via his encrypted email address [email protected] Read more: The Model S is the oldest Tesla vehicle still in production — but it recently had its range upgraded. See why it might still be the best. The CEO of Lucid Motors reveals the most important lesson he learned from Elon Musk when he worked for him at Tesla Elon Musk shares a rendering of Tesla's new factory in Berlin complete with rooftop solar panels and green space Tesla is transforming how cars are sold. But 27 insiders say the company's methods mean slashed pay and living in constant fear of getting laid off. SEE ALSO: I flew on 7 flights with the largest US airlines in June. Here's what surprised me the most about flying during the pandemic. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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If AFL, NRL and F1 aren't enough for your live sports fix, then the 2019-2020 A-League football season might do it.
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The previously leaked Xiaomi Mi TV Stick has been officially announced alongside a number of other products from the Chinese company. The Android TV stick is expected to be available in both 1080p and 4K resolutions, but Xiaomi has only introduced the Full HD version at this time, leaving consumers to speculate about the anticipated 4K model. As with other … Continue reading
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Disney Plus is getting a new animated Star Wars series called Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which is set to debut on the streaming service in 2021. The new show is a spinoff of the recently concluded The Clone Wars animated series, which finished its run on Disney Plus earlier this year. Like The Clone Wars, Rebels, and the live-action The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch is being executive produced by Dave Filoni, who has become one of the instrumental pieces of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars strategy, especially when it comes to the company’s TV series. The Bad Batch will focus on the titular squad of clone troopers — of Clone Force 99, aka “the Bad Batch” — who were first introduced in the final season of The Clone Wars (which aired as a Disney... Continue reading…
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Sorry we missed you. Been binging on Netflix in the delivery van Got an idea on how to use 5G for something useful? ESA and the UK Space Agency want to hear from you.…
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If NASA's Perseverance rover finds life on the Red Planet, there's a good chance our first extraterrestrial encounter will be a little ambiguous.
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The Chromebook is a stripped-down laptop that makes on-the-go computing more affordable and accessible to those on a tight budget (well, if you ignore the $1,000 Pixelbook).But as with anything that has been scaled down, the Chromebook comes with limitations.Unlike laptops running Windows or MacOS, a Chromebook doesn’t allow users to directly install programs, which makes high-bandwidth creative tasks like video editing almost impossible.But what about photo editing?Well, you won’t be able to enjoy a full Photoshop experience, but there are other options worth a look.The design is sleek, and it’s simple to use.
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Christmas can get anyone excited, which is normally a good thing.But for Excitable Edgar, it can sometimes pose a problem, given that his excitement can set fire to just about anything in sight.Edgar is the newest holiday ad star, created by agency adam, for U.K. retailer John Lewis, which this year created a co-branded spot with its sister company, supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners.The two also put out an ad together in September 2018 about a children’s pageant that reimagined Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.John Lewis’ spot is traditionally one of the most highly anticipated of the British holiday ad season, with previous installments including heartwarming characters like Monty the Penguin and Moz the Monster.This year’s spot again creates a memorable character in Edgar, who struggles to take part in his medieval town’s Christmas festivities, thanks to his penchant for breathing fire everywhere.
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as of Late Monday night, the ”Hoarse Fredrik” sounds in Bankeryd, to the north of Sweden.that is Why it is important in the communication to the public (VMA), the print is not clear.the Police, the SOS, and the emergency services were in the evening, a large volume of calls from concerned residents in the area. " I got the call from various quarters that it was nothing and that it was amazing.So, we have gone out a signal, " says He, of the internal command at the emergency service of the university.A technician was sent out during the night in order to troubleshoot and make sure that there was no more signals.
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Apple won’t be launching new augmented reality products until at least 2022 to 2023, the Information reported on Monday, citing an internal Apple presentation described by sources.Apple has been rumoured to be developing products in the augmented reality space for some time – with corporate acquisitions, iOS code snippets hinting at a stereo AR headset, seemingly related patents, and analyst predictions of a 2020 release all contributing to the rumour mill.Apple, however, has not made any product announcements.The Information’s report suggests it could stay that way for a while, with sources telling the site an AR headset (codenamed N301) isn’t headed for release until 2022 and “sleeker pair of AR glasses” (N421) not hitting the market until 2023.The Information wrote that the presentation on the matter filled a 1,000-person seat auditorium at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters and included details on possible features, development updates, and info on the products’ “thermal architecture.” The N301 headset is equipped with outward-facing cameras and is planned to offer both AR and virtual reality capabilities, sources told the site, and resembles a more elegant Oculus Quest device.Furthermore, the headset will “have a high-resolution display that will allow users to read small type and see other people standing in front of and behind virtual objects” as well as offer advanced 3D-mapping capabilities
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This week, Las Vegas is playing host to SEMA, an annual trade show and celebration of the custom car.Restomodding electric motors and batteries into cars is not a new thing.San Diego's Zelectric has been converting air-cooled German classics over to the way of the electron for some time now.Jaguar developed a drop-in electric powertrain for the E-Type which it will sell from next year for an unspecified (but I'm guessing six-digit) price.Chevy even did the "converted electric muscle car to SEMA" thing 12 months ago with the eCOPO Camaro, which used an 800V architecture and a pair of motors to send 550kW (737hp) and 813Nm (600lb-ft) to the rear wheels.It's similar in concept to last year's eCOPO from Ford's deadliest rival but with everything turned up just that little bit more.
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"Terminator: Dark Fate" opened with an estimated $29 million at the domestic box office.Its opening is on par with the franchise's last entry, 2015's "Terminator Genisys," which brought in $27 million.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories."Terminator: Dark Fate" was supposed to breathe new life into the franchise with the return of its creator James Cameron as a producer and Linda Hamilton as its star for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgement Day."The sixth movie in the franchise brought in an estimated $29 million over the weekend at the domestic box office (not good for a movie budgeted at north of $180 million), which won the weekend box office but is below the high $30 million to low $40 million projected opening the industry had for it.Instead, it's on par with what the last movie in the franchise made, 2015's "Terminator Genisys," which opened at $27 million over July 4th weekend (though the movie earned over $440 million worldwide, it only made $90 million in North America).
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We've listed the 10 best-selling games in the US according to the NPD Group, which began tracking video game sales data in 1995.The list includes hits like "WiiFit" and "Guitar Hero 3."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.But what turns a regular video game into an all-time best-seller?Franchises like "Call of Duty" recruit a dedicated following with yearly releases.Popular studios like Rockstar Games earn the appreciation of millions of fans with incredible detailed and immersive games like "Grand Theft Auto" and "Red Dead Redemption."
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Apple's regular AirPods have proven to be popular, but features like noise cancellation and sweat resistance are a must now that the industry has become more competitive.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Apple's AirPods may have popularized the wireless earbud category, spawning competing products from Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung (and a slew of AirPods-themed memes) following their 2016 release.With the AirPods Pro, Apple is closing the gap between its popular earbuds and the competition, especially as the space continues to get even more crowded with newcomers like Amazon and Microsoft.Overall, Apple's new AirPods offer meaningful improvements over the regular version that will make a bigger difference for most people than the jump between Apple's first- and second-generation AirPods.But since the Pro earbuds are designed to cancel out noise, they fit a bit more snugly and securely than their predecessors since they properly seal your ear.
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Razer's got a new set of wireless earbuds that it says will provide immersive audio for gaming, without annoying lag.The $99.99 Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds, released Tuesday, feature Bluetooth 5.0, touch controls and voice assistant compatibility, as well as being water- and sweat-resistant.But what's likely to pique your interest is Gaming Mode, which Razer says reduces latency to just 60ms, meaning sound and video while gaming should stay "perfectly synched.""The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds are the perfect wireless audio solution for mobile users," said Alvin Cheung, Razer's senior vice president of peripherals, in a release."Users will have rich, immersive lag-free sound for their movies, music and gaming, without wires to get tangled or snagged as they go."The wireless earbuds have a three-hour battery life, with up to four reups from the included battery carry case for 15 hours in total.
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After some hopeful digging, Mars seems to have spat out the InSight heat flow-measuring probe.When InSight landed on Mars, it had two seemingly simple tasks: use its robotic arm to place its seismometer on the surface, and deploy its heat probe mole instrument to dig 10 to 16 feet underground.NASA on Sunday afternoon tweeted the news and a timelapse showing the planet ejecting the probe:Mars continues to surprise us.While digging this weekend the mole backed about halfway out of the ground.Preliminary assessment points to unexpected soil properties as the main reason.
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