Jeff Bezos' divorce announcement in January started with a seemingly heartfelt and straightforward tweet from the couple and soon after spiraled into allegations of blackmail over nude photos and a private investigation into leaked texts.The split has transformed Bezos' public persona from a privacy-seeking tech geek to a supermarket tabloid regular, with gossip pages dishing on the couple's massive fortune of roughly $140 billion and on Bezos' steamy texts to his new girlfriend.The divorce is expected to result in one of the most notable settlements in history -- and likely the biggest.The couple married 25 years ago, the year before Bezos founded Amazon.Jeff Bezos is Amazon's founder, CEO, chairman and top shareholder.The couple has four children.
Jeff Bezos tweeted footage of himself playing with a robot dragonfly.The footage appears to be from Bezos' exclusive robotics conference, MARS.It is the first time the Amazon CEO has tweeted since locking horns with the National Enquirer.Jeff Bezos has tweeted a glimpse behind the curtain of his exclusive annual robotics conference — and it looks like he's loving life.In a tweet on Tuesday, Bezos posted a video of himself playing with what appears to be a robotic dragonfly.He credited Festo AG with the creation, an automation company based in Esslingen, Germany.
As consumers grow more comfortable with talking to voice-activated devices, media organizations want to say something back.The relatively cheap cost of entry (especially for those with audio content that can be easily repurposed), the rapidly growing consumer interest and what they can offer advertisers in this space make these technologies the hottest new thing media organizations want to get a footing with—even if it’s only proven lucrative for a handful of publishers.This is not just the latest shiny object,” said John Hassell, svp of content and editorial director for Advance Local, one of many publishers that has been aggressive in the space.The Washington Post helped lead the way, developing its first skills for Amazon’s Alexa in 2016 (Amazon’s chief executive, Jeff Bezos, owns the publication) and becoming the first publisher to sell ads against flash briefings, which are a quick look at the day’s news read over a smart speaker.“Voice platforms and the rise of voice interactions have the potential to help us deliver our journalism to new and existing audiences in new ways,” said Jessica Stahl, director of audio at The Washington Post.John Hassell, svp of content and editorial director for Advance Local
Trucks are rolling in now to the Palm Springs resort where it is held every March.Even though Amazon is launching a new re:MARS conference in June that will be open to the public, CEO Jeff Bezos is still gearing up for his invite-only soiree called MARS next week.The MARS conference typically takes place around the third week in March at The Parker Resort in Palm Springs.Things are getting set up at the Parker right now, reports photographer Ric Miller, who lives next to the hotel where the event takes place.Miller sent us some photos.Amazon has also confirmed to Business Insider that the annual invite-only MARS event will still be called MARS and will be a similar experience as in years past.
Amazon has grown from an online bookseller to a domineering tech giant since it was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994.Even when Amazon was young, Bezos had an extraordinary vision for the future of his company.Here are some of the most accurate predictions Jeff Bezos made twenty years ago in 1999.Twenty years ago, in 1999, Amazon was a five-year-old kindergartner startup navigating the early e-commerce market.Flash forward to today and Bezos' is the richest man in the world, worth more than $141 billion.A 2018 report from Credit Suisse estimated that 20 to 25% of malls would shut down over the next five years, indicating that there's still more truth to Bezos' quote from Wired.
In January, Amazon revealed that MARS, an annual private gathering hosted by CEO Jeff Bezos with a focus on machine learning, automation, robotics, and space technology, would get a public counterpart this year in re:MARS.But although Amazon detailed the date and venue — June 4-7 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas — it chose to keep the agenda under wraps.If you’re among the prospective attendees who were waiting with bated breath, good news: It’s no longer a mystery.Rohit Prasad, head scientist and VP of Amazon’s Alexa division, laid out the star-studded list of featured speakers in a blog post this morning.Bezos is the predictable headliner, and he’ll be joined by Patrick Zeitouni, who heads up advanced development at Bezos’ Blue Origin space exploration company, along with Amazon worldwide consumer CEO Jeff Wilke and Amazon devices and services SVP Dave Limp.According to Prasad, they’ll discuss the latest with respect to Amazon’s various AI initiatives and its “continued investment in innovation,” including the practical applications of machine learning underpinning Alexa, AWS services like Amazon Polly and Rekognition, Amazon’s cashierless Go stores, its Prime Air delivery drones, autonomous warehouse machines developed by Amazon Robotics, and more.
The letter, from the professional group the American Medical Association (AMA), begged executives like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai to be transparent about how they will “ensure that users have access to accurate, timely, scientifically sound information” about vaccine safety.“As physicians, we are concerned that the proliferation of this type of health-related misinformation will undermine sound science, further decrease vaccinations, and persuade people to make medical decisions that could spark the spread of easily preventable diseases,” the letter from AMA president and CEO James Madara reads.The letter comes amid ongoing legislative and public pressure on tech companies to rid their platforms of misinformation about vaccination safety.Health officials agree that vaccines are safe and necessary for public health of communities, but some parents are opting out of vaccinating their children, putting their children and their communities at risk.The World Health Organization recently declared that “vaccination hesitancy,” driven by false information about the safety of vaccines, “threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.”As of press time, the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 228 cases of the measles in 12 states, and six confirmed outbreaks of the disease.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos famously called the e-commerce giant "the best place in the world to fail" in his 2016 shareholder letter.Amazon will close all 87 of its pop-up stores and discontinue the program, it told Business Insider earlier this month."After much review, we came to the decision to discontinue our pop-up kiosk program, and are instead expanding Amazon Books and Amazon 4-star, where we provide a more comprehensive customer experience and broader selection," a spokesperson for Amazon said.The stores were a place where customers interested in smart gadgets like Amazon's Echo or Fire TV could see how they worked in the real world before purchasing.The buttons could be mounted in cupboards or on top of washing machines.Customers could order items like snacks, drinks, and basic essentials from the Amazon app and use a barcode to access their purchase at designated Pickup locations.
News of the acquisition broke back in February, with Amazon adding the multi-router system to its growing list of hardware brands it owns.Eero was at the front of the domestic mesh router wave.Launched in 2014, the company aimed to bring technologies better associated with sprawling enterprise installations to a home audience, with the promise of better WiFi coverage regardless of tricky construction, multi-level buildings, or the hassles of configuring multiple units.Google launched its own system, Google Wifi, swiftly followed by a number of startups and more traditional networking brands.Today, they’re fears that Nick Weaver, Eero co-founder and CEO, is trying to settle.In an open letter to customers, he insists that privacy is still the router team’s primary focus.
Jeff Bezos joked about his rough start to the year in an all-hands Amazon meeting last week, according to CNBC.The Amazon CEO reassured staff that he remains focused on his job and said he still does a "tap dance into the office" every morning.Investigators are still working on Bezos' behalf to establish exactly how and why his texts to Lauren Sanchez were leaked to US tabloid The National Enquirer.Jeff Bezos may have had a tumultuous start to 2019, but he can still see the funny side.That's according to CNBC, which obtained a recording of an all-hands Amazon meeting last week, in which Bezos joked about the saga of his sex texts to TV presenter Lauren Sanchez.During the meeting, Bezos asked how the start of the year had been for employees, before referring to his own circumstances, which has seen his intimate messages beamed across the world after they were obtained by the National Enquirer.
“We’re really at the forefront,” says US President Trump.The launch of its privately built Crew Dragon capsule earlier this month opened “a new era in American excellence”, according to the head of Nasa.And in February, SpaceX’s Falcon managed its first safe re-entry.Hot on the tail of the SpaceX and Tesla founder are Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin venture and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, both seeking to take tourists to the edge of space.The President’s response to the baton being handed over from public to private?“If the government did it, the same thing would have cost probably 40 or 50 times that amount of money.”
Forbes published its 2019 billionaires list this week.Tech CEOs and founders feature prominently.Forbes has released its latest billionaires list.Masayoshi Son is the CEO and founder of the Japanese megafund Softbank, which has pumped money into high-profile tech companies like Uber and WeWork.It was a wild year for the Tesla CEO, with numerous scandals and Tesla's stock zooming up and down in tune with his erratic behaviour.Premji, sometimes referred to as the "Bill Gates of India" is the founder of IT company Wipro.
Billionaires may splurge on multi million-dollar estates and luxury cars, but that doesn't mean they're digging deep in their wallets for the best and most expensive foods.While some experiment with the latest health fads, like Paleo diets and veganism, there are other tech billionaires who enjoy eating chocolate for breakfast or skip eating altogether for days.So even though there are some wealthy techies whose diets you'll want to copy to replicate their levels of success, there's no guarantee they'll put you in good health.Here are some of the diets and foods that tech billionaires swear by:Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, estimates he drinks 20 cups of tea a day.He's said he uses the extra time to spend mornings with his wife Mackenzie and their four children, but that's likely changed a bit considering the couple recently announced their divorce.
As Clark County, Washington, combats an ongoing measles outbreak, Facebook announced Thursday that it’s diminishing the reach of anti-vaccine information on its platform.It will no longer allow it to be promoted through ads or recommendations, and will make it less prominent in search results.The company also said it was exploring ways to give users more context about vaccines from “expert organizations.”The decision was widely anticipated: Facebook, along with YouTube and Amazon, has faced criticism from journalists and lawmakers in recent weeks for allowing vaccine misinformation to flourish on their sites.Facebook also told media outlets in February that it was looking into how it should address anti-vaccination content.Last month, Adam Schiff, a Democratic representative from California, sent letters to the CEOs of YouTube and Facebook demanding they answer questions about the spread of anti-vaccine information on their company’s platforms.
Jeff Bezos keeps a close eye on Washington.Amazon lobbied more government entities and attempted to influence more issues in 2018 than any other tech company except Alphabet's Google, according to a Bloomberg report Thursday.The e-commerce giant in 2018 spent over $14 million, a company record, on a variety of issues, mostly in areas like taxes and information technology.Amazon also tried to influence issues such as defense, consumer product safety, immigration and government issues, according to federal records collected by Open Secrets, a bipartisan research organization.Google, Facebook and Amazon together spent more than $65 million last year to influence Capitol Hill.Since 2014, Amazon's spending has nearly tripled, according to federal records.
You can’t use traditional geostationary satellites to fill regular cellular coverage gaps because they’re too expensive and are positioned 35,000 km above the surface of the earth, which is way further than cellular signals are designed to go and introduces excessive lag to the signal.UbiquitiLink reckons it has the answer to this conundrum and went to MWC last week to tell everyone all about it.We spoke to CEO Charles Miller to hear directly what’s so different about what his company’s doing, compared to the traditional satellite connectivity business.A key development seems to be the evolution of the satellite business, of which Miller is a veteran.This makes the production of large numbers of smaller satellites – nanosatellites – relatively affordable for the first time.The ideal altitude for a cellular satellite is around 500 km, it seems – 70 times closer to earth than a geostationary one.
Cookie-based ad targeting that doesn't work in a mobile-dominant world is being replaced by people-based advertising.The tech favors advertisers that already create lots of content on a regular basis, though.Cookies are still the dominant way of targeting online ads but they're going away because of privacy initiatives like the EU's General Data Protection Regulation that limit the collection of people's data, the growing use of mobile devices that don't support cookies, and consumer aversion to poorly targeted ads.Advertisers are replacing cookie-based tracking that is tied to a browser and single device with a people-based approach that targets individuals across browsers, devices, and apps.In fact, more than 60% of marketers think they won't have to rely on cookies for most of their digital marketing in the next two years, according to data from advertising cloud Viant Technology.Read more: Jeff Bezos saved The Washington Post.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, recently gave a private talk about his aerospace company Blue Origin.Bezos said he wants to use Blue Origin to help move heavy industry into space, "protect this planet," and prevent a resource-limited "civilization of stasis."However, he also challenged the idea of settling on Mars— the core goal of SpaceX, the rocket company run by Elon Musk.But in doing so, he also pooh-poohed the main goal of perhaps his biggest rival: Elon Musk, who founded the rocket company SpaceX."We have sent robotic probes now to every planet in this solar system, and this is the best one," Bezos said of Earth.He made the remarks during a private lecture last month, which was moderated by Jeff Foust, a senior staff writer at Space News.
Following an open letter from American politician Adam Schiff calling on Jeff Bezos to curb the promotion of anti-vaccination content and videos on Amazon, it appears his website has done just that.BuzzFeed News reported Friday that Andrew Wakefield’s Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is among a number of anti-vaxxer titles that no longer populate in Prime Video search results for “vaccines” and are not available for streaming.(You can however still purchase hard copies, and the site’s “Frequently bought together” section still surfaces related anti-vaxxer content.)BuzzFeed News noted the site may have pulled the plug on streaming anti-vaxxer videos because they violate its content policy guidelines, a question raised by Schiff’s letter on Friday:In his letter, Schiff explicitly asked Amazon: “Does content which provides medically inaccurate information about vaccines violate your terms of service?” According to Amazon’s content policy guidelines for Prime Video, it bans “content that promotes, endorses, or incites the viewer to engage in dangerous or harmful acts.”It’s not clear whether the content violates Amazon’s rules, and Amazon did not immediately return a request for comment about the change.