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Amazon Sidewalk

There’s a world of difference between thinking “wouldn’t it be a great idea if …” and then actually doing it. And walking on a beach between Houlgate and Villers-sur-Mer in Normandy 10 years ago, suffering from loss of mobile connection, … Continue reading

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System failure in delivering

Recently I ordered something from Amazon in USA, to be delivered to my address in Denmark. The delivery very nearly failed completely. First of all, I got a message from Amazon that the carrier had attempted to deliver my package … Continue reading

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Amazon in 1997

It’s really hard to predict the future, because sometimes it’s very different from the past: I remember when Amazon quarter after quarter presented their losses. I did not see Bezos becoming one of the absolutely richest people in the world. … Continue reading

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Am I smarter than Amazon?

This is a really good question from Paul Graham: If your “high end” online store sets off some Javascript effect every time the user touches something, it might be worth asking why Amazon.com doesn’t do this. Is it because Bezos … Continue reading

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Transcribing private conversations

Big Tech transcribes samples recorded from the microphones at our homes. We know this. I was honestly surprised that the Danish newspaper Politiken chose to treat the fact that Apple and Google had had private conversations of their users transcribed … Continue reading

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Alexa might spell the end of the independent seller

If invisible interfaces succeed – which I am not entirely sure they will – Alexa will function as a barrier of entry for independents sellers. Which is probably why Amazon is so focused on it. Google, Apple and Microsoft try … Continue reading

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How to appear like a villain – and the Sanders response

Jeff Bezos, not wanting to just appear like a Bond villain, has been in the news recently, due to reports on the state of the work conditions in the Amazon storehouses. These stories are not new; back in 2012 I wrote … Continue reading

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Google not being evil

While Google was created with the words “Don’t be evil” as its foundation – later replaced by the parent company Alphabet’s “Do the right thing” – we have long known that the company no longer adhered to this slogan. I … Continue reading

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How to appear like a Bond villain

I will be last person to discourage space exploration; I know that we have benefited greatly from the research and findings from it. But when Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says this The only way that I can see to deploy this … Continue reading

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Virtual Assistant Dark Patterns and Amazon’s Alexa

It is probably unfair to go after Amazon and their Alexa, but this time it was them. Amazon confirms that Alexa, their Virtual Assistant, was triggered by the sounds in the home to start listening, parsed the following information to … Continue reading

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