5 ways Amazon could be an even bigger market force in 2017
1. Increased emphasis on logistics: Amazon spends billions of dollars each quarter on shipping, and those costs are rising as the company expands to deliver everything from toilet paper to TVs to customers in two days or less. To save money over the past year, Amazon has been seeking to take over more shipping duties from the likes of UPS and FedEx by leasing trucks, planes, and ships. The company is even testing drones to supplement its doorstep deliveries. Ultimately, Amazon may rely more on itself to get orders to your doorstep than ever.
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2. Doubling down on artificial intelligence and Alexa: Amazon had a big head start over Apple and Google in virtual assistants thanks to its early bet on the Echo and Alexa, the voice-controlled helper that answers questions, plays music on command, and orders diapers. But Google is trying to catch up with its own rival virtual assistant, Google Assistant, and its accompanying Google Home automation device. Will Amazon lose some of its lead in this emerging market in 2017?
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U.S.-Russia ties may be in for surprises with the new administration, but opinions differ on what they will be.
Since Trump’s election, the anticipation has become more explicit. It culminated this week in the U.S. president-elect’s call for America to “move on” from allegations of Russian electoral hacking, and the Russian president’s blithe pronouncement Friday that he would rather plan for a new relationship with Trump than retaliate in kind to sanctions and expulsions ordered by outgoing President Obama.
“Great move on delay (by V. Putin),” Trump tweeted. “I always knew he was very smart!”
Source: Trump and Putin: A relationship where mutual admiration is headed toward reality – The Washington Post
Firefighters were slowly lowering 21 people stuck for more than five hours Friday night.
BUENA PARK, Calif. — Firefighters using ropes and harnesses safely lowered 21 people from an amusement park ride stuck 100 feet in the air for more than six hours at Southern California’s Knott’s Berry Farm, officials said.
The riders, both children and adults, were harnessed to firefighters and hugging them tightly as they were lowered one-by-one from the Sky Cabin Friday night.
Source: 21 people rescued from Knott’s Berry Farm ride stuck 100 feet up – NY Daily News
Amanda Nunes finished off Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds on Friday. LAS VEGAS – Ronda Rousey was once again pummeled by a striker and lost her second consecutive bout. The former women’s bantamweight champion was completely outclassed in the striking game by Amanda Nunes, who stopped Rousey at 48
Source: Ronda Rousey knocked out in 48 seconds at UFC 207
A pair of bomb blasts also wounded at least 54 others in a market in central Baghdad on Saturday.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but the Islamic State group has launched near-daily attacks in the capital in recent months.
Source: Bomb blasts kill at least 28 people in central Baghdad
Up to 20,000 fish and other sea animals were found dead along the western coast of Nova Scotia in Canada. Officials are now testing the water for potential pesticide contamination or low levels of oxygen.
Source: Thousands Of Dead Fish And Other Sea Creatures Wash Up On Nova Scotia Coast : SCIENCE : Tech Times
The Pittsburgh Penguins insist they are working to redevelop the site of the team’s former arena as a city councilman applies pressure to get something done on the property.
Source: Penguins Pushed By City Official To Start Work At Arena Site « CBS Pittsburgh
US military health officials have warned energy drink-obsessed troops of the potential dangers of chugging excessive amounts of the highly-caffeinated beverages.
Source: Battlefield ‘beverage of choice’ putting US troops at risk, says army health researcher — RT America
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A small plane carrying the chief executive of an Ohio-based liquor distribution company and his wife and sons disappeared over Lake Erie shortly after taking off on Thursday night near Cleveland, the company said.
John Fleming, president and chief executive of Superior Beverage Group, his wife, Sue, their sons Jack and Andrew, and two close friends were involved in the accident, the company said in a statement on Friday.
“This is a difficult day for us, and we appreciate the concern and thoughtfulness extended by so many,” Joseph McHenry, company executive vice president, said.
Source: Plane carrying CEO of Superior Beverage, five others vanishes in Ohio | News | NewsTalk 610 KDAL AM
An alert Uber driver tipped off police to suspicious activity from his passengers after a short ride.
Source: Uber driver reports suspicious behavior. His passengers now face child sex charges. | Miami Herald
Long work hours are a symbol of loyalty to your employer in Japan, but the country is reexamining the effects of the tradition after a young woman’s suicide.
Source: Japan rethinks work-life balance after overworked woman’s suicide – Business Insider
Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, who owns the Run-D.M.C. brand, is suing Amazon, Walmart and others for $50 million over trademark infringement.
Source: Run-D.M.C. Sue Amazon, Walmart Over Trademark – Rolling Stone
The report, compiled by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI, includes details like suspicious IP addresses and malware.
Source: Report on Alleged Russian Meddling in 2016 Election Released (VIDEO)