Amazon and Microsoft link up voice assistants

Amazon and Microsoft link up voice assistants

The domestic dominance of the Echo and the popularity of Windows 10 in the workplace will keep users’ connected at work and home. Amazon and Microsoft’s voice assistants will soon be allowed to talk to each other. The move is designed to bridge Amazon’s dominance in the home with Microsoft’s popularity in the office. Putting Windows 10 and Amazon Echo devices in touch with each other is meant to encourage users to benefit from what…

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Amazon to create 1,000 jobs at new UK centre

Amazon to create 1,000 jobs at new UK centre

Amazon is continuing its investment in the UK with the online retail giant unveiling plans for a new distribution centre near Bristol which will create 1,000 new permanent jobs. The Seattle-based company plans to start recruiting engineers, operations managers, HR and IT specialists ahead of the facility’s opening in 2018. It already has 13 such centres in the UK, and is on track to open further new warehouses in Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury later this…

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Disney plans to take on Netflix and Amazon with new streaming service

Disney plans to take on Netflix and Amazon with new streaming service

Netflix shares fell after Disney confirmed plans for its new streaming service, which will see most films pulled from other sites. Disney has announced plans to end its deals with streaming giants Netflix and Amazon and launch its own rival service. The announcement saw Netflix stocks drop as much as 5% in after-hours trading, over fears of tough competition in the subscription video on demand (SVOD) territory. Disney said it will end its first-run movie…

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Amazon profits fall sharply as it invests overseas

Amazon profits fall sharply as it invests overseas

Amazon sales rose in the second quarter but profits plunged, as the e-commerce giant spent heavily in a bid to become the go-to shop globally for everything from food to television. The Seattle firm earned $197m (£151m) in profit in the three months to the end of June, down 77%. The fall came as the company pursues expansion overseas and invests in new products and services, including video. Expenses increased to $37.3bn, up 28% year-on-year….

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Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder is world’s new richest man

Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder is world’s new richest man

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world’s richest person, worth $90.6bn (£69bn). A rise in Amazon shares on Thursday means Mr Bezos’s worth has now eclipsed the Microsoft co-founder, according to the latest Forbes Index. Mr Bezos owns almost a fifth of the shares in Amazon, whose value has now exceeded $500bn. In recent years he has focused on his Blue Origin space rocket business and the Washington Post, which…

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