Amazon will disconnect Dash Buttons on August 31st
Amazon stopped selling its Dash buttons earlier this year, which spelled the death knell for the gimmicky product.
Amazon reportedly tweaked its product-search algorithm to favor products that are more profitable to the company. People who worked on the algorithm say the change could give Amazon's own brands a boost,. If Amazon is intentionally using search to promote its own goods, it will likely draw more criticism from antitrust regulators.
WSJ sources said the algorithm was modified late last year, and that the unpublicized change was contested internally. The move supposedly pitted Amazon's Seattle-based retail business and its Palo Alto, California-based search team (referred to as A9) against each other. Several A9 employees say the retail team pressured them to surface Amazon products higher in the search results. To make things more complicated, the two teams used to report to separate CEOs, but both now report to retail chief Doug Herrington.
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In a statement emailed to WSJ, Amazon spokeswoman Angie Newman said Amazon has long factored profitability into product rankings and that the company has not changed the criteria it uses to rank search results. But promoting products that are more profitable could push customers towards Amazon's in-house products. Though, the search algorithm still takes other factors into consideration, and in some cases, third-party and brand-name products may still be more profitable for Amazon than its own products.
The news will likely raise concern among politicians and regulators. Amazon -- along with Apple, Facebook and Google -- is already being investigated as part of a. Apple recently tweaked its so that its apps weren't always ranked first, and the European Union for manipulating search results to promote its own products. Amazon has undoubtedly justified the algorithm change. Whether or not regulators will agree is unclear.
Exotics of MotoGP: KTM on advantages and disadvantages of in-house production
In the third-year KTM could not only in view of six top-10 Placements record another leap in development. The residue on the top has also melted; Constance has improved, as the Austrian manufacturer was able to increase its share of routes that were still a problem in the previous year.
This is not only due to the performance of Pol Espargaro, who has the longest and most intense involvement with the KTM project, and. Also on the RC16 has made progress, such as the engine. Although this is frozen until the end of the season, the development at KTM is still not quiet.
"We're still at a point on our bike where you really have the opportunity to improve in every area," says Team Manager Mike Leitner in an interview with Motorsport-total.com. "Say, we work very hard on the engine side, as well as the chassis, the aerodynamics and the spring elements." Everything is produced in-house.
"Although it may sound a bit hackneyed by now, we're really an isolated solution in this MotoGP grid, we're the only one using our in-house suspension and of course the chassis with the tubular steel frame is different as well." Leitner emphasizes the KTM philosophy.
It also means, in reverse, that you really have to help yourself with all aspects. "We are satisfied with that," he says. "Our competition has been in the paddock much longer, with much more racing experience, so we're really happy with the progress we've made over the past two and a half years so far."
At the same time, Leitner, with regard to in-house production and: "This is clearly a disadvantage at the beginning of a project, logically. Sure, you could succeed faster if you copied things, but that's not the way KTM chose. "
"And that's of course very appealing to all technicians and everyone involved in the project, because they really have their own way to go," adds the team manager, hoping to beat the competition in the long run because "If we can succeed, then it will be very hard for others to copy something like that."
Disney reaches deal with Amazon to put Disney+ on Fire TV devices .
Disney and Amazon have made upCEO Bob Iger announced the news on Disney’s fourth quarter earnings call, alongside news that Disney+ will also be available on LG and Samsung smart TVs. “We’re pleased to announce partnerships with Amazon Fire [TV], LG, and Samsung devices.