Can’t figure out how to end your Amazon Prime sub? These complaints could help…

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Amazon’s use of dark patterns that add friction to the process of terminating a Prime subscription is being targeted by 16 consumer rights groups in Europe and the US which are taking coordinated action to urge regulatory intervention. One of them — Norway’s Consumer Council (NCC) — has also published a report calling out what […]

Amazon launches $1.2 mobile Prime Video plan in India

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Amazon is doubling down on one of the biggest strengths of Prime Video streaming service: Aggressive pricing. The e-commerce giant on Wednesday launched Prime Video Mobile Edition, an even more affordable tier of the on-demand video streaming service — now also bundling some mobile data. Prime Video Mobile Edition, for which Amazon has partnered with […]

App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion

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Mobile adoption continued to grow in 2020, in part due to the market forces of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile” industry report, mobile app downloads grew by 7% year-over-year to a record 218 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, consumer spending grew by 20% to also hit a new milestone of […]

Amazon makes education push in India with JEE preparation app

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Amazon on Wednesday launched Amazon Academy, a service that will aim to help students in India prepare for entry into the nation’s prestigious engineering colleges. The American firm is the latest entrant to this market where scores of startups and institutes have launched digital offerings in recent years. The e-commerce giant, which has invested more […]

Amazon is removing products promoting the QAnon conspiracy

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Amazon has begun the process of removing QAnon-related products from its platform. A spokesperson for the company said that the process may take a few days. Any sellers that attempt to evade the company’s systems and list products will be subject to action, including a blanket selling ban across Amazon stores. News of the ban was […]

Parler’s Implosion, Explained

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Parler, which rose to prominence as the “conservative Twitter” thanks to its lax content moderation, is having one of the worst weeks of its existence—indeed, after the time it’s had, Parler may cease to exist at all.

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Parler sues Amazon, leveling far-fetched antitrust allegations

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Parler has sued Amazon after the beleaguered conservative social media site was expelled from AWS, filing a fanciful complaint alleging the internet giant took it out for political reasons — and in an antitrust conspiracy to benefit Twitter. But its own allegations, including breach of contract, are belied by evidence they supply alongside the suit. […]

Scraped Parler data is a metadata gold mine

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Embattled social media platform Parler is offline after Apple, Google and Amazon pulled the plug on the site after the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol last week that left five people dead. But while the site is gone (for now), millions of posts published to the site since the riot are not. A lone […]

Dropped by Virtually ‘Every Vendor,’ Parler Is Scrambling to Find a New Safe Space...

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Parler is learning a hard lesson this week that freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences.

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