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Top 100 Most Visited Websites by Search Traffic (as of 2019)

Top 100 Most Visited Websites by Search Traffic (as of 2019) | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Here are the top 100 websites by search traffic in the US and worldwide. In total, they get almost 31 billion visits per month.
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#1 may not be who you think it is.....

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Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, "Are you crazy?"
Yet that's essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of us with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it's hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley's next frontier.
Many smart-speaker owners don't realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records after it hears its name. Apple's Siri, and until recently Google's Assistant, by default also keep recordings to help train their artificial intelligences.
So come with me on an unwelcome walk down memory lane. I listened to four years of my Alexa archive and found thousands of fragments of my life: spaghetti-timer requests, joking houseguests and random snippets of "Downton Abbey." There were even sensitive conversations that somehow triggered Alexa's "wake word" to start recording, including my family discussing medication and a friend conducting a business deal.
You can listen to your own Alexa archive here. Let me know what you unearth.
For as much as we fret about snooping apps on our computers and phones, our homes are where the rubber really hits the road for privacy. It's easy to rationalize away concerns by thinking a single smart speaker or appliance couldn't know enough to matter. But across the increasingly connected home, there's a brazen data grab going on, and there are few regulations, watchdogs or common-sense practices to keep it in check.
Let's not repeat the mistakes of Facebook in our smart homes. Any personal data that's collected can and will be used against us. An obvious place to begin: Alexa, stop recording us.
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"Eavesdropping" is a sensitive word for Amazon, which has battled lots of consumer confusion about when
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HEADS UP FOLKS....

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Amazon’s Project Kuiper aims to offer satellite broadband access –

Amazon’s Project Kuiper aims to offer satellite broadband access – | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Amazon is joining the race to provide affordable broadband internet access around the globe via thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit.
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Amazon - The filings lay out a plan to put 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit...  more junk in space....

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Amazon launches Part Finder, built by technology it acquired from Partpic in 2016

Amazon launches Part Finder, built by technology it acquired from Partpic in 2016 | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Got an odd screw, nut, bolt, washer or fastener you need to buy more of, but have no idea to how to find the right one? Amazon’s “Part Finder” can help. The company has rolled out a new feature on mobile that lets you point your camera at the item in question, so Amazon can [&hell…
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find parts when you need to! this is pretty cool...

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Amazon delivered its first customer package by drone

Amazon delivered its first customer package by drone | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Amazon legally delivered its first Prime order in the United Kingdom last week
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pizza anyone?    (won't be long)

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Alibaba smashes its own $14.3 billion record in 15 hours, making it the biggest Singles' Day sales ever

Alibaba smashes its own $14.3 billion record in 15 hours, making it the biggest Singles' Day sales ever | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
The world's biggest shopping day is already set to break its own record last year at the halfway mark.
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the very idea of ringing up the cash register at almost a billion dollars - AN HOUR!

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Amazon shows off new all-electric Prime Air drone that will start delivering packages ‘within months’ –

Amazon shows off new all-electric Prime Air drone that will start delivering packages ‘within months’ – | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Amazon’s drone ambitions took another step forward on Wednesday as the tech giant revealed its latest delivery drone design. At Amazon’s re:MARS Conference, Amazon executive Jeff Wilke showed off a fully-electric drone that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds in less than 30 minutes.
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Surely Bezos has good intentions here – but it may become his folly. Perhaps his money – and that of the shareholders – would be best spent expediting the “beam me up Scotty” technology or Next Generation of delivery methods without cluttering up the skies. Of course it will be a little more challenging – especially the part about not rematerializing a package inside a wall – or worse!

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Thousands of Amazon employees are listening to you through Alexa

Thousands of Amazon employees are listening to you through Alexa | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Alexa users can disable use of their voice recordings for "the development of new features," but Amazon says their employees may still listen and analyze recordings of people who opt out.
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i have one in my bedroom...  hmmm - i suppose my snoring is not terribly exciting for them....

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Disney, AT&T streaming services to test Netflix in 2019: LA Times

Disney, AT&T streaming services to test Netflix in 2019: LA Times | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Disney and WarnerMedia streaming services will give them "a lot of leverage" negotiating liecensed content with Netflix in the future, media reporter Stephen Battaglio says.
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hmmm - streaming wars ahead?

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Evidence is mounting that Amazon's HQ2 will land in 'the bull's-eye of America's internet' (AMZN)

Evidence is mounting that Amazon's HQ2 will land in 'the bull's-eye of America's internet' (AMZN) | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
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Evidence is mounting that Amazon's second headquarters could end up in an area of Northern Virginia known as Data Center Alley, or, as one author described it, the "bull's-eye of America's internet."
It's estimated that more than 70% of the world's internet traffic flows through Data Center Alley.
Amazon recently put the headquarters of its cloud business just 3 miles from the proposed HQ2 site.
Amazon is also planning to build a 44-acre data-center campus nearby.


Evidence is mounting that Amazon could select Northern Virginia - and specifically a site near Dulles International Airport - as the location of its next headquarters, dubbed HQ2.
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could it already be decided? Amazon HQ2

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Amazon's grocery store of the future: No cashiers, no registers, no lines

Amazon's grocery store of the future: No cashiers, no registers, no lines | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
AmazonAmazon is breaking into physical retail in a new way. 
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your thoughts?  would you like to shop - and just "go" - it's a new world....

 

 

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