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Bernie Sanders says he’d ‘absolutely’ try to break up Facebook, Google, Amazon

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday that he would “absolutely” look to break up Big Tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google on antitrust grounds.

Speaking at a Washington Post event, Sanders specifically singled out Facebook as having “incredible power over the economy, over the political life of this country in a very dangerous sense.”

He also stated that Amazon is “moving very rapidly to be a monopoly.”

Sanders’ comments come at a perilous time for Silicon Valley, which is facing increased scrutiny from lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the prospect of being broken up or subjected to stringent new regulations.

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In recent weeks, Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra came under fire from lawmakers, the Federal Reserve and the Trump administration, while Republicans accused Google of being biased. The FTC has reportedly come to a settlement with Facebook, the details of which have not been made public, that includes a $5 billion fine.

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“And it’s not just Amazon,” Sanders said, according to Politico. “I think we need vigorous antitrust legislation in this country because you are seeing – you name the area, whether it’s pharmaceuticals, whether it is Wall Street, whether it is high tech – fewer and fewer gigantic corporations owning those sectors.” He would appoint an attorney general “who would break up these huge corporations,” he added.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking during a forum on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.,who is battling Sanders and almost two dozen other candidates for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination, called for the breakup of Amazon, Google and Facebook back in March.

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Doxing defenses, games for retirees, breaking up with Google, and more: Tech Q&A

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Q: I hate that Google tracks me. Are there ways to have a Google-free online life?

A: There are, but you have to jump through a few hoops to get to nirvana. One way to protect your personal information while browsing online is to download Tor, which encrypts your every movement and grants you access to the Dark Web. That may be overkill, which is why you need to first try free and easy to use browsers that offer a privacy-focused alternative to Google. Tap or click here for alternatives to Google that don’t track you.

Stop Doxing

Q: My sister is the victim of doxing. It’s so upsetting. What can I do to make sure it does not happen to me?

A: I’m so sorry your sister had to go through that, and I hope the damage was minimal. This is the downside of our hyper-connected age: we leave a much bigger paper trail on the internet then we could possibly realize, and a motivated analyst can put those particles of information together and use them against us. This isn’t necessarily the tool of a seasoned cyber-criminal; much of this data is publicly available, and it just takes a little sleuthing to expose your most uncomfortable secrets. Tap or click here to protect yourself from doxing.

Economical Prescription Drugs

Q: Is it safe to buy prescriptions online? I am worried that online pills are not produced the right way.

A: As you may know, I live in Arizona. For many folks around here, hopping the border to Mexico to refill on generic pharmaceuticals is a matter of routine. Not everyone has the benefit of a nearby international border, nor does everyone feel comfortable waltzing into a dubious-looking farmacía. Still, cheap alternatives are out there, and the internet provides many safe and legitimate ways to save on your prescriptions, such as GoodRX. Each service or app has its own specialty, and you’ll benefit from realistic expectations. Tap or click here for three little-known ways to save money on prescriptions.

Gaming for Elders

Q: I’m 58. I used to love games like Doom. I tried Fortnite and it’s confusing. Are there any good games for us old folks?

A: Many critics deride video and computer games as violent, abusive garbage – and in many cases, I tend to agree. Other games may appeal to mature audiences (at least in spirit) but prove too complicated to enjoy. That’s why puzzles, trivia, and timeless board games like Backgammon can be great; they keep minds sharp, and they often encourage interaction with real-life players around the globe. Systems like Wii claim to get sedentary users back into shape, and programs like Flight Simulator Xtreme are both thrilling and instructive. Tap or click here for the best games for people over 55

Audit Amazon Purchases

Q: My wife spends too much money on Amazon. She uses multiple credit cards to hide her purchases. Can I get a total of all her orders?

A: Before I go into the technical details, I urge you to stage an intervention because what you’re describing sounds like addiction, and there may be more at stake than an outstanding credit card debt. Okay, that said: if you share an Amazon account and have full access, you can review every purchase anyone has ever made. This will be trickier if she has her own account, but Amazon makes it very easy to revisit your complete transaction history. This way, you can tally up exactly how much was spent (and on what) and you will have hard evidence to present if you decide to intervene. Tap or click here to download your entire Amazon purchase history.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

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Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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7 Alexa skills you’ll use time and time again

Every few months, I take a hard look at Amazon Echo and catch up on the latest skills. If you’re not familiar with skills, these programs give Alexa new tricks. What’s interesting is that individuals produce many Alexa skills, and Amazon shares skill revenues with developers.

One developer, Nick Schwab, has published enough Alexa skills as a side hustle to buy himself the car of his dreams, a Tesla. About 250,000 Alexa owners use his ambient sleep skill each day. Watch a short interview I did with Nick as talks about what it takes to be an Alexa skills developer and make money at it.

It’s hard not to mention Alexa without also talking about privacy. Now, you have a way to wipe the slate clean every day. Just say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today.” You can find more information about how to use this feature in detail on my site.

Below are some of my favorite new skills, from the realms of work, domestic life, and entertainment.

1: Get flash briefings

Open the Alexa app, open the menu, and select Settings. Scroll down to find Flash Briefing. Select what content you want to include in your daily Flash Briefing. This is like a skill within a skill, and it lets you create your own front-page news.

At the “Alexa, give me my flash briefing” command, you can have her update you on what matters most – news headlines, sports, stock prices, Prime deal of the day, inspirational messages and thousands of others.

2: Donate to a great cause

It feels good to donate to a good cause, and now you can do so on a whim. By saying, “Alexa, donate $10 to the World Wildlife Fund,” this can be handled automatically.

Once you’ve set up Amazon Pay and given the authorization to send funds with your voice, this is a convenient way to donate money to an organization you care about. Echo keeps a list of organizations that are compatible with the service.

3: Find your misplaced phone

You’ve looked all over the house and can’t find your phone. Before you panic and start thinking you’ve lost it, ask Alexa.

You can ask Alexa to find your phone via the TrackR “Find My Phone” skill. Simply say, “Alexa, ask TrackR to ring my phone,” and your paired device will loudly sound off. From there, follow the ringtone or vibration to its location.

Perhaps the best thing about this skill is that it will make your phone ring even when it’s in silent or do-not-disturb mode.

4: Control your Roku

Roku owners can voice-control their streaming gadgets and Roku-powered TVs with Alexa. Remember, Google Assistant/Google Home already had this capability since last year, so this is a nice treat for Amazon Echo owners. Additionally, several Roku gadgets have their own built-in voice search and controls.

Naturally, Alexa can already control Fire TV streaming gadgets. Sorry, Netflix is still not supported.

You can open apps by saying, “Alexa, launch (name of the app) on Roku.” You can pause, rewind, play and stop your video by saying, “Alexa, (action) on Roku.” And of course, you can search for content by saying, “Alexa, show me (genre) on Roku.”

5: Unlock doors with Amazon Key

If you have an Amazon Key-compatible smart lock and Alexa-enabled devices, you can lock and unlock your door with a voice PIN. You can also check the status of your lock.

To get started, tap on “Enable Skill,” authenticate using Amazon username and password, then either tap on “Discover Devices” or say, “Alexa, discover new devices.” To enable “Unlock by Voice,”’ go to the Alexa mobile app and follow the directions.

When you allow “Unlock by Voice” in the Alexa app, you also must set a four-digit code that is required when unlocking your smart lock.

6: Create an intercom system

With this feature, you can set up a home intercom system with any Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show devices. The feature is called “Drop In” and it allows Alexa devices to communicate with each other.

Let’s say you’re downstairs and you want to let the kids know dinner is ready. Use your main Alexa downstairs to talk to your children upstairs through a compatible Echo device.

You can also Drop In on someone who lives around the corner or on the other side of the globe, as long as you both agree to the feature and enable the setting for each other’s Alexa devices.

7: Ask Alexa what she can do

Who knows Alexa’s full list of skills better than Alexa herself? This might sound a little meta, but you can actually ask Alexa to educate you about her capabilities, thanks to the Skill Finder feature.

Just say, “Alexa, tell Skill Finder to give me the skill of the day,” and you’ll receive a quick tutorial on tools you never knew existed.

Bonus: Voice e-commerce is right around the corner

Voice e-commerce is coming. I’m proud to say that our broadcast network is at the forefront. If you market online, you need to be in this space, too.

Try it and say, “Alexa, play The Kim Komando Show.” Alexa will not only play episodes for you, but you will have the option to subscribe, which you can also do using only your voice.

This is a smart speaker, after all, and there’s no better use for this kind of gadget than to play something worth listening to, my show about everything digital.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer.

Copyright 2019, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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Toddler accidentally buys $430 couch on Amazon while playing with phone, mom says

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A California mother is warning others to lock down their Amazon accounts after her 2-year-old daughter purchased a $430 couch through her shopping app — with just one click.

Isabella McNeil had been recently looking at couches on the Amazon app on her cell phone but apparently did not to close the application properly when she handed her phone to her daughter. The mother of two said that last week, her daughter made the impromptu purchase and she didn’t know anything about it until the coach was on its way.

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“I was just so shocked,” McNeil told KNSD. “I thought, ‘Did I buy a couch in my sleep?'”

It turns out 2-year-old Rayna, instead of playing a game on the phone, opened up the Amazon app and pressed on the “Buy Now” button, which advertises purchasing items with just “one click.”

With that one click, the toddler purchased the $430 couch, McNeil said. She didn’t know what her daughter did until days later, when she received a notification on her phone that read: “Your couch has shipped.”

McNeil quickly tried to cancel the order, but said it was too late. She told the news station that if she were to return it, it’d cost her a $79 restocking fee, and would need to pay for shipping costs around $100. She’s now trying to sell the couch online.

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McNeil described the situation as “lesson learned.”

“Now I know it’s really dangerous and [I need] to make sure the Amazon app is closed before my daughter takes the phone. It’s just so easy,” she said.

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Amazon launching new Kindle Oasis eReader July 24

Need a new ereader for your summer vacation? Amazon just introduced a new Kindle Oasis you might want to consider.

Starting $249.99 for the 8GB version with special offers (aka ads on the lockscreen), the new Kindle Oasis is pretty steep for an ebook reader. But the previous generation is a PCMag Editors’ Choice product, and this new model promises to be even better, offering with an extra perk designed for nighttime reading.

Like the previous generation, which is now marked down to $199.99, the new model features a 7-inch display, is waterproof, and comes with Audible built-in. The display now features a “color adjustable front light” so you can “customize the color tone from cool to warm to easily transition from daytime to a comfortable nighttime reading experience,” Amazon says. You can also schedule the screen warmth to automatically adjust with the sunrise and sunset.

Its “thin and light ergonomic design” and dedicated page-turn buttons make it perfect for one-handed reading, Amazon says. Running out of battery shouldn’t be a common problem; it promises to allow for “weeks” of reading on a single charge.

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If you like to read in the bath, hot tub, or by the pool, the new Kindle Oasis is a good option. It’s IPX8-rated, meaning it can withstand immersion in up to 6.5 feet of fresh water for up to an hour.

The new Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order now in graphite and champagne gold color options; it’s slated to begin shipping on July 24. For a limited time, those who order it will get six months of Kindle Unlimited for free. Normally $9.99 per month, Kindle Unlimited offers access to more than one million ebooks plus magazines and Audible audiobooks.

PCMag will have a full review of the new Kindle Oasis in the near future.

Amazon is also selling covers for the new Kindle Oasis that open like a book, automatically wake the device when opened, and put it to sleep when closed. There are several different options, including water-safe fabric covers in blue, red, and charcoal for $39.99; leather covers in black and merlot for $49.99; or a “premium leather cover” for $64.99.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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Ryan Radia: Congress should think twice before regulating tech giants — look at Europe for what could happen

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Should the federal government break up big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon?

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee began investigating this question, marking Congress’s first major antitrust probe in decades. Members of both parties are understandably concerned about tech giants, with some politicians going so far as to push for major tech firms to be broken up. While antitrust regulators aren’t likely to take such a drastic step, even more modest forms of intervention could end up hurting consumers and competition.

Companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon may seem dominant today. But as little as a decade ago, Facebook had just overtaken MySpace as America’s leading social network. Google’s Android mobile OS ran on less than one-tenth of smartphones. And Amazon represented a single-digit percentage of the overall e-commerce market.

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This isn’t to say that America’s top tech platforms are about to fade into irrelevance like Friendster, AltaVista, and AOL. Rather, the seemingly dominant position of today’s tech giants is unlikely to persist in the long run. Microsoft, the top target of antitrust concerns two decades ago, is now valued at over a trillion dollars. Yet few worry that Microsoft is squelching competition and hurting consumers, in large part because the PC and office productivity software markets don’t enjoy the relative importance they once held.

If antitrust intervention becomes truly necessary, narrowly tailored fixes are vastly preferable to chopping up leading tech companies into pieces.

Forcing Facebook to unwind its purchases of Instagram and WhatsApp or splitting Google into distinct search and advertising businesses won’t suddenly revitalize traditional media companies or resolve allegations that Silicon Valley is biased against conservatives. But it will weaken America’s competitiveness in the global tech industry and chill investment in innovative new startups, many of which aspire to the heights of today’s leading tech companies.

Eighteen of the world’s top 30 tech firms by market cap are American — but just one is based in the European Union. Unsurprisingly, the EU government has long been a critic of U.S. tech firms’ alleged dominance, having slapped American companies with multiple billion-dollar fines involving antitrust violations. U.S. antitrust regulators have taken a much more cautious approach to date. Given Europe’s lackluster position in tech, the United States should think twice before following in the EU’s footsteps.

Antitrust intervention makes it harder for successful startups to grow into large, sustainably profitable enterprises. It shifts the risk-reward proposition of angel investment and venture capital funding. This means fewer bold ideas make it to market, fewer creative thinkers quit their day jobs to become entrepreneurs, and more investable assets end up in the pockets of the very incumbents that advocates of antitrust regulation aspire to weaken.

If Congress wants to protect competition in internet markets, it should block efforts to regulate the tech sector in ways that entrench incumbent firms. For instance, in 2020, a draconian California law designed to protect consumer privacy will go into effect. Only the biggest companies will be able to deal with the law’s broad scope, costly mandates, and potentially massive penalties. Congress should preempt this law to protect internet startups engaged in interstate commerce.

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Meanwhile, if antitrust intervention becomes truly necessary, narrowly tailored fixes are vastly preferable to chopping up leading tech companies into pieces. Allowing consumers to export their social media profile data or ensuring that tech platforms are interoperable with one another are two less restrictive alternatives to breaking up companies or forcing them to endure decades of intrusive behavioral monitoring.

Giving regulators and judges far greater powers to shape the evolution of the digital marketplace is a risky gambit. There are legitimate reasons to criticize America’s tech sector, but it’s still delivering tremendous value to consumers. Intervening in this dynamic marketplace is likely to entrench incumbent firms, weaken America’s global competitiveness, and deprive us of the rewards of future innovations.

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Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant illegally records children without consent, lawsuits claim

Amazon’s Alexa devices are recording children without their consent, in violation of laws in at least eight states, according to a lawsuit filed in Seattle.

“Alexa routinely records and voiceprints millions of children without their consent or the consent of their parents. This practice violates California law, which prohibits the recording of oral communications without the consent of all parties to the communication,” a complaint filed Tuesday on behalf of an 8-year-old boy in California Superior Court states.

“This prohibition recognizes the unique privacy interest implicated by the recording of someone’s voice. That privacy interest is all the more powerful in light of modem voiceprinting technology and the potentially invasive uses of big data by a company the size of Amazon,” the complaint states.

A separate, very similar lawsuit was also filed in federal court in Seattle on behalf of a 10-year-old boy.

According to the California complaint, Alexa can tell whether or not the person speaking is a registered user who agreed to be recorded, and the company could, therefore, confirm that it will make and keep “persistent recordings” and get the user’s consent. Amazon could also deactivate Alexa’s permanent recording feature for certain users.

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Two lawsuits accuse Amazon of illegally listening in on children via its Alexa listening devices.

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“But Alexa does not do this,” the complaint states. “At no point does Amazon warn unregistered users that it is creating persistent voice recordings of their Alexa interactions, let alone obtain their consent to do so.”

The plaintiff, who received the Amazon Echo Dot as a gift late last year, uses it to play music, to tell him jokes and to get assistance with math questions.

The suit is being brought on behalf of “all citizens of the State of California who used a household Amazon Alexa Device while they were minors, but who have not downloaded and installed the Alexa App.”

The California suit seeks an injunction requiring the tech giant to obtain consent prior to recording minors’ Alexa interactions and to delete those recordings already made and to add functionality that will prevent future unauthorized recordings. It also seeks damages of $5,000 per violation.

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A spokesperson from Amazon did not comment on the lawsuit when reached by Fox News.

Amazon requires “verifiable parental consent” for all customers who want to enable its FreeTime, a service that is meant to help parents manage children’s technology usage and provide access to age-appropriate content, according to a company blog post from May.

It’s not clear that these requirements apply to a child’s use of Alexa outside of FreeTime, however.

In a separate children’s privacy disclosure, Amazon states that “in some cases, we may know a child is using our services. In these situations, children may share and we may collect personal information that requires verifiable parental consent under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.” That collected information could include name, birthdate, contact information, photos, videos and more, according to Amazon.

The suit in Seattle asks a judge to certify it as a class action and rule that Amazon violated laws governing recordings in at least eight states.

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Jeff Bezos confronted by animal-rights protester during Las Vegas conference

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was interrupted by an animal rights activist Thursday after she rushed the stage where he was giving a talk in Las Vegas and yelled about chicken farms.

Bezos’ was at Amazon’s re: Mars event at the Aria resort to discuss deploying satellites when a woman appeared on stage. 

In a video of the incident, the woman could be heard protesting conditions at a California poultry farm that supplies Amazon. Direct Action Everywhere spokesman Matt Johnson identified the woman as 30-year-old Priya Sawhney of Berkeley, Calif.

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Sawhney wasn’t on the stage long and was surrounded by security guards who ushered her off the stage. Bezos remained seated throughout and can be heard joking with a moderation: “Do you have a response to that?”

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Sawhney was held on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and may face more serious charges, Las Vegas police officer Laura Meltzer said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Amazon re-training employees after mistakenly blocking religious ads

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Amazon is retraining its staff after incorrectly blocking several Christian sellers from advertising online for crosses, Bibles, and religious symbols and statements.

After one person who has sold “Christian Fashion Gifts” on the platform for two years had an ad blocked, the seller asked Amazon why.

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In an email, the company said the content of the ads — which included images of Christian apparel with biblical quotes on them — violated its new policy, adding that other sellers with similar language about religion would soon get taken down as well.

“The other sellers who are currently advertising religious related products are doing incorrect practice, which may lead to their account suspension,” Amazon’s rep told the seller in an email last week.

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An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC the move was made in error. Amazon did not respond to inquiries from Fox News seeking comment.

“Our long-standing policies have not changed,” the company said, adding that its employees are now being re-trained.

But the “Christian Fashion Gifts” seller’s situation isn’t unique.

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A number of different sellers have written on Amazon’s seller forum detailing nearly-identical interactions with the company. One was told Amazon was “working to stop all advertising of religious items” in February and told that crosses, Bibles, and similar products could be restricted from advertising for promoting a “specific religion.” Another from April said rosaries were blocked because they are “religious in nature.”

Amazon states on its ad policy page that the company “prohibits content that advocates or demeans a religion. Ads may contain references to a specific religion or faith in a historical or fictional context if the primary purpose is to entertain.”

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New Amazon machines can pack 600 orders per hour, could replace thousands of jobs

Amazon is using new machines that would automate jobs held by thousands of workers — boxing up orders inside the company’s cavernous warehouses worldwide.

The machines, which were being tested in a few warehouses in recent years, are able to scan goods coming down a conveyor belt and put them in custom-built boxes a few seconds later.

The machines can pack up boxes at a rate of 600 to 700 per hour, or four to five times as fast as human workers, according to Reuters, which first reported the development.

The Jeff Bezos-led retail giant is now considering adding them to dozens of additional warehouses, which would mean removing at least 24 jobs at each facility. That would add up to more than 1,300 cuts at 55 U.S. fulfillment centers.

A spokesperson from Amazon provided Fox News with the following statement on Monday:

“We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times, and adding efficiency across our network. We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created.”

Like most corporations, Amazon is looking to reduce labor costs and increase profits by introducing new efficiencies into its systems.

However, Amazon is still in the process of fully vetting the new machines, which are known as CartonWrap and produced by the firm CMC Srl, so the changes are not yet finalized.

The sources told Reuters that each machine requires one person to load the customer orders, one to stock cardboard and glue, and a technician to fix jams if they happen.

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A 6-axis robotic arm picks up sorting containers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore, Maryland.

A goal of Amazon’s leaner workforce, according to the Reuters source, is attrition. Instead of eliminating warehouse packing roles, the company will one day simply leave those roles unfilled. Employees that remain with the company could be retrained for more technical roles.

Amazon recently announced its plans to make one-day shipping the standard for Prime members, but the source told Reuters that these new machines are focused on efficiency and savings, rather than speed.

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