Why Amazon is eating the world

 I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different – our industry (retail) is going through a transformation. Instead of just writing about our ‘internal’ news, I wrote about the impending apocalypse in the broader world of retail. More specifically, I… Read More

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Amazon beefs up drone delivery R&D in Cambridge

 Amazon is expanding its R&D facilities in Cambridge, UK, with a plan to move into a new 60,000sq ft site in the city with capacity for more than 400 staff. Read More

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The death of retail is greatly exaggerated

 I’ve been thinking a lot about retail these days and I’ve been connecting the dots between the seeming death of retailers like Ralph Lauren and the book industry. In short, we are feeling the seismic echoes of the 2008 crash right now on Main Street and things are both ugly and pretty at the same time. The book industry, like the music industry, nearly imploded when the world… Read More

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OpenAI sets benchmark for sentiment analysis using an efficient mLSTM

 The researchers over at OpenAI were able to use a recurrent mLSTM character-level model trained on Amazon reviews to identify the sentiment of blocks of text. And perhaps more interestingly, the team was able to generate new text with customizable sentiment. Neither LSTMs nor sentiment analysis are new, but combining them in a way that reportedly breaks records for sentiment analysis accuracy… Read More

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Amazon debuts AmazonFresh Pickup, drive-up groceries delivered to your trunk

 Amazon’s grocery efforts just got a new level of convenience for shoppers: AmazonFresh Pickup, a drive-in grocery delivery right to your car’s trunk, launching in beta on Tuesday. Shoppers just order online from AmazonFresh’s selection, pick a time slot (as soon as 15 minutes after you make your order), and then drive to an AmazonFresh Pickup location and pull into a… Read More

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Amazon’s retail ambitions include furniture and appliances, plus groceries in India

 Amazon’s brick-and-mortar retail plans currently focus on its ongoing roll-out of physical book stores, as well as its very limited experiments with cashier-less convenience, but it could expand those ambitions significantly with a number of plans currently in the works. The New York Times reports that it’s also exploring ways it might retail appliances and furniture, two categories… Read More

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