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Week-in-Review: Alexa’s unfixed memory and NASA’s illusory skeleton for GPS

Hello, weekenders. This is Week-in-Review, where we give a difficult volume of research and/or wayward thoughts on one story while scouring a rest of a hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to aspect my favorites for your reading pleasure.

Last week, we talked about a cult of Ive and a plunge of Apple design. On Sunday night, The Wall Street Journal published a news on how Ive had been relocating divided from a company, to a dismay of many on a pattern team. Tim Cook didn’t like a news unequivocally much. Our EIC gave a small relapse on a whole tale in a good piece.

Apple sans Ive


Amazon Buys Whole Foods For Over 13 Billion

The large story

This week was a tad calm in a eventfulness; seems like a newsmakers went on 4th of Jul vacations a small early. Amazon done a bit of news this week when a association reliable that Alexa ask logs are kept indefinitely.

Last week, an Amazon open process exec answered some questions about Alexa in a minute sent to U.S. Senator Coons. His bureau published a minute on a site a few days ago and many of a sum aren’t all that surprising, yet a initial answer unequivocally sets a tinge for how Amazon sees Alexa activity:

Q: How prolonged does Amazon store a transcripts of user voice recordings?

A: We keep customers’ voice recordings and transcripts until a patron chooses to undo them.

What’s engaging about this isn’t that we’re usually now removing this turn of candid discourse from Amazon on how prolonged information is kept if not privately deleted, yet it creates one consternation since it is useful or possibly for them to keep it indefinitely. (This assumes that they indeed are gripping it indefinitely; it seems expected that many of it isn’t, and that by observant this they’re safeguarding themselves legally, yet I’m only going off a letter.)

After several years of “Hey Alexa,” a association doesn’t seem all that tighten to reckoning out what it is.

Alexa seems to be a shit resolution for commerce, so since does Amazon have 10,000 people operative on it, according to a news this week in The Information? All signs are indicating to a voice partner examination being a short-term disaster in terms of a short-term ambitions, yet AI advances will pull a utility.

Training information is a large bargain opposite AI teams looking to teach models on information sets of applicable information. The association seems to contend as much. “Our debate approval and healthy denunciation bargain systems use appurtenance training to adjust to customers’ debate patterns and vocabulary, sensitive by a approach business use Alexa in a genuine world. To work well, appurtenance training systems need to be lerned regulating genuine universe data.”

The association says it doesn’t anonymize any of this information since it has to stay compared with a user’s comment in sequence for them to undo it. I’d feel a lot improved if Amazon only effectively anonymized a information in a initial place and used on-device estimate a build a form on my voice. What I’m some-more fearful of is Amazon carrying such a minute voiceprint of everybody who has ever used an Alexa device.

If free voice-based e-commerce isn’t unequivocally a product anymore, what is? The answer is always us, yet we don’t like a thought of indefinitely withdrawal Amazon with my information until they figure out a answer.

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On to a rest of a week’s news.

Trends of a week

Here are a few large news equipment from large companies, with immature links to all a sweet, honeyed combined context:

  • NASA’s GPS moonshot
    The U.S. supervision unequivocally did us a plain inventing GPS, yet NASA has some bigger ideas on a list for a positioning platform, namely, holding it to a Moon. It competence be a small complicated, but, unsurprisingly, scientists have some ideas here. Read more.
  • Apple has your eyes
    Most of a iOS beta updates are bug fixes, yet a latest change to iOS 13 brought a unequivocally bizarre surprise: changing a approach a eyes of users on iPhone XS or XS Max demeanour to people on a other finish of a call. Instead of appearing that you’re looking next a camera, some program necromancy will now make it demeanour like you’re staring directly during a camera. Apple hasn’t minute how this works, yet here’s what we do know
  • Trump is carrying a Twitter party
    Donald Trump’s administration announced a integrate of months ago that it was rising an exploratory consult to try to benefit a clarity of regressive voices that had been silenced on amicable media. Now @realdonaldtrump is carrying a get-together and mouth-watering his friends to discuss about a issue. It’s a genuine who’s who; check out some of a people attending here.

Amazon CEO And Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos Speaks At Air Force Association Air, Space And Cyber Conference

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GAFA Gaffes

How did a tip tech companies screw adult this week? This clearly needs a possess section, in sequence of badness:

  1. Amazon is obliged for what it sells:
    [Appeals justice manners Amazon can be hold probable for third-party products]
  2. Android co-creator gets additional allegations filed:
    [Newly unblocked justice papers exhibit additional allegations opposite Andy Rubin]

Extra Crunch

Our reward subscription use had another week of engaging low dives. TechCrunch contributor Kate Clark did a good talk with a ex-Facebook, ex-Venmo first group behind Fin and how they’re meditative about a consumerization of a enterprise.

Sam Lessin and Andrew Kortina on their voice assistant’s workplace pivot

“…The thing is, building an AI partner able of engagement flights, arranging trips, training users how to play poker, identifying places to squeeze specific equipment for a birthday celebration and responding wide-ranging crazy questions like “can we demeanour adult a place where we can divert a goat?” requires a whole lot some-more tellurian energy than one competence think. Capital-intensive and hard-to-scale, an app for “instantly offloading” chores wasn’t a best business. Neither Lessin nor Kortina will acknowledge to failure, but Fin‘s outing into B2B craving program 8 months ago suggests a partner record wasn’t a billion-dollar idea.…”

Here are some of a other tip reads this week for reward subscribers. This week, we talked a bit about seeking for income and a destiny of China’s favorite tech platform:

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