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France unveils new tax for global internet giants

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Having failed to persuade his European partners to introduce an EU-wide tax, France will go it alone with its own new mechanism

Al Pacino signs up for Nazi hunter TV series

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Amazon Prime's 'The Hunt' is about Nazi hunters in the 1970s and is produced by Jordan Peele of 'Get Out' fame

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Residents oppose Amazon's plan to build 'HQ2' in New York, with one saying that the Amazon jobs might not be what people in the community need right now

RALLY. Activists and community members who opposed Amazon's plan to move into Queens rally in celebration of Amazon's decision to pull out of the deal, in the Long Island City neighborhood, February 14, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Satan in ‘Good Omens’ series

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The Amazon TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel premieres May 31

PNP files assault charges vs taho-throwing Chinese | Midday wRap

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:21 PM

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Lawyer denies National Enquirer blackmailed Jeff Bezos

Feb 11, 2019 - 9:49 AM

'It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,' says the lawyer who represents National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc (AMI)'s chief executive David Pecker

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: The New York Post with a headline referring to Jeff Bezos is photographed at a convenience store on February 8, 2019 in New York City. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon is accusing the David J. Pecker, publisher of National Enquirer, the nations leading supermarket tabloid, of extortion and blackmail. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP  STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 million due to breach of contract

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The Hollywood director accuses Amazon of canceling a film deal on 'baseless' allegations that he sexually abused his daughter in the early 1990s

Poe to sue Jacinto if he insists on cell tower duopoly plan | Evening wRap

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:38 PM

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Amazon's Bezos, world's wealthiest man, to divorce

Jan 10, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,' the couple says in a statement

DIVORCE. In this file photo taken on April 24, 2018, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos pose as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 in Berlin. File photo by Jorg Carstensen/dpa/AFP

Brazil denies Total license to drill near Amazon mouth

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Regulatory agency Ibama says the decision comes after it found concerning uncertainties, including the 'possibility of an oil spill that may affect the coral reef present in the region and by extension marine biodiversity'

THE AMAZON. A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. File Photo by Cecilia Puebla/EPA

Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The bill would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps

New Amazon HQ split between New York, Washington suburbs

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Both districts offer a variety of tax and infrastructure incentives to lure the huge corporate prize, but Amazon says one important element was access to a qualified workforce

The rapidly developing area known as Long Island City in the borough of Queens is seen on November 13, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Japan anti-trust authorities to investigate tech giants

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'We will probe whether 'platformers' are obstructing the technological innovation of Japanese companies,' says the head of Japan's anti-trust commission

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP


Bloomberg not invited to Apple’s upcoming event – report

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Amazon also pulls its ads from the publisher’s site

Google, Amazon suffer market setbacks on sales outlook

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Amazon and Google suffer slides in their share prices after releasing their quarterly earnings, declines that fuelled pessimism in Asian and European stock markets on October 26

Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and digital platforms such as YouTube and Airbnb

What you should watch on Amazon Prime Video

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Can’t decide what to binge on? Here are seven series for you to check out

Apple, Amazon, SuperMicro deny reports of Chinese microchip infiltration

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:11 PM

The forceful denial of Apple, Amazon, and SuperMicro is backed by the Department of Homeland Security

Amazon bumps U.S. minimum wage to $15 amid scarce labor

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:59 AM

The pay raise will apply to 250,000 employees starting November 1 and to the more than 100,000 seasonal workers the company expects to hire for the holiday shopping season

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 17, 2014 shows Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presenting the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, in Seattle, Washington. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the world's richest person on July 27, 2017, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes magazine estimated. The magazine said its real-time tracking of personal fortunes showed Bezos with a net worth of $90.5 billion, ahead of the $90 billion for Gates. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / David Ryder

What to watch on Amazon Prime Video

Sep 28, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Can’t decide what to binge on? Here are seven series for you to check out

'THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL.' The show, starring Rachel Brosnahan, is available on Amazon Prime Video, along with other binge-worthy titles. Screenshot from YouTube.com/amazonstudios

Jeff Bezos space project lands big rocket partnership

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Bezos' space project Blue Origin partners with the Lockheed Martin and Boeing joint venture United Launch Alliance

NEW SHEPARD BOOSTER. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. AFP Photo/Blue Origin


Here’s how you can get beauty deals from Amazon, Sephora, Althea, Lazada

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:55 AM

And yes, there’s an easier way to get products from Amazon shipped to the Philippines – up until September 30, that is

Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users' lives

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:10 AM

'Amazon launched today what I believe is the industry's largest assortment of home automation products,' says analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy

ALEXA-POWERED. An assortment of newly launched devices, including, an "Echo Input," "Echo Show, "Echo Plus," "Echo Sub," "Echo Auto" and "Firetv Recast" are pictured at Amazon Headquarters, following a launch event, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP


Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

A report by Strategy Analytics shows that for the second quarter of 2018 the smallest device from Google captured 20 percent of the market with sales of 2.3 million

MINI. File photo shows Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introducing the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, October 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

Bezos unfazed by antitrust concerns on Amazon

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'All big institutions of any kind are going to be and should be examined, scrutinized and inspected,' the Amazon CEO says

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP


Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveils $2B philanthropic fund

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Bezos makes the announcement on Twitter a year after asking for ideas on how he could use his personal fortune for charitable efforts

BEZOS. While huge, the philantrophic fund set up by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is still small compared to Bill Gates'. File photo by David Ryder/AFP


Inflation hits 6.4%, Mayor shot dead, Amazon | Midday wRap

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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Amazon hits trillion-dollar milestone with focus on the long game

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:06 AM

(UPDATED) Early gains lifts Amazon's value to $1 trillion only briefly, with the final close at $2,039.51 giving it a value of $995 billion

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Amazon Prime Video to be part of Globe's on-demand offerings

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The world's second-largest video-on-demand platform comes to Globe


These tech giants are the world's top 5 in stock value

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Apple leads in the profits column by a mile with $48.4 billion in 2017. Microsoft comes in at a far second with $16.6 billion in its 2018 fiscal year, and Facebook at third with $15.9 billion


U.S. tech stocks continue to slide on weak day for global equities

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all continue to decline since Facebook signaled slower growth last week

TECH STOCKS. People are reflected in the window of the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square on July 30, 2018 in New York City. As technology stocks continued their slide on Monday, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1 percent in afternoon trading with shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all declining. Photo by Spencer Platt/AFP


Tech titans jostle for Pentagon's 'JEDI' cloud contract

Jul 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

JEDI stands for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure

PENTAGON. An aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. File photo by US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP


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Jul 27, 2018 - 2:35 PM

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Amazon quarterly profit jumps 12-fold to $2.5B

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:43 AM

The e-commerce giant reports earnings that are in stark contrast to social media giant Facebook which saw massive stock market losses

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by Ryder/AFP


Cybersecurity roundup: May 20 to 26, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 11:49 AM

In this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, it's a two-for-one Amazon special coupled with General Data Protection Regulation complaints in the European Union!

OnePlus 6 details leak ahead of announcement

May 15, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The OnePlus 6 will reportedly have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128 GB of storage, dual cameras, water resistance, and will hover between $620 to $680

ONEPLUS 6. Images and details regarding the OnePlus 6 smartphone have been leaked. Screenshot from Winfuture.de

Cybersecurity roundup: April 22 to 28, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Check out this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, which features Amazon Alexa hacks and crackdowns against a major distributed denial of service provider.

Amazon delivers hefty profits, led by web services

Apr 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The earnings beats market expectations and comes with an announcement that Amazon is raising the annual Prime subscription rate in the US to $119 from $99, effective next month

AMAZON. This file photo taken on December 28, 2016 shows the logo of US electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Trump assails Amazon on taxes, retail competition

Mar 29, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post, a frequent target of Trump over its news coverage

AT ODDS. US President Donald Trump has long been at odds with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who is also the owner of the Washington Post.

Your Holy Week 2018 binge-watch list

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The long break is the perfect time to catch up on all the shows you won't want to miss

EU unveils digital tax targeting Facebook, Google

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The special tax is the latest measure by the 28-nation European Union to rein in Silicon Valley giants and could further embitter the bad-tempered trade row pitting the EU against US President Donald Trump

Warming could threaten half of species in 33 key areas – report

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The report focuses on 33 so-called 'Priority Places' which host some of the world's richest and most unusual terrestrial species, including iconic, endangered, or endemic plants and animals

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

EU aims to tax internet giants at '2-6%' – France

Mar 04, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Critics say the tax-avoidance strategies used by the tech titans like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – deprive EU governments of billions of euros while giving them an unfair advantage over smaller rivals

TAXED. The European plans to tax giant technology companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.

Amazon opens plant-filled 'The Spheres' buildings

Jan 30, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Amazon's new workplace is billed as 'more like a tropical rainforest in the clouds than an office'

SPHERES. People walk past the Amazon Spheres, in Seattle, Washington on January 29, 2018, during the grand opening of the company's new office space. Amazon opened its new Seattle office space which looks more like a rainforest. The company created the Spheres Complex to help spark employee creativity. Photo by Jason Redmon/AFP


What's it like using smart speakers in the PH?

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

'When our service provider had connection problems in our area, Google Assistant would repeat to me every 30 minutes that it 'couldn’t find the internet''

GOOGLE HOME. The search giant steps into the smart speaker arena with the 2016 release of this device. Screenshot from Google.


Amazon to open first cashierless shop to public on Monday

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Amazon says it's created 'the world's most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line'

AMAZON GO! A woman walks past the Amazon Go grocery store at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Pope to meet indigenous people in Peruvian Amazon

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:39 PM

'Pope Francis, the Amazon welcomes you,' says a slogan on one of the banners adorning the city

POPE FRANCIS. Grab taken for a handout video released by the National Commission for the Pope's Visit and Chilean Channels showing Pope Francis checking on a police officer who fell from her rearing horse after being frightened by the cheering crowd as he was passing in the popemobile in the Chilean northern city of Iquique after celebrating an open-air mass on the nearby Lobitos Beach, on January 18, 2018. Handout by the National Commission for the Pope's Visit and Chilean Channels/AFP

Digital assistants duel for dominance at CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Google, Amazon, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple – all these brands are pushing virtual assistant technologies, potentially the new way people will be interacting with computers and appliances

GOOGLE HOME. Pictured is Google's stylish smart speaker, the Home. Screenshot from Google/YouTube


Tech firms battle to resolve major security flaw

Jan 06, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Apple, for its part, advises only getting apps from its online App Store which vets programs for safety

France sues Amazon for abuse of position in the marketplace

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:22 PM

The French foreign ministry says there is 'a significant imbalance' in business relations between Amazon and vendors selling products on its platform, called the marketplace

AMAZON SUED. This file photo taken on December 28, 2016 shows the logo of US electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP