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Amazon Opens First Amazon Go Grocery Store in Seattle
Number 1058
Broadcast Date FEBRUARY 25, 2020
Episode Length 4:31
Hosts Sarah Lane

Mozilla turns on DNS over HTTPS by default for Firefox users, Instacart says it will appeal worker misclassification ruling, Netflix will now rank most popular content.

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Amazon opened its first “Amazon Go Grocery” store in Seattle, a 7,700-square-foot space without cashiers. Amazon previously opened smaller Amazon Go locations in 25 US locations. The new store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood has 5,000 different products including meat and produce— and equipped with cameras, sensors, and computer vision to keep track of what a customer leaves the store with.
Netflix announced it will start ranking the 10 most popular programs on its platform worldwide, after testing the feature in select markets. The lists will include movies and TV shows, with separate top 10 lists for just movies or just TV shows within those content tabs. Netflix says the lists will be updated daily and will help users learn which titles everyone is watching. Netflix already features both popular and trending content, but didn't rank them until now.
Intuit confirmed that it plans to acquire Credit Karma for $7.1 billion, Intuit's biggest acquisition to date. Credit Karma lets people check credit scores, get credit cards and loans, and file taxes. It has more than 100 million registered users and 37 million monthly active users. Intuit also owns Mint, TurboTax, and QuickBooks.
The ChilledCow YouTube channel was mistakenly terminated for violating terms of service over the weekend, ending the channel's LoFi hip-hop live stream. This resulted in a video over 13,000 hours long with over 218 million views. The channel was reinstated less than a day later, and YouTube's support Twitter account tweeted it “shared feedback with our review team to prevent similar errors from happening in the future.” ChilledCow and other music streaming channels do not own the rights to the music played, but get permission from artists and labels to play them, which doesn't stop a party submitting a Content ID claim on the channel.
A new note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will release an ARM-based Mac in the next 12-18 months. The chip will reportedly be built on a 5nm process and expected to be used in the upcoming 2020 flagship iPhone models. The switch to ARM is said to give Apple more flexibility with hardware updates, which currently depends on Intel's development pipeline. In 2018, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported on an early stage Apple initiative to transition Macs to ARM, reportedly named Kalamata.
Expedia announced in an email to staff that it's laying off 12 percent of its workforce, or about 3,000 employees. Expedia Group’s “Travel Leadership Team” said the company had been “pursuing growth in an unhealthy and undisciplined way" and will eliminate certain projects and activities, and limit working with vendors and contractors. Chairman Barry Diller and vice chairman Peter Kern took over day-to-day operations at Expedia after CEO Mark Okerstrom and CFO Alan Pickerill resigned on Dec. 4. Okerstrom took over when former CEO Dara Khosrowshahi left Expedia to work at Uber.
Over the weekend, Samsung confirmed an employee had contracted the COVID-19 Coronoavirus. Samsung's factory in Gumi, Korea was shut down until Monday morning and the floor where the infected person worked will remain shut down until the morning of February 25. Co-workers who came into contact with the infected employee will be self-quarantined and tested for infection. The Gumi factory makes a small number of high end Samsung phones for the Korean market.
A county judge in San Diego has ruled that food delivery service Instacart misclassified the majority of its workforce in California under state law AB5, which is designed to ensure that “gig economy” and other workers are considered employees, not independent contractors, and are eligible for benefits like workers' compensation and unionization rights. Instacart says that it will appeal the decision.
Mozilla announced it will start switching Firebox browser users to Cloudflare's encrypted DNS over HTTPS (DoH) today by default, and roll out the change across the United States in the coming weeks. The company says this will help prevent ISPs and third parties from seeing what DNS lookups a browser is making and monitoring customers' Web usage to deliver targeted ads. Firefox will offer a choice between Cloudflare and NextDNS for DoH but that Cloudflare will be used as the default.

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Amazon Opens First Amazon Go Grocery Store in Seattle
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