Amazon is facing a ‘high-stakes shipping gauntlet’ just months after recovering from widespread delays, as it attempts to pull off its biggest Prime Day ever



a person riding on the back of a truck: Amazon is bracing for its biggest Prime Day ever. Sean Gallup/Getty Images


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  • Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day event started early Tuesday morning. 
  • Moody’s analyst Charlie O’Shea told Business Insider that Prime Day will serve as a litmus test to see if Amazon is able to keep up with its exponential growth.
  • The sales event will trigger a surge in orders that will weigh on Amazon’s delivery network, with Moody’s estimating that the company’s fourth-quarter shipping expenses could reach nearly $20 billion.
  • “They’re doing the best they can,” O’Shea said. “It’s almost like trying to plug a dam with your finger.”
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Amazon just kicked off what Moody’s says will likely be the biggest — and most challenging — Prime Day of all time. 

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The e-commerce giant’s 48-hour Prime Day began early on Tuesday morning. The annual sales event

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Apple is giving away a few extra months of TV+ to some users

Apple is giving some of its TV+ subscribers a few extra months of its streaming service free of charge. The company has been offering free one-year subscriptions to the service with the purchase of new devices since TV+ launched last November. But now that those early users are set to reach the end of their initial free trial, Apple says it will add on as much as an extra three months.

Importantly, Apple isn’t offering this deal to everyone, and exactly how much extra time gets added to your subscription will depend on when you signed up. Anyone who got the free trial prior to January 31, 2020, will have their subscriptions extended until February 2021. So if you first signed up in November, you’ll get an extra three months, but if you signed up in January you’ll only get one additional month. 

A similar deal also applies to people

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Acute kidney injury linked to higher rate of death within three months of intracerebral hemorrhage — ScienceDaily

Patients who suffer an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) face an increased risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) during their hospitalization. AKI can lead to sudden kidney failure, kidney damage or even death. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care have determined which ICH patients are at the highest risk for this kidney injury so doctors can take precautions to prevent it. They also examined how the commonly-used blood pressure lowering drug nicardipine contributes to AKI.

“Over the past five years, clinicians have been concerned about AKI as they see patients who present with ICH, then develop kidney failure and require dialysis,” said lead researcher Adnan I. Qureshi, MD, a professor of clinical neurology at the MU School of Medicine. “What we need is a more global body approach to improve the outcome of patients with ICH, rather than just focusing on the brain.”

Qureshi’s team

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Russian smartphone market up 5% to 22.5 mln units in first nine months of 2020

The Russian smartphone market grew by 5 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2020 to 22.5 million devices, according to data from the operator MTS. Revenues increased by 11 percent to RUB 380 billion, and the average retail  rate of a smartphone grew by 6 percent, to RUB 16,930.

Significant growth in online sales was registered. Online sales jumped by 60 percent in units and were up by 84 percent in value. The average price of a smartphone sold online amounted to RUB 19,700, up by 15 percent year-on-year.

Samsung led the market in volume with a 26 percent share. Honor followed with 24 percent, while Xiaomi, Apple and Huawei took 18 percent, 10 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Apple led by revenues with a 33 percent share, and Samsung followed with 27 percent. The indicators of Honor, Xiaomi and Huawei were 16 percent, 13 percent and 5

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“Covid-19 has Compressed VC’s Vision of 5 Years into 5 Months”


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Covid-19 has brought about a paradigm shift across industries, and venture investing is no exception. The pandemic and ensuing lockdowns have influenced consumer behaviour and preferences majorly, may be even permanently in some cases.

To understand how the investment landscape has transitioned amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on long-term investing, Entrepreneur India interacted with Vinnie Lauria, founding partner, Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital (VC) firm in Southeast Asia. Lauria shared his views on the nitty-gritty of investments along with the bounce back plan for businesses.

Impact of Pandemic on Investment and Bounce Back Approach

Most of the work operations continue to be remote in Singapore and Indonesia despite lifting of lockdown restrictions. “In a market like Indonesia, people are working from home and locked down. There were certain presumptions about bounce back

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USGS Director James Reilly released a study on polar bears he had stalled for months on Friday

In response to the Post report, Reilly sent an email to his staff the next day, saying his decision to delay was justified because he wanted to be “satisfied” with its underlying science before making it public.

The study, which had been obtained by The Post last month, notes that shrinking sea ice in the Arctic threatens the survival of polar bears while enhancing the opportunity for fossil fuel exploration there. “The long-term persistence of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) is threatened by sea-ice loss due to climate change, which is concurrently providing an opportunity in the Arctic for increased anthropogenic activities including natural resource extraction,” it said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had been seeking the report’s release for at least three months, according to several individuals briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The agency is legally required

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Twitter Let Dozens Of Tweets Doxing Indian Interfaith Couples Stay Up For Months

For nearly two months, tweets by far-right Hindu nationalists in India doxing dozens of young interfaith couples — usually Muslim men marrying Hindu women — circulated on Twitter.

“This is going to be a long thread,” one of the accounts involved in the doxing said, following it up with 17 more tweets. Each tweet contained pictures of government documents including names, ages, occupations, addresses, and photographs of Hindu-Muslim couples in India. “Look at these pictures,” another tweet from the same account said. “Who instigates these couples to get together? It can’t be that they just ‘fall in love.’”

On Monday, as outrage mounted in India, Twitter finally took down some of the largest threads, even though people had been reporting them for weeks.

But more than half a dozen other tweets doxing interfaith couples remained after the first takedowns. One of them included a tweet from a politician from India’s

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Zoom Founder Made $12 Billion In 6 Months

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  • Eric Yuan is the founder of Zoom
  • His net worth increased as much as $12 billion in 6 months
  • Zoom’s value skyrocketed during the pandemic

Eric Yuan’s net worth was just $5 million six months ago. He saw his wealth increase by as much as $12 billion during the pandemic, thanks to the company he founded, Zoom.

COVID-19 wreaked havoc to many businesses. It forced others to shift to digital while some were shut down permanently. Zoom, as a video conferencing app, did not encounter such problems. It even grew bigger than Lyft and Pinterest. When the pandemic put the world on a standstill, people relied on Zoom to somehow put normalcy in life: they used it to communicate with relatives and friends, conduct meetings with officemates, and carry on online schooling, among others. 

Yuan was already rich when Zoom went public last year pre-COVID, so what the

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Old TV knocked out village’s broadband every day for 18 months

Sept. 22 (UPI) — Engineers investigating why an entire Welsh village lost broadband signal at the same time every day for 18 months said they finally identified the source: an elderly resident’s old TV set.

Openreach, the firm that maintains telephone and broadband Internet infrastructure in Britain, said engineers visited the village of Aberhosan after nearly all of the settlement’s 400 residents reported losing their broadband signal for 18 months every day at 7 a.m.

He said the investigators set out to determine whether electrical interference was to blame.

“We walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6 a.m. to see if we could find an electrical noise to support our theory. And at 7 a.m., like clockwork, it happened. Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference,” engineer Michael Jones said.

Jones said the team traced the interference to a home, where they

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An Old TV Crashed an Entire Village’s Broadband for 18 Months

If your broadband keeps going haywire, maybe someone nearby is using an ancient television set.

News out of the U.K. this week revealed that such an issue knocked out the broadband connections for an entire village for more than a year.

According to Openreach, which operates the nation’s digital network, the broadband connection for the 400 residents of Aberhosan, Wales, would fail every morning at 7 a.m. But no one knew why.

Investigations by engineers showed that the network itself appeared to be working fine, but just to be sure, they decided to replace large parts of the cabling that served the village. But the issue persisted.

“As a team we’d been facing an ongoing issue in Aberhosan for months,” said Openreach engineer Michael Jones. “Not being able to solve the fault for our customers left us feeling frustrated and downbeat, but we were determined to get to the bottom

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