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CNET How ToAug 01, 2021
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GizmodoJul 31, 2021
There's Another ‘ ' on the Market: Pearson , the Wannabe Netflix for College Textbooks
As if there weren't enough services with a " " in their name, here's another for your list: Pearson , the wannabe Netflix for college textbooks.

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EngadgetJul 30, 2021
Amazon handed record $888 million fine from EU data privacy watchdog
Amazon has been handed its largest ever privacy fine in the EU by Luxembourg's data watchdog. The CNPD fined the company €746 million ($888 million) on July 16th for violating the bloc's strict data privacy laws, known as GDPR. Amazon disclosed the ruling in an SEC filing on Friday in which it slammed the decision as baseless, adding that it intended to defend itself "vigorously in this matter." 

"There has been no data breach, and no customer data has been exposed to any third party," Amazon told Bloomberg. "These facts are undisputed. We strongly disagree with the CNPD's ruling." It added that it plans to appeal the decision. Amazon has its EU headquarters in Luxembourg, tasking the local data regulator with overseeing its compliance.

The penalty is the result of a 2018 complaint by French privacy rights group La Quadrature du Net, which filed numerous lawsuits against Big Tech companies on the behalf of 12,000 people shortly after the GDPR was established that year. 

Among those was a case involving Google's Android operating system that led to France's CNIL regulator slapping the search giant with a $57 million fine in January, 2019 — the biggest GDPR fine to date. The watchdog ruled that the company had violated the GDPR due to its failure to obtain legal consent for data collection related to its ad targeting practices.

The record penalty comes amid heightened scrutiny of Amazon's business in Europe. Its use of data is also at the heart of the EU's


EngadgetJul 30, 2021
US watchdog rejects Blue Origin's protest of NASA lunar lander contract
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has dismissed protests from Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics over NASA's decision to hand out a single $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX as part of its Human Landing System program. On Friday, the watchdog said NASA's "evaluation of all three proposals was reasonable and consistent with applicable procurement law, regulation, and the announcement's terms."

When Blue Origin first challenged the lunar lander contract in April, the company claimed the selection process was "fundamentally unfair" because it didn't get a chance to revise its bid. To that point, NASA could afford to give SpaceX the contract because the company agreed to modify its payment schedule. Blue Origin also took issue with the fact that the space agency selected a single contractor for the project when the initial announcement had called for two manufacturers to be involved.

In reviewing NASA's decision, the GAO says the space agency "did not violate procurement law or regulation when it decided to make only one award." It notes NASA gave itself the flexibility to hand out a single contract, multiple awards or none at all when it first announced the Human Landing System program. 

What's more, the GAO concluded there "was no requirement for NASA to engage in discussions, amend, or cancel the announcement" due to the amount of funding it had available for the project. Notably, the GAO also points in its press release that its role is not to judge the relative merits of a contract


Mac RumorsJul 26, 2021
Intel Plans to Make Chips for Qualcomm in the Future
Intel today announced that it is teaming up with Qualcomm to manufacture some of Qualcomm's future chips. The chips will be manufactured using Intel's 20A process, which is expected to ramp in 2024.

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