Amazon asked FCC to reject Starlink plan because it can’t compete, SpaceX says
news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 1 September - 17:49
Amazon's attempt to block proposals for the next-generation Starlink system is a "delay tactic" and a continuation of Amazon's strategy of "hinder[ing] competitors to compensate for Amazon's failure to make progress of its own," SpaceX told the Federal Communications Commission yesterday.
"Amazon's track record amply demonstrates that as it falls behind competitors, it is more than willing to use regulatory and legal processes to create obstacles designed to delay those competitors from leaving Amazon even further behind," SpaceX told the FCC in its filing . Approving Amazon's request would hurt consumers by denying them "access to faster-moving competition," SpaceX said.
Amazon last week urged the FCC to reject an update to SpaceX's Starlink plan because it "proposes two different configurations for the nearly 30,000 satellites of its Gen2 System, each of which arranges these satellites along very different orbital parameters." Amazon contends that the SpaceX request violates a rule requiring applications to be complete and have no internal inconsistencies.
Amazon and SpaceX fight over Starlink plan for 30,000 more satellites
news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 27 August - 20:35
Amazon is urging US regulators to reject an update to SpaceX's plan for a second-generation Starlink system.
Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite-broadband subsidiary, says that SpaceX broke Federal Communications Commission rules by "propos[ing] two different configurations for the nearly 30,000 satellites of its Gen2 System, each of which arranges these satellites along very different orbital parameters. SpaceX's novel approach of applying for two mutually exclusive configurations is at odds with both the commission's rules and public policy and we urge the commission to dismiss this amendment."
Amazon summarized its views in a meeting with commission staff and in an ex parte filing on Wednesday that summarized the meeting, saying that SpaceX should be allowed to resubmit the amendment to its application only "after settling on a single configuration for its Gen2 System."
Amazon’s 2nd-gen Echo Show offers better cameras, CPUs, and speakers
news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 12 May, 2021 - 20:12
This Echo Show 8 is handling a group video call. [credit: Amazon ]
Amazon launched hardware upgrades for its Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 product lineup today; the new versions have higher-resolution cameras, upgraded CPUs, and a new Echo Show 5 Kids . The Echo Show 10 did not get a hardware refresh.
If you aren't familiar with the product line, the Echo Show is essentially an Amazon Echo smart speaker with a screen on it. The devices can be used as digital clocks, videoconferencing solutions, screens for Amazon Ring doorbells, and more—each Show device is basically an Alexa-controlled Fire HD tablet, with all the capabilities that implies.
Amazon leans heavily on privacy concerns with these devices, taking what certainly looks like a swipe aimed directly at Google's competing Nest and Home devices:
Amazon and others ordered to slash diesel pollution from warehouse trucks
news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 - 15:37 · 1 minute
The trucks that move goods sold by Amazon and other e-commerce retailers have become a growing source of diesel pollution across the US, and few places are feeling the effects as acutely as Southern California. Now, the region is pushing back with a new air pollution rule aimed at slashing noxious emissions from warehouse trucks. The rule could serve as a template for other areas.
As e-commerce has grown in recent years—and surged during the pandemic—retailers have been building warehouses at a breakneck pace. Amazon, for example, plans to expand the square footage of its fulfillment centers in the US by 50 percent this year. Each new or expanded warehouse requires more trucks both to stock its shelves and to distribute its orders.
Though the warehouses serve customers scattered throughout the region, pollution is heaviest on the streets around the warehouse, and the people living nearby suffer most acutely. Diesel pollution from heavy trucks causes everything from asthma to heart attacks, and even Parkinson’s disease. Previously, such pollution tended to be concentrated around shipping ports and highways, but the growth of e-commerce has created a new source that is affecting neighborhoods farther inland.