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Deliveroo: Amazon Invests in UK-based Food Delivery Platform

The business expanded to the UK in 2016 but within two years the venture was killed by competition coming from other brands like Uber Eats and Deliveroo

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Expanding its efforts into the online food-delivery market, Amazon led a $575 million investment in London-based food delivery company Deliveroo, which was once of interest to Uber and Uber Eats.

“Amazon is set to be the largest investor in Deliveroo’s Series G funding round and Deliveroo is raising a total of $575 million with participation from Amazon,” the London-based company wrote in a blog-post on Friday. “This takes the total Deliveroo has raised to date to $1.53 billion.”

Deliveroo operates in 14 countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and the UAE, working with around 80,000 restaurants, 60,000 delivery persons and 2,500 permanent employees.

With this investment, Amazon intensifies its competition with Uber Eats, given that in 2018 Uber was interested in buying Deliveroo outright, but talks stalled after the two companies failed to agree on a valuation, The Verge reported.

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“We’re impressed with Deliveroo’s approach, and their dedication to providing customers with an ever increasing selection of great restaurants along with convenient delivery options,” Deliveroo’s blog quoted Doug Gurr, Country Manager, Amazon UK, as saying.

Amazon has been looking into establishing itself in the food business for a while now, however, it remains unclear exactly how Amazon plans to club Deliveroo’s services to align with its own.

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Earlier in 2015, Amazon launched “Amazon Restaurants” — its own takeaway service in the US.

The business expanded to the UK in 2016 but within two years the venture was killed by competition coming from other brands like Uber Eats and Deliveroo. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Amazon Collecting UK Health Service Data for Free: Report

St. Louis-based faith-based healthcare organisation Ascension is sharing lab results, diagnosis and hospitalisation records -- as well as health histories complete with patient names and dates of birth -- with Google, the report claimed

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The UK government has allowed Amazon to access health data under the National Health Service (NHS) for free which the tech giant will use for Alexa-driven medical advice for patients.

A report in The Independent on Sunday revealed that Amazon will be able to access all “healthcare information, including without limitation symptoms, causes, and definitions,” excluding individual patient data, from NHS.

The deal is part of a contract between Amazon and the The Department of Health and Social Care.

In July, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the agreement will help provide better medical advice to patients using Alexa devices.

The contract “blocks the DHSC from issuing any publicity without Amazon’s consent, saying it may not issue a press release or any other publicity in connection with or related to this agreement or Amazon’s use of [DHSC] content without the prior written consent of Amazon”.

In a statement non-profit Privacy International said: “While this particular contract may sound harmless at first – after all, it is good news if Amazon uses the NHS as a trusted source for information for medical queries – we should not be naive about the intentions of big companies that are preying over the NHS.”

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“This particular partnership also raises questions when it comes to competition regulation of dominant players in the digital era,” it added.

According to an Amazon spokesperson, the data being made available to Alexa users was “general health-related content” already freely available on the NHS website.

Not just Amazon, Google was recently in the news for gathering US citizens’ health data.

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, “Google is engaged with one of the US”s largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states” and at least 150 Google staffers may have access to the data.

St. Louis-based faith-based healthcare organisation Ascension is sharing lab results, diagnosis and hospitalisation records — as well as health histories complete with patient names and dates of birth — with Google, the report claimed. (IANS)