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Amazon Builds ‘Bulletproof Panels’ to Protect CEO Jeff Bezos

Saudi Arabia has denied involvement in the Bezos affair

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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

Amazon installed bulletproof panels at the Seattle office of its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos — designed to withstand multiple shots from a military assault rifle, the media reported.

According to a report in The Daily Beast on Tuesday, the bulletproof project to safeguard Bezos, who has a net worth of $120 billion, cost Amazon $180,000.

Although the cost is less, “it demonstrates the lengths Bezos is willing to go to guard against real or perceived threats as his public profile grows,” the report said.

Amazon spends $1.6 million a year to protect its boss from external threats, the report added.

Apple spent about $310,000 on personal security services for CEO Tim Cook last year while Oracle spent over $1.6 million to protect CEO Larry Ellison.

Facebook, however, spent $20 million on its CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security last year — four times more than what he received for security in 2016, owing to the growing privacy scandals the social networking giant is facing globally.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia commons)

Gavin de Becker, a veteran security consultant at Amazon, wrote a first-person account in The Daily Beast last month, claiming that Saudi Arabia hacked Bezos’ smartphone and allegedly shared personal information about his extramarital affair with a media outlet.

The monarchy was “intent on harming Jeff Bezos” over The Washington Post (owned by Bezos) coverage of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, wrote de Becker.

“Our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information,” de Becker said.

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The private phone messages of Bezos sent to his lover, former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, were published in The National Enquirer in October.

Saudi journalist Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Turkey’s Istanbul in October 2018.

Saudi Arabia has denied involvement in the Bezos affair. (IANS)

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Now Enjoy New Multilingual Mode on Amazon Alexa

In Hindi, a user could enjoy asking Alexa for diverse content such as jokes, shayari, games, Kabir ke dohe, Panchatantra stories, Bollywood dialogues, more than 500 Alexa skills and even spellings of words

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Amazon Alexa. (Representational image). Flickr

Amazon on Wednesday announced that now its customers will be able to switch between English and Hindi when talking to Alexa without changing the language setting from Hindi to English and the other way around every time.

This multilingual mode could be useful in Indian households where users speak both Hindi and English interchangeably. It would be available from October 9 , the company said in a statement.

For example, if a customer asks about the festival of Diwali in Hindi, Alexa will reply in Hindi, e.g. “Alexa, Diwali ke liye kitne din bache hai?” and when they ask for information in English, Alexa will understand and respond in English e.g. “Alexa, why is Diwali celebrated”.

Alexa app. Wikimedia Commons

One could ask Alexa to answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers and alarms, check the calendar, provide sports scores, control lights at home, use over 30,000 English skills and much more.

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In Hindi, a user could enjoy asking Alexa for diverse content such as jokes, shayari, games, Kabir ke dohe, Panchatantra stories, Bollywood dialogues, more than 500 Alexa skills and even spellings of words. (IANS)

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