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Dave Fildes, Head, Investor Relations at Amazon said that the company is very happy with the video performance. Flickr

Riding on localized content being churned out in countries like India, the number of Prime members who stream Prime Video grew by more than 80 percent (year-over-year) in the third quarter and international customers more than doubled the hours of content they watch on Prime video compared to last year, Amazon has announced.

Dave Fildes, Head, Investor Relations at Amazon said that the company is very happy with the video performance.


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“We’re in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide and again we’re seeing some really interesting localized content developing in places like India, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, UK and Spain which I think the customers in those countries really appreciate,” Fildes said during the company’s earnings call with the analysts on Thursday.

Amazon has premiered several new and returning original series, including The Boys, Breath into the Shadows, Bandish Bandits, Mirzapur, and Puthnam Pudhu Kaalai in India, Peep Time and Documental S8 in Japan, Pan y Circo in Mexico, and All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur (TTTHF) in the UK.

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Amazon Prime Video has announced that live international rugby games will be exclusively available to UK Prime customers this winter with a brand new tournament called the Autumn Nations Cup.


Brian Olsavsky, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Amazon, said that video is one area the company is working hard on with some of the OTT video advertising opportunities there. Unsplash

The tournament will feature the Six Nations (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales) as well as two guest teams from Fiji and Georgia.

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“The Amazon Studios global original movies slate continues to grow, with additions such as Sacha Baron Cohen’s political satire Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which recently launched globally on Prime Video, as well as Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, starring Michael B. Jordan, slated to launch in 2021,” the company said in a statement.

Brian Olsavsky, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Amazon, said that video is one area the company is working hard on with some of the OTT video advertising opportunities there.

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“We offer inventory and IMDB TV, ad-supported space, and 3P apps pulling off the Fire TV. I think good momentum and a lot of good learning on some of those initiatives there,” he said. (IANS)


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Twitter has confirmed that its algorithms amplify right-leaning political content.

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In a continuing study on the effects of machine learning (ML) on public conversation, Twitter has confirmed that its algorithms amplify right-leaning political content. "In six out of seven countries - all but Germany - tweets posted by accounts from the political right receive more algorithmic amplification than the political left when studied as a group," Twitter blogged.

"Right-leaning news outlets, as defined by the independent organisations, see greater algorithmic amplification on Twitter compared to left-leaning news outlets." Since 2016, Twitter users are able to choose between viewing algorithmically ordered tweets first in their home timeline or viewing the most recent tweets in reverse chronological order.

"An algorithmic home timeline displays a stream of tweets from accounts we have chosen to follow on Twitter, as well as recommendations of other content Twitter thinks we might be interested in based on accounts we interact with frequently, tweets we engage with, and more. "As a result, what we see on our timeline is a function of how we interact with Twitter's algorithmic system, as well as how the system is designed."

The new research is based on tweets of elected officials of House of Commons members in Canada, the French National Assembly, the German Bundestag, House of Representatives in Japan, Congress of Deputies of Spain, House of Commons in the UK, and official and personal accounts of House of Representatives and Senate members in the US, as well as news outlets, from April 1 to August 15, 2020.

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Snapdeal co-founder and COO Rohit Bansal on Friday lauded a man who facilitated 64 registrations for the vaccine on the CoWin portal.

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Bansal said that Kumar not only helped "just co-workers and family but complete strangers too. With patience, empathy and uncanny jugaad". He added that Kumar joined him "many moons ago" and completed his open school from a parking lot.

"Education has helped this wonderful man enable others to get India back on track. Bravo! The CoWin portal on Thursday mentioned that a total of 100 crore vaccine doses has been administered so far to the eligible population under the vaccination drive in India, nine months after the nationwide inoculation programme was started to protect the people against Covid-19.

"It's a cause of significant celebration and happiness," Bansal said in the video. He said that while people just help a few around them, Kumar "bridged the digital gap" for 64 people, who were finding it difficult to register themselves online on the vaccine portal. Kumar said he doesn't feel that he has contributed much towards the 100 crore vaccine dose count. "I have been able to help only 64 people, if I was able to help more I would have been happier." (IANS/ MBI)


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