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A general view outside an Amazon warehouse in Leeds, England. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Amazon is getting pushback after announcing a plan that connects Alexa, Ring and other Amazon devices by default to a network that opens people's broadband connection to shared use by others.

Why it matters: While users can choose to turn off such sharing, most people don't change default settings, meaning their devices will automatically start sharing bandwidth after June 8.

Driving the news: Amazon's plan calls for devices to connect automatically to its Sidewalk network and share a small amount of bandwidth to devices that don't have an active connection.

  • Amazon says the new network will extend its products' range, "unlock unique benefits for your device, support other Sidewalk devices in your community, and even locate pets or lost items."
  • Amazon isn't just putting an "open" sign on your high-speed connection. The company says bandwidth is capped at a pokey 80 Kbps, which it says is about 1/40 of what's needed to screen a typical HD video. And Sidewalk devices will be limited to using 500 MB per month.

Yes, but: The Amazon devices won't be sharing a lot of your bandwidth, and the company has also posted a white paper on how it plans to keep such networks safe.

Go deeper: Amazon's MGM acquisition shows it's too big to have to explain itself

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NTSB probes crash that killed 10 in Alabama as storm lashes Southeast

A car drives in the rain in Galveston, Texas. Photo: Zeng Jingning/China News Service via Getty Images

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's investigating a fiery multi-vehicle weekend crash in Alabama that killed 10 people, including nine children, as storms swept the Southeast.

The big picture: Saturday's crash on Interstate 65, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama as it triggered flash floods and spawned tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes," per AP.

Laurel Hubbard to become 1st openly trans athlete to compete at Olympics

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, when she became the first openly transgender athlete to represent NZ. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has announced that Laurel Hubbard has been selected for the women's weightlifting team for the Tokyo Games — making her the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the event.

The big picture: Hubbard, 43, is part of a five-member Kiwi weightlifting team and will compete in the women's super heavyweight category. Meanwhile, BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe will become the first openly trans athlete to travel to the Olympics with Team USA, when she arrives in Tokyo as a reserve rider.

American Airlines cuts hundreds of flights amid demand surge

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American Airlines announced Sunday that it's cutting some 950 flights from its schedule, including 296 this weekend, to reduce potential pressure on its operations, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Driving the news: The U.S. vaccine rollout has led to a massive increase in travel bookings. The airline noted in an emailed statement that it's facing an "incredibly quick ramp up of customer demand."