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Depending on how much you shop, watch and read with Amazon, the e-commerce behemoth may know more about you than any other company on earth, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried reports.
Here are some of the different types of information gathered by various Amazon services:
About Alexa: Amazon's virtual assistant is worthy of its own section as its implications are so broad. Of course Alexa knows all the things you ask it — but that's only the beginning.
What you can do: You can delete your browsing history and turn off the collection of browsing data.
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President Trump ranted and raged at what he perceived as insufficient loyalty by his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
We saw this with the torque Barr put on the Mueller report, when he issued a summary that was criticized as being overly generous to Trump — by none other than special counsel Robert Mueller.
And we saw this with Barr's unapologetic tone yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Behind the scenes: A source familiar with Trump's thinking said the president thought Barr was great and did an excellent job. Trump talked about his toughness and competence.
China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man! They can't even figure out how to deal with the fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the ... west. They can't figure out how they’re going to deal with the corruption that exists within the system. .... They’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not ... competition for us.
Why it matters: Biden’s view is not shared by leaders of either party in Washington — or by national security leaders. One of the rare things that Chuck Schumer and President Trump agree on is that China is a rising, increasingly urgent threat to the U.S.
Debuting at #1 on two N.Y. Times bestseller lists —"Paperback Nonfiction" and "Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers," coming May 12:
THE MUELLER REPORT, with related materials by The Washington Post. (Scribner) Redacted findings from the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.
The edition sold 42,000 copies last week, according to NPD BookScan (which reflects about 85% of print sales), and more than any other nonfiction book. (AP)
At #11 on the Times combined list: Another edition of Mueller's report, with an introduction by Alan Dershowitz, published by Skyhorse.
Be smart: Week 1 includes preorders. Week 2 will tell us about sustained interest.
In the forthcoming issue of TIME, Charlotte Alter writes from South Bend:
In a primary divided between candidates who want to fight Trump and candidates who talk about uniting the country, [Mayor Pete] Buttigieg is in the latter camp. That puts him out of step with the party’s activist base, who clearly want a fighter. Warren, for example, used the word 'fight' 25 times in her announcement speech; Buttigieg didn’t mention it once.
His husband says he's never heard him raise his voice in anger. "We've almost fetishized fighting," [the mayor] explains, sitting in his living room between an antique British musket and an old Soviet spying device, both relics of old and painful wars. "There is a point where you become so absorbed in fighting that you begin to lose track of winning."
"Liberal Democrats' goal of transforming the U.S. health-care system into a single, government-financed model would be 'complicated, challenging and potentially disruptive,'" the Congressional Budget Office warned in an analysis yesterday, per the WashPost's Amy Goldstein.
Microsoft is bigger than Apple (slightly), Amazon, and everybody else, Bloomberg Businessweek's Austin Carr and Dina Bass write:
"The no-nonsense rhetoric is part of his shtick. Nadella, a 51-year-old engineer with multiple degrees who grew up in Hyderabad, India, is known for his librarian’s temperament.
What's new: California neared 40 million people but had the slowest recorded growth rate in its history last year, AP's Adam Beam reports.
Why it matters: The country's most populous state was hit by a slowdown in immigration and a sharp decline of births.
What's next: State officials expect California to continue to grow, predicting the state's population could top 50 million by 2055. By 2051, officials project the state will join Japan and other European countries by having more deaths than births.
"The family of a Chinese student admitted to Stanford paid $6.5 million to [Rick Singer,] the man at the heart of the college admissions scandal," per the L.A Times:
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Drake gave his mom an early gift for Mother's Day — May 12, a reminder! — at the Billboard Music Awards in Vegas, where the rap star broke Taylor Swift's record for most wins, AP music writer Mesfin Fekadu reports.
Drake looked up to the ceiling as he held his trophy, then said:
I just want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life. I want to thank my mom for all the times you drove me to piano. All the times you drove me to basketball and hockey — that clearly didn't work out. All the times you drove me to "Degrassi." No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride, and now we're on one hell of ride.
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