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Business Emails show how Amazon’s $1 billion Ring acquisition was driven by Jeff Bezos’ interest in its ‘market position – not technology’ (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Reuters This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. Become an Insider and start reading now. Internal Amazon emails were released as part of a Congressional hearing on tech antitrust Wednesday, which featured testimony from CEO Jeff Bezos.Some of those emails show how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2017 strategized…

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Business Emails released as part of Congress’ antitrust hearing show how ruthless Steve Jobs could be (AAPL)

Newly released emails from Steve Jobs show how ruthless he could be.In one of the emails, made public by a Congressional subcommittee investigating antitrust concerns, Jobs advised subordinates to “cut off” a developer.In another email message, Jobs said Apple’s iBooks bookstore was going to be the only digital books marketplace on iPhones and iPads. The messages…

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Business Mark Zuckerberg wrote to his top lieutenants about the benefits of ‘cloning’ rivals after meeting with Chinese entrepreneurs in 2012 — read the full memo (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg wrote warmly about how Chinese apps copied competitors and urged his team to find ways to “move a lot faster” in 2012.The Facebook CEO made the comments in an internal memo that was made public on Wednesday by the US House Judiciary Committee.The document offers a window into the tech exec’s influences, and…

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Business US secretly warned Russia of blowback if it paid for bounties on American troops, report says

Russia was secretly warned by the US State Department of potential blowback if it paid bounties for American troops killed in Afghanistan, people familiar with matter said in a Daily Beast report.President Donald Trump and his staff, who initially denied he was briefed about the matter, later went on to say that the intelligence he…

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Business Florida reports record-high COVID-19 deaths for the second day in a row — as the state prepares for a tropical storm

Florida reported 216 more deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, a new daily record.The previous record of 186 deaths was set on Tuesday.Nearly 6,500 people have now died of COVID-19 in Florida, with more than 451,000 infected.The death toll comes as the state is shuttering testing sites ahead of a tropical weather system.Visit Business Insider’s homepage…

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Business Cybersecurity experts warn that it may take weeks or months after the presidential election for a winner to be decided, thanks to the threats of security issues and litigation around the results (MSFT, GOOG)

Election cybersecurity experts said Tuesday that “the electorate may not be prepared for how long it’s going to take” for winners to be declared after the general election on November 3rd.A panel that included two cybersecurity experts who served in the White House agreed that simply counting ballots may take a week or two. Any litigation…

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Business Apple’s iPhone 12 is in a battle with the coronavirus. On Thursday, Apple will give a big clue about who won. (AAPL)

Apple will report its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Thursday, many analysts are already fixated on the company’s next major iPhone launch expected for the fall.That launch will serve as a better indicator of the company’s long-term performance and value rather than recent quarterly financials given the economic impact and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.As…

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Business A San Francisco couple held a secret wedding against city rules. Then they tested positive for the coronavirus.

A San Francisco church attempted to hold an indoor wedding despite the city’s rule against large indoor gatherings.The couple told guests they could social distance at their discretion, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.At least 10 attendees, including the newlywed couple, later tested positive for the coronavirus.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On July 4,…

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Business Biden VP finalist Val Deming’s says a medical issue six years ago forced her to drop out of a race. But she’s never said what the issue was, and staffers say she quit because she was losing.

Val Demings is embracing the prospect that Joe Biden may pick her as a running mate for 2020, putting her on a path to possibly becoming the nation’s first Black, and first woman vice president.Back in 2014, her star was rising quickly in Florida politics before she abruptly quit her race for mayor of Orange…

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Business This April saw 1 million more people call out sick from work than last year

2.02 million people called out of work sick in April. People Images/Getty Images A study published by JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday found that an astounding number of people called out sick from work this April, Gizmodo first reported.The study utilized the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) and found that 1 million more Americans…

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