Technology

Amazon faces investigation into use of third-party seller data: As the SEC looks into Amazon business practices, Congress asks the DOJ to investigate the company for obstruction, which could heighten regulatory pressure on Big Tech.

Hertz on track to electrify fleet by diversifying EV suppliers: Polestar fills Tesla’s gaps and may attract other manufacturers to help Hertz reach its goal of half a million rental EVs.

Tripadvisor used conversational AI technology for a campaign executed on voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant with the goal of maintaining engagement during the pandemic, according to Adam Ochman, global head of marketing at Tripadvisor.

Mineral arms race dives deep: The future of clean energy and ocean ecosystems hangs in the balance of the UN’s closed-door decision-making on deep-sea mining. Yet there are greener trajectories.

Coronavirus lockdowns in China have global repercussions: The ripple effect of Chinese factory shutdowns will be felt far and wide while businesses are forced to adjust expectations.

Companies tempted to ride the blockchain wave may want to avoid dipping their toes into nonfungible tokens (NFTs) just yet. Among adults in Great Britain who’d heard of NFTs, 43% said they’d feel less favorable toward a company if it started offering them, and 32% said their opinion wouldn’t change either way. Only 3% would view a company more favorably if it offered the digital tokens.

Let the AI war games not begin: Rising geopolitical tension threatens to disrupt robust US-China AI collaboration, potentially veering the world toward destructive versus constructive uses of the technology.

Biden Administration prepares to promote innovation through tighter regulation: The DOJ’s support for antitrust bill could level the playing field for smaller firms but risks putting Big Tech on the defensive.

EV batteries need to chill: Waiting until EVs are ubiquitous will be too late to address battery flammability. Safety measures taken now will yield both social and economic benefits.

People trust their gut, but AI doesn’t have one: Executives are guarded about AI adoption for high-level use. There’s a path forward, but given the risks, C-suite caution is wise.

Uber will call you a cab: Driver shortages and rising ride prices drive Uber to embrace the cab industry. The shift into localized services could accelerate Uber’s transformation into a super app.

Intel earns Nvidia’s vote as potential foundry partner: Future Intel chip fabs could boost capacity for GPUs and other chips, taking away TSMC and Samsung’s dominance and bringing production closer to home.

NFTs come to the fore in China: However, the country’s regulatory scrutiny could add complexities to engaging with them.

Spotify could break away from Google and Apple’s payment duopoly: Google’s alternative payments pilot program might only serve higher-profile apps, leaving smaller developers in the lurch.

Alphabet’s Quantum technology spinoff seeks fortunes in business, health, and telecom applications: Sandbox AQ could optimize existing hardware and software, ushering in an era of enterprise quantum computing solutions.

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Insider Intelligence spoke with Cathy Lewenberg, COO of online alcoholic beverage delivery platform Drizly.

Biden administration raises alert on retaliatory Russian cyberattacks: The White House has briefed hundreds of American companies on potential threats, but municipal utilities and power companies could be most vulnerable.

New challenges for Russia’s tech émigrés: Big Tech closed its offices, and thousands in the industry have fled. Financial isolation and anti-Russian sentiment could impede their attempts to restart businesses.

New chips, same old supply chain: Light’s speed and efficiency make it a powerful foundation for semiconductor innovation, but swapping old chips for new ones won’t solve tech’s systemic challenges.