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Push For Self-Driving Car Rules Overlooks Lack Of Federal Expertise In AI Tech

A House subcommittee approved critical legislation for the fast-developing driverless car movement this week that sets specific rules for how many such vehicles can be on U.S. roads and the federal government’s role in regulating them. While it would give companies developing the technology the national framework they want, it also raises questions over who is best-suited to ensure this cutting-edge technology is safe.

FTC Probing Allegations Of Amazon's Deceptive Discounting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As part of its review of Amazon's (AMZN.O) agreement to buy Whole Foods (WFM.O), the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe.

The FTC is probing a complaint brought by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which looked at some 1,000 products on Amazon's website in June and found that Amazon put reference prices, or list prices, on about 46 percent of them.

Google Aims To Personalize Mobile Search

Google wants to make its search experience on smartphones more personalized — by showing information based on users’ interests and what’s trending in their area.

The information will appear beneath the search bar on the Google app on Apple and Android devices (eventually, it will be included in Google mobile searches, not just the app). The company will pull information based on what the user searches across Gmail, Search, YouTube and other Google properties. It will also factor in what a user lists on Google calendar.

Report: Amazon BTS Shoppers Are Overpaying By 15%

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Amazon’s prices changed hour-by-hour, state-by-state and shopper-by-shopper, according to a May analysis of online school supplies prices from Chrome deal-hunting extension Wikibuy. The extension searches other sites, including Walmart, Jet and eBay, and its price comparison tool pops up a potentially cheaper option, including tax, shipping and any coupons that apply for Chrome browser users. For the study, Wikibuy analyzed the prices of more than 200 back-to-school products over 30 days.

Critics Hit Amazon's Whole Foods Takeover

Antitrust and labor issues stir discontent; retail analysts skeptical

Amazon's plan to gobble up Whole Foods is causing indigestion on Capitol Hill and elsewhere as critics worry the plan would be too successful or, on the other hand, not successful enough.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), for one, thinks the merger would take too big a bite out of competition.

Don’t Fall for Amazon’s ‘Prime Day’

You might get a good deal now, but the company is gobbling up market share and bludgeoning competitors.

Today is Prime Day: Amazon’s bid to transform paying them $99 for an annual membership into a national holiday. The Internet oligarch is blanketing the Web with deals and enticements to encourage sign-ups. It even pitches this as a way to get a jump on holiday shopping—Amazon is literally selling Christmas in July.

Are The Amazon Prime Day Deals As Great As They Seem?

(NEWS 8/AP) —  Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 30 hours this year.

For the third annual Prime Day, Amazon will offer discounts and other deals in an effort to boost sales during the slower summer months. The deals are open only to members of Amazon's $99-a-year Prime loyalty program, so Amazon typically gets more sign-ups, too.

Analysts expect Amazon-branded items to offer the best prices including the Fire Stick, Kindle and Echo.

Technology That Tracks Your Emotions In Stores And Accusations That Amazon Is Inflating Sale Prices

Amazon Exaggerations?

Consumers getting ready for Prime Day may be disappointed by accusations it’s exaggerating discounts, by advertising "before sale" prices that were inflated sometimes up to 70 percent.

A non-profit group called the Consumer Watchdog says it looked at hundreds of products sold there last month and found nearly 4 in 10 of the listed discounts were fake.

The group filed petitions with the California Attorney General, and has asked the FTC and Justice Department to look into this. It's also sparked a class action suit.