Jeff Bezos says he’s not scared of Donald Trump’s threats

The Washington Post publisher says Katharine Graham is his role model.

When asked how he would respond to threats from Donald Trump, Jeff Bezos invoked the steeliness of the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in the heat of its coverage of the Watergate scandal.

Bezos, who has succeeded the Graham family as the newspaper’s owner, said Trump should expect — and welcome — press scrutiny as he seeks the White House. The Seattle billionaire says he’s won’t cave to pressure from the Republican party’s presumptive presidential nominee, who has repeatedly criticized the Washington Post’s coverage of his candidacy.

“The only thing I would say, with Katie Graham as my role model, is I’m very glad to have any of my body parts go through a big fat wringer, if need be,” Bezos said in remarks Tuesday on the opening day of the Code Conference at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

That’s a reference to one of the most famous threats in American journalism. Richard Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell, warned reporter Carl Bernstein that his reporting of the growing Watergate scandal would have consequences: “Katie Graham’s gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that’s published.”

Bezos says that Trump’s press-bashing could cast a pall on free speech.

“It’s just a fact that we live in a world where half the population on this planet, if you criticize your leader, you could go to jail or worse,” Bezos said. “And we live in this amazing democracy, with amazing freedom of speech, and a presidential candidate should embrace that.”

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Here’s why Amazon isn’t selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast streaming products

Jeff Bezos said he wanted “acceptable business terms.”

Back in October, Amazon made a bold move. It booted two products — the Apple TV and Google Chromecast streaming devices — that compete with Amazon’s streaming device from its online store.

Asked why, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wouldn’t answer directly. “Private business discussions should stay private,” he said at the Code Conference on Tuesday evening.

But he offered a hint, suggesting that Google and Apple were demanding terms that the e-retail giant refused to swallow.

“[W]hen we sell those devices, we want our player — our Prime Video player — to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms,” he said. “You can always get the player on the device. The question is, can you get it on there with acceptable business terms?”

Bezos claimed he didn’t know whether Amazon sells the Apple TV streaming device. It doesn’t.

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Jeff Bezos insists Amazon isn’t trying to kill UPS

But maybe it’s a little bit about negotiating lower shipping prices.

Amazon is taking more control over how a package lands on your doorstep, but the company isn’t trying to destroy UPS, CEO Jeff Bezos said at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Tuesday evening.

Industry experts have reason to be suspicious. The e-commerce giant has recently starting leasing airplanes and buying up truck trailers. The goal, however, is to simply supplement the delivery capabilities of U.S. Postal Service and UPS, but do so “heavily,” according to Bezos.

“We’re growing our business” with the USPS and UPS, he said in an onstage interview with Walt Mossberg.

Bezos did, however, hint at another motivation: Getting better terms on delivery contracts with companies like UPS.

“Better prices on transportation would be acceptable to us,” he deadpanned.

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Jeff Bezos on Gawker vs. Peter Thiel: ‘Develop a thick skin.’

“Seek revenge and you should dig two graves — one for yourself.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos controls one of the world’s biggest companies, but he also owns the Washington Post, one of the country’s most important papers, so his take on the battle between Gawker and venture capitalist Peter Thiel is very relevant.

When Recode founding editor Walt Mossberg asked Bezos on Tuesday at the Code Conference if someone like Thiel should be allowed to fund a lawsuit whose real aim is to put a publication out of business, Bezos responded succinctly: “I don’t.”

He didn’t debate the specific case but said such actions didn’t benefit anybody: “What’s that saying? ‘Seek revenge and you should dig two graves — one for yourself.’ You have to ask yourself how you want to spend your time.”

Bezos then offered some advice.

“The best defense against speech that you don’t like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin,” he said. “You can’t stop it.”

The billionaire himself has been a frequent target of critics, attacked for creating a punishing work environment, or killing independent bookstores, or for his many personal exploits like building a 10,000 year clock.

“If you’re doing anything interesting in the world, you’re going to have critics,” he said. “If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting.”

Later, Bezos directly addressed the larger issue of free speech and the underlying fear behind a lot of these moves.

“This country has the best free speech protections in the world because of the Constitution but also because of our cultural norms,” he said. “You don’t want to create any climate of fear when it comes to free speech norms. Beautiful speech doesn’t need protection; ugly speech does. If you step back and think about what a great society we have, part of it is we have these cultural norms that allow people to say these ugly things. You should let them say it.”

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Jeff Bezos: Amazon Prime Video doesn’t compete with Netflix because viewers will just pick both

And why Golden Globes help sell shoes.

Amazon Prime Video, the e-retailers subscription media service, isn’t a rival to Netflix, the far bigger video subscription media service.

Or so said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Why? Because consumers will pay for each of them.

“We don’t compete with Netflix,” Bezos said on day one of the Code Conference. “I think people are going to subscribe to both.”

The Amazon chief also noted his company can trim costs for Prime Video, which includes a growing catalogue of originally produced shows, because it’s tied to the Prime retail service.

“From a business POV for us, we get to monetize that content in an unusual way,” he said. “When we win a Golden Globe, it helps us sell more shoes in a very direct way.”

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Best accessories for Nexus 5X

Take your Nexus 5X to the next level with these great accessories.

LG’s Nexus 5X is a great phone that you can make even greater with the right accessories, and we are here to help you choose the right ones.

We have compiled a list of fantastic accessories to enhance your experience with your Nexus 5X.

Vinsic USB-C Car Charger

Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

Cambond 6.6ft USB C to USB C

Anker USB-C to Micro USB Adapter (2 pack)

iCarez tempered glass screen protector

NXET USB-C charge dock

Anker PowerCore+

Photos Live Case

Ringke Fusion clear case

UE Roll

Vinsic USB-C car charger

If you find your Nexus 5X always crying out for more battery power due to an on-the-go lifestyle, you may want to consider picking up a Vinsic USB-C car charger.

Rated at 5V 3A output, you should be able to rapid charge your Nexus 5X, meaning your battery will get a significant boost during your daily commute. Plus, this charger features over-voltage protection and short-circuit protection.

The Vinsic charger has both a USB-A and USB-C port, allowing you to plug in two devices at once.

See at Amazon

Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

If you have misplaced the cable that came with your Nexus 5X or you just want an extra one for your workplace, the Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 cable is a solid choice.

It’s 3.3 feet long, which is a pretty standard size for a charging cable and it supports USB 3.0. Since the Nexus 5X supports USB 2.0 you will always get great transfer speed for data.

See at Amazon

Cambond 6.6 foot USB-C to USB-C cable

If you find yourself in need of a longer charging cable for the Nexus 5X, or in need of a cable that’s a little more durable, the Cambond 6.6-foot USB-C to USB-C cable is perfect for you.

It’s rated for use with 2A wall chargers, meaning you should be able to rapidly charge your 5X in less time with the right charger. It’s 6.6 feet long, which is double the length of the cable that ships with the Nexus, so you aren’t tethered so close to the wall every time you plug in.

The cord is well-protected and features nylon fiber wrapped around the outside of the cable, which help prevent the wire from becoming frayed.

See at Amazon

Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter (2 pack)

Although it seems that USB-C might become the preferred connection for phones in the future (because it is), you’ve probably got a lot of MicroUSB cables lying around. Good news! With the Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter, you don’t have to let those old cords sit around collecting dust.

This simple adapter can be placed on the end of any MicroUSB cable to make it compatible with a USB-C port. The adapter is capable of receiving USB 2.0 transfer speeds and 2A charging speeds, so as long as your cable is up-to-snuff, this adapter won’t feel any different than a standard USB-C cable.

See at Amazon

iCarez tempered glass screen protector

Protecting your screen is important and getting an iCarez tempered glass screen protector can go a long way to making sure your phone lasts for the long haul.

This screen protector covers the entire screen and features a dry application method meant to prevent bubbling.

See at Amazon

NXET USB-C charge dock

Keep your desk, counter, or nightstand looking neat and tidy, while charging your Nexus 5X with the NXET USB-C charge dock.

This dock will keep your Nexus completely accessible, making it super easy to swipe through the news of the day, check your calendar, or reply to messages all with one hand. The dock adjusts to three different viewing angles, which means you will always be comfortable when you are looking at it.

It’s worth mentioning this dock won’t allow you to charge your 5X rapidly; however, it’s a good quality dock that still supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds for when you plug the dock into your computer.

See at Amazon

Anker PowerCore+

If you find your Nexus 5X is always dying on you when you aren’t around outlets of any kind, you may want to consider getting a Anker PowerCore+ power bank.

With a huge capacity of 20100 mAh, the Anker PowerCore+ can fully charge your Nexus 5X seven times and still have some juice left. It has two USB-A ports and a USB-C port allowing you to charge three devices at once, meaning all your favorite electronics will always be charged and ready to go.

While this is a great power bank, the cord that it comes with is not as high quality. We recommend using a better cable to ensure your devices are properly charged and protected from damage. The Cambond cable we mentioned earlier in this list would be a perfect choice.

See at Amazon

Photos Live case

The Photos Live case is a case for your Nexus 5X that is as unique as you are. It’s a one shell case that features a photo of your choosing, making it perfect for treasuring a precious moment, highlighting your favorite photo, or even using a unique print from your favorite artist.

The Photos Live case has a companion app you can download to turn your wallpaper into an entire slideshow, making it seem as though your case is integrated into your Home screen!

A cool case to make you the talk of the town, or a timeless gift for a close friend or loved one.

See at Google

Ringke Fusion clear case

If you want a case that offers your Nexus 5X some protection while keeping the beautiful natural look of the phone, the Ringke Fusion case is perfect for you.

It’s a one-piece TPU sleeve that fits the 5X snuggly and doesn’t block the usage of any buttons or ports. It has a dust cover over the headphone jack, so you can rest easy knowing dirt will stay out of there.

It’s a little thicker around the edges of the phone to protect the phone from falling damage, and it even comes with a screen protector, so it protects the entire phone.

See at Amazon

UE Roll/UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears Roll is a mini Bluetooth speaker you can take with you wherever you go. It has a fantastic water-resistance rating, meaning you don’t have to sing alone in the shower anymore. Plus, it also comes with a floating life preserver, meaning you can bring this speaker to a pool party and have it float along the surface.

The sound quality of this tiny guy is impressive, and you can pair two together for a stereo experience. Download the UE app to control playback so you can control it from afar.

UE has released the Roll 2, which includes all the features of the older model along with a few key improvements. The Roll 2 has better sound — both in volume and tone — while also increasing the Bluetooth range to 100 feet.

The Roll 2 costs about $99; however, you can find the original Roll on sale, and it could be worth keeping an eye on the price as time goes on.

To some people, the value of the upgraded UE Roll 2 is offset by the potential savings of the original Roll. We have links to both versions below, so you can decide between the new and the old.

See UE Roll at Amazon See UE Roll 2 at Amazon

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Jeff Bezos says he’s put more than 1,000 people on Amazon Echo and Alexa

“It’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is very bullish on his company’s artificial intelligence push. So bullish, in fact, that Amazon has invested four years of research into its key project in AI — and stacked that project with a sizable staff.

Bezos said at the Code Conference that the team on Alexa, Amazon’s smart voice-assistant software, and Echo, its flagship device, is now more than 1,000 employees. It appears to be the first time he’s publicly stated the staff size on the project.

“We’ve been working behind the scenes for the last four years,” he said about Echo and Alexa. “It’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

Other tech giants are moving into the space. Google recently previewed its coming Echo rival. Apple reportedly has one in the works.

Bezos dodged direct questions about competitors. He said voice interfaces won’t replace phones altogether, but admitted that this field of AI is only getting bigger — and noted one of Amazon’s edges over the competition.

“There will be huge advances,” he said. “Bigger companies like Amazon have an advantage because you need a lot of data to do extraordinary things.”

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The Gates Foundation looks to stop Zika by giving mosquitos a sexually transmitted disease

The approach releases bugs with a bacteria that would render them and their offspring unable to transmit disease.

Ordinarily the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is in the business of stopping diseases rather than spreading them.

When it comes to mosquitoes, though, the foundation is funding an approach that aims to spread a disease among mosquitoes that would prevent those bugs from spreading Zika and other diseases.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann showed off a kit at Code Conference on Tuesday that looks like a Chinese food take-out box that contains female mosquito eggs that have been infected with a bacteria. When these insects are born, they will produce offspring that is unable to transmit a variety of diseases, including Zika.

Part of the reason the foundation is focused on this approach is that Zika itself wasn’t on anyone’s radar as far as serious disease threats. Past outbreaks caused only flu-like symptoms and not the birth defects and other serious issues that the current Zika outbreak is causing.

“Zika wasn’t on anyone’s list,” Desmond-Hellman said.

By contrast, Ebola was seen as a potential bioterrorism risk so the global health community was at least a “tiny bit” prepared for the 2014 outbreak. Even Ebola had in the past been limited to just 2,000 cases.

The Gates Foundation has been funding the Australian researchers behind the STD approach for more than eight years, originally to halt the threat of Dengue fever, though the same approach should also help fight the spread of Zika, as well as Chikungunya, another serious mosquito-borne disease.

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