‘To troll is human,’ and it’ll stay that way

"To troll is human."

If you thought that the internet had a chance of becoming a nicer place at any point in the near future, it might be time to give up hope.

“Harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust” will stay the norm on the internet over the next decade, experts told the Pew Research Center in a new report.

The Pew Research Center and the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University surveyed about 1,500 technology experts, scholars, corporate practitioners and government leaders in July and August 2016 for the study, and the results are pretty demoralizing.

Forty-two percent of respondents thought the internet would stay the same sometimes less-than-pleasant place over the next 10 years, while another 39 percent said they thought the internet would become a more negative environment. Just under 20 percent of experts thought the internet had any chance of getting better over the next decade when it comes to harassment and trolling.

“To troll is human.”

Experts responded to these questions in mid-2016, before any public conversation about fake news or the role of social networks in politics and the election. But they still had some interesting ideas about why trolling will last.

“Things will stay bad because to troll is human,” the report said. Bad behavior isn’t new: it just has a new name on the internet.

There are economic and political incentives to supporting and allowing trolling, particularly for social networks like Twitter and other tech companies that have little incentive to shut down trolls. And the media organizations that used to shape public conversations and were dedicated to an appearance of civility have shrunk in influence.

The continued creation of online communities, with AI and human moderators who fight trolls, will at least be one way to fight harassment online, experts thought.

The rest of the report is just full of quotes from the professors, digital strategists and engineers who responded. You can read more of their thoughts here, or just, you know, go on Reddit.

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Oppo apologizes for flag incident in India, says will take actions

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Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has come under fire in India after a company official allegedly tore and threw the national flag on the factory premises.

Workers at the Chinese companys Noida office protested for hours on Tuesday, accusing a China-born executive of insulting the Indian flag.

Some workers reportedly went to a hotel where the Chinese executive was staying. The hotel authorities, however, removed them from the premise.

Police have registered a case against the official, who is said to assume production manager role, for allegedly showing disrespect to the national flag.

Police officer Gaurav Grover said they are in the process of retrieving the CCTV footage and will accordingly charge the offender with Flag Acts.

Oppo has apologised for the incident, and said it will take actions against the staff who insulted the national flag. “We are cooperating with the authorities concerned and will be taking appropriate actions,” the company said in an official statement.

The company assured that it has “deep respect” for India, and is a “responsible employer.”

As we have seen in the past, Indians care a lot about the national flag, and the domestic government is quick to take action if such incidents are brought to its attention.

Last year, Amazon was thrown under the bus after its Canadian store was found to be selling doormats depicting India’s national flag. Minutes after somebody let India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj know of the incident, the 62-year old outspoken minister lambasted the company, threatening to expel all foreign employees of Amazon from the country.

Amazon was quick to issue an apology and fix the problem.

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How the Red Sox stadium upgrade revamped Boston neighborhood

(CNN)It’s one of the most enduring symbols of baseball in America — if not in the world.

Opened in 1912, Fenway Park stands in the heart of Boston and has been home to the Boston Red Sox, the city’s Major League Baseball team, ever since.
For years, the sporting ground hosted countless games. It’s where the Red Sox won the World Series in 1918.
    They went on to win multiple World Series, but didn’t have another victory in their home ground at Fenway Park until almost a century later in 2013.
    Located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood — known as “The Fenway” — it has become major sporting landmark, attracting baseball fans worldwide.
    But when ownership of the Red Sox was transferred from the Jean R. Yawkey Trust to magnates John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino at the turn of the millennium, it became clear that the sports ground was urgently in need of a revamp.
    “When we arrived in 2002, major investment was needed — in terms of water issues, structural issues, seating capacity issues, player amenity issues,” Sam Kennedy, president of the Red Sox, tells CNN.
    They were faced with a tough dilemma: should they tear the stadium down, or save and improve it?
    They decided to give the iconic grounds an expensive upgrade.
    “$300 million is a lot of money, but it needed to be invested,” Kennedy tells CNN.

    The transformation

    In 2006, the revamp of Fenway Park began.
    New seating, as well as clubhouses for premium ticket holders, were added. A series of renovations from 2002 onwards means capacity has been increased to 37,731.
    An exciting addition was made to the iconic “Green Monster” — a 37 feet (11.3 meters) high wall that functions as a target for right-handed baseball players.
    Where there once stood a net to catch home run balls, seats were added, creating a unique view of America’s most beloved ballpark.
    The grounds were also adapted to host other sporting events and concerts — rock gods Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones have graced the venue, with Lady Gaga set to perform in September.
    In 2016, Fenway Park saw 2,955,434 visitors to Red Sox games alone — an 11.5% rise from 2002.

    Revival of an area

    The revamp didn’t simply mean a new lease on life for the sports ground — it had a far-reaching effect on the Fenway area, too.
    “Once we committed to staying, businesses, developers, city planners knew there would continue to be three million people coming into this neighborhood each and every baseball season,” Kennedy says.
    Steve Samuels, who helms real estate development firm Samuels & Associates, is building a luxury condo in The Fenway — a 32-story tower named Pierce Boston.
    The developer has been actively building in the area for almost two decades — though the unveiling of this luxury residence is a sign of the times.
    “With the Fenway’s transformation into a thriving hub for people to live, work, and play, and the public’s enthusiastic response to what we’ve created, we felt that now was the time to offer people a place to purchase a luxury product,” Samuels tells CNN.
    Before Samuels began developing the Fenway in 1999 — just a few years before major revamps began at Fenway Park — the area mainly consisted of “fast food joints and car repair shops”, he says.
    There was already a residential community in place, he says, but there weren’t lifestyle amenities like dining options.
    These are integral to “establishing and solidifying a neigborhood”.
    “When we first got started, there wasn’t anybody else investing in the neighborhood in a meaningful way,” he adds.
    “Part of that was just the logistics of compiling all the parcels of land — we had to piece it all together to make it work. And there was also a sense that people didn’t appreciate the potential of the area that has now been realized.”

    Rise in value

    Piece Boston, which is set to open in 2018, has already sold 50% of its units at an average cost of $1,600 per square meter.
    The median sales price of a property in Fenway-Kenmore have risen from $305,000 in April 2011 to $710,000 in April 2015, according to online real estate resource Trulia.
    The annual number of overseas visitors to Boston between 2005/2006 and 2015 increased by 61.4%, according to the US National Travel and Tourism Office.
    “The changes they implemented have complemented what we already created in the area over the past 18 years,” Samuels says.

    In with the old

    Amid such rapid development, Samuels is conscious of preserving the fabric of the neighborhood.
    Instead of tearing down old buildings and replacing them with soulless office units, many of his ventures are run out of restored buildings.
    Casual eatery Tasty Burger, for example, is housed in an old gas station.
    “Glitz is actually not a word that we want to associate with the Fenway. In fact, I’d say we are the opposite of glitz,” Samuels tells CNN.
    “We’ve worked really hard to keep the history and character of the neighborhood … and celebrate the roots that were already here.”
    With so much development underway he thinks the Fenway is becoming a “new hub for startups in Boston”.
    “We are encouraged by all the great business putting down roots in the area.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/29/architecture/red-sox-revamp-boston/index.html

    Kelly says DHS won’t separate families at the border

    Washington (CNN)US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Wednesday assured Senate Democrats he doesn’t intend to separate mothers and children at the border — apparently walking back an earlier statement he made that such a policy could deter people from entering the country illegally.

    Kelly met with Senate Democrats Wednesday afternoon for more than an hour on Capitol Hill to discuss the administration’s immigration policy, a meeting that some members left in “frustration” but others called “positive.” Kelly also said he intends to hold a conference this spring on improving conditions in Central America, and discussed the status of deferred action recipients in the wide-ranging meeting.
    In response to a question from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Kelly said that DHS wouldn’t be separating mothers and children at the border unless there was an extenuating reason, such as illness, according to several Democrats who attended the meeting.
      Kelly later told CNN that characterization was fair, “unless there is some other consideration.” He denied that he had been considering a policy to separate families.
      “I don’t think I have said that,” Kelly said. “Wolf Blitzer first asked me about this and I said everything’s on the table, we might under certain circumstances do that, but I don’t think I’ve ever said as a deterrent or something like that.”
      Earlier this month, Kelly told Blitzer that he was considering the policy as a deterrent; a senior DHS official also confirmed it.
      “Yes I’m considering (that), in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network,” Kelly said at the time. “I am considering exactly that. They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents. … It’s more important to me, Wolf, to try to keep people off of this awful network.”
      Feinstein called the meeting satisfying, and said she got assurances on the families issue as well as assurances that there wouldn’t be sweeps of undocumented agricultural workers in California unless they had another violation.
      Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, who organized the meeting, called it “positive” and said it offered him more “clarity,” though “what remains to be seen is what will happen next.” The lawmakers leaving the meeting said they each had a turn to present the secretary with their concerns and cases from their district.
      Durbin said he felt there was a “better line of communication with the secretary.”
      But not all lawmakers left satisfied.
      “I leave with frustration,” said Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, who has raised concerns previously about immigration enforcement actions in her state.
      “‘Frustration’ would be a good lead,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington. “He stated he was not separating children from their parents, but that’s not been our experience.”
      Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he presented Kelly with several “inhumane” cases he wanted more information on, and added that he would await Kelly’s answers. One such case was a father arrested while on his way to drop off his children at school.
      “I asked questions. There’s still answers to come,” said Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy.
      Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Kelly said his primary focus is deterring migrants from participating in a smuggling pipeline that takes their life savings, is “incredibly dangerous,” has a “super high” rate of abuse for women and in which “young men are siphoned off” to work for the cartels.
      “Please, please, please report that what we’re trying to do is save lives, by encouraging people not to get on that network,” Kelly said. “By the same token, we’re working — and I was briefing the President about this today — we’re working with the Central American republics … with their presidents, with their religious leaders, with their business leaders to have a conference. … So we’re trying to improve the state of life in the Central American republics so the people don’t have to come up here.”
      He said the Alliance for Prosperity conference would be in Miami “before the summer” and that Mexico has volunteered to cohost, with Canada and Colombia looking to be observers. Kelly said the conference would be run by the State Department.
      Kelly categorically ruled out that his department had arrested any eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, saying any crimes committed nullify DACA.
      “By definition, they’re no longer DACA if they have a violation. The DACA status is a commitment not only by the government toward the DACA person or the so-called Dreamer, but by that person to obey the law. And some of them don’t. We have not picked up — I don’t care what you read or what people say — we have not in my time picked up someone who is covered by DACA.”
      Advocacy groups have accused the government of detaining DACA recipients who had not committed any crimes. Several who were detained have since been released.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/29/politics/border-families-separation-kelly/index.html

      Source: Kushner meeting with Russian bank exec was effort to ‘engage with’ Russia

      (CNN)When President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and aide Jared Kushner voluntarily appears before the Senate intelligence committee, he will describe his interactions with Russians during the transition as a point man “looking for the right person to engage with on Russia,” and nothing more, according to a source familiar with what transpired.

      According to this source, neither of Kushner’s meetings — with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov — were about sanctions, which Russian banks have been lobbying against since they were imposed in 2014.
      These were “relationship meetings,” the source said. In Kushner’s meeting with Kislyak, the source added, Kushner asked Kislyak to “identify someone who would be a good intermediary as they were trying to figure out who the right person would be to engage with on Russia.”
        The source said the transition team — and Kushner in particular — were looking for ways to establish a back channel to Putin, as they had done with other leaders during the transition.
        “In the transition they were looking to establish relationships with foreign leaders, and he took dozens of meetings,” according to the source. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius first reported that Kushner was seeking a back channel to Putin.
        In their meeting, Kislyak suggested Kushner also meet with Gorkov, whom Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed in February 2016 as chairman of VneshEconomBank, a Russian state development bank that has been under US sanctions since July 2014.
        The bank, known as VEB, and its ties to the Russian government could have easily been identified in an internet search. But the Trump transition “had no mechanism for vetting anyone” and it was not done, the source said.
        And while Kushner himself could have done a cursory search to find out more about Gorkov, that didn’t happen. “In a more organized transition there would have been someone to vet people before there were meetings,” the source said as explanation, acknowledging “incompetence” in that area of the transition.
        The bank’s recent statement that the meeting with Kushner was part of a “roadshow of business meetings” is in clear contrast to Kushner’s view of it. “That wasn’t the purpose of the meeting,” the source said. “That’s ridiculous.”
        In addition, the source also said that the meeting with Gorkov was not about business or sanctions or the bank’s “new strategy,” as the bank’s recent press release said. “That doesn’t make any sense to me from what I know,” the source added.
        The White House this week insisted that Kushner met as a representative of the incoming Trump administration and the meeting was not consequential.
        “Jared attended the meeting in his capacity as a transition official. Nothing of substance was discussed. There was no follow up,” a White House spokesperson said.
        And Kushner never followed up with Kislyak. When the ambassador wanted to meet with Kushner again, Kushner didn’t see the purpose in doing it, the source said. His feeling, according to this source, was “why should [Kushner] meet with a person for the second time who told [him] he’s not the right person” to be an intermediary to the Kremlin. As a result, Kushner sent a young aide to meet with the ambassador instead.
        The source added that when Rex Tillerson became Secretary of State, the need for a back channel became a moot point, since Tillerson had a wide range of Russian contacts, including with Putin himself.
        “After Tillerson was in place, the liaison role that Jared had been playing ended,” the source said, although Kushner obviously remains connected to the foreign policy world in his role at the White House.

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/29/politics/kushner-meeting-russian-bank/index.html

        Academy bans cellphones for PwC accountants after Oscars fiasco

        After the biggest flub in Oscars history saw La La Land wrongly named best picture, accounting firm in charge of balloting faces new backstage protocols

        PwC accountants will not be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.

        Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar winners developed after the best-picture flub at last months Academy Awards.

        The academys board of governors discussed its ongoing relationship with PwC, formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, and established the new controls at a meeting Tuesday night. Besides banning cellphones, the academy is adding a third balloting partner to the telecast, and bringing in PwCs US chairman to provide oversight.

        PwC, which has handled Oscar balloting and other academy business for 83 years, has claimed responsibility for the biggest mistake in Oscars history. Balloting partner Brian Cullinan tweeted a photo of Emma Stone backstage moments before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for best picture.

        They announced La La Land as the winner, though Moonlight actually won.

        Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/mar/29/oscars-2017-pwc-best-picture-cellphone-ban

        How taking the wrong funding will kill your business

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        Small businesses, as the saying goes, need all of the help they can get these days. Clate Mask, CEO and cofounder at Infusionsoft, is one who helps small businesses and lends a hand. Mask is a visionary leader who took Infusionsoft from a struggling startup to an eight-time Inc. 500/5000 winner. Clate has helped this company land four rounds of venture capital, including a $55 million Series D led by Bain Capital Ventures with contributions from prior investors that included Signal Peak Ventures and Goldman Sachs.

        Clate Mask has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a Top 100 Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends, one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013 by Goldman Sachs, and Business Leader of the Year by the Arizona Technology Council. Mask also co-authored the New York Times bestseller, Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy.

        But what Mask does exceedingly well is help other entrepreneurs understand how to determine and accept the right funding for their businesses as well as how to assess what type of funding may not be right for them. I was able to catch up with Mask and learn more about his continued success and how his transition to Infusionsoft has progressed:

        Why did you start Infusionsoft?

        Scott Martineau, the Co-Founder, and I started Infusionsoft to create a team of innovators, industry experts, tech geeks and small business zealots that were focused on our mission to help other small businesses succeed. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we understood the struggle of turning an idea into a viable business and getting the funding needed to do so.

        What had to change about the product in order to get investors interested?

        We knew we had a powerful piece of software that did a lot for automating sales and marketing. However, we quickly realized that we needed to streamline the implementation experience so customers could tap into that great power much more easily and shorten the time it took to start enjoying the benefits of the software. Once we really got the automation process in place, it changed interest and we knew we had something special.

        What can an entrepreneur do to ensure they have something investors may want to fund?

        Have a big problem to solve that involves a large segment of the market. Be prepared to go the distance with passion and tenacity to get through the barriers, especially one of the big barriers – rejection. Creating a big vision keeps you focused on what you are trying to accomplish.

        What types of problems did you experience when trying to accomplish what you were creating with Infusionsoft?

        The first three years essentially involved not being sure we were going to make it as a business or be able to get enough funds to even begin to have an income. We then ended up with considerable funding, raising approximately $19 million, but we still had some problems in terms of adjusting our business model. This led to our churn going sky high and that caused our business model to get screwed up. An unstable business model nearly cost us the company because we were close to using up all those funds in the process.

        Did this funding nearly kill the business or was it a particular situation?

        Its really a combination of things that can make you succeed, but its critical to get the right investor and right funding in the first place. Having the right funding and investor can prevent making the mistakes we did – that nearly killed our company. When we received the $19 million, it just seemed like those funds would last forever and we would be able to do whatever we wanted to with it. However, if we were to do it all again, I would say that it would help to have investors that participated more in the strategy and build-out so we could learn from their experience and be guided a bit more through the decision-making process on how the funds should be spent. We needed someone with experience with funds who would be willing to help us with the knowledge of what were essentials for purchase in a business and which items can wait. Having investors who doubled as mentors and who filled in the skills gaps really helped us to ensure we didnt waste funding.

        Youve received even bigger amounts than $19 million so how did you stay grounded and use those funds wisely?

        Its important never to focus on the size of the funding. Instead, only look at what you want to accomplish and then thoughtfully determine how you can get those processes done, talent hired, or company expanded on as lean a budget as possible. Stay scrappy and tell yourself you have to survive on scraps rather than assuming you are utterly successful and can spend like theres no tomorrow just because the funding is there.

        Do you have other suggestions about what else is important for an entrepreneur to know about raising money?

        You arent raising the money in the first place to completely change your strategy. You are looking for funding to fuel the strategy you already crafted and help accelerate the transition from idea into full-blown business. Stay focused on what you need the money for as your marker for going out and finding investors who share that same vision of what your company is intended to become.

        Maintain that reality check for yourself as founders and for the talent that comes on board and hears how much money has been raised. Communicate how the funding will be spent on enacting your existing strategy and how those who join you can help achieve the company goals.

        Do you have any advice on how to spot a bad investor for your company?

        We learned that having common interests doesnt mean the investor is necessarily right for you. Sure, they are in your industry as well as understand and believe in what you are developing. Maybe they even have great connections to help you. However, if they dont share your common vision, its never going to be successful. This vision is about where the company is headed, how it will get there, how big your company will become, how the business plan for the company will evolve, and what will happen to plans in the future. If there are conflicting opinions on this vision, this could be the death knell, or the last tolling of the bell for the company. Make sure you know what each investors vision is for the company before taking their money.

        What else can an entrepreneur look for to determine if its a good or bad investor for their company?

        Do your research and study the investors that are out there and especially any investors which have shown interest in providing you with funds. You can find out what these investors or companies have invested in before and why and how they have helped other ventures, as well as how the investment operations ended up. Also consider how experienced a company is at investing in general in your industry, and in your particular solution. The company which wants to become a part of your business experience and reputation will also tell you what you can expect from the relationship. How has this investor handled previous challenges? You can even check in with other startups where your investor has supplied funds to learn more about how the experiences were for that founder. This due diligence can then provide the answer as to whether this investor is right or wrong for your company.

        Entrepreneurs are taking a risk just like the investors they are pitching to because the entrepreneur is inviting someone else into their company to share in its development in exchange for a significant chunk of money that they will have to return at some point. Mask noted that, the more time you can spend doing your investor homework, the better chance you will have for finding the perfect match that takes your startup to the next level.

        Peter Daisyme is the co-founder of Palo Alto, California-based Hostt, specializing in helping businesses with hosting their website for free, for life. Previously he was the co-founder of Pixloo, a company that helped people sell their homes online, which was acquired in 2012.

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        Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/28/hot-taking-the-wrong-funding-will-kill-your-business/

        Here are the puns Uber employees came up with for groups devoted to diversity and inclusion

        Uber's diversity report has some interesting puns in it.
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        Uber just took a break from the endless barrage of stories about its appalling company culture to release its first-ever diversity report.

        The results are depressing, but not that surprising. Women make up 36.1 percent of employees overall and 15.4 percent in tech; black employees make up 8.8 percent of Uber and just 1 percent of tech workers. And Uber’s leadership is even worse, if you couldn’t guess based on Uber executives’ recent missteps. Black or Hispanic employees hold no leadership positions in Uber’s tech divisions.

        One thing that stood out in Uber’s report was its names for its employee resource groups, the groups where employees from different backgrounds can connect and share resources. The names are mostly puns about employees’ identities and Uber.

        As Uber said in its report, employee resource groups are set up and run and named, Uber confirmed by employees themselves. Google, for comparison, has the Gayglers and the Greyglers for gay and elder Googlers respectively.

        At a company with Uber’s track record on sexual harassment, lack of representation from basically all minority groups, and its treatment of lots of employees with marginalized identities, it’s interesting to see what employees have chosen.

        Here’s the list:

        UberHUE

        Los Ubers

        Shalom for Uberettos (Uber’s name for all employees) and Jewbers

        UberPRIDE

        UberABLE

        UberVETERANS

        Asian Diversity Group

        Women of Uber

        Parenting at Uber

        Image: screenshot/uber

        Image: screenshot/uber

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        Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/28/uber-diversity-report-employee-resource-groups/

        Now you can listen to all 7 episodes of S-Town, the next Serial

        Miss Serial? Or just the year 2014? (Who doesn’t?)

        Then get excited, because all the episodes of S-Town, the podcast that promises to be the next Serial, dropped today.

        The podcast, from the producers of Serial and This American Life, follows a mystery in an Alabama town where the son of a wealthy family has been bragging that he got away with murder. Then, the podcast’s description says, someone else ends up dead, “sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.”

        If you can’t wait to find out what that all means, you can get the details today. S-Town released all seven of its episodes in one day just for binge listeners.

        Report back in seven hours!

        WATCH: The Raindrop Cake is back and this time it’s a bright shade of purple

        Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/28/s-town-podcast-releaed/

        Amazon Go is delayed, but get ready for AmazonFresh Pickup to deliver groceries to your car

        AmazonFresh already delivers groceries to your house or apartment.

        Now add your car to that list. Amazon on Tuesday announced the launch of AmazonFresh Pickup, which is basically curbside pickup at an Amazon grocery store.

        To get your groceries via AmazonFresh Pickup, you place an order through the Amazon app and reserve a time for pickup. According to the video announcing the service, at least, a friendly person wearing an AmazonFresh apron will bag your groceries and put them in your trunk. There’s no minimum order.

        Just like Amazon Go, Amazon’s cashier-less grocery store of the future, AmazonFresh Pickup is currently open in beta for Amazon employees in Seattle. When the service launches for real, all Prime members will be able to use the two Seattle locations without an extra charge. Amazon didn’t say when the service would expand beyond Seattle.

        Unlike regular AmazonFresh, AmazonFresh Pickup will be free for all Prime members. Prime customers who pay the extra monthly fee for the ability to order AmazonFresh home delivery will be able to pick up their groceries faster if they opt to do pickup instead.

        Lots of major grocery stores already offer curbside pickup and probably won’t be happy to see Amazon launch their own basically free version. While the original AmazonFresh and FreshDirect are popular in places like New York where a lot of people don’t have cars, curbside pickup better suits the needs of busy grocery shoppers who have a way to take their groceries home with them.

        It was reported this week that Amazon’s plan to open Amazon Go this month was delayed because of kinks in the technology. So it might be a little while before we see AmazonFresh Pickup for anyone besides Amazon employees, too.

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        Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/28/amazon-fresh-pickup/