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The Amazon is burning and smoke from the fires can be seen from space

The Amazon is burning and smoke from the fires can be seen from spaceSmoke from record wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest blanketed São Paulo on Monday and could be seen from space.



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A 33-year-old woman who used to work for Amazon is the suspect in the massive Capital One hack — meet Paige Thompson

A 33-year-old woman who used to work for Amazon is the suspect in the massive Capital One hack — meet Paige ThompsonThompson is accused of stealing data from millions of Capital One customers, including Social Security numbers and linked bank accounts.



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Brazil miners kill tribal leader in Amazon land invasion

Brazil miners kill tribal leader in Amazon land invasionArmed miners have reportedly invaded a village in a remote part of Brazil and killed a tribal leader. Villagers fled but were planning to return, sparking fears of a "bloodbath," according to local reports. The violence began last week when the indigenous leader was reportedly stabbed to death in an area belonging to the Waiapi tribe in Amapa state, in the north of the country. It came as around 50 miners, known as "garimpeiros," were said to have overrun the Waiapi village of Mariry. The leader's body was reportedly found with stab wounds in a river. The village is 186 miles from the state capital and a team of police departed to investigate. Randolfe Rodrigues, an opposition senator from Amapa, writing on his Facebook page, said: "The situation is urgent." He warned of a "bloodbath" and added: "This is the first violent invasion in 30 years since the demarcation of the indigenous reserves in Amapa." Jawaruwa Waiapi, a Wajãpi leader, said the government should send soldiers because the miners were armed with rifles. He said: "We're in danger." There are more than 1,000 Waiapi living in remote villages near the Brazilian border with French Guiana. Brazil's tribal peoples have long faced pressure from miners, ranchers and loggers. Activists say the threats have intensified since Jair Bolsonaro, the pro-business president, took power in January vowing to increase development in the Amazon rainforest. The Waiapi live deep inside the Amazon in an area rich in gold, manganese, iron and copper. Their territory is one of hundreds Brazil's government demarcated in the 1980s for the exclusive use of indigenous inhabitants, and access by outsiders is strictly regulated. Reports of the attack emerged as Mr Bolsonaro once again defended mining in the Amazon, highlighting the "absurd quantity of minerals" there. Mr Bolsonaro said he was looking for the "first world" to help Brazil exploit the areas.



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All the Best Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals to Shop (So Far)

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Mackenzie Lueck: Amazon Pulls Novel by Murder Suspect Ayoola Ajayi

Mackenzie Lueck: Amazon Pulls Novel by Murder Suspect Ayoola AjayiPhoto Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Getty/FacebookThe suspect in the gruesome slaying of Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck self-published a novel about a teenager who witnessed his friend and his neighbor burn to death, and began advertising the story one year before Lueck was killed.Now Ayoola Ajayi’s book, titled Forge Identity, has been pulled from Amazon’s website as Lueck’s friends and family mourn her death, and more details of the accused murderer’s troubled history—including allegations of rape and domestic abuse—come to light.Lueck disappeared June 17 after returning from a trip to California to attend her grandmother’s funeral. According to police, the 23-year-old kinesiology major at the University of Utah, who went by the nickname “Kenzie,” texted her parents around 1 a.m. after her plane had landed. Then she took a Lyft to Hatch Park in North Salt Lake.It was there that police say Lueck met Ajayi, a 31-year-old IT specialist who was arrested last Friday on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, desecration of a body, and obstruction of justice. Ajayi was the last person Lueck contacted before she vanished, and both their phones both pinged to the park within a minute of each other, according to phone records. Lueck’s cellphone went dark around 3 a.m.On Friday, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown told reporters Ajayi admitted in an interview to texting Lueck on June 16 around 6 p.m., but denied speaking with her after that. Ajayi also claimed he didn’t know what Lueck looked like and that he didn’t see photos or an online profile of her. But Brown said Ajayi did have images of Lueck.Mackenzie Lueck.Police HandoutWhile police executed a search warrant on Ajayi’s property, neighbors told cops that they noticed the suspect burning something in his backyard on June 17 and 18. Brown said investigators discovered a “fresh dig area” along with Lueck’s charred belongings and “female human tissue” which was linked to Lueck through DNA testing.Authorities haven’t disclosed a motive for Lueck’s murder, how she died, or how she might have met the alleged murderer. According to KUTV, a CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City, both Lueck and Ajayi had profiles on “sugar baby” websites, where younger women can meet older men. On Monday, Lueck’s friends told Fox News they believed the alleged killer was “hunting for women” and demanded that social media users stop blaming the victim. “No person regardless of their gender or dating life deserves to die,” said one friend of Lueck’s, Ashley Fine. “Mackenzie is not responsible for the death and murder of Mackenzie. There’s only one person responsible for that, and we’re here to hold him responsible and we’re going to keep holding him responsible.”Man Charged With Murder in Disappearance of Mackenzie LueckAs The Daily Beast reported, the website Barstool Sports fired one of its writers over the weekend for publishing a blog post mocking Lueck’s disappearance, her Instagram account, and her alleged activity on “sugar daddy dating websites.”Police believe Ajayi burned Lueck’s body. Ajayi’s novel, published in August 2018, also refers to the burning deaths of victims—with the cover claiming to be “Inspired From True Events.”“Ezekiel was almost 15 when he witnessed a gruesome murder. An angry mob burned his neighbor alive in the street and the man died at his feet. Sadly, it was not the last time he witnessed such horror,” stated a description of the book on Amazon’s website.“With his well respected father as guide and mentor, Ezekiel saw this death, then a death much closer to home when a loved one was killed in the same brutal, terrifying way 50 feet from him, and he could do nothing to stop it,” the novel’s summary continues. “Staggering to recover from these severe traumas, he finds relief and joy in meeting his first love, becomes embroiled in grand theft, and experiences heartbreaking betrayal. Ezekiel must decide if he will join the ranks of a criminal mastermind, or fight to escape the tyranny that has surrounded his young life. Or even beat them at their own game. When trust is lost, can he even trust himself?”In his author bio, Ajayi says he was “born and raised in Africa” and “has been a salesman, an entrepreneur, and a writer” who “survived a tyrannical dictatorship, escaped a real life crime, traveled internationally, excelled professionally in several industries, and is currently curating a multi-platform advertising campaign for his debut novel.”Amazon did not return messages about the book.Sgt. Brandon Shearer of the Salt Lake City Police Department told The Daily Beast that detectives would look over Ajayi's book, along with several hundred tips that authorities have received in the case. Starting last June, Ajayi was plugging his debut novel with a Facebook page, which commenters have targeted since his arrest. “This isn't a novel, this is a true crime fantasy of a REAL LIFE monster,” someone wrote.Meanwhile, Ajayi's estranged wife told the Daily Mail she went into hiding because she was terrified of her husband, who she claimed attempted to tie her up with a phone cord, and chased her into the street with a knife and slashed her. “I kept telling him I don’t want to be with you, I want a divorce. He wouldn’t sign the papers. His friend from the Army kept calling me, saying they were going to kidnap me,” the woman, 35-year-old Tenisha Jenkins Ajayi, told the tabloid.Tenisha said she and her former husband—known as “AJ” to friends and family—lived together in Dallas, Texas. Ajayi threatened to kill her, she told the Daily Mail, if she didn’t relocate to Utah with him.Salt Lake City police take Ayoola A. Ajayi into custody in connection with missing University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 28, 2019. Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via APOf Ajayi’s novel, Tenisha said, “AJ told me about the book but I didn’t know he had really written it, I hadn't seen him for years.”According to the AP, Ajayi attended Utah State University on and off from 2009 to 2016, without picking a major or earning a degree. Ajayi also served in the Utah Army National Guard for six months but didn’t complete his basic training. He was discharged in June 2015.Two months before Lueck died, Ajayi reportedly sought to build a sound-proof room with a fingerprint lock inside his home.One self-employed contractor named Brian Wolf told the Deseret News that he turned down Ajayi’s job offer because he felt uncomfortable with the request. Wolf said that Ajayi wanted his secret room to have hooks installed high on the concrete walls. "As soon as he said he wanted the hooks above head height, I was like, 'Why do you need big hooks up there?'" Wolf told the Salt Lake City newspaper. “And he said it was to hang a wine rack. I said, ‘Well, I can hang a wine rack and make it look a lot nicer than these big, gaudy hooks.’”Wolf, who shared his text messages with Ajayi with the Deseret News, said the suspect wanted the soundproof room in a “hollowed out area under the front porch." Ajayi allegedly told Wolf that money was no object and that “he wanted it done as soon as possible.”This isn’t the first time Ajayi was investigated by police.On Monday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Ajayi was accused of raping a coworker at a financial company in November 2014. The woman told police the assault took place inside Ajayi’s residence, but that she didn’t want to file charges.The accuser was only filing a police report, according to the Tribune, “in case he did the same thing to someone else.” She met authorities at Cache Valley Hospital after the encounter, which she said started off as consensual until she told him to stop.“She kept saying to me that she felt that it was her fault, because she was not assertive enough,” one police officer wrote in the report. “I explained that all she needed to do was to say no, and that should be enough.”Nothing happened with the case, because the woman allegedly didn’t want to cooperate. Ajayi wasn’t interviewed by police, the Tribune reported.The University of Utah will hold a vigil for Lueck on Monday night. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. 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Amazon adds new option: Buy on Amazon, pick up at Rite Aid

Amazon adds new option: Buy on Amazon, pick up at Rite AidAmazon is adding a new way to get your packages: head over to another store’s sales counter to pick it up. Starting Thursday, Amazon shoppers will be able to fetch their orders at more than 100 Rite Aid stores across the United States. It will expand to 1,500 Rite Aid locations by year-end.



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No, it’s not just you: Half of the internet is down, including Google, Amazon, and Reddit

No, it’s not just you: Half of the internet is down, including Google, Amazon, and RedditWhat better way to start off the week than by not being able to use virtually any online service or access half of the internet's most popular sites? That seems to be the case, as DownDetector (and many tweets) suggest that Google, Amazon, Reddit, and Spectrum — just to name a few — are experiencing issues this morning. Those issues appear to have begun around 6 or 7 AM ET, just as the East Coast was starting its day.Although some of these connection problems appear to be clearing up as of 8:40 AM (for example, Feedly is finally loading for me after being inaccessible since before 8:00 AM), it's likely going to take some time before everything is running smoothly again. Reports are still going up on DownDetector as of writing.It's unclear what is causing half of the internet to go down, but an ominous message from Discord refers to the issue as a "general internet outage," which doesn't sound like something that should be possible:https://twitter.com/ChrisGSeaton/status/1143136635153977345About an hour ago, internet service company Cloudflare says that it "identified a possible route leak impacting some Cloudflare IP ranges." [UPDATE: To be clear, Verizon was responsible for the outage, and Cloudflare was just keeping its customers informed during the recovery process.]Cloudflare followed up with another update about an hour later explaining that the leak "is impacting many internet services including Cloudflare," and moments later, announced that the network responsible for the leak had fixed the issues as of 8:42 AM ET. In theory, the worst of the outage is over.We'll be keeping an eye out for any residual issues that pop up in the hours to come, but we also hope to get a more detailed explanation for why this happened from the network responsible in the near future.UPDATE | 3:30 PM: After service was restored, Cloudflare issued the following statement (via TechCrunch):> Earlier today, a widespread BGP routing leak affected a number of Internet services and a portion of traffic to Cloudflare. All of Cloudflare's systems continued to run normally, but traffic wasn't getting to us for a portion of our domains. At this point, the network outage has been fixed and traffic levels are returning to normal.> > BGP acts as the backbone of the Internet, routing traffic through Internet transit providers and then to services like Cloudflare. There are more than 700k routes across the Internet. By nature, route leaks are localized and can be caused by error or through malicious intent. We've written extensively about BGP and how we've adopted RPKI to help further secure it.Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince also offered a biting take of his own on Twitter:https://twitter.com/eastdakota/status/1143182575680143361



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Amazon employees listen to customers through Echo products, report finds

Amazon employees listen to customers through Echo products, report findsEmployees listen to Echo recordings, transcribe and annotate them and feed them back to the software so that Alexa can better grasp human speech.



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LED light bulbs are somehow on sale for just $1 each on Amazon, today only

LED light bulbs are somehow on sale for just $  1 each on Amazon, today onlyPhilips Hue white LED bulbs are on sale for $ 12.49 each today, and that's a fantastic deal. But Amazon is running a special one-day deal on Monday on regular LED bulbs that you are definitely going to want to take advantage of. Why "definitely," you ask? Because today may very well be the last day that you ever have to buy light bulbs. On Monday only, you can snag a 24-pack of Sylvania Home Lighting 74765 A19 Soft White 2700K LED Light Bulbs for just $ 24.08, which is just $ 1 a bulb. You read that correctly… $ 1! You can also get 24-packs of daylight-tone bright white 5000K bulbs for $ 25.19, which works out to $ 1.05 a bulb. Well, what the heck are you waiting for!?Here's what you need to know from the product page: * These LED lamps make an energy-efficient replacement and substitute for standard 60 watt incandescent lamps. At 8.5 watts, each bulb emits the bright light output of 800 lumens * These bulbs are a great energy-saving replacement for old incandescent bulbs because each lamp has a total lifespan of up to 11, 000 hours. You won't need to constantly change your lightbulbs anymore * These LED lightbulbs require less energy and can save money on your energy bill. Each bright white light bulb works as a great replacement for old 60W incandescent bulbs * These LED light bulbs have a Color temperature of 5000 kelvin, which produces a bright white Color * This bulb is not dimmable.



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Did Saudi Arabia hack Jeff Bezos? Amazon CEO adviser says Saudis 'got private information'

Did Saudi Arabia hack Jeff Bezos? Amazon CEO adviser says Saudis 'got private information'Saudi Arabian officials with an interest in harming Jeff Bezos obtained his "private information," according to an adviser to the world's richest man.



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