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Amazon's Cashier-Less Seattle Grocery Opens To The Public
Amazon on Monday will open its automated grocery in Seattle to the public, replacing cashiers with a smartphone app and hundreds of small cameras that track purchases.
For the past year, the 1,800-square foot mini-mart has been open to the company's employees.
There is no waiting in line for check out at Amazon Go, as the store is called – instead, its computerized system charges the customer's Amazon account as they exit the store.
"Every time customers grab an item off a shelf, Amazon says the product is automatically put into the shopping cart of their online account. If customers put the item back on the shelf, Amazon removes it from their virtual basket.
The only sign of the technology that makes this possible floats above the store shelves — arrays of small cameras, hundreds of them throughout the store."
There are no carts either, just bring your own shopping bag.
Amazon has dubbed the technology as "Just Walk Out" and, according to CNBC "it uses computer vision, deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion — many of the same advances being used to develop autonomous driving."
In August, Amazon announced a $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods, giving the online retail giant a firmer foothold in the grocery business.
Amazon says it has no plans to implement its "Just Walk Out" technology in Whole Foods.
French Prison Guards Step Up Nationwide Strike Protesting Security And Pay Concerns
Prison guards in France are protesting many of the country's 188 prisons to acknowledge what they say is the government's indifference to attacks against them.
At the prison in the southern city of Marseille, about 100 guards protested, setting a small fire and blocking the entrance, according to The Associated Press.
The Local reports that 120 prisons nationwide have been similarly blockaded by striking guards.
Unions have been pushing for increased safety and better pay at the country's notoriously violent and overcrowded facilities, according to France24.
The news website reports:
"The spate of prison attacks began on January 11, when German convict Christian Ganczarski, a former top al Qaeda militant, attacked three officers with scissors and a razor blade at a high-security prison in northern France.
Two other attacks followed in less than a week, prompting guards to launch the nationwide strike.
In a further attack at a Corsican jail on Friday, three inmates, including one under surveillance for Islamic [radicalization], attacked two guards with a knife, wounding one of them seriously."
President Emmanuel Macron has promised to outline a plan to overhaul the nation's prison system next month, including renovations to existing facilities and expansions aimed at housing an additional 15,000 inmates, according to The Local.
Last year, French prisons held 70,000 inmates, with an average occupancy rate of 118 percent, France24 says.
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Delhi Police Say They've Captured Most-Wanted Terrorist Known As 'India's Bin Laden'
Police in New Delhi say they have captured a man who came to be known as "India's Bin Laden" for allegedly masterminding a series of deadly bombings across India over the past decade.
Indian authorities say that Abdul Subhan Qureshi planned bomb blasts that ripped through the western state of Gujarat in 2008, killing 56 people. He is also believed to have founded the militant group Indian Mujahideen and to have been behind deadly bombings in Mumbai in 2006, Delhi in 2010 and Bangalore in 2014.
"Abdul Subhan Qureshi was living with forged documents in Nepal. He came back to India to revive [the] Indian Mujahideen," Delhi Police Chief Kushwaha said at a news conference in the capital on Monday.
India's Financial Express reports: "The 2008 ... bombings were a series of as many as 21 bomb blasts that had hit Ahmedabad on 26 July 2008 within a span of 70 minutes. As many as 56 people were killed and over 200 people were injured."
Qureshi, 46, also known as "Tauqeer," worked as a software engineer before becoming radicalized, according to Indian media.
Senior intelligence officers were quoted by The Times of India as saying they believe Qureshi eluded authorities several times over the years by changing his appearance.