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Does Amazon use Oracle instead of AWS to run their business?

Misleading at best Oracle is completely different from AWS. This quote is wrong such that it's comparing apples to oranges. Ellison is claiming that Amazon is using Oracle's database to run their ...
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Only the US, Liberia and Myanmar are “not metric”?

From the Ph.D. thesis "The Social Life of Measures: Metrication in the United States and Mexico, 1789--2004": As of today [September 2011] there are seven non-metric countries in the world: ...
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Does Amazon use Oracle instead of AWS to run their business?

Amazon uses both AWS and the Oracle relational database system to run their business. The quote by Larry Ellison is very misleading but not outright false. Amazon uses AWS infrastructure to run ...
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Only the US, Liberia and Myanmar are “not metric”?

According to a well-sourced wikipedia article, those three countries are the only three that have "some adoption", whereas all the others have "partially complete" adoption (UK, Malaysia, Canada, ...
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Does Amazon use Oracle instead of AWS to run their business?

Apparently, they are currently in the process of migrating from Oracle to AWS. According to an interview with "one of the people" published in August 2018 by CNBC: Amazon began moving off ...
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Are "Hitler" brand ice cream cones sold in India?

This seems to be a genuine product. The Hindustan Times report above, which seems to be the origin of most of the non-Indian reports, gives considerable detail on the name of the manufacturing ...
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Is Amazon copying sellers' items and then selling their own versions instead?

I'm not sure how this is a surprising claim at its core. The press has been reporting that Amazon has been doing this for years, e.g. Bloomberg in 2016: Rain Design has been selling an aluminum ...
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Did a woman find a chicken head in her McNuggets?

It was covered by ABC and referenced by Business Week. There's also three stories from the local paper which first broke the news: Chicken Head Found In Wing Box Mother Still Dealing With Her ...
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Were modern Japan customs for Valentine's Day and White Day instigated by retailers?

Isabel Anderson, wife of US ambassador to Japan (December 1912-March 1913) Larz Anderson, wrote in her book The Spell of Japan: On St. Valentine's day I took some presents out to Watanabe's house, ...
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Was Colonel Sanders rejected by 1009 restaurants before he started his first franchise?

I was a manager for KFC for a few years. They fly all managers down for training in Kentucky and we all hear the history of KFC. Long story short: He developed the recipe on his own while caring ...
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Is Mother's Day an invention of florists?

Is there any evidence that the flower-selling industry is responsible for creating Mother's day, or at least for pushing it to the popularity it has now? Yes. In the USA, the current Mother's Day ...
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Did a 700 percent increase in pencil sales occur in Britain on the back of the Sudoku boom?

I think I found the person responsible for this quote, saying something very similar a decade later. Faber-Castell is a pencil business based in Germany, owned by a single aristocratic family. Shades ...
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