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Amazon Worker Sends Email, Leaps From Company Building

Seattle police say it was suicide attempt

(Newser) - An Amazon employee emailed hundreds of fellow Amazonians—including CEO Jeff Bezos—before leaping from a building at company headquarters in Seattle Monday morning. The man survived the jump, which police believe was a suicide attempt. A source tells Bloomberg that the man, one of 20,000 workers in multiple... More »

Amazon's Bezos Becomes World's Third Richest Person

$2.6 billion isn't a bad day's haul

(Newser) - Thursday wasn't a bad day for Jeff Bezos: a $2.6 billion rise in his fortune and a move up Forbes' billionaire list to become the third richest person on the planet, the magazine reports . The 24-hour windfall that brought the Amazon CEO's net worth up to a... More »

Jeff Bezos Responds to Trump's Amazon Attack

Amazon founder says presidential candidates shouldn't behave that way

(Newser) - Last Thursday, Donald Trump set his sights on Amazon founder/Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and pulled the proverbial trigger, accusing Amazon of "getting away with murder tax-wise" and claiming the paper was being wielded to protect Amazon from paying more in taxes. One week later, Bezos took aim of... More »

Trump's New Target: Amazon.com

He calls out founder Jeff Bezos

(Newser) - Donald Trump seems to have a big new target in his sights: Amazon.com and its founder, Jeff Bezos. In a Thursday interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump accused Bezos of using his Washington Post to try to keep Trump out of the White House. Why? He said Amazon... More »

2 Familiar Names Crack List of Top 10 Billionaires

No, not Bill Gates—he still reigns at top of the 'Forbes' list with $75B

(Newser) - Forbes' annual compilation of the wealthiest people on Earth is out, and the list welcomes a couple of flush newcomers to the richest of the rich. Bill Gates retains his top spot with $75 billion to his name, while for the first time, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg cracks the... More »

Trump: I'll Ask Bill Gates to Shut Down the Internet

Jeff Bezos would rather send Trump to space

(Newser) - After Donald Trump is done banning all Muslims from the US , he'll consider shutting down the Internet to stop ISIS "jihadists"—or so he told a South Carolina crowd on Monday. "We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet," Trump said. "... More »

Bezos 1, Musk 0: Reusable Rocket Goes to Space and Back

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket nailed landing after 62-mile journey

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space firm beat Elon Musk's SpaceX to the punch and launched its Blue Shepard reusable rocket into outer space, then returned to its landing pad in its "first successful uncrewed reusability test," Mashable reports. The BE-3 rocket and empty crew capsule flew to... More »

Amazon: NYT Takedown Was a Mistake-Filled Mess

Rep Jay Carney insinuates piece wouldn't have passed Journalism 101

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos took umbrage back in August at a New York Times takedown of Amazon's supposedly toxic work environment. Now Jay Carney—President Obama's former press secretary and now chief spokesman for Amazon—is on the offensive, via a lengthy response to the Aug. 15 piece that was... More »

Chinese President Says 'Cheese' With US Tech Giants

Zuckerberg even put on a suit for the occasion

(Newser) - One way to get the head of Apple to visit the Microsoft campus: Tell him it's picture day with the president of China. Tim Cook and other technology bigwigs—including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Alibaba's Jack Ma—gathered yesterday in Redmond, Wash., for... More »

Amazon CEO Says He'll Launch Rockets From Florida

Jeff Bezos plans on making spacecraft, launching them from Cape Canaveral

(Newser) - When Jeff Bezos graduated valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High in 1982, he told the Miami Herald that one day he wanted to "build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts, and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the Earth." The Amazon CEO just took a major... More »

Bezos: Amazon Not a 'Soulless, Dystopian Workplace'

CEO hits back at unflattering 'NYT' article that depicts company as callous

(Newser) - The usually reticent Jeff Bezos let loose this weekend in a memo to Amazon employees after a harsh New York Times article described an often-toxic workplace where workers are regularly thinned through "purposeful Darwinism"; callous managers prioritize work over employees' serious illnesses, parental obligations, and family tragedies; and ultra-competitiveness... More »

Amazon's Founder Made $7B in 45 Minutes Yesterday

Stock surge makes Bezos 5th-richest person in world

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos is having a pretty good month, even by the standards of stratospherically wealthy tech tycoons. Last night, just days after the Amazon.com founder celebrated the company's 20th anniversary, he made $7 billion in under 45 minutes as the company's share price soared in after-hours trading,... More »

Only One Thing May Force Jeff Bezos to Calm Down

His own employees, worried about their stock: Columnist

(Newser) - Amazon stock tanked yesterday after a lousy quarterly earnings report, and the big question is whether this reality check will change the way Jeff Bezos operates, writes Brad Stone at Bloomberg Businessweek . The company "is spending wildly on new initiatives": everything from new "fulfillment centers" to grocery deliveries... More »

Writers Break Silence on Secret Amazon Retreat

The bookseller's literary weekend, called Campfire, is famously secretive and lavish

(Newser) - Not much is known about the literary weekend Amazon founder Jeff Bezos hosts in Santa Fe every year, other than that it is lavish and the writers are showered with gifts and even a suitcase in which to carry the gifts home, occasionally on private jets. But the spare-no-expense "... More »

Bezos-Owned Washington Post Asks Readers to 'Buy It Now'

And Facebook tests 'satire' warning

(Newser) - About a year ago, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post —and this weekend, Post readers noticed something unusual. Mentions of books in Post articles featured a button within the text allowing readers to "buy it now" from Amazon, Mashable reports. Several such buttons appeared, for instance,... More »

Amazon to FAA: Let Us Test Delivery Drones

Company seeks permission for commerical flights

(Newser) - Amazon's vision of a fleet of delivery drones is apparently closer to reality than realized: The company has asked the FAA for permission to run test flights on its own property, reports theStreet . Amazon says it's on a ninth-generation prototype that can carry packages up to 5 pounds... More »

Stephen King Adds His Clout to Anti-Amazon Letter

Authors think Jeff Bezos is using bully business tactics

(Newser) - Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and Robert Caro are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group. The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with... More »

Amazon Pays Workers $5K to Quit

Strategy is to keep only employees who truly want to stay

(Newser) - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sent out his annual letter to shareholders this week, and Business Insider takes note of one part in particular about the company's "Pay to Quit" program. Amazon offers some employees up to $5,000 to leave, and Bezos explains that the principle is "... More »

Zuck Down $3 Billion in Tough Week for Tech

Google, Amazon bosses see fortunes drop

(Newser) - It's been a rough week for tech stocks, and some of Silicon Valley's top figures have paid the price. Mark Zuckerberg has lost $3.1 billion, Bloomberg reports, as Facebook dropped 11%. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, meanwhile, saw their joint fortunes dip $3 billion, while... More »

Bezos Airlifted Out of Galapagos

Amazon founder hit by kidney stones on New Year's vacation

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos has a rating for his New Year's Day 2014: "Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars," the Amazon founder says in a statement, addressing reports that he had to be airlifted off a cruise ship by the Ecuadorian navy on the first of the year... More »

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