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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 Algorithm May Be Costing You Money

ProPublica says its own products often get preferred rankings

(Newser) - ProPublica has a warning for Amazon shoppers, i.e. pretty much everyone who shops: The results that come up first after a search are often not the best deals. Amazon gives preference to its own products or to companies who pay for its services when it comes to picking... More »

Amazon Is Testing 30-Hour Work Week

Pay will be reduced, but benefits will be full

(Newser) - Amazon is experimenting with a 30-hour work week—but before you get too excited, consider that the employees will only earn 75% of what full-time employees earn. But they will be salaried and will get the same benefits as the 40-hour employees, the Washington Post reports. The pilot program, which... More »

Walmart Drops $3.3B on an Amazon Killer

Acquisition of Jet.com announced Monday

(Newser) - It's a year-old startup that wasn't yet profitable. Now Jet.com enters the books as the largest-ever e-commerce startup acquisition. Walmart announced Monday that it would purchase the site for $3.3 billion, with all but $300 million of that in cash; the rest takes the form of... More »

Amazon Prime Members Can Now Get Discounted Student Loans

Wells Fargo is partnering with the website

(Newser) - The latest perk for Amazon Prime members: a discounted interest rate for student loans. Specifically, Amazon is teaming with Wells Fargo to offer the loans; the bank will offer a discount of 0.5% to Amazon Prime Student members. Amazon Prime Student is half the cost of a regular Amazon... More »

Amazon's New Building Will Resemble ... the Amazon

It'll include 40 to 50 trees, plus 'treehouses'

(Newser) - Amazon is revamping its Seattle headquarters, adding several new buildings, including a 524-foot-tall tower with a dog park perched on top, per Silicon Beat . But the pièce de résistance is a skeletal-like structure made up of three conjoined spheres ( Bloomberg likens them to "melted-together Milk Duds"... More »

If You Own an Old Kindle, You Must Update It Now

Here's why

(Newser) - If you've been ignoring Amazon's prodding to update your Kindle, you may want to start paying attention. As Quartz reports, any Kindle purchased before 2012 must be updated by Tuesday, March 22, in order to continue being able to connect to the Internet. If you miss the deadline,... More »

To Curb Warehouse Theft, Amazon Turns on the TV

Stories of those caught highlighted on flat screens at warehouses

(Newser) - Big Brother is on the job at Amazon. And the online retailer, in an effort discourage internal theft, wants workers to know it. To that end, Amazon has installed flat-screen TVs at some of its warehouses for the purpose of sharing the stories of employees who have been caught stealing,... More »

Amazon's Echo May Be 'Next Great Gadget'

Farhad Manjoo compares it to Iron Man's Jarvis

(Newser) - Tech writer Farhad Manjoo has high praise for Amazon's Echo : "Amazon seems on the verge of building something like Iron Man’s Jarvis, the artificial-intelligence brain at the center of all your household activities," he writes in the New York Times . Tech companies have been searching for... More »

Starbucks, Amazon Customers in for Unhappy Changes

Starbucks changes loyalty program, Amazon changes free shipping

(Newser) - Both Starbucks and Amazon are in the news for recent changes—and not necessarily good ones:
  • Starbucks is changing its rewards program in a fashion that hurts people who don't spend much per visit. Right now, loyalty program members earn a free food item or beverage after earning 12
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Bookstore-Slayer Amazon Plans 400 ... Bookstores?

It could become country's second-biggest chain

(Newser) - Amazon is reportedly planning to become one of those things that thrived before the rise of Amazon: a chain of bookstores. Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of mall company General Growth Properties, spilled the beans on Tuesday when the Wall Street Journal asked him about developments in the mall business. "You'... More »

'Netflix for Books' Calls It Quits

Oyster team is joining Google instead

(Newser) - A service billed as a Netflix for books is calling it quits after failing to attract enough voracious readers willing to pay $9.95 a month for access to 1 million books. Oyster, which launched in 2013, announced in a blog post that it's going to "sunset" the... More »

Hulu Now Offers Commercial-Free Option

For $12 a month

(Newser) - Until today, Hulu's streaming content featured commercials—even if you were a paying subscriber. But as of today, the company announced, you can pay $12 a month for an ad-free version of the streaming service. The move is intended to help Hulu better compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime,... 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 »

Suck It, FAA: Amazon Drone Tests Move North

Prime Air experiments carried out feet from US border in BC

(Newser) - Amazon has followed up on its threat to deploy drones outside of the US after new rules dampened its dream of drone deliveries. Though the company was just granted an FAA certificate allowing it to carry out certain tests for Prime Air, the Guardian reports Amazon moved its drone operations... More »

Amazon Drones Cleared to Fly

But FAA says test operator will need a pilot's license

(Newser) - Amazon's dream of door-to-door delivery by drone might not be dead after all. The Federal Aviation Administration has granted the company an "experimental airworthiness certificate" to test drones outdoors, but it comes with some pretty tough restrictions: The tests must take place below 400 feet during daylight hours... More »

Amazon Hates New Drone Rules

It threatens to shift Prime Air project overseas

(Newser) - The new FAA draft regulations for commercial drones include provisions that appear to shoot down Amazon's plans for drone deliveries —and the company is far from happy about it. The FAA, which plans to require drone operators to have the aircraft in sight at all times, needs to... More »

Amazon Might Buy RadioShack Storefronts

Bankruptcy looms for RadioShack; some locations may be purchased

(Newser) - Amazon.com has long been trying to boost its physical presence in the real world , and this could be its biggest move yet: Bloomberg , citing multiple insiders, reports that the online retailer is in talks to acquire some RadioShack storefronts. RadioShack has been struggling and is expected to file for... More »

How an Amazon Warehouse Can Ship 700K Items Today

Credit Kiva, the orange robot

(Newser) - How Amazon plans to make it through the holidays: with 80,000 seasonal workers ... and 15,000 robots. Meet "Kiva", the 320-pound orange robot that looks like a Roomba on steroids and acts as the elf to Amazon's Santa: It slides across the fulfillment centers at 5mph to... More »

Amazon, Hachette Make Nice

Resolve dispute, sign new contract

(Newser) - Amazon and Hachette have resolved the dispute that caused authors, including two very important Stephens ( King and Colbert ), to speak out against the online retailer. The deal was announced this morning, and though details have not been made public, a new multiyear contract was signed and Hachette won... More »

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