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Amazon Plots 2 Ways to Foil 'Porch Pirates'

Deliveries may go in your car trunk, or even right in your house

(Newser) - "Porch pirates" may discover that pickings are a bit slim in the not-too-distant future. CNBC reports that Amazon is said to be working on two specific ways to cut down on the problem of thieves stealing boxes off customers' porches:
  • Your car trunk: Amazon is working with a company
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These Are Netflix, Amazon's Most Popular Shows

New metric looks at Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu

(Newser) - It's tough to precisely gauge the popularity of original shows being streamed on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu because the companies don't reveal numbers, but a new metric claims to have come up with the most popular original shows on each. As cited by the Hollywood Reporter , the figures... More »

Couple Admits Fleecing Amazon Out of $1.2M

Indiana duo ordered loads of stuff, and then returned it

(Newser) - An Indiana couple has admitted stealing more than $1.2 million in merchandise from Amazon in an elaborate scheme. Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court in Indianapolis to charges of mail fraud and money laundering in connection with the racket, the Star ... More »

Only 3 Non-Tech Brands Make 'Most Valuable' Top 10

Apple is No. 1, followed by Google and Microsoft

(Newser) - If you wanted to create a brand from scratch and make it a valued household name, the tech sector is probably a good place to start. Per City AM , Interbrand looked at some of the world's biggest brands, then ranked their value—and seven that made it into the... More »

Cops: 'Stupid' Move by Killers of Adventurer Led to Arrests

Brazil police say bandits accidentally sent out distress signal on Emma Kelty's GPS

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the murder of British adventurer Emma Kelty during her trip along the Amazon in Brazil, and they're of the worst kind. But police also revealed that her killers made a dumb move that alerted authorities to the crime, reports the Telegraph . Police initially believed... More »

Amazon 'Pirate' Suspected in Kayaker's Death Is Killed

Police in Brazil provide new details about killing of Emma Kelty

(Newser) - Police in Brazil still haven't found the body of British adventurer Emma Kelty , but they say they have a pretty good idea of how she was slain. Authorities says a gang known as the "Water Pirates" or "Water Rats" came upon the 43-year-old's campsite and shot... More »

Coming Soon: Amazon's First Wearable

Smart glasses equipped with Alexa could be out this year: FT

(Newser) - Amazon has set to work on its first wearable device. With help from Google Glass founder Babak Parviz, whom Amazon hired in 2014, the company is developing smart glasses equipped with the Alexa voice assistant, reports the Financial Times . The glasses will reportedly look pretty normal, without a visible screen... More »

South Park Causes Chaos With Google Homes, Amazon Echos

'Episode has set my Amazon Alexa off about 15 times so far. Had to unplug it'

(Newser) - The 21st season of South Park debuted Wednesday, and it seems technology has finally advanced enough to pull Cartman and company's foul-mouthed antics out of the TV and into America's living rooms. In Wednesday's episode, "White People Renovating Houses," characters repeatedly yelled commands at Amazon... More »

7 Numbers That Explain Amazon's Big HQ News

HQ2 is coming ... somewhere

(Newser) - Amazon on Thursday announced plans for HQ2, a second headquarters to be built in North America as "a full equal to our Seattle headquarters," said Jeff Bezos in a statement . The company has invited interested host cities to submit a proposal , with the application saying the final site... More »

Avoid This Mistake When Shopping Online

Customers are swayed by number of reviews, even for bad products

(Newser) - Quantity matters, at least when it comes to product reviews. New research finds that consumers are swayed by the number of reviews an item receives, even if it's of worse quality. Quartz reports that the study analyzing buying habits on Amazon shows that online products with the most reviews... More »

Under Amazon, This Item Is 43% Cheaper at Whole Foods

Eating an organic apple a day won't cost so much now

(Newser) - Under Amazon, "Whole Paycheck" may need to be updated as "Most-but-Not-All-of-My Paycheck." Amazon on Monday finalized its $13.7 billion takeover of the grocer, and Bloomberg reports new orange signs marked "Whole Foods + Amazon" now appear throughout the grocery store and herald the new prices... More »

Amazon Prepares to Ruin 'Whole Paycheck' Jokes

Amazon expected to cut prices at Whole Foods starting Monday

(Newser) - Amazon expects to wrap up its acquisition of Whole Foods on Monday and is apparently ready to start combating that "Whole Paycheck" joke on day one. CNET reports Amazon will immediately be lowering prices on a number of products at Whole Foods, including eggs, salmon, avocados, kale, ground beef,... More »

Men See Gold, Brazil Sees Jobs, Critics See Disaster

Brazil dissolves protected status of vast region, opening part of it to mining

(Newser) - The government says it's looking out for the economy and job growth; critics say it's "the biggest attack on the Amazon of the last 50 years." The BBC reports on a big move out of Brazil, where a protected area will be protected no more—at... More »

Amazon Tries to Hire 50K Workers in Single Day

Long lines around the country for Amazon's Jobs Day

(Newser) - Amazon held a massive nationwide job fair Wednesday, which is a good thing since retail companies are blaming the internet giant for forcing them to close thousands of stores and lay off employees. On its first-ever Jobs Day, Amazon aimed to hire 50,000 workers to fill positions at 12... More »

Amazon Plans Rival to HBO's Confederate

'Black America' will focus on 'New Colonia,' secured by freed slaves after Reconstruction

(Newser) - A sovereign nation called New Colonia—made up of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, acquired by former black slaves after Reconstruction in a reparations deal—has maintained a "tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship" with "Big Neighbor," the remainder of the United States. That's the... More »

Do Homework Before Buying Your Solar Eclipse Glasses

Quartz finds some suspicious ones on Amazon

(Newser) - The first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979 is fast approaching and Amazon sellers are ready. Many who typically sell fad items are hawking solar eclipse glasses—meant to block 99.99% of sunlight, per the Verge —in the lead-up to Aug. 21, taking over a... More »

The Earth Has a New 'Richest Person'

With a net worth of $90.9 billion, Jeff Bezos just surpassed Bill Gates

(Newser) - A strong morning for shares of Amazon has resulted in bragging rights for CEO Jeff Bezos: He is now the richest person on the planet. Bezos' net worth climbed to $90.9 billion about 10am EDT Thursday, putting him ahead of Gates at $90.7 billion, per Bloomberg . It's... More »

Your Roomba May Be Up to No Good

iRobot is considering selling consumer info to Amazon, Apple, or Google

(Newser) - It may be "smart" to put robots to work in your home—but is it wise? Consumers who want the blueprint and contents of their homes kept private may be wary at news coming out of iRobot, which makes the Roomba robotic vacuum. Per the New York Times , the... More »

Amazon Appears Poised to Crush Blue Apron

The meal-delivery service went public less than a month ago

(Newser) - Fresh off putting a scare into grocery stores with news it was attempting to acquire Whole Foods, Amazon is now doing the same in the meal-kit delivery sector. Quartz reports Blue Apron went public June 28—the first meal-kit company to do so. Less than a month later, it appears... More »

There's a Massive Protest Happening Today—Online

More than 80K websites oppose FCC plan

(Newser) - There's a massive protest happening Wednesday—and it's taking place entirely online. CNBC reports more than 80,000 websites—including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Reddit, Airbnb, and Twitter—are taking part in a "Day of Action" to oppose the FCC's plan to weaken net neutrality protections.... More »

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