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Jeffrey Tambor Officially Ousted From Transparent

Amazon Studios finished its investigation into accusations of sexual harassment

(Newser) - It was expected, but now it's official: Jeffrey Tambor won't return for the fifth season of Transparent after being accused of sexual harassment by two women involved with the hit Amazon show. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Amazon Studios made the announcement Thursday after finishing an investigation into... More »

Report: Amazon Poised to Bite the Hand That Ships It

New shipping service for businesses could turn UPS, FedEx into rivals

(Newser) - Amazon isn't just expanding grocery deliveries : The company will soon offer a shipping service for businesses, putting it in direct competition with UPS and FedEx, whose shares saw sharp declines in pre-market trading Friday, per CNBC . "Shipping with Amazon" will see Amazon pick up packages from third-party merchants... More »

Amazon Going for Grocery Rivals' Jugulars

It now offers 2-hour grocery delivery in 4 markets

(Newser) - If traditional grocers aren't intimidated by Amazon's no-checkout grocery store , they might be by the company's latest venture in the world of food. Amazon Prime subscribers in Dallas, Cincinnati, Virginia Beach, and Austin, Texas, can now buy Whole Foods groceries online and have them delivered in two... More »

Couple Inundated With Mystery Packages Wants It to Stop

Amazon keeps sending things to Mass. couple

(Newser) - A Massachusetts couple says it was fun at first when they started receiving free mystery packages from Amazon that they hadn't ordered, the AP reports. Now they think it's annoying and want it to stop. Mike and Kelly Gallivan tell the Boston Globe the first package arrived in... More »

Whole Foods' New System Is Leaving Workers in Tears

The scorecards seem to be the biggest pain point of OTS, per Business Insider

(Newser) - It's not a TPS report , but it may be just as stress-inducing. Business Insider reports that things aren't exactly hunky-dory at Whole Foods in the wake of Amazon's acquisition of it, and the 27 current and newly former employees it spoke with say the OTS system is... More »

3 Corporate Giants to Go After the 'Hungry Tapeworm'

Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire Hathaway will team up on health care

(Newser) - "The ballooning costs of health care act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy," says Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, and he has teamed up with some equally huge names in an attempt to go after said tapeworm. Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday... More »

No More Grocery Cashiers? 'Amazon Go' Opens Monday

You just pick up your groceries and go; pilot store is in Seattle

(Newser) - Amazon will open its high-tech grocery store to the public this week after a year of beta testing the no-checkout technology on employees. Amazon Go allows shoppers to simply take whatever they want to purchase and leave, eliminating the need for lines or cashiers. The concept store is slated to... More »

Amazon Reveals 20 Finalists for 2nd HQ

Some 'shoo-ins,' but also some surprises

(Newser) - North American cities and regions have been going to "unusual extremes" to vie to become Amazon's second headquarters, reports the New York Times , and the online giant announced a short list Thursday, with just one city—Los Angeles—out of the 20 hailing from the West Coast. The... More »

Trump Attacks US Postal Service: 'Dumber and Poorer'

He wants to know why USPS doesn't charge Amazon more to deliver packages

(Newser) - “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” President Trump tweeted Friday. While... More »

'Porch Pirates' Don't Always Leave With Holiday Gifts

It's a big problem, but some homeowners are fighting back

(Newser) - In the weeks leading up to the holidays, the UPS and Amazon trucks are out in full force—and so are "porch pirates" who steal deliveries from people's mailboxes and porches. But in Utah, one thief went too far and swiped something critical: a three-month supply of a... More »

Walmart Plays Catch-Up, Starts Selling Meal Kits Online

It's more bad news for Blue Apron

(Newser) - Walmart has made the latest move in its never-ending battle with Amazon for control of people who shop in their underwear. TheStreet reports Walmart started selling meal kits from companies like Home Chef and Takeout Kit on its website last weekend. Amazon, of course, entered the meal kit game over... More »

Maybe Letting Delivery Drivers Into Home Isn't Actually So Safe

Security firm says it's found flaw in new Amazon Key service

(Newser) - A recent survey of US adults found 68% weren't comfortable giving delivery drivers access to their homes to leave packages inside, as happens with Amazon's new service, the Seattle Times reports. That number may soon go up even further. A security research firm tells CBS News a "... More »

Are Amazon's 'Last Mile' Drivers 'Utterly Expendable'?

Gizmodo says contracted workers aren't exactly living the dream that job ads push

(Newser) - Amazon has an open secret that few pay heed to: a "nearly invisible workforce" that works to get consumers their packages on demand, per Gizmodo . Bryan Menegus dives into the company's Flex program, responsible for the firm's "last-mile" service, which involves getting ordered goods to a... More »

2nd Harassment Claim May Doom Tambor's Role on Transparent

Transgender actress Trace Lysette complains to Amazon studio

(Newser) - Jeffrey Tambor's future as the star of Transparent is getting shakier as Amazon studio officials look into a second claim of sexual harassment against him. In the latest case, transgender actress Trace Lysette accuses Tambor, who plays a transgender woman in the series, of lewd remarks and sexually suggestive... More »

LOTR TV Show Is Coming, Preciousssss

Amazon paid a reported $250M for TV rights

(Newser) - Fans of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings can prepare for "a new epic journey in Middle Earth." Amazon has announced plans to create a TV series inspired by the fantasy trilogy after acquiring the global TV rights for a reported $250 million, reports Deadline . The company... More »

CVS Takes 'Preemptive Strike' Against Amazon

It will offer same-day, next-day drug delivery

(Newser) - CVS customers will soon be able to get their prescriptions, along with other merchandise, delivered for free the next day—or even the same day in some cities. The move, announced Monday, will start in 2018, and USA Today reports it's likely a "preemptive strike" at Amazon, which... More »

Brave New World of Home Deliveries Has Arrived

Amazon rolls out 'Key' service, allowing strangers to enter your home

(Newser) - Amazon has been working on ideas about how to foil "porch pirates," and on Wednesday it unveiled a service to do just that—by removing the porch from the equation. The only catch is customers will have to be OK with giving a delivery person access to their... More »

To Woo Amazon, One City Bought 1K of Its Products

Kansas City, Mo., isn't the only location that's trying hard

(Newser) - America's cities are so eager to land Amazon's second headquarters that they're going to some unusual extremes in the hopes of securing what is said to be a $5 billion investment and 50,000 new jobs. Moody's Analytics ranked what it sees as the likeliest candidates,... More »

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 »

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