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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 »

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 »

Battle to Host Amazon's New HQ Gets Prickly

Tucson's 'really cool' cactus gift is rejected

(Newser) - Amazon has rejected the 21-foot saguaro cactus that southern Arizona economic leaders planned to send as a gift to CEO Jeff Bezos, in a bid to attract the company's second headquarters. "Unfortunately we can't accept gifts (even really cool ones)," an Amazon tweet read. Amazon says... 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 »

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