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Amazon Will Deliver Packages to Your Trunk

So long as you have the right car

(Newser) - Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow ... will mar your Amazon package, which can now be delivered not to your front porch but into the trunk of your car. The AP reports the company on Tuesday launched that new service in 37 US cities, and while there's no upcharge, there... More »

Amazon Just Shared a Secret Number

Jeff Bezos reveals number of Prime subscribers

(Newser) - After years of speculation, Jeff Bezos finally disclosed the number of Amazon Prime subscribers Wednesday, and it was a big, round one: The CEO said in a letter to shareholders that the service now has at least 100 million subscribers, CNBC reports. He said the company shipped more than 5... More »

Trump Orders Official Review of USPS Amid Amazon Fight

Executive order doesn't mention Bezos' company, but says USPS is bleeding money

(Newser) - President Trump has railed against Amazon repeatedly in recent weeks, accusing Jeff Bezos' company of getting a sweetheart deal from the Postal Service on delivery. On Thursday night, the president took what could be his first tangible step toward changing that: He issued an executive order calling for a review... More »

Trump's Venom Against Amazon Is 'Personal'

'Vanity Fair' reports that he's fixated on taking down Jeff Bezos, owner of 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - President Trump continued his attacks on Amazon Tuesday with a morning tweet again accusing the company of getting a sweetheart deal from the post office in regard to shipping. "I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy,... More »

Trump Rips Into Amazon 'Scam' Again

Says Bezos' company is bilking the USPS out of billions, 'must pay real costs (and taxes) now!'

(Newser) - President Trump trotted out a familiar whipping boy on Saturday, tweeting that Amazon was screwing over none other than the United States Postal Service. "The U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon," he tweeted , adding that "That... More »

Trump's Criticism of Amazon Is Taking a Toll

President complains about Bezos' company, and its stock suffers

(Newser) - Amazon's stock is tumbling—it slid 4% on Wednesday, which translates to a loss of $53 billion, reports Gizmodo —and the slide was continuing on Thursday. The reason? It seems to be a prominent critic who just happens to be president. "I have stated my concerns with... More »

Amazon Stock Tumbles After Report of Trump's Obsession

Sources say Trump doesn't care about Facebook

(Newser) - "He's obsessed with Amazon," a source says of President Trump. "Obsessed." While Congress deals with the fallout from Facebook's Cambridge Analytica fiasco , five sources tell Axios the president remains focused instead on another tech giant. Sources say Trump's friends, particularly in real estate,... More »

Google No Longer Where Americans Most Want to Work

It has given up the crown, according to LinkedIn

(Newser) - Google may be on the receiving end of 1.1 million job applications a year, but it's no longer the place "where professionals most want to work across the US." That's according to LinkedIn , which last week published its 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies report. The job... More »

Walmart Touts Same-Day Delivery to Almost Half of US Homes

Grocery delivery sure is competitive

(Newser) - Look out, Amazon: Trying to keep pace with the online leader, Walmart is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40% of US households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end, reports the AP . Tom Ward, VP of Walmart's digital operations, says the retail giant is powering... More »

Amazon's Alexa Appears to Be Pulling a HAL 9000

People say digital personal assistant letting out 'creepy laugh' without prompting

(Newser) - Amazon is "aware" Alexa is laughing at you and is "working to fix it," the Verge reports. Hold on, what? Starting in February, owners of Alexa-enabled devices began reporting laughter coming from their digital personal assistants, occasionally without any sort of prompting whatsoever. "Lying in bed... More »

Shark Tank Didn't Want It. Amazon Just Paid Big Bucks for It

'Smart' doorbell company Ring scooped up for a reported $1B

(Newser) - Five years ago, Jamie Siminoff left the ABC show Shark Tank "in tears" after a "smart" doorbell he created was spurned. On Tuesday, Ring, the company he built around that invention, was sold to Amazon in a deal Reuters reports as being worth more than $1 billion—one... More »

Amazon Has New Perk for Rewards Cardholders

They'll get 5% back at Whole Foods

(Newser) - Not that Amazon would tell you where to shop for groceries , but if you find yourself in the checkout line at its newly acquired Whole Foods, it might have a suggestion for how to pay. The retail behemoth is now offering 5% cash back to Prime members who use their... More »

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 »

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