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Bezos: Amazon Not a 'Soulless, Dystopian Workplace'

CEO hits back at unflattering 'NYT' article that depicts company as callous

(Newser) - The usually reticent Jeff Bezos let loose this weekend in a memo to Amazon employees after a harsh New York Times article described an often-toxic workplace where workers are regularly thinned through "purposeful Darwinism"; callous managers prioritize work over employees' serious illnesses, parental obligations, and family tragedies; and ultra-competitiveness... More »

Amazon: Devote 200 Feet of Airspace to Drones

Company thinks it will be necessary for safety (and deliveries) in the near future

(Newser) - Amazon is thinking in more tangible terms about the future of delivery drones : It's floating the idea that 200 feet of airspace be designated a drone-only zone over cities. The company thinks that aviation officials should set aside the space between 200 and 400 feet above ground to safely... More »

Amazon Has Its First Original Movie

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq stars Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson

(Newser) - Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee's new film as its first Amazon Original Movie . The film, with the working title Chi-Raq, stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, DB Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Chi-Raq, which focuses... More »

10 of Amazon's Best Prime Day Deals

Prime users get taste of Black Friday in July as retailer discounts electronics, more

(Newser) - It’s Amazon’s 20th birthday and Christmas for Amazon Prime users who have exclusive access to Prime Day sales today in celebration. Amazon says the online sales event will top Black Friday in terms of volume. Don’t want to pay the $99-per-year membership fee to score a deal?... More »

Walmart Disses Amazon Prime Day With 'Everyone' Sale

But some experts say these 'Black Friday any day' sales may backfire

(Newser) - Poor Black Friday, being ambushed on one side by Amazon Prime Day on Wednesday, and now by Walmart's latest sale blitz on the other. In what USA Today calls a continuation of the "Walmart vs. Amazon fight for retail domination," Walmart announced in a blog post today... More »

Amazon: What Black Friday? Meet 'Prime Day'

Company to offer one-day online shopping 'extravaganza' on July 15

(Newser) - Black Friday is so 2014. That's the gist of Amazon's announcement of Prime Day, a "global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday" only to Prime members to celebrate its 20th anniversary next week, reports CNNMoney . "Step Aside Black Friday—Meet Prime Day" is the... More »

Series on Amazon Is Best Rom-Com of Year

'Catastrophe' is more than worthwhile, says Vulture critic

(Newser) - Anyone scraping for something to watch who has access to Amazon Prime's live streaming will want to check out Catastrophe, writes Matt Zoller Seitz at Vulture . In fact, this British TV series is the "romantic comedy of the year," he declares. The first season of six half-hour... More »

Amazon Dumps Confederate Flag

And eBay, too

(Newser) - The movement to ditch the Confederate flag is now steamrolling along: Amazon and eBay today forbid the sale of any flag-related merchandise, reports CNN . (Walmart already did so , as did Sears.) An eBay spokesperson provides an explanation that is beginning to sound familiar after images surfaced of Charleston shooting... More »

Etsy Bans Sale of Spells, Irks Witches, Pagans

Some claim cultural or religious bias

(Newser) - Back in 2012, when eBay banned the sale of spells, potions, and other metaphysical goods, many witches and pagans set up shop with Etsy instead. But they're going to have to shuffle their goods and services yet again, now that Etsy—which went public in April—has quietly banned... More »

Mom's Genius Review of Teen's Crop Top Goes Viral

Mom uses cat to model 'ridiculously small' top

(Newser) - A mom who wasn't happy with the skimpy crop top her 16-year-old daughter ordered off of Amazon gave the $4.99 top (full product name: "Lady Padded Bra Tops Bustier Cutout Vest Crop Top Bralette Tank Blouse") just one star on the site back in April. But... More »

All the Internet Addresses Will Be Gone by the Summer

Nearly all of the 4.3B IPv4 addresses created in early '80s are now in use

(Newser) - Engineers who created 4.3 billion Internet Protocol addresses back in 1981 probably thought that by the time we ran through all those, we'd be puttering around in flying cars. Flying cars are going to be a while , but it looks like our IP numbers are finally up: The... More »

How Amazon Honored Its First Customer

John Wainwright bought a book and had a building named after him

(Newser) - If you were quick on the draw 20 years ago, you might have had a building named after you by Amazon. Instead, as MarketWatch reports, that honor goes to a software engineer named John Wainwright. On April 3, 1995, Wainwright became the fledgling company's first paying customer when he... More »

Amazon Deliveries Coming to Audi Car Trunks

Only in Munich next month in test program, but project could expand

(Newser) - Like Santa sneaking down the chimney, Amazon is planning to drop packages off in customers' car trunks while they're at work or otherwise unavailable for delivery, the New York Times reports. The caveat (for now): Recipients need to live in Munich, have a select Audi equipped with special technology,... More »

Amazon's Dash Button Is an Evil Little Gadget

Ian Crouch: We're now all just rats in giant Skinner boxes

(Newser) - When Amazon rolled out its new Dash button , lots of people initially thought it was an April Fools' joke. Ian Crouch of the New Yorker wishes it were. The Dash is a physical button linked to a specific product that you place around your home; if you're running low... More »

Amazon's Dash Button: It's Now Easier to Spend Money

It's a physical button you stick somewhere, then push to reorder a product

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal admits it held off on writing about the new Amazon Dash Button today because it seemed like an April Fool's joke. Turns out, it's the real deal . Amazon wants people to place these branded buttons in conspicuous places—one for detergent on the washing... More »

Earth Has Just 2 Giant Forests Left

The only 2 unfragmented forest habitats are the Amazon, Congo

(Newser) - To see the Earth's ecology forest for its trees, first we have to acknowledge there aren't many large, intact forests around. In fact, according to a new study published in Science Advances , there are only two such continuous forests left: in South America and Africa, Christian Science Monitor ... More »

Amazon Getting Into the Movie Business

And it's helping to lead a 'golden age' of television: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - First Amazon's Transparent won big at the Golden Globes , then the company scored a Woody Allen television series ; the trifecta comes as the behemoth announces the rollout of Amazon Original Movies—a series of up to a dozen full-length flicks a year that "focus on unique stories, voices,... More »

A Woody Allen TV Show? What It Means

Big things for streaming TV—and likely controversy: James Poniewozik

(Newser) - Woody Allen is set to write and direct a TV series on Amazon Prime , and the news has big ramifications for the filmmaker, the company, and the TV industry, writes James Poniewozik in Time . First of all, the legendary director's willingness to make a TV show proves that "... More »

Amazon Scores Woody Allen's First TV Series

He'll write and direct half-hour episodes on Prime

(Newser) - Woody Allen is getting ready to make his first-ever TV series, though in a press release, he doesn't quite sound prepared: "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin." The filmmaker will write and... More »

Amazon Wants You to Shop While Going Potty

Retailer joins P&G in creating 'Stall Mall' shopping experience from public toilets

(Newser) - Remember when a trip to the restroom used to actually be somewhat restful? Amazon and Procter & Gamble want to make sure you multitask and maximize your toilet time with their new "Stall Mall" campaign, which pushes consumers to "Sit, Shop, and Save!" The companies have teamed... More »

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