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Amazon to New York: We're Coming After All

Amazon plans to house 1,500 employees there by 2021

(Newser) - Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives,... More »

Amazon Yanks Auschwitz- Themed Christmas Decor

Plus a bottle opener and 'Jewish Death' mouse pad

(Newser) - If you find an Auschwitz-themed bottle opener or Christmas ornament to be in completely bad taste, you're not the only one. Per the Guardian , the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum spent much of the weekend blasting Amazon online for offering Christmas decorations and other products featuring images of the Nazi... More »

On Cyber Monday, a 'Threat' Has Emerged Against Amazon

Target, Walmart, other retailers could suck share on what's set to be biggest online shopping day yet

(Newser) - Nearly 70 million Americans will be plopped in front of their computers or phones today, and not just because they're back to the grind after the long holiday weekend. It's Cyber Monday, an online extension of the Black Friday sales that have gone on for years, and Reuters... More »

Why One State 'Scuttled' Worker's Horrible Death

Phillip Lee Terry died in Indiana in 2017

(Newser) - Phillip Lee Terry's death was needless and gruesome. Now Indiana officials are accused of crippling a probe into the tragedy while trying to get Amazon to open its second headquarters in the state, Vice reports. John Stallone, a former state safety inspector, is the whistleblower who triggered the story.... More »

Alexa Gets Emotional

Amazon lets developers use 'happy/excited' and 'disappointed/empathetic' tones

(Newser) - If you thought HAL 9000 got emotional , check out Alexa—who now has three levels of excitement and three of disappointment added to her somewhat robotic voice, GeekWire reports. On Tuesday, Amazon said developers can have Alexa reply to US users in "happy/excited" or "disappointed/empathetic" intonations. "For... More »

Republicans Issue Cryptic Remark Over Trump Jr's New Book

'Triggered' is No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, but is that legit?

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr's book Triggered is No. 1 nationwide—but what's the little dagger symbol beside it on the New York Times bestseller list? That indicates bulk purchases improved its ranking, and sure enough, the Republican National Committee paid a bookseller chain $94,800 the week before Triggered ... More »

Amazon's $1.5M in Seattle Races May Have Backfired

Company drew criticism for spending to support business-friendly candidates

(Newser) - Amazon poured $1.5 million into an effort to overhaul Seattle's City Council this year. It didn't deliver. Though many votes remain to be counted, early returns suggest the online retail giant and other business interests will have fewer obvious allies on the council than at any time... More »

Amazon Worker Dies After Collapsing on Floor Unnoticed

Warehouse employee was sent back to shift after complaining of chest pains

(Newser) - An Amazon employee who collapsed after a heart attack lay on the warehouse floor for 20 minutes before receiving help. Billy Foister, 48, had gone to the fulfillment center's medical clinic a week before with chest pains, told he was just dehydrated, and sent back to work, the Guardian... More »

Nearly 2K Whole Foods Workers May Lose Benefits

Employees will have to work 30 hours for health care coverage

(Newser) - Whole Foods, the grocery chain owned by Amazon, is cutting health care benefits for its part-time workers, a move that could leave about 1,900 of its employees without medical coverage. Starting next year, Whole Foods employees have to work at least 30 hours a week to qualify for its... More »

FedEx Cuts Ties With Amazon

It will no longer make ground deliveries, had already terminated air deliveries

(Newser) - FedEx is severing ties with Amazon as the online retailer builds out its own delivery fleet and becomes more of a threat, the AP reports. The announcement Wednesday that FedEx would no longer make ground deliveries for Amazon comes two months after the delivery company said it was terminating its... More »

Dirt-Filled Boxes Enable $370K Amazon Scam: Report

James Gilbert Kwarteng is accused of sending the online retailer returns in dirt-filled boxes

(Newser) - Talk about audacious: A man in Spain is accused of scamming Amazon out of $370,000 by returning items in dirt-filled boxes, Fox Business reports. According to Spanish newspapers, 22-year-old James Gilbert Kwarteng weighed the refilled boxes to match the product weight and received his refunds. The boxes apparently went... More »

FBI Says Amazon Drivers Stole Goods as Part of Massive Theft Ring

FBI busts theft ring in Washington state after millions of dollars' worth of sales

(Newser) - The FBI says a theft ring in Washington state sold millions of dollars' worth of stolen goods on Amazon.com in the past six years, and a pair of Amazon delivery drivers was involved. According to a search warrant affidavit reviewed by the AP , two storefront businesses posing as pawn... More »

Buy a Home This Way, Get Up to $5K From Amazon

In the form of Amazon goods, services

(Newser) - You can buy almost anything on Amazon, except maybe a new house ... right? Well, now you sort of can, thanks to the company's new partnership with Realogy, the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the US. Alongside Amazon, Realogy, which owns such well-known brands as Century 21 and... More »

Apparent Prime Day Pricing Error May Cost Amazon

Site had cameras that retail for thousands listed at $94.48

(Newser) - Whoops: Amazon, apparently in error, priced a bunch of very expensive camera gear for $94.48 on Prime Day—and is honoring at least some of the sales. First, someone noticed a camera normally priced at $548 was listed for $94.48 and submitted the deal to Slickdeals . It made... More »

Amazon Workers in Minnesota Stop Work on Prime Day

4-hour strike action at fulfillment center part of a push for better work conditions

(Newser) - Amazon's Prime Day is well underway , and this year amid the bargains comes a work stoppage by employees in Minnesota. Some workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee were taking part in a strike action from 2pm to 6pm to demand better work conditions, reports the Star Tribune ... More »

Companies You Didn't Know Were Owned by Amazon

The company has its hands in pretty much everything

(Newser) - You can buy pretty much anything on Amazon.com—but what you may not know is that some of the things you're buying on Amazon are made by companies that are also owned by Amazon. Of course there are the obvious ones—Amazon Kindle and Amazon Echo, for example—... More »

You Can Now Pick Up Your Amazon Orders at Rite Aid

Option is currently available at more than 100 stores across US

(Newser) - Amazon is adding a new way to get your packages: head over to another store's sales counter to pick it up. Starting Thursday, Amazon shoppers will be able to fetch their orders at more than 100 Rite Aid stores across the United States, the AP reports. It will expand... More »

Amazon Prime Day Is Coming. Except Now It's Prime Days

Sale starting July 15 will stretch for 48 hours

(Newser) - CNET wonders if Amazon Prime Day may eventually morph into Amazon Prime Month, and it's a reasonable assumption to make considering the company's latest announcement. While last year the annual shopping event ran for a longer-than-usual 36 hours, this year's version is surpassing that, with a... More »

Woman Storms Stage at Jeff Bezos Appearance

Priya Sawhney confronted Amazon chief about chicken farms

(Newser) - A woman was arrested Thursday after approaching Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos and yelling about chicken farms on stage at a conference in Las Vegas, authorities said. Bezos's appearance at Amazon's re:Mars event at the Aria resort was briefly interrupted before the woman was surrounded by... More »

House Plans Sweeping Probe of Tech Giants

Investigation to focus on 'concentration of market power'

(Newser) - Tech giants—including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google—will face a "top-to-bottom" antitrust investigation by the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. David Cicilline, leader of the investigation, said Monday it is aimed at the "tremendous concentration of market power" held by the companies more than it is at individual... More »

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