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Anti-Union Side Takes Lead in Amazon Vote

Alabama vote is tilting more than 2 to 1 against unionizing workers

(Newser) - Amazon is heading into the final stretch of a union push in Bessemer, Alabama, with a sizeable lead over labor organizers. With nearly half the ballots counted Thursday night, 1,100 warehouse workers had rejected the union while 463 voted in favor of it. The count will resume Friday morning...

Amazon Tells GOP Senators Why It Stopped Selling Book

GOP senators demanded answers on 'When Harry Became Sally' ban

(Newser) - Amazon has responded to Republican lawmakers who demanded to know why it had stopped selling When Harry Became Sally, a controversial book on transgender issues. In a letter to four Republican senators, the company said the book, which came out in 2018, was recently removed because "we have chosen...

After Dr. Seuss Books Are Pulled, Demand Spikes

Other Seuss titles are topping bestseller lists, while 6 yanked ones are hot on eBay

(Newser) - A decision by the company that controls the Dr. Seuss name to no longer publish or sell six books in its portfolio doesn't seem to have hurt the brand. USA Today reports that, as of Thursday morning, Dr. Seuss books are selling like hotcakes online: On Amazon's bestseller...

Amazon Changes Logo That 'Looked Like Hitler'

'Looks like a happy little cardboard Adolf to me'

(Newser) - Amazon changed its app logo earlier this year—then changed it again following complaints that it looked too much like Adolf Hitler. The logo that replaced the old image of a shopping trolley showed ripped blue tape over Amazon's smile logo, which reminded some users of Hitler's toothbrush...

New York Sues Amazon Over Alleged COVID Shortcomings
New York Sues Amazon Over
'Deficient' COVID Response
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New York Sues Amazon Over 'Deficient' COVID Response

Suit filed by AG Letitia James also alleges it retaliated against an NYC worker

(Newser) - "Amazon's extreme profits and exponential growth rate came at the expense of the lives, health, and safety of its frontline workers." So claims a lawsuit filed against the company by the state of New York, which alleges Amazon both failed to put in place COVID safeguards for...

Jeff Bezos Steps Down at Amazon Amid Rising Scrutiny

Indeed, 'unprecedented' scrutiny in Washington, Politico says

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon.com at a time when controversy is swirling around him. As Politico notes, not only have critics been increasingly questioning Amazon's wages and treatment of its workers—and contrasting those with the massive profits the company is bringing in amid...

Bezos Is Stepping Down as Amazon CEO
Amazon Is Getting a New CEO

Amazon Is Getting a New CEO

'This isn't about retiring,' Bezos says

(Newser) - Amazon reported very strong financial results Tuesday—along with the news that CEO Jeff Bezos is stepping down after almost 30 years. Bezos, who founded Amazon in 1994 and turned the firm into an e-shopping juggernaut, become incredibly rich in the process, will transition to executive chair of the company'...

Vaccine Rollout Gets a New Corporate Volunteer

Amazon offers to help, also asks for its workers to be prioritized in terms of getting vaccinated

(Newser) - A popular meme invokes the idea of training Amazon delivery drivers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in order to roll it out as quickly as possible—and that may turn out to be not far from the truth, as Amazon sent President Biden a letter on Inauguration Day offering to...

Amazon to Judge: Don't Make Us Reinstate Parler

Company says lack of moderation led to 'steady increase' in violent content

(Newser) - Amazon has asked a federal judge to deny a request to reinstate the cloud-service account for conservative social media network Parler, claiming Parler shrugged off police violence content on its site before and after the insurrection at the US Capitol. Amazon's lawyers made the claim on Tuesday, a day...

Startup Reveals Self-Driving Taxi With No Steering Wheel
Is This the Car of the Future?

Is This the Car of the Future?

Bezos-owned Zoox reveals self-driving taxi with no steering wheel

(Newser) - Taxi service could someday look quite different: Zoox, a self-driving startup acquired by Jeff Bezos' Amazon in June, on Monday revealed its autonomous taxi prototype. The robotaxi, which does away with the steering wheel, pedals, and driver's seat entirely, "reimagines the entire premise of a car," per...

During Pandemic, Amazon Is Hiring. And Hiring

Pace is unprecedented, putting the company on track to become world's biggest employer

(Newser) - Walmart once hired 230,000 people in one year. Amazon is making that look like nothing. Through October, the online retailer has added 427,300 employees this year, the New York Times reports. "It's hiring like mad," a labor historian at the University of California-Santa Barbara said....

Online Giant Faces EU Antitrust Charges

Regulators say Amazon uses other companies' data against them

(Newser) - European Union regulators filed antitrust charges Tuesday against Amazon, accusing the e-commerce giant of using its access to data from companies that sell products on its platform to gain an unfair advantage over them. The charges, filed two years after the bloc's antitrust enforcer began looking into the company,...

Bezos Cashes In $3.1B in Amazon Shares

Amazon CEO made more than $10B Wednesday

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos cashed in more than $3 billion in Amazon shares on Monday and Tuesday, bringing the total for the year to $10.2 billion—which is less than what he made on Wednesday. Business Insider reports that the Amazon CEO's net worth jumped around $10.5 billion Wednesday...

Apple Reports Record-Breaking Mac Sales

2020 is a banner year for Big Tech

(Newser) - While many are calling 2020 the "worst year ever," it's becoming the best one on record for big tech companies. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Alphabet, Google's parent company, have all reported record-breaking quarterly sales and/or profits this week, MarketWatch reports. Apple reported record revenue of...

Big Day in Tech: Prime Day, 5G iPhones
What to Buy, and Not
to Buy on Prime Day
the rundown

What to Buy, and Not to Buy on Prime Day

Also, Apple is expected to unveil its first 5G phones

(Newser) - Tuesday is a big day for those in the market for a new iPhone, a tech toy, a vacuum, or pretty much any item under the sun. It's not only Amazon Prime Day, but Apple will unveil its new phone lineup. Coverage:
  • Apple: At the company's 1pm ET
...

Amazon Gives First Data on Coronavirus Toll

Nearly 20K workers contracted the virus, company says

(Newser) - Under pressure for not releasing its toll sooner, Amazon said Thursday that almost 20,000 of its front-line employees contracted the coronavirus. That's out of about 1.37 million front-line employees of Amazon and Whole Foods Market in the US, CNBC reports—1.44%. The data is for confirmed...

Delayed by Coronavirus, Amazon's Prime Day Is Coming
Prime Day Gets a New Date

Prime Day Gets a New Date

It's happening October 13-14

(Newser) - Amazon is aiming to kickstart the holiday shopping season early this year. The company is holding its annual Prime Day over two days in October this year, after the pandemic forced it to postpone the sales event from July, the AP reports. It's the first time Prime Day is...

Everyone's Shopping Online Now. Amazon Needs Help

Company plans to hire 100K more workers, which doesn't count upcoming holiday hires

(Newser) - Amazon has a postponed Prime Day coming up, not to mention the general increase in online shopping seen since the pandemic began—and it needs lots more hands to help with demand. That's why, the company announced Monday, it's hiring an additional 100,000 part-time and full-time workers,...

Amazon Says It Has 33K Jobs. Average Pay: $150K

Company is hosting an online 'Career Day'

(Newser) - Amazon says it wants to help Americans get back to work—and not just in its warehouses. The company is hosting an online Career Day on Sept. 16, and it says it's mobilizing "more than 1,000 experienced recruiters and HR professionals to help job seekers across the...

Seed Mystery Leads Amazon to Cut Off Foreign Sales in US

USDA is analyzing 2.5K of the packets sent to homes

(Newser) - Until the mystery of the unsolicited seed packets is solved, Amazon is throwing a wrench into the supply chain. Foreign sellers have been told they can no longer ship plant or seed products through its site into the US, the Wall Street Journal reports; the packets often have China postmarks....

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