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Amazon Offers Gift Cards in Exchange for Body Scans

Project is for internal research only, those who sign up are told

(Newser) - Amazon is enlisting participants for an image study in New York. In exchange for undergoing a 30-minute digital 3D scan of their bodies, Mashable reports, volunteers receive a $25 gift card. Photos, 3D scans, and videos of study participants, both clothed and in "form-fitting" swimwear, are taken, per the... More »

Amazon to Its Workers: Quit and We'll Give You $10K

That money would be to start a business delivering packages for Amazon

(Newser) - Amazon is racing to deliver packages faster, and it's is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we'll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages. The offer, announced Monday, comes as Amazon seeks to speed up its shipping time from two days to... More »

With Marriage Dissolved, Here's How the Bezoses Split Their Stock

Jeff Bezos keeps 75% of couple's Amazon shares, plus voting control of MacKenzie's

(Newser) - MacKenzie Bezos won't be the world's richest woman after all: She says she and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have finished dissolving their marriage, and that Jeff will be keeping 75% of the couple's Amazon stock. He'll also retain voting control over his ex's shares, she... More »

Amazon Driver Parks Illegally, Gets Shot

He was challenged after parking in handicapped spot

(Newser) - A Missouri Amazon delivery driver who police say parked his van illegally in a handicapped-accessible parking spot is in critical condition in a hospital after a man shot him in a dispute over the space, the AP reports. St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison says the 21-year-old driver was taken... More »

Cuomo Has Been Pleading for Bezos to Change His Mind

He wants company to reconsider NYC decision

(Newser) - Amazon has scrapped plans to build part of its second headquarters in New York City—but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would really, really like them to think again. Sources tell the New York Times that the Democrat has spoken to numerous Amazon execs, including founder and CEO Jeff Bezos,... More »

Progressive Dems 'Killed Amazon, the Biggest Beast Around'

In the battle of the centrists vs. progressives, the progressives emerged victorious

(Newser) - In the battle of the centrists versus the progressives, the progressives emerged victorious. At least that's the contention of left-of-center Democrats in New York, who are flashing the "V" sign after Amazon announced it was nixing its plans to build a second headquarters in Queens. The Wall Street ... More »

New York Is Out: Amazon Ditches Plans to Build There

Critics said the city was giving away too many concessions

(Newser) - Big news from Amazon Thursday: The company is scrapping plans to build part of its second headquarters in New York City, reports the New York Times . The decision comes after critics accused New York of giving away too many concessions to lure the retailing behemoth. Amazon announced last year that... More »

Bezos Always Did the Dinner Dishes. Here's What Changed

'As Amazon’s interest in entertainment grew, Mr. Bezos’ association with celebrity did, too'

(Newser) - "I didn’t realize the Wall Street Journal trafficked in warmed-over drivel from supermarket tabloids." That was how a rep for Amazon responded to the Journal when it requested an interview with CEO Jeff Bezos for what would become a piece titled "Jeff Bezos’ Journey From Private... More »

Amazon's New HQ in NYC? Uh, About That.

Mega-retailer reconsiders amid political power-shift

(Newser) - The world's most valuable public company may not bring 25,000 new jobs to New York City after all, the Washington Post reports. Amazon.com—which chose to split its upcoming second headquarters between New York and Arlington, Virginia, after a highly publicized yearlong search—is said to be... More »

Woody Allen Wants $68M From Amazon

Director sues over film deal that fell apart

(Newser) - Woody Allen is not happy that Amazon is refusing to distribute his latest film, and he's going to court over it. As the director has faced renewed scrutiny over daughter Dylan Farrow's allegations that he sexually abused her when she was seven, Amazon Studios had second thoughts about... More »

Sales for Obama's Memoir Are Stunning

'Becoming' tops Amazon's charts for 47 straight days

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's Becoming, a best-seller? Yeah, just a little: The inspirational memoir is now one of the most popular books of the decade—at least according to sales on Amazon, CNN reports. It's been the site's No. 1 title almost every day since being released over two... More »

MacKenzie Bezos, Soon to Be World's Richest Woman?

Maybe, though it's not yet clear how couple's assets will be divided

(Newser) - Could MacKenzie Bezos soon be the richest woman in the world? As Bloomberg explains, it's not yet clear what will happen to the couple's assets when Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie, an author, divorce , but an expert says those assets will likely be divided equally.... More »

Reason It's Hard to Quit Amazon Is Pretty Simple

'Shopping is labor,' which is easy to forget, writes blogger

(Newser) - In a piece at Slate , Shannon Palus takes note of two things about Amazon: A staggering 100 million people or so have Prime subscriptions, and yet more people seem to be canceling their subscriptions in protest. The reason for the latter, as spelled out in Vox , is an apparent rising... More »

5 Years After Bezos Prediction, No Amazon Drones

It's not clear if plan will ever become reality

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people's doorsteps by now. Amazon customers are still waiting. And it's unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company's founder and CEO will arrive. Bezos made billions of dollars by... More »

Huge Graffiti Scrawled in Amazon's New Nabe

Seems Amazon enemies vandalized the place

(Newser) - Amazon-haters apparently broke into a building the company owns Saturday and left their mark: the word "Scamazon" written in big orange letters. Police say they spotted the graffiti written on floor-to-ceiling windows facing out over the East River in Long Island City, Queens, at about 5pm and had it... More »

Bezos: 'One Day, Amazon Will Fail,' Go Bankrupt

But it's workers' responsibility to 'delay' that demise as long as possible, CEO said

(Newser) - As Amazon prepares to branch out with new headquarters sites in two cities , some employees are concerned what this expansion, and the company's size overall, could ultimately mean for the retailing giant. Their CEO's words on the matter may not be entirely reassuring. "I predict one day... More »

Amazon's 2 Winning Cities Will Get 25K Jobs Each

They will be in Virginia and NYC, sources say

(Newser) - Disappointment for Dallas, Toronto, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and most of the other cities and regions on Amazon's shortlist : Sources tell the Wall Street Journal and other outlets that the company has picked sites in Northern Virginia and New York City for its "second headquarters." The Journal's sources... More »

Amazon Echo Recordings May Play Role in Murder Case

Judge says authorities can examine device's recordings

(Newser) - A judge has ruled that New Hampshire authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of two women can examine recordings made by an Amazon Echo speaker with the Alexa voice assistant, the AP reports. Timothy Verrill, of Dover, is accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of 48-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old... More »

Saudis' Amazon Boycott Shows Signs of 'Coordination'

Similar language found among 8K tweets mentioning boycott

(Newser) - Amazon can expect to send fewer packages to Saudi Arabia in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Thousands of social media users in the country are urging a boycott of Amazon.com and Dubai-based subsidiary Souq.com over coverage of the writer's killing published by the Washington Post,... More »

Amazon Will Put New HQ in 2 Cities: Sources

Each 'co-headquarter' will have 25K workers, insiders say

(Newser) - After more than a year of searching—and a fierce bidding war among cities across America and Canada—Amazon has decided to abandon plans to build a second headquarters that would be the "full equal" of its Seattle base, insiders say. Instead, sources tell the Wall Street Journal , the... More »

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