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Amazon Alexa Gets Its First Celebrity Voice

Samuel L. Jackson will come in a clean or explicit version

(Newser) - If Alexa's normal voice is too soothing and bland, you'll soon be able to have Samuel L. Jackson cursing at you instead, if that's to your liking. Per USA Today , Amazon announced a slew of new products and services on Wednesday, and among them was a notice... More »

Amazon Unveils Its Green Plan Before Protest

Bezos says company will be carbon neutral by 2040

(Newser) - Long criticized for its carbon footprint and lack of efforts to shrink it, Amazon announced steps Thursday to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels. Founder Jeff Bezos said the company will meet the terms of the Paris climate agreement 10 years early, USA Today reports, and be carbon neutral by... 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 »

Bookstores Want Amazon Punished Over Atwood Goof

800 people reportedly received Margaret Atwood's 'The Testaments,' due out Tuesday

(Newser) - Some readers already have their hands on Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, due out next week, thanks to a slip by Amazon. The company apologized Thursday for a "technical error" after a "small number of customers" received The Testaments days ahead of its Tuesday... More »

Now Bolsonaro Might Take That $22M, on One Condition

Brazilian president wants Emmanuel Macron to apologize

(Newser) - So maybe Brazil will take that $22 million after all. After a rep for President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the aid package offered by the G7 and mocked French President Emmanuel Macron while doing so early Tuesday, Bolsonaro hours later indicated he actually would accept it—on one condition. The Washington ... More »

Brazilian President to World on Amazon Fires: Butt Out

'Our house is burning,' French leader says

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron says the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest are an international crisis—but his Brazilian counterpart thinks Macron, and the rest of the world, should butt out. President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday that foreign powers should not interfere, even though he admitted that Brazil did not... More »

Amazon Pulling Plug on Dash

Say goodbye to 'perplexing' button that you pushed to order stuff with

(Newser) - Four years after its launch, the Amazon Dash button is headed for the scrap heap. Amazon is pulling the plug on what CNN calls one of its more "perplexing" offerings, and it offers up a primer on the apparently seldom-used product, calling it "for people who liked to... 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 »

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 »

Justice Department Launches Big Tech Antitrust Probe

Shares in Facebook, Amazon, Google fall

(Newser) - The Department of Justice has opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers. It comes as a growing number of lawmakers have called for stricter regulation or even breaking up the big tech companies, which... More »

MacKenzie Bezos Expected to Get Billions This Week

A judge is expected to sign paperwork within the coming days

(Newser) - MacKenzie Bezos will assume a new title this week: world's fourth-richest woman. The Guardian reports this is the week a judge will likely sign the paperwork that will make official the transfer of 4% of Amazon shares to her as part of her divorce settlement with Jeff Bezos. Those... More »

MacKenzie Bezos' 'Revealing' Move After Divorce From Jeff

Amazon CEO's ex-wife just signed Giving Pledge, vowing to donate at least half of her wealth

(Newser) - MacKenzie Bezos just opened up her wallet big time, and she's sharing her reason why. "I have a disproportionate amount of money to share," the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos noted in her letter signing on to the Giving Pledge , a commitment by some of the... More »

Bill de Blasio's 2020 Launch Has a Hiccup

Teenager scoops everyone by revealing NYC mayor's decision to run a day in advance

(Newser) - Another day, another Democratic candidate. This time it's New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced his 2020 campaign with a video and an appearance on Good Morning America, reports ABC News . The 58-year-old, currently in his second term, is running on a "working people first" theme.... 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 »

Amazon 'Evolving' From Free 2-Day Shipping

Prime members will soon get packages within 24 hours, for free

(Newser) - If waiting two whole days for your Amazon order is agony, good news: A major expansion of free 1-day shipping for Amazon Prime members is in the works. Amazon is investing $800 million to make that its new standard for Prime members, and it will be available "in the... More »

Come July, You Won't Have to Mail Amazon Returns

Take them to Kohl's instead

(Newser) - You'll soon be able to drop Amazon returns at Kohl's locations across the country—no packing required. More than 1,150 Kohl's stores will accept Amazon returns by July as part of an extended partnership launched in spring 2017. About 100 stores offer the service currently. Customers... More »

Fate of Tambor's Transparent Character: 'It Was Clear'

(Spoiler below) Creator Jill Soloway reveals what happens in finale

(Newser) - (Spoilers follow.) Amazon's Transparent is coming to a close, and it's now been revealed what will happen to Maura Pfefferman, played by ousted actor Jeffrey Tambor. Per the Los Angeles Times , the transgender character will be killed off in the series finale, a move that was widely... More »

Amazon Is Making Big Changes at Whole Foods

New round of price cuts takes effect Wednesday

(Newser) - Whole Foods is taking steps to change its "Whole Paycheck" image with another round of price cuts. According to documents seen by the Wall Street Journal , the Amazon-owned grocery chain is planning to cut prices on more than 500 items, mainly produce and meat, as of Wednesday. Sources tell... More »

From Amazon Warehouses, 189 Disturbing Calls

Daily Beast sees evidence of 'employees on the edge' in 911 logs

(Newser) - Stories about working conditions in Amazon warehouses have been circulating for years, and the Daily Beast is out with an investigation that adds a disturbing tangible element. Between October 2013 and October 2018, it found that 189 emergency calls had been placed from Amazon warehouses across the US because of... More »

Amazon Lobbied for This. Now Its Workers Know

A bill moves through the Washington state legislature

(Newser) - Many of Amazon's Seattle-area employees would be exempt from new labor protections in a bill passed by the state Senate after lobbyists for the tech giant pushed to change a key threshold in the rules, the AP reports. The protections would partially prohibit non-compete clauses—controversial agreements used by... More »

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