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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 »

Warren: Time to Bust Up Google, Amazon

Presidential candidate is going after the giants of tech

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren wants a fair playing field in the marketplace—and she's going after Big Tech to make it happen. "To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last,... 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 »

Amazon Is Launching a Whole New Chain

Welcome to Amazon grocery stores

(Newser) - Amazon may be opening a grocery store near you that's smaller than most supermarkets and priced for everyday shoppers. The online retail giant plans to open dozens of them across America and will start with one in Los Angeles as early as late 2019, an insider tells the Wall ... 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 »

Guess What Amazon Paid in Taxes Last Year

If you guessed $0, you're close. It's less than $0.

(Newser) - Amazon, pay federal taxes? Hope Uncle Sam isn't holding his breath. The retailing giant paid zero dollars to the feds in 2017 and 2018 despite profits totaling nearly $17 billion, the Guardian reports. Seems Amazon relied on tax credits and tax breaks for executive stock options to turn its... 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 »

A Trump Foe Has Profited the Most Since Election

Jeff Bezos leads the way in growth of money among billionaires

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos and President Trump don't like each other much. (The president even refers to him as "Jeff Bozo .") But Bloomberg has done an unusual tabulation that suggests the two have common ground on the subject of money. Specifically, nobody on the planet has made more... More »

Speed Is a Perk at America's Favorite Grocery Store

It also touts a 'rich private brand offering'

(Newser) - "Your neighborhood grocery store" is also your favorite, according to dunnhumby's second annual Retailer Preference Index . Some 7,000 US households were surveyed on 56 of the largest grocery stores to find out which have the top mix of financial performance and consumer emotional attachment. Consumers—who reported... More »

Your Amazon Order May Soon Arrive in This

Six 'cooler-sized' Scout vehicles undergoing test in Washington state

(Newser) - With drone delivery still a ways off , enter Amazon's self-driving delivery robot. Amazon Scout is a "cooler-sized" electric vehicle on six wheels, intended to deliver Amazon packages along a delivery route, reports the Seattle Times . A promotional video shows Scout cruising down a sidewalk, stopping in front of... More »

Cops: Woman Gave Birth in Amazon Facility, Threw Baby in Trash

Samantha Vivier told police she hadn't known she was pregnant

(Newser) - A "terribly sad" discovery in Arizona has led to the arrest of a woman for child abandonment. Samantha Vivier, 22, faces one count of unlawful disposal of human remains after she told police she gave birth in the bathroom of an Amazon warehouse she worked at in Phoenix, the... More »

Trump Praises Takedown of 'Jeff Bozo'

He taunts Amazon CEO over divorce

(Newser) - One of the world's most powerful men took to Twitter on Sunday night to taunt the world's richest man about his divorce. President Trump praised the National Enquirer and mocked Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, as "Jeff Bozo" after the Enquirer published a... More »

Jeff Bezos, Wife Announce Divorce in Touching Statement

'If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again'

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are ending their 25-year marriage, the Amazon CEO announced on Twitter Wednesday. "We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have... More »

How to Lose Your Life Savings on Amazon

Matt Behdjou and Mike Gazzola insist their methods are sound

(Newser) - Ever buy a plastic wine aerator on Amazon? If so, you may have done business with a couple who lost their life savings and are mad as hell—at marketers who told them Amazon-selling was a good idea, Alana Semuels writes for the Atlantic . "It's a scam,"... More »

Amazon Sends Guy Alexa's Recordings From Another Home

Scary stuff

(Newser) - After a man in Germany contacted Amazon to request a copy of any data the company had collected on him—his right under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, Gizmodo notes—he was surprised to receive 1,700 audio files in response. Why? Because he doesn't use Alexa,... More »

He Reported the Fake 5-Star Reviews to Amazon. Then, Hell

The Verge goes deep inside the cutthroat world of the Amazon Marketplace

(Newser) - You obviously know Amazon, but the "Amazon Marketplace" might be a less familiar phrase. That's the company's third-party platform, which some 6 million sellers use to hawk their wares. And, for the successful, there's real money to be had: About 20,000 of those sellers make... More »

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