As France Chases Title at Euros, Its League Faces a $400 Million Hole

French soccer teams could face economic disaster after a television partner said it would refuse to honor its contract. Transfers, salaries and budgets hang in the balance.

#amazon-com-inc, #canal-plus, #ligue-1-soccer, #soccer, #uefa-european-football-championship

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‘Carelessly, Dishonestly and Inhumanely’: How Amazon Treats Its Workers

A former employee and others discuss its management system and high turnover rate. Also: Asian American identity; visas for Afghan interpreters.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #amazon-com-inc, #asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #labor-and-jobs, #visas

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Buyers of Amazon Devices Are Guinea Pigs. That’s a Problem.

Amazon’s experimental approach to product design can hurt your wallet and the environment. Why does it need our help to figure out what it’s doing?

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #behar-yves, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cameras, #computers-and-the-internet, #electronics, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #speakers-audio, #television-sets-and-media-devices, #wearable-computing

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Lina Khan Named F.T.C. Chair by Biden

Ms. Khan, who first attracted notice as a critic of Amazon, was confirmed by the Senate as a commissioner on the agency on Tuesday.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #khan-lina, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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MacKenzie Scott Announces $2.74 Billion in New Grants

Ms. Scott’s wealth has continued to grow thanks to Amazon’s soaring stock price. Forbes estimates her net worth at roughly $60 billion.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #finances, #high-net-worth-individuals, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie

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Five Takeaways About Amazon’s Employment Machine

Outsiders see a business success story for the ages. Many insiders see an employment system under strain.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #productivity, #wages-and-salaries

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Google’s Privacy Backpedal Shows Why It’s So Hard Not to Be Evil

Why Google thought twice about restoring your privacy.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #privacy

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Blue Origin Space Flight With Jeff Bezos Goes for $28 Million at Auction

Four people will be aboard the New Shepard, the Blue Origin rocket named for the first American in space, when it is set to launch.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #virgin-galactic

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Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

A bipartisan group of House members introduced five bills that take direct aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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No, Fauci is not profiting from a coming book on lessons he’s learned from his public service.

#amazon-com-inc, #barnesnoble-inc, #books-and-literature, #expect-the-unexpected-book, #fauci-anthony-s, #national-geographic-society, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Meet Big Tech’s Tormenter in Chief

Margrethe Vestager is the European regulator trying to do something audacious: get companies like Apple, Amazon and Facebook to play fair and pay taxes.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-taxes, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #vestager-margrethe

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Man Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Bomb Amazon Data Center

Prosecutors said that Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, of Wichita Falls, Texas, had also boasted that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 when Trump supporters stormed the building.

#amazon-com-inc, #ashburn-va, #bombs-and-explosives, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-centers, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fort-worth-tex, #justice-department, #pendley-seth-aaron, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Jeff Bezos Says He Will Go to Space

Mr. Bezos will be on board when his rocket company, Blue Origin, launches its first human spaceflight next month, after he steps down as chief executive of Amazon.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #space-and-astronomy

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Amazon Battles Mukesh Ambani for India’s E-Commerce Future

The American company sees big potential in the country’s nascent e-commerce market. Both sides view a troubled grocery store chain as the key to success.

#amazon-com-inc, #ambani-mukesh-d, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #big-bazaar-future-retail-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #foreign-investments, #future-group, #india, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #reliance-industries, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in June

Our streaming picks for June, including ‘Sweet Tooth,’ ‘Good on Paper’ and ‘Eden’

#amazon-com-inc, #australia, #netflix-inc, #television

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James Bond Isn’t Dead. He’s Working for Amazon and Jeff Bezos.

The character endures because he is protected by people who love him.

#amazon-com-inc, #bond-james-fictional-character, #broccoli-barbara-1960, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies, #wilson-michael-g-1943

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Why Is Amazon in Entertainment?

Amazon will buy MGM. Cool. But why does the tech giant have a streaming video service at all?

#amazon-com-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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James Bond, Meet Jeff Bezos: Amazon Makes $8.45 Billion Deal for MGM

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, while diminished, commanded a premium price, with Amazon seeking to bolster its crucial Prime membership offering.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #bond-james-fictional-character, #broccoli-barbara-1960, #media, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Amazon Accused of Manipulating Prices by D.C. Attorney General

The District of Columbia said in a lawsuit that Amazon had stopped merchants that use its platform from charging lower prices for the same products elsewhere online.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #e-commerce, #karl-racine, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #washington-dc

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Seventh Noose Found at Amazon Construction Site in Connecticut, Police Say

The Windsor Police Department said it was investigating what it called “potential hate crime incidents” after a seventh noose was found at a future fulfillment center.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-people, #building-construction, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #nooses, #windsor-conn, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Amazon’s Great Purge

Evictions of some popular products tell us a lot about untrustworthy internet reviews.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-reviews, #customer-relations, #e-commerce

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Why Are Tech Companies Pretending to Be Governments?

The decision-making theatrics of Amazon, Facebook and other tech companies underscore the need for government to play a larger role.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business, #social-media, #the-end-of-the-myth-from-the-frontier-to-the-border-wall-in-the-mind-of-america-book, #uber-technologies-inc

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Stereotypes Are Rife Among Asian and Pacific Islander Film Roles, Study Finds

Two-thirds of characters reflect stereotypes, and just 3.4 percent of movies had leads or coleads who were Asians or Pacific Islanders, the study of 1,300 movies found.

#actors-and-actresses, #amazon-com-inc, #annenberg-inclusion-initiative, #asian-americans, #discrimination, #movies, #research, #university-of-southern-california

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MGM Looks to Amazon as the Hollywood Studio Tries to Find a Buyer

A deal would add Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 4,000 films to Amazon’s streaming library, including the James Bond, Rocky and “Legally Blonde” franchises.

#amazon-com-inc, #bond-james-fictional-character, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies

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Wearing Masks, Even After Getting Vaccinated

Driven by a combination of anxiety and murky information about new virus variants, some New Yorkers aren’t letting their guard down.

#amazon-com-inc, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #flushing-queens-ny, #musto-michael, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Gateses’ Public Split Spotlights a Secretive Fortune

Their marital estate is enormous and complex, containing assets as varied as stocks and farmland. Divvying it up could have implications for philanthropy.

#amazon-com-inc, #asset-allocation-personal-finances, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #buffett-warren-e, #cascade-investment-llc, #computers-and-the-internet, #endowments, #four-seasons-hotels-ltd, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-melinda, #high-net-worth-individuals, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #stocks-and-bonds, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Review: ‘The Underground Railroad’ Weaves an Epic Vision

In Barry Jenkins’s dreamlike adaptation of the Colson Whitehead novel, the railway is real and so is the pain.

#amazon-com-inc, #jenkins-barry, #mbedu-thuso, #television, #the-underground-railroad-tv-program

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To Understand Amazon, We Must Understand Jeff Bezos

In “Amazon Unbound,” his second book about the company, Brad Stone focuses on its singular C.E.O.

#amazon-unbound-book, #amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #books-and-literature, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #workplace-environment

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E-Commerce Mega-Warehouses, a Smog Source, Face New Pollution Rule

A plan aimed at the nation’s largest cluster of warehouses is designed to spur electrification of pollution-spewing diesel trucks and could set a template for restrictions elsewhere.

#air-pollution, #amazon-com-inc, #california, #e-commerce, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #freight-cargo, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #long-beach-calif, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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The Epic Journey to ‘The Underground Railroad’

How Barry Jenkins and his band of indie filmmakers made television’s most ambitious take on American slavery since “Roots.”

#amazon-com-inc, #ceryak-mark, #edgerton-joel, #friedberg-mark, #harper-william-jackson-1980, #jenkins-barry, #laxton-james, #mbedu-thuso, #mcmillon-joi, #pierre-aaron, #romanski-adele, #television, #underground-railroad-the-tv-program

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Amazon Paid No Corporate Tax to Luxembourg

The e-commerce giant’s European retail business had record sales in 2020, but its headquarters on the continent reported a $1.4 billion loss.

#amazon-com-inc, #company-reports, #corporate-taxes, #e-commerce, #income-tax, #institute-on-taxation-and-economic-policy, #luxembourg, #politics-and-government, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-shelters, #united-states-economy

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Amazon, HBO, Hulu and More in May

Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to their libraries. Here are our picks from May’s new titles.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-tv-plus, #hulu-com, #television

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Where Should You Buy Your Books?

Bookstore or Amazon? Curbside pickup or delivery? We answer common questions readers might have.

#amazon-com-inc, #barnesnoble-inc, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #bookshop-org, #content-type-service, #e-commerce, #shopping-and-retail

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‘A Perfect Positive Storm’: Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech

The dictionary doesn’t have enough superlatives to describe what’s happening to the five biggest technology companies, raising uncomfortable questions for their C.E.O.s.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #recession-and-depression, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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Court Could Consider Whether Trump Interfered in Cloud Computing Contract

The decision could be a win for Amazon, which said it was passed over for the $10 billion Pentagon contract because of his animosity toward its founder, Jeff Bezos.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #microsoft-corp, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Liberals, Stop Getting Cozy With Corporations

Nobody, least of all people on the left, has anything to celebrate in the rise of activist industry.

#amazon-com-inc, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #georgia, #labor-and-jobs, #major-league-baseball, #mcconnell-mitch, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #relocation-of-business, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #strikes, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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To Understand Tech, Look Beyond the C.E.O.s

What the tech barons think matters. But imagine if those working in the trenches had a bigger voice.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc

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Extremists Find a Financial Lifeline on Twitch

QAnon adherents and other far-right influencers are making thousands of dollars broadcasting election and vaccine conspiracy theories on the streaming site.

#amazon-com-inc, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #corporate-social-responsibility, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Marco Rubio’s ‘Woke Capital’ Tantrum

Republicans are mad at big business, but not mad enough to raise taxes.

#amazon-com-inc, #corporate-social-responsibility, #corporate-taxes, #corporations, #georgia, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #organized-labor, #republican-party, #rubio-marco

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Why Is Big Tech Under Assault? Power.

Tech executives wanted to change the world, and they did. Of course we’re now questioning them.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

Never before have so many countries, including China, moved with such vigor at the same time to limit the power of a single industry.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #amazon-com-inc, #ant-financial-services-group, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #australia, #baidu-inc, #beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #censorship, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #search-engines, #social-media, #united-states

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America’s Amazon Problems

What’s good for the online giant might be very bad for free competition and national cohesion.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cloud-computing, #e-commerce, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #parler-llc

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Why Amazon’s Workers Sided With the Company Over a Union

Pay, benefits and an aggressive anti-union campaign by the company helped generate votes at a warehouse in Alabama.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #wages-and-salaries

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The Law Is Rigged Against You if You Want to Unionize

Our system of labor law and regulations has too strongly tilted the playing field in favor of companies.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #great-depression-1930s, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #retail-wholesale-and-department-store-union, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘It’s a Roller-Coaster Ride’: Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat

The internet-connected world is completely dependent on the production of semiconductors. That’s become a problem now that supplies are running short.

#amazon-com-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boeing-company, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #intel-corporation, #renesas-electronics-corp

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Amazon’s Big Win Over the Little Guy

Corporate America keeps squeezing the humanity out of the workplace.

#amazon-com-inc, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #productivity

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‘Transformers’ and a Zombie Comedy: What ‘Invincible’ Is Made Of

The writer behind the Amazon Prime superhero show ‘Invincible’ shares the films, comic books and characters he drew on to create the new series.

#amazon-com-inc, #comic-books-and-strips, #invincible-tv-program, #kirkman-robert, #television

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America Needs to Empower Workers Again

Unions aren’t obsolete, and we need to get them back.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #robots-and-robotics, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Wish Shopping App Goes Local

Wish, the ultra-budget e-commerce app, is about as online as shopping gets. What happens when it comes to your neighborhood?

#amazon-com-inc, #brooklyn-nyc, #e-commerce, #wish-mobile-app

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The Force That Can Help Amazon’s Workers? Amazon’s Shoppers.

Customers should start telling Jeff Bezos to treat his workers like human beings.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #boycotts, #ergonomics, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #workplace-environment

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