Amazon Workers’ Union Drive Reaches Far Beyond Alabama

A vote on whether to form a union at the e-commerce giant’s warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., has become a labor showdown, drawing the attention of N.F.L. players, and the White House.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #retail-wholesale-and-department-store-union, #shopping-and-retail

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Biden Is Saying Things Amazon Doesn’t Want to Hear

The unionization struggle at a year-old warehouse in Alabama will help shape the future of work.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Amazon Moves From Film Industry’s Margins to the Mainstream

With several films competing for Golden Globes on Sunday and a number of high-priced movies coming this year, the streaming service has altered its reputation in Hollywood.

#amazon-com-inc, #borat-subsequent-moviefilm-movie, #cohen-sacha-baron, #golden-globes-awards, #jordan-michael-b, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #salke-jennifer, #web-original-programming

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Golden Globes 2021: What to Watch For

The Hollywood awards season starts in earnest with a socially distanced show that begins on Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Streaming services are expected to dominate.

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How Marty Baron and Jeff Bezos Remade The Washington Post

The celebrated editor is ending his tenure at the helm of a very different newspaper than the one he originally signed on to run.

#amazon-com-inc, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #baron-martin-d, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #content-type-personal-profile, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #washington-post

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Want to Buy a Scrunchie Mask? Great. But Forget About That N95.

Scientists are urging Americans to upgrade their face coverings. But Amazon, Google and Facebook restrict the sale of medical-grade masks. Critics say the rules are outdated.

#amazon-com-inc, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #masks, #online-advertising, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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What Happens When a Publisher Becomes a Megapublisher?

The merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has the potential to touch every part of the industry, including how much authors get paid and how bookstores are run.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bertelsmann-ag, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #e-commerce, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #penguin-random-house, #simonschuster-inc, #writing-and-writers

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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Key senators and corporate executives warned at a hearing on Tuesday that the “scope and scale” of the hacking of government agencies and companies, the most sophisticated in history, were still unclear.

#amazon-com-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fireeye-inc, #microsoft-corp, #russia, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #solarwinds, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening

Covid-19 has cemented the e-commerce giant’s hold on the economy — but it has also spurred employees all around the country to organize.

#amazon-com-inc, #future-of-work-2021, #labor-and-jobs, #san-bernardino-calif, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Don’t Look Away From Amazon Workers’ Latest Union Drive

Americans should contemplate the human cost of speedy delivery.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #shopping-and-retail

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How to Buy a Real N95 Mask Online

Fakes and little-known brands still abound, even as health officials have advised us to up our mask game. Here’s what to do.

#amazon-com-inc, #consumer-reviews, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #counterfeit-merchandise, #e-commerce, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear

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This Cloud Computing Billing Expert Is Very Funny. Seriously.

Corey Quinn has made it his business to understand Amazon’s cloud-computing charges and have some fun at the company’s expense.

#amazon-com-inc, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #university-of-maine

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New York Sues Amazon, Saying It Inadequately Protected Workers From Covid-19

The case focuses on two of the company’s facilities in New York.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #james-letitia, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Adam Kinzinger, I Can Relate: When Politics Divides Families

A reader shares a painful experience and reconciliation. Also: Amazon’s business practices; the plight of Black immigrants.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-people, #illegal-immigration, #impeachment, #kinzinger-adam, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Parler, a Social Network That Attracted Trump Fans, Returns Online

After being cut off by Amazon and other tech giants, Parler worked for weeks to find a way to get back on the internet.

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Amazon Sues New York Attorney General to Block Covid-19 Charges

The company said the attorney general, Letitia James, had overstepped her authority in investigating workplace safety.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-state-relations-us, #james-letitia, #new-york-city, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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What Is Amazon Web Services?

Andy Jassy, the successor to Jeff Bezos, was already running the company’s most profitable business.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cloud-computing, #jassy-andrew-r

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How Andy Jassy, Amazon’s Next C.E.O., Was a ‘Brain Double’ for Jeff Bezos

Mr. Jassy, who will become Amazon’s chief this summer, has spent more than two decades absorbing lessons from Mr. Bezos.

#amazon-com-inc, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #executives-and-management-theory, #facial-recognition-software, #jassy-andrew-r, #labor-and-jobs

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What Comes Next For Amazon Without Jeff Bezos?

Amazon has reimagined entire industries. What happens next to the $1.7 trillion company?

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet

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Jeff Bezos Renews Focus on Blue Origin, Which Has Been Slower to Launch

The Amazon founder started his private rocket company in 2000, but its busiest phase could just now be starting.

#amazon-com-inc, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #musk-elon, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

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Live Updates: Golden Globes 2021 Nominations

Many movie theaters have been closed for almost a year, but the Hollywood awards season begins in earnest on Wednesday morning with the announcement of the Globe nominees.

#actors-and-actresses, #amazon-com-inc, #golden-globes-awards, #hollywood-foreign-press-assn, #movies, #netflix-inc, #television

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As Jeff Bezos Takes Off, Meet His Earthbound Successor

His loyal lieutenant will take Amazon’s helm as the company faces ever-growing scrutiny.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #facial-recognition-software, #jassy-andrew-r

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Golden Globes 2021 Nominations: Predictions, How to Watch

Many movie theaters have been closed for almost a year, but the Hollywood awards season begins in earnest on Wednesday morning with the announcement of the Globe nominees.

#actors-and-actresses, #amazon-com-inc, #golden-globes-awards, #hollywood-foreign-press-assn, #movies, #netflix-inc, #television

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Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon Chief Executive

Andy Jassy, the chief of Amazon’s cloud computing division, will become chief executive, while Mr. Bezos, the company’s founder, will become executive chairman.

#amazon-com-inc, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #e-commerce, #jassy-andrew-r

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‘One Property at a Time’: A City Tries to Revive Without Gentrifying

Neighborhoods in Newark are beginning to see a flurry of redevelopment, a decade after the city’s downtown gained vogue.

#abandonment-property, #affordable-housing, #amazon-com-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #baraka-ras, #beth-israel-medical-center, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #minorities, #new-jersey, #newark-nj, #nike-inc, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-economy, #whole-foods-market-inc

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

Every month, streaming services add a new batch of titles to their libraries. Here are our picks for February.

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Amazon’s Cynical, Anti-Union Attack on Mail Voting

The everything store wants its workers to vote on unionization in person, in the middle of a pandemic.

#amazon-com-inc, #american-federation-of-labor-congress-of-industrial-organizations, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor

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Who Will Pay to Get America Back on Its Feet?

A one-time tax on those who have made lots of money during the pandemic may be an answer.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #social-media, #taxation

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Fire That Killed Hsieh May Have Been Carelessness or Intentional, Officials Say

A Connecticut fire department released an official report on the November death of Tony Hsieh, the former Zappos chief executive.

#accidents-and-safety, #amazon-com-inc, #candles, #computers-and-the-internet, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #hsieh-tony, #zappos

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Why Is Big Tech Policing Free Speech? Because the Government Isn’t

Deplatforming President Trump showed that the First Amendment is broken — but not in the way his supporters think.

#amazon-com-inc, #censorship, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #parler-llc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Amazon Union Drive Takes Hold in Unlikely Place

Workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are to vote next month on whether to unionize, the largest and most viable effort of its kind involving the technology giant.

#amazon-com-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #retail-wholesale-and-department-store-union

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Help With Vaccination Push Comes From Unexpected Businesses

Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon are among the companies offering the government assistance with logistics and operations.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inslee-jay, #microsoft-corp, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #starbucks-corporation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

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Director of Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Cuts Scenes After Pressure From India’s Hindu Nationalists

Faced with boycotts and criminal complaints, the director of “Tandav” made the edits this week. But that did not appear to satisfy some of the show’s critics, who called for him to be jailed.

#amazon-com-inc, #bharatiya-janata-party, #caste-systems, #hinduism, #india, #muslims-and-islam, #new-delhi-india, #religion-and-belief, #television, #uttar-pradesh-state-india, #zafar-ali-abbas

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Big Banks’ Earnings Reflect the U.S. Economy Joe Biden Is Inheriting

Big banks are sending mixed signals.

#amazon-com-inc, #bank-of-america-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #citigroup-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #morgan-stanley, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wells-fargocompany

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Parler Tries to Survive With Help From Russian Company

The social network, popular with President Trump’s supporters, went offline last week after it was kicked off Amazon’s servers.

#amazon-com-inc, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #matze-john, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Is Rivian the Next Tesla? Investors Bet Big on Electric Truck Maker

Rivian, which has raised another $2.65 billion, plans to sell a pickup truck and S.U.V. it has worked on for more than a decade.

#amazon-com-inc, #automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #michigan, #rivian-automotive-llc, #scaringe-r-j, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #venture-capital

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Why T-Shirts Promoting the Capitol Riot Are Still Available Online

Merchandise with phrases like “Battle for Capitol Hill Veteran” could still be purchased on major e-commerce sites, a sign of how the platforms have struggled to remove the goods.

#amazon-com-inc, #conspiracy-theories, #coulter-shannon-1971, #e-commerce, #etsy-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #shopify-inc, #shopping-and-retail

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Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Show Angers India’s Hindu Nationalists

Artists say officials tied to the country’s ruling party use pressure to stem criticism. Streaming services hoping to tap the Indian market’s potential have been caught in the middle.

#amazon-com-inc, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #hinduism, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #tandav-tv-program, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #web-original-programming

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When Tech Antitrust Failed

How did a case meant to lower prices instead possibly lead to higher prices?

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #books-and-literature, #e-books-and-readers

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Consumer Groups Target Amazon Prime’s Cancellation Process

A Norwegian group filed a complaint with regulators, saying Amazon had deliberately made it difficult to end memberships to its Prime service. Groups in Europe and the U.S. back the effort.

#amazon-com-inc, #consumer-protection, #customer-relations, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #europe, #norway, #public-citizen, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

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How ‘The Turner Diaries’ Incites White Supremacists

The 1978 novel, which Amazon recently removed from its site, depicts a right-wing assault on the Capitol. Scholars say the parallels with last week’s insurrection are clear and chilling.

#amazon-com-inc, #anti-semitism, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #neo-nazi-groups, #pierce-william-luther-1933-2002, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #the-turner-diaries-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #violence-media-and-entertainment, #whites

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Is More Violence Coming?

Social media platforms have raced to bar organizers of the attack on the Capitol. Will that make a repeat less likely, or just harder to prevent?

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #police, #social-media, #telegram-llc

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Air Cargo Construction Is Booming, Thanks to Amazon

Airports across the United States are devoting more space to freight shipments as online shopping surges in the pandemic.

#airports, #amazon-com-inc, #anchorage-alaska, #building-construction, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fedex-corporation, #freight-cargo, #kentucky, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-commercial, #san-bernardino-calif, #united-parcel-service-inc

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The Scary Power of the Companies That Finally Shut Trump Up

Tech giants were right to ban the president. We still need to break them up.

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How Parler, a Chosen App of Trump Fans, Became a Test of Free Speech

The app has renewed a debate about who holds power over online speech after the tech giants yanked their support for it and left it fighting for survival. Parler was set to go dark on Monday.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #matze-john, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter

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Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan Will End Joint Health Care Venture

The company, Haven, had promised to disrupt the way large corporations deliver benefits to their employees.

#amazon-com-inc, #berkshire-hathaway-inc, #haven-health-care, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #jpmorgan-chasecompany

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As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm

Those behind the widespread intrusion into government and corporate networks exploited seams in U.S. defenses and gave away nothing to American monitoring of their systems.

#amazon-com-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #crowdstrike-inc, #cybersecurity-and-infrastructure-security-agency, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #foreign-intelligence-service-russia, #homeland-security-department, #microsoft-corp, #nakasone-paul-m, #national-security-agency, #solarwinds, #spaulding-suzanne-e, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020, #warner-mark-r

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Winter TV Preview: 21 Shows to Watch

Newcomers and old favorites include a Marvel series, the long-awaited return of “Gomorrah” and Judi Dench among the orangutans.

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Amazon Buys Wondery as Podcasting Race Continues

The deal, valued at $300 million, is the latest in a string of acquisitions as streaming platforms expand beyond music and video.

#amazon-com-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #podcasts, #wondery-inc

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When Is a Comedy Special Also a Corporate Synergy Message?

Two year-end shows from Amazon and Netflix deliver some laughs, yes, but also serve as veiled ads for the streaming services themselves.

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