Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.

The four companies known as Big Tech — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — now have more than 22,000 employees in the city, with thousands added just this year.

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The News Cycle Is Crushing Seattle’s Vibrant Restaurant Scene

Among the first in the country to go into Covid-19 lockdown, the city has also experienced the effects of protests and wildfires. It has been vertiginous for a dining community shaped by prosperity.

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Are Amazon Jobs Worth 1,400 Loads of Traffic? French Region Is Split

The picturesque Gard desperately needs more employment. But environmentalists are pushing back at what they see as a looming blight.

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Customers Still Like to Shop in Person, Even if They Get Only to the Curb

Online orders have surged for retailers in the pandemic, as curbside pickup helps Americans satisfy their desire to hop in a car and drive to the store.

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Don’t Let Amazon Get Any Bigger

A damning congressional report about Big Tech helps make the case to break up Jeff Bezos’ empire.

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12 Accusations in the Damning House Report on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

Lawmakers said they found multiple problems with each of the four giant tech companies.

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House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’

In a report led by Democrats, lawmakers said Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook needed to be checked and recommended reforming antitrust laws.

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For Postal Workers, the Challenges Go Way Beyond Ballots

Ensuring that the nation can vote by mail is just one of many issues facing the Postal Service, most of which will remain after the election is over.

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Big Tech Was Their Enemy, Until Partisanship Fractured the Battle Plans

A House report on how to limit the reach of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook has been delayed as Democrats and Republicans split on remedies.

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5 Things to Avoid on Prime Day

There will be many traps to fall into, so watch out.

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Can Amazon Conquer the World?

And what might we gain and lose from that?

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Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy in the Pandemic

The e-commerce giant had struggled to gain a foothold in a society that prefers to shop in person, with cash, but now Italians are hooked on online shopping.

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Amazon Unveils Drone That Films Inside Your Home. What Could Go Wrong?

On social media, people had some concerns about the Ring Always Home Cam. To put it mildly.

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Gillian Flynn Takes Her Paranoia to Television

With “Utopia,” the best-selling novelist makes her debut as a TV showrunner. But anyone who knows her from “Gone Girl” or “Sharp Objects” might be surprised by what they see.

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Whole Foods Founder: ‘The Whole World Is Getting Fat’

John Mackey, who espouses a high-minded version of capitalism, sold his upscale grocery chain to Amazon.

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Beyond TikTok, Walmart Looks to Transform

Away from the political drama of the TikTok deal, Walmart has been taking steps that are already changing the company and, by extension, the broader retail sector.

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Can Luxury Fashion Ever Regain Its Luster?

The industry is trying to reach customers amid a severe global recession that has brought mass layoffs and plunging sales. Traditional fashion weeks might be out of step.

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Stakeholder Capitalism Gets a Report Card. It’s Not Good.

The pandemic and the movement for racial justice have tested corporate pledges to elevate social concerns alongside shareholder interests. A new study finds companies are failing to follow through.

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Europe Feels Squeeze as Tech Competition Heats Up Between U.S. and China

As the rapid pace of change mixes with national security issues, Europe’s role as a global regulator is increasingly tested — and may not be enough.

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The Best Movies on Amazon Prime Video Right Now

New films, and classics, just keep coming, but you don’t have to drill down to find the finest selections to stream. We’ll do the heavy lifting. You press play.

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Amazon Bans Sale of Foreign Seeds in the U.S.

The company’s decision comes after thousands of U.S. residents reported receiving unsolicited packets of seed from China, prompting all 50 states to issue safety warnings.

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Pentagon Sticks With Microsoft for Cloud Computing Contract

Amazon, a rival for the $10 billion contract, has complained that President Trump interfered in the process.

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Wall Street Has Its Worst Day in Months

The S&P 500 dropped 3.5 percent on Thursday, the biggest single-day fall since June 11, as big tech companies weighed on it heavily.

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Amazon deletes anti-union listing, watches workers’ “secret” social groups

An Amazon Flex driver delivers an armload of packages in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 18, 2018.

Enlarge / An Amazon Flex driver delivers an armload of packages in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 18, 2018. (credit: Pat Greenhouse | The Boston Globe | Getty Images)

Amazon is working extremely hard to counter both internal unionization efforts and external bad press even as working conditions for its Flex drivers seem to get ever more desperate amid the persistent pandemic, a set of new reports reveals.

The Internet’s biggest everything store has been busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. As in-person retail bottomed out, online retail skyrocketed and Amazon hired an additional 175,000 warehouse, grocery, and delivery workers to keep up with the sharply increased demand this year provided.

One of the ways Amazon gets packages to your doorstep is through Amazon Flex. The program is basically like Uber, but for Amazon: drivers use Amazon’s app and their own cars to collect packages from Amazon facilities and deliver them to local homes. Typically, drivers sign up for a scheduled two-to-four-hour delivery block or shift, but Flex also makes “Instant Offers,” which are immediate, on-demand deliveries drivers can pick up like an Uber or Lyft fare.

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What’s New on Netflix, Amazon and More in September

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

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

Our streaming picks for September, including ‘Away,’ ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ and ‘Enola Holmes’

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Drone Delivery? Amazon Moves Closer With F.A.A. Approval

The agency said it had issued a certificate clearing the way for the company to use drones to fly packages to its customers’ doorsteps.

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Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s Chief of Consumer, to Retire Next Year

Mr. Wilke, who has been a key lieutenant to Jeff Bezos, is departing after building the e-commerce business for two decades.

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Apple Is Worth $2 Trillion, Punctuating Big Tech’s Grip

Apple is the first U.S. company to reach $2 trillion in value, capping a staggering ascent that began in the pandemic.

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Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights

As the economy contracts and many companies struggle to survive, the biggest tech companies are amassing wealth and influence in ways unseen in decades.

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Manhattan Vacancy Rate Climbs, and Rents Drop 10%

There were more than 67,300 units available in July across the city as it tries to rebound from the coronavirus outbreak.

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S&P 500 at Record as Stock Market Defies Economic Devastation

Investors have cast the nearly relentless drumbeat of bad news aside to focus on any signs that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic might be over.

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Progressives Killed Amazon’s Deal in New York. Is Industry City Next?

The fight over a rezoning plan in Brooklyn has pitted progressives and mainstream Democrats against each other.

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After a Flop, Amazon Makes Another Foray Into Video Games

Amazon said it was rebranding Twitch Prime, in another attempt to crack the video game market after a big-budget game effort failed.

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Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky

The F.C.C. approved the company’s 3,236-satellite constellation, which aims to provide high-speed internet service around the world.

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Big Tech Makes Inroads With the Biden Campaign

While Joe Biden has criticized the largest tech companies, his campaign and transition teams have welcomed allies of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple onto its staff and policy groups.

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What Years of Emails and Texts Reveal About Your Friendly Tech Companies

Theatrics distracted from the real payoff of the congressional hearings: the subpoenaed documents.

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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.

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Big Tech Companies Report Big Profits

Big tech companies reported bumper profits in the shadow of congressional scrutiny over their outsize market power.

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The Economy Is in Record Decline, but Not for the Tech Giants

Even though the tech industry’s four biggest companies were stung by a slowdown in spending, they reported a combined $28 billion in profits on Thursday.

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The Last Days of the Tech Emperors?

Congress was once filled with “Atari Democrats.” This week’s hearings showed their transformation into trust busters.

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Big Tech’s Backlash Is Just Starting

The congressional antitrust hearing showed that concerns about the tech stars aren’t going away.

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Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

The region’s lawmakers and regulators are taking direct aim at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in a series of proposed laws.

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Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

The chiefs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook faced withering questions from Democrats about anti-competitive practices and from Republicans about anti-conservative bias.

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Congress Doesn’t Get Big Tech. By Design.

Members of Congress may say dumb things at the tech hearing, but it’s not necessarily their fault.

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How to Fight Against Big Tech’s Power

We are beholden to a few Big Tech overlords for much of our digital lives. We can be more conscientious about it.

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Amazon Has Too Much Power. Take It Back.

The tech company’s workers need a union.

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

The C.E.O.s are likely to argue before Congress that their companies aren’t anticompetitive. Here are the facts.

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