Jeff Bezos Is Getting Astronaut Wings. But Soon, the F.A.A. Won’t Award Them.

Starting in January, space tourists will not receive a participation trophy for flying to space. But everyone will be on the honor roll.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #branson-richard, #federal-aviation-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #shatner-william, #space-and-astronomy

Elon Musk’s Latest Innovation: Troll Philanthropy

Some very wealthy people give their money away in an attempt to burnish their reputations. Not the Tesla C.E.O.

#bezos-earth-fund, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #gates-bill, #high-net-worth-individuals, #musk-elon, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #social-media, #soskis-benjamin, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #tesla-motors-inc

What Happened to Amazon’s Bookstore?

A 2011 thriller was supposed to cost $15. One merchant listed it at $987, with a 17th-century publication date. That’s what happens in a marketplace where third-party sellers run wild.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #boland-john-c, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #institute-for-local-self-reliance

Amazon and the Labor Shortage

What this economic moment means for the company and the people who work there.

#audio-neutral-informative, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #shortages

Michael Strahan to Join Next Blue Origin Space Flight

Mr. Strahan, a “Good Morning America” co-host, is one of six people set to join the next spaceflight with Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos.

#abc-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #good-morning-america-tv-program, #private-spaceflight, #space-and-astronomy, #strahan-michael

Jeff Bezos Donates $100 Million to the Obama Foundation

The gift was the largest yet for the foundation and was among several splashy donations in recent months by Mr. Bezos, one of the world’s richest people.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-earth-fund, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #obama-foundation, #obama-barack, #obama-barack-h-presidential-library-and-museum, #philanthropy

Elon Musk’s Extraterrestrial Capitalism

Billionaires, having read stories of world-building as boys, are now rich enough, as men, to build worlds. The rest of us are trapped in them.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #books-and-literature, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #musk-elon, #science-fiction, #silicon-valley-calif, #south-africa, #space-and-astronomy, #star-trek-tv-program, #the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-movie, #writing-and-writers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Who Are America’s Billionaires, Anyway?

They are tech titans, entertainment moguls and heirs to great fortunes. Their ranks grew during the pandemic, changing the political conversation around taxing the wealthy.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #bankman-fried-sam, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #manchin-joe-iii, #musk-elon, #occupy-wall-street, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyden-ron

Blue Origin Wants to Build a Space Station

Blue Origin says it will team up with Sierra Space, Boeing and other companies to build an outpost that could help replace the International Space Station.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #boeing-company, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #redwire-space, #sierra-nevada-space-systems, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

Inside Amazon’s Worst Human Resources Problem

A knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #disability-insurance, #jassy-andrew-r, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #staten-island-nyc, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Book Review: ‘Everything and Less,’ by Mark McGurl

Mark McGurl’s “Everything and Less” examines the impact the tech giant has had on literature itself.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #e-commerce, #everything-and-less-the-novel-in-the-age-of-amazon-book, #mcgurl-mark, #scott-mackenzie

In a Blue Origin Rocket, William Shatner Finally Goes to Space

The actor who played Captain Kirk played the role of pitchman for Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company at a time that it is facing a number of workplace and business difficulties.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #shatner-william, #space-and-astronomy, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How to Watch William Shatner Launch to Space on Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company will launch the man who played Captain Kirk along with three other passengers on a short up and down flight to the edge of space.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #shatner-william, #space-and-astronomy

Sometimes Life Imitates Art. William Shatner Is Headed To Space With Blue Origin.

Next week, in a thoroughly modern blurring of reality and fiction, William Shatner will soar to space with Blue Origin. Do you care?

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William Shatner Will Launch to Space on Next Blue Origin Flight

It’s only the edge of space, but the man who played the “Star Trek” captain is heading there with three other people for Blue Origin’s second flight with passengers.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #shatner-william, #space-and-astronomy

The World Wants Greenland’s Minerals, but Greenlanders Are Wary

The island has rare elements needed for electric cars and wind turbines. But protesters are blocking one project, signaling that mining companies must tread carefully.

#anglo-american-corp, #arctic-regions, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #gates-bill, #geology, #global-warming, #greenland, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining, #nuuk-greenland, #rare-earths, #uranium

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Accused of Toxic Culture and Safety Issues

Blue Origin launched the Amazon founder to the edge of space in July and has another flight planned in October, but the company has experienced other setbacks this year.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #sexual-harassment, #space-and-astronomy, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Bezos Puts $1 Billion of $10 Billion Climate Pledge Into Conservation

A year after announcing the Bezos Earth Fund, the Amazon founder detailed how some of the money would be spent.

#andes-mountains, #bezos-earth-fund, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #congo-river, #conservation-of-resources, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #philanthropy

Is Limitless Choice Killing Us Slowly?

Author Dave Eggers dissects the anxieties and discontents of living in a world wrought by tech giants.

#amazon-com-inc, #audio-neutral-informative, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #eggers-dave, #the-every-book

An Upper East Side Triplex for $60 Million, or $20 Million Over Ask

The penthouse, overlooking the Central Park reservoir, was sold by the Swiss financier Jacqui Safra. The closing was the second largest so far this year.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #fifth-avenue-manhattan-ny, #jacqui-safra, #jean-doumanian, #kasper-herbert, #madison-square-park-manhattan-ny, #neumann-adam, #neumann-rebekah-paltrow, #new-york-city, #newman-phyllis, #one57-manhattan-ny-apartments, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rudin-scott, #san-remo-manhattan-ny-apartments, #wework-companies-inc

Jeff Bezos’s Space Style

When Jeff Bezos flew off in his rocket, he became the international (interstellar?) symbol of the male in midlife crisis.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #fashion-and-apparel, #space-and-astronomy

Jeff Bezos Picks 18-Year-Old Dutch Student for Blue Origin Rocket Launch

Oliver Daemen will fly to the edge of space after another passenger who paid $28 million for the seat had a scheduling conflict.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #daemen-oliver, #private-spaceflight, #space-and-astronomy

Branson Beats Jeff Bezos to Space, Aiming to Open Space Tourism

The successful trip was the first in a series to the edge of space and beyond by billionaire entrepreneurs that seek to make human spaceflight more routine.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #branson-richard, #new-mexico, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #spaceport-america, #travel-and-vacations, #virgin-galactic, #virgin-group

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Plane Flight: How to Watch

The V.S.S. Unity will lift off from New Mexico on Sunday morning as billionaire entrepreneurs race to make spaceflight unexceptional.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #branson-richard, #federal-aviation-administration, #high-net-worth-individuals, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #travel-and-vacations, #virgin-galactic, #virgin-group

Richard Branson Will Try to Beat Jeff Bezos to Space

The Virgin Galactic founder hopes to edge out, by nine days, Blue Origin’s first flight with a crew aboard.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #branson-richard, #new-mexico, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #spaceport-america, #virgin-galactic

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO and Rocketman

Mr. Bezos has a complicated legacy of towering ambition, extraordinary success, unimaginable personal wealth and a scorched earth business approach

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #jassy-andrew-r

Elon Musk and His Fellow Billionaires Are Not Superheroes

The American idealization of wealthy mavericks isn’t confined to the pages of comic books. 

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #comic-books-and-strips, #gates-bill, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #marvel-entertainment, #musk-elon, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Why Do People Want Jeff Bezos to Buy and Eat the Mona Lisa?

An online petition that started as a joke has gone viral, becoming a kind of digital performance art piece all of its own.

#applebees-international, #art, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #change-org, #louvre-museum

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

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

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

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

Fat Cats on a Hot Tin Roof

Pay up, Monopoly Men; freeloading isn’t cool. 

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #buffett-warren-e, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #infrastructure-public-works, #tax-evasion, #taxation, #wealth-taxx

Huge Paydays for C.E.O.s, as Gap With Workers Widened

The gap between workers and C.E.O.s widened during the pandemic as public companies granted top executives some of the richest pay packages ever.

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How Billionaires Used Tax Loopholes to Save Billions

A bombshell report raises questions about the tax bills of the wealthy.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #federal-taxes-us, #icahn-carl-c, #income-tax, #labor-and-jobs, #musk-elon, #soros-george

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

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

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

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

Why Did I Think We Could Get Rid of Billionaires?

Billionaires have grown more wealthy and powerful during the pandemic.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #gates-melinda, #high-net-worth-individuals, #taxation

Washington Post Picks Sally Buzbee as Top Editor

After more than three decades at respected news service, Ms. Buzbee becomes the successor to the star editor Martin Baron.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #associated-press, #baron-martin-d, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #buzbee-sally, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #washington-post

Bidding Opens for a Seat on Blue Origin’s First Passenger Space Flight

Blue Origin has teased space tourism for years. Its first flight with people on board launches July 20.

#auctions, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #travel-and-vacations

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

C.E.O. Pay Remains Stratospheric, Even at Companies Battered by Pandemic

While millions of people struggled to make ends meet, many of the companies hit hardest in 2020 showered their executives with riches.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #boeing-company, #calhoun-david-l, #executive-compensation, #hilton-worldwide-holdings-inc, #iger-robert-a, #income-inequality, #johnson-kevin-r, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #page-larry, #rittenmeyer-ronald-a, #stankey-john-t, #starbucks-corporation, #wages-and-salaries, #warren-elizabeth

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

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

She’s Taking Jeff Bezos to Task

Joy Buolamwini is on a crusade against bias in facial recognition technology, and the powerful companies that profit from it.

#artificial-intelligence, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #buolamwini-joy, #china, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #face, #facial-recognition-software, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

NASA Awards SpaceX $2.9 Billion to Build Moon Lander

Elon Musk’s company bested Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and others in the contest to carry American astronauts to the lunar surface.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #moon, #musk-elon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

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

How Many Is a Trillion?

We hear about trillions all the time now, but the number is beyond human comprehension.

#amazon-com-inc, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #high-net-worth-individuals, #stimulus-economic, #two-thousand-tens-decade