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

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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

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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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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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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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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

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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.

#airbnb, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #chesky-brian, #doordash-mobile-app, #equilar, #executive-compensation, #iac-interactivecorp, #karp-alex, #labor-and-jobs, #levin-joseph, #musk-elon, #opendoor-open-door-labs-inc, #palantir-technologies, #richison-chad, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #su-lisa-1969, #tesla-motors-inc, #varner-michael, #wages-and-salaries, #wu-eric-c-1982, #xu-tony

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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Amazon’s Clashes With Labor: Days of Conflict and Control

Amazon was built on an underdog philosophy, but its workers are finding a voice. That presents a problem for the company that goes far beyond the union vote in Alabama.

#amazon-com-inc, #bathrooms-and-toilets, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #social-media, #wages-and-salaries

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Amazon Uses a Lot of Plastic. It Doesn’t Have To.

The world’s biggest online retailer must become a leader in reducing single-use packaging.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #containers-and-packaging, #e-commerce, #india, #organic-foods-and-products, #plastics, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #whole-foods-market-inc

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What Is Amazon Doing to Our Country?

In “Fulfillment,” Alec MacGillis tours America to understand how one company’s culture and capitalistic impulses are seeping into our way of life.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #fulfillment-winning-and-losing-in-one-click-america-book, #income-inequality, #macgillis-alec, #united-states-economy, #washington-post

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Can We Learn Anything From Horses?

Equus offers life-changing “attunement” through the medium of horses. But how?

#animal-behavior, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #horses, #midler-bette, #santa-fe-nm, #travel-and-vacations

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MacKenzie Scott, a Philanthropist and Ex-Wife of Jeff Bezos, Remarries

Her new husband, Dan Jewett, is a high school science teacher. He has pledged to work with her in giving away much of her billions.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #content-type-personal-profile, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #gifts, #giving-pledge-the, #high-net-worth-individuals, #marriages, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #seattle-wash

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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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‘Dare Mighty Things’

We the people need to take more control of how we move into the brave new worlds beyond our planet.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #jupiter-planet, #mars-planet, #musk-elon, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

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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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After Amazon, What’s Next for Jeff Bezos?

The legacies of John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie offer hints about what could be next for Amazon’s founder.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #high-net-worth-individuals, #philanthropy, #rockefeller-john-d

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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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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Prepares to Step Back, and Andy Jassy to Step In

The Amazon founder prepares to step back just as Washington turns up the heat on the mega-retailer and cloud company.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #jassy-andrew-r, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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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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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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Giving Billions Fast, MacKenzie Scott Upends Philanthropy

Through a streamlined operation, Ms. Scott has given away $6 billion this year, much of it to small charities and nonprofits.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #bezos-mackenzie, #endowments, #high-net-worth-individuals, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy

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MacKenzie Scott Announces $4.2 Billion More in Charitable Giving

“She’s disrupting the norms around billionaire philanthropy by moving quickly,” an expert on charities said.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #bezos-mackenzie, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endowments, #high-net-worth-individuals, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy

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Apple TV Was Making a Show About Gawker. Then Tim Cook Found Out.

Big tech companies now exert huge influence over what stories get told. The message is clear: Be careful who you offend.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #apple-tv, #att-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cue-eddy, #gawker-media, #movies, #netflix-inc, #stankey-john-t, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #thiel-peter-a, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #violence-media-and-entertainment, #walt-disney-company

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What’s Fauci Reading? We Take Another Look at Celebrity Bookshelves

This year is finally coming to an end, so here is one last peek at the books behind Chris Rock, Jeff Bezos, Jemele Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #books-and-literature, #fauci-anthony-s, #hill-jemele, #louis-dreyfus-julia, #perez-rosie, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rice-susan-e, #rock-chris, #whitmer-gretchen

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Surveillance as a Service

Jeff Bezos is intent on recording even our moods. How much personal data is too much to give to Amazon?

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #drugstores, #fitbit, #google-inc, #wearable-computing

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Launches a New Line of Business

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket hasn’t flown space tourists yet, but it has found a business niche with NASA and private science experiments.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #innovation, #moon, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #southwest-research-institute, #space-and-astronomy

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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.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #united-states

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing is Focus of ‘Kingdom of Silence’ and ‘The Dissident’

“Kingdom of Silence,” due Friday, and “The Dissident,” due Dec. 18, revisit the killing of the Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #central-intelligence-agency, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fogel-bryan, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #kingdom-of-silence-movie, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #movies, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rowley-richard, #saudi-arabia, #washington-post

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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.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cameras, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #drones-pilotless-planes, #privacy

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How Big Tech Could Influence the Election

The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better.

#absentee-voting, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #giridharadas-anand, #paid-time-off, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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