Amazon’s New Microwave: ‘Alexa, Please Defrost My Chicken’

Amazon is offering makers of electronics a small chip that would let people use their voice to command everything from microwaves and coffee machines to room fans and guitar amplifiers.
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Leadership and Life Lessons from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos tries never to schedule a meeting before 10 a.m. and likes to make a small number of high-quality decisions daily.
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Leadership and Life Lessons from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos tries never to schedule a meeting before 10 a.m. and likes to make a small number of high-quality decisions daily.
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Amazon’s No Bargain. Here’s Why Investors Keep Buying

Shares of companies like Amazon.com, Netflix and Salesforce.com have surged this year, driving the stock market higher but also pushing valuations to what some investors consider worrisome levels.
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Manchester City Players Attend Premiere of Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’

Amazon Prime Video premiered its original sports documentary series “All or Nothing: Manchester City” in Manchester, England Wednesday. The first episode of the series, which focuses on the English soccer champions, was screened in the presence of the whole Manchester City squad and its coach, Pep Guardiola, who previously coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Among […]

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Amazon’s Jennifer Salke Talks Exec Diversity, Teases Jill Soloway’s Post-‘Transparent’ Project

Last year, Amazon Studios head Roy Price was fired by the tech giant amid a sexual-harassment scandal. On Saturday, Jennifer Salke, the highly regarded executive whose job it is to plot a new course for Amazon’s entertainment division, discussed the company’s future. Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour with Amazon co-heads of television […]

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Amazon’s quarterly profits rise 12-fold to $2.5bn

Amazon’s second-quarter profits trounced estimates as the retail giant reported a 12-fold increase in net income of $ 2.5bn (£1.9bn) for the period,.
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New Era at Amazon’s Whole Foods Grates on Some Employees

Amazon has infused Whole Foods with its efficient, data-driven ethos in the year since it bought the natural grocer. But not all Whole Foods employees and suppliers are happy about that.
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Amazon’s PillPack Deal Gives It Access to Sensitive Health Data

The acquisition of online startup PillPack will give Amazon insight into people’s prescriptions, putting it into the highly regulated realm of health information with more restrictions than it is accustomed to.
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The Hidden Cost of Trying to Land Amazon’s HQ2

Time, money and potential lost opportunities are at stake as finalist cities and states compete ferociously to win Amazon’s $ 5 billion second headquarters.
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Rules of Engagement: How Cities Are Courting Amazon’s New HQ

Cities are scrutinizing Amazon’s business practices to concoct the perfect 48-hour-or-less site visit in their all-out effort to woo the internet giant’s new headquarters.
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Julia Roberts Starts Work on Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Julia Roberts is making her “Homecoming.” Production has started on Amazon’s new series “Homecoming,” which marks Roberts’ television series debut. The series, which hails from Universal Cable Productions, is based on the hit podcast from Gimlet Media, a psychological and political thriller about a caseworker at a secret government facility and a soldier eager to rejoin […]

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Amazon’s Cashierless Convenience Store Set to Open

Amazon Go, the online retailer’s cashierless convenience store, is slated to finally open to the public on Monday, after a yearlong delay during which the company trained the store’s algorithms to account properly for customers and their habits.
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Amazon’s Cashierless Convenience Store Set to Open

Amazon Go, the online retailer’s cashierless convenience store, is slated to finally open to the public on Monday, after a yearlong delay during which the company trained the store’s algorithms to account properly for customers and their habits.
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Amazon’s Grocery Sales Increased After It Devoured Whole Foods

Whole Foods’ brand items like bacon, coconut water and frozen blueberries helped Amazon gobble up more U.S. online grocery sales last year. Products carrying the natural foods chain’s brand helped push sales at Amazon’s online grocery-delivery service, AmazonFresh, up 35%.
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Amazon’s Employees Strike in Italy’s Logistics Hub

MILAN — Amazon Italia has faced a new wave of strikes just ahead of the busy Christmas period.
The company’s employees in the distribution and logistics plant in Castel San Giovanni, Lombardy, protested on Wednesday against long working hours and low salaries, in the wake of Amazon’s skipping round table meeting with the trade unions scheduled on the morning of Dec. 20.
Fist-Cisl general secretary Pierangelo Ranieri described Amazon’s behavior as “deplorable” on the Cisl web site. “It’s necessary for Amazon to take on social responsibility and open to negotiations with the trade union’s representatives,” he said.
Following the first strike on Nov. 24, the Fist-Cisl trade union announced a second round yesterday, set to affect the last two working hours of each shift. The strike was announced at the logistics plant on Wednesday afternoon during a workers’ assembly.
Ninety percent of the employees who attended the assembly decided to strike, totaling 210 for each of the first two shifts. Francesca Benedetti, general secretary of Fisascat-Cisl Piacenza, provided no details on the overall engagement of the strike.
Amazon, which met that trade union’s representatives on Dec. 11, has since then refused to come to an agreement, according to Benedetti. Reached by phone, the trade union’s spokeswoman

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It’s Amazon’s World—But Do You Want to Live There?

A reporter spent a week using products and services from Amazon.com Inc. and its partners almost exclusively and wondered: If you can buy everything from car parts to cleaning services to caviar in one online marketplace, will you miss shopping everywhere else?
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Amazon’s Employees To Strike in Italy During Black Friday

MILAN – Amazon will likely have to face more than just the usual delivery frenzy in Italy during Black Friday.
According to a statement released on Thursday by the Fist-Cisl trade union, Amazon’s employees based in the distribution and logistic plant located in Castel San Giovanni, in Lombardy, will protest against long working hours and low salaries on Nov. 24.
Fist-Cisl general secretary Pierangelo Ranieri pointed out that the significant growth of the e-commerce business in Italy should push trade unions and companies to define a collective agreement guaranteeing employees sustainable working hours and adequate salaries.
Around 30 percent of the plant’s employees are expected to protest on Friday, according to Francesca Benedetti, general secretary of Fisascat-Cisl Piacenza, which announced the strike.
The trade union is also organizing a demonstration outside the Amazon plant where representatives of the labor union will be present to show their support to workers. “Employees need to feel protected because they worry about the company’s reactions,” Benedetti said.
She also added that “after a negotiation that lasted two years with Amazon, which did not take into account our requests nor did it provide any solution, it was the right time to debate issues such as health and safety conditions and

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Amazon’s Search for Second Home Could Weigh on Seattle

Amazon’s decision to establish a second headquarters is going to make some North American city very happy once the online retail giant announces its choice next year. But it will likely be bad news for its current hometown.
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Watch a Clip from the Premiere of Amazon’s The Tick

Haven’t started watching The Tick yet? Here’s a look at Arthur’s rude awakening.
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Jeff Bezos: Five things you may not know about Amazon’s founder

Five things you didn’t know about the man whose wealth overtook Bill Gates’s for half a day.
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Amazon’s Revenue Rises 25%, but Profit Falls on Heavy Spending

Amazon revenue climbed as the retailer bucked an industry slump with its dominance of online shopping. Profit fell 77%, more than expected, as the company spent heavily to expand.
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Amazon’s Revenue Rises 25%, but Profit Falls on Heavy Spending

Amazon revenue climbed as the retailer bucked an industry slump with its dominance of online shopping. Profit fell 77%, more than expected, as the company spent heavily to expand.
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This 1997 Interview with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Shows Off His Astounding Vision

He was tracking you before anyone else was tracking you.

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Amazon’s Grocery Ambitions Spell Trouble for Food Brands

Amazon’s deeper push into the grocery business threatens to further pinch packaged-food companies already coping with slowing sales.
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Amazon’s Latest Market Disruption: 1.7 Million Free Bananas

The retail giant has upended the produce market in Seattle after setting up fruit stands around its headquarters.
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Amazon’s New Echo Device Will Be Watching

Amazon.com already knows what millions of people buy, and already has smart speakers listening inside people’s homes. Now its Echo Show can watch you, too.
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The Amazons: Meet the band who torched their own tour bus

And other stories from one of Britain’s most promising new bands.
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Amazon’s Third-Party Sellers Hit By Hackers

In recent weeks, hackers have changed the bank-deposit information on Amazon.com accounts of active third-party sellers to steal tens of thousands of dollars from each, according to several sellers and advisers.
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Amazon’s Anime Strike Adds Free Monthly Manga

Amazon is sweetening the deal for Anime Strike subscribers.

By teaming up with ComiXology, Amazon will give Anime Strike subscribers a free monthly manga volume — starting in April — for the rest of the year. The bonus begins with Blue Exorcist Volume 1 because Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga was the top-streamed winter simulcast for the service.

Strike subscribers will receive a code via email, with volumes chosen by Amazon Strike staff based on the most popular shows from the previous month.

Anime Strike launched earlier this year. The streaming service costs $ 5 a month for Amazon Prime members. For more on Strike, IGN took a look at Amazon and Netflix’s interest in anime and what that means for viewers and piracy.

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Here’s a Look at Amazon’s New Series About Hugh Hefner’s Life

Watch the first trailer for American Playboy.

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Milo Yiannopoulos’ Upcoming Book Grabs Top Spot On Amazon’s Best-Seller List

Milo Yiannopoulos might have been forced to cancel his recent appearance at U.C. Berkeley following riotous protests in the streets, but his “dangerous” message hasn’t been silenced.

After his upcoming book, Dangerous, appeared for pre-order on Amazon, it rocketed to the top of the site’s hourly updated best-seller list. The book is slated to hit bookstores on March 14. In second: the now-restocked mass-market edition of 1984 by George Orwell. 

Yiannopoulos’ publisher Threshold, a conservative nonfiction imprint at Simon & Schuster, stood by their decision to print the book despite widespread outcry over giving the “alt-right” poster boy and notorious Twitter bully such a respectable platform. Financially, this appears to have been a solid bet. Despite the mass protests and sudden popularity of anti-authoritarian literature witnessed in the streets and on best-seller lists, respectively, in the past few weeks, hard-right viewpoints still muster plenty of support. 

Threshold described Dangerous, in a statement confirming the book deal, as “a book on free speech.” Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart News and popular speaker in alt-right circles, told The Hollywood Reporter that he “spent half an hour trying to shock [Simon & Schuster executives] with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions. I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building — but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money.”

On Breitbart, and during his “Dangerous Faggot” speaking tour, he has repeatedly espoused such “outrageous opinions” as the assertion that transgender people are “deeply mentally damaged,” that the U.S. has a “Muslim problem,” and that women should leave the internet to make it more fun for men.

Yiannopoulos’ provocative stances have been termed hate speech by some critics, and CNN noted recently that his college speaking tour has “coincided with a flurry of hate crimes around the country.” The recent cancellation of his Berkeley speech was not the first of his appearances on college campuses to be shut down by massive protests. 

Nonetheless, his anti-political-correctness stance and his trollish, outspoken approach to political dialogue has won him fame and considerable support in far-right circles. As Publishers Weekly’s Jim Milliott told The Los Angeles Times last month, “Conservative books sell at least as well as quote unquote liberal books.” Novels and nonfiction works by right-wing figureheads such as Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity have routinely lingered at the top of best-seller lists.

As President Donald Trump’s agenda has elevated those right-wing policies from fringe to mainstream, from opposition to party in power, previously complacent liberals have seemingly turned for insight to Hannah Arendt and Orwell ― but the buying power of conservative readers is holding strong.

The country, it’s been said, is more divided than ever. For anyone in doubt, the sight of Yiannopoulos’ right-wing screed battling for the top spot on Amazon with the anti-totalitarian dystopia 1984 is just one more piece of evidence.

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CES 2017: Amazon’s virtual aide Alexa shouts above rivals

Many products at CES the year feature voice-activated virtual assistants – but Amazon’s Alexa is in far more than most.
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CES 2017’s breakout star: Amazon’s Alexa

CES 2017’s breakout star: Amazon’s AlexaWalk the crowded show floors of CES 2017, which wraps on Sunday, and you’ll quickly discover the breakout winner of this year’s consumer tech convention: Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa. Huawei unveiled its Mate 9 smartphone, which it says is the first to come with Alexa pre-installed. Hyundai is integrating Alexa into its self-driving car, the Ioniq, so drivers can turn on their car with a voice command.



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Amazon’s Echo Sells Out—Except in Stores

On Amazon’s main website, the Echo and smaller Echo Dot devices aren’t in stock until after Christmas. However, because of a quirk in the retailer’s increasingly complex supply chain, the speakers were still on shelves as of Monday at three brick-and-mortar locations.
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Amazon’s Holiday Deliveries Face Disruption From Pilot Strike

Amazon.com’s new in-house transportation network is facing a rocky start to its all-important holiday season. Some pilots contracted to deliver Amazon packages began picketing because of a longstanding labor dispute.
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Women With Ph.Ds Review Amazon’s ‘Sexy Ph.D’ Costume

Halloween is over, but this “sexy Ph.D costume” will keep your fear alive.

The “Delicious Women’s Ph.D Darling Sexy Costume,” available on Amazon, features a “micro mini graduation robe” and cap, but you’ll have to provide your own high heels.

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Women who actually hold Ph.Ds have started reviewing the costume, and their responses are nothing short of incredible. Here are eight of the best responses:

1. This costume doesn’t live up to its name. — Alyssa Picard

Sleeves are too short & have no stripes. Costume does not feature a hood. This is a “sexy BA” at best.

2. This product definitely helps women with Ph.Ds feel sexier. — Dawn Rouse

Like all lady Ph.Ds, I frequently ask myself: “How could I be sexier?”

Delicious costumes has come to my rescue! I can now lecture in my 5 inch gold spiked heels and “barely there” regalia while giving nary a thought to the male gaze and its implications on the prevalence of rape culture in our society.

I fully expect my chili pepper rating on RMP to go through the roof once I begin to greet my students in this costume. Hopefully I can keep my “post structural hegemonies” from engaging in some wardrobe malfunctions. Then again, who cares?

I’m sexy! Forget about the 7 years I spent sweating out a dissertation and engaging in innovative research!

SEXY!!!!

3. The perfect outfit for showing off one’s accomplishments. — Mary from MN

When I left my nursing job for graduate school, I was so distressed. I mean what was I going to wear? There were plenty of sexy nurse costumes that I could wear to honor my accomplishments in that profession, but after I attained my PhD there was something missing. I was better educated, but not sexy. Until now. Thank you, Delicious Costumes, for filling the void. You’ve given women like me who have worked our asses off earning our degrees a way to show our asses off, too. Keep it classy, Amazon.

4. Why wasn’t this available in the ’90s? — Elizabeth P. Mackenzie

I got my Ph.D. in 1997. If only I had known about this costume. I would have worn it to liven up my doctoral defense. Instead of my committee focusing on the boring experiment they made me do over the course of several years and giving me a three hour long exam, I could have worn this, popped out of a cake, batted my eye lids asked adorably, “Puwease let me have a Ph.D.? I’ve been so good.”

Also, math is hard.

5. Perfect for all graduate student activities! — Tracy L. Brock

Wow! Super-slinky yet surprisingly comfortable for those long nights lounging around grading poorly organized undergrad essays. Thanks to my five-year diet of ramen noodles and caffeine pills, the xs/s size fits me like a glove. I’ve never felt sexier–or smarter!

6. This outfit failed to get me tenure. Would not recommend. — PassionPhD

I spent 6 years working hard to get my PhD, which was extra hard because I am a lady, and it hurt my ovaries to think so much. After obtaining this advanced degree, the only position I could secure, like the majority in my field, was an adjunct position teaching for less than $ 2000 a course. Then I got this LadyPhD regalia and my life immediately changed! My department, full of esteemed and very prestigious senior male tenured faculty, saw me walking in the hall, invited me into the department meeting, and right there on the spot, immediately voted to make me a TENURED FULL PROFESSOR.

Sadly, the next morning, I found out it was NOT a faculty meeting that I had wandered into, just professors having an office cocktail party and I was not tenured after all. I WANT MY MONEY BACK. I have student loans to pay off!!!

7. Not pink, won’t be buying. — Debjani Chakravarty

As a lady PhD who has researched other lady PhDs I am appalled that this is not in pink, a color all ladies like irrespective of degrees held. You’ve neglected to make this in the appropriate lady color.This is also not short enough for me to show off my real delicious assets to which my PhD is just garnish- “darling adornment” -if you will. Make this in fulsome Pepto-Bismol, or darling-newborn-baby pink and you’ll have me hooked.

8. Total validation of my life choices. — Barbara Quimby

As a PhD student, I’m so glad to see my goals come to life this way. I tried for so long to become a sexualized being appreciated for my breasts and hollow smile, and finally I will be realizing that dream when I receive my doctorate and don this socially acceptable outfit. Thank you for confirming that my training and education will help me to be appreciated for what I can really give back to society- great legs and tight buns!

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