Tag Archives: Amazon

Federal Court Sides With Amazon Against Parler

NPR reports: A federal judge is refusing to restore the social media site Parler after Amazon kicked the company off of its web-hosting services over content seen as inciting violence. The decision is a blow to Parler, an upstart that has won over Trump loyalists for its relatively hands-off approach to moderating content. The company sued Amazon over its ban, …

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Amazon Releases Violent And Racist Parler Posts

ABC News reports: Amazon Web Services has responded to Parler’s lawsuit against it with a series of screenshots of hateful content — loaded with threats of violence and racial slurs — that allegedly spread on the platform, in new court filings. One screenshot of a Parler post features a slew of racial slurs about Michelle Obama and another states, “The …

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Parler Sues Amazon Over Alleged Antitrust Violations

Business Insider reports: Parler, the far-right social media service, is suing Amazon over antitrust violations, according to a court filing submitted on Monday. The move comes after Amazon knocked Parler off its cloud-hosting service after it said Parler failed to moderate threats of violence following last week’s deadly siege on the US Capitol. Parler alleges that Amazon’s decision was politically …

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Parler Now Offline After Amazon Drops Hosting

Yahoo News reports: The conservative social network Parler was forced offline Monday, tracking websites showed, after Amazon warned the company would lose access to its servers for its failure to properly police violent content. The site’s popularity soared in recent weeks, becoming the number one free app in Apple’s App Store after the much larger Twitter banned US President Trump …

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Retailers Warn Of Holiday Shipping Crunch: Buy Now

The Associated Press reports: A number of retailers, including J.C. Penney, Lowe’s and Kohl’s, are telling shoppers they need to place their online orders soon or else pay expedited shipping fees if they want to get their packages delivered in time for the holidays. The earlier-than-usual deadlines come as more people turn to online shopping during the pandemic, creating a …

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Amazon Cloud Outage Takes Down Sites, Streamers

CNBC reports: Amazon’s cloud-computing service on Wednesday was hit with an outage that took down some websites and services. A notice on Amazon Web Services’ status page said it was experiencing problems with Kinesis, its service that processes large streams of data, causing “increased error rates” for a number of websites. The outage also impacted its ability to post updates …

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Amazon Shakes Up Drugstores With Online Pharmacy

CNBC reports: Amazon is entering the pharmacy business with a new offering called Amazon Pharmacy, allowing customers in the United States to order prescription medications for home delivery, including free delivery for Amazon Prime members. Amazon has been quietly building out its pharmacy offering for several years after ramping up internal discussions in 2017 and acquiring PillPack in 2018. The …

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Amazon Reveals 20,000 Workers Have Tested COVID+

The Washington Post reports: Amazon said Thursday that nearly 20,000 of its U.S. employees had tested positive, or had been presumed positive, for the coronavirus since the pandemic started spreading through the U.S. this year. The retailer has faced harsh criticism this year as hundreds of workers and critics have said it hasn’t done enough to keep employees safe as …

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Amazon Blocks “Stand Back, Stand By” Merchandise

CBS News reports: Amazon and other online retailers are pulling merchandise from their sites emblazoned with the words “stand back” and “stand by” and displaying the insignia of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group. Shirts bearing the words cropped up for sale after President Donald Trump uttered the phrase on Tuesday night, referring to the white supremacist group, during …

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Amazon Launches Indoor Drone Security Cam [VIDEO]

The Verge reports: “I’d be more worried about the camera on your phone than I would be about a drone,” Amazon devices SVP Dave Limp told me in an interview a few hours after yesterday’s big Echo event. The drone in question is the Ring Always Home Cam, an autonomous indoor drone that can use a map of your home …

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Five Stars: Amazon Takes Down Review Scammers

The Verge reports: Amazon’s top reviewers in the UK appear to have engaged in fraud, leaving thousands of five-star ratings in exchange for money or free products. The company took down 20,000 product reviews following an investigation by the Financial Times. Scams like these typically start on social networks and messaging apps such as Telegram, where companies can meet potential …

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Amazon Eyes Empty Mall Spaces As Fulfillment Centers

The Verge reports: Amazon has had talks with Simon Property Group about converting some of its mall spaces into fulfillment centers. The conversations started before the coronavirus pandemic, and before the latest wave of bankruptcy filings by mall stalwarts like Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, and Nieman Marcus. It’s a bit of an on-the-nose example of how e-commerce is overtaking the …

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LIVE VIDEO: Big Tech CEOs Testify Before US House

CBS News reports: The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are set for a rare turn in the congressional spotlight on Wednesday, with lawmakers expected to pose a critical — and potentially perilous — question for the technology titans: Are you guys too powerful? For the executives, the issue of their companies’ massive market dominance comes at a delicate …

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Jeff Bezos Added $13 Billion To Net Worth Yesterday

Bloomberg News report: Jeff Bezos added $13 billion to his net worth on Monday, the largest single-day jump for an individual since the Bloomberg Billionaires Index was created in 2012. Amazon.com Inc. shares surged 7.9%, the most since December 2018 on rising optimism about web shopping trends, and are now up 73% this year. Bezos, Amazon’s 56-year-old founder and the …

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Brazilian Official Fired For New Report On Deforestation

The Guardian reports: Brazil’s government has fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three days after June deforestation data reflected a continued increase in degradation. Lubia Vinhas was the general-coordinator of Brazilian space agency Inpe’s Earth Observation Institute, which is an umbrella for divisions that monitor …

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Amazon Rescinds Order To Staff On Deleting TikTok

The New York Times reports: Amazon on Friday asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, putting the tech giant at the center of growing suspicion and paranoia about the app. Almost five hours later, Amazon reversed course, saying the email to workers was sent in error. In the initial email, which was obtained by …

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Amazon Asks Employees To Delete TikTok From Phones

The New York Times reports: Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, citing “security risks,” according to a company email sent on Friday. In the email, which was obtained by The New York Times, Amazon officials said that employees must delete the app from any devices that “access Amazon email.” Employees had …

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Family Research Council Banned From AmazonSmile

The Christian Post reports: Amazon has banned another conservative nonprofit from its AmazonSmile program, which allows customers to choose a charity to receive proceeds from their purchases. The tech giant’s decision to ban the Family Research Council was reportedly based on recommendations from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the program’s gatekeeper, which frequently labels conservative and Christian organizations as “hate …

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Amazon Tests Wearable Social Distancing Alert Device

CNBC reports: Amazon is testing a wearable device that notifies fulfillment center workers when they’re violating social distancing rules. The device is a clear plastic sleeve with a clip that features an LED light and audio system, according to a memo seen by CNBC. When workers are too close to one another, the wearable emits a loud beeping noise and …

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Postal Service Reviews Package Delivery Contracts As Major Trump Donor Is About To Be Postmaster General

The Washington Post reports: Weeks before a Republican donor and top White House ally becomes postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service has quietly launched a review of its package delivery contracts and lost its last senior official who was not appointed by President Trump. The moves, confirmed by six people with knowledge of the Postal Service’s inner workings but not …

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