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Amazon Just Joined Apple in Elite Club

It's the second trillion-dollar company

(Newser) - Less than a month after Apple became the first US company to reach a valuation of $1 trillion, Amazon has become the second. Shares gained 2% to hit a record high of $2,050.27 Tuesday, and with nearly 488 million shares outstanding, that puts the 24-year-old company’s value... More »

Amazon Pays 14 Workers to Praise the Company Online

In an effort to combat negative reports of warehouse work

(Newser) - Amazon has endured less-than-glowing reports of what it's like to work at one of its warehouses. Enter the company's new "FC Ambassador" program: A number of Amazon fulfillment center employees have been put to work tweeting about how great it actually is to work at an Amazon... More »

Girl, 6, Spends $350 on Toys Using Mom's Amazon Account

Mom ends up donating unexpected toys to children's hospital

(Newser) - A 6-year-old Utah girl gained viral fame over the weekend after her cousin tweeted a photo of little Caitlin standing next to a stack of Amazon boxes bigger than she is—packages full of toys Caitlin ordered for herself, unbeknownst to her family, who found out only when they were... More »

Bezos' Parents Invested $245K, Could Be Mindbogglingly Rich

Bloomberg does the very favorable math

(Newser) - Some parents buy extra boxes of Girl Scout cookies to support their kiddos. Jackie and Mike Bezos did just a bit more than that for their son (stepson, in Mike's case), and it has possibly made them billionaires many times over. Bloomberg takes a look at what it says... More »

Facial Recognition Software: 28 Lawmakers Are Crooks

Which shows Amazon's Rekognition software isn't always reliable

(Newser) - Always thought politicians were crooks? Now Amazon's facial recognition system agrees with you, but not in a good way. A test by the ACLU matching all 535 Congress members to 25,000 mugshots found 28 false positives—with a notably high number of people of color, the Verge reports.... More »

Prime Day Is Full of Secrecy. Here's What Has Been Revealed

A guide to the 4th annual extravaganza

(Newser) - Amazon's "epic day (and a half)" is here: The 4th Prime Day began at 3pm ET Monday and will run 36 hours, up from last year's 30. Or, for some would-be customers, a portion of 36 hours: Some shoppers ran into issues accessing the site right after... More »

Amazon Goes Down at Start of Prime Day

Site appears to be having technical issues nearly an hour in to epic sale day

(Newser) - According to Business Insider , CNET , TechCrunch , and a bunch of irritated would-be customers posting about it on Twitter , Amazon was having serious technical difficulties as its much-anticipated Prime Day started Monday. Outage reports spiked around 3pm Eastern, just as the 36-hour sale was starting, but the site appeared to go... More »

Jeff Bezos' Net Worth Just Hit a Huge Milestone

Amazon founder is now the richest person in modern history, with $150B

(Newser) - It's a very happy Prime Day indeed for Jeff Bezos: On Monday morning, the Amazon founder became the richest person in modern history, Bloomberg reports. Bezos, 54, now has a net worth of about $150 billion, $55 billion more than the second-richest person in the world, Bill Gates. Gates... More »

Why a 2009 Romance Novel Costs $2,812.48 on Amazon

The 'New York Times' takes a look at what some third-party sellers are doing

(Newser) - With most Amazon articles focused on Prime-Day deals , the New York Times is out with a story focusing on the opposite end of the spectrum: the astronomical prices some third-party sellers are attaching to books sold on the site. It zeroes in on romance author Deborah Macgillivray, who in June... More »

Amazon Promises an 'Epic' 36 Hours of Shopping

Prime Day is coming July 16, with extended hours

(Newser) - A "day" is traditionally defined as 24 hours, but in Amazon's case, it could also mean 36. The latter is what the online giant is allotting for its upcoming Amazon Prime Day on July 16, kicking off the online sales at 3pm that day, per CNNMoney . Billing what'... More »

This Is the Highest Spot on Planet for Amazon Deliveries

Leh, India, is in the Himalayas, demonstrates the company's reach

(Newser) - A writer for the Atlantic tried delivering packages for Amazon for a single day in San Francisco and came to regret it . The same isn't true for Eshay Rangdol. The New York Times takes a fascinating look at the lengths—or, rather, heights—Amazon is going to in order... More »

Amazon Rolls Out Delivery Van Program

Company wants entrepreneurs to take over from UPS

(Newser) - Amazon packages, which usually show up in a UPS truck, an unmarked vehicle, or in the hands of a mail carrier, may soon be delivered from an Amazon van. The online retailer, wanting more control over how its packages are delivered, is rolling out a program Thursday that lets entrepreneurs... More »

She Drove for Amazon Flex, Quickly Came to Regret It

What it's like to (very briefly) be an Amazon Flex driver

(Newser) - Parking in downtown San Francisco is no picnic, a fact Atlantic writer Alana Semuels rued during her single day as a driver for Amazon Flex. That's the delivery service Amazon operates that pays independent contractors to ferry packages to homes and businesses in some 50 cities, and Semuels decided... More »

3 Little Letters May Hide an Ulterior Motive at Amazon

Gizmodo suggests VTO is a way to keep employee counts up while trimming costs

(Newser) - VTO: It's a part of Amazon's lexicon that might seem like an "innocuous sounding acronym." But in a lengthy piece, Gizmodo suggests it's anything but. VTO, or Voluntary Time Off, is a just that: an opportunity for Amazon's legions of warehouse workers to end... More »

In 'Unlikely' String of Events, Amazon Echo Records, Sends Conversation

Family acquaintance was sent audio file of discussion

(Newser) - Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the AP reports. The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband contacted... More »

Lots of Returns? Amazon Might Cancel Your Account

Dozens of users have told stories of being banned

(Newser) - Amazon has a reputation for making returns easy—but many users have complained that the retail giant has banned them because they returned too many of their purchases from the site. People have been talking about such experiences for years , but a new Wall Street Journal article brings new attention... More »

New Prime Benefit: Extra Discounts at Whole Foods

Amazon benefit will be rolling out to stores in the US this summer

(Newser) - It's Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon is rolling out discounts for Prime members at the organic grocer. The benefits start Wednesday at stores in Florida and will expand nationwide this summer, the AP reports. Prime members will get an additional 10% off sale items and exclusive deals on... More »

Amazon Not Thrilled With Seattle's New 'Amazon Tax'

Tax on city's largest employers will bring in about $45M a year

(Newser) - "People are dying on the doorsteps of prosperity." That's per a city councilwoman in Seattle, where local politicians hope a new tax on big business will alleviate homelessness. On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed a "head tax," which starting in 2019 will be imposed... More »

Stolen Schnauzer Retrieved After Email to Jeff Bezos

A driver delivering dog food for Amazon allegedly dog-napped the pooch first

(Newser) - Richard Guttfield was playing snooker at his $2 million estate in Buckinghamshire, England, when Wilma, his black miniature schnauzer suddenly disappeared. His only clue: The 11-month-old puppy went missing shortly after an Amazon driver had delivered a package of dog food. The businessman wasn’t certain that there was a... More »

Amazon Hikes Annual Prime Price

It jacked up the monthly fee in January

(Newser) - Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee to $119 a year, up 20% from $99. New Prime members in the US will be charged the higher price starting May 11. The increase will apply to renewals of existing memberships starting on June 16. Besides free two-day... More »

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