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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The Prime Effect: How Amazon’s 2-Day Shipping Is Disrupting Retail

The quest to offer free two-day delivery has forced retailers like Walmart and Target to spend billions on distribution infrastructure. It’s also forced smaller retailers to hand off selling, warehousing and shipping to a growing roster of startups and giants like FedEx and UPS—not to mention Amazon itself.
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Amazon’s The Tick Is Coming to New York Comic-Con 2018

Hello world! The epic tale rife with destiny, adventure, blood loss, and good against evil… is coming to New York Comic-Con!

The Tick couldn’t have said it better himself! But you heard it here first: Amazon’s The Tick will be at NYCC next month, and a bunch of members of the cast and crew will also be on hand. That includes stars Griffin Newman (Arthur), Valorie Curry (Dot), Yara Martinez (Ms. Lint), and Scott Speiser (Overkill), creator and showrunner Ben Edlund, and executive producer Barry Josephson. The Tick himself, Peter Serafinowicz, is still working out his schedule, but we’re told it looks good that he’ll be there as well.

The panel, which is sure to include some surprises, will take place on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00pm at the Javits Convention Center in Room 1A06.

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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 Bezos: Big Businesses Should Not Be Vilified

Facing political backlash over Amazon’s growing market dominance, Jeff Bezos said that while big companies deserve to be scrutinized, politicians shouldn’t “vilify” them.
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Amazon’s Bezos: Big Businesses Should Not Be Vilified

Facing political backlash over Amazon’s growing market dominance, Jeff Bezos said that while big companies deserve to be scrutinized, politicians shouldn’t “vilify” them.
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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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Amazon’s Profit Soars to Record

Amazon.com’s quarterly profit topped $ 2 billion for the first time, powered by the company’s newer services businesses that are ushering the online retail giant into an era of swelling profitability.
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Amazon’s Profit Soars to Record

Amazon.com’s quarterly profit topped $ 2 billion for the first time, powered by the company’s newer services businesses that are ushering the online retail giant into an era of swelling profitability.
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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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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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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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Apple Avoids Amazon’s Beauty Contest, Searches Secretly for New Campus

The world’s two most valuable technology companies, Apple and Amazon, are shopping for cities in which to build new corporate campuses. But with one of them, you would hardly know it.
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Slammed by Trump, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Chooses Silence

Over the past week, Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has been cast into the limelight thanks to a string of attacks by President Trump. Mr. Bezos’s response? The silent treatment.
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Jimmy Kimmel Unveils Amazon’s New Trump-Proof Delivery Service

“You’re getting it, no matter what.”
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Rules of Engagement: How Cities Are Courting Amazon’s New Headquarters

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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Rules of Engagement: How Cities Are Courting Amazon’s New Headquarters

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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The Next Big Threat to Consumer Brands (Yes, Amazon’s Behind It)

Already grappling with upstart rivals and the rise of e-commerce, personal-care and packaged-foods makers now face the threat of voice-search assistants that often offer customers just one or two product options.
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Amazon’s Latest Ambition: To Be a Major Hospital Supplier

Amazon is pushing to turn its nascent medical-supplies business into a major supplier to U.S. hospitals and outpatient clinics that could compete with incumbent distributors of items from gauze to hip implants.
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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.com Inc. 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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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 Roy Price Left Alleged Trail of Sexual Harassment

Claims that go beyond previous reports simmered inside the e-commerce giant’s Hollywood unit. Some executives say the company’s policy of giving its business operations autonomy may have given Mr. Price extra leeway.
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Amazon’s New Plan for Deliveries: Hand Over the Keys to Your Home

The online retailer is introducing a connected door-lock and security-camera system to let package carriers, guests and eventually dog walkers in and out of customers’ houses, all controlled via an app.
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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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Amazon’s race to make Alexa smarter

The man in charge of Amazon’s smart speakers and their AI assistant discusses their future.
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Amazon’s Expansion Costs Take a Toll

Amazon said quarterly profit fell 77% even as sales jumped, a sign of the high cost of its increasing dominance of retail. The company posted $ 197 million in profit as it spent on new warehouses, delivery capacity and data centers.
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Amazon’s Expansion Costs Take a Toll

Amazon said quarterly profit fell 77% even as sales jumped, a sign of the high cost of its increasing dominance of retail. The company posted $ 197 million in profit as it spent on new warehouses, delivery capacity and data centers.
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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 Grip On The Book World Could Silence The Stories That Matter

This morning, Amazon ― the online bookseller-turned-everything store ― opened the doors to its latest brick-and-mortar outpost in New York City’s Columbus Circle. The company added in-person retail to its arsenal of buying options in 2015, when it opened a store in Seattle. Beginning today, it occupies a space where a Borders once was.

Unlike its competitors ― which mostly include independent bookstores, after the company’s rise lead to the fall of Borders and many Barnes & Noble locations ― Amazon’s physical bookstore relies on sales data to determine which titles will be prominently displayed. At the Columbus Circle location, a table labeled “Highly Rated: 4.8 Stars & Above” sits near the entrance. On it, are such titles as 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food by Lisa Leake and Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen.

For publishers, especially those who support the work of emerging authors, disempowered authors or authors whose voices aren’t in chorus with the mainstream, this data-based approach to bookselling is disconcerting.

Michael Reynolds, the editor-in-chief of Europa Editions, told HuffPost that Amazon’s ratings-based system isn’t conducive to discovering writers like the lyrical, wave-making Elena Ferrante, whom Europa publishes.

“Things like Tolstoy are going to have lower ratings than the new book by the new YouTube star.
Dennis Johnson, co-publisher of Melville House Books

“While a new bookstore, any new bookstore, is generally good news, I can’t see how Amazon applying its unsatisfactory recommendation engine to a physical space is going to result in the kind of discovery experience a reader has when she enters any good brick-and-mortar store,” Reynolds said. “It is certainly not going to help with bringing about the kind of bibliodiversity that, with authors like Elena Ferrante, Muriel Barbery, Boualem Sansal and Domenico Starnone, we seek to cultivate, and that I think is more important today than ever.”

Dennis Johnson, the co-publisher of Melville House, agreed. “Things like Tolstoy are going to have lower ratings than the new book by the new YouTube star,” he told HuffPost. “Real literature is slowly not going to be available there.”

Caroline Casey, the managing director of Coffee House Press, was more optimistic about readers’ appetite for well-told stories, and the tenacity of indie presses.

“I don’t expect [Amazon’s] experiments to damage independent bookstores, because what people value them for isn’t replicable in the Amazon model,” she told HuffPost. “So those booksellers, who are our very best advocates and sell our books better than I ever could hope to, should be fine. And so will we.”

Coffee House Press describes itself as “committed to diversity and inclusion,” and that mission statement is reflected in the titles it publishes, including Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth, Saeed Jones’s Prelude to Bruise and Jade Sharma’s Problems. Casey says that while a “significant portion” of Coffee Houses’ sales come from Amazon, she doesn’t expect the seller’s physical locations to have either a positive or negative impact. Instead, she expects that indie bookstores will continue to account for most of the press’ in-person sales.

“A good bookstore offers not just curation, but also personality and the opportunity not [just] to find what you want, but to also find out what you want,” Casey said. “Amazon might have a lot of customer data, but it’s not the kind that yields a surprising, joyful bookstore visit.”

The decision to open brick-and-mortar stores isn’t the only recent change Amazon has made to its bookselling approach. Last month, the retailer tweaked its online buying options, so that publishers are no longer automatically granted the right to be listed as the default sellers for their titles. Instead, third-party retailers are now allowed to compete to become a book’s default seller. So, prime real estate on the site is often granted to those with the lowest costs.

Casey declined to comment on this new development. But, Johnson and Reynolds agreed that the move could hurt publishers and, consequently, authors, who aren’t owed a cut of the sale from third-party distributors.

I cannot be anything but concerned by Amazon’s insistence on chipping away at the perceived and actual value of books.
Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions

“The Amazon paradigm sees books as a function of a hyper-competitive market rather than cultural products that create a market, shape it, and at times disrupt it,” Reynolds said. “The most recent development concerning Amazon’s buy box will make it increasingly difficult for authors to be paid adequately for their work when it is sold through Amazon, and for publishers to invest in bringing new and diverse voices to the market and maintaining a robust backlist. As a publisher animated by an abiding belief in the broad and lasting value not only of books but of ‘bibliodiversity,’ I cannot be anything but concerned by Amazon’s insistence on chipping away at the perceived and actual value of books.”

“It’s another instance of Amazon killing the goose that lays the eggs,” Johnson said. “Screwing their partners in the ecosystem that naturally grows around any kind of product. What they’re doing now is something that nobody makes any money from, except Amazon.”

And it’s not just indie presses who could suffer from Amazon’s business decisions. In fact, Johnson said that Melville House ― which only relies on Amazon for around 25 percent of its sales ― will likely fare better than big-five publishers such as Random House, which leans on Amazon to sell classics and other backlist titles.

“This is treacherous for everybody in the business,” Johnson said. “Everybody’s threatened by this.”

“Amazon is nothing if not Trumpian in their behavior,” he continued. “The ruthlessness, the naked capitalism. It’s all there. They’re positively Trumpian. They have that in them.”

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Microsoft, eBay, Tencent Invest $1.4 Billion in Amazon’s India Rival

Indian e-commerce startup Flipkart said it has raised $ 1.4 billion from technology heavyweights Microsoft, eBay and Tencent, giving it a cash boost as it seeks to combat Amazon’s rapid growth in the country.
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Here’s a Look at Amazon’s New Series About Hugh Hefner’s Life

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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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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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