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Amazon decision major blow to property buyers in Queens

Amazon is no longer opening an HQ2 in New York City, it announced on Thursday. People on social media speculated about what the decision would mean for those who invested in Queens real estate in anticipation of the move.

Amazon’s abandoned New York plans a sign of things to come?

After a week of speculation, Amazon has confirmed that it will not build one of its two new headquarters in New York City. Does this indicate a sea change in how communities deal with giant tech companies?

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

New York - Amazon abandoned plans for a new headquarters in New York City on Thursday, blaming opposition from community leaders angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world's most successful companies.

Amazon drops plan for New York headquarters

New York - Amazon announced Thursday it was abandoning plans for a new headquarters site in New York City, citing opposition from local politicians angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world's most successful companies.

Amazon launches its own shopping channel

Seattle - Amazon is copying the practice of some brick-and-mortar stores by starting its own shopping channel, Amazon Live, which will promote its own products. This is another challenge to retailers as Amazon now controls about half of US e-commerce market.

Amazon CEO says tabloid tried to extort him over private photos

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, stated that David Pecker, the publisher of the tabloid "National Enquirer," tried to blackmail him over intimate personal photos.

Political backlash may kill off Amazon's NYC headquarters deal

New York - Amazon is said to be reconsidering its plans to open up a new headquarters in New York City's Long Island City neighborhood after facing a backlash from politicians and local residents,

Bezos accuses Enquirer of 'blackmail' over intimate photos

Washington - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has accused the publisher of the tabloid National Enquirer, who has been described as a close friend of President Donald Trump, of trying to blackmail him over lurid photos.

Bezos accuses Enquirer of 'blackmail' over intimate photos

Washington - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday accused the publisher of the National Enquirer of "blackmail" after it threatened to publish intimate photographs sent by the billionaire to his mistress if he did not cease his investigation into how the newspaper got...

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 mn for breach of contract

New York - Filmmaker Woody Allen has filed a $68 million suit against Amazon for breach of contract, accusing the streaming giant of canceling a film deal because of a "baseless" decades-old allegation that he sexually abused his daughter.

Amazon minimum-wage hike barely made a dent in operating costs

Amazon announced in October that it was raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour. But the rise for hundreds of thousands of workers has barely made a dent in its operating expenses, which grew at a similar or slower rate than it did the rest of the year.

Hulu will start running ads during pause breaks this spring

On January 31, it was reported that the streaming service Hulu will start running advertisements in pause breaks this spring.

Google, Facebook, and Amazon spent $48 million lobbying in 2018

Google, Facebook and Amazon spent record amounts lobbying U.S. lawmakers last year, according to recently reported filings. This did not prevent them from being criticized by lawmakers.

Amazon has 10,000 employees dedicated to Alexa

Amazon's VP of Alexa, Steve Rabuchin, has confirmed that yes, there really are 10,000 Amazon employees working on Alexa and Echo.

Review: Streaming services fare well at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards Special

The streaming services, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, fared well in the television categories of the 2019 Golden Globe awards.

Op-Ed: How artificial intelligence will redesign the world

Sydney - The mega-hype surrounding artificial intelligence includes geopolitical, social, economic and many other factors. It's starting to look, however, like artificial intelligence will spring more than a few unexpected surprises on the world, and soon.

Whole Foods opens more stores while competitors close

Amazon is reported as intending to expand Whole Foods stores throughout the U.S. into suburbs and other areas. It also desires to bring its two-hour Prime Now delivery system to all Whole Foods stores anonymous sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

Q&A: How Walmart is challenging Amazon with digital technology Special

Walmart hare recently announced 43 percent increase in e-commerce sales that was fueled by increased investment in digital assets. This places Walmart in a stronger position to challenge Amazon. Keith Ryu, CEO of Fountain looks at what’s been happening.

Amazon suffering 'epidemic' of illegal gold mines

Rio De Janeiro - Illegal gold mining in the Amazon has reached "epidemic" proportions in recent years, causing damage to pristine forest and waterways, a conservation group said Monday as it released an unprecedented new map of the activities.

Amazon finds more efficient cloud computing solution

To improve its cloud-based computing services, Amazon is to deploy an ARM-based Graviton processor. The e-commerce giant says this will lead to cost savings of up 45 percent for "scale-out" services.

Amazon bear repellent accident sends 24 workers to the hospital

Robbinsville - On Wednesday this week 24 Amazon warehouse workers in Robbinsville New Jersey were hospitalized after a robot punctured a can of repellent according to local news reports. One employee is said to be in critical condition.

Amazon facial recognition software may be racially biased

The use of facial recognition technology is becoming more common, ostensibly used by security firms for security purposes. There are concerns that some forms of software contain biases, a charge leveled against Amazon's version - Rekognition.

Spanish Amazon workers in 'Black Friday' strike

Madrid - Workers at Amazon's biggest logistics centre in Spain went on strike on the day of the online retailer's "Black Friday" sales bonanza, a union and the company said.

MEPs urge Amazon's Bezos to drop Soviet-themed goods

Vilnius - Members of the European Parliament on Friday called on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling Soviet-themed merchandise on the global online shopping platform insisting that it is offends victims of the regime, according to an open letter.

Cheers, fears as Amazon unveils HQ plan

Arlington - It's exciting for some, worrisome for others: The arrival of a massive headquarters of technology giant Amazon in two East Coast communities is certain to bring huge changes.

Amazon announces New York and Virginia sites as HQ2 picks

Amazon on Tuesday announced it was expanding into Long Island City, Queens, New York, and Crystal City, in Arlington, Virginia, promising to bring 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in investment to each spot.

Amazon unveiled its HQ2 selections, and some locals are furious

The company will build offices in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, and the newly formed National Landing area of Arlington, Virginia.

Holiday wars commence — Amazon to offer free shipping to all

The battle for consumer's online shopping orders is heating up this holiday season, with E-commerce giant Amazon raising the stakes by offering free delivery to customers without having to meet the $25 minimum purchase threshold.

Amazon launches exclusive diabetes and hypertension devices

Amazon has expanded its array of unique healthcare products, in its bid to expand in the healthcare sector, by offering exclusive diabetes and hypertension devices.

Insight into Alphabet and Amazon third-quarter earnings Special

Alphabet and Amazon have both reported healthy third-quarter earnings. What does this mean for digital advertising? Analysis is provided by Investing.com Senior Analyst, Clement Thibault.
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