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Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Shanghai - Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday.

Amazon staff may be listening in on Alexa recordings

Alexa owners concerned with their privacy have something new to worry about. It has emerged that Amazon staff have the functionality of listening in to questions and commands posed to the Alexa voice assistant.

Amazon employees urge Jeff Bezos to release climate change plan

Seattle - In an open letter to Amazon’s board of directors and CEO Jeff Bezos, thousands of employees have asked the company to adopt a wide-ranging plan to fight climate change and to stop offering its cloud business, AWS, to the petroleum industry.

Amazon's clean energy pledge seemed to be over — until today

Seattle - Amazon has been accused of abandoning a much-publicized goal of running its data centers on 100 percent renewable energy, turning instead, to courting fossil fuel companies. However, Amazon's announcement today may come as a surprise to many people.

Amazon's Bezos, wife reach biggest divorce deal in history

New York - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, finalized the biggest divorce settlement in history on Thursday, leaving him with 75 percent of their stock in the tech giant and giving her nearly $36 billion in shares.

Chatting with Kristos Andrews from 'The Bay' on Amazon Prime Special

Kristos Andrews is one multi-faceted individual: multi-Emmy award-winning actor, producer, as well as a former champion in extreme sports. Andrews chatted with Digital Journal about the hit digital drama series "The Bay" on Amazon Prime.

'Edtech' boom transforms how Indian kids learn

Mumbai - From a multi-billion-dollar education startup to wired-up mannequins, technology is helping to revolutionise the way Indian schoolchildren are learning -- provided their parents can afford it.

Ben Milliken talks about 'Bosch' on Amazon Prime and future plans Special

Actor Ben Milliken chatted with Digital Journal about his experience on the digital drama series "Bosch" on Amazon Prime.

National Enquirer bought Bezos texts from girlfriend's brother: report

Washington - The National Enquirer bought revealing messages between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his then-secret girlfriend for $200,000 from her brother, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Q&A: How Walmart's workforce is beating Amazon Special

Walmart has recently seen earnings growth, much of this fuelled by online growth and based on investments in its workforce. This means, according to Micah Rowland of Fountain, Walmart starting to challenge Amazon online.

Amazon's Virginia headquarters faces new blocks in funding vote

Arlington - Amazon.com Inc’s plan to set up a second headquarters in northern Virginia, after being rebuffed in New York, will face its first test when local officials vote on Saturday on a proposed financial package worth an estimated $51 million.

Domestic violence film 'The Right to Live' is now on Amazon Prime

In honor of International Women's Day, the film "The Right to Live" is available on Amazon Prime. This movie was co-directed by Michele Frantzeskos and Nancy Vazquez.

Barnes & Noble shares drop while Amazon to open book stores

Bookseller Barnes & Noble shares were falling hard Thursday as investors were dissuaded by weak operating profit guidance. Amazon, on the other hand, prepares to close pop-up stores and open more book stores.

Walmart takes a page from Amazon's play book to drive profits

Walmart Inc, the world's largest retailer, is taking on marketing titans Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc by consolidating advertising sales for its stores and websites in a bid to increase profits.

Jessica Morris opens up about 'Ladies of the Lake' on Amazon Special

Acclaimed actress Jessica Morris chatted with Digital Journal about being a part of the hit Amazon series "Ladies of the Lake."

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.
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