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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

Bezos family gives $3 million for UW early learning research

The Bezos Family Foundation’s donation amounts to a nearly 13 percent boost in the College of Education’s total donations and offers a lasting opportunity to influence the school’s research and …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

EU opens investigation into how Amazon uses data

European authorities said Wednesday they have opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s treatment of smaller merchants on its website.


Amazon investigating claims of bribes and leaked data

Amazon says it is investigating reports that its employees may have taken bribes from sellers on its site.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Bezos pledges $2 billion to help homeless families and launch a network of preschools

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on Thursday announced he was starting up philanthropic organizations focused on providing help to homeless families and preschools for low-income communities, a later start …


Amazon’s business-to-business unit turns into a $10 billion business

Amazon.com is having some luck getting buyers of corporate office supplies to shop like teenagers armed with their parents’ credit card.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

What’s in the Amazon box? Maybe a real 7-foot Christmas tree

Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep. Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year.


Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn leave ‘Project Runway’ for Amazon Prime Video project

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, who have been synonymous with “Project Runway” for 15 years, are leaving the show and moving to Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Studios announced Friday.


Group of Whole Foods workers aims to unionize

A group of workers at Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market planned to email colleagues at the organic grocer’s stores announcing a push to organize.


Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Stop BEZOS Act’ in the Senate

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Wednesday introduced a Senate bill – the “Stop BEZOS Act” – that would require large employers like Amazon and Walmart to pay back the government …


Amazon orders 20,000 vans to build delivery fleet

Amazon has ordered 20,000 vans for its new delivery program in which contractors around the country can launch businesses that deliver packages for the online retailer.


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos donates $10 million to veteran-focused super PAC in first major political venture

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are making their first major political contribution with a $10 million gift to a super PAC focused on …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Amazon’s market value briefly tops $1 trillion Tuesday

Amazon Inc.’s market value briefly topped $1 trillion on Tuesday morning before retreating, becoming the second U.S. company after Apple to cross the line.


Mum’s the word as Amazon nears one-year anniversary of HQ2 quest

There is little to suggest Amazon will reveal the location of its second headquarters any time soon. Except, perhaps, the calendar.


Amazon fires back at Bernie Sanders’ ‘inaccurate’ claims about its warehouse working conditions

Amazon is defending its treatment of the hundreds of thousands of workers at its warehouses, calling statements by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders “inaccurate and misleading.”


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 2:12 p.m.

Alaska Airlines to offer direct flights from Ohio airport to Seattle

Alaska Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights between Ohio’s capital city and Seattle in March when the airline joins the lineup at a Columbus airport.


From the field through Amazon: Local farm uses online sales to attract buyers for Palouse crops

Sara Mader used her software background to start selling products from a fifth-generation family farm on Amazon Grocery and Gourmet. During a Tuesday workshop, Mader talked about how online sales …


A year after Amazon takeover, Whole Foods still hasn’t shed its whole paycheck status

One year after Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market, shopping at the grocery chain will still cost you much of your paycheck.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

Warehouse workers in Amazon program tweet positive comments about working conditions

A group of more than a dozen Amazon Twitter users in the past two weeks started responding to critics of the company on the social media site, sharing upbeat tales …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 4:47 p.m.

Thousands of Amazon workers receive food stamps. Now Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Amazon to pay up.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will soon introduce legislation that would require large employers like Amazon, Walmart and McDonald’s to fully cover the cost of food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and …


Six-year-old goes on $350 Barbie shopping spree. Here’s what her parents did with the dolls.

Katelyn Lunt, 6, had earned a coveted Dreamtopia Rainbow Fairy Doll through extra chores. After watching her mom order it on Amazon, she checked the shipping status, but instead noticed …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

New version of Alexa skirts some kid questions about Santa, Stormy Daniels

A version of Alexa won’t tell kids where babies come from or spill the beans about Santa. It also won’t explain some things kids might have heard on the news …


Amazon is planning live TV recorder, challenging TiVo

Amazon.com is developing a new device that records live TV, working around cable providers and encroaching on TiVo Corp.’s market, according to a person familiar with the plans.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Walmart’s built a ragtag alliance of tech firms to battle Amazon

The Amazon menace has prompted a strategic shift inside Walmart’s headquarters.


Amazon removes Nazi-themed items after complaints

Amazon says it has removed items with Nazi or white supremacist symbols from its website after criticism from advocacy groups.


Shawn Vestal: The Amazon effect on local pay should be scrutinized

Amazon is coming to town, and a lot of people are excited.


Amazon roll-out in Spokane follows growth in Prime subscriptions; among 7 fulfillment centers announced this year

Amazon’s desire to be closer to your doorstep is behind the company’s plans for a massive distribution center near the Spokane International Airport.


What’s so secret about Whole Foods? Under Amazon, a lot it seems

Since August, when Whole Foods was swallowed up by Amazon.com, there’s been a virtual blackout. The grocery chain is now little more than a footnote in the e-commerce behemoth’s earnings …


Amazon brings its order fulfillment machine to Spokane

Online retail giant Amazon is now officially putting down roots in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Amazon’s facial-recognition tool misidentified 28 lawmakers as people arrested for a crime, study finds

Amazon’s facial recognition tools incorrectly identified Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and 27 other members of Congress as people arrested for a crime during a test commissioned by the American Civil …


Robert B. Engel: Amazon’s prime deal in Washington at the expense of local communities

Amazon’s Prime Day is often lauded as offering some of the best deals of the year in online shopping, but a closer look at the stream of corporate welfare that …