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Froma Harrop: The star-crossed romance between Amazon and New York City

Who is to blame for Amazon’s announcement that it won’t be building a new headquarters in Queens as planned: the tech behemoth or grouchy New Yorkers? If one must choose, …


Amazon dumped New York, but cities still wooing the company

Amazon’s breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant.


Amazon’s exit could scare off tech companies from New York

Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine’s Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion in tax …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Amazon sets cap for Seattle growth in coming years; canceled New York jobs will likely go elsewhere

Amazon will end its growth in Seattle in coming years after its offices under construction open up, and the 25,000 jobs intended for New York will be mostly spread across …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to …


Kathleen Parker: Bezos v. Pecker: A complexifying situation

As stories go, the face-off between Jeff Bezos and David Pecker (paging Charles Dickens) has all the elements of a 21st-century battle royale between good and evil. Thank you, God.


Tabloid CEO’s lawyer denies Enquirer was trying to extort Bezos

The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid’s parent company said …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Facing opposition, Amazon reconsiders NY headquarters site, two officials say

Amazon.com is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City, according to two people familiar with the company’s thinking, following a wave of …


Researchers say Amazon face-detection technology shows bias

Two researchers say Amazon’s facial-recognition technology has a lot of trouble identifying darker-skinned women.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Amazon to test delivery robots on Seattle-area sidewalks

Amazon.com will use robots to deliver packages in the suburbs north of Seattle, its latest experiment to automate the last-mile of delivery that’s a labor-intensive and costly component of buying …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Amazon reportedly developing a subscription video game streaming service

Amazon is planning to use its massive cloud computing service to jump into the streaming market for video game play, according to a new report from the Information. The service, …


Seattle City Council members heading to New York City to share Amazon ‘lessons, mistakes’

Two Seattle City Council members are scheduled to appear Monday in New York City at a summit set up by unions and community groups that oppose Amazon’s plan to expand …


Avista, Amazon fulfillment dominate local business coverage in 2018

Avista’s proposed sale to a Canadian utility and Amazon’s fulfillment center in the West Plains dominated local business news in 2018.


Amazon’s fleet of jets is growing

The company said Friday it will lease 10 Boeing 767s planes, bringing its total fleet to 50 with the goal of getting orders to people faster and more reliably.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Housing shortage looms on Spokane’s West Plains

Job growth will bring thousands of new residents to the West Plains over the next two years. Finding places for them to live will be a challenge.


Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 1:21 p.m.

Geiger Boulevard will get turning lane, new pavement, pedestrian and bike trail in preparation for Amazon

The federal government awarded Spokane County $14.3 million Thursday for a project to improve Geiger Boulevard in front of the Amazon fulfillment center being built just west of the city.


Amazon workers treated after bear repellent releases fumes

An automated machine punctured a can of bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey on Wednesday, releasing fumes that sickened workers and sent two dozen to hospitals, officials …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

Where are the drones? Amazon’s customers are still waiting

The day may not be far off when drones will carry medicine to people in rural or remote areas, but the marketing hype around instant delivery of consumer goods looks …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

Here’s how to keep your Christmas packages from getting stolen this year

Mindy Simonson remembers watching a video of a thief from her front-door camera. Dressed in everyday clothing, a person she’s never seen walked up to her front door and wedged …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

German antitrust agency opens Amazon investigation

Germany’s antitrust agency said Thursday it has begun an investigation of online retailer Amazon over complaints it’s abusing its position to the detriment of sellers who use its “marketplace” platform.


Amazon staff in Europe protest to coincide with Black Friday

Some of Amazon’s workers in Europe are protesting against what they call unfair work conditions, in a move meant to disrupt operations on Black Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 12:35 p.m.

Stores fighting for Black Friday sales aim for convenience

Retailers are offering much of their Black Friday deals online, but shoppers still showed up at malls and stores around the country looking for discounts – and also to take …


Amazon tells some customers their emails have been exposed, but provides few details

Amazon.com informed some customers Wednesday that their names and email addresses had been “inadvertently disclosed” as a result of a “technical error,” but declined to provide more details about the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

After HQ2 decision, Amazon plans suggest expansion, and then a big hiring slowdown

With Amazon’s gaze shifting to the East Coast, Seattle is in for something different.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 8:31 a.m.

It’s official: Amazon says Northern Virginia, New York will get headquarters expansion

Amazon on Tuesday made it official: The company’s headquarters expansion will be in Arlington County, Virginia, and the Long Island City neighborhood of New York.


Amazon HQ favorites: Similar basics, different vibes

The communities said to be favored to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Amazon to start selling latest Apple products, excluding speaker

Amazon said Friday it would begin selling the most-recent iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, Apple Watch and Apple TV models on its website, along with branded accessories and headphones from Apple’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Amazon mum on reports it will split new headquarters between New York and Virginia

Amazon isn’t commenting on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between facilities in two cities rather than choosing just one.


Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for holidays

Amazon is following Target and temporarily dropping the minimum amount shoppers need to spend to qualify for free shipping.