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UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Seattle approves business tax for homelessness

The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness.


Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a proposal to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Seattle ‘head tax’ proposal advances to vote Monday

A proposal to tax large businesses in Seattle to pay for housing and homeless services has cleared a council committee and now heads to the council for a vote Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Postal Service: More financial loss as mail delivery slumps

The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss on Friday after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

Tech leaders seek more focus on AI at White House summit

Top U.S. tech executives and researchers are planning to press the Trump administration to invest in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs.


Buy tires on Amazon, install them at Sears

Shoppers will be able to buy any brand of tires on Amazon.com, have them shipped to a Sears Auto Center and then bring in their car to get them installed.


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 7:21 p.m.

Not just an ‘Amazon tax’: Some Seattle businesses join head-tax fight

Dozens of Seattle businesses not named Amazon are calling for the city to abandon its proposed head tax, which would raise money for affordable housing and homelessness services.


White House will host Amazon, Facebook, Ford and other major companies for summit on AI

The White House on Thursday plans to convene executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel and 34 other major U.S. companies as it seeks to supercharge the deployment of powerful robots, …


HQ2 cities listen up: Amazon flexing its political muscle sends a message not just to Seattle

The e-commerce titan and Seattle’s biggest single property-tax payer is on a collision course with a majority of the City Council over the proposed head tax. Amazon has played hardball …


Amazon halts Seattle construction project ahead of tax vote

Amazon says it has halted construction planning on a high-rise building in Seattle while it awaits the outcome of a city proposal to tax worker hours.


Amazon introduces kids book program for Prime members

After years spent getting people comfortable ordering books online, Amazon is trying out just delivering them to customers automatically.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 11 p.m.

Seattle arrests 1 in largely peaceful PNW May Day marches

Police in Seattle made one arrest in what were largely peaceful demonstrations on May Day in the Pacific Northwest.


Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to Boston office

Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to its research and development office in Boston, the company announced Tuesday, confirming reports that the retailer would move into a new waterfront complex …


Leader of German governing party backs Amazon protest

The new leader of one of Germany’s governing parties said she supports a protest against working conditions at Amazon during CEO Jeff Bezos’ visit to Berlin on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Get Into My Car … Amazon begins delivery to vehicles

Amazon’s latest perk … free delivery to your car.


UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Amazon said to be working on home robots

The retail and cloud computing giant has embarked on an ambitious, top-secret plan to build a domestic robot, according to people familiar with the plans.


The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’ support for gay rights

Although the company’s search materials don’t make it explicit, Amazon has quietly made rights for and acceptance of gay and transgender people part of its criteria in choosing a second …


Amazon worker’s median pay in 2017: $28,446

SEATTLE – Amazon says its median employee pay was $28,446 last year. That data, disclosed Wednesday in Amazon’s annual proxy report, is a reminder that while the technologists, business managers …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Amazon partners with Best Buy on smart TVs, a ‘win-win’

Best Buy already sells the Amazon Kindle and other gadgets, but the deal announced Wednesday makes the electronics retailer the only place where you can walk in and buy a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 2:55 p.m.

Amazon cuts a deal with Best Buy, broadens global reach

Amazon is expanding its dominance globally by giving overseas customers access to more than 45 million items via its app.


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 8:38 a.m.

Trump convenes task force to study U.S. Postal Service

After weeks of railing against online shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a task force to study the United States Postal Service.


Amazon will open Spheres to public twice a month

Amazon is opening its Spheres a bit wider to the public.


Gov. Inslee sticks up for Amazon as Trump tweets continue

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday took to Twitter, President Donald Trump’s preferred medium, to stick up for Amazon after the president’s latest online critique of the Seattle company.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

How you’re tracked online – and what you can do about it

Though Facebook gets the attention because of a recent privacy gaffe, the social network is far from alone in collecting massive amounts of data on you to help marketers sell …


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

Trump goes after Amazon – again – over postal delivery

President Donald Trump is again attacking online retailer Amazon.com, calling its business deal with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages a money-losing agreement that hurts U.S. taxpayers. Federal regulators, …


Amazon shares slump after report that Trump seeking ways to go after company

For more than two years, President Donald Trump has lashed out at Amazon, its founder Jeff Bezos, and the Bezos-owned Washington Post.


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

President Trump goes after a favorite target – Amazon

President Donald Trump took another shot at Amazon.com Thursday, tweeting that the online retailer pays “little or no taxes” and that it uses the U.S. Postal Service as a “Delivery …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Amazon issued patent for delivery drones that can react to screaming, flailing arms

Amazon.com has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures.


Amazon working on a fix for Alexa speakers that laugh at random

In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon.com’s Alexa voice-based digital assistant have reported hearing strange laughing noises at random.