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Walmart, Amazon kick off government online pilot program

Amazon and Walmart on Thursday are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay …


Amazon in Seattle: An economic godsend or tech-giant pain

On an upper floor of Amazon’s Day 1 tower, foosball tables and beanbag games dot the shared spaces filled with mostly young employees and, occasionally, their dogs. Looking through tinted …


Face recognition researcher fights Amazon over biased AI

Facial recognition technology was already seeping into everyday life – from your photos on Facebook to police scans of mugshots – when Joy Buolamwini noticed a serious glitch: Some of …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 4:46 p.m.

Walmart buys ad tech startup

Walmart to buy ad tech startup Polymorph Labs to better compete with Amazon in targeting shoppers online.


Amazon says it will soon accept cash at cashless stores

Amazon, facing backlash from critics who say cashless stores discriminate against the poor, will soon accept cash at all its stores.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Hey Alexa, open Providence Health Connect; former Amazon exec gives health provider head start in voice bot technology for Spokane-area patients

Beginning in mid-April, Alexa can schedule your doctor’s appointment. Providence Health Care partnered with Alexa Health and Wellness to offer patients the option of scheduling Express Care visits through the …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Amazon to cut more prices at Whole Foods

Amazon’s move to cut prices by 20 percent on more than 500 products at Whole Foods on Wednesday is not its first attempt to purge the “whole paycheck” nickname. But …


Amazon’s role in co-sponsoring research on fairness in AI draws mixed reaction

Amazon has partnered with the taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation on a three-year, $20 million program to fund basic research into fairness in artificial intelligence systems, which are under increasing scrutiny …


Amazon, other Washington companies, get perfect scores for LGBTQ policies, but some advocates ask for more

Amazon, along with 10 other Washington-based companies, scored 100 percent this week in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s latest measure of policies and practices that “affirm and include” lesbian, gay, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

Amazon adding 800 high-tech jobs in Central Texas

Amazon on Thursday announced expansion of its Austin tech hub. A company statement says 800 new jobs will include software and hardware engineering, research science and cloud computing.


Volkswagen to network factories in the cloud with Amazon

Automaker Volkswagen says it is partnering with Amazon to develop cloud computing capacity aimed at improving efficiency and coordination across the company’s global factory network.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

Most Amazon brands are duds, not disrupters, study finds

Most Amazon-branded goods are flops that don’t threaten other businesses at all, according to Marketplace Pulse.


Virginia county approves incentives for Amazon HQ

Protesters repeatedly shouted “shame” as a northern Virginia county board on Saturday unanimously approved a $23 million incentives package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there.


N.Y. Gov. Cuomo deems losing 2nd Amazon HQ ‘greatest tragedy’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Amazon’s backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City is the “greatest tragedy” he has seen since he …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:57 a.m.

Amazon aims to cut its carbon footprint

Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper’s doorsteps, says it wants to be greener.


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.