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Investigating Amazon, PBS ‘Frontline’ opens the smiling cardboard box and finds Orwellian figure

PBS “Frontline’s” well-reported, rather alarming special airing Tuesday night, titled “Amazon Empire – The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos,” unpacks the smiling cardboard box and finds a lot that …


Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Court halts Pentagon work with Microsoft on $10B cloud contract

A federal judge on Thursday ordered a temporary halt of Microsoft’s work on a $10 billion military cloud contract, a win for Amazon, which sued the U.S. government last year …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

U.S. regulators probing 5 tech companies’ acquisitions to 2010

Federal regulators are ramping up their investigation of the market dominance of giant tech companies, demanding detailed information on five companies’ acquisitions of smaller firms back to 2010.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Amazon wants to question Trump over losing $10B contract bid

Amazon wants President Donald Trump to submit to questioning over the tech company’s losing bid for a $10 billion military contract.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Sony, Amazon, others drop out of big tech show over virus

Two big Japanese companies are the latest to pull out of a major European technology show because of concerns about the outbreak of the new coronavirus.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Amazon’s big Bellevue ambition: 15,000 employees within a few years

Amazon said it expects to have at least 15,000 employees in Bellevue in the next few years as the company expands from its Seattle headquarters to tap the Eastside labor …


Amazon is big … really, really big; workforce hits 500K

Amazon says it now employs more than 500,000 people in the U.S., another sign of the online shopping giant’s rapid growth.


Amazon says it has more than 150 million Prime members

The online retailer Amazon said Thursday it now has more than 150 million Prime members, who pay $119 a year for faster shipping and other perks. And its financial results …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Amazon employees cite ‘moral responsibility’ in speaking out on climate, despite risk of losing their jobs

More than 350 Amazon employees defied a company ban on unapproved external communications to call out what they see as the retail and technology giant’s still-inadequate approach to the climate …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

U.N. experts: Jeff Bezos phone hack shows link to Saudi prince

The phone of Amazon billionaire and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked after receiving a file sent from an account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, United …


Amazon to invest $1 billion in India

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Wednesday that his company plans to invest $1 billion in digitizing small and medium businesses in India.


Amazon lets third-party sellers use FedEx ground again

Amazon said it will allow its third-party sellers to start using FedEx’s ground service again after banning them from using it for about a month because FedEx purportedly wasn’t delivering …


Amazon and Google to Hit CES with digital assistants in tow

The world’s biggest technology companies are heading to Las Vegas for the annual CES trade show next week, with even Apple making a rare official appearance. But don’t expect any …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

As robots take over warehousing, workers pushed to adapt

Doing your job side-by-side with robots isn’t easy. According to their makers, the machines should take on the most mundane and physically strenuous tasks. In reality, they’re also creating new …


Proliferation of robots tests warehouse workers

Robots haven’t yet replaced warehouse workers, but they’re here – and they need some human supervision.


Amazon says holiday shopping broke records this year

Amazon.com Inc. said its holiday season this year was “record breaking” with billions of items shipped and “tens of millions” of Amazon devices like the Echo Dot sold.


Sheriff blasts Amazon for not helping with probe into driver

A sheriff’s office in Florida said it caught an Amazon driver stealing a customer’s package but got no help from the company during its investigation.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Bellevue preps for thousands more commuters

As Amazon and other companies expand there, Bellevue is prepping for thousands more commuters


Off belay! Mountain Gear is closing after 37 years of outfitting outdoors adventurers

Mountain Gear, for decades the premier shop for technical outdoor gear, will shutter early next year, said owner and founder Paul Fish, 60.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Apple, Google, Amazon want one language for smart-home devices

Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Amazon.com – three of the biggest smart-home and voice-assistant providers – are joining forces to make internet-connected homes easier to set up and safer to use.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Amazon bans sellers from using FedEx for some deliveries

Amazon is banning its third-party merchants from using FedEx’s ground service to deliver to Prime members, suggesting it thinks the service is too slow to get packages to their destinations …


Then and Now: Sears, Roebuck and Co. warehouse

Leased in the 1930s as the retail giant was ramping up brick-and-mortar operations after decades in the mail-order business, the warehouse that once housed merchandise destined for retail stores or …


Where’s my Amazon package? It may be late

It’s just a week into the holiday shopping season, and Amazon is already having trouble getting packages to shoppers’ doorsteps on time.


Amazon pulls Auschwitz ‘Christmas ornaments’ after protest

Amazon said Monday it has removed “Christmas ornaments” and other merchandise bearing the images of Auschwitz that had been available on its online site.


Amazon workers stage strike on Black Friday

Workers at Amazon distribution centers in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer.


Longtime Spokane retailers stick to roots to make Black Friday success

Three of the longest-tenured Spokane retailers have taken different approaches to make Black Friday a sales boost, but not necessarily a game-changer, for their overall success.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Amazon to double holiday hiring to 200,000

Amazon plans to hire 200,000 people for the busy holiday shopping season, double the number of workers it hired a year ago.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Ad business a boon for Amazon but a turn-off for shoppers

Sponsored ads are flooding Amazon’s search results, making it harder to find the products customers are searching for.