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UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Officials: Development on West Plains, slowed by pandemic’s effects, beginning to regain momentum

Coronavirus-related concerns halted several development projects on the West Plains, but activity is beginning to pick up again to accommodate an expected influx of 5,000 new jobs in the area, …

UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Amazon begins hiring 2,000 workers for West Plains facility

Even though Amazon officials started hiring for various jobs in February, the company announced Wednesday that has now started general hiring of more than 2,000 positions at its newly constructed …

UPDATED: Mon., May 4, 2020

Amazon vice president resigns to protest firing of employee activists

Tim Bray, a veteran technologist and one of Amazon’s top engineers, resigned from what he called “the best job I’ve ever had” to protest the company’s dismissal of two leaders …

House panel wants Bezos to testify in antitrust probe

House lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech are asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to testify to address possible misleading statements by the company on its competition practices.

Amazon will let thousands of Seattle and Bellevue employees work from home until at least October

Amazon told its corporate employees working from home since early March that they “are welcome to do so until at least October 2,” raising the prospect that one of Seattle’s …

Trump trade office adds Amazon to ‘notorious markets’ list

The United States for the first time added five of Amazon’s overseas operations to its list of “notorious markets” where pirated goods are sold. The e-commerce giant dismissed the move …

YouTube and seven internet icons, from their beginnings

On this date 15 years ago, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. A year later, the video-sharing platform would sell itself to Google for $1.65 billion, and today it …

Amazon is nudging customers to buy less

The pandemic has many of us acting in unusual ways, and the world’s largest e-commerce company is no exception. In a stunning reprieve from the prerogatives of capitalism, Inc. …

UPDATED: Wed., April 15, 2020

Pentagon: $10B cloud contract that snubbed Amazon was legal

A government watchdog agency said Wednesday the Pentagon’s process for awarding a highly lucrative cloud computing contract to Microsoft was in line with legal and government purchasing standards.

French court orders Amazon to suspend non-essential sales

A French court has ordered Amazon to stop selling, storing or delivering non-essential goods for the next month to protect its employees from the virus.

Amazon, contemplating coronavirus tests for all employees, begins building its own testing lab

With an eye toward possibly testing all of its employees for coronavirus, Amazon said Thursday it is building a testing lab.

UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020

Amazon begins building its own lab to test all employees

With an eye toward possibly testing all of its employees for coronavirus, Amazon said Thursday it is building a testing lab.

Amazon will donate 8,200 laptops to help Seattle Public Schools students learn online during coronavirus closures

Amazon is donating 8,200 laptops to families of elementary-school students in Seattle Public Schools who don’t have access to a device needed for remote learning while schools are closed because …

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Amazon fires warehouse worker who staged walkout

Amazon fired a worker who organized a walkout at a New York warehouse to demand greater protection against the new coronavirus, saying the employee himself flouted distancing rules and put …

UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier

Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job Monday demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to …

Prime members first: Amazon is ranking customers and ramping up hiring to address coronavirus demand

SEATTLE – Amazon has added a new measure to try to triage its flood of orders and shortage of goods during the coronavirus pandemic: prioritizing its $119-a-year Prime members. Now, …

More wipes, no jeans: Amazon limits shipments to warehouses

Amazon, in an attempt to fill its warehouses with toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other items in high demand, said Tuesday that it will limit what suppliers can send to …

Amazon seeks to hire 100,000 to keep up with surge in orders

Amazon said Monday that it needs to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at …

Pentagon reconsiders Microsoft contract after Amazon protest

The Pentagon is reconsidering its awarding of a major cloud computing contract to Microsoft after rival tech giant Amazon protested what it called a flawed bidding process.

UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Amazon to grant $5 million to small businesses near its headquarters struggling because of coronavirus

Amazon executives approved a $5 million fund to support small businesses around its Seattle headquarters struggling with a dramatic slowdown since the company instructed its employees to work from home …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

Walmart developing a membership program to rival Amazon’s Prime

Walmart’s battle with is going Prime time.

FAA requires new defect fixed on 737 Maxes

The Federal Aviation Administration has prepared an airworthiness directive requiring all Boeing 737 Maxes to be inspected for a manufacturing defect the jet maker discovered in December. All Maxes found …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Amazon merchants spooked by coronavirus fallout curtail ad spending

Chuck Gregorich, who sells China-made patio furniture on, expects to lose as much as $2 million in sales this year due to factory closings and other coronavirus-related slowdowns. So …

Amazon opens first checkout-free store Go Grocery in Seattle

Amazon’s next step in its disruption of the grocery store business is rolling out in Seattle. Amazon Go Grocery, the online retailer’s first checkout-free grocery store, opened Tuesday morning in …

Amazon ramps up hiring for new Spokane fulfillment center on the West Plains

Hiring is underway for several lead positions at Amazon’s new fulfillment center on the West Plains.

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.