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Minnesota Amazon workers plan Prime Day strike

are planning a strike on July 15, the first day of Prime Day, has reported. But there may be a hiccup for Prime members whose orders are coming from the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, where workers are planning a six-hour strike on July 15. Amazon workers are often hugely disadvantaged despite working for a company owned bythe worlds richest man, and this is the first time U.S. workers will strike on an important sales daydismissed after

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Prime Day: activists plan protests in US cities and a boycott of e-commerce giant

Immigrants and workers say Amazon should cut ties with federal deportation agencies and provide better work conditions Activists, immigrants and Amazon employees are planning actions against the e-commerce giant on its annual Prime Day, to protest against its labor practices and its involvement with US authorities deportation efforts. The protests on Monday are set to take place in at least seven US cities, and will coincide with the yearly sale that made the company more than $4bn in 2018. Activists say Amazon should not be profiting off the yearly sale…

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Amazon Spark, the retailers two-year-old Instagram competitor, has shut down

Amazon’s two-year-old Instagram competitor, Amazon Spark, is no more. Hoping to capitalize on the social shopping trend and tap into the power of online influencers, Amazon in 2017 launched its own take on Instagram with a shoppable feed of stories and photos aimed at Prime members. The experiment known as Amazon Spark has now come to an end. However, the learnings from Spark and Amazon’s discovery tool Interesting Finds are being blended into a new social-inspired product, #FoundItOnAmazon. Amazon Spark had been a fairly bland service, if truth be told.…

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Amazon expands partnership with retail company Casino Group in France

Casino Group and Amazon announced that they’re expanding their partnership in France. In particular, there will be Amazon lockers in 1,000 supermarkets and smaller grocery stores across France. Casino Group partnered with Amazon last year to launch Monoprix on Amazon Prime Now. Prime members in Paris can order groceries and other products you’d regularly find in Monoprix supermarkets and get them delivered in just a couple of hours. And it sounds like this offering is working well, as you’ll find Monoprix on Prime Now in other big cities in France.…

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Shoppers get drunk, go online, and spend money on Amazon

So many Amazon packages.Image: Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images Amazon is already more than dominant in the online shopping space, but add a shot or three of tequila and that Amazon Prime free two-day shipping looks even more appealing. Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drinking adults about their online shopping behavior after imbibing and found that on average, shoppers spent more than $400 per year on items bought while intoxicated. If you apply that number beyond the respondents to include America’s legal alcohol-drinkers, you…

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19 Fresh Weekly Deals on Gaming PCs, Camping Gear, and More

This week was a great week in Gadget Land. Not only did Apple release a new desktop and new AirPods, it released the latest version of its beloved iPad Mini and iPad Air. Amazon also issued its latest Kindle ebook reader, and it costs less than $100. But while we wait for our credit cards to clear and our shipping boxes to arrive, we found 19 of our favorite deals on a great drone, a very affordable backpacking bundle, and much more. If you're gearing up for your spring adventures,…

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FTC brings its first case against fake paid reviews on Amazon

The Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday evening that it has brought its first case against using fake reviews to sell products online. The Commission said it will settle with defendant Cure Encapsulations Inc., a New York City-based company, and owner Naftula Jacobwitz, who it accused of making false claims about a weight loss supplement and paying a third-party website to post fake reviews on Amazon. Fake reviews are a constant nuisance for Amazon shoppers, despite algorithms designed to safeguard its review system, and the company has hit back with…

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Transportation Weekly: Didi woes, how Nuro met Softbank, Amazons appetite

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. This is the second edition and seriously people, what happened this week? Too much. Too much! Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming). Off we go … vroom. ONM … There are OEMs in the automotive world. And here, (wait for it) there are ONMs — original news manufacturers. (Cymbal…

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Amazon, Western Union debut PayCode to sell goods in emerging markets and let shoppers pay in cash

While Amazon has been methodical (read: a little slow) in launching local versions of its site for various global markets, it has now embarked on a secondary track to snag more business outside the 14 countries where it has built out full operations. Amazon has partnered with Western Union to set up a service called PayCode, which lets people shop and pay for Amazon items using local currencies that would not have been accepted on the site before, starting with services in 10 countries: Chile, Columbia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kenya,…

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Tesla rival Rivian gets big investment from Amazon

An electric truck that's just as tough? Amazon hopes so.Image: rivian Amazon is on a spending spree. Last week the online retailer invested in self-driving vehicle startup Aurora. On Friday, it announced it was the main investor in an upcoming all-electric truck and SUV company, Rivian. Amazon leads a group investing $700 million in the company, which debuted itsR1T pickup and R1S SUV at the LA Auto Show in November. Amazon wants better delivery and logistics, making the electric technology that gives Rivian vehicles more than 400 miles of range…

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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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Payment service Toss becomes Koreas newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this deal. Others participating include existing investors Altos Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Goodwater Capital, KTB Network, Novel, PayPal and Qualcomm Ventures. The deal comes just six months after Viva Republica raised $40 million to accelerate growth, and it takes…

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This smart motorcycle helmet features a futuristic AR display Future Blink

Image: David Ryder/Getty Images We’re still getting used to the idea of a store where there’s no checkout, but Amazon isn’t standing still. It’s just launched a new, much more compact version of its cashierless Go stores. Jeff Bezos is more than happy to dive into a new market and start disrupting it, but Amazon’s success is due to how the company keeps relentlessly pushing an idea in new directions. That’s why we don’t just have one type of Go store anymore. SEE ALSO: Apple’s coolest keyboard trick became even…

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Amazon’s cashier-less shopping tech is being tested on a larger store

Larger Amazon Go-powered stores are being tested.Image: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Amazon’s cashier-less shopping tech could come to a full supermarket. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is experimenting with its Amazon Go technology at a larger store. SEE ALSO: What it’s like to shop at Amazon Go At the company’s seven Amazon Go stores in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco, shoppers scan in with their mobile devices, then pick their product and walk out.  The technology uses a mix of computer vision, sensor fusion and deep…

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