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Woody Allen and Amazon end legal battle over four-film deal

Agreement in US district court sees $68m suit centering on #MeToo remarks dismissed without prejudice Woody Allen and Amazon have ended their legal battle. The filmmaker responded that Allen, whose daughter Dylan insensitive remarks released overseas, but not in the US. Allens career has slowed in recent years, with actors who had appeared in his films, among them Rebecca Hall, saying they would not work with him again. Others, Samantha Morton, have Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/09/woody-allen-amazon-end-legal-battle-four-film-deal-metoo

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Amazon introduces a Kindle for kids

While it’s true that many parents are doing their best to reduce screen time as much as possible, there’s something to be said for the Kindle Kids Edition. The best and worst thing about the device are its limitations. It’s purpose built for reading, and that’s about it. For that reason, the Kindle line makes a lot of sense to get the kid treatment. Kids can’t really play games or get into too much trouble on the E Ink display — not any more than they’d be able to get…

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Amazon profits drop sharply amid big spending to speed package delivery

Quarterly profits down to $2.1bn from $2.9bn a year earlier as US politicians focus greater scrutiny on Amazons business practices Amazons profits slid 26% in the last quarter as the company poured money into free shipping and its cloud storage business. While the companys revenues rose sharply, up 24% to $70bn for the quarter or more than $23bn a month, its profits fell to $2.1bn down from $2.9bn from a year earlier. The financial miss comes as Amazon is facing greater scrutiny from Washington, with politicians from both sides calling…

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Amazon introduces new $99 Eero mesh Wifi routers

Amazon is launching a new generation of Eero router, the first new iteration of Eero hardware since it acquired the company earlier this year. The new router is $99 for one, or available in a three-pack for $249, and is available in the U.S. today and in Europe later this year. Alongside the new hardware, Amazon has added even more specific voice commands for its routers, including the ability to turn on and off guest Wifi via voice, as well as pause Wifi access for specific devices on the network…

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This dude made a Twitter bot that lets you decorate his room

Tech YouTuber Michael Reeves has created a Twitter bot that lets his followers decorate his room for him. Reeves,a web developer who boasts over 2 million YouTube followers,uploaded a video late Wednesday to share his bot creation. I dont know how to decorate anything, Reeves says in the video. Now I could ask a friend for help or talk to an interior decorator, but thats social interaction and I dont support it. Use Twitter to decorate my room pic.twitter.com/ZHpeV9HtFh — Michael Reeves (@michaelreeves08) October 10, 2019 Reeves goes on to…

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Amazons Climate Pledges Didnt Stop Employees From Taking to the Streets

Hundreds of Amazon employees were joined by staffers from Google and Microsoft on Friday in a walkout protesting inaction on climate change. The demonstration saw about 1,500 employees take to the streets near Amazons downtown Seattle headquarters. To all the tech workers who can no longer sit at our desks and be silent as we speed toward global ecological disaster, Weston Fribley, a software developer at Amazon, said to the crowd Friday. We are tech workers with a common purpose, acting together to push our companies to take responsibility for…

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Guy Makes Oversized Novelty Weapons from Old Amazon Boxes

Japanese artist, the ‘Crafty Transformer‘, has amassed a large online following for his amazing DIY cardboard creations. Drawing inspiration from popular videos games, anime, and manga, he recreates well-known character gadgets, weapons, and tools. He even provides templates you can download (found in his YouTube video descriptions) along with step-by-step instructions in his videos. Below we’ve embedded some of his most popular vids along with some gifs, photos and even a fan-made compilation of his awesome work. For more, check out his YouTube page! Crafty Transformer seems to be making…

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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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