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The Guardian view on Amazon’s shops: benefit society, not just consumers

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What Amazon does today, its competitors seem to do tomorrow. That is why the arrival of Amazon’s futuristic shops are both troubling and important. The company’s new grocery stores do away with cashiers and use a Big ...

Birds of Paradise review – Amazon’s ballet drama is no Black Swan

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Two beautiful, lithe, painfully thin dancers compete for a coveted spot in a ruthless ballet program, come together and apart as two halves of a whole amid drugs, hallucinations and sex until one breaks. You’d be righ...

California passes landmark bill targeting Amazon’s algorithm-driven rules

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California has passed a landmark bill taking aim at Amazon and the controversial, algorithm-driven rules that govern the lives of its warehouse workers. The first-of-its-kind law was passed by the state senate this we...

Panic review – Amazon’s high-stakes teen game series isn’t worth playing

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Amazon’s Panic, a 10-episode series based on the YA novel by Lauren Oliver, launches off a cliff (literally) with an improbable premise: that small-town teenagers in the late 2010s would believe in and submit to a sec...

Amazon’s mental health kiosk mocked on social media as a ‘Despair Closet’

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Amazon was lampooned on social media Thursday after sharing a video highlighting “AmaZen”, a small enclosed booth installed in an Amazon warehouse where employees can go to “focus on their mental wellbeing”. The huma...

Alexa, who are you? New book identifies Amazon’s secret voiceover artist

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The voice of Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon, is provided by Nina Rolle, a Colorado-based voiceover artist, according to a new book. Amazon has never revealed who provides the default female voice tha...

Amazon’s arrival in New Zealand is not an opportunity we should welcome

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The future of capitalism is the distribution centre. Or it’s the future of retail at least, if Amazon is the innovator its executives sell it as; the increasingly efficient warehouse where capacity management happens ...

Amazon’s warehouse boom linked to health hazards in America’s most polluted region

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Amazon has dramatically expanded its warehouses in southern California in the past year, part of an effort to speed up deliveries during the pandemic’s online shopping boom. But new research raises concerns about pol...

‘Fake’ Twitter users rush to Amazon’s defense over unions and working conditions

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A surge of “fake” Twitter accounts have emerged to defend Amazon and push back against criticism of working conditions at the company amid a fiercely fought union election for the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama...

Amazon’s denial of workers peeing in bottles sparks questions and backlash

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To paraphrase one of the most iconic tweets of the past 10 years, Amazon’s recent denial about employees not being forced to urinate in bottles at work has people asking a lot of questions already answered by the deni...

14-hour days and no bathroom breaks: Amazon’s overworked delivery drivers

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James Meyers worked as a driver for several Amazon delivery service providers in Austin, Texas, for about one year until he quit in October 2020 citing the immense workloads and poor working conditions. Fourteen-hour...