Amazon

Workers' Rights
11:36 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Security Guard Asks Amazon's Bezos: What Can Your Code Of Conduct Do For Me?

Daivon Young joined other security guards and members of the Service Employees International Union after the Amazon annual shareholders meeting Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
Rae Ellen Bichell KPLU

Amazon's latest innovations weren't the draw for security guards who attended the company's annual shareholders' meeting Wednesday to address CEO Jeff Bezos directly about workers' rights. 

Among those gathered was security officer Daivon Young, who works for a company called Security Industry Specialists and is hired to guard Amazon headquarters. 

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Tax Refund
5:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

TurboTax Offers Taxpayers Option Of Getting Refund In Amazon Gift Card

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Paul Sakuma AP Photo

From car dealers to appliance stores, businesses know tax refund season is an important time of year. The average tax refund so far this year is $3,200 and more than three-quarters of taxpayers get a refund. 

Seattle's Amazon.com undoubtedly gets a boost already from that influx of cash. But this year, the company is aiming for more.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

First Union Vote At An Amazon Warehouse In The U.S. Fails

An Amazon.com employee stocks products along one of the many miles of aisles at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in Phoenix last month.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:07 am

Employees at an Amazon.com facility have decided against forming a labor union. The vote last night was the first of its kind in Amazon's history.

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urban planning
9:36 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Seattle Planners OK 3 Globes at Amazon.com HQ

City of Seattle

City planners have approved the plans for three large globes that will be part of the new headquarters for Amazon.com in downtown Seattle.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the connected globes will range from 80 to 95-feet tall and house retail space open to the public.

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The Digital Future
1:09 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Pads Trump Smartphones This Holiday Season

Apple's new iPad Air
Tim RT flickr.com

The holiday season will be great for pads and tablets, but not so great for smartphones, says Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson.

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Business
9:17 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Amazon, U.S. Postal Service Will Deliver on Sundays

AP Photo

Amazon says it is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays.

The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available to customers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas at first. Amazon and the Postal Service plan to roll out service to "a large portion of the U.S. population" next year, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

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Business
10:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

New Amazon Shopping Site Supports Charity

AP Photo

Amazon has launched a new website for its online store that will donate a fraction of shoppers' purchase amounts to charity.

Amazon.com Inc. launched the site, smile.amazon.com, on Wednesday. The world's largest online retailer says people will find the same items and the same prices that they would on its regular site or mobile app, with some exceptions.

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Amazon earnings
1:54 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Amazon Narrows 3Q Loss as Sales Jump 24 Pct

AP Photo

Amazon.com says that its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as revenue grew 24 percent to more than $17 billion.

The Seattle-based online retailer also said Thursday that it expects growth in its fourth-quarter revenue, indicating confidence as it enters the key holiday shopping season.

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Amazon jobs
10:09 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Amazon to Hire 70,000 Seasonal Workers

Amazon.com says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season.

The world's largest online retailer says the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year's 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. order fulfillment centers are eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees.

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Amazon
11:10 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Amazon Unveils Kindle Fire HDX with 24/7 Live Help

In this image distributed on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the all-new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9'', right, and Kindle Fire HDX 7'' tablet in Seattle.
AP Photo

Amazon is refreshing its lineup of tablet computers with new devices called Kindle Fire HDX, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation.

The 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions also have sharper, more colorful displays than older models, and both have more pixels per inch than the latest iPad.

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Business
3:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Amazon adds Dora the Explorer, other kids' shows with Viacom deal

Alan Alfaro

Amazon has signed a deal with Viacom for online rights to hundreds of TV shows. But the most important shows are ones geared toward kids.

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Planet Money
2:31 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Why Amazon supports an online sales-tax bill

Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:10 pm

If you:

1. Live in a state that charges sales tax

and

2. Buy something from an online store that does not charge you sales tax,

then you are supposed to:

3. Calculate the sales tax yourself and add it onto your annual state tax bill.

Not surprisingly, as we reported last week, almost no one actually does this.

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Microsoft plans
10:16 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Microsoft promises a 'major' announcement; What will it be?

Microsoft's Surface.
Microsoft

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 6:01 pm

Update at 7:23 p.m. ET. The Surface:

Saying that Microsoft wanted to give its new operating system "its own hardware," CEO Steve Ballmer announced "Surface," Microsoft's foray into the tablet world.

The Verge reports:

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Amazon shareholder meeting
2:30 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

'Huge victory' - Amazon drops ALEC, will spend millions on AC

Protesters gathered in front of the Seattle Art Museum where Amazon held its annual shareholder meeting.
Ashley Gross KPLU

"Today we saw a huge victory..."

Michelle Wilson, a Senior Vice President at Amazon, told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting today in Seattle that Amazon would drop its support for the controversial group ALEC because the public policy organization had made decisions unrelated to Amazon’s business.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, also told shareholders that the company would spend $52 million to add air-conditioning to its packaging facilities this year.

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protesting wall street
4:48 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

In a season of protests, Amazon prepares for annual meeting

In this photo from Working Washington website, protesters give Amazon a taste of what the group hopes will be a big day for them, and the company.

With the Occupy Seattle protests having morphed into a movement targeting banks and companies that protesters believe do not live up to progressive ideals, the local protest movement self-dubbed “Working Washington” says it will be at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday in force.

And, with continual protests focusing on its Seattle offices, as Seattle tech blog Geekwire reports, the company is warning protesters to stay off its property.

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