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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley 4 hours 38 minutes ago.

DoorDash Announces It's Replacing That Whole Tip-Skimming Scheme Thing

DoorDash Announces It's Replacing That Whole Tip-Skimming Scheme Thing

Apparently taking Amazon’s lead , DoorDash announced a revised pay model on Thursday that should fetch its couriers “more money on average,” according to DoorDash CEO Tony Xu—that is, compared to the previous tip-skimming operation the company has been getting chewed out over for months.

With this older model, the food delivery app used tips from customers to subsidize minimum payouts the...

Catie Keck Catie Keck today at 05:10. 1 comments

Amazon Promises to Stop Taking Delivery Drivers' Tips in DoorDash-Style Scheme [Updated]

Amazon Promises to Stop Taking Delivery Drivers' Tips in DoorDash-Style Scheme [Updated]

As we collectively await word from DoorDash that it’s finally made good on a promise to overhaul its tip-skimming operation , Amazon—which had a similar pay model in place for its Flex workers—has decided maybe that wasn’t such a great idea after all.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the news Thursday, citing an email circulated to the company’s couriers for its delivery services with...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus yesterday at 00:23. 2 comments

Taking Aim at Amazon and Uber, Sanders Campaign Promises Sweeping Pro-Union Legislation

Taking Aim at Amazon and Uber, Sanders Campaign Promises Sweeping Pro-Union Legislation

Bernie Sanders hasn’t won his seat in the Oval Office just yet, but, ahead of a planned speech before America’s largest union federation, the AFL-CIO, the Vermont senator’s campaign released a broad plan to bolster the country’s badly depleted union membership. Tech companies that have expressed anti-union views or that rely on gig-work labor have every reason to be worried, should he win the...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Aug 20, 2019 at 21:00.

An Exclusive First Look at the Next Wave of Comixology Originals

An Exclusive First Look at the Next Wave of Comixology Originals

San Diego Comic-Con only gave us a small snifter of what was to come out of Comixology’s latest round of creator-owned comics series—but io9 can exclusively reveal four more titles coming to the digital retailer’s line of original books.

io9 is excited to reveal that the next wave of Comixology Originals will kick off next month. One of each title—all five-issue miniseries—will debut every...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Aug 20, 2019 at 04:00. 2 comments

Amazon’s Ring Barred Cops From Using 'Surveillance' to Describe Its Products

Amazon’s Ring Barred Cops From Using 'Surveillance' to Describe Its Products

Amazon’s home security company Ring quietly removed the term “surveillance” from a statement law enforcement officials provided to local news outlets, according to public records obtained by Gizmodo.

Emails this March between Ring and the Ewing Police Department in New Jersey show the company edited a quote attributed to the city’s chief of police, John Stemler, to remove the words...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 20, 2019 at 00:50. 19 comments

So What Did Amazon Do to Piss Off Disney This Time?

So What Did Amazon Do to Piss Off Disney This Time?

Disney just announced plans to roll out its new streaming service in November. Executives announced that Disney+ will be available on platforms and devices made by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sony, and Roku. Missing from that list is Amazon, with whom Disney has had an on-again-off-again slap fight for the past few years. This ongoing feud means that if you love Mickey Mouse and own a Fire TV,...

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Jody Serrano Jody Serrano Aug 18, 2019 at 01:28. 8 comments

Amazon desata el caos en California: decide vender gasolina por 10 céntimos el litro

Amazon desata el caos en California: decide vender gasolina por 10 céntimos el litro

En general, no es sorprendente que Amazon escandalice al público con sus ofertas. No obstante, la última idea de la compañía para promocionar a su serie The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ha causado tanto tráfico en Santa Monica, California que ha tenido que intervenir la policía.

Nuevo Kindle Oasis de Amazon: más fácil para tus ojos, aunque sigue siendo un dolor para la cartera

Nadie necesita un...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 17, 2019 at 06:38. 17 comments

Study on Amazon and Fake CDs Makes Sweeping Claims After Testing Fewer Than 100 Albums

Study on Amazon and Fake CDs Makes Sweeping Claims After Testing Fewer Than 100 Albums

It’s no secret that Amazon struggles to keep fake products off its online marketplace, and it has for a while now. So when a new study made headlines this week for supposedly finding that a quarter of CDs “Fulfilled by Amazon” are knock-offs, it wasn’t exactly a shocker. But this alarming statistic becomes decidedly less so when you realize how many counterfeits these researchers actually...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 16, 2019 at 10:55. 4 comments

Microsoft Confirms Your Cortana and Skype Recordings Aren't Private Either, Surprising No One

Microsoft Confirms Your Cortana and Skype Recordings Aren't Private Either, Surprising No One

At this point, if you don’t want strangers to listen to recordings from your devices, it’s looking like you may just have to go off the grid. On Thursday, Microsoft became the latest tech giant to admit it uses human contractors to review its users’ audio. So in case you’ve lost track by now, that list also includes Apple , Amazon , Facebook , and Google .

The news comes via a quiet update to...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 16, 2019 at 07:51. 17 comments

Cops Intervene After Amazon's 'Mrs. Maisel' Promotion Is So Good, It Stops Traffic

Cops Intervene After Amazon's 'Mrs. Maisel' Promotion Is So Good, It Stops Traffic

Amazon’s latest promotion for its Emmy-nominated comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—dialing back prices around Los Angeles to reflect the show’s 1959 setting—proved so popular that police had to temporarily shut it down Thursday, according to a local ABC affiliate.

Turns out, offering gas at 30 cents per gallon in a state where it regularly costs close to $4 can create quite a stir. Customers...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 16, 2019 at 01:58. 10 comments

What's an Amazon 'FC Ambassador' and Are They Okay?

What's an Amazon 'FC Ambassador' and Are They Okay?

Amazon employees seem to be taking to Twitter in especially high numbers lately, specifically to dispute talk about how the company is an exhausting, dangerous place to work. It’s creepy. It’s a piss-poor PR strategy. Worst of all, it’s something Amazon already took heat for doing last year.

Thus we took it upon ourselves to shed light on this situation and dispel any confusion reasonable...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 14, 2019. 7 comments

FTC Chief: Well Yes, We Could Break Up Big Tech, But Only If We Really, Really Wanted to or Something

FTC Chief: Well Yes, We Could Break Up Big Tech, But Only If We Really, Really Wanted to or Something

The chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Chairman Joe Simons, acknowledged in an interview on Tuesday that perhaps maybe, just maybe, one outcome of an FTC task force inquiry into whether tech giants violated anticompetition laws could be forcing them to break up into smaller companies, according to reports in Reuters and Bloomberg.

The likes of Facebook probably aren’t quaking in their...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 14, 2019.

Amazon Rekognition Can Now Identify the Emotion It Provokes in Rational People

Amazon Rekognition Can Now Identify the Emotion It Provokes in Rational People

Most people familiar with face-scanning software suite Amazon Rekognition, its place in the surveillance state, and its questionable efficacy are apt to fear what the consequences of such a technology might be when deployed against civilians. As the company was delighted to point out, fear is also also the most recent emotion Rekognition is now able to detect.

In an otherwise short and...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 12, 2019. 16 comments

Dozens Arrested at #JewsAgainstICE Protest at Amazon Store in NYC

Dozens Arrested at #JewsAgainstICE Protest at Amazon Store in NYC

Jewish community groups protesting Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) cloud computing contracts with and other technical support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement say that dozens of their members were arrested at an Amazon Books store in Manhattan on Sunday.

Sophie Ellman-Golan, volunteer organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and one of the leaders of Never Again Action,...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 11, 2019. 16 comments

Amazon Plans to Open a Liquor Store Because Sure, Why Not

Amazon Plans to Open a Liquor Store Because Sure, Why Not

Amazon is trying to set up a physical liquor store in San Francisco, Business Insider reported Saturday, which means soon you may get to act out your drunk Amazon purchases in real-time.

The e-commerce giant has recently begun investing in brick-and-mortar locations, such as the cashierless convenience stores it debuted last year along with purported plans to open thousands more. At the same...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 10, 2019. 12 comments

Ring Promised Swag to Users Who Narc on Their Neighbors

Ring Promised Swag to Users Who Narc on Their Neighbors

On top of turning their doorbell video feeds into a police surveillance network , Amazon’s home security subsidiary, Ring, also once tried to entice people with swag bags to snitch on their neighbors, Motherboard reported Friday.

The instructions are purportedly all laid out in a 2017 company presentation the publication obtained. Entitled “Digital Neighborhood Watch,” the slideshow apparently...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 09, 2019. 16 comments

This Map Shows If Your Town's Police Are Tapped Into Ring's Surveillance Network

This Map Shows If Your Town's Police Are Tapped Into Ring's Surveillance Network

Ring, the smart doorbell home security system Amazon bought for over $1 billion last year, is involved in some fairly unnerving arrangements with local law enforcement agencies. Wouldn’t you like to know if the cops in your town are among them?

That’s precisely what Shreyas Gandlur, an incoming senior studying electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign put...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 08, 2019. 2 comments

Amazon Workers Strike Outside Eagan, Minnesota, Delivery Station

Amazon Workers Strike Outside Eagan, Minnesota, Delivery Station

Amazon is well known for its sprawling Fulfillment Centers and the lackluster working conditions therein, but just as important to its logistics operations are its delivery hubs—smaller, and often staffed heavily with part-time workers. Likely emboldened by the flurry of labor actions at the infamous Shakopee fulfillment center 30 minutes West, 80 of those part-timers went on strike outside...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 07, 2019. 10 comments

If You See a Human Working With Amazon's Delivery Bots, Give Them Your Feedback

If You See a Human Working With Amazon's Delivery Bots, Give Them Your Feedback

Amazon’s roving six-wheeled delivery workers are headed to the sidewalks of California, and they’re bringing their human babysitters with them.

The company announced in a blog post on Tuesday that the robot, a black and sky blue courier named Scout, will start delivering packages in Southern California beginning with a “small number” in Irvine. The rollout is a continuation of its ongoing...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Aug 07, 2019. 16 comments

The Boys' Critique of Megacorporations Sure Is Rich

The Boys' Critique of Megacorporations Sure Is Rich

Vought International, the American company that manages the entire country’s population of licensed superheroes in the world of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys , is a capitalistic leviathan with tentacles reaching into the worlds of law enforcement, the entertainment industry, the military, and a number of other major parts of general society. Sound familiar?

The Boys imagines a...

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