Amazon's purchase of iRobot is a step toward more robots in our homes

Aug 5, 2022
During the pandemic, people have become more comfortable with robots. Now Alexa could control a household army of Roombas, one expert says.
Amazon announced Friday that it's purchasing iRobot, the company that makes Roomba vacuum cleaners, for $1.7 billion.
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Fans in China bemoan the departure of Airbnb and Kindle

Jul 26, 2022
Loyal users of the companies say they didn't try hard enough to acquire users in addition to making basic missteps.
A subway commuter in Shanghai uses a Kindle in July.
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Union petitions were up 56% in last 9 months, federal labor agency says

Jul 15, 2022
Young, college-educated workers at individual retail establishments like Starbucks stores are driving many organizing efforts.
More than 16% of the union election petitions submitted to the government came from Starbucks.
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Amazon shareholders to challenge the company on pay and working conditions

May 25, 2022
There are more than a dozen proposals posed to executives.
A sign is seen outside of an Amazon Go store at the Inc. headquarters on May 20, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Among the proposals from shareholders challenging the company: An independent audit of working conditions at Amazon warehouses.
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Traders are looking to the earnings reports of tech giants, like Apple and Amazon, to see how consumers are feeling and spending.
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Amazon union showcases the power of grassroots labor organizing, professor says

Apr 4, 2022
Local union organizers "robbed Amazon of one of its best anti-union arguments," says Adam Seth Litwin of Cornell.
Union organizer Christian Smalls speaks following the April 1, 2022, vote for the unionization of the Amazon Staten Island warehouse in New York.
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Amazon workers in Staten Island vote to form company's first U.S. union

Apr 1, 2022
Amazon's union campaigns come at a time of widespread labor unrest at many corporations, including Starbucks.
Organizer Chris Smalls speaks following Friday's vote to unionize the Amazon Staten Island warehouse, the first U.S. union at the e-commerce giant.
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Union labor complaint against Amazon takes aim at "captive audience" meetings

Feb 25, 2022
The practice of requiring workers to sit through anti-union presentations is common and currently legal.
A union supporter stands before sunrise outside the Amazon fulfillment center on March 29 in Bessemer, Alabama.
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Amazon's brick-and-mortar clothing store? All about the algorithm

Jan 21, 2022
The online retailer has been experimenting with physical locations for several years now.
Amazon already has brick-and-mortar stores, including for books and groceries. Now, it's looking to clothing.
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Those KN95 masks you just bought might not meet testing standards

Jan 20, 2022
We go shopping for face coverings with a self-professed “mask nerd”
A discarded face mask is seen on the ground. It can be difficult for consumers without specialized testing equipment to verify the quality of masks they purchase.
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