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Amazon employees evacuate after fire breaks out at Illinois fulfillment center

Employees at an Amazon fulfillment center in Markham, Illinois, had to be evacuated after a fire broke out at the massive facility Thursday morning. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but an employee told FOX 32 Chicago she believes it may have involved a conveyor belt or other type of machinery. She observed that the building smelled of smoke.  When the TV news…

WATCH: Amazon driver escapes death after barreling Amtrak train slices truck in half

An Amazon driver escaped with his life-barely-after an Amtrak train sliced his truck in half in a jaw-dropping video. Dash camera footage of the horrific collision in Nov. 2021 showed Alexander Evans’ perspective of the crash in Ixonia, Wisconsin, which is about 40 minutes outside of Milwaukee. In the footage, Evans is seen glancing both ways before an Amtrak train barrels towards him. In an…

Amazon joins SpaceX, Trader Joe’s in fight to declare government labor board unconstitutional

Amazon.com has joined Elon Musk’s SpaceX and grocer Trader Joe’s in arguing that the enforcement proceedings of the top U.S. labor regulator violate the Constitution.  In a filing Thursday, Amazon said it will argue that the structure of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is unconstitutional because it denies the company’s right to a jury trial.  The company also said that limits on the removal…

Email trove shows Amazon ‘censored’ vaccine books after pestering from White House, Jim Jordan says

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, released a trove of internal documents that he says shows Amazon “censored” COVID-19 content after “feeling pressure” from President Biden’s administration. Jordan’s documents, dubbed “The Amazon Files,” were obtained thanks to a series of subpoenas. The Ohio Republican detailed their contents in a thread on X. “Never-before-released internal emails subpoenaed by [House Republicans] reveal that the Biden White…

Amazon launches AI-powered shopping assistant Rufus

Amazon on Thursday unveiled Rufus, a new shopping assistant powered by generative artificial intelligence (AI) that can answer customers’ questions and make recommendations based on their preferences and needs. “This morning we launched Rufus, an expert shopping assistant trained on our product and customer data that represents a significant customer experience improvement for discovery,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said during the company’s earnings call Thursday….

Amazon begins showing ads on Prime Video, jumping on a streaming trend

Amazon has officially joined the ranks of companies with ads on their streaming services. Users watching Prime Video content in the U.S. began automatically having “limited” ads on Monday, roughly four months after the e-commerce giant first signaled its plans to do so. Other countries are also slated to begin seeing ads. American users must now fork over a $2.99 monthly fee to get an…

Amazon terminates iRobot acquisition due to regulatory hurdles

Amazon said Monday it is terminating its planned $1.4 billion acquisition of iRobot after facing hurdles from European antitrust regulators.  The companies said the deal “had no path to regulatory approval in the European Union.” “This outcome will deny consumers faster innovation and more competitive prices, which we’re confident would have made their lives easier and more enjoyable,” said David Zapolsky, Amazon senior vice president…

MacKenzie Scott sold $10.4 billion in Amazon shares in 2023

MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, offloaded about one-quarter of her stake in the company last year, which was worth more than $10 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. Scott, 53, a philanthropist who helped Bezos build the company, sold 65.3 million shares in the e-commerce giant in 2023, according to a regulatory filing cited by Bloomberg. The share sale forms about…

Amazon no longer allowing police to solicit Ring doorbell video

Amazon will no longer provide police with video captured by its Ring doorbell system.  The camera service’s “Request for Assistance” tool is being removed, which allowed police to contact users via the company’s Neighbors app looking for video footage captured by their Ring doorbells. “Public safety agencies like fire and police departments can still use the Neighbors app to share helpful safety tips, updates, and…

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