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Amazon mistakenly tells workers to take TikTok app off phones

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:43 PM

The internal mesage, which Amazon says was 'sent in error,' told workers to dump the TikTok app from their phones due to security concerns

TIKTOK. In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, TikTok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on April 13, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Tech titan chiefs to testify at US antitrust committee

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The hearing takes place on July 27, US time, amid calls by some activists and politicians to break up the Silicon Valley giants

GAFA. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA's, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, US online retail giant Amazon, US social media Facebook and US multinational technology company Apple, displayed on a tablet in Paris, on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Brazilian Amazon sees worst June in 13 years for forest fires

Jul 02, 2020 - 1:25 PM

June marks the start of the dry period and there were 2,248 recorded fires, leaving analysts expecting a worse year for the rainforest than the devastating 2019

Handout aerial picture released by Greenpeace showing smoke billowing from fires in the forest in the Amazon biome in the municipality of Altamira, Para State, Brazil, on August 23, 2019. - Hundreds of new fires are raging in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, official data showed on August 24, 2019, amid growing international pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to put out the worst blazes in years. The fires in the world's largest rainforest have triggered a global outcry and are dominating the G7 meeting in Biarritz in southern France. (Photo by Victor MORIYAMA / GREENPEACE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GREENPEACE / VICTOR MORIYAMA" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Google ad revenues to dip as market becomes 'triopoly' – tracker

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:28 AM

New research by eMarketer indicates Google will still be the leading digital advertising but with a smaller share as the market evolves into a 'triopoly' with Facebook and Amazon

Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Amazon stops police using its face-recognition tech

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:19 AM

The company announces a 1-year ban after repeated calls by critics and racial justice groups

AMAZON. This file photo taken on November 28, 2019 shows the Amazon logo at one of the company's centers in Bretigny-sur-Orge on November 28, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Amazon shareholders reject dissident moves to reshape company

May 28, 2020 - 11:08 AM

Proposals on issues such as food waste, racism, environmental justice get rejected as Amazon says that, in many cases, they already support initiatives relating to those

1st coronavirus case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe

May 18, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The first case reported in the Waorani tribe is a 'pregnant woman, 17 years old, who began to show symptoms on May 4,' the ministry says in a statement

TRIBE. Waorani indigenous people sing at the Teata sacred waterfall, near the village of Nemompare, on the banks of the Curaray river, in Pastaza province, Ecuador on April 14, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Peru to build hospital in Amazon for coronavirus patients

May 17, 2020 - 9:20 AM

The Peruvian Amazon is already facing a dire emergency, with hospitals in its largest city Iquitos overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and local morgues unable to cope with the number of bodies

PANDEMIC. Relatives of COVID-19 patients queue to recharge oxygen tanks for their loved ones at the regional hospital in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, Peru on May 14, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Cesar VonBancels/AFP

With attention on virus, Amazon deforestation surges

May 09, 2020 - 11:13 AM

The numbers raise new questions about how well Brazil is protecting its share of the world's biggest rainforest under President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right climate change skeptic who advocates opening protected lands to mining and farming

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/

Ecuador's Amazon communities sue over oil spill

May 06, 2020 - 10:38 AM

'The families living on the river banks are lacking food and no longer know where to find water to drink, or with which to bathe,' says Marcia Andi, a Kichwa and leader of the Mushuk Llacta community

RIVER. Members of the Siekopai indigenous nation stand along the banks of the Aguarico River in the community of Waiya in Ecuador, on April 16, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Amazon Frontline/AFP

Amazon Web Services VP Tim Bray resigns over worker firings

May 05, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Tim Bray cites the firings of employees who had organized protests against Amazon as a reason for his resignation

AMAZON. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Virus expenses hit Amazon's bottom line

May 01, 2020 - 8:31 AM

CEO Jeff Bezos says all profits in the April-June quarter would be erased by expenses linked to the global virus outbreak

AMAZON. This file photo taken on November 28, 2019 shows the Amazon logo at one of the company's centers in Bretigny-sur-Orge on November 28, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Inside an Amazon warehouse during the coronavirus

May 01, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Amazon warehouses around the US are reporting cases of COVID-19. A worker at an Amazon warehouse in the Midwest describes the situation during coronavirus: 'It’s getting bad.'

AMAZON. Coda Story's Gautama Mehta interviews an Amazon worker in the US Midwest working despite the threat of the coronavirus. Screen shot from YouTube animation.

Amazon workers group calls for strike over virus and climate concerns

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice urges colleagues to call in sick on April 24, accusing the company of firing workers protesting a lack of coronavirus precautions and environmental action

AMAZON. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Duration of Amazon France closure 'unknown', boss says

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:18 PM

Amazon France director general Frederic Duval says, 'We will try to reopen as soon as possible, but I cannot today confirm the date'

AMAZON FRANCE. This file photo taken on November 28, 2019 shows the Amazon logo at one of the company's center in Bretigny-sur-Orge on November 28, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Boy from isolated Amazon tribe dies after being infected with coronavirus

Apr 11, 2020 - 10:44 AM

The 15-year-old boy dies due to severe respiratory complications

CORONAVIRUS. Brazil says coronavirus has reached Yanomami people. AFP file photo

Brazil reports first indigenous coronavirus case

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Indigenous peoples in the Amazon are particularly vulnerable to imported diseases

SILHOUETTES. Members of the Kayapo tribe perform a ceremonial after a speech by their indigenous leader Cacique Raoni Metuktire, in Piaracu village, near Sao Jose do Xingu, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, on January 17, 2020. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Amazon, Instacart workers protest over virus safety

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Employees and gig workers demand stricter health measures as housebound US relies more on deliveries

INSTACART. An employee prepares deliveries in undated file photo. Shutterstock photo

Amazon's Audible makes hundreds of children's audiobooks free

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:23 PM

The audiobooks will be free for as long as schools remain closed

YouTube, Amazon Prime downgrade to standard definition in EU

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:43 AM

The throttling follows a similar move from Netflix to alleviate EU networks

YOUTUBE. This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US Youtube logo application on the screen of a tablet. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Amazon boosts pay, recruitment as coronavirus triggers demand

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Amazon is addling 100,000 full or part-time jobs across the US, according to its Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations Dave Clark

Coronavirus triggers work-from-home trend in Seattle

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google recommend remote work for their employees as 10 of the 12 US fatalities have been in the northwest state

MICROSOFT. Pictured is one of the buildings in the technology giant's main campus in Redmond, Washington on May 12, 2017. File photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source – study

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The rate of forest decline varies throughout the world, with the Amazon's absorption ability dropping far faster than the tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa

AMAZON. View of the Amazon jungle. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Amazon worker in U.S. quarantined with novel coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:46 PM

'We're supporting the affected employee who is in quarantine,' Amazon says

Amazon boss Bezos launches $10B fund to combat climate change

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:22 AM

The Bezos Earth Fund is meant to 'fund scientists, activists, NGOs – any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world' says the executive

JEFF BEZOS. In this file photo taken on October 22, 2019 Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos speaks after receiving the 2019 International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Excellence in Industry Award during the the 70th International Astronautical Congress Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Amazon wins suspension of $10 billion 'JEDI' contract to Microsoft

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:37 AM

A preliminary injunction requested by Amazon is issued by Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, barring the Department of Defense from starting work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:27 AM

In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 representatives of one of the Amazon Rainforest's ethnic groups (Front) take part in Pope Francis' (L) mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Big Tech acquisitions over past decade to face fresh U.S. scrutiny

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The bombshell announcement by the US Federal Trade Commission opens the door to fresh scrutiny of deals made by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet since 2010

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) building is seen 19 September 2006 in Washington, DC. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM

The Pope is being pressured to open the priesthood to married men in the Amazon, as well as to give women a greater role to play

GREEN. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Amazon, Sony skipping mobile congress owing to virus

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The US and Japanese heavyweights join a list of companies, including LG and Ericsson, steering clear due to virus fears

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS. A visitor pulls his suitcase on the last day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 28, 2019. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes bill opening indigenous land to mining

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:23 AM

The far-right president described the measure as a 'dream' while indigenous leaders have labeled it a 'genocide bill'

BURNT. Brazilian farmer Helio Lombardo Do Santos and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on August 26, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Hundreds of Amazon employees criticize firm's climate stance

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:25 PM

More than 300 workers sign a Medium blog post by Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, which is pushing the company to go further in its climate change mitigation plan

AMAZON. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Investigation points to Saudi prince role in Bezos phone hack

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:27 PM

A video sent to the Amazon CEO by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman delivered the malware, according to a report by technical experts hired by Bezos

BEZOS. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the former's 2016 visit to Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

U.N. experts urge probe into alleged Saudi hacking of Bezos phone

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:44 AM

Riyadh rejects the allegations, its embassy in Washington branding them 'absurd'

JEFF BEZOS. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Amazon's Jeff Bezos promises $1 billion investment in India

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:44 PM

'We will use our global footprint to export $10 billion worth of 'Make in India' products across the world by 2025,' Jeff Bezos says, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign to boost national production

SLAMMING BEZOS. A banner with the picture of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is pictured during a demonstration demanding the closure of online shopping platforms Amazon and Flipkart, in New Delhi on January 15, 2020. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Amazon workforce surges for holiday spree

Dec 26, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Amazon says its workplace is now at 750,000, but it did not indicate how many of the seasonal workers would remain after the holiday season

AMAZON AT WORK. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:58 AM

Right now, every minute, over 3 football fields of Amazon rainforest are being lost

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/

DiCaprio denies Bolsonaro accusation of link to Amazon fires

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:27 AM

While citing no evidence, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says Leonardo DiCaprio had earmarked part of a $500,000 donation 'for the people who were setting fires'

AMAZON RAINFOREST FIRES. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019.  Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

Report shows high injury rate at Amazon warehouses

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:33 PM

The report by Reveal, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows the rate of serious injuries at Amazon was more than double the national average for the warehousing industry

AMAZON INJURIES. A robot organizes containers at the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Amazon says 'bias' in Pentagon awarding $10-B contract to Microsoft

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:27 PM

'It's critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence,' a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services says

PENTAGON. This undated US Department of Defense (DoD) image shows an aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. File photo by US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP

Health websites in UK share data with advertisers – Financial Times

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Financial Times says Google's advertising arm DoubleClick is by far the most common destination for the data, while a health website caught up in the process is the British Heart Foundation

'Trick or treat, I hate drugs!': Duterte Halloween masks for sale on Amazon

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The Philippine leader who ordered a bloody house-to-house crackdown on illegal drugs is now a Halloween mask

Pope Francis demands 'predators' stop plundering the Earth

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Scientists fight to save unique Guiana coral reef

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Near the mouth of the Amazon river in the Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon Reef is one of the world's largest but its existence became known only in 2016

OBSERVING. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) marine biologists search for whales onboard Esperanza, the environmentalist organization Greenpeace's boat, sailing on the Amazon reef off the French Guiana coast on September 3, 2019. Photo by Pierr Trihan/AFP

Trump joins Amazon's Twitch platform

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Trump opens his Twitch account on Thursday just before a campaign rally in Minneapolis which was then streamed live

Pope Francis blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope

ON AMAZON. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

Amazon sued over online sales of Cuban charcoal

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:19 PM

Amazon has allegedly violated a US law that prevents companies from profiting from property seized by Cuba's communist government after the 1959 revolution

AMAZON. US online retail giant Amazon is embroiled in a legal battle involving Cuban charcoal. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Amazon digital assistant Alexa gets into your head

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Amazon brings smart assistant Alexa to glasses, earbuds, and a ring in new hardware announcements

SMART GLASSES. Echo Frames eyeglass frames infused with voice-commanded digital assistant Alexa are pictured at at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle on September 25, 2019. Photo by Glenn CHAPMAN / AFP

Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs major Amazon deal

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

'Fleabag' star and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs a multi-million deal with Amazon after dominating the comedy awards at the Emmys 2019