After a white gunman killed nine black people in a racially motivated shooting in Charleston, South Carolina last week, debate over banning the contentious symbol of racism led Ebay,Walmart, and Sears to pull Confederate-flag themed merchandise from their shelves. Major US flag maker Valley Forge Flag also announced plans to stop producing the flag. But flag supporters could still pick up their offensive gear on Amazon—until today. … [Read more...] about Amazon Will No Longer Sell Confederate Flag Merchandise
“We believe that opening up access to current-stage quantum computers is a crucial step in accelerating the development of useful applications. That’s why, in designing Amazon Braket, we chose to collaborate with providers like D-Wave, who have built promising technologies that are of interest to our customers,” … [Read more...] about Amazon Officially Enters the Quantum Computing Race
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, by taking advantage of “various tax credits and tax breaks for executive stock options,” including a one-time $789 million tax break thanks to the—wait for it—the tax law signed by President Trump last year. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Claim That Amazon Pays ‘Little or No’ State Taxes Is Utter Nonsense
Strikes were planned for this weekend as well as Dec. 15 and 30, a UNI Global Union representative told Gizmodo by email. UNI Global Union, which works to facilitate alliances between unions that represent Amazon workers, said that it would be taking a supporting role in both the German and Spanish strikes being organized by Verdi, a union working with Amazon workers on a collective bargaining agreement with the company. … [Read more...] about Amazon Workers in Spain and Germany Announce Strikes Ahead of Christmas: ‘Change Must Come Now’
“I don’t have an answer about whether it’s ethical or not for any given person to broadcast on Twitch during Prime Day,” Koebel said. “I think it’s a reasonable thing for people to avoid services provided by Amazon in solidarity. I don’t know that it’s the right choice for every broadcaster to risk their livelihood during that same period. I hope people will consider how they criticize one another over it. I made a badly-expressed point, and I’m thankful for the response I got to it and to have the chance to come at it from another angle. Is broadcasting the same as crossing a picket line or buying a new TV during Prime Day? I don’t know that I have a concrete answer.” … [Read more...] about Some Streamers Are Boycotting Twitch In Support Of The Amazon Prime Day Strike
Jane Oates of WorkingNation says that the first and perhaps most important step is to ensure that the training is part of the workweek. “People are busy—making this as easy to get to as possible will determine its success.” Amazon should also ensure they cover the tuition in the programs outright, she says. “A lot of the failure is due to the tuition assistance programs—a lot of the reason they fail is you have to pay upfront for the college yourself and get reimbursed,” she said. “And then if you don’t get a grade you’re out that money.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?