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
Either the president is lying or he’s totally uninformed about the issue. The former is most likely, however, because, after all, this isn’t the first time Trump has made this claim, nor is it the first time he’s faced criticism for being wrong. … [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’
Adam Koebel, a tabletop-focused streamer who often speaks up about workers’ rights, initially expressed this viewpoint in even stronger terms, saying on Twitter that people should “buy shit for cheap today if it makes you happy, or boycott Amazon altogether” and apply a similar approach to Twitch, because ultimately “when we eat our comrades alive for not being left enough,” corporations and other powerful entities win. In a Twitter DM to Kotaku, however, Koebel said that he’d deleted his initial tweet because he realized it came across as flippant. What he was trying to convey, he said, was how Amazon has wormed its way into countless elements of our lives both on- and offline and how that makes expressing solidarity more complex than it might initially seem. … [Read more...] about Some Streamers Are Boycotting Twitch In Support Of The Amazon Prime Day Strike
“What’s different here is you’ve got a company retraining its own workers for jobs it knows it’s going to be able to provide,” Heinrich says. She says that this entire initiative is probably borne out of a cost-benefit analysis that concluded the best way to fill currently empty and future roles in an extremely tight labor market was to invest in retraining its own workforce. Amazon is currently trying to fill 20,000 roles; retraining current employees who’ve proven amenable to Amazon for those and future jobs, at a cost of $7,000-per-employee, could be cheaper than recruiting. “You have to look at the employers’ perspective—what’s going to make them profitable and successful? It’s much easier for Amazon to have data on who they think is most likely to be successful in training, instead of having to go out and find these people. It should be a cost savings for them to do that within their own workforce.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?