Last March, Jeff Bezos published a picture on Twitter of himself walking with a shiny robot dog. Many in the media (including CNET) dutifully reported on the event, writing playful stories. Silly memes followed.Then we promptly forgot about it.That brief flash encapsulated Bezos' public profile for much of his career. Amazon's founder and CEO carefully cultivated a persona as a captain of industry, futurist and smartest guy in the room. Yes, many criticized his ruthless business practices and lack of charitable giving, but most perceived him as a winner and a genius. This image was helped by his quiet personal life which, at least from afar, seemed free of controversy: longtime marriage, four kids, close relationship with his parents.In a startling turn of events over the past few weeks, Bezos' public persona has turned into something entirely different. After he and his wife MacKenzie announced their divorce over Twitter last month, Bezos' extramarital affair quickly hit the gossip … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos goes from geek to National Enquirer gossip fodder
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No one has ever sent me unsolicited nudes. My iCloud account hasn't been hacked and, thank mercy, I've never had a vengeful ex share photos of me as so-called "revenge porn."But that doesn't stop me living in constant fear that someone will bust into my house, run into my bedroom and scream "nudie rudie!" just as I'm trying to zoink out of a sports bra, post-'80s aerobics class, wearing nothing else but one tired running shoe and some daggy old leggings. Apparently, my fears are unfounded.Not because I live in a house with barred windows and double locks that could keep out hordes of zombies, not to mention fictionalised fear amalgams hell-bent on taking photos that no one would ever want to download. No, because one of the richest men in the world just confirmed what we all sort of already suspected: Nudes are officially NBD. On Thursday, the founder of one of the biggest tech companies in the world and a man worth a cool $140 billion, Jeff Bezos, jumped up on the internet's soapbox … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos just confirmed what we all knew: Nudes are no big deal
The workers of Whole Foods, the health-focused grocery chain purchased by Amazon just over one year ago, are beginning to organize. An email—first reported on this morning by the Wall Street Journal, then obtained with one redaction by New Food Economy—proposes collective action by the store’s rank-and-file employees to obtain an increased minimum wage, among other benefits, and stanch the flow of staffing cuts that began in 2015 and have continued under Jeff Bezos’ leadership. “Amazon has just become this big weight where I haven’t been able to reap any benefits from the millions of dollars that Jeff Bezos makes,” a current Whole Foods employee told Gizmodo. “There has been no whisper of any type of pay increase. At all. Prices have dropped only by a few cents and the items that got dropped were produce items which were already priced low. Amazon is a joke. Customers feel betrayed.” It’s not clear yet how widely the email has … [Read more...] about Whole Foods Takes First Step Toward Unionizing
Now playing: Watch this: How Amazon tech can be tied into Whole Foods 1:55 Amazon is getting into the grocery business in very big way, though with a less Amazonian approach than expected.The online retail giant, which has toiled for over a decade trying to make online grocery deliveries work, said Friday it has agreed to acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion in cash. The deal, expected to close in the second half of the year, is by far Amazon's biggest acquisition.The addition of Whole Foods would radically transform the Seattle e-retailer in a handful of ways. Most notably, the world's largest online retailer will now become a major player in physical stores for the first time, after it's dabbled with several store concepts for the past year and a half.Whole Foods also provides Amazon with a new upscale brand, after the e-commerce company has made its name as a low-cost competitor. Additionally, Amazon is finally making good on heated speculation that it would break … [Read more...] about Why Amazon wants to own Whole Foods and sell you groceries
At a Taylor Swift concert earlier this year, fans were reportedly treated to something they might not expect: a kiosk displaying clips of the pop star that served as a covert surveillance system. It’s a tale of creeping 21st-century surveillance as unnerving as it is predictable. But the whole ordeal has left us wondering what the hell is going on. As Rolling Stone first reported, the kiosk was allegedly taking photos of concertgoers and running them through a facial recognition database in an effort to identify any of Swift’s stalkers. But the dragnet effort reportedly involved snapping photos of anyone who stared into the kiosk’s watchful abyss. “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” Mike Downing, chief security officer at live entertainment company Oak View Group and its subsidiary Prevent Advisors, told Rolling Stone. Downing was at Swift’s concert, which took place at the Rose Bowl in Los … [Read more...] about What’s Up With That Story About Secret Face-Scanning Tech at a Taylor Swift Show?