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Media Runs Defense for Amazon After Retail Giant Caught Stealing Millions From Workers

    Media Runs Defense for Amazon After Retail Giant Caught Stealing Millions From Workers

It has been a turbulent 24 hours for retail giant Amazon. First, the company’s founder (and world’s richest individual) Jeff Bezos announced that he would step down as CEO. Then, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled that the company had illegally stolen more than $61 million worth of customer tips meant for its delivery drivers.…

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Under Pressure, Amazon Reveals Over 20,000 Employees Likely Contracted COVID

    Under Pressure, Amazon Reveals Over 20,000 Employees Likely Contracted COVID

It announced the figure in the middle of a public relations statement detailing the measures it was taking to try to keep its employees safe from the virus. The company presented itself as a proactive and responsible business. “As part of this commitment, we’ve decided to publicly share the COVID-19 infection rates among Amazon front-line…

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Bezos Doubles Wealth as Amazon Essential Product Prices Rise 1000% Amid Pandemic

    Bezos Doubles Wealth as Amazon Essential Product Prices Rise 1000% Amid Pandemic

A new report from advocacy group Public Citizen details how retail giant Amazon “misled the public, law enforcement, and policymakers about price increases during the pandemic,” raising their prices on essential products “to levels that would be considered violations of price gouging laws in many states.” The prices of many products in high demand during the…

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Antitrust Hearings Delayed as Tech Giants Push Ahead with Ruthless Market Dominance

    Antitrust Hearings Delayed as Tech Giants Push Ahead with Ruthless Market Dominance

The much-anticipated antitrust hearing originally scheduled for Monday, July 27 has been moved to Wednesday for the ostensible purpose of allowing members of Congress to pay their respects to recently deceased Rep. John Lewis. The hearing, which is to feature the testimony of big tech CEOs Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai…

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Amazon Unveils Augmented Reality to Enforce Social Distancing in New Norm for Corporate America

  Amazon Unveils Augmented Reality to Enforce Social Distancing in New Norm for Corporate America

Should you be one of the dozens of people working minimum ten-hour shifts at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Kent, Washington these days, you might very well be at the vanguard of the “new normal” for American blue collar workplaces. The 1 million-square-foot facility located about 20 miles south of Seattle is the site of a new…

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Jeff Bezos, World’s Richest Man, Wants Your Donations To Help Amazon Employees

  Jeff Bezos, World’s Richest Man, Wants Your Donations To Help Amazon Employees

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s first centibillionaire, a man who vies with Bill Gates for the title of the planet’s richest individual, is asking the public for donations to provide basic support to his 800,000 employees who are suffering in poverty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bezos announced: “We are establishing the…

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Report Shows Corporations and Bolsonaro Teaming Up to Destroy the Amazon

  Report Shows Corporations and Bolsonaro Teaming Up to Destroy the Amazon

As deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest reaches the highest level in a decade, the rainforest’s indigenous peoples and their supporters have called for action against the political and business interests they blame for a spike in illegal logging and other resource extraction. A report released by Amazon Watch as part of its ongoing “Complicity in…

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Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells

  Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells

SEATTLE — Amazon is lobbying the public with proposed guidelines for lawmakers to adopt when crafting legislation around the use of facial-recognition technology. Amazon’s own software, Rekognition, has been put to the test by rights groups such as the ACLU, who have come to troubling conclusions about racial bias and threats to civil liberties. The…

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Amazon’s Fusion With the State Shows Neoliberalism’s Drift to Neo-Fascism

  Amazon’s Fusion With the State Shows Neoliberalism’s Drift to Neo-Fascism

In Part 1 of our investigative series on Surveillance Capitalism, MPN spoke to author Yasha Levine and Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster about the rise of the Amazon.com empire and its fusion with the U.S. state apparatus. In our next installments, we will continue exploring the rise of Surveillance Capitalism and the implications of…

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