Tag: Amazon.com Inc

Progressives Killed Amazon’s Deal in New York. Is Industry City Next?

A plan to bring tens of thousands of jobs to an overlooked corner of the city just outside Manhattan has become another battleground for New York City leaders. Progressives are attacking mainstream Democrats about their competing visions for the city. A powerful business is on the defensive. Last year, it was an Amazon campus in […]

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After a Flop, Amazon Makes Another Foray Into Video Games

BERKELEY, Calif. — Amazon stumbled as it worked to break into the lucrative video game industry. Now it’s trying again. On Monday, Amazon announced Prime Gaming, which is essentially a rebranding of its Twitch Prime service that provides exclusive game content. Just over a month ago, the company pulled its original big-budget game, Crucible, from […]

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Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky

Welcome to the age of the satellite megaconstellation. Within the next few years, vast networks, containing hundreds or even thousands of spacecraft, could reshape the future of Earth’s orbital environment. Much of the attention on these strings of satellites has been placed on the prolific launches of SpaceX and OneWeb, but the focus is now […]

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Big Tech Makes Inroads With the Biden Campaign

WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been critical of Big Tech, admonishing Facebook for mishandling misinformation and saying internet companies should lose a central legal protection. But his campaign has quietly welcomed onto its staff and policy groups people who have worked with or for Silicon Valley giants, raising concerns among the industry’s critics […]

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What Years of Emails and Texts Reveal About Your Friendly Tech Companies

The spectacle of the chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google testifying before Congress last week made for good TV drama. Yet the theatrics of the showdown distracted from the real payoff of the hearings: the accompanying cache of subpoenaed emails and texts from the past decade and a half. These documents provide compelling […]

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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

The chief executives of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple were called before a House antitrust committee this week, ostensibly to answer questions about whether they have too much power and whether that hurts consumers. The tech bosses, who appeared via videoconference, fended off questions about being “cyber barons,” saying they have plenty of competition and […]

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Big Tech Companies Report Big Profits

You won’t want to miss our next DealBook Debrief call, where we will discuss racial injustice and corporate America with special guest Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Times’s domestic correspondent and creator of The 1619 Project. What more is needed from the business community to produce lasting change? Join us on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. […]

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The Economy Is in Record Decline, but Not for the Tech Giants

A day after lawmakers grilled the chief executives of the biggest tech companies about their size and power, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet and Facebook reported surprisingly healthy quarterly financial results, defying one of the worst economic downturns on record. Even though the companies felt some sting from the spending slowdown, they demonstrated, as critics have argued, […]

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The Last Days of the Tech Emperors?

On Wednesday, Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee, opened a half-virtual hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power” with a combative opening statement: “Our founders would not bow before a king. Nor should we bow before the emperors of the online economy.” That set the […]

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Big Tech’s Backlash Is Just Starting

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Wednesday’s five-plus-hour congressional probing of the bosses of America’s tech giants did not reveal a singular “gotcha” moment or smoking gun email. We’ve heard many of these examples of Big Tech abuse before. But the power of […]

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Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of Congress two years ago, the Facebook chief executive’s memorable retort to a clueless questioner was “Senator, we run ads.” After Wednesday’s marathon appearance by Mr. Zuckerberg and three other tech titans at a House hearing on competition in the tech industry, a more fitting quote might be “Congresswoman, […]

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

LONDON — In Brussels, European Union leaders are pursuing a new law that could make it illegal for Amazon and Apple to give their own products preferential treatment over those of rivals that are selling on their online stores. In Britain, officials are drawing up a law to force Facebook to make its services work […]

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Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

WASHINGTON — The chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, four tech giants worth nearly $5 trillion combined, faced withering questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on Wednesday for the tactics and market dominance that had made their enterprises successful. For more than five hours, the 15 members of an antitrust panel in […]

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Congress Doesn’t Get Big Tech. By Design.

Members of Congress were fairly blamed for not understanding Facebook, but Zuckerberg didn’t get enough blame for failing to make Facebook understood. He dodged, occasionally misled and essentially tried to say as little as possible about how Facebook works. At points, he didn’t seem to know how Facebook worked, either. Executives from Facebook, Google, Amazon […]

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How to Fight Against Big Tech’s Power

In the morning, you check email. At noon, you browse social media and message friends. In the evening, you listen to music while shopping online. Around bedtime, you curl up with an e-book. For all of those activities, you probably used a product made or sold by Google, Amazon, Apple or Facebook. There’s no simple […]

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday to make their case about why their companies actually are not that powerful. The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for […]

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday to make their case about why their companies actually are not that powerful. The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for […]

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How to Hold Big Tech’s Feet to the Fire

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Congress’s attention will turn briefly to another matter: world domination. On Wednesday, the chief executives of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, will appear together to defend themselves in a continuing inquiry into their market power by the congressional subcommittee focused on antitrust. The virus’s reach means Mark Zuckerberg […]

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Bezos, Cook, Pichai and Zuckerberg Prepare For Grilling

There is a lot of chatter about David Solomon’s D.J. gig at a packed Hamptons concert over the weekend, where a seeming lack of social distancing has led to an investigation by the New York health authorities. For the Goldman Sachs chief, eyebrows are being raised about his judgment, along with a healthy dose of […]

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

WASHINGTON — After lawmakers collected hundreds of hours of interviews and obtained more than 1.3 million documents about Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, their chief executives will testify before Congress on Wednesday to defend their powerful businesses from the hammer of government. The captains of the New Gilded Age — Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim […]

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Jeff Bezos Cast in a Role He Never Wanted: Amazon’s D.C. Defender

WASHINGTON — Last September, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, rattled off terrifying statistics about the warming planet from the storied National Press Club, two blocks from the White House. Then he said he had something exciting to announce. But when he uncovered a towering sign with the news, Amazon’s name was nowhere in sight. Instead, […]

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Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A year ago, antitrust officials from Australia, Brazil, China, Japan and eight other countries enjoyed $110-a-plate steak dinners and unlimited pours from $70 bottles of wine at a beachfront hotel surrounded by panoramic views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The opulent meal was the culmination of a weeklong […]

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Tech Is About Power. And These Four Moguls Have Too Much of It.

One of the more bizarre cable-show-bro handoffs of late happened this week between Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity concerning the $13 billion one-day spike in the Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos’ fortune. Using a chyron calling the e-commerce mogul a “fat cat,” Mr. Carlson noted that the world’s wealthiest man had become […]

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Tim Bray is Not Done With Amazon

SEATTLE — Tim Bray, an internet pioneer and a former vice president at Amazon, sent shock waves through the tech giant in early May when he resigned for what he called “a vein of toxicity” running through its culture. Within a few hours, his blog post about the resignation drew hundreds of thousands of views, […]

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Big Tech Has a Big Climate Problem. Now, It’s Being Forced to Clean Up.

The titans of the tech industry like to think of themselves as solvers of big world problems, and, lately, they’re tripping over themselves to show that they are working to solve a problem for which they, too, are culpable: climate change. Apple on Tuesday became the latest tech giant to promise to do more to […]

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An Ex-Times Reporter. An Ohio Wedding Provider. Covid Contrarians Go Viral.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If you’ve been following Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus news conferences the way that New Yorkers follow Andrew Cuomo’s, you know Jack Windsor: He’s the reporter asking about creeping Marxism among contact tracers and suggesting that Ohio is double counting virus cases. Mr. Windsor, a 44-year-old with credentials from a small Mansfield TV […]

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Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love ‘Supermarket Sweep’

It was an entirely different time in life when there was very, very little to do. I was a middle schooler during the first half of the ’90s — the age of devil sticks, hair wraps, the Delia’s catalog and my burning aspiration to morph into Angela Chase. While you may have hit junior high […]

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‘Hero’ Pay Raises Disappear for Many Essential Workers

Many retailers across the United States have quietly stopped providing their workers with the pay raises they had dispensed at the start of the pandemic, despite surging virus numbers in many states. The companies’ rationale for cutting back on this so-called hero pay is that the panic-buying that flooded stores during the early weeks of […]

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