Tag: Amazon.com Inc

Amazon Gives Up on Chinese Domestic Shopping Business

SEATTLE — Amazon may dominate online shopping in the United States, but in the world’s second-largest economy it is all but calling it quits. Amazon said late Wednesday that it was closing its domestic e-commerce business in China. The company had long struggled to gain traction in China despite operating there for more than a […]

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Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ Debuts After Coachella Set as Childish Gambino

“Guava Island,” a new 55-minute film starring Donald Glover and Rihanna, was released as a limited-time free stream on Amazon overnight Saturday, during Glover’s headlining set as Childish Gambino at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The mysterious project, which has been teased for months, features Glover as Deni, a singer hoping to bring […]

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Hollywood Writers Plan to Fire Agents After Talks Break Off

LOS ANGELES — Fire your agents. That was the instruction the Writers Guild of America gave to its 13,000 members on Friday, after talks between the Hollywood writers and their agents broke down hours before a midnight deadline. With the sudden end to negotiations, Hollywood moved closer to a potentially chaotic and unprecedented outcome, with […]

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An Indian TV Show Points the Way for a New Generation

If there’s one thing Indians know how to do, it’s weddings. In Bollywood and real-life, the pomp of upper-class ceremonies — including the age-old traditions, battling egos and patriarchal powers at play — has captivated audiences across the globe. And yet India, on pace to be the youngest nation in the world by population, is […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Changed TV. Let Us Count the Ways.

In the eight years since “Game of Thrones” went on the air, the television industry has been upended. We can thank Netflix for that. Consider that in the streaming era, the number of scripted shows airing in the United States has shot up 86 percent, from 266 in 2011 to 495 last year. Yet amid […]

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon C.E.O., and MacKenzie Bezos Finalize Divorce Details

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, said on Twitter on Thursday that they had finalized plans to divorce. Mr. Bezos will keep 75 percent of the couple’s stock in Amazon, and all of their ownership of The Washington Post and the Blue Origin space company, Ms. Bezos wrote. Mr. Bezos will […]

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Congestion Pricing: N.Y. Embraced It. Will Other Clogged Cities Follow?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Los Angeles traffic is so bad that buses crawl along at less than 12 miles an hour. In San Francisco, car speeds have fallen to 10 miles per hour. And Seattle’s streets are so choked the city needs to […]

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7 Takeaways From New York’s $175 Billion Budget

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — After months of frenzied lobbying, bitter infighting, late-night bill drafting and secretive negotiating, New York’s $175 billion state budget is finally here. You could call it the budget of progressive priorities. It’s the first budget in a […]

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Bezos’s Security Consultant Accuses Saudis of Hacking the Amazon C.E.O.’s Phone

SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos’s security consultant accused the Saudi government of gaining unauthorized access to the Amazon chief executive’s phone, as part of an effort to harm the world’s richest man. In an opinion article in The Daily Beast on Saturday, Gavin de Becker, Mr. Bezos’s security chief, alleged the Saudis wanted to hurt Mr. […]

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Why Netflix Won’t Be Part of Apple TV

Apple and Netflix, for better and for worse, have changed how we spend our leisure hours. In the process, the two companies have upended old media habits and created new ones. Apple’s iPhones have already ported over big portions of people’s brains, and Netflix exploded TV time slots, creating the binge and the endless content […]

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Giant Military Contract Has a Hitch: A Little-Known Entrepreneur

Deap Ubhi is a restless guy. At 26, he quit his job in private equity in Northern California, where he had grown up and gone to college, and then moved to India to found Burrp!, a local search site similar to Yelp. He sold the company in 2009 and along with other alums became what […]

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New York Today: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Top ‘Villain’ in Amazon Pullout, Poll Finds

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Tuesday. Tomorrow, spring officially begins. Weather: Grab the sunglasses. It’ll be sunny today and tomorrow. Temperatures start in the mid-30s, then climb to the upper 40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Wednesday (suspended Thursday for Purim). ImageCreditPete Marovich for The New York Times […]

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New York Today: Ocasio-Cortez Is Top ‘Villain’ in Amazon Pullout, Poll Finds

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Tuesday. Tomorrow, spring officially begins. Weather: Grab the sunglasses. It’ll be sunny today and tomorrow. Temperatures start in the mid-30s, then climb to the upper 40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Wednesday (suspended Thursday for Purim). ImageCreditPete Marovich for The New York Times […]

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Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape

Apple is coming to Hollywood. Delete that. Hollywood is going to Apple. On March 25, a delegation of producers, studio executives and big-name actors will enter the subterranean 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., for one of those Apple showcases, with the chief executive, Tim Cook, commanding the stage before a crowd of loyalists. […]

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Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation

Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks. A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent […]

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Amazon Pulls 2 Books That Promote Unscientific Autism ‘Cures’

Amazon has removed the online listings for two books that claim to contain cures for autism, a move that follows recent efforts by several social media sites to limit the availability of anti-vaccination and other pseudoscientific material. The books, “Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism” and “Fight Autism and Win,” which had previously been listed […]

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Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Catastrophe,’ True Love Is Not Convenient

When “Catastrophe” began in 2015, its title seemed to refer to a discrete event. Rob (Rob Delaney), an American businessman visiting London, had a whirlwind fling of marathon sex with Sharon (Sharon Horgan), who got pregnant. He stayed, they married, they bumpily transitioned from unplanned pregnancy to an unplanned life. By the raunchy, glorious end […]

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Are You an Amazon or an Apple Family?

A few months ago, Amazon invited reporters to its Spheres complex in downtown Seattle. It’s an enormous greenhouse doubling as a work space for employees: a climate-controlled, glass-enclosed, self-contained ecosystem made up of 40,000 species of plants from all over the world. Amazon executives opened the event with a statement worthy of their surroundings: The […]

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Elizabeth Warren Proposes Breaking Up Tech Giants Like Amazon

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is bidding to be the policy pacesetter in the Democratic presidential primary, is set to announce another expansive idea on Friday: a regulatory plan aimed at breaking up some of America’s largest tech companies, including Amazon, Google and Facebook. The proposal — which comes on the same day […]

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