Whole Foods v vegans: Berkeley store gets restraining order against activists

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The order is the latest in a tense standoff with an animal rights group that has staged protests at the store for several years For a full week, a big black banner was posted from a sidewalk in Berkeley, California. OCCUPY WHOLE FOODS, it declared in large, white block letters. But the protesters who created […]

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Amazon investigates claims staff are leaking data for bribes

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Employees are offering confidential information to sellers, according to report Amazon is investigating claims that employees have taken bribes for leaking confidential sales information, particularly in China, as it the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sellers, brokers and people familiar with internal investigations. The practice violates company policy and is common in China, where the […]

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The Truth About Amazon, Food Stamps, and Tax Breaks

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Since the early 2000s, Amazon has quietly received more than $1.5 billion in government subsidies, in exchange for bringing new jobs to cities and states across the country. At the same time, low-wage employees at Amazon's grueling warehouses have sometimes had to rely on a different kind of government benefit, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

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A Bot Panic Hits Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

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For the past week, psychologists all over America have been freaking out. The cause of their agita was an observation by a psychology graduate student from the University of Minnesota named Max Hui Bai. Like many researchers, Bai uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, where individuals sign up to complete simple tasks, such as taking surveys […]

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Is insurance a rich enough game to disrupt?

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Martha Notaras Tech giants may be tempted to use their troves of data to compete with insurers directly. They also have access to data that insurers can only dream of having: global geospatial imagery of homes, infrastructure and buildings; location, browsing and advertising data; even real-world behavioral data from smartphones and IoT devices. Combining all […]

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‘The Expanse’ is officially saved and headed to Amazon

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Image: alcon entertainment Another day, another streaming service swooping in to rescue a TV series that couldn’t cut it on cable. For weeks, fans of Syfy’s The Expanse have been held in suspense over the show’s abrupt cancellation and subsequent hints of a pickup, a la Brooklyn Nine-Nine. That suspense is now at an end, […]

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