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Jeff Bezos Tells U.S. Congress He ‘Can’t Guarantee’ Amazon isn’t Violating its Own Policies to Undercut Sellers

At Wednesday’s major tech antitrust hearing in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee – featuring the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he couldn’t promise that the company hasn’t violated its own policies on fair competition with third-party sellers. Read More >>

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Amazon to Shut Down for 5 Days in France After Court Finds Its Coronavirus Response Inadequate

Amazon will temporarily shut down in France after a court there ruled it had to stop delivering all products outside of food, medicine, and hygienic categories because of poor safety conditions at its warehouses during the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Etsy Announces It’s Found a New Way to Gouge Sellers

Etsy is rolling out a new campaign for offsite advertising that automatically enrols its sellers and charges them a fee for sales from those ads, but some sellers won’t be able to opt out – meaning they’ll pay for the service whether they like it or not. Read More >>

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Watch Out, Opportunity, Mark Zuckerberg Is About to Fuck You Up

On Thursday, Facebook overlord Mark Zuckerberg published his annual New Year’s resolution list. Last year, he promised to hold a series of public talks on issues posed by the tech industry (and boy, did he ever). Read More >>

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I Want That on a T-Shirt

Artists on Twitter say that their work is regularly stolen by armies of bots that generate t-shirts from popular designs – and they’ve got the receipts to prove it. Read More >>

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PayPal to Shell Out a Whopping £3 Billion to Acquire Shopping Plugin Honey

PayPal has agreed to drop $4 billion (£3 billion) to take over Honey Science Corporation, the creator of e-commerce browser plugin Honey, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Amazon Reportedly Changed Its Algorithm to Favour Most Profitable Products, Including Its Own

Despite internal opposition, Amazon has changed its search algorithms to prioritise listings that translate into bigger profits for the company – including its own private label goods, according to a Wall Street Journal exclusive. Read More >>

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Report: Amazon Facing Antitrust Probe in the EU Over Its Use of Marketplace Merchant Data

The European Union is planning an antitrust investigation into e-commerce giant Amazon over its treatment of third-party merchants that rely on the company’s marketplace to sell goods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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What Was Your First Amazon Purchase?

It’s been 25 whole years since Amazon burst onto the scene as an online bookseller in July of 1994. Now, it’s a giant, package-delivering behemoth that despite some unsavoury headlines, all of us probably use because it’s just so damn convenient. Read More >>

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RIP Your Wallet: Instagram Adds In-App Shopping

If you’ve ever browsed through your Instagram feed and thought “Oh that shirt is cute but haha, thank god that’s way too much effort for me to actually leave this app and buy it” – bad news, friends. Instagram announced that starting today, it’s introducing an in-app checkout feature. Read More >>

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How Amazon Now Shapes What Our Stuff Looks Like

Tide, a brand of American laundry detergent, just announced a new alternative to the classic bottle of detergent. It basically looks and works just like a box of wine, which is sort of funny because of that whole meme about teens eating Tide Pods. But the new Tide Eco-Box is no joke. It’s actually a glimpse into a future where Amazon is dictating what our stuff looks like. Read More >>

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PayPal: What If We Banned Both Sides

Payment processing giant PayPal terminated accounts belonging to the far-right Proud Boys organisation and its founder, Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, this week in what seemed to be a response to their involvement in a street brawl in New York and well-documented history of violence elsewhere. But it also banned a number of anti-fascist groups across the country, including Antifa Atlanta, Antifa Sacramento, and the Anti-Fascist Network. The company has declined to comment on why aside from citations of its TOS and vague comparisons between antifa and others it has banned, like far-right activist Tommy Robinson. Read More >>

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Report: Almost Nobody Is Using Amazon’s Alexa to Actually Buy Stuff

Amazon may have sold millions of Echoes and other devices equipped with its voice-controlled Alexa smart assistant partially in the hopes that it could nudge users into letting an upbeat voice convince them to buy more crap. But it doesn’t appear to be working, according to a report in the Information on Monday. Read More >>

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Behold This Disastrously Bad Op-Ed Calling for Amazon to Replace Libraries

For those who have remained blissfully off of Twitter, a site that remains uncomfortably popular with sociopaths and morons like me, the “ratio” is when a tweet is so bad that the number of retweets and favourites it accrues becomes greatly outnumbered by hostile replies. It is one of the few beautiful things about the site, a poisonous rose growing on polluted soil, or at least an injoke that hasn’t been completely run into the ground yet. Read More >>

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Paypal: Dying While Owing Us Money is Unacceptable to Us

E-payments company Paypal sent a deceased customer an email more or less stating that the cessation of life functions – and thus an inability for the customer in question to clear their remaining account balance – was a violation of site policy. Read More >>