Local News in the U.S. is Laundering Amazon’s Bullshit [Updated]

There are a few norms that constrain the behaviour of newsgathering, one of which is to at least try, for any given story, to get the perspective of all parties involved. Many company PR teams abuse this constraint by providing journalists with spin or misinformation, which a reporter may or may not infuse with the necessary scepticism. Amazon, it seems, is no longer willing to take that chance. Read More >>

What Time Is the Reckoning?

More than 1.5 million people have filed Universal Credit Claims in the UK. Multiply that by 10,000, and you will still have less than the total number of dollars Jeff Bezos has collected since the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic. Read More >>

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Let’s Not Rely on Billionaires To Fund Climate Action

Last week, the richest man in the world announced that he will give $10 billion (£7.8 billion) to the fight to stop the climate crisis. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his new fund in an Instagram post last Sunday. Read More >>

The Jeff Bezos Climate Superpower That’s Bigger Than $10 Billion

The richest guy on Earth has decided maybe spending a few bucks to save the planet isn’t such a bad idea. Read More >>

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Billionaire Jeff Bezos Figures He Might as Well Try to Help the Planet He Currently Lives On

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who with a net worth of $130 billion is currently the world’s richest man, announced that he was creating the Bezos Earth Fund on Monday. The fund is a $10 billion global initiative that aims to fund “any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” Read More >>

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on Multi-Billion JEDI Contract it Lost to Microsoft

A federal judge in the US just put the brakes on a major military contract after Amazon argued it only lost out to rival Microsoft because the president wanted to “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos. Read More >>

It Grows

Evil had a great holiday season: Amazon now has over 150 million Prime subscribers, the company announced in Q4 2019 numbers released on Thursday. The massive growth numbers sent the company’s market cap surging to over $1 trillion (£761 billion) and made CEO Jeff Bezos an estimated $13.2 billion (£9 billion) in a matter of minutes. Read More >>

Facebook Gives Unintelligible Response to Jeff Bezos Hack, Deciding to Blame iOS

The news that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally sent malware to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, which led to the compromise of massive amounts of data from Bezos’ phone, has taken the tech world by storm. While the spotlight has been focused on the plot’s outlandishness, in recent days the attention has shifted to WhatsApp, the app used to send the malware, and its parent company, Facebook. Read More >>

All These Extremely Powerful People May Want to Double Check They Weren’t Hacked by a Saudi Prince

In early 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took a sweeping tour of the U.S. as part of a strategy to rebrand Saudi Arabia’s ruling monarchy as a modernising force and pull off his “Vision 2030” plan – hobnobbing with a list of corporate execs and politicians that reads like a who’s who list of the U.S. elite. The trip was so heavily promoted by the Saudis that 200,000 copies of a suspiciously pro-prince magazine hit U.S. newsstands. Read More >>

Why Won’t Jeff Bezos Send Dick Pics to Help Save the Koalas?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been making headlines lately after giving £531,000 (1 million in Australian dollars) to help Australia recover after devastating bushfires burned 26.4 million acres (and counting). Read More >>

Is It Too Late to Stop Amazon?

The brain-splitting moment happened a few weeks ago. A video (watermarked with the logo of a camera from Ring, an Amazon company) showing a man delivering an Amazon package, finding a box of snacks on a porch, then dancing went viral. My mind failed to find joy in the moment. Read More >>

Amazon Says It Lost £7.5 Billion US Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to ‘Screw’ Jeff Bezos

Amazon thinks it lost a military cloud computing contract worth $10 billion (£7.5 billion) to rival Microsoft because American president Donald Trump wanted to personally “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos, court documents show. Read More >>

Amazon’s Sweeping Climate Plan Is Full of Gaping Holes

On Thursday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he was committing the world’s largest online retailer to meeting the terms of what he christened “The Climate Pledge.” Broadly outlined, signing the pledge, which Bezos hopes others will do as well, commits a company to meeting the emission reduction targets set forth in the Paris Agreement a decade early – in other words, becoming carbon neutral by 2040 – and regularly reporting its own greenhouse gas output. Read More >>

The Boys’ Critique of Megacorporations is Pretty Rich

Vought International, the American company that manages the entire country’s population of licensed superheroes in the world of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys, is a capitalistic leviathan with tentacles reaching into the worlds of law enforcement, the entertainment industry, the military, and a number of other major parts of general society. Sound familiar? Read More >>

Jeff Bezos Cashes in £1.5 Billion of Amazon Stock, Will Keep £1.2 Billion After Taxes

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s richest person, has cashed in $1.8 billion (£1.5 billion) worth of Amazon shares, according to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission submitted last night. Bezos will keep an estimated $1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) from the sale after taxes, based on calculations by Forbes magazine. Read More >>