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You and 99,999,999 Other People are Amazon Prime Subscribers

Amazon CEO and Lex Luthor lookalike Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday in a letter to shareholders that more than 100 million people around the world are subscribers to Amazon Prime, providing them the privilege of getting all the shit they buy delivered in just two days. Read More >>

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Richest Person in the World Takes Robot Dog For a Walk, Which is Totally Fine and Normal

There are some people who might take one look at this photo of Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, and freak the hell out. The Amazon founder is walking with a robotic “dog” called SpotMini—the same robot dog manufactured by Boston Dynamics, which was recently filmed opening doors like a velociraptor out of Jurassic Park. Read More >>

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Amazon Japan Raided by Antitrust Agency

Amazon Japan was raided today by business watchdog agency the Japan Fair Trade Commission on suspicions of anti-competitive practices. Read More >>

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Jeff Bezos Eats Iguana, Vows to Make Space Travel Cheaper With ‘Amazon Lottery Winnings’

It was a black tie evening of glamour, champagne toasts, and lizard flesh at the annual Explorers Club dinner gala this weekend, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was one of the guests of honour. Read More >>

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Amazon Is Exploring Checking Accounts for the Young and the Unbanked: Report

According to The Wall Street Journal, the online retail giant has approached several large banks about creating a “checking-account-like product” aimed at “younger customers and those without bank accounts.” Read More >>

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The Method-2 Looks as Menacing as Ever, But You Could Probably Still Defeat It With a Shallow Incline

Humans may remain pathetic creatures of meat and bone, but the era of the almighty humanoid terminator is not yet upon us. CNBC recently got an opportunity to test-drive South Korean firm Hankook Mirae Technology’s really cool looking Method-2, which just so happens to be the very bipedal robot that aspiring post-apocalyptic warlord Jeff Bezos got into on stage at Amazon’s annual robotics conference last year. Read More >>

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Amazon to Blow Over £720 Million on Doorbells: Report

Amazon has made some big acquisitions over the years. Whole Foods cost around £10 billion. Game-streaming platform Twitch and online shoe store Zappos weren’t cheap either. For its next act of ruthless corporate consolidation, the everything store run by the richest man on Earth reportedly plans to drop over $1 billion (£720 million) on doorbell company Ring, probably the one element of package delivery Amazon hasn’t found some way to wring more money from yet. Read More >>

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Jeff Bezos Begins Installation of His Bonkers 10,000 Year Clock

Depending on the day, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is either the richest or second richest human on Earth. And while he’s trying to figure out how to use some of that money philanthropically, he announced today that construction has begun on the giant clock in the middle of nowhere that he put up $42 million to build. The 10,000 Year Clock is intended as a symbolic reminder that we should consider the long-term impact of our actions. Read More >>

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Amazon Rumoured to Launch National Delivery Service to Send More Than Just Amazon Packages

According to a new report, Amazon has plans to launch a new delivery service, first with its third-party merchants, then expanding nationally across the USA. And executives at companies FedEx and UPS are no doubt waking up to frantic phone calls about what their industry might look like in five years. Read More >>

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Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine

Did a loved one buy you an Amazon Echo over the holidays? Sorry about that. But now, in addition to well-founded fears about surveillance and security, you’ve got a new problem: ads. Read More >>

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A Glimpse Inside CamperForce, Amazon’s Disposable Retiree Labourers

In September, Jessica Bruder’s Nomadland—excerpted heretook us inside one of the strangest and most cutthroat of Amazon’s business practices: CamperForce. Composed almost entirely of retirees living out of motorhomes performing seasonal labour, CamperForce workers are expected to perform physically demanding tasks despite their advanced age. Read More >>

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Jeff Bezos Is Tragically No Longer Worth $100 Billion

On Black Friday, Amazon CEO and richest man in the world Jeff Bezos — famous for both his dominance of the entire online retail market and pivot to rock-hard biceps — hit a net worth of $100 billion, according to a Bloomberg analysis. Read More >>

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238 Thirsty Cities Compete for Amazon’s Attention

The proposal deadline has come and gone on Amazon’s unusually public search to plant a second headquarters in one of North America’s metropolitan areas. Among other factors, Amazon’s stated “preference” for candidates, cities with a population over 1 million, should have whittled possible HQ2 locales down to a few dozen. Instead, the final tally of hopefuls topped 200. Read More >>

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Well, It’s Official: FTC Gives Green Light for Amazon to Buy Whole Foods

The Federal Trade Commission, the US government body in charge of consumer protection and investigating anti-competitive marketplace practices, has announced that it will not stand in the way of Amazon’s plan to merge with Whole Foods. Read More >>

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Amazon is Being Sued for Alleged Cruel Discrimination Against Transgender Employee 

According to a recently filed lawsuit, a married couple faced persistent, cruel, and grotesque abuse at an Amazon shipping facility, and human resources did nothing to help. Read More >>