What about your workers? Amazon’s Bezos gets grief for $2bn fund to help homeless & children

Amazon CEO and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos has invoked Twitter wrath for seemingly an all-around commendable cause – setting up a charity fund to fight homelessness and create a preschool network for the underprivileged. The so-called Day One Fund will be multi-billionaire businessman’s most significant foray into philanthropy to date. The 2$ billion pledged […]

Insiders are buzzing that Northern Virginia could soon be awarded Amazon’s HQ2 as Jeff Bezos makes high-profile visit to Washington, DC (AMZN)

Amy Harris/Invision/AP The Washington, DC, area is buzzing with speculation that Northern Virginia could soon land Amazon HQ2. Two sources said as much to Business Insider. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is amid a high-profile trip to Washington, DC. The Washington, DC, area is buzzing with speculation that Amazon could soon select Northern Virginia as the […]

A year in, Amazon’s HQ2 search proves tech’s West Coast exodus will be slow and secretive

OPINION: One year ago, Amazon announced that it intended to build a second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. But Amazon didn’t have a specific destination in mind to build its headquarters — instead, it invited any metropolitan area in North America with at least 1 million people to pitch Amazon on why they should be chosen. Most […]

Bots on Amazon’s task service may be souring psych studies

It’s not uncommon for scientists to use Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for research — they can quickly gather survey data in return for a small outlay to participants. Academics are quickly discovering the limits of the task service with the modern bot-happy internet, however. Numerous psychology researchers have reported a sharp rise in the number of […]

Amazon’s ‘The Romanoffs’ teaser shows desperate claims to fame

Amazon is finally ready to show more of The Romanoffs than its all-star cast. The internet behemoth has posted a full-fledged teaser trailer for the Prime Video anthology series, and it’s evident that the show is equal parts serious and irreverent. This definitely isn’t a historical piece. Rather, it’s a look at the seeming ridiculousness […]

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Hires ‘Star Trek 4’ and ‘Jungle Cruise’ Writers [TCA 2018]

Fans have been eager for any details they can get their hands on when it comes to the developing Lord of the Rings series in the works at Amazon. Now the series finally has a pair of writers on board the project that is being produced in in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins […]

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ show writers hail from ‘Star Trek’

Amazon is finally attaching some creative talent to its still-mysterious Lord of the Rings series, but it’s not who you might expect. The internet giant’s Jennifer Salke has revealed that writing duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay will develop the Tolkien-based Prime Video show. While their full roles aren’t clear just yet, their backgrounds are. […]

Amazon’s Rekognition messes up, matches 28 lawmakers to mugshots

Enlarge (credit: American Civil Liberties Union) The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California said Thursday that in its new test of Amazon’s facial recognition system known as Rekognition, the software erroneously identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been arrested for a crime. According to Jake Snow, an ACLU attorney, the organization […]