More than 400 lawmakers from 34 countries back ‘Make Amazon Pay’ campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – More than 400 lawmakers from 34 countries have signed a letter to Amazon.com Inc boss Jeff Bezos backing a campaign that claims the tech giant has “dodged and dismissed … debts to workers, societies, and the planet,” organisers said.

The “Make Amazon Pay” campaign was launched on Nov. 27 – the annual Black Friday shopping bonanza – by a coalition of over 50 organisations, with demands including improvements to working conditions and full tax transparency.

The letter’s signatories include U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Vice President of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala, co-convenors Progressive International and UNI Global Union said.

“We urge you to act decisively to change your policies and priorities to do right by your workers, their communities, and our planet,” the letter said.

“We stand ready to act in our respective legislatures to support

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Amazon now lets you text Alexa on iOS to ask for things instead of only using your voice

Amazon is testing a new feature for its iOS Alexa app: the ability to type out Alexa commands, instead of having to ask questions or requests by speaking out loud.



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“Type with Alexa is a Public Preview feature available to iOS Alexa app customers allowing you to interact with Alexa without using voice, meaning everything you can currently say to Alexa can now also be typed using your Alexa mobile app. Type with Alexa is available to iOS customers in the U.S.,” said an Amazon spokesperson.



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The new feature — first spotted by The Ambient — is available for iOS users in the Alexa app. To access it, simply tap the keyboard icon that now appears on the top left of the main menu of the app. The typed-out commands should work identically to verbal ones, although

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PS5 Restock Updates: Check PS5 Stock At GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, And Amazon

Update: A Walmart Canada PS5 restock is in progress after it kicked off at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET–as of 11:15 AM ET the site is currently experiencing a high amount of traffic and not loading right away.


Despite recent PS5 restocks at stores like Walmart and GameStop, including ones on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s been frustratingly difficult to find a PS5 or PS5 Digital available to buy directly from a major retailer for many months now. Now that we’re officially in December and Christmas is just weeks away, it makes sense to wonder when stores like Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy will have more PS5 units available for shoppers. A tweet from Sony confirmed that “more inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year,” but that doesn’t make the scramble to get your hands on a PS5 console any

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After reaching $40B in revenue in record time, Amazon Web Services hints at its own reinvention

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy with a chart showing AWS revenue growth at the company’s virtual re:Invent conference this week. (Screenshot via webcast)

Kicking off the annual Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference this week, AWS CEO Andy Jassy pointed to a major milestone for the tech giant’s cloud division: AWS has officially surpassed $40 billion in annual revenue, and not at a leisurely pace. AWS added an incremental $10 billion in revenue in 12 months, faster than ever.

Jassy showed stats that put AWS’s share of the cloud infrastructure market at 45%, more than double its closest competitor, Microsoft Azure. But he sought to assure the virtual audience that AWS is not even close to its zenith, citing the 96% of the estimated $3.6 trillion in global IT spending that has yet to shift to the cloud.

“It means that there’s a lot of growth ahead of us,” he

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Voiceitt, Amazon Announce Collaboration Between Alexa And ‘Superpower’ Speech Technology

In a blog post published Thursday, Amazon and speech startup Voiceitt announced a collaboration that aims to make Alexa more accessible to people with atypical speech. Voiceitt is an app that uses machine-learning and speech recognition technologies to help those with speech impairments communicate and be more easily understood.

In a press release, Voiceitt acknowledged the popularity of smart speakers and digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa—despite their massive popularity, however, they can prove inaccessible to those with various types of speech delays. This can make the communicatively impaired feel as though they are excluded from using voice-first devices. Teaching a machine fluent speech is hard enough; teaching a machine to learn atypical speech is exponentially more challenging. Thus, Voiceitt “recognized the opportunity to expand its technology offering to facilitate not only in-person communication but also interaction with voice activated and controlled devices.”

“We’re excited

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Amazon in Talks to Buy Podcast Maker Wondery

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is in exclusive talks to purchase podcast startup Wondery, according to people familiar with the matter, as the tech giant pushes further into the growing audio sector.

The talks value Wondery at over $300 million, the people said. Wondery’s last funding round, in June 2019, valued the company at $100 million, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The company is on track to increase revenue to more than $40 million this year, according one person familiar with the matter, with about 75% of that coming from advertising and the rest from licensing to TV, to subscription services like Audible and Stitcher Premium and to Wondery’s own premium subscription service, which launched this summer.

The deal talks are continuing and negotiations could still fall apart, the people said.

Closely held Wondery is the last large, independent podcaster on the market—and could present the final opportunity for a major tech

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Amazon Web Services org chart under CEO Andy Jassy

  • Amazon Web Services has seen its growth slow down in recent years amid intensifying competition, the COVID-19 pandemic, and simple law of large numbers.
  • Business Insider identified and mapped out 95 of the most powerful people under AWS CEO Andy Jassy, who are leading key growth areas at the company.
  • They include influential execs such as Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear, as well as some less familiar names, like Kathrin Buvac, the new vice president of business development, and Matt Garman, the head of sales and marketing.
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For the better part of the past decade, Amazon Web Services was the

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Amazon In Talks To Buy Podcast Publisher Wondery: Report

Internet giant Amazon is in talks to buy podcast publisher Wondery, which serves up hit audio shows “Dr. Death” and “Serial,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

West Hollywood-based Wondery boasts being the world’s largest independent podcast publisher, and has reportedly also explored the potential for acquisition with Apple and Sony Music Entertainment.

Industry tracker Podtrac ranked Wondery as being the fourth most listened to podcast publisher in the US in November, with slightly more than 9 million people tuning in to audio programs it hosts.

Podcasts have boomed in popularity, with people tuning in to hear compelling real or scripted stories as well as interviews.

Launched in 2016, Wondery has won audiences for shows such as Dr. Death, Dirty John, Business Wars, The Shrink Next Door, and Gladiator.

Wondery is seeking $300 million or more from a suitor, according to US media reports.

Amazon is reportedly interested in acquiring the podcasting group Wondery to expand its streaming media portfolio Amazon is reportedly interested in

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Amazon is considering buying podcast startup Wondery: WSJ

  • Amazon is considering buying Wondery, the world’s largest independent podcast publisher, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Sources say the talks value Wondery at $300 million, which would make for the podcast industry’s largest deal if the negotiations go through.
  • Apple and Sony were reported to be among four companies that were holding preliminary talks in November to buy Wondery, which was seeking between $300 million and $400 million.
  • News of Amazon’s potential acquisition of Wondery comes as the podcast market continues to heat up, with Spotify acquiring Gimlet Media in 2019 and landing an exclusive deal with Kim Kardashian West in June.
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Amazon is considering buying the podcast startup Wondery, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Sources told the outlet that the early talks are exclusive and would signal the tech company’s deeper foray into the consumer audio market. Wondery is the world’s

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Private spies reportedly infiltrated an Amazon strike, secretly taking photos of workers, trade unionists, and journalists. Now a union is taking legal action.



a person wearing sunglasses and standing in a parking lot: November 2018: An Amazon worker with a mask of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posing during a strike on Black Friday in the main logistic center protesting demanding better working conditions. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images


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November 2018: An Amazon worker with a mask of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posing during a strike on Black Friday in the main logistic center protesting demanding better working conditions. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

  • Private spies sub-contracted by the infamous Pinkerton Agency, a firm Amazon employs, infiltrated and photographed a worker strike at a warehouse on Black Friday 2019, according to a Spanish media report.
  • The spies compiled a 51-page document, which included photos of trade unionists, workers, and journalists who attended the strike, Spanish news site El Diario reported.
  • Amazon has used Pinkerton spies to track warehouse workers and labor movements at the company in the past, according to a November report.
  • Spanish labor union CCOO has asked a judge to seize documentation relating to the report ahead of potential legal action against Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson told El Diario
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