The best Black Friday tech deals at Amazon

Amazon is hosting a wide variety of tech deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The company started its deal festivities early by knocking down prices for many of its own devices, including some of its newer products that hadn’t yet seen any discounts. The fourth-generation Echo smart speaker, the latest Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi routers, and more are all discounted right now, in addition to several other Amazon devices, such as the company’s entire range of Fire TV streaming devices.

The Pixel 5 is $50 off at Amazon

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The Pixel 5 is $50 off at Amazon

Of course, that’s just the beginning. More deals will come later this week, and we’ll be including the best deals we find below. The latest deals to hit the wire will be at the top, while the others will be organized by category. If your search for gifts spans wider than what

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Ditch the soundbar with new Amazon Echo speakers

Besides sporting a new round look, Amazon’s updated fourth generation Echo speakers have something else going for them. Buy a pair for $200 and they make fabulous TV speakers.

Amazon's Echo speaker used for TV sound

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Amazon’s Echo speaker used for TV sound

Without wires spread across the room from the TV.


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TV’s have gotten way thinner and cheaper over the years, and a big casualty has been the tinny speaker, sending many consumers to soundbars that fit near the TV and connect directly. 

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The advantages to two Echo speakers instead are huge. Instead of paying anywhere from $100 to as much as $1,800 (which includes a multi-speaker soundbar setup) and having the sound coming from the other side of the room, you can put the little Amazon devices in your bedroom by the bed, and have

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Amazon hires Pinkerton spies to monitor unionization efforts: report

  • Amazon has hired detectives with the infamous Pinkerton spy agency to monitor European workers’ labor union organizing efforts, per a Motherboard report.
  • The outlet obtained leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center, where data analysts can easily track workers’ union organizing activities down to the date, time, and location.
  • Pinkerton spies have a history of busting up unions: Their involvement in a steelworker strike in 1892 eventually led to states prohibiting the use of third-party security in labor disputes.
  • The Motherboard report highlights Amazon’s latest efforts to prevent its workers from unionizing — it has a long track record of being staunchly opposed to labor unions.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon is hiring detectives from the notorious Pinkerton agency to spy on warehouse workers and monitor them for labor unionization efforts, according to a Monday Motherboard report.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to the outlet that Amazon

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Amazon Luna Cloud Gaming is Frustrating, But There’s Potential

Illustration for article titled Amazons Cloud Gaming Is Still a Work in Progress, but It Has Potential

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When Luna works it handles games as effortlessly as a local computer. That’s a pleasant surprise for someone like me who is generally skeptical of cloud gaming platforms but has come to embrace them over the last year. After many, many hours of playing games on other platforms like GeForce Now, Shadow, and Stadia, and seeing how well they handle cloud gaming, I was a little more hopeful with Luna. There are many things about this fledging cloud gaming service that I love, like the controller, but also some things that I don’t love so much, like network performance: one of the main pillars of any successful cloud gaming platform. Luna has a ways to go before anyone would feel 100% justified spending any amount of money on its service. I think Amazon may have rushed the beta a bit when it could have taken

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Top analysts say buy stocks like Amazon & Yelp

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Out on Wall Street, stocks are taking a breather from this month’s rally. Despite encouraging updates on a potential coronavirus vaccine, disappointing unemployment data and a spike in coronavirus cases have spooked investors.

Not helping investor sentiment, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that schools would return to remote learning to mitigate the virus’ spread.

“The market has really been in a celebratory mode since Election Day and rode through it again last week. I think the idea now is people are beginning to consider taking some profits ahead of expectations that taxes related to capital gains could rise in 2021. I also think there’s the consideration of the transition in COVID to post-COVID… Even with the resurgence, all the vaccine news tells us [is] there is a post-COVID ahead,” Oppenheimer’s Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus noted.

As plenty of question

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Read his own words on how Amazon embraced failure to drive innovation and success

Jeff Bezos wearing a suit and tie: Failure pays off if you want to figure out what customers really want, writes Bezos. John Locher/AP

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Failure pays off if you want to figure out what customers really want, writes Bezos. John Locher/AP

  • The following is an excerpt from the new book, “Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos,” a collection of writings and public statements by Jeff Bezos, with an introduction by journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson.
  • Bezos shares how a customer-first mentality allowed Amazon to flourish and bounce back from financial failures.
  • From the early beginnings of Prime to failed initiatives, Bezos explains why differentiating between experimental and operational failures lifted his ecommerce site to new heights of innovation and change. 
  • “If we build a new fulfillment center and it’s a disaster, that’s just bad execution. That’s not good failure,” Bezos said. “But when we are developing a new product or service or experimenting in some way, and it doesn’t work, that’s okay. That’s great failure.”
  • The excerpt is
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Now An Amazon Company, Zoox Is Ready To Dial-Up Its Robotaxi Push

Self-driving tech startup Zoox has gone through a big management shakeup and surprise sale to Amazon in the past two years. But with the acquisition complete the secretive Silicon Valley firm is ready to reveal its electric robotaxi and updated plans–which don’t include pivoting to automated deliveries despite being owned by a retail behemoth worth more than a trillion dollars.

“Eventually, probably, we can move other things but it’s very clear for Amazon this is a growth opportunity. Our mission–a ground-up robotaxi, moving people, ride-hailing–is absolutely intact,” CEO Aicha Evans tells Forbes. Next month “you will see the real vehicle. You will see it driving in autonomy, performing maneuvers. We’re unveiling the curtain as to what Zoox is up to and how we’re doing things.”

She didn’t provide a specific date.

Its purpose-built “bi-directional” model with four-wheel

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Amazon Pharmacy is going to be the first big test of public trust in Prime and will expose the company to more scrutiny

Jeff Bezos wearing a suit and tie: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. c

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  • This week Amazon launched its new Amazon Pharmacy service, selling prescription and generic medications.
  • Prime members will get a bunch of perks, including huge discounts of up to 80%.
  • By selling healthcare, Amazon Prime is getting into a market where consumers are keenly aware of how sensitive their data is, which means it will have to walk a fine line to maintain public trust.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon launched its new service Amazon Pharmacy on Tuesday, which means the company will be selling both prescription and generic medication to its US customers via its website.


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The move was not unexpected; industry watchers have been expecting Amazon to move into delivering medications since 2018, when it acquired drug-delivery startup PillPack. The company has also been pushing into healthcare more generally since then.

Amazon Pharmacy is

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Amazon Echo devices get steep discounts ahead of Black Friday

Buy Echo Dot at Amazon – $29 Buy Echo Dot with clock at Amazon – $39

Fire HD 10 – $80

Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet


The most powerful Fire tablet available, the Fire HD 10 is on sale for $80. Even at its normal price of $150, it’s a great value if you’re in need of a basic, no-frills tablet. We gave it a score of 88 for its sharp display, solid performance and hands-free Alexa abilities. The kids version of the Fire HD 10 is on sale for $130, or $70 off its normal price. You’re getting the regular tablet in this bundle in addition to a child-proof case, a two-year warranty and one free year of Amazon Kids+.

Buy Fire HD 10 at Amazon – $80

All-new Echo – $70

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Amazon’s latest Echo has dropped to $70, which is $30 off its normal price and the lowest

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Spotted: Amazon robot maps sidewalks north of Seattle, laden with cameras and sensors

An Amazon sidewalk mapping robot being driven in Everett, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Tim Ellis)

While I was out on an ordinary drive through Everett, Wash., on Saturday morning, in between grabbing a donut for my daughter and a coffee for my wife, I spotted something interesting: An unmarked, six-wheeled robot being driven down the sidewalk on Broadway.

I immediately thought of Scout, Amazon’s package delivery robot that allegedly began testing in 2019 in an unnamed Snohomish County neighborhood, and rolled out Irvine, Calif., Atlanta, and Franklin, Tenn. earlier this year. Ever since the initial announcement, I’ve been keeping a close eye out for the robots, but to date I’ve neither seen them myself nor have I seen any evidence of a real-life sighting on social media.

When the robot turned down a side street in Everett’s Riverside neighborhood, I decided to follow it and stop to get a closer

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