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EU launches in-depth probe on Amazon over data use

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:10 PM

With its probe, the EU competition watchdog is seeking to expand its oversight powers to data, the most prized asset for Silicon Valley giants that now dominate web use worldwide

PROBING AMAZON. This file photo taken on March 4, 2019 shows the Amazon logo at the entrance area of the Amazon logistics centre in Lauwin-Planque, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Amazon staff strike in Germany on Prime Day extravaganza

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Workers in Germany walk out in the early hours on Monday morning, July 15, with Orhan Akman, a spokesman for labor union Verdi, saying, 'We expect a good turnout'

AMAZON GERMANY. This file photo taken on December 17, 2018 shows an Amazon fulfillment center in Leipzig, eastern Germany, as members of Verdi are on strike to protest against missing collective labor agreements. Photo by Peter Endig/dpa/AFP

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape the economy

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal data, and the capture and production of this data relies on mass surveillance of the internet

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Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months'

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The drones are expected to shorten delivery times for many items to just one day for Amazon Prime members

AMAZON DELIVERIES. In this image released by Amazon, the company unveils its newest drone design for its 'Prime Air' fleet at the Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space conference 're: Mars' in Las Vegas on June 5, 2019. Photo by Jordan Stead/Amazon/AFP

U.S. antitrust hammer for Big Tech: What happens next?

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Each firm has different issues, but any probes could center on whether they abused their dominant position and stifled competition

Apocalyptic comedy 'Good Omens' premieres on Amazon Prime

May 31, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The highly-anticipated TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 novel stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen

MacKenzie Bezos to donate half her fortune to charity

May 29, 2019 - 9:35 PM

'I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,' says MacKenzie Bezos, whose divorce with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is being finalized

BEZOS. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos poses as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin. File photo by Jorg Carstensen/dpa/AFP

Ecuador Amazon tribe win first victory against oil companies

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

A criminal court in Puyo, central Ecuador, accepts a Waorani bid for court protection to stop an oil bidding process after the government moved to open up around 180,000 hectares for exploration

VICTORY. The president of the Coodinating Council of the Waorani Nationality of Ecuador-Pastaza, Nemonte Nemquimo (C), celebrates with other Waorani indigenous people after a court ruled in their favor on the tribe's legal challenge to the government's land selloff in Puyo, Ecuador, on April 26, 2019. Rodrigo Buendia / AFP

Amazon delivers record profits on gains in cloud, advertising

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Net profit in the quarter more than doubles from the same period last year to $3.6 billion, extending Amazon's trend of rising profitability


Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations – report

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:13 PM

An Amazon spokesperson says the company is looking to focus more on cross-border sales in China

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Amazon planning to launch 3,236 satellites to provide internet connectivity

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:07 AM

'Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of low earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,' Amazon says

AMAZON. Amazon on April 4, 2019 confirmed it is working on a project to deploy a network of satellites for high-speed internet service in underserved parts of the world. AFP photo

Amazon's Bezos, wife reach biggest divorce deal in history

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:23 AM

'Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness,' writes MacKenzie Bezos

BEZOS. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos poses as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin. File photo by Jorg Carstensen/dpa/AFP

France unveils new tax for global internet giants

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Having failed to persuade his European partners to introduce an EU-wide tax, France will go it alone with its own new mechanism

Al Pacino signs up for Nazi hunter TV series

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Amazon Prime's 'The Hunt' is about Nazi hunters in the 1970s and is produced by Jordan Peele of 'Get Out' fame

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Residents oppose Amazon's plan to build 'HQ2' in New York, with one saying that the Amazon jobs might not be what people in the community need right now

RALLY. Activists and community members who opposed Amazon's plan to move into Queens rally in celebration of Amazon's decision to pull out of the deal, in the Long Island City neighborhood, February 14, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Satan in ‘Good Omens’ series

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The Amazon TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel premieres May 31

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Feb 11, 2019 - 2:21 PM

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Lawyer denies National Enquirer blackmailed Jeff Bezos

Feb 11, 2019 - 9:49 AM

'It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,' says the lawyer who represents National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc (AMI)'s chief executive David Pecker

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: The New York Post with a headline referring to Jeff Bezos is photographed at a convenience store on February 8, 2019 in New York City. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon is accusing the David J. Pecker, publisher of National Enquirer, the nations leading supermarket tabloid, of extortion and blackmail. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP  STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 million due to breach of contract

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The Hollywood director accuses Amazon of canceling a film deal on 'baseless' allegations that he sexually abused his daughter in the early 1990s

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Jan 10, 2019 - 8:38 PM

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Amazon's Bezos, world's wealthiest man, to divorce

Jan 10, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,' the couple says in a statement

DIVORCE. In this file photo taken on April 24, 2018, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos pose as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 in Berlin. File photo by Jorg Carstensen/dpa/AFP

Brazil denies Total license to drill near Amazon mouth

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Regulatory agency Ibama says the decision comes after it found concerning uncertainties, including the 'possibility of an oil spill that may affect the coral reef present in the region and by extension marine biodiversity'

THE AMAZON. A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. File Photo by Cecilia Puebla/EPA

Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The bill would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps

New Amazon HQ split between New York, Washington suburbs

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Both districts offer a variety of tax and infrastructure incentives to lure the huge corporate prize, but Amazon says one important element was access to a qualified workforce

The rapidly developing area known as Long Island City in the borough of Queens is seen on November 13, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Japan anti-trust authorities to investigate tech giants

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'We will probe whether 'platformers' are obstructing the technological innovation of Japanese companies,' says the head of Japan's anti-trust commission

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Bloomberg not invited to Apple’s upcoming event – report

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Amazon also pulls its ads from the publisher’s site

Google, Amazon suffer market setbacks on sales outlook

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Amazon and Google suffer slides in their share prices after releasing their quarterly earnings, declines that fuelled pessimism in Asian and European stock markets on October 26

Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and digital platforms such as YouTube and Airbnb

What you should watch on Amazon Prime Video

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Can’t decide what to binge on? Here are seven series for you to check out

Apple, Amazon, SuperMicro deny reports of Chinese microchip infiltration

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:11 PM

The forceful denial of Apple, Amazon, and SuperMicro is backed by the Department of Homeland Security

Amazon bumps U.S. minimum wage to $15 amid scarce labor

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:59 AM

The pay raise will apply to 250,000 employees starting November 1 and to the more than 100,000 seasonal workers the company expects to hire for the holiday shopping season

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 17, 2014 shows Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presenting the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, in Seattle, Washington. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the world's richest person on July 27, 2017, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes magazine estimated. The magazine said its real-time tracking of personal fortunes showed Bezos with a net worth of $90.5 billion, ahead of the $90 billion for Gates. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / David Ryder

What to watch on Amazon Prime Video

Sep 28, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Can’t decide what to binge on? Here are seven series for you to check out

'THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL.' The show, starring Rachel Brosnahan, is available on Amazon Prime Video, along with other binge-worthy titles. Screenshot from

Jeff Bezos space project lands big rocket partnership

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Bezos' space project Blue Origin partners with the Lockheed Martin and Boeing joint venture United Launch Alliance

NEW SHEPARD BOOSTER. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. AFP Photo/Blue Origin

Here’s how you can get beauty deals from Amazon, Sephora, Althea, Lazada

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:55 AM

And yes, there’s an easier way to get products from Amazon shipped to the Philippines – up until September 30, that is

Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users' lives

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:10 AM

'Amazon launched today what I believe is the industry's largest assortment of home automation products,' says analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy

ALEXA-POWERED. An assortment of newly launched devices, including, an "Echo Input," "Echo Show, "Echo Plus," "Echo Sub," "Echo Auto" and "Firetv Recast" are pictured at Amazon Headquarters, following a launch event, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP

Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

A report by Strategy Analytics shows that for the second quarter of 2018 the smallest device from Google captured 20 percent of the market with sales of 2.3 million

MINI. File photo shows Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introducing the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, October 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

Bezos unfazed by antitrust concerns on Amazon

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'All big institutions of any kind are going to be and should be examined, scrutinized and inspected,' the Amazon CEO says

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveils $2B philanthropic fund

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Bezos makes the announcement on Twitter a year after asking for ideas on how he could use his personal fortune for charitable efforts

BEZOS. While huge, the philantrophic fund set up by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is still small compared to Bill Gates'. File photo by David Ryder/AFP

Inflation hits 6.4%, Mayor shot dead, Amazon | Midday wRap

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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Amazon hits trillion-dollar milestone with focus on the long game

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:06 AM

(UPDATED) Early gains lifts Amazon's value to $1 trillion only briefly, with the final close at $2,039.51 giving it a value of $995 billion

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Amazon Prime Video to be part of Globe's on-demand offerings

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The world's second-largest video-on-demand platform comes to Globe

These tech giants are the world's top 5 in stock value

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Apple leads in the profits column by a mile with $48.4 billion in 2017. Microsoft comes in at a far second with $16.6 billion in its 2018 fiscal year, and Facebook at third with $15.9 billion

U.S. tech stocks continue to slide on weak day for global equities

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all continue to decline since Facebook signaled slower growth last week

TECH STOCKS. People are reflected in the window of the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square on July 30, 2018 in New York City. As technology stocks continued their slide on Monday, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1 percent in afternoon trading with shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all declining. Photo by Spencer Platt/AFP

Tech titans jostle for Pentagon's 'JEDI' cloud contract

Jul 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

JEDI stands for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure

PENTAGON. An aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. File photo by US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP

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Jul 27, 2018 - 2:35 PM

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Amazon quarterly profit jumps 12-fold to $2.5B

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:43 AM

The e-commerce giant reports earnings that are in stark contrast to social media giant Facebook which saw massive stock market losses

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by Ryder/AFP

Cybersecurity roundup: May 20 to 26, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 11:49 AM

In this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, it's a two-for-one Amazon special coupled with General Data Protection Regulation complaints in the European Union!

OnePlus 6 details leak ahead of announcement

May 15, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The OnePlus 6 will reportedly have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128 GB of storage, dual cameras, water resistance, and will hover between $620 to $680

ONEPLUS 6. Images and details regarding the OnePlus 6 smartphone have been leaked. Screenshot from

Cybersecurity roundup: April 22 to 28, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Check out this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, which features Amazon Alexa hacks and crackdowns against a major distributed denial of service provider.

Amazon delivers hefty profits, led by web services

Apr 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The earnings beats market expectations and comes with an announcement that Amazon is raising the annual Prime subscription rate in the US to $119 from $99, effective next month

AMAZON. This file photo taken on December 28, 2016 shows the logo of US electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP