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Week in Review: Most popular stories on for the week of June 2, 2019
Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of June 2, 2019.
Jun 09, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

How the FTC Is Reportedly Probing Amazon and How Amazon Could Respond
Of the three areas where the FTC is reportedly investigating Amazon's business practices, its probe of the links between Amazon's direct e-commerce and…
Jun 08, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Robots, drones, satellites, and Amazon’s vision for the future of automation and humanity
Amazon gave a detailed look at its new warehouse robots and delivery drones, discussed its plans for a satellite constellation, and talked about the future of…
Jun 08, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

FedEx ends U.S. air-shipping deal with Amazon as tech giant builds out its own delivery network
(FedEx Photo). FedEx announced Friday that is ending its FedEx Express U.S. *service* contract with Amazon, a surprising decision made as Amazon continues…
Jun 07, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Jeff Bezos explains Amazon’s bet on Project Kuiper satellites — and copes with an onstage protest
For the first time in public, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explained the rationale for his risky Project Kuiper satellite broadband venture, during a fireside chat that was…
Jun 06, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon calls on Congress to boost federal minimum wage
Calling the current $7.25 minimum wage “too low,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said it's “time for Congress to put a thoughtful plan in place" to boost it.
Jun 05, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Avalara looks to raise an additional $222M in new offering, one year after original IPO
Avalara is looking to raise more cash from the public market. The Seattle sales tax automation software company filed paperwork with the SEC on Tuesday that…
Jun 04, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Amazon one-ups Walmart on one-day shipping, will offer 10M products via accelerated Prime program
Saying that every day is “Day 1” at Amazon might still be a popular mantra at the company, but today the tech giant is making sure its Prime customers are aware…
Jun 03, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

NextStep raising more funds to train and place healthcare workers with companies that need them
NextStep is raising more cash to build out its platform for recruiting and training healthcare workers and funneling them to employers. Coming off a $3.3 million…
Jun 01, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Amazon buying Boost would be another visionary move from Jeff Bezos (AMZN, TMUS, S)
Amazon is reportedly nearing a purchase of T-Mobile's prepaid-wireless-carrier Boost. The e-commerce behemoth has the ability to disrupt the massive $2...
May 31, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Uber and Lyft drivers roll up to Seattle City Hall to demand better wages and worker protections
A caravan of Uber and Lyft drivers arrived at the steps of Seattle City Hall on Thursday afternoon to demand better wages and treatment from the ride-hailing…
May 30, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

MacKenzie Bezos promises to give away half her fortune, highlighting Jeff Bezos’ absence from ‘Giving Pledge’
MacKenzie Bezos has signed The Giving Pledge, a commitment that hundreds of wealthy people have made to donate more than half of their money to…
May 28, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

UPMC workers walk off the job on Tuesday
A one-day strike over pay increases and the right to form a union turned into a standoff at a UPMC board meeting on Tuesday.
May 28, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Amazon shareholder proposals on climate and facial recognition won about 30 percent of vote
Updated below with full results and news release from Amazon employees who backed climate resolution. Amazon announced this week that shareholders…
May 24, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Walmart targets Amazon Fire tablets with new line of low-cost devices starting at $64
Walmart has released its long-rumored set of low-cost tablets, the latest challenge in the retail giant's multi-faceted battle with Amazon. Walmart's tablets, which…
May 23, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Rapper Ice-T gets Amazon’s attention after saying he ‘almost shot’ a delivery driver outside his ‘crib’
Amazon Help appears to be extra ready to help when a legendary gangsta rapper is tweeting at them. Hip-hop star and actor Ice-T sent a “Message To Amazon”…
May 23, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Amazon real estate chief: ‘I want to change the way that people work within the four walls’
Amazon doesn't just innovate on behalf of customers. The tech giant also comes up with new ideas to help its own employees. That's playing out with how…
May 23, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

More than 7,600 Amazon employees demand action on climate change in advance of annual meeting
A record number of Amazon employees are pressuring the company to get serious about climate change. It's one of the biggest employee-driven environmental…
May 21, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shows enthusiasm for auto industry at all-hands meeting, report says
Jeff Bezos has set his sights on yet another industry. The Amazon CEO told employees in March that he's “very excited” about the technological revolution…
May 21, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Sen. Bernie Sanders to Crash Walmart Annual Meeting
Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to crash Walmart Inc.'s annual shareholder meeting next month, but he won't get the VIP treatment the retailer usually extends to…
May 21, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Teamsters strike at Murphy Warehouse Company throughout the Twin Cities
Nearly 80 Twin Cities warehouse employees are on strike against Murphy Warehouse Co., which provides services for companies such as Andersen Windows…
May 16, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

‘Ghost Work’ explores the ups and mostly downs of the hidden gig economy
Chances are the last time you ordered something, chatted with customer *service*, or looked something up online, you didn't give much thought to who was…
May 14, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Challenging Amazon, Walmart unveils one-day delivery on more than 200k items
Amazon put the retail world on notice when it announced plans to evolve its core Prime shipping time from two days to one. Three weeks later, Walmart has…
May 13, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Photos: Inside Facebook’s newest Seattle office building in the heart of Amazon territory
Facebook's biggest engineering center outside of its hometown keeps getting bigger. In the last few weeks, employees have started moving in to a building…
May 13, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Amazon rolling out package-packing machines that could automate warehouse jobs
Amazon is rolling out machines that could automate boxing up orders across the company's network of warehouses and phase out humans doing that work…
May 13, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Accomplished pianist’s startup Play At Work strikes a chord with music lessons for busy tech workers
Lena Begun has been playing music since the age of 5. She attended a school for gifted children in Moscow and eventually received a masters degree from the…
May 13, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Anger Over Author's Critical Post of Worker Eating on Train
The publisher said it was postponing the release of Tynes' novel “while we further discuss appropriate next steps to officially cancel.”
May 12, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

In rapidly changing South Lake Union, architecture tour sets sights on what works in Seattle tech hub
Joseph Kaynor has lived and worked in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood for years. On a walk this week through the rapidly growing area, home to…
May 09, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Ride-hailing drivers strike for better pay, Pella plans to open manufacturing facility in Reidsville and more
In Wednesday's Money Matters, Jane King discusses ride-hailing drivers who said they will strike for better pay, Pella which has announced a new location in…
May 08, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Amazon Fails to Get Williams-Sonoma Lawsuit Tossed failed to dodge a lawsuit that accused it of trying to trick shoppers into thinking it was an authorized reseller of Williams-Sonoma products.
May 03, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Amazon’s new Prime number: Why the tech giant is shifting its core shipping benefit to one-day delivery
Amazon's first quarter earnings report last week presented analysts and investors with a financial mystery. The company's profits were much higher than…
May 02, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Workers demonstrate around world on May Day
The tradition of May Day marches for workers' rights began in the United States in the 1880s.
May 01, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Minneapolis Uber drivers are striking May 8 over sub-minimum wages
Find someone else to drive you on May 8. Uber drivers in several cities are participating in a strike that day. Minneapolis is not among…
May 01, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

For the first time, Amazon’s own online sales make up less than half of its entire business
For the first time in Amazon's history, the company's first-party online retail sales represented less than half of its overall net sales last quarter, even as both…
May 01, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Internal memo: T-Mobile shakes up marketing leadership to integrate Metro and launch ‘confidential new initiative’
T-Mobile is making changes to its marketing leadership to further integrate the newly named Metro by T-Mobile into the broader organization ahead of the…
Apr 30, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Why Arivale failed: Inside the surprise closure of an ambitious ‘scientific wellness’ startup
Founded in 2015, Seattle startup Arivale aspired to pioneer a new sector called scientific wellness, combining genetic testing with personal coaching to improve…
Apr 26, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Amazon Will Spend $800 Million to Move to One-Day Delivery will spend $800 million in the current quarter to increase delivery speed for Prime members to one day from two, the company announced April 25.
Apr 25, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Amazon to make one-day delivery the new standard for Prime
Amazon, which built its Prime subscription program on the promise of free two-day shipping, said it plans to shift that core benefit into free one-day shipping.
Apr 25, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Amazon claps back at Elizabeth Warren over claims of anti-competitive behavior
In a rare public rebuke, Amazon responded to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the presidential hopeful with Big Tech in her crosshairs. For weeks, Warren has been…
Apr 23, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Kohl's Surges on Deal to Expand Amazon Ties in Return Policy
Kohl's Corp. shares jumped the most in almost four months after the company said it will begin accepting returns for customers at all of its stores…
Apr 23, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Amazon’s migration to Bellevue continues as Seattle giant scoops up key development site
Amazon is close to purchasing a prime development site in downtown Bellevue that may eventually become a centerpiece of the company's rapidly growing…
Apr 23, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Russell Wilson reportedly gifted his offensive linemen $12,000 each in Amazon stock
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback has taken stock in the guys who helped him become the highest paid player in the NFL by actually purchasing Amazon stock…
Apr 22, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

First visitors to Disney’s Star Wars land will get just four hours to see it all
The first group of visitors to Disneyland's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be given a four-hour window to take in the land. Once the time is up, they will be…
Apr 22, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Stop & Shop strike: Rabbis say it's "not kosher" to shop there during strike
As Passover nears, rabbis in New England are cautioning against crossing the Stop & Shop picket lines.
Apr 19, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Amazon and Google make peace: YouTube to return to Fire TV and Prime Video coming to Chromecast
Amazon and Google have resolved a long-running feud that kept YouTube off Fire TV devices for more than a year.
Apr 18, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More


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