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Jeff Bezos to keep 75 percent of couple's Amazon stock after divorce
Apparently Jeff Bezos and his wife successfully negotiated an amicable divorce.
amazon  law  JeffBezos  personal_net  via:HackerNews 
april 2019 by mcherm
Sorry Amazon: Philadelphia bans cashless stores | Ars Technica
Philadelphia passed an ordinance requiring all stores to accept cash, even though Amazon pushed for an exemption for their no-queue stores.
payments  amazon  philadelphia  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2019 by mcherm
New Parents Complain Amazon Baby-Registry Ads Are Deceptive - WSJ
Amazon is now the third largest online ad platform. And they use deception, like allowing advertisers to insert entries into a customer's baby gift registry.
darkpatterns  advertising  amazon  evil  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
New for AWS Lambda – Use Any Programming Language and Share Common Components | AWS News Blog
AWS Lamba now has a way to store libraries in a common place which are then packaged with your individual land of functions when they are deployed (with a limit of 5 libraries used in each lambda). Also has support for adding new languages for coding lambdas.
aws  serverless  programming  amazon  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
Amazon's AbeBooks backs down after booksellers stage global protest | Books | The Guardian
When an Amazon owned used book marketplace said it would stop supporting certain countries because of issues with their payment provider, book sellers around the world united in a boycott and Amazon backed down.
library  amazon  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
Amazon releases a no-cost distribution of OpenJDK - SD Times
Since I REALLY don't trust Oracle, this is good news. Sorry, Oracle - you've earned my lack of trust.
amazon  java  oracle 
november 2018 by mcherm
Confessions of a U.S. Postal Worker: “We deliver Amazon packages until we drop dead.”
Some postal workers complain that delivering lots of Amazon packages has increased their workload, hours, and work difficulty.
personal_net  via:boingboing  amazon 
november 2018 by mcherm
Algorithmic merchandising leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Slowly but surely, it will erode trust for all the tech giants.
Amazon plays around with how they display products to encourage the products that give them the best margin. This annoys the author (and many others, I am sure).
amazon  ai  marketing  via:HackerNews 
october 2018 by mcherm
Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women | Reuters
Amazon trained an AI model to classify resumes based on their previous hiring. Then later they discovered that the model had negative weights on terms like "women" (eg: "women's chess club"). They finally scrapped the whole model.
ai  bias  amazon  hiring  womenintech  via:HackerNews 
october 2018 by mcherm
The Day I Drove for Amazon Flex - The Atlantic
The package delivery folks Amazon pays as independent contractors get kind of a difficult job for somewhat low pay.
TheAtlantic  employment  amazon  via:HackerNews 
august 2018 by mcherm
What Does It Take To Be A “Bestselling Author”? $3 and 5 Minutes. | Observer
Amazon updates their bestseller lists in tiny increments like 5 minutes and allows self-published books. So you can be a number one best selling author (in some category) for about $3.
amazon  advertising  books  publishing  via:reddit 
march 2018 by mcherm
Amazon is complicit with counterfeiting | ElevationLab
Chinese make fake, low-quality knock-offs of a product, then sell it on Amazon, claiming to be the original. Amazon is ineffective at stopping this fraud.
amazon  fraud  via:HackerNews 
march 2018 by mcherm
Amazon won't say if it hands your Echo data to the government | ZDNet
Amazon has a huge number of government requests for information and won't say what it is for.
amazon  privacy  via:boingboing  surveillance  4thAmmendment 
january 2018 by mcherm
Amazon was tricked by fake law firm into removing toothbrush head
Amazon took down a product when they received a complaint of some intellectual property violation (they're not saying what). But the complaint was from a FAKE law firm -- its purpose was apparently to hurt the seller (to the tune of $200,000).
law  amazon  fraud  via:cnbc 
september 2017 by mcherm
Improvement Plan at Amazon (not good)
Amazon continues to sound like a terrible place to work.
amazon  management  via:reddit 
may 2017 by mcherm
Why Amazon is eating the world | TechCrunch
Amazon's greatest success is offering every piece of their operation as a publicly consumable service, so they all have to compete and get better.
amazon  business  techcrunch  via:HackerNews 
may 2017 by mcherm
How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't - Vox
Amazon does a good job of letting teams be independent and getting things to the market as quickly as possible, to then sink or swim based on how well they do.
amazon  vox  via:vox 
december 2016 by mcherm
'Clean your desk' : My Amazon interview experience
This is unbelievably bad interviewing practice on Amazon's part.
hiring  amazon 
december 2016 by mcherm
Free Shipping Is A Lie | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Free shipping is difficult to afford for retailers but is expected by the public (largely because of Amazon).
via:HackerNews  personal_net  retail  amazon 
november 2016 by mcherm
Amazon EC2 Instance Comparison
Actual features and costs for various sizes of EC2 instances collected into one table.
aws  amazon  ec2  via:HackerNews 
october 2016 by mcherm
Manage Tomcat Session State with DynamoDB — Developer Guide
Some tool from Amazon which sounds like it might help with keeping the session on DynamoDB. I should look at it and consider whether it is overly likely to have data collisions or whether I can safely use it.
aws  java  tomcat  amazon  programming  todo 
september 2016 by mcherm
Will Amazon Kill FedEx?
Answer: actually, they might. They're building their own logistics and delivery system, from the factories overseas to people's front doors.
amazon  personal_net 
september 2016 by mcherm
3 Reasons AWS Lambda Is Not Ready for Prime Time | @datawireio
AWS's "Lambda" service needs some work and it's documentation is just not good enough.
amazon  cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
Kindle Unlimited is being flooded with 3,000-page garbage books that suck money out of the system / Boing Boing
Fake books that trick Amazon into paying the "publisher" by making it look like the person actually read it.
spam  amazon 
april 2016 by mcherm
The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire | WIRED
Dropbox is big enough to move off of Amazon's cloud to its own servers. It optimizes those for its use case, even using custom-built hardware. Their testing continued until they hit 180 days w/o a bug. They re-wrote the software in Rust, not Go.
dropbox  aws  cloudcomputing  amazon  wired  golang  rust  via:HackerNews 
march 2016 by mcherm
Netflix has Completed Cloud Migration
After just seven years netflix has moved entirely on to Amazon AWS and fully closed all of their own data centers. They also say the costs are actually lower.
netflix  amazon  aws  cloudcomputing  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
Amazon’s customer service backdoor — Hacker Daily — Medium
Amazon's customer service is so poor about giving out data they shouldn't that they did it 3 times for the same person despite the fact that he complained each time.
security  amazon  via:reddit 
january 2016 by mcherm
How I ended up paying $150 for a single 60GB download from Amazon Glacier — Medium
The advertised pricing of Amazon Glacier was very misleading leading to a cost that was 150x the expectation.
amazon  aws  cloudcomputing  via:reddit 
january 2016 by mcherm
I Worked Undercover at Amazon to See If Anything's Changed Since Those Damaging Exposés | VICE | United Kingdom
This reporter worked at an Amazon warehouse in the UK to see if it was as bad as described. It was lousy, but at least mostly legal.
amazon  via:HackerNews 
december 2015 by mcherm
AWS in Plain English
An explanation of what Amazon's many web services really do. Surprisingly helpful!
amazon  aws  cloudcomputing 
september 2015 by mcherm
Full memo: Jeff Bezos responds to brutal NYT story, says it doesn't represent the Amazon he leads - GeekWire
Amazon CEO responds to NYTimes hit piece on employee abuse, saying "I don't recognize that; let me know if it happens".
amazon  via:reddit  management 
august 2015 by mcherm
Beware the IP non-assert clause in AWS cloud service agreement | Hacker News
My comments on the phrase about IP indemnification in the AWS customer agreement.
mypostings  amazon  law  contractlaw 
july 2015 by mcherm
Beware the IP non-assert clause in AWS cloud service agreement, warns ex-Microsoft patent chief - Blog - Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) - Maximising IP Value for Business
Amazon has a clause in the AWS terms of service that says you promise not to assert IP rights against them or other users of AWS. They have actually asserted it in court.
law  ip-law  patent  copyright  trademark  cloudcomputing  amazon  shrinkwrap  contractlaw  via:HackerNews 
july 2015 by mcherm
A Comprehensive Guide to Building a Scalable Web App on Amazon Web Services - Part 1
A pretty good overview of what services are available in Amazon's cloud hosting infrastructure and how you would want to use those to build a multi-layer application.
amazon  cloudcomputing  softwaredevelopment 
january 2015 by mcherm
How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices | Re/code
Instead of having the lowest price on everything, Amazon has the lowest price on the popular things and those that people price-compare on most often.
amazon  pricing  via:HackerNews 
january 2015 by mcherm
Making Payments Easier for Creators and Backers » The Kickstarter Blog — Kickstarter
Kickstarter switched from amazon payments to stripe for processing credit card payments.
payments  stripe  kickstarter  via:HackerNews  amazon 
january 2015 by mcherm
Why Eric Schmidt doesn't know how Google works | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Tom Cheredar
Comparing some major tech firms in interesting ways to make the point that Google's success is based on their monopoly not on the way they are run.
google  investing  amazon  apple  facebook  via:HackerNews 
december 2014 by mcherm
Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works) | Andreessen Horowitz
Amazon has no profits, not because they are running their businesses at a loss, but because they are spending 100% of everything they make on investing in new businesses.
amazon  via:HackerNews 
september 2014 by mcherm
Amazon orders subject to replacement fraud (still) :
"Replace it to a new address" fraud at Amazon and their fraud team is either clueless or very poor at communicating.
amazon  fraud  via:HackerNews 
june 2014 by mcherm
As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish -
Amazon uses monopoly tactics to dominate publishers in the book industry.
via:HackerNews  amazon  monopoly  nytimes 
may 2014 by mcherm
Cloudy Snake Oil (Pinboard Blog)
Amazon claims "99.999999999%" reliability for S3. That's obviously hogwash and they sound stupid for saying so.
amazon  probability  via:maciej  aws  s3 
april 2014 by mcherm
StartupNation Third Party Sellers Need To Rethink The Amazon FBA Program » StartupNation
He sold CDs on Amazon. After >150,000 sales they suddenly closed him down for one complaint about counterfeit goods. Then they said they'd charge him EITHER to return OR destroy the goods in their warehouse. Then he was sued for the counterfeit and realized that it was someone else's goods (probably Amazon's). He lost the court case.
startup  law  amazon  via:HackerNews 
november 2013 by mcherm
Fulfilled by Amazon: How to get rid of old stuff immediately, sell it for more, and use Amazon as a cheap storage facility
Interesting idea: don't sell stuff on eBay, sell it on Amazon. They'll even store it in their warehouse for you.
amazon  via:HackerNews  ebay 
october 2013 by mcherm
We Already Know What Kind of Newspaper Owner Jeff Bezos Will Be - Corey Pein
Jeff Bezos caved to the government on wikileaks so he won't be a good owner for the Washington Post.
via:HackerNews  journalism  amazon 
august 2013 by mcherm
Who Makes Below Minimum Wage in the Mechanical Turk Sweatshop?
Amazon's Mechanical Turk workers probably make less per hour than the US minimum wage. Surprisingly, most are decent-income US citizens.
economics  amazon  law  via:HackerNews 
july 2013 by mcherm
Amazon Web Services Blog: Root Domain Website Hosting for Amazon S3
You can now host on Amazon S3 (previously only
s3  amazon  webhosting  dns  via:HackerNews 
december 2012 by mcherm
Outlawed by Amazon DRM « Martin Bekkelund
Amazon decided this woman's account was "linked to one they had banned". So they banned her (and remote-wiped her Kindle, and erased every e-book she had purchased) with no explanation and no willingness to discuss.
amazon  drm  law  customerservice  via:reddit  evil 
october 2012 by mcherm
Amazon same-day delivery: How the e-commerce giant will destroy local retail. - Slate Magazine
Amazon may be getting in the business of very quick delivery (same day, even) from multiple distribution centers.
july 2012 by mcherm
Scripting News: Tech press misses Google/Amazon name grab
Big companies snap up nice-sounding top-level domain names for their own use.
google  amazon  internet  personal_net  via:HackerNews 
june 2012 by mcherm
The Man Who Took on Amazon and Saved a Bookstore - Forbes
He made a local bookstore survive (thrive?) by printing in-store on demand.
books  publishing  amazon  via:HackerNews 
may 2012 by mcherm
The Google attack: How I attacked myself using Google Spreadsheets and I ramped up a $1000 bandwidth bill
He accidentally downloaded $1000 worth of data from his own Amazon account using Google.
security  amazon  hacking  ddos  google 
april 2012 by mcherm
How Bots Seized Control of My Pricing Strategy
Bots got in a pricing war selling discounted "used" versions of his book. Then Amazon decided to drop the price because of all the used versions. Now he can't control the price at all.
amazon  books  via:HackerNews  pricing 
february 2012 by mcherm just closed my seller account. No warning, no details. · Aaron Kavlie
He got his seller account closed with no info, a permanent ban, and no effective appeal process.
amazon  customerservice  paypal  payments  via:HackerNews 
december 2011 by mcherm
Amazon bests Microsoft, all other contenders in cloud storage test
Someone did a study and Amazon's cloud storage system won for scalability and reliability with Microsoft's very close behind.
cloudcomputing  s3  azure  microsoft  amazon  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
december 2011 by mcherm
Cutting their own throats - Charlie's Diary
Book publishers insisted in DRM for eBooks. Now that same DRM is helping Amazon to maintain a stranglehold on 80% or more of the eBook market. As eBooks grow, the publishers will face a single customer with no competitors, and it will eventually kill THEM.
amazon  CharlesStross  via:HackerNews  drm  publishing  ebooks 
november 2011 by mcherm
Sleeping with the Enemy: Publishers upset about self-publication on Amazon
An author self-publishes some short stories on Amazon and their publisher goes ballistic. Pitches fit, cancels (unrelated) book, demands advance be returned. They do NOT want this competition.
publishing  via:slashdot  amazon  selfpublishing 
october 2011 by mcherm
Amazon is More Interesting than Google
Amazon is More Interesting than Google because Google keeps all their stuff secret.
blogworthy  google  amazon 
september 2011 by mcherm
Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies
Runaway pricing algorithms send a book price into the stratosphere.
funny  amazon  books  pricing  via:boingboing 
april 2011 by mcherm
Amazon EC2 vs Rackspace. Are all cloud hosting services the same? - Blog - GA's Software Blog
Says that Rackspace beats Amazon EC2 in a bunch of ways: cheaper, and easier to understand.
cloudcomputing  rackspace  amazon  ec2  hosting 
april 2011 by mcherm
Important Advisory about Amazon's Appstore Distribution Terms To all members -
Amazon's app store allows them to discount things. An association of independent game developers says this is a bad thing for game makers.
amazon  appstore  via:HackerNews 
april 2011 by mcherm
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