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The Andrew Cuomo Nipple Mystery, One of the Toughest Jobs on Earth and Humanity’s Origin Story: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The Andrew Cuomo Nipple Mystery, One of the Toughest Jobs on Earth and Humanity’s Origin Story: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

As I write this, I realize that most of you are probably staying at home, like me. First of all, hang in here. This is a long and difficult fight, but I have no doubt we will get through it. Today I must confess that I had lots of help from a bag of little chocolate bars, along with the kind online company of my colleagues. Yes, there is still chocolate left in the bag.

There were lots of...

Apr 03, 2020 at 11:05. 17 comments

Leaked Memo Shows Amazon Elite Outlining Smear Campaign Against Fired Employee: Report

Leaked Memo Shows Amazon Elite Outlining Smear Campaign Against Fired Employee: Report

Amazon has been scrambling to perform damage control amid alarming reports from employees and demands from lawmakers regarding its lackluster response to the covid-19 pandemic, but on Thursday the e-commerce giant’s PR crisis spiraled even further.

In a leaked internal memo obtained by VICE, Amazon’s top leadership appears to deliberate a smear campaign aimed at Christian Smalls, a former...

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Apr 02, 2020 at 00:27. 22 comments

Amazon Workers: Go on Strike. Now.

Amazon Workers: Go on Strike. Now.

The coronavirus crisis may be uncharted waters in many ways, but there’s a time-honored tradition for aggrieved workers whose health and safety are treated as an afterthought: go on strike.

Your goals as a worker (earning a living, not getting sick or dying on the job) and the goals of your company (profit) are fundamentally mismatched. During less frightening times, this chasm can often be...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 22:30. 13 comments

Amazon Fires Worker Who Organized Strike Over Conditions Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Amazon Fires Worker Who Organized Strike Over Conditions Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Amazon has fired an employee at its Staten Island facility who organized a strike against his employer over conditions in the company’s warehouses amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, Amazon employees at the facility organized a strike against the company for conditions that have come under fire by employees, the workers group Amazonians United, and several U.S. senators . The...

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Mar 28, 2020. 9 comments

Lawmakers Demand Amazon Get Serious About Worker Safety Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Lawmakers Demand Amazon Get Serious About Worker Safety Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Following several alarming reports about Amazon’s meager response to the covid-19 pandemic, U.S. lawmakers are demanding answers regarding how the richest corporation in the world plans to keep its employees safe.

In a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Friday, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Ilhan Omar pressed for details about the e-commerce giant’s implementation of federal health...

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Mar 28, 2020. 4 comments

Amazon 'Bug' Was Hiding Products That Would Have Shipped Faster Amid Covid-19 Delays

Amazon 'Bug' Was Hiding Products That Would Have Shipped Faster Amid Covid-19 Delays

Amazon is now delaying the shipment of nonessential items through Prime by up to a month as the company struggles to meet the heavy demand of orders it’s experiencing amid shelter-at-home and self-isolation orders put in place to mitigate the spread of covid-19 in the United States. But following this change, Amazon has evidently been burying results for nonessential items from rival sellers...

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Mar 27, 2020. 8 comments

'The Human Brain Is Just Not Meant to Process This Much Extreme Change'

'The Human Brain Is Just Not Meant to Process This Much Extreme Change'
Sick DaysSick DaysWelcome to Sick Days, a collection of stories from readers on how the current covid-19 health crisis is changing the way they work and the futures they can expect in these uncertain times.

Welcome to Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from an Amazon worker in one of the...

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Mar 24, 2020. 6 comments

Senators Demand Amazon Answer for Warehouse Worker Conditions Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

Senators Demand Amazon Answer for Warehouse Worker Conditions Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

Following news that a worker at a facility in Queens tested positive for covid-19 , four U.S. senators are questioning the e-commerce giant about disturbing reports on worker safety at its facilities amid the global pandemic.

The letter, signed by Senators Cory Booker, Robert Menendez, Bernie Sanders, and Sherrod Brown, specifically cited claims by workers that some warehouses are not...

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Mar 20, 2020. 3 comments

Amazon Has Already Reopened Its Queens Facility After a Worker Tested Positive for Covid-19

Amazon Has Already Reopened Its Queens Facility After a Worker Tested Positive for Covid-19

An Amazon worker in one of its facilities in New York City has tested positive for covid-19, the company said, and is in quarantine and receiving medical care.

A spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo that the individual worked at its DBK1 facility in Queens, adding that it “temporarily closed the Queens delivery station for additional sanitation and sent associates home with full pay.” While the...

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Mar 17, 2020. 7 comments

Amazon Says Medical Supplies and Household Staples Will Take Priority Over Third-Party Fulfillment [Updated]

Amazon Says Medical Supplies and Household Staples Will Take Priority Over Third-Party Fulfillment [Updated]

Update: An email sent to Amazon third-party sellers gave a more extreme impression of Amazon’s new policy, at least according to the company. The email indicated that products shipped to fulfillment centers in the future would not be accepted. We’ve slightly tweaked the language below to reflect Amazon’s stance.

Amazon will prioritize medical supplies and household staples sold by independent...

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Mar 17, 2020. 5 comments

Five of the World's Largest Banks Are Pouring Billions Into the Amazon's Destruction

Five of the World's Largest Banks Are Pouring Billions Into the Amazon's Destruction

These days, investment in planetary destruction is gauche. In recent months, major companies from Amazon to Microsoft have pledged to prioritize sustainability (though their plans to do so have been problematic at best). As environmental activists have targeted financial institutions for their investment in climate-warming activities, those firms have also made commitments to clean up...

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Mar 12, 2020. 1 comments

Amazon (Finally) Sets Up a Coronavirus Relief Fund for Its Contractors

Amazon (Finally) Sets Up a Coronavirus Relief Fund for Its Contractors

In a company blog post today, Amazon announced it’s creating a financial safety net for its contingent workers, making it one of the last major tech companies to do so amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic .

Last week, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google made varying pledges to continue paying hourly vendors—like cafeteria staff or bus drivers—their regular wages, despite potential cuts...

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Mar 11, 2020. 4 comments

Google Asks All U.S. Staff to Work From Home as COVID-19 Spreads

Google Asks All U.S. Staff to Work From Home as COVID-19 Spreads

Google has asked all of its North American employees—well over 100,000, counting all those working under parent company Alphabet, and a similarly massive number of contractors—to work from home due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Business Insider reported on Tuesday.

The request applies to all workers who are able to perform their jobs from home and will extend until April 10, 2020. It’s...

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Mar 10, 2020.

Amazon Tells New York and New Jersey Employees to Stay Home

Amazon Tells New York and New Jersey Employees to Stay Home

Amazon has told employees in two major markets—New York and New Jersey—to stay home until at least the end of the month amid novel coronavirus fears, the company confirmed to Gizmodo on Monday.

“We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions as the situation continues to evolve,” a spokesperson told Gizmodo via email. “This...

Mar 10, 2020. 2 comments

Amazon Will Sell Its Cashless Go Technology to Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

Amazon Will Sell Its Cashless Go Technology to Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

Amazon and its intrepid CEO, Jeff Bezos, haven’t made any secret of their push to dominate other industries. Space travel? Sure! Healthcare? Why not? Real estate? I... guess?

Now, it looks like the trillion-dollar company is setting its sights on courting a new market: the brick-and-mortar retailers that Amazon has systematically gutted for roughly a decade. Speaking with Reuters, the...

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Mar 08, 2020. 1 comments

Big Tech Will Pay Its Hourly Workers Even as Full-Time Staff Stays Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

Big Tech Will Pay Its Hourly Workers Even as Full-Time Staff Stays Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

Various big tech companies announced this week that they will continue to pay hourly employees that provide their offices with much-needed services, such as food catering, security and cleaning, even as an increasing number of tech giants ask their full-time employees to work from home to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Postmates to Offer "Non-Contact" Food Deliveries Amid Coronavirus...

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Mar 05, 2020. 16 comments

Senator Demands Amazon Answer for Coronavirus-Linked 'Price Gouging'

Senator Demands Amazon Answer for Coronavirus-Linked 'Price Gouging'

Citing “disturbing” reports of price-gouging on Amazon in connection with the global coronavirus outbreak, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey on Wednesday asked the world’s largest online retailer to disclose its internal procedures for combating accounts of exorbitant markups on items such as masks and hand sanitizers.

“As the world confronts the prospect of a serious and far-reaching pandemic,...

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Mar 05, 2020. 6 comments

Amazon Will Pay Taxes in Seattle If It's the Last Thing Kshama Sawant Does

Amazon Will Pay Taxes in Seattle If It's the Last Thing Kshama Sawant Does

An ugly fight in 2018 saw Amazon and other business interests strong-arm the Seattle City Council into repealing a small tax meant to alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis. Today, in a bold challenge to Jeff Bezos and other oligarchs of the Pacific Northwest who call Seattle their corporate home, Seattle council-member and avowed socialist Kshama Sawant unveiled a new bill that makes the...

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Feb 29, 2020. 1 comments

The World Health Organization's Making TikToks to Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

The World Health Organization's Making TikToks to Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

On Friday the World Health Organization took the fight against online health misinformation to TikTok, the same day it elevated its coronavirus threat assessment to the organization’s highest possible level.

“We are on the highest level of alert or highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and in terms of impact,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program, at a...

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Feb 29, 2020. 9 comments

Amazon Cancels On-Site Job Interviews Over COVID-19 Concerns, Asks Workers to Avoid Travel

Amazon Cancels On-Site Job Interviews Over COVID-19 Concerns, Asks Workers to Avoid Travel

Following decisions to cancel event appearances and restrict travel, Amazon also appears to have put in-person job interviews on hold indefinitely, according to screenshots shared with Gizmodo.

Early last week our source—who requested to remain anonymous—received an email “requesting additional information from all candidates” about potential exposure to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus which...

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