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Q&A: Trump, the post office and Amazon

Q&A: Trump, the post office and Amazon

Technology
A task force will study the U.S. Postal Service under an executive order from President Donald Trump, who has spent weeks criticizing online retailer Amazon and accused it of not paying enough in shipping costs. The order doesn't mention Amazon by name, but Trump has tweeted that the company should pay the post office more for shipping its packages. "Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed," he tweeted earlier this month. The U.S. Postal Service has indeed lost money for years, but package delivery has actually been a bright spot. Here's what you need to know about Trump's order, Amazon and the post office: Q: What does the executive order do? A: It creates a task force to look into the post ...
Donald Trump steps up attacks on Amazon

Donald Trump steps up attacks on Amazon

Technology
President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Amazon, suggesting the online retail giant is ripping off the US Postal Service. The US Post Office would lose $ 1.50 (£1.07) "on average for each package it delivers for Amazon", he tweeted, but supporters of Amazon dispute this. Mr Trump also said the Washington Post newspaper was a "lobbyist" for Amazon. Amazon owner Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which publishes stories unpalatable to the president. Like most mainstream media, the Post has reported on stories including Special Counsel Robert Mueller's continuing investigation into links between the Trump election campaign and Russia, as well has his alleged relationship with porn star Stormy Daniels. Saturday's edition details how three different legal teams are scrutinis
Amazon recalls fire-risk power packs in UK, Europe and US

Amazon recalls fire-risk power packs in UK, Europe and US

Technology
Owners of Amazon's own-brand power bank chargers have been contacted by the firm telling them to stop using them.A recall covering six models of the AmazonBasics-branded product was announced in the US and Canada on Tuesday.A notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned the packs could "overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards".The BBC understands UK and other European countries are also affected.Amazon had received more than 50 complaints of overheated power banks in North America ahead of the move. These included one report of a user suffering chemical burns after coming into contact with battery acid.According to the CPSC, the devices had been manufactured by the Guoguang Electric Company. The watchdog added that about 260,000 units had been sold in ...
Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

Science
Evolutionary theory suggests that species favouring asexual reproduction will rapidly become extinct, as their genomes accumulate deadly mutations over time.But a study on an Amazon fish has cast doubt on the rapidity of this decline. Despite thousands of years of asexual reproduction, the genomes of the Amazon molly fish are remarkably stable and the species has survived. Details of the work have been published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.There are two fundamental ways in which new generations of life come to being - sexual and asexual reproduction.Sexual reproduction relies on special reproductive male and female sex cells, the eggs and sperm, joining together during the process of fertilisation.Each sex cell contains half the number of chromosomes of normal parent cells, then follow...
Why you want Amazon to be your new neighbor

Why you want Amazon to be your new neighbor

Finance
Cities woo Amazon to become second HQAmazon has narrowed down its hunt for a second home to 20 locations. And the chosen city is likely to get an economic jolt -- particularly to its housing market. The company announced in September that it plans to open a second corporate headquarters, and a nationwide bidding war soon broke out. Some cities offered massive tax breaks, while others got creative with their courtship. Tuscon, Arizona, sent a giant cactus to CEO Jeff Bezos and one Georgia town pledged to name an area "The city of Amazon(AMZN)." The second headquarters is expected to cost at least $ 5 billion and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs -- no wonder cities rushed to lay out the welcome mat. The selected city will get an immediate boost to jobs and wages, said Javier Vivas...