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Weinstein claims: Amazon Studios boss suspended

Weinstein claims: Amazon Studios boss suspended

Entertainment
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has been suspended amid claims he "ignored" allegations Harvey Weinstein raped actress Rose McGowan.In a series of posts on Twitter, McGowan claimed she warned Price about the Hollywood producer, who has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by a string of stars.In messages directed to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, she said: "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me."Over & over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof."Image:Weinstein told photographers he was 'not doing OK':: Weinstein - More stars join list of accusersMcGowan added that Amazon Studios "called to say my show was dead" after she asked it "to do the right thing" over a tie-up with The Weinstein Company."I am calling on you to stop funding ...
Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family

Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family

Technology
Amazon has announced new versions of its Echo smart speakers that promise improved sound and voice recognition.The basic model also allows its shell to be changed to give it different looks - a feature already offered by Google's rival Home device.A larger Echo Plus adds a "home hub", letting it control smart light bulbs and other third-party products without a separate data-linking device.And the Echo Spot has a screen, making video calls and camera feeds possible.Amazon has never released sales figures for the earlier Echo line-up.But researchers suggest it and its smaller sibling the Echo Dot have been the best selling devices of their kind.The Echo family accounts for 75% of the US market for internet-connected speakers with built-in smart assistant functionality, estimated Consumer In...
Brazil court blocks Amazon mining decree

Brazil court blocks Amazon mining decree

Science
A Brazilian court has suspended a government decree that would open up a vast natural reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. The area covers 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles) and is thought to be rich in gold, manganese and other minerals. On Monday, following widespread criticism, the government revised the decree, prohibiting mining in conservation or indigenous areas.The latest decision follows an outcry from activists and celebrities.The federal court in the capital Brasilia said in a statement it was suspending "possible administrative acts based on the decree" signed by President Michel Temer.The Renca reserve in the eastern Amazon is home to indigenous tribes and large areas of untouched forest. Its size is larger than Denmark and about 30% of it was to be opened to mining.Brazili...
Season 2 of 'Fleabag' to air on BBC, Amazon in 2019

Season 2 of 'Fleabag' to air on BBC, Amazon in 2019

Entertainment
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Season 2 of the London-set comedy series Fleabag is to debut on Amazon and the BBC in 2019.Show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge is to return as writer and star."The first season of Fleabag introduced audiences to the brilliant and rebellious voice of Phoebe Waller-Bridge," Joe Lewis, head of comedy, drama and virtual reality at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. "She's one of the best and most dynamic show-runners in TV today and we're so excited to bring a new season of the smart and hilarious Fleabag to customers soon.""I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn't shut up since," added Waller-Bridge. "Series 2 will be a whole new adventure and I'm beyond thrilled to be coming back."Waller-Bridge will also soon be seen in the upcoming, untitled Han Solo...
Sprouts drops nearly 10% as Amazon cuts prices at Whole Foods

Sprouts drops nearly 10% as Amazon cuts prices at Whole Foods

Finance
Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market and other grocery stocks fell again Monday as Amazon.com rolled out price cuts at Whole Foods stores.Sprouts fell nearly 10 percent, Supervalu lost more than 2 percent and Target fell 1 percent. Wal-Mart closed about three-fourths of a percent lower. Kroger trimmed losses to close 0.1 percent lower, while Costco recovered losses to close 0.07 percent higher. The six stocks have erased nearly $ 12 billion from their combined market capitalization since Wednesday's close, the day before Amazon announced it would complete its deal to buy Whole Foods Market on Monday and cut prices on many products, including bananas, organic avocados and organic Fuji apples.On Monday, the price of an organic avocado at a Whole Foods location on New York's Upper East Side was ...