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Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Technology
Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with "Black Friday" to demand better wages from the American online giant. In Germany, Ver.di union spokesman Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike at Amazon facilities in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz. In a warehouse near Piacenza, in northern Italy, some workers walked off the job to demand "dignified salaries." The German union has been leading a push since 2013 for higher pay for some 12,000 workers in Germany, arguing Amazon employees receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs. Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees earn relatively high wag...
Amazon and Alphabet see sales surge

Amazon and Alphabet see sales surge

Business
Tech giants Amazon and Google's parent Alphabet have posted a surge in sales over the last three months.Shares in Alphabet jumped above $ 1,000 in after-hours trading after the company reported sales up 24% to $ 27.8bn.Amazon, the world's biggest e-commerce site, saw sales rise 34% to $ 43.7bn - nearly the size of Slovenia's economy last year.Meanwhile, Microsoft's profit beat estimates on gains from cloud services.Alphabet's profits for the three months to 30 September rose to $ 7.8bn, from $ 5.6bn for the same quarter last year.The company's chief financial officer Ruth Porat said the firm was delighted with the way it was performing."We had a terrific quarter, with revenues up 24% year on year, reflecting strength across Google and Other Bets," she said."Our momentum is a result of inve...
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...