Alexa, who are you? New book identifies Amazon’s secret voiceover artist | Amazon

The voice of Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon, is provided by Nina Rolle, a Colorado-based voiceover artist, according to a new book. Amazon has never revealed who provides the default female voice that responds to commands and questions given to Alexa, but the author Brad Stone said he Continue Reading

Amazon’s sales up 44% as US economy soars 6.4% in first quarter | Amazon

Amazon’s sales increased 44% to $108.5bn in the first three months of the year as the company’s pandemic boom continued into 2021. The sales figures from the online shopping and web services giant came after the release of slew of positive economic reports that suggest the US is shaking off Continue Reading

Amazon’s warehouse boom linked to health hazards in America’s most polluted region | Amazon

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Amazon has dramatically expanded its warehouses in southern California in the past year, part of an effort to speed up deliveries during the pandemic’s online shopping boom. But new research raises concerns about pollution and other environmental harms from the logistics sector Continue Reading

‘Fake’ Twitter users rush to Amazon’s defence over unions and working conditions | Amazon

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter A surge of “fake” Twitter accounts have emerged to defend Amazon and push back against criticism of working conditions at the company amid a fiercely fought union election for the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. Many of the account handles start with Continue Reading

Amazon’s denial of workers peeing in bottles sparks questions and backlash | Life and style

To paraphrase one of the most iconic tweets of the past 10 years, Amazon’s recent denial about employees not being forced to urinate in bottles at work has people asking a lot of questions already answered by the denial. In a tweet sent last night, the official Amazon News account Continue Reading

14-hour days and no bathroom breaks: Amazon’s overworked delivery drivers | Amazon

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter James Meyers worked as a driver for several Amazon delivery service providers in Austin, Texas, for about one year until he quit in October 2020 citing the immense workloads and poor working conditions. Fourteen-hour shifts were common because delivery service providers wouldn’t Continue Reading

Dozens sue Amazon’s Ring after camera hack leads to threats and racial slurs | Amazon

Dozens of people who say they were subjected to death threats, racial slurs, and blackmail after their in-home Ring smart cameras were hacked are suing the company over “horrific” invasions of privacy. A new class action lawsuit, which combines a number of cases filed in recent years, alleges that lax Continue Reading

The Guardian view on Amazon’s dominance: we have to make different choices | Editorial | Opinion

It was hard to miss the fact that Amazon Prime had a sale this week. Newspapers and magazines covered the event as a celebration of consumption. This on top of a coronavirus pandemic that has accelerated the collapse of already struggling bricks-and-mortar retailers. It is not surprising that so many Continue Reading

California investigates Amazon’s treatment of workers during pandemic | Technology

Amazon is under investigation in California for failing to protect its warehouse employees from the new coronavirus. California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the San Francisco department of public health “have all opened investigations into Amazon’s practices” around the pandemic, San Francisco superior Continue Reading

South Africa’s President Praises Amazon’s Job Creation Efforts | Tempemail

Sourced from 2OceansVibe. South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has commended Amazon for its commitment to creating over 3000 jobs for locals. Ramaphosa notes, in his weekly newsletter, that this development comes at a time when many businesses are doing all they can to stay afloat in the wake of the Continue Reading