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Amazon faces a more costly workers’ comp classification in Washington state

  • Just last month, a stunning report showed how Amazon fulfillment centers across the country saw rising injury rates between 2016 and 2019, sourced from internal company data.
  • And now, proposed legislation in Washington state would mean Amazon could pay a higher workers’ compensation premium than other warehouse-owning companies next year.
  • Ratko, the deputy assistant director of the Washington Department of Labor & Industries Insurance Services Division, told The Seattle Times.
  • The department found in 2019 that Amazon’s fulfillment centers had a growing share of injury claims and insurance costs compared to other warehouse operators, according to The Seattle Times.
  • And although warehousing insurance premiums went up 18 percent in 2020, non-Amazon warehouse operators have been seeing their workers’ compensation claim rates move downward.
  • Amazon’s new rate would be higher than those for mechanized logging operations, law enforcement agencies, and more than 260 other industries, according to The Seattle Times.

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Bunches of Amazon devices are back down to their Prime Day prices today

  • Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a wide range of deals on Amazon Echo, Fire, Kindle, and Fire TV devices, almost all of which equal the deal prices we saw during Amazon Prime Day last week.
  • Both deals match the all-time lowest prices that were available on Prime Day. We've detailed the Fire HD line before, but in general it remains a solid value for those who want an competent tablet for as low a cost as possible.
  • In general, these devices remain convenient for lighter smart home control and less complex tasks, though anyone considering an Echo should remain aware of the many privacy and security concerns that Amazon's handling of user data has raised over the years.
  • It's also worth noting that none of the redesigned Echo devices Amazon announced last month is on sale, which was the case on Prime Day as well.

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Amazon RDS on Graviton2 Processors

  • Starting today, you can also benefit from better cost-performance for your Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) databases, compared to the previous M5 and R5 generation of database instance types, with the availability of AWS Graviton2 processors for RDS.
  • Graviton2 instances family includes several new performance optimizations such as larger L1 and L2 caches per core, higher Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) throughput than comparable x86 instances, fully encrypted RAM, and many others as detailed on this page.
  • Let’s Start Your First Graviton2 Based Instance To start a new RDS instance, I use the AWS Management Console or the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), just like usual, and select one of the db.m6g or db.r6ginstance types (this page in the documentation has all the details).
  • You can provision new or migrate to Graviton2 Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) instances in all regions where EC2 M6g and R6g are available : US East (N.

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Sony confirms Disney Plus, Netflix, and Twitch will be on the PS5 at launch

  • If you are planning to use your PlayStation 5 for more than just gaming — whether that’s to stream movies and TV shows on Netflix or play music on Spotify — you’ll be happy to know that Sony’s next-gen console will support some of the more popular entertainment apps at launch.
  • Sony confirmed in a blog post on Thursday that six entertainment apps will be available on the PS5 on November 12th: Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, and YouTube.
  • Additionally, Sony confirmed that the four previously unmarked buttons located on the dedicated PS5 Media Remote would serve as dedicated launch buttons for Disney Plus, Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube, as you can see pictured above.

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Amazon Echo (2020) review: music of the sphere

  • This new shape necessitates moving the signature LED light ring that lets you know when Alexa is listening for a voice command, when it’s muted, when you have a notification, or the volume level of the speaker.
  • In all, the design is a radical departure for both Amazon and what we’ve collectively come to expect a smart speaker to look like.
  • The list of things that Alexa can do continues to grow by the day, but most people still use smart speakers for the basics — music, alarms, timers, etc — and the Echo is very good at all of those.
  • As if Amazon didn’t stack enough into the new Echo to make it a compelling option against the competition, it’s also included a full smart home hub inside of it.

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Amazon Echo review: Well-rounded sound

  • Last month, we got the fourth generation versions of both the Echo and the Echo Dot. The refreshes are about more than just getting people to buy new devices (of course, that’s a big part of it, too) — they’re also about adapting to learnings about how people use these sorts of devices.
  • Though sitting next to the Nest Audio, it’s hard to shake a sense of convergent evolution with all of these smart speakers.
  • It was only a matter of time before the Echo became a smart home hub, and it’s nice that Amazon’s found a way to incorporate that into a device at this price point.
  • Amazon’s nearly annual updates to the line ensure that no new generation represents as radical an upgrade as the one we just saw between Google Home and Nest Audio.

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Leaked: Confidential Amazon memo reveals new software to track unions

  • The memo requested staffing and funds to purchase software that would specifically help consolidate and visually map data from three different Amazon groups, led by employee relations (which is part of human resources), along with Amazon’s Global Intelligence Unit and Global Intelligence Program.
  • The memo offers evidence of how Amazon is dedicating significant time and resources to reduce the likelihood of unionization among its front-line workforce, which totaled nearly 1.4 million people across Amazon and Whole Foods from March through September 19, counting every employee who worked for the companies for any period of time.
  • Anderson, the Amazon spokesperson, previously told Recode that the SPOC program monitors all types of external activity that impacts the safety and well-being of its employees, from weather events to power outages, and is not intended to favor or target one type of external threat — such as unionization — over another.

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Amazon expands cargo bike trial to Europe - Business Insider

  • Amazon has expanded its trials of electric cargo bikes for delivery to Europe, after experimenting with the concept in New York last year.
  • One eagle-eyed cyclist and Twitter user in London, Brian Jones, spotted a cargo bike out and about for Amazon deliveries close to the firm's east London HQ.
  • Amazon may not make the electric bikes a permanent part of its delivery vehicle roster, but the experiment comes as cities grapple with congestion thanks to the rise of online shopping.
  • But that reduction, the report said, was offset by a rise in "light goods vehicles" — the delivery vans that ensure your Amazon packages turn up on time, as well as services like Uber.
  • In Paris, mayor Anne Hidalgo is reportedly considering a tax on Amazon and other firms whose delivery services create congestion.

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Amazon expands cargo bike trial to Europe - Business Insider

  • Amazon has expanded its trials of electric cargo bikes for delivery to Europe, after experimenting with the concept in New York last year.
  • One eagle-eyed cyclist and Twitter user in London, Brian Jones, spotted a cargo bike out and about for Amazon deliveries close to the firm's east London HQ.
  • Amazon may not make the electric bikes a permanent part of its delivery vehicle roster, but the experiment comes as cities grapple with congestion thanks to the rise of online shopping.
  • But that reduction, the report said, was offset by a rise in "light goods vehicles" — the delivery vans that ensure your Amazon packages turn up on time, as well as services like Uber.
  • In Paris, mayor Anne Hidalgo is reportedly considering a tax on Amazon and other firms whose delivery services create congestion.

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Trump's shadow looms over Google antitrust suit, despite DOJ's claims - Business Insider

  • When Department of Justice officials announced a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Google filed on Tuesday, they were quick to assure the public that the lawsuit has nothing to do with President Donald Trump.
  • But when questioned by reporters at a Tuesday press conference, DOJ officials denied that Trump's claims about Google's purported bias had any bearing on the antitrust lawsuit.
  • Democrats voiced concerns Tuesday that the DOJ rushed to file the antitrust lawsuit in the final weeks before the Nov. 3 election in order to hand Trump a victory in his broader campaign against big tech.
  • Google was the subject of a joint antitrust inquiry by all 50 states in recent months, but only eleven of those states ultimately joined the DOJ's lawsuit — and all eleven have Republican attorneys general.

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