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Jeff Bezos turns 58 today. Here are 14 things you might not know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images You might not know that Jeff Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." He survived a helicopter crash in Texas in 2003. In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997.Paul Souders/Getty Images According to CNBC, Bezos, then Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen, was barely 17 years old and a junior in high school when sh...
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Not Real News: A Look At Some Of This Week’s Fake News Stories You May Have Seen On Social Media

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legitimate, even though they were shared widely on social media. Here are the facts: NY lawmakers aren’t voting on a bill to detain the unvaccinated Claim: New York lawmakers will vote Jan. 5 on a bill that would allow for the “indefinite detention of the unvaccinated.” The Facts: The claim is misrepresenting a bill, first introduced in the New York state legislature in 2015, that would...
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The 50 best brands, according to millennials

Uniqlo.AP Images Comparably identified millennials' best brands based on ratings from customers aged 25 to 40. The final list includes tech companies, fast-food chains, retail stores, and others. Peloton, Amazon, and Google top the list. Millennials' best 50 brands include social media companies, fast-food chains, and streaming services. Netflix.Photo by Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images Comparably identified millennials' favorite brands based on ratings from cu...
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The 50 best brands, according to Gen Z

Starbucks was named one of Gen Z's top 50 brands.Shutterstock Comparably identified Gen Z's best brands based on ratings from customers aged 18 to 24. Gaming companies, streaming services, and retailers geared towards younger shoppers made the list. Gen Z customers named Google, Apple, and Amazon as their top three brands. Gen Z's best brands include fast-food chains, clothing stores, gaming companies, and social media platforms. People pass an American Eagle Outfitters clothing...
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The 31 most popular products Insider readers bought in 2021 - from a book on how to get rich to teeth whitening strips

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon; Walmart; Rachel Mendelson/Insider 2021 had a tough act to follow, but there was no shortage of events that determined what we bought. Along the way, we found and recommended the best products and services to help see you through. Here are the 31 products that were the most popular with our readers this year. While we'd all hoped that the pandemic would history by now, it continued to dicta...
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Jeff Bezos just traveled to the edge of space. Here are 13 things you probably didn't know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Jeff Bezos launched 62 miles above Earth aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on Tuesday. You might not know that Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997. Paul Souders/Getty Images ...
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Jeff Bezos launches to the edge of space today. Here are 13 things you probably didn't know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Jeff Bezos will launch to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket at 9 a.m. ET. You might not know that Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997. Paul Souders/Getty Images Accord...
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Amazon managers have been told to keep performance-improvement plans secret from employees, according to a report

Amazon's New York office. Mark Lennihan/AP Photo Amazon managers were reportedly told to keep secret their staffers' performance-improvement plans. "Do not discuss Focus with employees," read an internal Amazon page, The Seattle Times reported. An employee told the Seattle Times he was in a "weird, nebulous performance hell for a few years." See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon managers have been directed not to tell employees when they are put on performance-imp...
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29 small gifts and gestures for friends or family members who are having a hard time self-isolating or social distancing

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Appreciating loved ones can become much more challenging when you can't physically be together.Sending someone you love a small gift during this time can be a meaningful expression of kindness. Many of the products and services below are entirely contact-free, as noted throughout. Staying connected to those you love, but cannot physically be with, is a lofty task. It's often difficult to replicate the joy ...
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13 things you probably didn't know about Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who turns 57 on January 12, was born in New Mexico to a teenage mother and father.  Even at a young age, he showed a knack for engineering and inventing. You might not know that Bezos almost named his wildly successful company "Cadabra." In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jeff Bezos is known as ...
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Private spies reportedly infiltrated an Amazon strike, secretly taking photos of workers, trade unionists, and journalists. Now a union is taking legal action.

November 2018: An Amazon worker with a mask of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posing during a strike on Black Friday in the main logistic center protesting demanding better working conditions. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images Private spies sub-contracted by the infamous Pinkerton Agency, a firm Amazon employs, infiltrated and photographed a worker strike at a warehouse on Black Friday 2019, according to a Spanish media report. The spies compiled a 51-page document, which included ph...
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Amazon is expanding its logistics empire like never before to prepare for this holiday season — and it still may not be enough

The inside of an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey on December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo Amazon has massively scaled up its workforce and logistics network to respond to the surge in online shopping during the holiday season due to the pandemic. The e-commerce giant has hired more than 400,000 employees, grown its delivery fleet to include a total of 80 planes and 50,000 delivery trucks, and has expanded its warehouse space by more than 50%. But Amazon s...
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27 small gifts and gestures for friends or family members who are having a hard time self-isolating or social distancing

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. As the novel coronavirus progresses, many are continuing to practice social distancing, self-isolating when exposed, and quarantined in some cases.The situation can feel overwhelming and isolating, but sending someone you love a small gift during a difficult time can be a meaningful expression of kindness. While those who are quarantined and not feeling well should never open a door to accept deliveries, m...
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Amazon is scrambling to find truck drivers, and now forced to turn to the big trucking firms it has previously shunned

A crunch in trucking capacity is hitting Amazon. Reuters Amazon is asking major trucking companies for help moving loads as their in-house trucking network. This is an about-face for a company who depended on small trucking businesses or individual truck drivers for capacity. The sudden boom in trucking rates has galvanized many of Amazon's truck drivers, who are not directly employed by the company, to move loads for other customers.  An Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider works wit...
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Amazon hit with $72,000 fine for handing in Deliveroo deal documents too late

Matthew Horwood/Getty Images Amazon took too long to submit 189 documents related to its purchase of a 16% stake in UK food delivery startup Deliveroo, and now faces a fine. Amazon bought the stake in 2019, and the deal was investigated by a UK regulator over concerns the purchase could harm competition. The investigation finished in August, but the Competition and Markets Authority hit Amazon with a fine on Monday, saying the tech giant had "no reasonable excuse" for handing in documents...
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The Trump administration blacklisted 5 overseas Amazon websites as 'notorious markets' and Amazon says it's political bullying

The Trump administration has added 5 of Amazon's foreign websites to a "notorious markets" register. The US trade representative's office says the websites – serving the UK, Germany, France, India, and Canada – contributed to the sale of counterfeit and pirated products. Amazon told Business Insider the blacklisting was a "political act" made to advance "a personal vendetta against Amazon," and described itself as an "active, engaged stakeholder in the fight against counterfeit." Though the no...
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A group of small tech firms told Congress that Google, Apple and Amazon used bullying tactics to try to crush them. Here are some of the most astounding stories they shared. (GOOG, FB, AMZN, AAPL)

Sonos, Tile, Basecamp and PopSockets appeared in Boulder, Colorado to testify before Congress today. The four tech companies sell a diverse range of products, like speakers, tracking devices, software and phone accessories. But they all alleged that Big Tech firms had 'bullied' them into abiding by their rules.  "Big Tech is bent on expanding until it does absolutely everything, Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson said, quipping, "Help us Congress, you're our only hope." Visit Business Insid...
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Muslim workers at Amazon say they were scared to pray for fear of being fired

Three Muslim Somali women have filed a federal complaint against Amazon, alleging that they faced racial and religious discrimination while working at its warehouses in Minnesota. Calling for investigation, these women said that they feared taking time off to pray, fast, or go to the bathroom in case they were fired. They said that white workers were promoted over East African and Muslim Somali workers and given better jobs. An Amazon spokesman declined to comment on the specifics of the compl...
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Amazon's Best Cyber Monday Deals Of The Day

The moment our shopping savvy selves have been training for all year has finally come: Amazon’s Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales are here. But before barreling directly t0 the site and rapidly scrolling through every deal of the day, take heed since the sale offerings are unsurprisingly massive. Navigating through the heaps of B.S. (quantity does not always equate to quality) to find the true gems may take a helping hand, one we're ready to outreach.Where Amazon's Cyber Monday blowout tr...
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Score Amazon's Best Gifts On Sale For Cyber Monday

The moment our shopping savvy selves have been training for all year has finally come: Amazon’s Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales are here. But before barreling directly t0 the site and rapidly scrolling through every deal of the day, take heed since the sale offerings are unsurprisingly massive. Navigating through the heaps of B.S. (quantity does not always equate to quality) to find the true gems may take a helping hand, one we're ready to outreach.Where Amazon's Cyber Monday blowout tr...
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