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Andy Jassy's empathetic return-to-office memo is a leadership case study in how to manage uncertainty, Fortune 500 consultants say

Andy Jassy, Amazon's CEO, sent out his latest company-wide memo on Monday. Dan DeLong/GeekWire Earlier this week, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy sent a company-wide memo explaining return-to-office plans. Fortune 500 communications consultants analyzed the memo for Insider. They said Jassy displayed transparency and empathy - key ingredients when managing uncertainty. The pandemic fundamentally changed where and how we work, and CEOs - including Amazon's Andy Jassy - are still grappling wit...
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Jeff Bezos chauffeured William Shatner and the rest of the Blue Origin flight crew to the site of Wednesday's rocket launch

Blue Origin founder and ex-Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin Jeff Bezos drove William Shatner and the rest of the crew to the Blue Origin launch site for Wednesday's spaceflight. Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in "Star Trek," can be seen in the backseat. The flight is Bezos's spaceflight company's second with passengers. Actor William Shatner and the rest of the Blue Origin flight crew had a special driver to the site of Wednesday's rocket launch.Blue Origin fou...
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Nearly 400 Google and Amazon employees called for the companies to end a $1.2 billion contract with the Israeli military

Israeli soldiers of an artillery unit gather near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, on its Israeli side May 14, 2021 Amir Cohen/Reuters Hundreds of Google and Amazon employees called for their companies to cut ties with the Israeli military. Employees criticized Project Nimbus, a contract the two companies signed to sell cloud services to Israel. Employees said the technology would allow for further Israeli surveillance of Palestinians. Hundreds of Google and Amazon employees s...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images; Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Insider Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. ​​Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.Let's get started.1. Facebook's Oversight Board will meet with whistleblower Frances Haugen. Haugen tweeted that Facebook has lied to the board "repeatedly," adding that she'd be joining the board for a meeti...
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Amazon drops its return-to-office plan and will now let most employees work from home indefinitely

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy Amazon Amazon will no longer require corporate employees to return to the office three days per week. That reverses the company's earlier "office-centric" policy, letting teams set their own. Jassy said most workers will be expected to be able to get to their office "within a day's notice." Pour one out for the "office-centric culture."In a Monday message to Amazon employees, CEO Andy Jassy said the company would no longer require corporate workers to return t...
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Amazon Will Allow Many Employees To Work Remotely Indefinitely

Amazon will allow many tech and corporate workers to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they are able to commute to the office when necessary, according to a blog posted Monday. From a report: The new policy is a change from Amazon's previous expectation that most employees would need to be in the office at least three days a week once offices reopen in January. Monday's message, signed by Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, explains that Amazon directors -- at Amazon, a title signifying an e...
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Advertising is one of Amazon's biggest growth areas. Here's everything to know about its ad business.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy, who is set to become Amazon CEO, helped oversee the cloud unit's rise. Mike Blake/Reuters E-commerce advertising has boomed as people shop more from home - with Amazon leading the pack.EMarketer said Amazon claimed 10.3% of the US digital ad market in 2020, up from 7.8% in 2019 - competing with Google and Facebook for ad budgets. That growth has attracted Walmart, Instacart, Walgreens and other retailers that have joined Amazon in vying for a slice of the ad pie.He...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. ​​Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.Let's get started.1. Amazon-owned Twitch was hacked. The massively popular video-game-streaming site was breached, resulting in a major data leak.The leak included everything from Twitch's original source code to several years of popular creators' pay...
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Amazon CEO says video games could become the largest entertainment business

Games could end up being the largest entertainment category over the long haul, Andy Jassy, the chief executive officer, said Tuesday at a technology conference. Even before Jassy became CEO in July, he oversaw Amazon’s effort to break into video games. [Via]
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Amazon CEO, citing ‘rougher’ patch with Seattle, looks to ’burbs

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said he is open to a reset in the company's sometimes-contentious relationship with Seattle, but also made clear...
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Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says the company's COVID-19 paid leave policy 'didn't work the way we wanted it to work'

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy formerly built the company's cloud platform. Reuters/ Mike Blake Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said the company's COVID-19 paid leave policy fell short, CNBC reported. Amazon had promised two weeks' sick pay to workers with positive tests or quarantine orders. But workers have accused Amazon of failing to pay and even threatening to discipline them. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said Tuesday that the company's COVID-19 ...
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Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says the company could do more to treat workers better

Jassy specifically called out Amazon's approach to handling pandemic sick leave as one area where the company fell short.
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Amazon prominently touts work by anti-vaxxers and COVID conspiracy theorists, even after other platforms cut them off

A sample of four books on the first page of a search for "COVID" on Amazon.com's bookstore. Amazon/Insider Anti-vaxx and COVID-19 conspiracist books loom large in Amazon search rankings. As social media companies increasingly shun anti-vaxxer material, Amazon has done little. Experts and campaigners told Insider this is having a real-world impact on people's health. See more stories on Insider's business page. Books pushing COVID-19 and anti-vaxxer misinformation are displayed...
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I canceled my Amazon Prime subscription right as the pandemic lockdowns began. Nearly 2 years later, I don't miss it at all.

Amazon cofounder and former CEO Jeff Bezos. Alex Wong/Getty Images It turns out Amazon Prime isn't necessary, even if you're ordering from Amazon frequently. I canceled my subscription in 2020, and it has had zero impact on order speed or pricing. I'm saving at least $120 annually on the expensive membership fee. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In April 2020, just as the pandemic lockdowns took effect in New York City, I canceled the Amazon Prime subscri...
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From 'water spider' to 'swag bucks,' 15 secret terms only Amazon workers know, and what they mean

MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images From "water spider" to "swag bucks," Amazon workers have their own internal language. Many company terms refer to secretive productivity measurements and employee programs. Insider compiled a list of 15 code words and acronyms used by Amazon employees and what they mean. See more stories on Insider's business page. 1. Swag Bucks, also called Swaggies "Swag Bucks," also called "Swaggies" or "Amazon Bucks," are a kind of company currency that can onl...
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Amazon Loss of Executive To Microsoft Sets Up Potential Clash

Microsoft said it has hired a former Amazon cloud executive to run its cybersecurity operations, potentially setting in motion a legal battle between the two tech giants. From a report: Charlie Bell, who long reported to former Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy and oversaw the engineering teams working on AWS's main software services, will become an executive vice president reporting to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. "Cybersecurity is one of the most challenging issues of ou...
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Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said warehouse worker safety was the company's 'priority number one' - but didn't address risks taken by delivery drivers to meet high demand

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. Mike Blake/Reuters CEO Andy Jassy stressed the company is working to improve warehouse safety conditions. For every 100 Amazon warehouse workers, about 6 were injured in 2020, per The Washington Post. Jassy did not address safety risks Amazon delivery drivers said they've taken to meet goals. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy stressed the company's commitment to warehouse worker safety during an interview with CNBC on Tu...
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Amazon's algorithms are promoting 'unethical, unacceptable' books on hoax COVID-19 cures and anti-vaccination claims, warn top Democrats

An Amazon building. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters Amazon has been marketing books that peddle anti-vaccine misinformation. Now, lawmakers are probing the site's terms and conditions regarding the peddling of falsehoods. Elizabeth Warren has described the sale and promotion of this literature as "unethical" and "unacceptable." See more stories on Insider's business page. Typing "COVID-19 vaccine" into Amazon's search engine does not bring up just informed, helpful resources to buy ...
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Amazon's algorithms are promoting 'unethical, unacceptable' books about hoax COVID-19 cures and anti-vaccination claims, warn top Democrats

An Amazon building. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters Amazon has been marketing books that peddle anti-vaccine misinformation. Now, lawmakers are probing the site's terms and conditions regarding the peddling of falsehoods. Elizabeth Warren has described the sale and promotion of this literature as "unethical" and "unacceptable." See more stories on Insider's business page. Typing "COVID-19 vaccine" into Amazon's search engine does not bring up just informed, helpful resources to buy ...
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Elizabeth Warren To Amazon: Stop ‘Peddling Misinformation About COVID-19’

The senator asked CEO Andy Jassy to review the retail giant's algorithms to stop the spread of "falsehoods.”
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Senator Elizabeth Warren says Amazon's search algorithm is actively 'peddling misinformation' about COVID-19

Andy Jassy Mike Blake/Reuters Sen. Elizabeth Warren has asked Amazon to provide details about COVID-19 misinformation on its platform. The senator is asking how its algorithms work and how Amazon intends to crack down on false COVID-19 narratives. Lawmakers have been pushing large tech companies for more transparency and oversight in their technologies. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon is facing more scrutiny from Washington over the spread of COVID-19 misinformation...
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Amazon CEO Unveils 55,000 Tech Jobs in His First Hiring Push (slashdot)

Amazon.com is planning to hire 55,000 people for corporate and technology roles globally in the coming months, Chief Executive Andy Jassy told Reuters. From the report: That's equal to more than a third of Google's headcount as of June 30, and close to all of Facebook's. Jassy, in his first press interview since he ascended to Amazon's top post in July, said the company needed more firepower to keep up with demand in retail, the cloud and advertising, among other businesses. He said the company'...
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Amazon is offering some staff a $69 weekly bonus for showing up on time

The marketplace giant will start offering some UK workers a bonus if they reach 100% attendance. Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images Amazon is set to pay UK warehouse workers a £50 ($69) bonus if they turn up on time for work. At least 2 sites in Northern England will pay the weekly bonus, the BBC reported. The company said the reward was in order to support demand for the summer and festive seasons. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon...
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Amazon is encouraging pot smokers to get jobs as delivery drivers, a report suggests

Amazon has already liberalized its marijuana testing policy elsewhere. Sean Gallup/Getty Images Amazon has advised its delivery partners to stop screening would-be drivers for marijuana use, Bloomberg reported. Dropping marijuana tests boosted job applications by 400%, Amazon said, per Bloomberg. Amazon said that testing applicants for pot has disproportionately impacted communities of color. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon has advised the mom-and-pop companies oper...
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Facebook's iPhone measurement flub

Hello and welcome back to Insider Advertising, your weekly look at the biggest stories and trends affecting Madison Avenue and beyond. I'm Lara O'Reilly, Insider's media and advertising editor. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.I'm reading "The Cult of We," the incredible page-turner about WeWork and how its charismatic cofounder Adam Neumann managed to convince a host of major investors that he had built an expansive tech platform deserving of a multibillion-dollar valu...
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Insider Advertising: Facebook's iPhone measurement flub

Hello and welcome back to Insider Advertising, your weekly look at the biggest stories and trends affecting Madison Avenue and beyond. I'm Lara O'Reilly, Insider's media and advertising editor. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.I'm reading "The Cult of We," the incredible page-turner about WeWork and how its charismatic cofounder Adam Neumann managed to convince a host of major investors that he had built an expansive tech platform deserving of a multibillion-dollar valu...
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Online shopping giant Amazon to hire 55,000 people

The company said Wednesday that it plans to hire 55,000 people around the world, with about 40,000 of those roles in the US. Its Chief Executive Andy Jassy said Amazon.com Inc is planning to hire 55,000 people for corporate and technology roles globally in the coming months. The positions range from tech jobs to corporate roles to warehouse work packing and shipping orders for the online shopping giant. The company said Wednesday it planned to hire 20,000 people at its Walmart and Sam’s Club wa...
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Amazon to recruit 55,000 staff globally in tech and office roles

Retailer says it will add 40,000 jobs in the US and 2,500 in the UK to support plans for rapid growthAmazon is planning to hire 55,000 staff in corporate and technology jobs in a global recruitment drive as the coronavirus pandemic fuels a boom in online retail, digital advertising and cloud computing.The chief executive, Andy Jassy, who took over from Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, in July, said the company planned to take on more workers in multiple locations worldwide to drive rapid growth at th...
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Amazon looking to fill over 40K corporate, tech jobs in CEO Andy Jassy's first push

Amazon’s hiring push is focused on the company's "fast-growing businesses," vice president of workforce development Ardine Williams told...
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Amazon adding 55,000 employees globally in first hiring push under CEO Andy Jassy

After growing its workforce to more than 1.3 million people in 2020, Amazon is planning to hire another 55,000 employees globally in the coming months, the company announced Wednesday.
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