Amazon, Microsoft and Google Face Backlash over ICE, Military Deals

Forget activist investors. At a growing number of tech companies, it’s the age of the activist employee. This week, Amazon’s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos was the latest tech chief to receive a blistering protest letter from employees, urging the company to end controversial government contracts. In Amazon’s case, the focus of the letter was Rekognition, a…

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Berkshire, Amazon, JPMorgan Pick Surgeon to Lead New Health-Care Company

Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. named prominent surgeon and researcher Atul Gawande as chief executive of their new venture that aims to overhaul workers’ health care. The appointment of Dr. Gawande is effective July 9, and the still-unnamed health-care initiative will be based in Boston, the companies said. The…

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Amazon Faces Senators’ Questions About Echo Privacy

Amazon.com Inc. is facing questions from U.S. lawmakers about consumer privacy regarding its popular voice-activated Echo speakers, after an incident last month when an Oregon couple’s conversation was recorded by their device and sent to an acquaintance without their knowledge. U.S. Senators Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, and Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, wrote…

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If Amazon picked Philly, it would not have to pay construction tax to fund affordable housing

If Amazon decides to build its second headquarters in Philadelphia, it would not have to pay a proposed construction tax created to fund affordable housing. City Council wants to make that explicitly clear. Council on Thursday added an exemption for all Keystone Opportunity Zones from the proposed 1 percent tax on new construction. The three sites Philadelphia pitched Amazon,…

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