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The making of Amazon Prime, the internet’s most successful and devastating membership program

The making of Amazon Prime, the internet’s most successful and devastating membership program

It’s easy to forget now, but Amazon wasn’t always the king of online shopping. In the fall of 2004, Jeff Bezos’s company was still mostly selling just books and DVDs.That same year, Amazon was under siege from multiple sides. Some of its biggest competitors were brick-and-mortar chains like Best Buy, which was still in expansion mode at the time, with sales growing 17 percent annually. Toys ‘R’ Us sued Amazon in a high-profile battle, alleging it had violated an agreement the two companies had for the toy store chain to be an exclusive seller on Amazon.com.And during the holiday season,...

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May 3, 2019
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Trump wants a line-item veto. One problem: it’s unconstitutional.

Trump wants a line-item veto. One problem: it’s unconstitutional.

BySharePresident Donald Trump before signing the massive $ on Thursday. He did so, reluctantly and with plenty of grievances against Congress and Democrats about what was in the bill and what wasn’t.Trump also proposed a few solutions to avoid this problem for future spending bills, one of which included Congress giving him the power of a line-item veto. That would let the head of the executive branch essentially take a red pen to legislators’ work, editing out the parts he doesn’t like.“To prevent the omnibus situation from ever happening again,” Trump said, “I’m calling on Congress to...

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Jen Kirby
March 26, 2018
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Jessica Denson wants to break her silence about Trump campaign work

Jessica Denson wants to break her silence about Trump campaign work

ByShareA former Donald Trump campaign staffer is suing to void her nondisclosure agreement, the third woman in Trump’s orbit to attempt to get out of such a contract.NBC News that Jessica Denson, who worked on the 2016 Trump campaign, filed a federal lawsuit to release herself from the nondisclosure agreement. Denson claimed that Trump had “weaponized” the agreement to crush a $25 million discrimination lawsuit she filed against the Trump campaign last November. Denson says she was routinely harassed and discriminated against during her tenure.Denson isn’t the only person tied to Trump...

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April 5, 2018
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Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today

Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today

ByShareThe media landscape used to be straightforward: Content companies — studios — made stuff — TV shows and movies — and sold it to pay TV distributors, who sold it to consumers.Now things are up for grabs: Netflix buys stuff from the studios, but it’s making its own stuff, too, and it’s selling it directly to consumers. That’s one of the reasons older media companies are . And new distributors like Verizon and AT&T are getting in on the action. AT&T, for instance, .Meanwhile, giant tech companies like Google, Amazon and Apple that used to be on the sidelines are getting closer and...

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Rani Molla
May 30, 2018
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Electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out.

Electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out.

ByShareThe US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are . Natural gas production continues its . Coal, the golden child of the current administration, is .In all that bedlam, it’s easy to lose sight of an equally important (if less sexy) trend: .Thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, outsourcing of heavy industry, and customers generating their own power on site, demand for utility power has been flat for 10 years, and most forecasts expect it to . The die was cast around 1998, when GDP growth and electricity demand...

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David Roberts
February 27, 2018
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“No collusion” between Trump-Russia: House intel committee Republicans announce end of investigation

“No collusion” between Trump-Russia: House intel committee Republicans announce end of investigation

ByShareRepublicans on the House Intelligence Committee have concluded their year-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Their key finding: Neither President Donald Trump nor anyone involved in his campaign colluded with Russia.“We’ve found no evidence of collusion,” (R-TX), the leader of the committee’s investigation, told reporters on Monday, adding that there was “perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment at taking meetings,” but nothing that amounted to a coordinated and deliberate effort to work with Russians to win the White...

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Alex Ward
March 24, 2018
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Amazon wants to pay the New York Times and BuzzFeed to expand to reach shoppers outside the US

Amazon wants to pay the New York Times and BuzzFeed to expand to reach shoppers outside the US

Big US publishers already make money from Amazon’s “affiliate” business. Amazon wants them to make more, and may pay them upfront.ByShareUncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Amazon has a pitch for some US-based publishers: Expand overseas. We’ll make it worth your while.The world’s dominant e-commerce player is in talks with big American publishers, including the New York Times and BuzzFeed, about deals that would reward them for expanding their international presence, specifically in consumer-oriented shopping sites.Amazon already pays internet...

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May 22, 2019
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Google will have to change how it operates in Europe

Google will have to change how it operates in Europe

ByShareEuropean regulators are expected to this summer for anti-competitive practices — which means Google will have to alter its business practices in Europe.The repercussions pertain to in search results, but it could have ramifications beyond the Google Shopping feature. Google already faces other outstanding antitrust cases in Europe.Google declined to comment on reports of the coming fine, but the company has previously asserted that it shows the most useful results to users and.We don’t yet know what specific changes the commission might require of Google, but here’s what’s at...

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Tess Townsend
June 22, 2017
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Inside the conflict at Walmart that’s threatening its high-stakes race with Amazon

Inside the conflict at Walmart that’s threatening its high-stakes race with Amazon

In September 2016, Walmart made a giant, risky bet.The country’s most dominant brick-and-mortar retailer agreed to the largest-ever acquisition of an e-commerce company: of a fast-growing but money-sucking online shopping site called Jet.com.There were back then, but Walmart was desperate to close the huge gap between itself and Amazon, the online shopping wrecking ball. And CEO Doug McMillon had become convinced that Jet founder and CEO Marc Lore, who previously founded and sold it for a fortune to Amazon, was perhaps the only person who could do it.Nearly three years later, Walmart’s...

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July 19, 2019
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Here’s how Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and 8chan handle white supremacist content

Here’s how Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and 8chan handle white supremacist content

In light of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, Recode reviewed how these platforms handle content that promotes violence and spreads hateful ideologies.ByUncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.In less than 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday, two mass shootings in , and , have . The back-to-back massacres are raising questions about the role of social media platforms in spreading content that promotes violence and white supremacist ideologies.Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube have been slow to take action against white...

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