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Amazon to stop accepting credit cards

Amazon said it would stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the United Kingdom from next year due to the high fees charged by the payment processor for transactions. “As a result of Visa’s continued high cost of payments, we

Photos of Amazon warehouse in Mexico surrounded by slum shacks goes viral

MEXICO CITY: A photo of a sprawling new Amazon fulfillment centre in Tijuana, Mexico, surrounded by deteriorating housing has gone viral as the tech giant continues to expand its footprint internationally The photographer Omar Martinez captured images of the warehouse,

Amazon to release its own branded TV by Oct

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com is planning to launch its Amazon-branded TV in the United States as soon as October. The launch, involving teams from Amazon Devices and Lab126, has been in the works for almost two years, a report in Business

Amazon plans to open large retail stores in US

CALIFORNIA (Reuters): Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is planning to open several large physical retail stores in the United States that will operate like department stores, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Some of the company’s first department

Amazon shifts ‘Lord of the Rings’ filming from New Zealand to UK

Amazon Studios said the second season of its multi-million dollar “Lord of the Rings” television series will be filmed in the United Kingdom, moving fictional ‘Middle Earth’ out of New Zealand for the first time. New Zealand’s rolling mountains, meadows

Amazon denies report of accepting bitcoin as payment

WASHINGTON: Amazon has denied a media report saying the e-commerce giant was looking to accept bitcoin payments by the end of the year. The report from London’s City A.M. newspaper, citing an unnamed “insider”, sent the world’s biggest cryptocurrency up

Amazon and Facebook to fall under new G7 tax rules

SAN FRANCISCO: Both Amazon and Facebook will fall under new proposals for a global minimum corporation tax agreed by the Group of Seven, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said. Asked whether the two companies would be covered by the

Amazon to acquire famed movie studio MGM for $8.5bn

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon will buy MGM, the famed movie studio home to the James Bond franchise, for $8.45 billion, giving it a huge library of films and TV shows and ramping up competition with streaming rivals led by Netflix and

Unboxing Amazon parcels is a big business in Pakistan

Have you been wondered what happens to undelivered Amazon packages and DHL packages? Millions of parcels are dispatched from around the world but many of them are undelivered due to missing information or the receiver refuses to collect them due

Amazon formally includes Pakistan in sellers list

ISLAMABAD: Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, has formally added Pakistan to its approved sellers’ list. Pakistan has been approved for registration in the verified Amazon seller list. Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Razak Dawood said Amazon has confirmed

Amazon extends ban on police use of facial recognition software

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon said it is extending until further notice a moratorium it imposed last year on police use of its facial recognition software. The company had halted the practice for one year starting in June 2020. Its announcement came

Amazon operations in Pakistan to open new avenues for youth: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that start of global technology company Amazon’s operations in Pakistan would open opportunities for youth. In a tweet, the prime minister said it is a great development as Amazon has finally approved that

Amazon adds Pakistan to registered sellers list

ISLAMABAD: The world’s most popular e-commerce company Amazon has added Pakistan to its approved seller list. Pakistan has been approved for registration in the verified Amazon seller list. A new renewed countries list will be issued on Amazon’s official website

Amazon cancels Lord of the Rings game

LOS ANGELES: Amazon’s video game division has canceled an online role-playing game based on the fantasy series Lord of the Rings, which was announced in 2019. The game was in development at Amazon Game Studios alongside China-based Leyou Technologies Holdings,

Amazon needs to do better for employees: Bezos

LOS ANGELES: Amazon needs to do better at taking care of its employees, Jeff Bezos said in his final letter to shareholders as chief executive officer of the online retail giant. Bezos pointed to the recent union election outcome at

Biden singles out Amazon for not paying federal income taxes

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden singled out Amazon.com for not paying federal taxes as he spoke about raising the burden of taxes on multinational companies and hiking the corporate tax rate. Biden’s infrastructure plan unveiled earlier in the day increases

Bezos names Andrew Steer as head of Earth Fund

WASHINGTON: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has named Andrew Steer, who leads environmental think tank World Resources Institute, as the president and chief executive officer of his $10 billion Earth Fund. The billionaire started the Bezos Earth Fund last year and

Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO

SEATTLE: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said he would step down later this year as chief executive of the company he built from a start-up into one of the world’s most valuable firms. The world’s richest person based on his Amazon

Amazon to buy hit podcast producer Wondery

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon said it has signed a deal to acquire the hit podcast production firm Wondery, in a move that boosts the US tech giant’s efforts to round out its offerings from its music platform. Wondery, which produces popular

Amitabh Bachchan to lend voice for Amazon Alexa

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan will be the first Indian celebrity to lend his voice to Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant starting next year. The 77-year-old actor is a household name in India for nearly half a century and his deep

Brazil VP challenges DiCaprio to hike in Amazon rainforest

BRASILIA: Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao challenged Hollywood actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio to an eight-hour hike in the Amazon, saying he wanted to show that the rainforest is not burning. Mourao, who heads President Jair Bolsonaro’s task force on

Amazon renews Al-Pacino starrer Hunters for new season

LOS ANGELES: Amazon Studios has ordered a second season of the conspiracy thriller drama ‘Hunters’ starring Al Pacino. The hit series is created by David Weil and executive produced by Jordan  Peele and also stars Logan Lerman and Jerrika Hinton. Weil

PTA denies role in disruption of Amazon Web Services

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has denied any role in disrupting Amazon Web Services, saying an impression was created on social media that it was related to the ban on PUBG. “With regards to the disruption in Amazon Web Services

Amazon mistakenly tells workers to delete TikTok from phones

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon said it mistakenly sent workers an email telling them to delete the TikTok mobile application from their mobile phones due to security concerns. The internal message told workers they could still access the popular video-snippet sharing platform

‘Lord of the Rings’ series to begin production in New Zealand

AUCKLAND: Amazon’s lavish ‘The Lord of the Rings’ TV series has been permitted to begin production in New Zealand. New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment announced that five more international film and TV productions have been granted exemptions

Priyanka Chopra signs TV deal with Amazon

LOS ANGELES: Priyanka Chopra has signed a two-year multimillion dollar first-look television deal with Amazon. According to an entertainment publication, the actress had a meeting with Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke that led to the partnership. “Priyanka is drawn to

Amazon to pay frontline workers $500 million bonus

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com said it would spend $500 million on one-time bonuses to its front-line employees and partners working through the coronavirus crisis. Employees and partners who have been with the e-commerce company through June will receive bonuses ranging from

Amazon pledges $2 billion investment to fight climate change

WASHINGTON: Amazon has pledged to invest $2 billion in projects aimed at combatting climate change to reduce the carbon footprint of the e-commerce giant. The Climate Pledge Fund will back efforts by startups and other firms in multiple sectors to

Brazil deploys troops to curb Amazon deforestation

BRASILIA: Brazil’s government has renewed for a presidential decree for thirty days allowing the deployment of the armed forces to combat rising deforestation in the Amazon and protecting the world’s largest rainforest. The extension was signed by President Jair Bolsonaro

Amazon removes T-shirt depicting George Floyd’s death

LONDON: Amazon has removed a children’s T-shirt which used an image of a policeman kneeling on the neck of unarmed black man George Floyd killed in custody from its US store. The shirt was available on the US Amazon store