Visualizing just how stupidly wealthy Bill Gates really is, in under 60 seconds

Created by Twitter user Betty Cam, this is a really clear and simple way to wrap your around the nearly-unfathomable wealth of a hundred billionaire. Because somehow there are still people who think a person could actually need, deserve, or morally earn that kind of money.

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Amazon unhappy Microsoft won $10 billion 'war cloud' Pentagon contract

Donald Trump has long made a sport of mocking Amazon founder and Washington Post newspaper owner Jeff Bezos, and Jeff Bezos is well aware of this. Read the rest

Did "The Phantom Menace" actually predict the rise of Jeff Bezos and Amazon?

Well, no, probably not. Also the dialogue remains objectively terrible. But tumblr user swan2swan makes a fairly convincing argument that the actual plot of Star Wars Episode 1 is eerily reminiscent of our present predicament:

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The Phantom Menace is the best movie ever because the entire premise is essentially “Amazon has obtained its own private army and now two future samurai have to stop it from forcing Natalie Portman’s planet to use its services by cutting through Jeff Bezos’s army of robots and attempting to convince Congress to do something about it SPOILER WARNING Congress doesn’t do jack so Natalie Portman has to take matters into her own hands also the day is saved by a redneck kid the samurai picked up when the car broke down”.

And I thought it was bad enough just thinking about how Trump could use Palpatine's tactics to cancel Election Day 2020.

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Amazon testing 'Orville' biometric tech that scans your hands to pay at Whole Foods, stores will use it starting early 2020

Your hands are your ID. New payment system for Whole Foods being tested by Amazon now.

Amazon told to stop selling kids' school supplies that contain over 80 times the legal limit of lead

This pencil pouch has over 35 times the legal limit of lead, 29 times the legal limit of cadmium.

#BlueMoon: Jeff Bezos says Blue Origin will land on Moon by 2024

“We must return to the Moon—this time to stay.”

Amazon shareholders to vote on proposal to stop selling racially biased facial surveillance software to governments

“BIG DEAL,” says the ACLU's Matt Cagle about this story. “Amazon shareholders will vote on whether the Board must reconsider company sales of face surveillance to governments. The SEC rejected Amazon's attempt to prevent this proposal from moving forward.” Read the rest

Amazon drops New York HQ2 plans after organized resistance

Amazon will instead focus on Northern Virginia and Nashville, after an organized effort by New Yorkers to hold the company and lawmakers accountable for sneaky dealmaking.

National Enquirer parent company AMI asked Justice Dept. if it should register as foreign lobbyist

American Media asked the DoJ about having to register as foreign agent after publishing a glossy mag that hyped Saudi Arabia.

Maybe Amazon HQ2 won't happen in New York after all?

Amazon's plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a NYC campus is under fire from locals, as more details are revealed of what was promised to Jeff Bezos' empire.

Could the National Enquirer—Bezos scandal end AMI's federal plea deal?

Prosecutors "are reviewing the National Enquirer's handling of their Jeff Bezos reporting to determine if the company may have violated a cooperation deal reached with prosecutors last year," per Evan Perez and Kara Scannell of CNN, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Read the rest

Jeff Bezos’ investigator suspects 'a government agency' intercepted Amazon CEO's text messages

A Washington Post reporter said Thursday night that an investigator working for Jeff Bezos believes 'a government agency' accessed the Amazon CEO's texts and intimate photos.

Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer parent company of 'extortion and blackmail' over dick pics

Um. Wow.

How will Jeff Bezos' divorce impact Amazon's stock price?

Yes, it's a soulless, grotesque question. But it's all about money, and investors are wondering if Jeff Bezos getting divorced means they're gonna lose money. Read the rest

#AmazonHQ2: Amazon to open New York and Northern Virginia headquarters, plus new Nashville operations center

Amazon has selected New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters. They're re-branding the area of Crystal City in Arlington, VA as "National Landing." Read the rest

Watch this interview with Amazon's Jeff Bezos from 1999

In 1999, 60 Minutes "wangled an invitation" to visit Jeff Bezos at his humble Seattle office. Amazon was just five years old at the time but already had a stock market value of $30B. They sent correspondent Bob Simon to Amazon's headquarters which was located near a pawn shop and a "porno parlor." Simon likened the space to a "college dorm" and gave billionaire Bezos a hard time about his desk (a door with 4x4 legs) and his car (a modest Honda sedan).

Is it me or does Simon seem to be mocking Bezos?

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Amazon and Washington Post boss Jeff Bezos welcomes new overlord

Jeff Bezos, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon and the proprietor of the Washington Post, is on president-elect Donald Trump's political hitlist.

Will this supplication save him? Is the "I, for one" reference to the classic Kent Brockman quote intentional? Read the rest

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