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Amazon to sell software that lets firms detect if staff, customers follow coronavirus rules

Amazon to sell software called Panorama to companies which helps detect when staff are not wearing face masks or following physical distancing. Beyond the pandemic, the system could also be used to track compliance of other workplace rules or to monitor the public. The tool can automate inspection tasks, such as detecting manufacturing defects or […]

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2020 Nightmare: Deforestation in Brazil has surged to a 12-year high this year

Deforestation in Brazil surged to a 12-year high in 2020, official government data showed on Monday, with destruction soaring since President Jair Bolsonaro took office. In 2020, destruction of the world’s largest rainforest, Amazon rose 9.5 percent from a year earlier to 11,088sq km, according to data from Brazil’s national space research agency Inpe, seven […]

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Nearly 20,000 Amazon workers have tested positive for coronavirus

At least 19,816 Amazon workers have tested positive or been presumed positive for the coronavirus in the United States. Amazon had repeatedly resisted sharing comprehensive data with the public and with its own workers about the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases at its warehouses, which have become crucial hubs for household supplies during the […]

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Amazon’s indigenous tribe shoots spear at expert, killing him on the spot

A Brazilian expert on the Amazon tribes was killed by an arrow that struck him in the chest as he approached an indigenous site. Rieli Franciscato, 56, died on Wednesday in a remote region of Rondônia state in north-western Brazil. He was in the area to monitor a tribe as part of his work for the […]

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Brazil: Amazon rainforest records 10,136 fires in the first 10 days of August

The Amazon rainforest has seen its worst fire in a decade, after spotting 10,316 fires in the last 10 days. This is a 17 percent rise compared to 2019. Brazilian government figures by Greenpeace showed fires increasing by 81% in federal reserves compared with the same period last year. Coming a year after soaring Amazon […]

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Amazon memo asking employees to delete TikTok was ‘sent in error’

Amazon said an email sent to employees asking them to remove the video-sharing app TikTok from their mobile devices was sent in error. An internal memo sent to staff earlier on Friday asked employees to delete the app over “security risks”. “If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by July 10 […]

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Amazon in talks to buy $2 billion stake in Bharti Airtel

Amazon.com is in early-stage talks to buy a stake worth at least $2 billion in mobile operator Bharti Airtel, three people with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters, in a move that could turbocharge India’s digital economy. The planned investment, if completed, would mean Amazon acquiring a roughly 5% stake based on the current market […]

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Jio Mart launched pan-India to take on Amazon and Flipkart

Reliance Industries Ltd has launched an online grocery service, JioMart, the head of its grocery retail business said, in a move aimed at rivalling Amazon.com’s local unit and Walmart Inc’s Flipkart in the huge Indian market. JioMart will deliver groceries in more than 200 towns across the country, Damodar Mall, chief executive of grocery retail […]

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Amazon enters food delivery business in India

Amazon Food has debuted in India as Amazon’s answer to Swiggy and Zomato. The new food delivery service by the US e-commerce giant has initially been started in Bengaluru to allow customers order prepared food from local restaurants and cloud kitchens. Amazon has constructed its proprietary hygiene certification bar, which is important as people are […]

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French court ruling forces Amazon to shut six warehouses

Amazon is going to temporarily close its six warehouses in France after a court ordered it to stop all but essential deliveries. An internal document sent to unions on Wednesday said the closures would last from Thursday until at least 20 April. It added that it will use a state partial-unemployment scheme to pay the […]

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Coronavirus reaches Amazon’s indigenous population that are vulnerable to foreign diseases

Brazil revealed on Wednesday that fresh cases of the coronavirus cases were detected among an Amazon indigenous group known for its remoteness and its vulnerability to foreign diseases, the Yanomami people. “Today we confirmed a case (of the virus) among the Yanomami, which is very worrying,” Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told a news conference. […]

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Amazon fires employee who protested over safety at warehouse amid COVID-19 pandemic

Amazon warehouse employees and Instacart delivery workers joined protests on Monday to press safety demands, highlighting the risks for workers on the front lines of supplying Americans largely sheltering at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 50 to 60 employees joined a walkout at an Amazon worker warehouse in the New York borough […]