Zuck, Bezos, Cook: Who takes the fall in D.C.’s antitrust games?

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Last week’s hearing was more circus than bread, but America’s tech titans have reason to worry. Somebody is going down. The only question is who—and when. You could see it in their eyes as they testified before Congress. Jeff Bezos staring at Tim Cook. Cook staring at Sundar Pichai. Pichai staring at Mark Zuckerberg. Zuck going off script to throw everyone else under the bus . They were all thinking the same exact thing: I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you. Read Full Story

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Jeff Bezos: Here’s how I make Amazon’s highest-stakes decisions

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In an excerpt from a new collection of his writings, Amazon’s CEO says that his secret is making fewer, better decsions—and thinking three years out. I like to putter in the morning. I get up early. I go to bed early. I like to read the newspaper. I like to have coffee. I like to have breakfast with my kids before they go to school. So my puttering time is very important to me. Read Full Story

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Who is Andy Jassy? 6 things to know about Amazon’s new CEO

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Jeff Bezos is turning the company he founded over to a longtime executive who—though the furthest thing from a household name—is a superstar within Amazon. In 2021’s biggest tech-industry news so far, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced that he’s stepping back from day-to-day management of the company. He will retain the executive chairman title but is handing CEO duties over to Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, starting in Q3. Even after you’ve read Bezos’s letter to Amazon employees , you may have questions about the move. Along with “Why?” and “Why now?” one of them is probably, “Who is Andy Jassy?” Read Full Story

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Gifts to brighten up your mom’s quarantine life

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You can’t take your mom to brunch for Mother’s Day. From jigsaw puzzles to monogrammed stationery, these gifts are designed to bridge the gap between you and her. Mother’s Day is around the corner, but this year, it’s harder than usual to celebrate. I’m lucky enough to live 10 minutes away from my mother, but I haven’t seen her in person since the stay-at-home orders kicked in, except to deliver her groceries from a safe distance. Ordinarily, we’d go out for a fabulous brunch or have an elaborate home-cooked dinner at home. The best I can do under these circumstances is deliver a thoughtful present that will cheer her up in the midst of this seemingly interminable period of social distancing. Read Full Story

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Fear inside Amazon warehouses as workers face sick colleagues and mandatory overtime

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“Every time you walk through the door, you’re taking a risk,” says one Amazon warehouse worker whose colleague recently tested positive for COVID-19. “I mean, what’s more important, getting people’s things to them or your health?” Last week, Amazon announced that it would hire 100,000 new workers to handle the surge of orders fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos framed the company’s role in the crisis as an essential public resource. “We’re providing a vital service to people everywhere, especially to those, like the elderly, who are most vulnerable,” he wrote in a post on the company blog. “People are depending on us.” To sweeten the deal, the company said it would raise its minimum wage from $15 to $17. “We hope people who’ve been laid off will come work with us until they’re able to go back to the jobs they had,” Bezos wrote …

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Big Tech no longer sees its customers as humans–antitrust could change that

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Tech giants like Amazon and Facebook have lost sight of the people behind the data points. Antitrust regulation may be the best way to return empathy to tech. Big Tech CEOs—Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—testified yesterday before the U.S. House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee. I don’t expect much to result from this hearing. Such gatherings are largely theatrical, and yesterday’s was frequently derailed by partisan questions around liberal biases. And then there’s the fact that U.S. antitrust efforts are only a shadow of their former self, narrowly focused on consumer pricing rather than general competitive and societal impact and a far cry from the time of the Standard Oil Company, U.S. Steel Corporation, and AT&T breakups. Read Full Story

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What I Found After Experimenting with Google Discover for Two Months

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Posted by Moberstein I’m completely fascinated by Google’s Discover Feed. Besides the fact that it serves highly-relevant content, it also seems beyond the reach of being gamed. In a way, it almost seems beyond the reach of pure SEO (which makes it downright tantalizing to me). It all made me want to understand what makes the feed tick. So I did what any sensible person would do. I spent the better part of two months running all sorts of queries in all sorts of different ways to see how it impacted my Discover Feed. Here are my ramblings. My approach to analyzing Google’s Discover Feed Let me explain what I did and how I did it, to both give you a better understanding of this analysis and point out its gaping limitations. For five days a week, and over the course of two months, I executed all sorts of user …

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Yes, you can make gourmet meals in your microwave. This cookware startup will prove it

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We tend to relegate the microwave to reheating leftovers. Anyday wants us to cook with it. The microwave is the most used but least cherished device in my kitchen. Unlike my beloved KitchenAid mixer or snazzy convection oven, it’s never used for cooking. Instead, I use it to reheat previously cooked food—such as leftovers or frozen meals—that never ends up tasting particularly delicious. Read Full Story

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IBM Watson boosts vaccine campaign, Pinterest climbing: Friday’s daily brief

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Marketing Land’s daily brief features daily insights, news, tips, and essential bits of wisdom for today’s digital marketer. If you would like to read this before the rest of the internet does, sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox daily. Good morning, Marketers, and how do you use social media? I was interested to read Chris Wood’s recent story about how Pinterest users have pivoted from consuming content that helps them make long-term plans, to looking for solutions to short-term challenges. I’m not a Pinterest user and had imagined people visit the site mainly to post images. That was not an informed assumption, especially as I do use Instagram to get ideas for cooking and travel (if only). I was also prompted to reflect on the different ways I use social channels. Twitter mainly for news and to keep up with current personal friends; LinkedIn to nurture …

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