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Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Amazon plans to split HQ2 evenly between two cities, a decision driven by the need to recruit enough talent; sources: announcement could come next week   —  Amazon.com plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city for HQ2 …
Nov 5, 2018, 2:57 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon in late-stage talks with several cities including Crystal City, VA, Dallas, New York for HQ2, may place smaller operations in runner-up cities   —  The tech giant's decision, which may be announced in November, could include multiple locations involving smaller sites
Nov 4, 2018, 2:53 PMIn context
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
Following a cease-and-desist letter sent in early October, eBay sues Amazon, accusing it of illegally poaching eBay sellers via eBay's internal messaging system   —  Lawsuit claims Amazon infiltrated and exploited eBay's internal member email system to recruit high-value sellers
Oct 17, 2018, 5:25 PMIn context
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
In cease-and-desist letter, eBay alleges that ~50 Amazon sales representatives worldwide used eBay's messaging system to try and poach sellers from its platform   —  In a cease-and-desist letter, EBay alleges Amazon sales representatives sent more than 1,000 messages to sellers on its platform
Oct 3, 2018, 9:40 AMIn context
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
How Amazon wants to win the smart home with Alexa Connect Kit, a wireless circuit board that manufacturers can add to any device that has a microcontroller   —  New offerings include Alexa-enabled chip that manufacturers can install to control basic appliances
Sep 20, 2018, 5:15 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon confirms it is investigating claims that its employees in US and China accepted bribes for internal data and other confidential info on Amazon merchants   —  Employees, through intermediaries, are offering internal data to help merchants increase their sales on the website
Sep 16, 2018, 11:35 AMIn context
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon says it is ordering 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans to expand its Amazon-branded delivery fleet run by third-parties   —  Fleet operators will own the vehicles as part of a plan to have small businesses carry packages  —  Amazon.com Inc .  AMZN -1.45% on Wednesday said it is ordering 20 …
Sep 5, 2018, 12:10 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
To outsmart Amazon's product-ranking system, some sellers are turning to click farms, reviewers-for-hire, and even paying off Amazon workers for information   —  The digital giant battles click farms, reviewers-for-hire and other scams as merchants try to outsmart its product-ranking system.
Jul 28, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
How Amazon has expanded its lobbying efforts in Washington over the years, where it now employs nearly 100 lobbyists and spent $13M last year   —  The company has built a huge presence in the nation's capital, with an army of lobbyists and a growing list of government contracts
Jun 20, 2018, 12:20 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Behind AWS CEO Andy Jassy's strategy for expanding the cloud platform by building new features and services that sometimes compete with partners on the platform   —  The giant's cloud-computing business offers a look inside its model for expanding.  Some partners praise the unit's chief …
Jun 2, 2018, 8:25 PMIn context

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