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Amazon employee dies at Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse, site of unionization drive

Amazon declined to share further details about the situation, noting that it was a personal medical incident.

Amazon mails postcards to sellers to prove their addresses are real

By authenticating sellers' addresses, it could help Amazon weed out counterfeiters and other bad actors on its third-party marketplace.

Tesla can’t promise driverless cars in 2021, engineer tells California DMV

In a Jan. 2021 earnings call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he was "highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year."

Computer Chips Are the New Toilet Paper

Really.

TripAdvisor 'sorry' for offensive Auschwitz review

TripAdvisor initially found nothing wrong with a death camp review containing a gas chamber "joke".

Amazon partners with Tile to take on Apple AirTags

Amazon partnered with Tile and smart lock maker Level to beef up its mesh network for tracking items.

Virgin Media customers left waiting longest on phone

Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile had the longest average customer call waiting times, Ofcom has found.

Roku pops 11% after reporting highest revenue growth rate since IPO

Roku has been making a number of strategic moves in the advertising space, including the acquisition of Nielsen's advanced video advertising business.

Why oil giants like Chevron and BP are investing in geothermal energy

Geothermal energy is poised to play an increasingly large role as a source of always-available, renewable power.

DraftKings raises full-year guidance, expecting a return in sports

DraftKings said it has 1.5 million million monthly unique paying customers as of its first quarter, holding on to the gains in made in its fourth quarter.

Twitter adds 'tip jar' to pay for good tweeting

Twitter launches a new payment feature for good tweets - but it comes with privacy concerns.

Robot learns to brush hair and other tech news

LJ Rich looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming

While a variety of industries struggle with supplies, semiconductor experts say there are plenty of new ideas and, most surprising, start-ups.

The global chip shortage is starting to have major real-world consequences

The severity of the global chip shortage has gone up a notch over the last few weeks and it's now looking as though millions of people will be impacted.

Taking an invention from idea to the marketplace

Lockdown spurred many people to invent new products, but how did they get to market?

Elizabeth Holmes' lavish lifestyle looms over Theranos fraud case

Holmes' ownership stake in Theranos was valued at up to $4.5 billion. Prosecutors say her spending more than kept pace and she was overtaken by her fame.

Twitter introduces Tip Jar feature, allowing users to tip creators

Twitter on Thursday introduced Tip Jar, a new feature that makes it easy for users to send money to their favorite users of the micro-blogging service.

Ohio State Senator Is Caught Zooming and Driving

Andrew Brenner, a Republican, used a background to make it appear as if he were at home rather than behind the wheel of his car during a state meeting. The giveaway? His seatbelt.

Oversight board members defend punting decision on Trump's ban back to Facebook

Their defense essentially boiled down to: it's not our job to write Facebook's rules.

California's economy dodged a Covid budget bullet thanks to tech, but flight risk is real

Blockbuster IPOs and tech bull market lifted California's economy during the pandemic even as challenges facing the state piled up.

One Restaurant’s New Digital Life

The pandemic forced small businesses to adopt new digital habits, and many are now here to stay.

BT Smart Hub 2 router 'breaking' home networks

Users say they are being forced to choose between range or speed, or face an unusable network.

Apple’s privacy changes could be great for Amazon’s ads business

Amazon's advertising business is soaring, but Apple's recent privacy changes will likely add more fuel to its growth.

IBM 2nm chip breakthrough claims more power with less energy

Next-gen processor tech gives more performance with less energy use, IBM claims.

Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ Tells Zuckerberg He’s the Decider

The company tried to punt its Trump dilemma to a panel of experts. On Wednesday, the experts punted back.

Millions at security risk from old routers, Which? warns

Research by Which? looked at a selection of older routers still being used by customers.

Etsy slides more than 9% after it warns of slowing growth

Etsy saw its business boom early on in the pandemic, as shoppers turned to it and other online retailers for goods.

Bezos sells nearly $2 billion worth of Amazon shares

The sales come one week after Amazon reported first-quarter earnings results, trouncing Wall Street's expectations.

You don’t actually own the bitcoin you buy on PayPal. But you can still make a profit

Buying bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin is easier than ever with PayPal, but users don't actually own the coins.

Father calls for pornography sites to require proof of age

A father and an Oxford student seek a High Court hearing to require age verification on porn sites.