I lavoratori dei centri di Amazon in sciopero

A Bezos dev’essere andato di traverso qualsiasi cosa.

Thousands of workers will walk off the job on Tuesday at Amazon warehouses in Germany to demand better working conditions, joining colleagues in Spain and Poland in taking action that coincides with a major sales promotion. [link]

Non sono di quelli favorevoli a qualsiasi sciopero, a prescindere (ce ne sono alcuni davvero pretestuosi): ma in questo caso, dalla parte dei lavoratori.

Facebook ha condiviso dati con 61 aziende

Già il mese scorso Facebook aveva ammesso di aver condiviso in maniera più o meno diretta di aver condiviso i dati relativi agli utenti con più di sessanta aziende fra cui Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Samsung e BlackBerry.

Questi ed altri dettagli sono contenuti in un documento di 748 pagine risalente a venerdì scorso e indirizzato al Congresso USA.

These integrations were reviewed by Facebook, which had to
approve implementations of the APIs. Typically, these apps were reviewed and approved by
members of our partnerships and engineering teams.

La “città di Amazon Prime”

Blaine sta sul confine tra Canada e Stati Uniti, dove i canadesi vanno a recuperare i loro pacchi di Amazon per approfittare del maggior catalogo di Amazon US, rispetto a quello canadese. Per questi motivi, la cittadina da 5mila abitanti circa è cresciuta vertiginosamente, ma ora il futuro è incerto: Amazon sta ampliando e migliorando l’offerta in Canada, e allo stesso tempo i negozi che offrono e-commerce nel paese si stanno mettendo al passo coi tempi.

But as Amazon continues to step up its Canadian operations and a growing number of American (and Canadian) retailers have made it easier to ship to Canada, Canadians are no longer as dependent on their US mailing addresses. Between economics and politics, Blaine will soon be forced to reckon with an uncomfortable question: is there a future for the town if it no longer serves as Canada’s front porch? [link]

Why e-readers succeeded as a disruptive innovation in the US, but not in Japan

Why e-readers succeeded as a disruptive innovation in the US, but not in Japan

Japanese e-readers introduced both before and after the U.S. Kindle launch received a lukewarm response from Japanese consumers.

One obvious explanation was the relative lack (compared to the US) of best-selling novels and other popular books in e-book form. To try and understand the reasons for the disparity in e-book availability between the U.S. and Japan, we interviewed key figures from both the American and Japanese book industry. Our research revealed a number of interesting insights, which we organise into three categories: organisational, environmental and technological factors.

Amazon is a powerful partner, but as book publishers have learned, it can also be a fickle one.

Amazon is a powerful partner, but as book publishers have learned, it can also be a fickle one
If you rely on Amazon affiliates fee for your business or publication, think about diversification of your links (or, better, your affiliations):

Amazon announced last week that it’s making its affiliate revenue program less generous in some categories (though more generous in others).

The ending of this article is pretty interesting:

It’s also possible that changes in affiliate revenue programs could shift product coverage at news organizations. With the changes, for instance, Amazon is paying a higher affiliate rate on luxury beauty products (10 percent, when it was previously between 4 and 8.5 percent). As affiliate revenue becomes a more important source of income, news organizations could make decisions on what to cover or review based on what’s pulling in the highest affiliate fees. That’s not all that different from launching new sections or verticals to attract high-end advertisers — it’s just an interesting wrinkle to think about.

Amazon Prime’s latest perk is discounted student loans | @TechCrunch

Amazon Prime’s latest perk is discounted student loans | @TechCrunch

A friend of mine moved to Texas one year ago to get his PhD and was telling me about the crazy amounts of money you have to spend in the USA the get your education.

We always read about students loan, but as always, it’s only when it involves someone you care for that you really understand the direness of the situation.

So what Amazon is trying to do here is one of the best things you’ll see happen this year without even knowing it.

Diego Piacentini, senior vice president of Amazon’s international consumer business, will take a two-year leave to head the Italian Prime Minister’s digital technology office

Diego Piacentini, senior vice president of Amazon’s international consumer business, will take a two-year leave to head the Italian Prime Minister’s digital technology office

Starting this summer, Diego Piacentini will take a two-year leave from his role as the senior vice president of Amazon’s international consumer business. He will return to his native Italy and lead the Prime Minister’s digital technology office.

“After 16 years at Amazon, it’s a way for me to give back to the country in which I was born and lived for 40 years of my life,” says Piacentini, 55, who will work pro bono.