Amazon Weekly Digest: Week of January 29

Amazon Weekly Digest: Week Of January 29

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This week, the dating app Tinder, gets called out by a California appeals court for being discriminatory to users above 30, Black History Month begins, and Amazon partnered with a handful of other companies to launch a new healthcare company.

The goal of the new healthcare company is to provide employees with affordable health care free from incentivizing profit and constraints. Together the three companies (Berkshire Hathway, JPMorgan Chase, and Amazon) creating the new healthcare company employ more than 950,000 people worldwide. They hope to combine their company’s resources and tackle the complex healthcare system.

Other Amazon news includes:

Image courtesy of Amazon/U.S Patent and Trademark Office
Image courtesy of Amazon/U.S Patent and Trademark Office

One step away from employing robots, Amazon gains a patent for wristbands to track and guide employee’s hands to specific packages and shelves using radio frequencies.

USA today
Image courtesy of National Center for Lesbian Rights

Gay-rights activists started a campaign to sway Amazon away from building HQ2 in a state that does not protect sexual orientation discrimination. Nine out of the 20 finalist cities have no anti-gay-discrimination laws.

Amazon Go cashiers getty
Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Forbes estimates 2.3 million jobs will be affected by Amazon Go, translating into nearly $37 billion in potentially lost income nationwide. This is all hypothetical, right?

Image courtesy of CNN Tech

Economists are banding together to urge cities to curb tax breaks and other incentives they’re offering to bring Amazon’s second headquarters. Top economists are saying these incentives are wasteful and counterproductive.

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