Jeff Bezos Gets Slammed for Meager 690,000 Donation to Australian Wildfire Crisis

January 13, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider In a heartfelt Instagram post last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company will donate $690,000 to the Australian wildfire recovery effort. That’s roughly how much money he makes in five minutes. Australia’s wildfires have devastated the country since they began in late July, killing at least 28 people and burning more than 2,000 homes. In a blog post, Amazon said it will channel the money to relief agencies geared towards helping victims and restoring wildlife. The internet was quick to criticize the size of Amazon’s donation, noting that it represented just a tiny fraction of Amazon’s $936 billion market cap. By contrast, Facebook said it will donate $1.25 million, and celebrities including Kylie Jenner and Metallica both pledged larger donations than Amazon. Sex workers said they raised nearly double what Amazon pledged for the Australia wildfires by selling nude photos online. Jeff Bezos alone […]

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WeWork Says Thousands of Its Phone Booths Could Have Dangerous Levels of Formaldehyde After People Complained About Odor and Eye Irritation

The company warned tenants that many of the offices’ phone booths were being removed due to ‘potentially elevated levels of formaldehyde.’ October 14, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider WeWork tenants received an email Monday morning informing them of “potentially elevated levels of formaldehyde” in phone booths throughout WeWork offices in the US and Canada. The email, obtained by Business Insider, states that WeWork is in the process of pulling 1,600 phone booths from WeWork’s locations that “may be impacted,” in addition to 700 phone booths that have yet to be tested for formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical used primarily as a sealing agent in particleboard and wood products. When people are exposed to excessive levels of the chemical, they can experience eye, nose, and throat irritation, according to the EPA. Related: 12 Crazy Things You Should Know About WeWork, the Coworking Company Valued at […]

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An Author Changed the Cover of His Book on Amazon Into a Message Urging Amazon Workers to Unionize

A self-published author added a message to his book’s front cover to speak directly to Amazon workers. October 10, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Mike Monteiro believes Amazon workers should unionize. Last week, the self-published author realized he could get Amazon to print and distribute unionization materials to its own workers — all he had to do was print them on the front of his book. Monteiro’s book, Ruined by Design, is for sale on Amazon, which provides a platform for authors to easily self-publish books by printing as many copies as users order online.   Every time you buy my book from Amazon, a warehouse worker has to pull it off the shelf. From now on, this is what that worker will see. At least until Amazon shitcans the whole thing. Hurry up. https://t.co/l5jxdz1azW pic.twitter.com/DqWZT5MI9q — Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) October 4, 2019   Related: Jeff […]

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Elon Musk Says Tesla Owners Will Soon Be Able to Replace Their Horn With Fart and Goat Noises

Future Tesla models might include unconventional horn sound effects, including goat noises and fart sounds, Elon Musk tweeted Sunday. October 7, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider In place of a horn, the next generation of Tesla cars may emit the sound of a goat bleating, or a fart noise. Welcome to the future. CEO Elon Musk teased “customized & movement sounds” for future Teslas in a series of tweets Sunday night. It’s not clear whether Musk was serious. Customized horn & movement sounds (coconuts being one, of course) coming to Teslas soon — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2019 Musk said that one of those sounds would be coconuts, an apparent Monty Python reference, and used the wind emoji and goat emoji to tease other sounds that would be available (a fan interpreted the wind emoji as a fart sound effect, which Musk seemingly confirmed). Related: 19 Times Elon […]

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