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Amazon.com is under fire after an article from the New York Times lambasted its workplace atmosphere.
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It’s a bruising, even brutal, workplace where an employee caring for a dying parent is seen as “a problem” and people cry at their desks. Or it’s an exhilarating place where even lower-level workers can change the way business gets done in America.

Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop and the Seattle Times’ Jon Talton told KUOW's Ross Reynolds that a New York Times story over the weekend and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ passionate response to it provide an intriguing, complex look inside a company that has remade retail and the city it calls home.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about Amazon and other tech companies about their civic engagement.

Bookmarks commemorating Phinney Books for this year's Independent Bookstore Day.
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David Hyde speaks with author,  Jeopardy champion, owner of Phinney Books, and former Amazon editor Tom Nissley, about Amazon's mixed impact on booksellers in Seattle. 

Jesse Jackson visited Seattle on Wednesday, asking that the tech industry focus on hiring more people of color and women.
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Rev. Jesse Jackson called out Amazon during a visit to Seattle on Wednesday.

“The board of the directors is all white in 2015,” Jackson said at Northeastern University’s newest building on South Lake Union. “Our challenge is not just to point the blame, but to point out the solution. Which is inclusion.”

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Marcie Sillman rounds up the latest in Seattle-area tech news with Geekwire's Todd Bishop, including Amazon's new same-day delivery for customers in certain areas.

Amazon unveiled a new shopping tool for Prime members for certain products.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about Amazon Dash, a new service the retailer hopes will make ordering Amazon goods as simple as pressing a button.

Goats graze near Interstate 5 in Seattle.
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When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …

Goats.

Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery.

Amazon.com provided a rare look Friday inside one of its gigantic, high tech warehouses.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Todd Bishop, co-founder of GeekWire, about Amazon's affect on brick and mortar retail.

Author Andrew Keen.
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Marcie Sillman talks to author Andrew Keen about his new book, "The Internet Is Not The Answer." 

Amazon's "Transparent" received two Golden Globes on Sunday.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Todd Bishop, GeekWire co-founder, about Amazon's big win at the Golden Globes. They also discuss the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about what to expect from Seattle's economy in 2015.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Tricia Duryee, technology reporter for Geekwire, about Amazon's  increased competition for free shipping with online orders, despite the increased costs for companies.

Inside Everett's Boeing factory.
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It was a year of soaring profits for Boeing and Microsoft, rapid expansion for Amazon and anguish for Boeing machinists. KUOW's economy reporter Carolyn Adolph tells Bill Radke how the Puget Sound region's major employers fared in 2014.

USPS unveiled a marketing campaign this year in advance of the hectic holiday delivery season.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Jo Ann Pyle about working conditions for U.S. Postal Service workers during the holiday season. Pyle is president of Branch 79 of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Seattle.

Amazon Fresh is one the big players in the trend of delivery-based grocery shopping.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about the latest in delivery-based grocery shopping  trends, including Amazon fresh.

An Amazon warehouse.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Spencer Soper, reporter for Bloomberg News, about the complaints Amazon warehouse workers lodge against the company.

Ross Reynolds talks with Richard Hollinger, a criminology professor at the University of Florida, about how retailers are protecting themselves from employees, who steal more than shoplifters do. Today, the Supreme Court rules that Amazon does not have to pay its warehouse workers for time spent waiting to go through security checks after their shifts.

A new letter from Amazon to the Federal Aviation Administration indicates the e-commerce giant is getting frustrated with the wait for approval to test package delivery drones.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop of Geekwire about how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first year on the job went, how tablets are doing in the market and other Seattle tech news.

For many online retailers, Cyber Monday is likely to be the peak shopping day of the year. To handle the onslaught of orders, Amazon has begun rolling out a new robot army.

The Amazon order-fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif., is more than a million square feet — or 28 football fields, if you prefer — filled with orange and yellow bins flying this way and that on conveyor belts. Chances are, if you ordered a bunch of items in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, Amazon put that box together here.

Can Microsoft Catch Up?

Nov 17, 2014
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Jeannie Yandel talks with  Todd Bishop, co-founder of GeekWire, about Microsoft's fate in the sea of successful tech giants.

Is Amazon Really Too Big?

Nov 10, 2014
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Ross Reynolds talks with Felix Salmon, financial commentator and senior editor for news network Fusion, about Seattle's e-commerce giant, Amazon, and what happens when one company makes it big time. 

What's in your home, always on, ready to listen to you and constantly adapting to the way you talk? Why, it's Amazon's Echo speaker. Think a less portable Siri or Google Now, but hands-free.

Are you ready to bring an eavesdropping device that's connected to the cloud into the privacy of your abode?

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Marcie Sillman talks with GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop about this week's tech news, including recent praise for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Apple moving work into the Seattle area.

Amazon's new show "Transparent."

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Leo Segovia and Alison Davison, two local transgender people associated with the Ingersoll Gender Center, about Amazon's new show Transparent.  The show focuses on transgender people and is part of the company's bid to gain a share of the online television market.

Is A Dedicated Tablet Reader Passe?

Oct 20, 2014

Marcie Sillman talks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about the latest tech news, including tablets, smartwatches and a new app on the market for ordering coffee. 

Amazon To Hire 80,000 Holiday Workers

Oct 15, 2014

An increase in customer demand is spurring Amazon.com to create 80,000 seasonal positions at its network of distribution centers across the U.S.

That's a 14 percent increase over the number of temporary workers it hired last year at this time.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday women are better off not asking for a raise because they’ll be rewarded in the long term. The U.S. Supreme Court considers when workers are on the clock. Plus, Amazon wants to test drones, a Seattle church protests pot next door and Bill Radke recalls the musical ride of Paul Revere with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Luke Burbank.

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for aerial drone delivery of packages last year, many observers dismissed the concept as science fiction or pie-in-the-sky.

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