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Why Amazon paid for 2,000 employees to take classes in things like airplane mechanics and nursing

But Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos takes a pretty unique approach in providing career help to its employees at the company's fulfillment centers, where Amazon's orders get packaged and shipped.<p>Since 2012, Amazon has offered a program called "Career Choice," where the company pays 95% of tuition for its …

First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand …

Package shipping Startup Shyp Launches Returns Feature

Shipping items seems like it shouldn’t be a pain. But after you’ve found a box, packed the item, printed out a shipping a label, stood in line and actually shipped the item you realize, yeah, it sucks.<p>But thanks to our new ecommerce lifestyles, we’re shipping more than cookies to our friends–we’re …

Amazon Now Lets Anyone Create Your Own Giveaway Contests

Amazon has introduced a nifty new tool to allow customers to hold their own giveaways.<p>Anyone with an Amazon account can choose prizes from the company’s catalog and host a contest on the site for free.<p>To create a giveaway, you need to select up to 50 prizes – items have to ship from Amazon.com to …

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Facebook's group-based selling is now a quick post away

Facebook is clearly extra-serious about its efforts to beat internet sale sites at their own game through groups. As part of an update rolling out over the months ahead, the social network's For Sale Groups will let you tap a simple Sell button to hawk your wares -- from there, you'll just have to …

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Why Investors Are Going Bananas Over Amazon's Holiday Results

Fourth-quarter results were ho-hum, until you look at some specific areas of significant growth.<p>To an outsider, Amazon’s fourth-quarter results seemed pretty ho-hum, if not disappointing. A smaller profit than a year earlier. Slightly weak on revenue. And a worse-than-expected outlook for the first …

Moto 360 smartwatch priced at $249.99 according to Best Buy listing

Motorola is all set to unveil its Moto 360 watch at a press event in Chicago on September 4th, but it looks like Best Buy has let the cat out of the bag. A product page for the Android Wear smartwatch has mistakenly gone live on Best Buy's mobile site, and it lists the device with a $249.99 price …

Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

Most home 3D printing systems use a few basic tools to build objects. First you have a build plate and an extruder. A motor pulls plastic filament through a heated nozzle and squeezes it out, slowly but surely creating layer after layer until you have a 3D-printed Pokemon knock-off. But specialized …

New GoPro Sportsman Mount Unveiled For Guns, Rods, Bows And More

GoPro has launched a new addition to their range of mounts this week with the unveiling of the new GoPro Sportsman mount, that has been specifically …

Jobandtalent raises $14M for recruitment platform

Jobandtalent, a recruitment site designed to better match jobhunters with jobs, just raised $14 million in Series A funding.<p>The site uses linguistic analysis to help job seekers find job opportunities they wouldn’t normally be presented with. The Jobandtalent algorithm evaluates job ads and résumés …

Zappos is forcing new job candidates to join its own social network

That résumé you've been laboring on won't get you very far at Zappos. The online shoe retailer owned by Amazon has completely done away with traditional job postings. Instead, hopeful candidates will need to sign up for Zappos Insider, a makeshift social network where they'll be able to interact …

Why it’s time to stop worshipping coders

Software developers are the superheroes of the startup world, and Silicon Valley can’t seem to get enough of them. With the number of coding jobs in America exploding twice as fast as standard job growth, it’s no surprise that everyone wants to learn to code. It’s a “hot” profession, one that comes …

And Just Like That, Facebook Became the Most Important Entity in Web Journalism

In one chart!<p>The graph above tells maybe the most interesting—and definitely the most surprising—story of the past year of digital media.<p>It shows two years of referrals from Facebook and Google to the Buzzfeed Partner Network, a collection of websites (including this one!) that share their traffic …

How A Bank Gave My Data To A Marketing Firm Before The Signup Process Was Complete

As someone who recently moved to Washington, D.C., after three years in London and many more in Norway, and is currently playing the waiting game that is U.S. immigration, I received my social security number earlier this month. Applying for a bank account was next on my list.<p>Before I had completed …

Analysts Expect 3D Printer Shipments To Grow Ten Times Before 2017

Hardware analysts at IDC are estimating that 3D printer shipments will grow 10 times in the period between now and 2017. Printers, once the provenance of hackers and engineers, will soon be household commodities.<p>“Print is extending beyond output on media to the creation of an actual object, and …

Lego adopts new supply strategy to stay on top

You might think of Lego as a perennial, and by several measures it clearly is. The 81-year-old Danish brickmaker is now the world's No. 2 toy company behind Mattel, and it cranks out roughly 36 billion plastic elements annually.<p>It's minifigures are expected to outnumber earthlings by the year 2019. …

TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie On Turning The One-For-One Charity Model Into A Platform

Given the near ubiquity of its simply designed shoes, it’s almost hard to believe that TOMS, the company that’s known for donating one pair of shoes or eyewear to an impoverished child for every pair that it sells, was founded just seven years ago. But it turns out TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie has …

How Google Uses Data to Build a Better Worker

For the search and advertising juggernaut, human resources is more than human<p>“I have charts and graphs to back me up. So f*** off.”<p>Not the mantra you’d expect from your typical human resources representative. But every new hire for Google’s People Analytics department, part of the company’s HR …

Facebook takes 'home office' to a new level

October 03, 2013 | 11:37 AM<p>It's all coming full circle: The social network that famously began in a dorm room is now essentially thinking about buildging dorms on its own office campus.<p>According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook said it's in talks with a developer to build a $120 million, …

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One Easy Way To Stop Target And Other Companies From Selling Your Data

Living a normal life in the digital era inevitably means giving up some personal data. It’s akin to carrying a large bucket filled with water to the top. As hard as you may try, some water will splash over the rim of the bucket, nurturing the tree of personal data that grows below. But with some …

Bangladeshi factory workers locked in on 19-hour shifts

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1012000/1012840_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524736101_8459f63f641015f19f2418e86349d877<p><b>It's the middle of the night and I am lying on the floor of a van in the sweltering back streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh.</b><p>I'm outside a factory making …

Google teams up with Harvard and MIT to help boost free online courses

Google said today that it will develop software for edX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT that solicits and distributes online courses for free. Open edX, as the effort is called, is a platform for creating courses that can be taken by anyone with internet access. The move builds on Google's …

Jeff Weiner: LinkedIn Is Building A Massive Global 'Economic Graph'

LinkedIn has impressed Wall Street with its professional social network, but the company wants to have a much bigger impact globally, says LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.<p>LinkedIn has close to a quarter billion members for its “professional graph” of people’s professional connections, but the long-term …

When Stress Takes Over, Employee Burnout Can Set In

As Labor Day honors American workers, stress weighs on many. A changing world — and therefore a changing workplace — has many employees on the job and staring at screens for hours upon hours. Some have reached a breaking point.<p>John Challenger, CEO of workplace consulting company Challenger, Gray & …

Lenovo chief shares $3.25 million of bonus with staff

The chief executive of Lenovo Group Ltd., which recently overtook Hewlett-Packard Co. to become the world's largest producer of personal computers, is sharing his annual bonus with his staff.<p>Angela Lee, a spokeswoman in Hong Kong for Lenovo, best known in the U.S. for acquiring IBM Corp.'s ThinkPad …

12 Ways to Become the Office Superstar

How to beat your generation's bad rap and become the office superstar<p>You've heard that millennials are power-hungry, overconfident people who spend all day attached to their iPhones and want constant promotions. Crush the stereotype with these tips from Gen Y career expert Dan Schawbel, author of …

Employment

A Discount Grocery Chain Is Being Touted As 'Wal-Mart's Worst Nightmare'

WinCo, a Western grocery chain with about 100 stores, has a business model that allows for cheaper prices than Wal-Mart, writes Brad Tuttle at Time.<p>WinCo keeps costs low by buying directly from suppliers and eliminating middlemen, according to Tuttle. It also doesn't accept credit cards and has …

Top Lacoste Salesman Fired For Posting Paycheck On Instagram

According to internal documents provided by Groom, in his biggest week he sold $39,315 worth of merchandise, $12,000 more than the next-highest clerk.<p>That's behind him, though, as he was allegedly fired for posting a picture of his paycheck to Instagram, as Gothamist reported. The corporate office …