Amazon’s Critics Get New Life With Trump’s Attacks on the Company

Amazon’s Critics Get New Life With Trump’s Attacks on the Company Photo President Trump’s attacks on the Amazon and its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, have opened the door for the company’s critics. Credit Jason Redmond/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images One of Amazon’s antagonists seized the moment last month with an unusual newspaper advertisement addressed to President Trump. The ad, from a nonprofit that advocates less government, attacked a Defense Department technology contract that Amazon intends to bid on, calling it a lucrative handout for the company.
A top think tank critic of Amazon’s market power also credited Mr. Trump on Twitter this month for blasting the internet retailer’s relationship with the United States Postal Service. And the head of a leading labor union said more Americans in both parties should speak out, as Mr. Trump has, about Amazon’s harmful effect on jobs.
As Mr. Trump has become Amazon’s basher in chief with his frequent Twitter attacks on the company an..

Zelle, the Banks’ Answer to Venmo, Proves Vulnerable to Fraud

Zelle, the Banks’ Answer to Venmo, Proves Vulnerable to Fraud

Big banks are making it easy to zap money to your friends. Maybe too easy.
Zelle, a service that allows bank customers to instantly send money to their acquaintances, is booming. Thousands of new users sign up every day. Some $75 billion zoomed through Zelle’s network last year. That’s more than twice the amount of money that customers transferred with Venmo, a rival money-transfer app.
But the same features that make Zelle so useful for customers, its speed and ubiquity, have made it irresistible to thieves. Hackers and con artists have used the system to steal from victims — some of whom had never used Zelle or even heard of it until someone used it to clean out their bank accounts.
Interviews with more than two dozen customers who had their money stolen through Zelle illustrate the weaknesses that criminals are using in targeting the network. While all financial systems are susceptible to fraud, aspects of Zelle’s design..

Is Facebook’s Campbell Brown a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Is She Fake News?

Is Facebook’s Campbell Brown a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Is She Fake News? It was another terrible day for Facebook and the company had dispatched Campbell Brown, its head of news partnerships, to do some damage control.
In mid-March, Ms. Brown took the stage at a conference in New York about the future of the media industry. In front of a room full of editors and advertising executives, she immediately faced a question about Facebook’s latest scandal: The company had sent a letter to The Guardian threatening a lawsuit if the newspaper published a massive report on the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica’s improper harvesting of the data of millions of the social network’s users.
“If it were me, I would have probably not threatened to sue The Guardian,” Ms. Brown said, with a Southern lilt in her voice and the easy charm of a onetime broadcast anchor. “Probably not our wisest move.”
Some in the audience shot surprised glances at one another. That Ms. Brown was so willing ..

Tesla Factory Safety Under Scrutiny After Worker Is Injured

Tesla Factory Safety Under Scrutiny After Worker Is Injured Photo Tesla’s Model 3, which is made at a factory in Fremont, Calif. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating a worker’s injury there this month. Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images Tesla is already under scrutiny because of its uncertain financial outlook, troubles producing a new model and safety questions about its driver-assistance technology.
Now it is coming under fire on a new front: workplace injuries.
California’s job safety watchdog said Friday that it was investigating a recent incident at the automaker’s factory in Fremont that left a worker hospitalized with a broken jaw.
It said the man, a 30-year-old millwright employed by a subcontractor, had been hit by a skid carrier, a piece of equipment used to move a vehicle through the assembly process.
The state agency, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, has six months to issue citations for any violations of workplace safety regula..

India’s ATMs Are Running Out of Cash. Again.

India’s ATMs Are Running Out of Cash. Again.
NEW DELHI — For the second time in 18 months, India has a shortage of cash. And like last time, economists say, it’s primarily the government’s fault.
Empty ATMs and bank restrictions on withdrawals have been reported in eight states this week, and some bank managers said the cash crunch has been building for months.
The government says the cash problem was caused by an unusual spurt in demand and will be eased within days. But if it persists, the shortage poses a political threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose administration has been hit in recent weeks from a series of stumbles. Most recently, he was criticized for his long silence over the horrific gang rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl that police say was committed by a group of Hindu men to terrorize the Muslim population.
On Monday, Sampath Kumar Lohati drove his scooter around Warangal, a city in the south Indian state of Telangana, for more than four hours trying ..

U.S. Said to Investigate AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim

U.S. Said to Investigate AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim Photo Verizon and AT&T face accusations that they colluded with a group that sets mobile industry standards to try to restrict a new technology, currently in relatively few devices, that allows consumers to easily switch carriers. Credit Jeenah Moon for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, according to six people with knowledge of the inquiry.
In February, the Justice Department issued demands to AT&T, Verizon and the G.S.M.A., a mobile industry standards-setting group, for information on potential collusion to thwart a technology known as eSIM, said two of the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details are confidential.
The eSIM technology lets people remotely switch wireless provide..

The Saturday Profile: Long Before Cambridge Analytica, a Belief in the ‘Power of the Subliminal’

Long Before Cambridge Analytica, a Belief in the ‘Power of the Subliminal’ Photo The offices of SCL Group in London. Its founder, Nigel Oakes, has stayed studiously in the background. Credit Andy Rain/EPA, via Shutterstock LONDON — Nearly three decades ago, an ambitious young London advertising executive named Nigel Oakes fell out with his partners, two psychologists, over a central claim of his new business: That using the tools of social science, he could plant motivations in a person’s brain without their knowledge, prompting them to behave as a client wished.
The psychologists considered his claims unscientific, and severed the relationship. “He wanted to exaggerate what was possible to do using psychology,” said Barrie Gunter, one of the pyschologists. Adrian Furnham, the other, said Mr. Oakes was convinced of “that mystical, incredible power of the subliminal.”
For years, Mr. Oakes kept trying, convinced he was on to something. But there was no breakthrough until the United State..

Bits: Kevin’s Week in Tech: Jeff Bezos Reminds Tech Who’s Boss

Kevin’s Week in Tech: Jeff Bezos Reminds Tech Who’s Boss Photo Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, released a letter to shareholders that included big numbers: 560,000 employees and more than 100 million Prime members. A smaller one: a median worker salary of $28,446. Credit Amy Harris/Invision, via Associated Press Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses developments in the tech industry, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here.
Hello again! I’m finally getting back to a somewhat normal existence after last week’s Facebookpalooza. I even filed my taxes with several hours to spare, which is a first for me.
This week, as Mark Zuckerberg presumably took a very long nap, we heard from another tech billionaire — Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, whose empire (and net worth) makes Mr. Zuckerberg’s look relatively modest.
Every year, Mr. Bezos’ shareholder letter is treated by many Amazo..