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Submission + - Seven Ways CEO Jeff Bezos Can Encourage Women to Join Amazon (

reifman writes: All of the former Amazon employees who spoke to the New York Times on the record placed their future careers at risk. The stories from some of the women brave enough to speak out were chilling and reflect evidence of misogyny within Amazon. Bezos had asked Amazon employees to immediately report any such behavior and suggested that there would be zero tolerance for it. Yet, shortly after, his spokesman Jay Carney publicly attacked those brave enough to speak to reporters, which only underscored their point. One commentator wrote that Carney's actual intent was to intimidate remaining employees from speaking up, an echo of the initial attacks on Bill Cosby's accusers. Here are seven ways Bezos can encourage women to join Amazon.

Submission + - Amazon warns employees about 'Million Mask March' on Seattle HQ today (

reifman writes: Amazon is warning employees not to wear clothing with company logos, and telling them to keep their badges out of sight as hundreds of people loyal to the hacktivist group Anonymous plan to march on the tech giant’s Seattle headquarters this afternoon. A Facebook message from the Seattle-based group reads, “On November 5th, we will be rallying at Westlake Park in Seattle at 2pm, and then marching to the Federal Courthouse at 3pm, and from there, we shall march to Amazon for some serious lulz!. Teach-ins and rallies will continue throughout the remainder of the day.”

Submission + - Capital One Fraud Detection Shuts Down Cards Inappropriately (

reifman writes: On Sunday, Capital One declined a $280 travel reservation I charged at India-based and immediately shut off my card for all transactions until I contacted them by phone. It wasn’t the first time that CapitalOne had shut off my card after a single suspect transaction. But, I’d actually purchased from using my CapitalOne card on two prior occasions. It was an example of very poor fraud detection and led me on a tour of their pathetic customer service. The banks want to cut their losses regardless of how it impacts their customers.

Submission + - Personal Data of 15M T-Mobile Credit Applicants Hacked (

reifman writes: T-Mobile said today that the data of about 15 million credit applicants was stolen from credit reporting agency Experian. Applicants who had their credit checked for T-Mobile phone plans and financing between Sept. 1, 2013 through Sept. 16, 2015 may have had their sensitive personal data revealed in the hack. While data like Social Security numbers and ID numbers were encrypted, Experian said that the encryption may have been broken. T-Mobile is offering customers two years of identity theft protection through ... Experian ... If you're willing to give your e-mail, social security number and security questions to the company yet again in your identity theft protection application.

Submission + - Aerial Photos of Amazon's Epic Biospheres (

reifman writes: I spent Saturday taking panoramas and photos of Seattle's massive array of construction cranes. GeekWire just hired pilots to shoot images of Amazon's coming biodomes from the sky: 'The ornate spheres will sit in the shadow the Space Needle and will almost certainly become some of the city’s most recognizable structures. The largest of the three spheres will sit 95 feet tall and 130 feet in diameter. That’s about the equivalent of an eight-story building.' The first floor and neighboring dog park will allow local women a place to meet busy Amazon men.

Submission + - Tech overkill destroyed the loveliest city on the West Coast (

reifman writes: I've been trying to explain to Seattle residents how Amazon's rapid growth is driving out artists and homogenizing the culture but have not been able to anywhere near as well as Adrian Weckler describes the death of San Francisco by tech firms: 'Gone are many artists, artisans and tradespeople. Instead, the lofts, townhouses and studios are being populated with content curators, engineers and infrastructure architects. They're young, they're rich and they're dull as dishwater. The city that once identified with The Grateful Dead now hums along to Hootie and the Blowfish.'

Submission + - Amazon Men Facing Gridlock in Company Restrooms (

reifman writes: Washington State's been investigating complaints by Amazon men about long waits for the restroom in company offices. Public records requests revealed floors with 150 men and as few as four toilets. Amazon refuses to release diversity numbers for its Seattle workforce but soon most of these will be able to walk to their nearby apartment units for bathroom breaks.

Submission + - Amazon's Diversity Problem: Too Many Men, Not Enough Toilets (

reifman writes: Washington State's investigating ongoing complaints by Amazon men about overcrowded restrooms: 'if you were a female worker on the 9th floor of Amazon's Varzea building in 2013, you would have been surrounded by 60 men, and just two other women. That meant there was one female worker for every women's bathroom stall, compared to about 15 men to every fixture up one floor, 100 men and 13 women. Up one more 77 men and nine women. ' One female employee complained on Twitter of always having to turn the light on in the bathroom. Amazon continues to refuse to release gender, race and income statistics for its Seattle workforce.

Submission + - Engaging Newbies in Email Encryption and Network Privacy (

reifman writes: All six parts of my series introducing beginners to PGP encryption and network privacy are now freely available. I hope it's useful for Slashdot readers to share with their less-technical acquaintances. There's an introduction to PGP, a guide to email encryption on the desktop, smartphone and in the browser, an introduction to the emerging key sharing and authentication startup,, and an intro to VPNs. There's a lot more work for us to do in the ease of use of communications privacy but this helps people get started more with what's available today.

Submission + - "Flee the Jungle" Launch Promotes Amazon Shopping Alternatives (

reifman writes: Flee the Jungle launched yesterday to begin raising discussion and pressuring Amazon about its harmful impacts on its hometown, labor and women. It encourages consumers to end their Prime memberships and switch to competitors ( claims to be targeting Amazon's market share specifically.) International residents can request a copy of Flee the Jungle to launch in their countries.

Submission + - Amazon Misled the Associated Press About Seattle's Housing Problems (

reifman writes: Recently, Amazon PR told the Associated Press (AP) that it had 'given the city [of Seattle] tens of millions of dollars for affordable housing' for a story syndicated by more than 300 news sites including The New York Times, The Washington Post and many others around the world. It turns out their claim isn't quite accurate. The fees weren't donated nor were they in "the tens of millions." Furthermore, there have been recent protests outside the company's headquarters for its harms to affordable housing and a friend of mine working in the space told me, 'No one in the affordable housing world sees [Amazon] as anything other than a driver of increased costs.' The company also made claims that it 'paid for a new street car' and donated to 100 charities — statements somewhat overstated for effect. For example, it did buy one of four street cars but only paid for 1/10th of the four car system. It's actually rare that Amazon's PR team responds to reporters at all. The only time I've heard from them was for a Slashdot post on unlaunching their Civic Apps contest, they lied to me. Reporter Paul Constant once wrote he, '...suspect[s] that the Amazon PR phone line is connected to an answering machine in an abandoned warehouse in Belize.'

Submission + - Amazon's Leading the Economic Boom Wrecking Seattle ( 1

reifman writes: Seattleites are struggling with massive traffic, rising housing costs and declining diversity. Amazon's building and acquiring enough office space to triple its local headcount by 2020. Facebook, Google and many other tech companies are now expanding here as well — it's the San Franciscoization of Seattle. Downtown is filled with 75 cranes — some blocks look like mining towns. Amazon's hired so many white males that King County is now the whitest in the nation and hate crimes against gays have shot up in a formerly LGBTQ neighborhood. Politicians can't agree on reforming impact fees and taxes to address these issues. Recently, a long time Amazonian told its interns to avoid full time employment there. Since most employees burn out within one to two years and leave, the company doesn't care much about the quality of life in the city. It's treating Seattle as an empty vessel for profit.

Submission + - Amazon Driven Tech Boom Reshaping But Breaking Seattle (

reifman writes: The quality of life in the Emerald City has swiftly been ruined. Since 2010, Amazon has approximately quintupled its local headcount to nearly 25,000. It's building and acquiring enough office space for 71,500 employees here by 2020. The company's torn down nearly every building in South Lake Union just north of the city center to construct new offices. Downtown is currently filled with 75 cranes — some blocks look like mining areas. But many other technology companies are now joining into the San Francisco-ization of Seattle. Traffic's often a nightmare. Housing prices and rental costs are skyrocketing; homelessness is up 21% since last year. Diversity is declining while hate crimes in the formerly gay stronghold of Capitol Hill are rising. The company hires so many men, many white, that our county is now the whitest of the nation's most populous. City and state government and political leaders remain apparently incapable of addressing these issues. This week, a long time Amazonian told its interns to get jobs elsewhere. Most employees burn out within one to two years until Amazon finds replacements. The company doesn't seem to care if the quality of life remains high here, it's using Seattle as an empty vessel for profit.

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