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Google, Amazon Funnel Money to Virus Conspiracy Sites: Study

(Bloomberg) — Digital advertising platforms run by Google, Amazon.com Inc. and other tech companies will funnel at least $25 million to websites spreading misinformation about Covid-19 this year, according to a study released Wednesday.

Google’s platforms will provide $19 million, or $3 out of every $4 that the misinformation sites get in ad revenue. OpenX, a smaller digital ad distributor, handles about 10% of the money, while Amazon’s technology delivers roughly $1.7 million, or 7%, of the digital marketing spending these sites will receive, according to a research group called the Global Disinformation Index.

GDI made the estimates in a study that analyzed ads running between January and June on 480 English language websites identified as publishers of virus misinformation. Some of the ads were for brands including cosmetics giant L’Oreal SA, furniture website Wayfair Inc. and imaging technology company Canon Inc. The data exclude social-media and online-video services, so

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Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum Took That Big Amazon Money and Ran with It

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At one point in the development of “Making the Cut” with Amazon Prime Video, executive producer and host Heidi Klum decided to ask the online retail behemoth if they could have a jet for the show.

Not some dinky Gulfstream, mind you. Like…a jet jet. A real, big jet.

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“We were kind of hoping to get a big Amazon plane, because I was already thinking about commercials we can shoot — like Tim [Gunn] and I hopping out of a plane with Amazon boxes, delivering them to people,” Klum said in an interview with IndieWire. “My brain was going 100 miles an hour. A plane would have been nice with sewing machines in there, like ‘OK, your first assignment is not in New York, it’s in Paris. But guess what?’ You open a plane, they go in there, and

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The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday

Amazon's top daily deals this Monday include plenty of outdoor favorites.
Amazon’s top daily deals this Monday include plenty of outdoor favorites.

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Editor’s Note: Prices may have changed since Monday for these deals. For Tuesday’s top deals on Amazon, check out our new story here. 

Amazon’s Big Style Sale may have ended, but that doesn’t mean the retailer is slowing down on the deals front—far from. In fact, we’ve found five great things up for grabs at the online megastore this morning that are sure to make your Monday.

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From a pair of grilling tongs that will be just what the doctor ordered for all of those July 4th cookouts to a shaded beach tent that will protect your family from any harmful

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The independent bookshops to buy from instead of Amazon

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Whether you’re a bibliophile or not, visiting an independent bookshop is a calming and enjoyable experience. There’s a real joy to surrounding yourself with unread stories – old and new, pre-loved and ready-to-be-loved, first editions and classics – you never truly know what you might find and fall in love with. The quietness and tranquillity also make them an easy place to pass the time.

Amazingly, considering the availability of cheap books online, independent bookshops started to pop up increasingly more last year – with the Booksellers Association reporting that the number of independent bookshops increased for the second year running by 16 per cent.

Yet, owing to coronavirus, all non-essential shops were forced to close their doors on 23 March, so many indie booksellers have been put at risk.

While the latest easing of lockdown restrictions means independent bookstores are now allowed to open, with strict social distancing

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The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday

These deals are popping.
These deals are popping.

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It may only be Tuesday, but already, it’s been a wild week of deals for Amazon. Not only is the online retailer hosting its huge Big Style Sale, where we’re seeing serious price cuts on some of the site’s best fashion brands, you can also shop its great everyday markdowns on all of the products we know and love best.

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It’s a lot of ground to cover, but we’ve managed to suss out not only only suss 35 of the best things to shop from this massive style savings event, but the five best general Amazon deals of the day, too. From a Ninja blender that will change

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‘This is where the future is going:’ Amazon Executive on $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund

Amazon (AMZN) launched a $2 billion venture capital fund Tuesday to invest in technologies and services aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking to Yahoo Finance, Amazon’s Head of Worldwide Sustainability Kara Hurst said the move was yet another step to use the e-commerce giant’s “scale for good” as it sets aggressive targets to become carbon neutral by 2040.  

“This is where the future is going, this is where our products and services are needed, and the fund is another signal on the investment that we’re willing to make,” said Hurst, on Yahoo Finance’s Ticker. 

The Climate Pledge Fund will invest in companies across multiple sectors, though its initial focus will be on transportation and logistics; energy generation, storage, and utilization; manufacturing and materials; circular economy; and food and agriculture, Amazon said.

The fund is the latest step by the Seattle-based company to reduce its carbon footprint amid explosive growth

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Bookshops fight back against virus and Amazon

Bookbugs and Dragon Tales owner Leanne Fridd has been running online storytelling sessions
Bookbugs and Dragon Tales owner Leanne Fridd has been running online storytelling sessions

Before lockdown, the number of independent bookshops in the UK rose for three years in a row. But the pandemic drove customers online – and shops had to get creative to survive.

Running an independent bookshop can be a challenge at the best of times, trying to compete with the might of Amazon and the supermarkets. In recent years, things had been looking up, however, with 890 on our high streets in 2019, up from 867 three years earlier.

They took a major hit during lockdown, but most have reopened (except in Scotland) in time for Independent Bookshop Week, which runs until Saturday. Many found new ways to reach readers while their doors were shut, but their long-term futures are still in the balance.

“As yet we have no idea how many retail casualties may result from

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Bookshops on the battle with virus and Amazon

Bookbugs and Dragon Tales owner Leanne Fridd has been running online storytelling sessions
Bookbugs and Dragon Tales owner Leanne Fridd has been running online storytelling sessions

Before lockdown, the number of independent bookshops in the UK rose for three years in a row. But the pandemic drove customers online – and shops had to get creative to survive.

Running an independent bookshop can be a challenge at the best of times, trying to compete with the might of Amazon and the supermarkets. In recent years, things had been looking up, however, with 890 on our high streets in 2019, up from 867 three years earlier.

They took a major hit during lockdown, but most have reopened (except in Scotland) in time for Independent Bookshop Week, which runs until Saturday. Many found new ways to reach readers while their doors were shut, but their long-term futures are still in the balance.

“As yet we have no idea how many retail casualties may result from

Read More

The sellers to buy from instead of Amazon

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Whether you’re a bibliophile or not, visiting an independent bookshop is a calming and enjoyable experience. There’s a real joy to surrounding yourself with unread stories – old and new, pre-loved and ready-to-be-loved, first editions and classics – you never truly know what you might find and fall in love with. The quietness and tranquillity also make them an easy place to pass the time.

Amazingly, considering the availability of cheap books online, independent bookshops started to pop up increasingly more last year – with the Booksellers Association reporting that the number of independent bookshops increased for the second year running by 16 per cent.

Yet, owing to coronavirus, all non-essential shops were forced to close their doors on 23 March, so many indie booksellers have been put at risk.

While the latest easing of lockdown restrictions means independent bookstores are now allowed to open, with strict social distancing

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Pot shops are copying Amazon and Uber Eats

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The cannabis sector is tearing pages from the playbooks of technology titans during COVID-19, deploying ideas inspired by Amazon (AMZN) and Uber Eats (UBER) to reshape how consumers buy pot.

The pandemic spurred a flurry of innovation as governments locked down brick-and-mortar cannabis stores in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. In Ontario, private retailers fast-tracked new online sales channels temporarily opened up by the province, allowing them to stay in business after stores were ordered closed between April 5 and the first phase of conditional reopening on May 19.

Many within the industry want the Ford government to make the concessions granted to weather the virus permanent. Prior to COVID-19, legal online sales in Ontario were the exclusive domain of the province-run Ontario Cannabis Store.

While it’s unclear if the window of digital opportunity will remain open for private shops once state of emergency orders

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