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The Amazon Warehouse Walkout Is Just the Latest Push

In the predawn hours of Wednesday morning, workers at three Amazon warehouses walked off the job. More than 60 employees at two delivery stations in Queens, New York, and one in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC coordinated the first multistate walkout at US Amazon warehouses and demanded a $3 hourly raise. As high-profile union elections in Bessemer, Alabama, and Staten Island, New York, have captured the world’s attention, an informal union named Amazonians United (AU) has been staging actions at facilities across the country—and winning. The worker-led organization began…

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Amazon Finally, Officially Owns MGM. Now What?

The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of culture, from movies to memes, TV to Twitter. Amazon now owns James Bond. And RoboCop. And a few Rockys. Yes, nearly a year after it announced its $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM, the everything store finally closed the deal Thursday, saying the classic Hollywood studio “will complement Prime Video and Amazon Studios’ work in delivering a diverse offering of entertainment choices to customers.” No doubt its 4,000 films and thousands of hours of television will…

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Why Amazon is buying MGM holdings and James Bond for $8.45 billion

Update, March 17, 10 am: Amazon’s $8.45 billion deal has closed, and the company announced that MGM will be joining Prime Video and Amazon Studios. Big tech companies have been eyeing big media companies for years — but they’ve never gotten together before. Now it’s finally, probably happening: Amazon is getting ready to pay $9 billion for MGM Holdings, the Hollywood studio that brings you James Bond and a smattering of other stuff, like the Pink Panther movies and The Handmaid’s Tale TV show. Which leads to some questions. Why…

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