Here's what we're talking about this week in the GeekWire podcast.
Amazon and critics are waging a PR war in the company's first virtual annual meeting. An employee said working in an Amazon warehouse was like the "golden ticket", but a former employee and critic spoke of "toxicity" in corporate culture. We saw the whole thing and will tell you all about it.
- Former employee and activist Maren Costa said: “Toxicity is inherent in our operations because pollution causes stunted lung development, asthma and higher mortality rates from COVID-19 that focus on black and brown communities. This is environmental racism. "
- The meeting started with front-line vignettes that highlighted the company's investment in fighting COVID-19, which is expected to cost $ 4 billion this quarter alone.
HBO Max, the new streaming service developed in Seattle, is launched without the support of its technical neighbor Amazon – and there is an interesting background story.
- The service costs $ 14.99 a month and includes access to 10,000 hours of content, including original HBO shows, popular films, and classic television.
- However, you won't find it on Amazon Fire TV. The company believes that HBO Max should be part of the current HBO subscription service that it offers through Prime.
And Some iconic entertainment and tech destinations in Seattle – the Cinerama and Living Computers Museum – suddenly faces an uncertain future and a possible demise. We'll explain why. And we will discuss why it might make economic sense for Amazon to buy the Cinerama.
- Vulcan plans to close Vulcan Arts + Entertainment and Vulcan Productions by the end of the year to question whether some of its organizations will ever return.
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With Todd Bishop from GeekWire, Monica Nickelsburg and John Cook. Produced by Curt Milton. Theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.