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Jeff Bezos ‘happy to lose’ customers over Black Lives Matter message at Fox Business. “This sort of hate shouldn’t be allowed to hide in the shadows,” Bezos wrote Sunday on Instagram with a screenshot of the email from someone named Dave. “It’s important to make it visible. This is just one example of the problem. And, Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose.” Read more


Walmart and foundation commit $100 million toward diversity efforts at Talk Business. “Walmart gave no details on the (racial equity) center’s location or who will oversee the initiative, saying only more information will be shared soon.” Read more


Amazon cracks down on fraudulent email campaigns at GeekWire. “The suits allege that companies in Georgia, Michigan and Texas wrongly used Amazon’s branding in spam campaigns designed to send traffic to fake Amazon-branded surveys run by online marketers. Those marketers then made money off advertising impressions, according to the suits.” Read more


Instacart tweaks tipping system after tip-baiting outcry at The Verge. “Instacart now says it will shorten the window a customer can alter their tip from three days down to 24 hours. It’s also now requiring customers leave feedback for removing tips and pledging to deactivate any customer who “consistently and egregiously engages in this type of behavior.” Read more


Brooks Brothers is talking to banks about raising financing for a potential bankruptcy that could come as soon as July at CNBC. Read more


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Private equity firm in talks to buy JCPenney – stock jumps at NY Post. “Private equity firm Sycamore Partners is in preliminary talks to acquire JCPenney out of bankruptcy should the US department store chain’s negotiations with its creditors fail, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday.” Read more


Germany will require all petrol stations to provide electric car charging at Reuters. Read more


Covid-19 Stalks Large Families in Rural America at Wall Street Journal. “A Wall Street Journal analysis found that, across the country, the virus has spread more widely in places with the most crowded households, not necessarily places with the largest or densest populations. Remote, rural hamlets where extended families live under the same roof have turned deadlier than some of the densest blocks of Manhattan or Chicago, the analysis found.” WSJ subs.


Dunkin’ plans to hire 25,000 workers as restaurant industry begins pandemic recovery at CNBC. Read more


Retail in age of coronavirus lockdowns can be dangerous, bloodied store manager says at Fox Business. “The masks seem to upset customers the most, said Clarke, although many shoppers don’t like rules requiring people to stay 6 feet apart or the store’s policy of banning the return of items during the pandemic. “I had one lady threaten to burn the store down because we wouldn’t take her return,” she said. “It’s insane.” Read more


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