Hello readers! Leaked documents show that Amazon plans to expand its drone delivery service soon, and PlayStation is finally getting a subscription gaming service.
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1.Your Amazon Prime packages could soon be delivered via drone. Leaked internal documents show that Amazon plans to ask 1,300 customers in two towns to test its Prime Air drone delivery this year.
*The expansion of its drone-testing program would mark a major step forward for Prime Air, nearly a decade after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled his vision for an automated drone delivery service.
*They’ll be able to choose from about 3,000 items — largely an array of pharmaceutical, beauty, and pet supplies — all of which weigh under five pounds.Amazon aims to deliver one item at a time, within an hour.
*Testers will be recruited from the towns of Lockeford, California, and College Station, Texas, with deliveries starting in September, according to the documents.
In other news:
2.PlayStation is finally getting a subscription gaming service. The $15-per-month service, which will launch in June, is Sony’s response to Microsoft’s wildly popular Xbox Game Pass service — but it lacks one critical component that made its competitor such a success.
3.A crypto hacker just pulled off one of the largest heists in history. The attacker made away with $625 million in tokens from Axie Infinity’s Ronin Network.
4.There’s a new spam trend: texts appearing to come from your own number. Verizon customers have been reporting suspicious texts ostensibly coming from themselves — a problem the company said it’s trying to fix. Robotexts have been on the rise in recent months.
5.Leaked Slack messages show Shopify plans to address pay and attrition woes. As Shopify’s stock falls from its pandemic highs, some employees (who are granted restricted stock units when they join the company) are growing uneasy about the total value of their compensation.
6.Yandex, Russia’s biggest tech company, has been sent into free fall by Putin’s Ukraine war. Known as “the Google of Russia,” Yandex is facing an uncertain future as its board fractures and it’s forced to grapple with the war’s fallout.
7.An SEO consultant who makes up to $40,000 a month shares how he grew his business on LinkedIn. Ryan Darani left an agency two years ago to begin freelancing. Now, he makes more than he did while at the firm — all while working fewer hours.
8.Okta is no longer cutting pay for workers who move out of the Bay Area. Okta’s head of dynamic work said as a way to bolster employee well-being, the software company won’t slash pay — even as other tech giants do.
9.These corporations have the best company culture. Using employee rankings, workplace culture site Comparably listed the companies with the best culture — and Microsoft tops the list.
10.Elon Musk is channeling his inner Slim Shady. The Tesla CEO quoted Eminem in a court filing that takes aim at an agreement with the SEC, which requires his lawyers to vet many of his tweets.
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