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November 20, 2018

IN THE NEWS: AMAZON AND BRAINS

NEW YORK (AP) — As Amazon continues to expand its reach, many companies are finding that competition with the retail giant expands beyond sales. Some of Amazon’s rivals are finding that the company is not only eating away at their profits — but also their brain trust. Some industries in the two cities where Amazon will put its new sub-headquarters fear they might lose employees. Amazon plans to hire 50,000 new workers as they branch into New York City and the Washington D.C. suburb of Crystal City, Virginia. And that may affect businesses that rely on workers like computer programmers, mobile app developers, data scientists and cybersecurity experts. Not only is it expected that Amazon will cause salaries to increase, it’s also expected it will cause companies to change their work atmosphere to project an image considered more likely to attract — and keep — younger skilled workers.

IN THE NEWS: AIRBNB - ISRAEL

JERUSALEM (AP) — Home-rental company Airbnb is drawing fire from Israeli officials because of a business decision it has made. The online rental agency says it will remove its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The move means some 200 listings will come down — and that Airbnb will cease operations in Israeli settlements, though it’s unclear when those listings will be purged. Airbnb says the settlements “are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” An Israeli official has called on Airbnb hosts affected by the decision to sue under the nation’s anti-boycott law. Much of the international community views the West Bank settlements as illegal. And human rights groups along with Palestinian leaders have long called on Airbnb to remove the listings.

ON THE WEB: CHIPOTLE REVERSES DECISION ON FIRING MANAGER

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Chipotle said says it has reversed itself on a decision to fire the manager of one of its restaurants in St, Paul, Minnesota. The manager was let go after an incident in which employees at the restaurant refused to serve five black men — and asked them to prove they could pay before taking their order. One of the men posted footage of the incident online and complained it was a case of racial profiling. But employees of that Chipotle have said the men are repeat dine-and-dashers.

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Online:

Chipotle site: http://www.chipotle.com

IN STORES: DAVID’S BRIDAL FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

CONSHOKOCKEN, Penn. (AP) — If you’re a bride to be, take note: David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection. But not to worry — the company says the filing won’t affect customers who have ordered dresses. Operations at the bridal and prom retailer’s 300 stores will continue as normal as the company restructures under the nation’s bankruptcy laws. And it says, its online sales will also continue without interruption.

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Online:

David’s Bridal site: http://www.davidsbridal.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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