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An argument for a new kind of regulation of Amazon and other tech giants

Technology consultant Robin Gaster proposes in a new book on Amazon that big tech companies be regulated as utilities and required to provide detailed data about their operations. He argues that would especially benefit the millions of sellers on Amazon’s platform that today have little choice but to accept Amazon’s rules and sometimes arbitrary penalties.

Amazon wins early court fight against Parler

Parler will still be able to pursue its lawsuit alleging that its cutoff by Amazon Web Services was a politically motivated decision to favor Twitter. But U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle made clear that the evidence of an antitrust violation, so far, is thin.

Luxury retailer Mytheresa debuts with $407 million IPO

The pandemic has been a mixed blessing to internet retailers, Mytheresa CEO Michael Kliger said. While the outbreak has disrupted supply chains, the lockdowns imposed across Europe have encouraged more people to shop online.

Amazon offers to help Biden administration with vaccinations

Dave Clark, the incoming CEO of Amazon’s retail unit, reiterated a request Amazon made to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month asking that frontline workers among the company’s more than 800,000 U.S. employees receive vaccines at the “earliest appropriate time.”

How might President Joe Biden impact ecommerce?

The incoming Biden administration must address trade relations with China, and that could impact online retailers, say industry executives. They are also closely watching whether the new president and Democrat-controlled Congress will seek to break up tech giants or force them to take greater responsibility for what’s on their sites, which could include marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

Makeup influencer capitalizes on her following to launch own brand

After running a successful affiliate makeup tutorial video blog on YouTube with 10,000 subscribers, influencer Lisa Jauregui launched BK Beauty in 2019 with her husband Paul Jauregui. The husband-wife duo grew sales 200% year over year after analyzing their audience’s purchasing behavior and learning from industry events.