From: Digital Trends - Your sweet tooth will thank you — meet Amazon’s Prime Surprise Sweets

Say hello to Amazon’s newest Dash button — Prime Surprise Sweets. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. A surprise box of sweet treats that you can get delivered right to your door within two days.

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From: GeekWire - How Amazon parties: Inside the tech giant’s massive post-holiday celebration and concert

Amazon turned Seattle’s largest event center into its own wonderland on Friday night as a way to say “thank you” to thousands of employees. The tech giant hosted 22,000 people at its annual post-holiday party inside CenturyLink Field and Event Center, and GeekWire had a chance to experience the massive celebration among a throng of Seattle-area Amazon workers. There was an array of activities, food, drinks, and fun across the 200,000 square-foot event center and throughout CenturyLink Field, the 67,000-seat stadium which serves home to the Seattle Seahawks. The party kicked off around 8 p.m., and there was a never-ending stream of employees with… Read More

From: GeekWire - Week In Geek: Snapchat’s new Seattle office, legal drama for drones, and more

It was quite a week for Seattle’s commercial real estate world. Snap Inc., the parent company of popular messaging app Snapchat, became the latest California tech company to make Seattle its home-away-from-home with the lease of a huge new office. Another real estate milestone this week: a building previously occupied by Amazon was sold for close to $269 million, or $925 per square foot. That’s a new record for office building sales in the city, and almost double the record that was set in 2005. And as major tech companies are changing the landscape of Seattle’s commercial real estate, some companies are… Read More

From: GeekWire - Amazon launches virtual Dash buttons to encourage impulse buying on website and mobile apps

Instant gratification has always been a key part of’s strategy. Hence one-click buying, free two-day delivery with Prime membership and the fledgling drone delivery program. Anything to cut the time and effort between wanting and having. Toward that end, the world’s largest online retailer in March 2015 introduced Dash buttons, small stick-on physical buttons that allow reordering frequently used items, such as diapers or paper towels, with a single button press. Thursday evening it took the buttons a step further, introducing digital Dash buttons. Available only to Prime members, digital Dash buttons are small icons on the Amazon home page and mobile… Read More

From: GeekWire - Amazon’s latest attempt to build a friendlier workplace is a training program for employees in trouble

Amazon is rolling out a new training program for employees placed on its controversial “Performance Improvement Plan” (PIP), according to an email obtained by Business Insider. The initiative, called “Pivot,” connects under-performing employees with a team of “subject matter experts,” called Career Ambassadors. Based on a Career Ambassador job listing spotted by BI, PIP employees who opt-in to Pivot receive coaching and “specialist advice regarding HR, performance, and employment issues.” Amazon has been fighting a PR battle after a widely-read New York Times article characterized the company’s workplace as “bruising” and unforgiving. Amazon has disputed factual elements of the story and… Read More