The Business of Amazon’s Shipping Boxes

The Business of Amazon’s Shipping Boxes

Source:  CNBC on YouTube

Cardboard boxes are a really big deal in the U.S.  Amazon alone shipped over 5 billion packages through its Prime service  in 2017.

But as Amazon moves to plastic mailers and paper mailers, the corrugated box market is bracing for the fallout.

Watch “The Business of Amazon Shipping Boxes” above and read the story at CNBC on YouTube. 

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Meet the vigilantes filling in the potholes in Oakland, California

Meet the vigilantes filling in the potholes in Oakland, California

Source:  VICE

For a state where the car is king, California’s roads are in pretty terrible shape.  This is particularly true in Oakland, California where tens of thousands of unfilled potholes wreak havoc on San Francisco Bay Area drivers every day.

“You can’t can’t go one block without hitting a massive pothole and having your coffee jump out of the coffee holder,” Brian, who asked that his last name be withheld, told VICE News.  “After so many years, we just decided to do something about it.”

At the end of April, Brian and his friend Eric bought a tamper and some asphalt, watched a few YouTube videos, and went out in the middle of the night and filled a particularly bad pothole.

They kept at it over the following weeks, documenting their exploits on Instagram and getting a lot of likes.

Calling themselves the Pothole Vigilantes, the duo struck a chord in the scarred city.

Read the story at VICE.

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“Framing John DeLorean” is a multi-faceted portrait of an American automotive maverick

“Framing John DeLorean” is a multi-faceted portrait of an American automotive maverick

Source:  Slant

John DeLorean has a biography that could have been reverse-engineered from a Hollywood epic about the rise and fall of an auto industry titan.

The story of Delorean’s life suggests Citizen Kane set in the world of the automotive industry, so it’s no wonder there have been dozens of attempts to turn his life into a biopic.

That’s information we learn right away from “Framing John DeLorean,” a documentary that uses reenactments (featuring Alec Baldwin as Delorean) and archival footage to dramatize Delorean’s flamboyant life and spectacular downfall.

Directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce understand that DeLorean’s appeal lies in his glamorous life and tragic demise, and they have made a fast-paced, richly designed, sprightly edited work about their ostentatious and irresistible subject.

“Framing John Delorean” arrives in theaters and Video on Demand on June 7.

Read the story at Slant.

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How Best Buy cheated death and took on Amazon

How Best Buy cheated death and took on Amazon

Source:  CNBC

Amazon has shattered traditional brick-and-mortar stores across sectors, but there’s one retail giant that still stands amid the rapidly changing retail market: Best Buy.

In 2012, the electronics chain almost declared bankruptcy.  Then, somehow, it didn’t.

Watch “How Best Buy Cheated Death and Took on Amazon” above and read the story at CNBC.

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The case against Huawei explained

The case against Huawei explained

Source:  The Verge

Earlier this week, chip designer ARM announced that it was cutting ties with Huawei, in the interests of “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the U.S. government.”  It’s a catastrophe for Huawei’s device business, halting its access to current and future chip designs and coming on the heels of similar breaks from Google and Microsoft.

Security experts have been warning about Huawei for more than a year, but it’s only in the last week that those warnings have escalated into an all-out trade blockade on the company’s U.S. partners.

There’s never been a full accounting of why the U.S. government believes Huawei is such a threat, in large part because of national security interests, which means much of the evidence remains secret.

But it’s worth tracing out exactly where the concerns are coming from, and where they could go from here.

Watch “The Huawei Ban is Much Bigger Than You Think” above and read the story at The Verge.

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Gravitas Ventures acquires U.S. rights to “Inside Lehman Brothers”

Gravitas Ventures acquires U.S. rights to “Inside Lehman Brothers”

Source:  Variety

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. rights to “Inside Lehman Brothers,” which chronicles the story of Lehman employees who paid the price for trying to expose the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.

The film is director Jennifer Deschamps’ account of the mostly female employees who recognized the early warnings signs of the subprime mortgage crisis that would go on to rattle the global economy.

When the employees tried to raise the alarm about corrupt lending practices at Lehman Brothers, they were subjected to harassment and threats instead.

A limited theatrical release for “Inside Lehman Brothers” is slated for the fall.

Read the story at Variety.

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