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•  From the Financial Times:

"Amazon shareholders will challenge the company on executive pay, tax transparency, working conditions and unionisation, as chief executive Andy Jassy faces his first annual meeting at the helm of the ecommerce and cloud computing giant.

"The $1tn tech company is opposing all 15 of the shareholder proposals, the most it has faced since 2010, according to regulatory filings. In that time, no proposal has secured 50 per cent support and voting has historically followed the board’s recommendations. Founder and former chief executive Jeff Bezos himself controls 12.7 per cent of the overall vote.

"Still, the strength of opposition could force the company to alter its policies and practices, as Big Tech companies are increasingly challenged by investors who want them to become more responsive to public controversies."

•  The Seattle Mariners announced that the new "Walk-Off Market" at T-Mobile Park - featuring both Amazon's Just Walk Out checkout-free technology and Amazon One biometric payment technology - will open tonight for the Mariners' game against the Oakland Athletics.

It is the first major league stadium to be equipped with both technologies.  The "Walk Off Market" is being run by hospitality company Sodexo Live!.

The opening comes at the same time as Amazon is expanding use of its Amazon One contactless payment system to Whole Foods stores in both California and New York.

Nice to know that in a season where the Mariners already are nine games out of the first place in their division, and the last-place Athletics are 10.5 games out, at least the fans will be winners with a new frictionless shopping experience.