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•  From CNBC, a story about how the US Department of Labor has "ordered Amazon to review how it responds to severe weather events following an investigation into a deadly warehouse collapse in Illinois last year."  The government, however, will not be "levying a citation with fines or other penalties," the story says.

"On Tuesday," CNBC reports, "OSHA investigators said they concluded that Amazon’s severe weather emergency procedures 'met minimal safety guidelines for storm sheltering,' but that a series of safety risks were identified during the probe … In December, an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, was severely damaged after a tornado ripped through the facility, causing the 1.1 million-square-foot building’s roof to collapse, while 40-foot-tall, 11-inch-thick walls on the sides of the building fell inward. Six workers were killed, most of whom were contracted delivery drivers."



•  The Information reports that Meta Platforms - the company formerly known as Facebook - "may be trying to usher millions into the metaverse, but first it needs to sell more hardware - and so today comes the unveiling of a brick and mortar Meta Store, a place for the company to experiment ahead of a possible wider retail rollout. Opening in Burlingame, California on May 9, the shop nestled in Meta’s Reality Labs campus near the San Francisco International Airport will let visitors try out the Quest 2 headset, Ray-Ban Stories glasses and Portal devices before buying."