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•  Bloomberg reports that "dozens of Amazon.com Inc. workers at a Southern California air hub walked off the job Friday demanding raises of $5 per hour and better working conditions, the latest sign of employee unrest for the online retailer.

"The workers, carrying red signs that said 'Beware Amazon Air' and chanting 'living wages now,' marched in front of the facility in San Bernardino, California, about 60 miles (96 km) east of Lost Angeles. The one-day strike at the facility, which employs more than 1,500 people, followed summer protests that also raised the issues of pay and working conditions.

"Workers said they gave Amazon an Oct. 10 deadline to meet their demand for raises that would increase the starting wage at the facility to about $22 per hour. Daniel Rivera, 28, who participated in the strike, said he received a $1 per hour raise in September that pushed his hourly earnings to $18.50."


•  Axios reports that "Uber Eats customers in Toronto will be able to order cannabis starting today, thanks to a new partnership with Leafly …  It's the first time that marijuana delivery will be available through a major third-party delivery platform, Leafly says."

According to the story, " Those in Toronto aged 19 years old and over will be able to order in the app as they would from a restaurant. When ordering, they'll be warned they must be of legal age.

"Deliveries will be made by the cannabis retailer's staff rather than an independent driver.

"The deliverer will verify a customer's age and sobriety, in order to conform to Canadian law."


•  From Variety:

"After years of Netflix execs spurning the idea of serving up commercials to viewers, the streaming giant is flipping the switch on its first cheaper, ad-supported plan next month.

Netflix Basic With Ads will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. PT, priced at $6.99 per month, the company announced. The cheaper plan will be available in 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. It will first roll out in Canada and Mexico on Nov. 1.

"Basic With Ads will be $3 cheaper than Netflix’s Basic plan ($9.99/month in the U.S. currently), which provides the ability to stream on one device at a time. Previously, the Basic plan has not supported HD, but with the launch of the ad tier, Netflix will provide video quality of up to 720p HD for both Basic With Ads and the plan with no ads.

"The ad-supported plan will not include Netflix’s full content catalog, which the company previously had disclosed. A 'limited number of movies and TV shows won’t be available due to licensing restrictions, and we’re going to be working on reducing that over time,' Netflix chief operating officer Greg Peters told reporters."