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•  From CNBC:

"Amazon’s former Prime boss has been moved to a role overseeing the company’s health efforts.

"Neil Lindsay last month was elevated to senior vice president of health and brand within Amazon’s worldwide consumer business … Lindsay’s responsibilities now include overseeing Amazon’s combined health care efforts, including its online pharmacy, telehealth and health diagnostics units, according to a person familiar with the matter. He continues to oversee Amazon’s global brand and marketing efforts, said this person, who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters.

"Lindsay has held roles across a number of divisions during his more than 11 years at Amazon, including heading up the company’s key Prime subscription business and managing worldwide marketing. He also helped shape the branding for popular Amazon devices like the Kindle e-reader, along with the Fire and Echo products.

Lindsay sits on the 'S-team,' a highly influential group of executives that report to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.

"Amazon is tapping Lindsay to lead its health efforts as the company deepens its presence in the health care industry. The company last year launched Amazon Pharmacy, which seeks to make it easier to order prescriptions online and was a result of its 2018 acquisition of PillPack."

•  CTV reports that delivery company DoorDash "has opened DashMart locations in Toronto, London, Kitchener, Vancouver and Winnipeg," with plans to expand the concept elsewhere in Canada.

"DashMart locations operate through a 'dark store' model, where walk-in customers are not accepted because sales are only made through deliveries processed on apps.

"DashMart locations operate from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and carry more than 2,000 grocery and convenience store items, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy, pantry staples and household essentials."

They also, by their very definition, compete with the retail clients that DoorDash also serves.  You'd think that this might make some of these businesses reconsider whatever deal they have with DoorDash.

•  From Food & Wine:

"The rideshare service isn't creating a platform like Uber Eats, but Lyft drivers will now have the option to get paid for grabbing your takeout … Yesterday, Lyft announced a new partnership with Olo, a company that can help restaurants use their own online ordering platform by partnering them behind the scenes with drivers from other services. Olo already has partnerships with DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats, and now, they are working with Lyft as well, giving Lyft drivers the opportunity to handle restaurant deliveries funneled through Olo's Dispatch service."

Uber was an early player in this space, launching Uber Eats in 2014.

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon Web Services, the largest cloud-computing provider in the US, "suffered a brief outage Wednesday, stoking fears of a repeat of the hourslong outage last week that caused much of the internet to stop working.

"This time around, Amazon said on its site Wednesday that it identified issues in Oregon and Northern California after 10:43 a.m. ET and fixed both problems in less than 30 minutes.

"An Amazon spokeswoman said the issues were resolved.

"The brief disruption comes after Amazon’s issues last week took many businesses and services offline, causing Roomba vacuum cleaners to stop working and popular streaming services to go blank.

•  Yesterday we took note of a Fox News story about how "police in Blaine, Minnesota say charges are likely to be filed in the near future against an Instacart delivery driver accused of leaving a derogatory message on an elderly couple’s grocery receipt and running over their groceries with her car. The driver allegedly did this in response to a 'Thank you Blaine PD' yard sign supporting the police department."

Well, it happened.   Former Instacart driver Tara Olivia Plum of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was cited by local police for criminal damage to property.

Local news stories pointed out that the police said she could not be cited for a hate crime because the crime wasn't committed based on the victim's perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin.

Stupid is as stupid does.  May we never again hear of Tara Olivia Plum of Coon Rapids, Minnesota.