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Amazon Prime Video wins streaming rights to ONE, Asia’s martial arts giant

Amazon Prime Video is now the exclusive home to ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports property, in the U.S. and Canada.

ONE also features its own MMA rule set known for pushing the action — fights are scored cumulatively instead of round-by-round and there are lighter weight classes like men’s strawweight and women’s atomweight, whose World Champion Angela Lee counts among ONE’s biggest stars.

Indian tycoon Gautam Adani surpasses Jeff Bezos as world’s second-richest person

  • Indian business tycoon Gautam Adani, 60, overtook Jeff Bezos to become the world’s second-richest person last week.
  • The college dropout has seen large gains amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding nearly $70 billion to his wealth this year alone.
  • Adani’s rise in the global ranking is partly due to losses incurred by others on the list, including tens of billions in donations by Bill Gates at No. 5 and Warren Buffet at No. 6.
  • Bezos saw Amazon stock drop last week by more than 2% due to new inflation data.

Indian business tycoon Gautam Adani has overtaken Jeff Bezos to become the world’s second-richest person, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index.

Adani, 60, is the founder and chairperson of the Adani Group, a major Indian conglomerate with stakes in port development and operations, aerospace and military defense, thermal power generation and solar manufacturing.

Amazon discriminating against Asians, whites in grant program, class action lawsuit says

  • A new class action lawsuit is accusing Amazon of discriminating against Asian and white applicants through its so-called “Diversity Grant.”
  • The grant awards a $10,000 stipend to Black, Latinx and Native American entrepreneurs to become delivery service partners, leaving Asian and white applicants to “foot the entire bill for their startup costs,” the suit said.
  • Plaintiff Crystal Bolduc, a white woman, “seeks to represent a class of all past and future applicants" to the program “who have been subjected to racial discrimination” and wants Amazon to pay them damages.
  • Bolduc’s suit also cited Amazon’s “Black Business Accelerator,” a separate initiative that grants Black-owned businesses $500 in credit, as another case of “unlawful racial discrimination.”
  • The suit contends that Amazon has violated the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which forbids racial discrimination in contracting.

Amazon is discriminating against Asian and white applicants in a grant program for delivery start-ups, a new class action lawsuit claims.

Dubbed the “Diversity Grant,” the program awards $10,000 stipends to Black, Latinx and Native American entrepreneurs to become delivery service partners, leaving out Asian and white hopefuls to “foot the entire bill for their startup costs,” according to the suit.

Pro-Trump group’s lawsuit claims Amazon gave $10,000 bonus to minority staff but not Asians or whites

  • On Wednesday, pro-Trump group America First Legal issued a class action suit against Amazon, accusing the company of privileging its Black, Native American and Latino employees over their white and Asian counterparts.
  • The group filed a five-page complaint on behalf of a white Texas woman, claiming that the corporation engaged in racist business practices by paying Black, Latino and Native American “delivery service partners” a $10,000 bonus without offering the same benefit to its white or Asian delivery partners.
  • Amazon has several programs targeted to help Black business owners, including its Diversity Grant program to help minority entrepreneurs.
  • AFL denounced the e-commerce giant’s business practices as a “flagrant violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1866” and stated that the legal group was “committed to stamping out illegal discrimination.”

On Wednesday, pro-Donald Trump group America First Legal issued a class action suit against Amazon, accusing the company of privileging its Black, Native American and Latino employees over their white and Asian counterparts.

America First Legal (AFL) filed a five-page complaint in the Eastern District of Texas on behalf of a white Texas woman, claiming that the corporation engaged in racist business practices by paying Black, Latino and Native American “delivery service partners” a $10,000 bonus and not offering the same benefit to its white or Asian delivery partners. 

Right person, wrong time: Vince Xu, Kasey Ma show ‘what Asian love is’ on ‘The One That Got Away’

  • “The One That Got Away” premiered on June 24 with 10 episodes on Amazon Prime Video.
  • The show centers on a social experiment that has six singles dating random people from their past to see if one of their missed connections was the right person at the wrong time.
  • Chinese American Twitch Streamer Kasey Ma and lawyer Vince Xu sat down with NextShark to talk about their experience as Asian American contestants on the show.

Twitch streamer Kasey Ma and lawyer Vince Xu sat down with NextShark to talk about their experience as Asian American contestants on the Amazon Prime Video reality dating show “The One that Got Away.”

The new show centers on a social experiment that has six singles date random people from their past to see if one of their missed connections was the right person at the wrong time. For a month, the singles live without their phones, building genuine relationships with the others around them.

Ali Wong shows serious side while meeting her 12-year-old self in time-traveling ‘Paper Girls’ teaser

  • A new teaser for Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming sci-fi series “Paper Girls” showcases an unseen serious side of comedian Ali Wong.
  • Based on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s award-winning comic book series of the same name, “Paper Girls” follows the lives of four 12-year-old paper delivery girls in 1988 who become caught up in a war between time travelers.
  • During their jump in time, each of the girls meets the adult versions of themselves, including a young Erin, played by Riley Lai Nelet, who comes face to face with her 43-year-old self, played by Ali Wong.
  • From the dramatic, dark tone shown in the trailer, it appears fans can anticipate seeing a new side of comedian Ali Wong, who has made a name for herself in both stand-up and romantic comedy (“Always Be My Maybe”).
  • “Paper Girls” will be available to stream starting July 29 on Amazon Prime Video.

A new teaser released yesterday for Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming sci-fi series “Paper Girls” showcases an unseen serious side of comedian Ali Wong. 

Based on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s award-winning comic book series of the same name, “Paper Girls” follows the lives of four 12-year-old paper delivery girls in 1988 who become caught up in a war between time travelers.

Jeff Bezos floats theory that China has ‘leverage’ over Twitter after Elon Musk buyout

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  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has suggested that Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter could potentially raise China’s influence over the platform.
  • Just a few hours after the deal was announced on Monday, Bezos tweeted questioning whether China had just gained “a bit of leverage.”
  • Twitter’s board announced that they had unanimously agreed to accept Musk’s offer to take the company private.
  • China’s Foreign Ministry denied speculations on Tuesday that China may attempt to influence Twitter through its relationship with Tesla.
  • Musk has been vocal in his criticism of Twitter’s content moderation and described Twitter as a “digital town square” that sets a basis for a “functioning democracy.”

After Twitter announced on Monday that it had accepted Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s $44 billion deal to buy the company, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos publicly questioned whether China would gain “leverage” over the social media platform.

Twitter’s board unanimously agreed to accept Musk’s offer to take the company private.

‘Takeshi’s Castle’, Japanese show that had contestants brave crazy obstacles, revived for Prime Video

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The iconic ‘80s Japanese game show “Takeshi’s Castle” is being revived as a new series on Amazon Prime next year.

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. (TBS), which broadcast the show from 1986 to 1990, announced on Wednesday that original host Takeshi Kitano will produce the revival series under the working title “Fukkatsu! Fuun! Takeshi-jo” (“Revival! Turbulence! Takeshi Castle”).

Gotta wear ’em all: Pokémon and Amazon team up to launch T-shirt subscription box

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  • Amazon has listed an official Pokémon T-shirt subscription box collaboration on their site, offering subscribers different Pokémon-themed cotton shirts delivered each month.
  • The subscription, which, according to Amazon, is “created and curated by Pokémon,” is being offered at $19.99 a box to anyone in the U.S. in youth, men and women sizes.
  • Mystery subscription boxes aren’t new for Amazon, which carries similar offers for products ranging from beauty, food, children’s toys and pet items.
  • It is unclear if the designs will feature anything from the “Legends Arceus” games or the highly-anticipated “Scarlet and Violet” games coming in late 2022.

Amazon is now offering subscriptions for its Pokémon T-Shirt Club, which will provide subscribers with a different Pokémon-themed cotton shirt delivered each month. 

The shirts are available to anyone in the U.S. at $19.99 a box with free shipping and come in different sizes for youth, men and women. While customers can choose their preferred size, there is no customer option to choose the base colors of their shirts as their colors are “selected by Pokémon” to best complement the different designs.