New York Times article by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld describe a frightful corporate culture. "At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another's ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are 'unreasonably high.' The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another's bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others."
Amazon CEO and president Jeff Bezos sent an all-hands e-mail refuting the above NYTimes’ claims. "The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day," said Bezos. "But if you know of any stories like those reported, I want you to escalate to HR. You can also email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if it’s rare or isolated, our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero."
Jason Fried, CEO and Co-Founder of Basecamp (formerly 37signals) did an Ask-Me-Anything discussion on Designer News. Interesting.
Larry Page announced that he is now the CEO of "Alphabet," a brand-new company of which Google is just one part. Fellow Google co-founder Sergey Brin will be helping him run Alphabet in some capacity. Sundar Pichai is now the CEO of the subsidiary known as Google.
Sitepoint has a nice little tutorial to help get your feet wet with Angular.js and Firebase.
Dave Burke, Android's VP of engineering, unveiled Android M's new codename today, as well as an SDK update that identifies it as version 6.0.
You can now download Windows 10 virtual machines with Microsoft Edge. Handy.