Jeff Bezos

Apple and Amazon take two paths to the same conclusion — that tech companies owe nothing to the American city

Apple and Amazon take two paths to the same conclusion — that tech companies owe nothing to the American city

In journalism, the competition to pick the new editor of a magazine or newspaper is often called a “bakeoff.” (The oven is now on preheat at Vanity Fair, following the announcement that Graydon Carter, the magazine’s editor since 1992, will step down at the end of the year.) It also seems a pretty good way to describe the unusually public process Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, have cooked up to select the city where it will locate a second headquarters, building on its existing presence in Seattle.

Amazon's criteria for the new campus — which it says will cost $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs with an average annual salary of more than $100,000 — are highly specific. The...

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