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Empty shelves in the new Amazon facility, in Longueau, France. Photo: Thibault Camus / AP

High-end brands are giving Amazon some pushback on its policies about counterfeits and unauthorized sellers, leaving Amazon sales devoid of some luxury products, the WSJ reports. Selling luxury is all about keeping it exclusive, and when counterfeits abound, that exclusivity of a brand can be lost.

Why it matters: Amazon's growing dominance in retail is changing the way goods are bought and sold and even pushing some retailers to change up their sale strategies, but this shows a potential gap in Amazon's strength in the market. In particular, it could be hurting its margins and isn't attracting in some potentially loyal Amazon Prime customers, which is popular among higher-income shoppers.

Where things fall apart: Swatch Group was in talks earlier this year with Amazon to strike a deal, but when Amazon refused to monitor for knockoffs on its site, the deal was off, according to Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. Amazon didn't provide comment to WSJ but a spokeswoman said it works with brands to improve counterfeit detection. Amazon also requires invoices from third-party sellers to verify goods are legitimate.

Gucci owner Kering, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, and luxury watch maker Cie. Financière Richemont SA, are not on board with Amazon either. Kate Spade was selling items via Amazon, but in February stopped selling handbags and leather goods there. Nicole Miller and Calvin Klein do, however, sell with Amazon.

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Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

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Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

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When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

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