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Fire phone review: Amazon’s phone is a solid first try, but the magic tricks are a little much

Look closely at Amazon’s new Fire phone and you’ll notice four sensors, one in each corner on the front of the device. These are cameras and infrared LEDs that detect the position of your head relative to the phone in real time. This lets the Fire phone pull off some pretty amazing technological tricks. Move the phone around in your hand… Read More

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Amazon begins testing a mobile wallet app, but stops short of enabling payments

Amazon has 244 million active customers, who trust the e-commerce behemoth to keep their credit cards on file, and yet, the Seattle-based company has done very little to exploit that position. At least, not until now. Last week, Amazon quietly rolled out a mobile application called the Amazon Wallet that will allow customers to scan and save gift… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: ‘The Amazon Way’ — former insider explains how the company works

What makes Amazon tick, and where is the company headed? This week on the GeekWire radio show, we go behind-the-scenes of the technology giant with our guest, John Rossman, author of the book, The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company. Rossman, who is now a managing director at management consulting firm Alvarez… Read More

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Alibaba opening Seattle-area outpost, recruiting developers and expanding U.S. presence as IPO nears

Chinese e-commerce and technology giant Alibaba is recruiting for Seattle-based engineering jobs, signaling plans to open a new outpost in Amazon’s backyard in advance of Alibaba’s initial public offering. Recent email messages from the Entrepreneurs & Experts in Seattle group, Alibaba’s strategic partner in the Seattle region, list a series of job openings for mobile engineering positions — offering… Read More

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It’s official: Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, $9.99/month e-book subscription service

After an inadvertent leak earlier in the week, Amazon today launched a new e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, offering unlimited reading from a catalog of more than 600,000 books for $9.99/month. It’s a new wrinkle for the Kindle business, and the latest move by Amazon to shake up the traditional publishing industry. The books in the catalog include… Read More

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Amazon’s new Fire phone commercial features tech-savvy 9-year-olds who read Sheryl Sandberg’s book

First Gary Busey, now 9-year-olds. Amazon’s first TV commercial for its new Fire Phone debuted today. You can watch the 30-second spot here, or at the bottom of this post. The ad features two kids touting the fact that customers who purchase Amazon’s new smartphone will receive a $99 one-year Amazon Prime membership for free. To begin the… Read More

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Suck it, Colbert: Amazon still top U.S. brand despite PR blip

The Colbert effect may not take as much of a toll on the teflon coating of Amazon.com as you might think. Despite a concerted attack by the legendary late night comedian over Amazon’s antics with book publisher Hachette, Amazon retained the top ranking among U.S. brands, according to the YouGov BrandIndex report. The report placed… Read More

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Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally

The U.S. Postal Service is known for working through rain, sleet and snow, but not on Sundays or holidays, right? That is changing, quickly, through a deal with Amazon. In many parts of the country, products ordered from Amazon now arrive at your home seven days a week, year-round. As GeekWire reported last week, the rollout is expanding nationally even faster than… Read More

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Amazon tests ‘Kindle Unlimited’ — a $9.99/month e-book subscription service

Amazon has inadvertently revealed plans for a major new addition to its Kindle business — a monthly subscription for e-books. As spotted by GigaOM this morning, Amazon put up a page that introduced a subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited,” which offers access to more than 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for $9.99 month. Amazon has… Read More

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Ex-Amazon engineers raise $8.5M to help retailers set dynamic pricing

Boomerang Commerce, a Santa Clara, Calif. startup led by former Amazon.com engineers Guru Hariharan and Madhusudhan Rao, has raised $8.5 million in series A financing from Trinity Ventures and Madrona Venture Group. The company also is officially unveiling its first product today, a new Dynamic Price Optimizer that’s designed to help online retailers dynamically set… Read More

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EBay’s Gautam Thakar named CEO of LivingSocial, replacing co-founder Tim O’Shaughnessy

LivingSocial has finally announced who will be replacing co-founder Tim O’Shaughessy as CEO, seven months after he announced that he would be stepping down. The Washington, D.C.-based daily deals company said today it has hired Gautam Thaker as CEO, reports Re/code. Previously, Thaker was general manager of eBay Advertising and CEO of eBay’s Shopping.com site. Thaker… Read More

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Fiction meets fact: Author publishes ‘Drones over Seattle’ as Amazon seeks FAA clearance

Consultant and contract engineer Richard Clark published his new work of fiction, “Drones Over Seattle,” for the Amazon Kindle just last week — telling the story of a computer programmer and former Black Hat hacker named Sean who is hired by a Pioneer Square robotics startup to revamp and stabilize its high-tech flying drone. So imagine Clark’s surprise a… Read More

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Amazon employees most attractive, Apple workers just average, dating app finds

The top five tech companies typically fight over who employs the biggest brains, but in this competition, they were ranked by another more superficial factor: beauty. In a peer review on Hinge, a dating app that seeks to match up young professionals, Amazon employees were found to be the most sought-after, followed by Microsoft, Google and Facebook. In dead last was Apple. As… Read More

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Amazon hires Google Glass founder to ‘work on a few other things’

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with Google’s statement below. Babak Parviz, who founded and led the Google Glass project, has left the search company’s Google X advanced research division for a new role at Amazon, he announced on his Google+ page this weekend — declaring himself “super excited” without revealing what he’ll be doing. He writes on his Google+ about… Read More

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Amazon charges 1 cent for delivery in France to evade ban on free shipping

France last week enacted a new law that does not allow online book retailers to offer free delivery and discounts. The legislation was implemented in part to protect independent bookstores from corporate companies like Amazon. So, in response, Amazon is now abiding the law by charging a one-cent delivery fee for customers who order books online. Amazon is also still offering free… Read More

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Amazon takes aim at Microsoft Azure with new Mobile Services push

Amazon wants make it easier for mobile app developers to integrate cloud services into their apps. The company today unveiled a quartet of new services all targeted at developers who want to build cross-platform applications for mobile devices. The move is a strike against Microsoft Azure Mobile Services, which is also designed to give developers a simple way… Read More

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FTC sues Amazon over kids’ in-app purchases

The Federal Trade Commission has sued Amazon for charging parents for unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the regulator is seeking a court order requiring Amazon to refund all unauthorized charges made through its Appstore, as well as an… Read More

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Amazon jumps into enterprise collaboration with ‘Zocalo’

Amazon just unveiled a new collaboration and document sharing service called Zocalo — using its leadership position in cloud computing to compete more aggressively against Box and others in the market for enterprise applications. Zocalo lets users store, share and collaborate on a variety of file types across devices including iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets. The service works via… Read More

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Amazon wants to give 100% of revenue to e-book authors as Hachette dispute continues

Some prominent authors have publicly voiced their frustration with Amazon amid its ongoing e-book contract dispute with Hachette Book Group. Now, it appears Amazon is responding. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both report that the online bookseller is offering Hachette authors 100 percent of e-book revenue made off their titles. According to a… Read More

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Why groceries are an attractive online segment explained in two slides

This might be the explanation you’ve been waiting for if you’ve been wondering why Amazon and others are willing to invest millions in selling groceries online. In a special report on Business Insider, a lengthy slideshow recounts how consumer behavior is shifting from offline to online, and how that’s affecting the retail industry. The high-level summary is that… Read More