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Tech Moves: Amazon exec leaves for Square, Edifecs expands leadership team, and more

—Alyssa Henry has joined Square as its head of Engineering, the company announced today. Prior to her work at the payments company, which is helmed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Henry served in a number of engineering leadership roles at Amazon, and was most recently the Vice President of Amazon Web Services Storage Services. Prior to that,… Read More

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No Bitcoin for Amazon: Online retail giant says it’s not seeing enough demand

Overstock.com has made a big fuss about accepting the digital currency to the point where you’d expect other major online retailers to follow suit, but Amazon says it won’t be one of them. In an interview with Re/code’s Jason del Rey, Amazon payments head Tom Taylor said they’ve considered accepting bitcoin, but there’s no rush. “We’re… Read More

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Here’s why Amazon pays $5K to warehouse workers who quit

In Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to shareholders, the Amazon.com CEO and founder revealed an interesting program that pays workers at the company’s warehouses to quit. Yes, that’s right: Amazon gives money to those who jump ship. “Pay to Quit,” an idea born at Amazon-owned Zappos.com, was put into place to get rid of employees who… Read More

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Amazon buys digital comic book purveyor comiXology

Amazon.com is making a big push into the digital comic book arena, announcing today that it has acquired New York-based comiXology in deal of undisclosed size. Founded seven years ago, comiXology distributes digital comics on behalf of more than 75 publishers, including giants Marvel and DC Comics. Readers purchase comics through the company’s digital storefront,… Read More

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Amazon taps Chloë Sevigny, Ron Perlman and other stars for new TV pilots

Amazon announced today that it has green-lit two new original pilots that will compete to become a part of its third season of original programming through Prime Instant Video. Like Amazon’s previous offerings, both “The Cosmopolitans” and “Hand of God” feature star-studded casts. “The Cosmopolitans,” directed by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman, is a dramatic… Read More

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Amazon, Facebook, Google and other tech companies deploy fixes for ‘Heartbleed’ bug

Amazon Web Services has rolled out fixes for several of its online services to address the “Heartbleed” vulnerability that has roiled the Internet this week with reports that hackers can use the flaw to access account information and passwords. It’s one of many technology companies that have been scrambling to roll out updates to fix the… Read More

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Tech Moves: Apple poaches Amazon A9 VP to head up search products, Modumetal names CFO, and more

—Benoit Dupin, previously Vice President of Search Technology for Amazon A9, has left the company to go work for Apple. His LinkedIn profile has been changed to reflect his new position as a Director at Apple, and his profile has disappeared from A9′s executive bio page. At Apple, he will be charged with leading improvements to… Read More

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Amazon tops Hulu, Apple to become No. 3 streaming video service behind Netflix, YouTube

Amazon’s streaming video service has come a long way: Citing third-party research, the company announced today that Prime Instant Video streams have almost tripled in the last year. That increase means that Amazon’s streaming video bandwidth use now surpasses that of both Apple and Hulu, putting Amazon Video behind only YouTube and Netflix, according to the report… Read More

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and family donate $20M to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The family of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos just made the largest single contribution to the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, pouring in $20 million to help researchers develop new ways to cure cancer. The money will help support the development of groundbreaking cancer immunotherapies. This marks the second time the Bezos family has donated money… Read More

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Using the Fire TV: First take on Amazon’s set-top box

A few members of team GeekWire stayed late at the office on Thursday to set up and run Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box, getting some hands-on time with the Seattle company’s entrant into the increasingly crowded market for streaming living-room devices. We came away impressed with some elements of the product, and underwhelmed by others…. Read More