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Amazon Fire Phone sales slowed by AT&T exclusivity

Only offering its Fire Phone exclusively through AT&T isn’t helping Amazon sell more smartphones. That’s the somewhat unsurprising finding from Chitika Insights, a research firm that calculated usage growth by tracking the number of ad impressions from mobile web browsers during the past month. The Fire, which debuted July 25, did not have nearly as much web… Read More

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Washington Post adds Amazon ‘buy it now’ links to stories by accident

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post last year for $250 million, many questioned his motivations: Would the paper be used as a mouthpiece for his political viewpoints? Or, a testing ground for new media business models? Well, here’s another concern to add to the list: Will Bezos use the paper to drive sales to Amazon.com? This weekend… Read More

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The Amazing Book Race: We pitted Amazon vs. Google in a same-day delivery test, and this is who won

SAN FRANCISCO — At a time when it’s easier than ever to get what you want, when you want it, Amazon and Google are competing against each other and an array of startups to be the go-to service for people who want products delivered on the same day they’re ordered. Amazon has begun offering same-day delivery of products from its… Read More

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Amazon and Google wrestle over corporate secrets in cloud employment dispute

Google is seeking to formally intervene in a lawsuit filed by Amazon against a former Amazon Web Services employee who left the Seattle company and took a job with Google’s cloud computing division. The move by Google is revealed in a new filing in King County Superior Court in Seattle. By intervening in the case, Google says it wants to limit what it describes… Read More

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Amazon’s e-book woes jump the pond, with European authors protesting its pricing tactics

Hundreds of writers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are protesting Amazon’s e-book pricing tactics in a fight that’s becoming reminiscent of the one Amazon is having with Hachette in the U.S. In an open letter set to appear in major European publications today, hundreds of writers, artists and readers have accused Amazon of manipulating its recommended reading… Read More

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Let’s say you’ve got $100 to invest: AMZN or MSFT?

This past week, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the big Rotary Club of Seattle, talking about the Pacific Northwest tech economy with a group of leading investors and entrepreneurs. We talked about a wide range of issues — hiring, education, the tech investment climate, key startups to watch, and the direction of… Read More

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Consumer Reports dings Amazon’s Fire phone on its UI, battery life

Consumer Reports has finished subjecting Amazon’s Fire smartphone to its litany of tests, and has found it wanting. While CR praised the Fire’s new and innovative features like its Dynamic Perspective 3D effect, it said that the Fire’s user interface quirks took some getting used to. In particular, reviewers faulted the phone’s back gesture, which… Read More

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Video: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

OK, this whole Ice Bucket Challenge is destined to go down as one of the most successful viral campaigns in history, raising awareness and money for ALS. The latest luminary to brave a frigid dousing is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Bezos did the deed at an all-hands Amazon meeting in Seattle… Read More

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Mobile payments: Retailers weigh cost of using Amazon’s system, even if price is right

Will book sellers, bike shop owners and electronics stores use Amazon as its payment provider if they are already worried about it stealing their business? Earlier today, Amazon rolled out a new mobile payments service that looks like a great deal. For an introductory period, lasting 16 months, Amazon will charge retailers 1.75 percent per transaction, and once that period ends, it… Read More

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Amazon makes an undisclosed investment in cloud services company Acquia

Amazon has made a rare investment in Acquia, a Burlington, Mass.-based digital marketing company that operates on Amazon’s cloud services. The undisclosed investment piggybacks on a $50 million round closed in May from major investors, including Sigma Partners and New Enterprise Associates. In all, the company has raised more than $100 million over several rounds of funding…. Read More

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Amazon teams with Purdue, launches new store and plans campus pick-up locations

Purdue students looking for a good deal on their textbooks now have an easier way to find them, thanks to a partnership between Amazon and Purdue University. The two organizations teamed up to create the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, a specially-branded homepage that’s designed to give students a portal to online shopping. While there, students… Read More

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Amazon unveils credit card reader, takes swipe at Square

Continuing its quest to dominate nearly every corner of the retail experience, Amazon.com today unveiled a new $10 credit card reading device called Amazon Local Register. The card reader and mobile app represents a direct attack on Square, since Amazon is launching with a rate of 1.75 percent per card swipe. That’s a full percentage… Read More

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Hachette CEO replies to Amazon fans: ‘These punitive actions are not necessary’

Amazon this weekend took the unusual step of asking authors and readers to send a message to Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch, appealing to the publisher to support Amazon’s push for lower e-book prices. The company even published Pietsch’s email address, with suggested talking points. As it turns out, Pietsch isn’t just filing the messages away or hitting delete…. Read More

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Amazon playing hardball with Disney, nixing preorders for upcoming DVDs

Amazon is declining to offer pre-orders for upcoming DVD and Blu-ray versions of Disney movies including “Muppets Most Wanted,” “Maleficent,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — reportedly holding back the option from customers as a tactic in its contract negotiations with the studio. The move, first reported by Home Media Magazine, mirrors Amazon’s tactics in its previous negotiations… Read More

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In epic letter, Amazon asks authors and readers to join its struggle against Hachette for lower e-book prices

Amazon is taking an unprecedented step in its contract negotiations with Hachette, appealing directly to authors and readers to email the book publisher’s CEO, Michael Pietsch, to make the case for lower e-book prices. The company made the appeal in a letter emailed overnight to Kindle authors and published online for readers — criticizing Hachette for dragging its feet… Read More

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John Grisham, Stephen King and more than 900 other authors press Amazon to solve Hachette dispute in NYT ad

Amazon.com is facing another PR backlash over its ongoing dispute with publisher Hachette as a group of more than 900 authors have signed a letter demanding that the Seattle online retailer resolve the fight, and live up to its corporate mantra of “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” The group, operating under the name Author’s United, plans… Read More

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Barnes & Noble and Google to test same-day book delivery, swiping at Amazon

Google will offer online shoppers same-day delivery of books from Barnes & Noble stores, under a new partnership that aims to help the companies compete more aggressively with Amazon.com, their common rival. The service will be tested in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, launching on Thursday, according to a report tonight by the New… Read More

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Amazon expands same-day delivery service in NYC, DC, Dallas and 3 other cities

Amazon is expanding its same-day delivery service in six metros, including New York City and Washington D.C. The company announced the expansion Tuesday evening, noting that customers in the Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis and Philadelphia areas will also now be able to have orders delivered on the same day if purchased online by noon. To receive unlimited eligible items on the… Read More

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Amazon employee’s departure hints that more consumer devices are coming

After working at Amazon for two-and-a-half years, Scott Blanksteen is leaving to join VUDU, the video streaming service owned by Walmart. Blanksteen’s departure is notable for two reasons: First, because he is joining a competitor to Amazon’s Instant Video service, and second, because the project he was working on at Amazon has yet to be announced. While at Amazon, Blanksteen… Read More

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Walmart.com redesign borrows a few ideas from Amazon: Product recommendations, fast check-outs

Walmart.com has announced a major site redesign that may be familiar to some Amazon customers. New features include product recommendations based on previous purchases and faster payment methods that will get you to the buy page in one click. But the revamp goes much further, including personalized homepages that take into account local weather and nearest store location. It… Read More