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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

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Game review: The new Flappy Bird is still extremely addictive

It took longer than normal to write this post because a certain little bird had me distracted and cursing up a storm in the GeekWire office. Flappy Bird is back. The simple-yet-addictive game which took the world by storm earlier this year is available in its newest form, “Flappy Bird Family.” The original Flappy Bird was released for… Read More

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Flappy Bird is back — but only for Amazon Fire TV owners

Happy Flappin’ Friday. As promised, everyone’s favorite addictive bird game is making a comeback — just not the way you probably expected. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen today released his latest game, Flappy Bird Family. But for whatever reason, Nguyen only made it available on Amazon’s Android App Store. “Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire… Read More

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Amazon jumps into domain registration business

Companies looking to register a new domain name have another provider to choose from: Amazon Web Services. The company launched a domain registration service as a part of its Route 53 domain management product that also provides DNS management and a service to check the health of a web application. The rates Amazon is offering… Read More

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Former MTV CEO Judy McGrath joins Amazon’s board

Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath is joining the Amazon board of directors, boosting the company’s Hollywood credentials at a time when Amazon is attempting to compete aggressively in digital music and streaming video. The company disclosed McGrath’s election to the board in an SEC filing this morning. She brings the total number of Amazon directors to… Read More

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Amazon: Why $9.99 e-books are better for everyone, including Hachette

Amazon has gone public with new details about its high-profile standoff with book publisher Hachette, confirming that the e-commerce giant is trying to lock in a standard price of $9.99 for e-books — and making the case that the lower price is actually better for everyone involved, including the publisher. “Many e-books are being released at $14.99 and even $19.99,”… Read More

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Ex-Diapers.com CEO raises $55M for Jet, looks to battle Amazon with new online ‘shopping experience’

Amazon.com made a bold move three years ago, buying the parent company of Diapers.com for a reported purchase price of more than $500 million. Last year, technology journalist Brad Stone — writing in his book The Everything Store — uncovered some of the heavy-handed tactics that Amazon utilized to take over the fast-growing upstart. Now,… Read More

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Amazon Fresh expands grocery delivery to San Diego

Amazon Fresh continues its expansion across the West Coast, announcing today that it is opening its grocery delivery service in San Diego. With the new service now available in San Diego, customers can pick among 500,000 products, from milk and cheese to shampoo and batteries. Operated as a test in the Seattle area for five… Read More

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We ordered lunch on Amazon, and here’s what it was like

Amazon.com is certainly no stranger to the food market, having delivered groceries to the doors of customers in Seattle — and more recently California — for the past several years via Amazon Fresh. Now the Seattle giant is taking it one step further with a new food takeout service powered by its Amazon Local mobile app. Unlike many… Read More