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Bye, bye Iron Chef: Amazon cuts ties with Food Network parent

A year after Amazon.com inked a streaming video deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, the alliance appears to have ended. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon Prime Instant Video service dropped programming from Scripps, which included shows such as Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.” Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef… Read More

Amazon Prime's value perception has moved only slightly lower, but Netflix's has risen significantly.

99 reasons but price is not one: Consumers still value Netflix over Amazon Prime

There’s several reasons why consumers still prefer Netflix over Amazon, but the new $99 price tag of Amazon Prime isn’t one. That’s potentially good news for Amazon, which was seeing consumers protest following the announcement that Amazon would be raising the price of its shipping and streaming video service to $99. According to survey conducted… Read More


New job postings show Amazon developing titles for ‘avid video game players’

A few new job postings indicate the direction that Amazon is heading, at least initially, with its new gaming arm. Amazon Game Studios is now seeking a Senior Software Engineer and the job description notes how the company is “passionate about building highly creative, exciting, and innovative entertainment for avid video game players.” “Combining a startup atmosphere… Read More

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Drone pilot who beat FAA regs is skeptical about Amazon drone delivery

Amazon’s plans for a Prime Air drone delivery service captured the imagination of people who want their packages delivered by small, flying robots, but drone entrepreneur Raphael Pirker is skeptical that they’ll become a reality, at least in the near future. Pirker, the CEO of drone manufacturer TBS Avionics, told the Wall Street Journal that small drones… Read More

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar partners with Amazon for new memorabilia company

Pro hoops legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is launching a sports memorabilia company and he’s using Amazon.com to help him make money. The 7-foot-2 Hall of Famer just launched Starguard Collectibles in a partnership with Iconomy Multimedia & Entertainment to offer autographed collectibles on an Amazon storefront. The new company prides itself on authenticity and uses a patent-pending… Read More


Backlash from Amazon Prime price hike may be worse than Amazon thought, report finds

Maybe Amazon didn’t just pull off the perfect price increase, after all? “Based on immediate Prime member reactions, they may have underestimated the negative effects of the increase,” said Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys, a customer loyalty research consultancy. Four days after the Amazon told its Prime customers that it will be… Read More

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Zillow poaches one Move exec, gets sued for hiring another

For the second time this month, Zillow has poached a leading executive from rival Move Inc. Zillow announced today that it has hired Curt Beardsley as vice president of industry development, responsible for bolstering relations with multiple listing services across the country. He most recently held that role at Move, which operates the Realtor.com Web… Read More

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Alibaba invades Amazon’s turf with U.S. IPO

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has finally confirmed it will be having an initial public offering in the U.S. The event that could raise a jaw-dropping $15 billion, and value the e-commerce giant at $150 billion. That will be in line with Facebook’s public offering, which raised $16 billion, and was the third-largest IPO in U.S…. Read More


Amazon’s game controller: Pictures revealed in new filing

Pictures of an apparent Amazon game controller have been revealed in a filing with Brazil’s telecommunications agency, providing new clues about the Seattle company’s reported plans for moving into the living room with its own streaming media device and game console. The controller, pictures of which were published by Dave Zatz this morning, features Android navigation… Read More


Amazon to open 1-million square foot fulfillment center near hometown of Seattle

Amazon.com is expanding in its own backyard. The Seattle-based company announced Friday that it plans to open a new fulfillment center in Kent, about 20 miles south of the company’s headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. It will mark the company’s fourth planned fulfillment center in Washington state, joining other facilities in Sumner and… Read More


Google Cloud Platform roadshow aims to lure companies from Azure, AWS

Google’s cloud services team is going on an international tour in a bid to bring companies onto its cloud services platform, the company announced today. Following its Google Cloud Platform Live conference later this month, representatives from the company’s cloud team will visit 25 different cities in Europe, Asia and North America. The roadshow is… Read More

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Amazon launches mobile app for sellers

While Amazon has let people shop for goods on their mobile phones and tablets for some time, its tools for people who sell items through the site have lagged behind. Some third-party developers have offered Amazon sellers a way to use their mobile devices, like SellerMobile, but none of them have carried the Seattle-based retailer’s… Read More