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Amazon promotes a Hachette title that it’s not willing to provide on pre-order

Amazon calls Edan Lepucki’s new book California one of the “best books of July,” but the highly anticipated novel about a post-apocalyptic world has been caught in a real-life battle. Lepucki finds herself in the cross fire between Amazon and her publishing house Hachette, which have been in a contract dispute for months now. As a bargaining tactic, Amazon has been delaying shipments of… Read More

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Amazon sues former employee for taking Google cloud job, in new test of non-compete deals

Amazon is suing a former Amazon Web Services strategic partnerships manager, Zoltan Szabadi, alleging that his new job at Google Cloud Platform violates the terms of a non-compete agreement that he signed when he originally joined Amazon. The suit will be closely watched in the tech industry as a new test of the standard employment agreements that Amazon and some other large… Read More

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Amazon Fire Phone nosedives on company’s bestsellers list, dropping to #61 after debuting in top five

Amazon’s first smartphone isn’t setting the world on fire, judging from the company’s own rankings. Less than two weeks after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the device, the Amazon Fire Phone has plummeted on the company’s list of bestselling electronics across Amazon.com. Today, Amazon’s 32 GB model is ranking as the 61st best-selling electronic, far below its fourth-place position two days… Read More

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Online sales exceeded physical retail revenue for US book publishers in 2013

An annual report from BookStats reveals that U.S. publishers are now seeing more revenue from online sales than from physical retailers. Last year, BookStats found that publishers brought in $7.54 billion in online orders — which include revenue from e-books — compared to $7.12 billion made from sales at physical retailers. However, while e-book sales… Read More

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Jeff Bezos casts such an intimidating presence that some prayed for a heart attack rather than face his wrath

Amazon.com is not known as the most lovey-dovey company. Founder Jeff Bezos has instituted a hard-charging culture, one that lacks the frills of other tech giants like Google and Microsoft. That culture was showcased in Brad Stone’s book “The Everything Store,” and now it is on display again in a documentary film from CNBC dubbed “Amazon… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: How data, technology and Amazon are reshaping children’s television

What happens when a tech company makes its own television shows? We get the inside details this week from a children’s television veteran whose latest show was developed as part of Amazon’s move into original programming. Joining us via phone is Angela Santomero, the television producer and writer known for shows including Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Super… Read More

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Q&A: Blue’s Clues and Super Why! creator Angela Santomero on her new Amazon kids show

Television producer and writer Angela Santomero has repeatedly broken new ground in children’s television programming with shows such as Blue’s Clues, Super Why! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. On Friday her newest show, Creative Galaxy, premieres on Amazon Instant Video — the latest step in the Seattle-based technology company’s move into original television programming. The show, featuring… Read More

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Amazon lands streaming licenses for Drafthouse Films

Amazon has secured the exclusive rights to make Prime Instant Video the place for film buffs to see movies distributed by Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. Amazon has a smattering of titles available today, including Ben Wheatley’s “A Field in England” and “Cheap Thrills,” a black comedy starring Pat Healy and… Read More

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Dinner at your door: Amazon launches food takeout service

Amazon already delivers groceries. Now, the Seattle giant is quietly moving into the takeout business. Amazon is launching a food takeout service as part of Amazon Local beginning in Seattle and will compete with companies like GrubHub and DeliveryHero. A source told GeekWire that the new service was available in the Amazon Local iPhone app… Read More

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Amazon’s drones still on track for take-off despite new FAA guidelines

Amazon’s experimental drone delivery project has not been grounded by new rules set forth by the FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration released a document on Monday, which was easily misinterpreted as affecting Amazon’s plans. It outlawed using “model aircraft” for a number of activities, including delivering packages for a fee, or even delivering packaged for free — as… Read More

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Google’s Android chief pushes back against Apple, wishes Amazon were ‘more aligned’ with mainstream Android

When Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote earlier this month, he had a lot of very pointed things to say about Android. Quoting ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Cook called Google’s mobile operating system a “toxic hellstew” of security vulnerabilities. Unsurprisingly, Sundar Pichai, who heads up Google’s Android division, takes issue with… Read More

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Update: Amazon says delivery drones not grounded by FAA

Update: Amazon said in a statement that this will not affect their drone project because it applies to hobby aircraft, rather than commercial planes. It is still likely years off from getting commercial approval. See our follow-up story for more. The original story follows … A new document by the Federal Aviation Administration distributed yesterday is… Read More

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Diapers.com co-founder to launch a new digital publication without gimmicks, stunts or click bait

Vinit Bharara is known for co-founding Diapers.com, an online retailer catering to tired moms and dads who liked the convenience of diapers, wipes and baby formula being delivered to their home. The New Jersey-based parent company, Quidsi, which has since expanded into other verticals, like pet goods on Wag.com and toys on Yoyo.com, was acquired by Amazon for $550… Read More

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German publishers file antitrust complaint against Amazon over e-book pricing

While Amazon continues its own contract disputes with Hachette Book Group, now the Seattle company is dealing with another publisher-related problem across the pond. German publishers submitted a formal antitrust complaint and have asked the Federal Cartel Office to investigate Amazon for violating Germany’s competition laws over its e-book negotiation practices. For the past two months, Amazon has delayed shipments of books… Read More

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Amazon’s iOS video app gets free first episodes, plus HBO shows, in bid to attract new users

Amazon is giving TV-loving iPhone and iPad users a new incentive to try its Instant Video app. The company released an update today that allows iOS users to view the first episode of many shows for free, with interstitial ads. That means people interested in trying a show out before buying it can get a taste of what they would… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: What it’s like to use Amazon’s Fire Phone

Amazon’s Fire Phone is definitely different than what’s out there. But is it better? That’s our main topic in the news segment of this week’s GeekWire radio show, including my initial thoughts after spending some hands-on time with the upcoming device from Jeff Bezos & Co. We delve into the implications of features including dynamic perspective… Read More

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What Jeff Bezos wrote on this Amazon customer’s iPhone

For its Fire Phone unveiling this past week, Amazon brought in some of its most faithful customers from around the country, selected via an online submission process. As it turns out, they didn’t just attend the launch event — they also got some face time with Jeff Bezos afterward, leading to one funny encounter involving an Amazon customer’s iPhone. Here’s… Read More

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Fire phone developers could get $15,000 in Amazon Coins to draw users to their apps

Amazon is offering Android developers up to $15,000 in Amazon Coins digital currency to attract more apps to the Amazon Appstore for its upcoming Fire smartphone, which the company announced earlier this week. Of course, there are a few catches before developers can get their hands on all that digital cash. Amazon is offering 500,000 coins… Read More

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Amazon relents on JK Rowling’s new book, promising speedier shipments of The Silkworm

After previously warning of delays of 1 to 2 months for JK Rowling’s new book, “The Silkworm,” Amazon is now describing the hardcover title as “in stock” with a delay of only 1-2 days for processing. And the Kindle version of the book, which was initially unavailable when the book debuted this week, can now be downloaded by Amazon customers…. Read More