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A dirty cloud? Amazon and Twitter receive failing grades in ‘green Internet’ report

Facebook, Google and Apple are considered leading innovators when it comes to deploying renewable energy to power its data centers and cloud-based technologies, while Amazon and Twitter are “stuck in a dirty energy past.” That’s the latest finding from Greenpeace’s report: Clicking Clean: How Companies are Building the Green Internet. The report, released today, details how… Read More

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Amazon enables returns through delivery lockers

Amazon is now letting customers return purchased items through its Amazon Lockers — a new feature of the large delivery lockers that have been installed in locations around North America and Europe. The feature, offered as an option for returns through Amazon’s site, was noted by the Wall Street Journal overnight. The process is essentially… Read More

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Amazon workers protest again in Germany over wages

Amazon.com warehouse workers in Germany protested again today in yet another act of opposition against what they say are unfair wages. Reuters reports that between 340-to-500 employees participated in the strike this morning, marking the first protest of 2014 but one of many that have taken place over the past several months. The actions are… Read More

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Amazon: Education’s passive lurker gets aggressive

If you want to see the future of Amazon in education, don’t look to Seattle. Look to Sao Paulo. For months, I’ve wondered what Amazon’s strategy for the Kindle in education might be. Amazon’s presence in the K-12 school market has been notable largely by its absence. No grand, sweeping announcements. No blow-out presentations at… Read More

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Protecting the cloud: Amazon gains key certification from Department of Defense

Amazon announced today that Amazon Web Services has received a provisional certification from the Department of Defense under the department’s Cloud Security Model, showing that the company has met the DoD’s requirements for securing cloud information against attack. The certifications apply to all of Amazon’s four regions across the U.S., including its GovCloud region that’s… Read More

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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

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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

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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