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Meet Amazon.com’s first employee: Shel Kaphan

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Amazon.com today is approaching 40,000 employees. Seventeen years ago, Shel Kaphan was No. 1. GeekWire Interview: Shel Kaphan, Amazon.com’s first employee Part 1: The forgotten founder? Part 2: Meeting Jeff Bezos Part 3: Building Amazon.com Part 4: A larger mission Long before Amazon turned into a multi-billion dollar online retailing powerhouse, and technology giant, it… Read More

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GeekWire Podcast: Amazon’s strategy, Apple’s iCloud, and Nintendo’s crazy new controller

This week on the GeekWire Podcast, we recap a big week in tech news — including Jeff Bezos at the Amazon.com shareholders meeting; Apple’s Steve Jobs at the Cupertino City Council; and Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo at the E3 video-game convention. Then we’re joined by journalist Glenn Fleishman to talk about the latest from Apple, including… Read More

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Amazon still trying to figure out grocery delivery business

Ordering groceries online and having them delivered to your door is one of those concepts that always sounds so promising. But companies have struggled for years to make the business model work. And it looks like Amazon.com is no different, despite all its experience in e-commerce and distribution. It has been nearly four years since the… Read More

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Jeff Bezos explains why Amazon.com is so big on tablets

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos didn’t spill the beans on any of the company’s reported plans to develop its own Android-based tablets during Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting this morning. But one of his comments, in response to a shareholder question about the future of technology, helped explain why the company would have such a deep interest in… Read More

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Jeff Bezos on innovation: Amazon ‘willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time’

One question at Amazon.com’s shareholder meeting this morning in Seattle clearly made an impression on Jeff Bezos, sparking an extraordinary response from the Amazon CEO and founder on the qualities of innovation and the characteristics of the company. The question: Amazon seems to be executing well lately — is the company taking enough risks? Added… Read More

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: Microsoft ‘not driving the consumer revolution’

There were plenty of headline-grabbing comments from Google chairman Eric Schmidt tonight coming out of the D9 conference in California. Many of them were not-so-subtle digs at Microsoft, which Schmidt all but dismissed as a provider of consumer technology platforms. He topped it off by recommending that anyone interested in security choose Macs over Windows PCs…. Read More

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College bookstores question Amazon’s legal tactics

The National Association of College Stores, battling with Amazon.com over the online retailer’s textbook advertising, is questioning Amazon’s decision to go to court after the association asked the Better Business Bureau’s advertising division for an advisory opinion. In a new filing in federal court in Seattle, the association asks the court to dismiss the suit… Read More

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Don’t call it an app store: Amazon launches new ‘Mac Software Downloads’ section

Amazon.com today quietly launched a new section of its site dedicated to digital downloads of software for Apple Macs, providing new competition for Apple’s own Mac App Store. It’s the latest sign of the escalating rivalry between the companies. However, Amazon stopped short of calling it an “app store” — choosing the considerably less catchy… Read More

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Amazon sells Lady Gaga’s ‘Born this Way’ for 99 cents

Lady Gaga released her new album today, and Amazon.com is using the much-anticipated second-full length release from the singer to bolster its own music offerings. Amazon is selling digital downloads of the 14-song album and digital booklet — yes, the entire album — for a mere 99 cents. Peter Kafka at All Things D notes… Read More

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Latest on ‘App Store’ battle: Will the reality distortion field extend to the courts?

The nuances of trademark law, or any law for that matter, can sometimes lead to statements that seem strange to the outside world. But even by that standard, this line from Apple’s latest filing in its “app store” dispute with Amazon.com is pretty remarkable. “Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words ‘app store’… Read More

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Amazon.com sells more Kindle books than paperbacks and hardcovers

Amazon.com is now selling more Kindle books than printed hardcovers and paperbacks, a milestone that comes four years after the company introduced its electronic reading device. The online retailer has always closely guarded its Kindle numbers, and today’s press release does not indicate how many of the reading devices it has sold to date. But… Read More

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AT&T allowing Amazon Appstore on new (and some old) Android devices

One of the challenges for Amazon.com when it launched its Android Appstore in March was the inability for AT&T customers to access the marketplace on their devices, thanks to restrictions the carrier has traditionally placed on the installation third party apps not coming through the official Android Market. The companies promised at the time that the… Read More

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Q&A: ‘Final Jeopardy’ author Stephen Baker on Watson, IBM, the future of e-books and the fate of humanity

Stephen Baker is the journalist and author who traced IBM’s Watson project from its inception and development all the way through its TV duel with Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Jeopardy earlier this year. He’s in Seattle this week as part of a tour for his book, “Final Jeopardy” – speaking on the Microsoft campus… Read More

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A $1M prize for the best product recommendation algorithm

How do you get people to buy more stuff on e-commerce Web sites? That’s the $1 million question, literally. RichRelevance and Overstock.com are offering the $1 million RecLab Prize — aimed at academics and other geeks — for the team that builds the most powerful online recommendation engine. The idea is to create advanced algorithms… Read More

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Shares of Blue Nile fall after earnings report

Seattle online jewelry retailer Blue Nile today announced first quarter results, posting net income of $2.4 million on revenue of $80.2 million. The company’s international sales drove a lot of the growth, up 34 percent to $12.9 million. “We remain focused on our key objective of building our business in the U.S. and internationally by… Read More

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Jeff Bezos goes nuclear, backs B.C. startup’s plan to create safe nuclear power

What is it with Seattle area billionaires and their love of nuclear power? Earlier this week, Microsoft co-founder touted the benefits of nuclear energy in a talk in New York, promoting his investment in Bellevue-based TerraPower. Now, word comes that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is backing General Fusion, a Burnaby, British Columbia company developing nuclear… Read More

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Amazon gets further into publishing with its own ‘Montlake Romance’ line

Apparently there’s more bodice-ripping going on in Montlake than we ever knew. Amazon.com is expanding its publishing business with a new line of romance novels under the “Montlake Romance” imprint, named after the upscale Seattle neighborhood. It’s part of a broader push by the Seattle-based online retailer into the business of publishing books, not just… Read More