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Hiring spree: Amazon adds 7,000 more employees, topping 124,000 worldwide

Amazon continued its trend of explosive headcount growth this quarter, adding 7,300 new employees to its workforce, which now totals 124,600 full- and part-time workers. That’s a stark contrast to some of its tech industry counterparts, including Google and Microsoft, which both saw significantly smaller headcount gains in the quarter. Microsoft added 982 employees in… Read More

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Amazon reports $19.7B in quarterly revenue, earnings in line with expectations at 23 cents a share

Amazon reported today that it made $19.74 billion in revenue during the first quarter of 2014, up nearly 23 percent from almost $16.1 billion in the year-ago quarter. That beat expectations from financial analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters of more than $19.4 billion in quarterly revenue. The company met analyst expectations with earnings of 23 cents per share, up more… Read More

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Seahawks star Richard Sherman make TIME’s 100 most influential list

TIME released its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world and several tech leaders made the cut this year. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who had made the list in previous years, was deemed “tech’s most enduring innovator,” by TIME. Here’s what PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel wrote about Bezos: Twenty years ago Jeff Bezos… Read More

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Amazon is paying big bucks for those HBO exclusives

Reaction to Amazon’s content deal with HBO this morning was decisive: Neftlix just lost. Amazon gains three things from the deal: It sets itself apart from the streaming-video leader; gives customers a reason to continue paying $99 for its Prime program; and maybe provides additional incentive to buy its devices. Up until now, Netflix has enjoyed having a much… Read More

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Study: Sales tax cuts into Amazon’s sales, as consumers look to other online retailers

Laws that require online retailers to collect local sales tax are hitting Amazon particularly hard, according to a new study by researchers at Ohio State University. Amazon’s sales in states where it collected sales tax decreased about 10 percent, compared to states that don’t require tax collection. In turn, brick-and-mortar retailers in those states saw a 2… Read More

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China’s Tencent looking to expand globally to take on Facebook, Amazon and more

Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Twitter, Zynga and Uber all have each other to contend with, but what if a fierce new competitor were to enter to the U.S. market? Tencent may be the latest Chinese superpower eyeing global expansion, according to an article published in the May edition of Fast Company. Similar to Alibaba, which is expected… Read More

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Apple, Google — and now Amazon — offer game publishers top app store placement for exclusivity

Video game publishers are no strangers to signing exclusive deals with platforms, and now that practice is becoming apparent in the mobile gaming industry. A Wall Street Journal report this morning notes that Apple and Google are now offering mobile game publishers highly-coveted placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity. As a classic example, WSJ notes… Read More

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Amazon vet’s grocery delivery startup Instacart is coming to Seattle

Watch out, Amazon Fresh: a new competitor is heading into town. Instacart, the grocery delivery service that leverages the ‘sharing economy,’ is looking to expand to Seattle, according to a new posting on GeekWork, GeekWire’s job site. It’s a big step for Instacart, which has seen explosive growth since the company launched in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company… Read More

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Should Amazon buy Sears? Retail analyst makes the case

Amazon should acquire Sears Holdings, including 2,400 Kmart and Sears stores, creating a major physical retail presence in the U.S. and allowing the stores to double as new distribution centers. And the Seattle company should axe the Kmart and Sears brands. At least, that’s the contention of retail industry analyst Robin Lewis, writing this week… Read More

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Amazon and Samsung partner on special Kindle app, book deals

A specialized app called “Kindle for Samsung” will debut this month, starting on the Samsung Galaxy S5, under an agreement announced this morning between Amazon and Samsung. Under the partnership, Samsung tablet and smartphone users will also get one free Kindle book a month. The deal is notable in part because Amazon is separately poised to become… Read More

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Streik! German workers at Amazon to walk off job today

Some German workers at Amazon.com are expected to walk off the job today, part of an ongoing protest organized by the labor union Verdi. The Wall Street Journal reports that hundreds of workers at fulfillment centers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld are set to stage an all-day strike, beginning with the first shift. Amazon employs about… Read More

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Tech Moves: Amazon exec leaves for Square, Edifecs expands leadership team, and more

—Alyssa Henry has joined Square as its head of Engineering, the company announced today. Prior to her work at the payments company, which is helmed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Henry served in a number of engineering leadership roles at Amazon, and was most recently the Vice President of Amazon Web Services Storage Services. Prior to that,… Read More