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Amazon’s Zocalo launches broadly, taking on Google, Box and Microsoft in enterprise collaboration

Amazon Zocalo, the new enterprise collaboration service from Amazon Web Services, is now available for everyone to use, the company announced in a blog post today. After spending a little more than a month in an invitation-only preview, the service has now hit general availability for any AWS user. The service is designed to serve… Read More

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Amazon touts Student program with $5K college scholarships

Amazon is handing out college scholarships in an effort to have more people sign up for its Amazon Student program. The Seattle company today announced that it will award 50 full-time undergraduate students with $5,000 for tuition and another $500 to spend on textbooks on Amazon. The scholarships will be awarded to students who “demonstrate extraordinary ability in leadership and… Read More

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Watch out, GoDaddy: Google’s no-fuss domain service poses threat to traditional registrars

Yesterday morning, Google let me into its new invite-only domain registration service, and I decided to give it a test run to figure out how scared traditional domain registration companies should be of the Internet giant encroaching on their territory. After my tests, if I were an executive at GoDaddy, Namecheap, or any other company that… Read More

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Amazon vs. Google: Twitch deal highlights growing war between tech giants

Now that the initial shock from Amazon’s purchase of Twitch is starting to wear off, the synergies between the two companies are becoming more obvious. Over the past three years, Twitch has become the ESPN of the video game industry, where viewers go to watch live footage of videogames. The company’s streaming technology could strengthen a number of… Read More

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Here are Amazon’s top 5 biggest acquisitions of all time

Amazon.com is betting big on video streaming platform for gaming geeks Twitch, announcing today that it is paying $970 million in cash for the San Francisco-based company, which GeekWire’s Taylor Soper describes as the “ESPN of the video game industry.” That’s the largest acquisition for Amazon since it was founded in 1994, eclipsing big deals… Read More

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Amazon’s $970M acquisition of Twitch is largest in its history

Confirming reports from earlier this morning, Amazon announced this afternoon that it has agreed to acquire video game streaming site Twitch for $970 million in cash. This is Amazon’s biggest acquisition in its 21-year history, and particularly noteworthy given that Google had reportedly agreed to purchase Twitch for about same price just last month. In its last earnings report, Amazon noted… Read More

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Update: Amazon acquires video game streaming site Twitch for $970M

Update: Amazon’s $970M acquisition of Twitch is largest in its history Original story:  Amazon is on the verge of acquiring video game streaming company Twitch. The Information and The Wall Street Journal report today that the Seattle online giant is in “late-stage talks” to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. This is particularly interesting given that Google had reportedly agreed… Read More

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Women aren’t pregnant forever: Zulily grapples with slow shipping times

In today’s world of instant gratification and rapid shipping, Zulily orders can practically take an eternity to show up at your doorstep. Average wait times: A few weeks, and sometimes longer. I know this first-hand. Last year, a maternity dress I bought missed two weddings that I planned to attend while pregnant. Finally, I canceled the order because customer service… Read More

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Washington Post adds Amazon ‘buy it now’ links to stories by accident

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post last year for $250 million, many questioned his motivations: Would the paper be used as a mouthpiece for his political viewpoints? Or, a testing ground for new media business models? Well, here’s another concern to add to the list: Will Bezos use the paper to drive sales to Amazon.com? This weekend… Read More

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The Amazing Book Race: We pitted Amazon vs. Google in a same-day delivery test, and this is who won

SAN FRANCISCO — At a time when it’s easier than ever to get what you want, when you want it, Amazon and Google are competing against each other and an array of startups to be the go-to service for people who want products delivered on the same day they’re ordered. Amazon has begun offering same-day delivery of products from its… Read More

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Amazon’s e-book woes jump the pond, with European authors protesting its pricing tactics

Hundreds of writers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are protesting Amazon’s e-book pricing tactics in a fight that’s becoming reminiscent of the one Amazon is having with Hachette in the U.S. In an open letter set to appear in major European publications today, hundreds of writers, artists and readers have accused Amazon of manipulating its recommended reading… Read More

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Let’s say you’ve got $100 to invest: AMZN or MSFT?

This past week, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the big Rotary Club of Seattle, talking about the Pacific Northwest tech economy with a group of leading investors and entrepreneurs. We talked about a wide range of issues — hiring, education, the tech investment climate, key startups to watch, and the direction of… Read More

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Consumer Reports dings Amazon’s Fire phone on its UI, battery life

Consumer Reports has finished subjecting Amazon’s Fire smartphone to its litany of tests, and has found it wanting. While CR praised the Fire’s new and innovative features like its Dynamic Perspective 3D effect, it said that the Fire’s user interface quirks took some getting used to. In particular, reviewers faulted the phone’s back gesture, which… Read More

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Video: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

OK, this whole Ice Bucket Challenge is destined to go down as one of the most successful viral campaigns in history, raising awareness and money for ALS. The latest luminary to brave a frigid dousing is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Bezos did the deed at an all-hands Amazon meeting in Seattle… Read More

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Amazon makes an undisclosed investment in cloud services company Acquia

Amazon has made a rare investment in Acquia, a Burlington, Mass.-based digital marketing company that operates on Amazon’s cloud services. The undisclosed investment piggybacks on a $50 million round closed in May from major investors, including Sigma Partners and New Enterprise Associates. In all, the company has raised more than $100 million over several rounds of funding…. Read More

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Amazon teams with Purdue, launches new store and plans campus pick-up locations

Purdue students looking for a good deal on their textbooks now have an easier way to find them, thanks to a partnership between Amazon and Purdue University. The two organizations teamed up to create the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, a specially-branded homepage that’s designed to give students a portal to online shopping. While there, students… Read More