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Amazon employee buzzes Seattle’s Space Needle with drone

An Amazon.com employee allegedly flew a drone right past Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, sparking even more debate in a city which has grappled with how unmanned aerial vehicles fit into society The employee, who was visiting from out of town, told police that the drone did not hit the structure as some reports earlier indicated…. Read More

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Amazon expected to post loss as growth spurt continues

It’s a big day for Amazon, with the release of its Fire phone marking the company’s entry into the smartphone market, the latest symbol of its expansive ambitions in the technology world. This afternoon, investors will get a new glimpse of the company’s financial picture — demonstrating, once again, Amazon’s ability to run on very small… Read More

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Fire phone review: Amazon’s phone is a solid first try, but the magic tricks are a little much

Look closely at Amazon’s new Fire phone and you’ll notice four sensors, one in each corner on the front of the device. These are cameras and infrared LEDs that detect the position of your head relative to the phone in real time. This lets the Fire phone pull off some pretty amazing technological tricks. Move the phone around in your hand… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: ‘The Amazon Way’ — former insider explains how the company works

What makes Amazon tick, and where is the company headed? This week on the GeekWire radio show, we go behind-the-scenes of the technology giant with our guest, John Rossman, author of the book, The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company. Rossman, who is now a managing director at management consulting firm Alvarez… Read More

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It’s official: Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, $9.99/month e-book subscription service

After an inadvertent leak earlier in the week, Amazon today launched a new e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, offering unlimited reading from a catalog of more than 600,000 books for $9.99/month. It’s a new wrinkle for the Kindle business, and the latest move by Amazon to shake up the traditional publishing industry. The books in the catalog include… Read More

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Suck it, Colbert: Amazon still top U.S. brand despite PR blip

The Colbert effect may not take as much of a toll on the teflon coating of Amazon.com as you might think. Despite a concerted attack by the legendary late night comedian over Amazon’s antics with book publisher Hachette, Amazon retained the top ranking among U.S. brands, according to the YouGov BrandIndex report. The report placed… Read More

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Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally

The U.S. Postal Service is known for working through rain, sleet and snow, but not on Sundays or holidays, right? That is changing, quickly, through a deal with Amazon. In many parts of the country, products ordered from Amazon now arrive at your home seven days a week, year-round. As GeekWire reported last week, the rollout is expanding nationally even faster than… Read More

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Amazon tests ‘Kindle Unlimited’ — a $9.99/month e-book subscription service

Amazon has inadvertently revealed plans for a major new addition to its Kindle business — a monthly subscription for e-books. As spotted by GigaOM this morning, Amazon put up a page that introduced a subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited,” which offers access to more than 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for $9.99 month. Amazon has… Read More

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18-year-old Seattle retailer OnlineShoes.com finds a buyer, merges with ShoeMe

OnlineShoes.com, a Seattle online retailer of footwear that got its start in 1996 a year after Amazon.com emerged on the scene, has been acquired by Canadian entrepreneur Roger Hardy. Hardy Capital Corp. is buying the online retailer for an undisclosed sum, joining with a group of Canadian investors. They’ve also purchased Vancouver, B.C.-based ShoeMe.ca, with… Read More

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Fiction meets fact: Author publishes ‘Drones over Seattle’ as Amazon seeks FAA clearance

Consultant and contract engineer Richard Clark published his new work of fiction, “Drones Over Seattle,” for the Amazon Kindle just last week — telling the story of a computer programmer and former Black Hat hacker named Sean who is hired by a Pioneer Square robotics startup to revamp and stabilize its high-tech flying drone. So imagine Clark’s surprise a… Read More

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Amazon employees most attractive, Apple workers just average, dating app finds

The top five tech companies typically fight over who employs the biggest brains, but in this competition, they were ranked by another more superficial factor: beauty. In a peer review on Hinge, a dating app that seeks to match up young professionals, Amazon employees were found to be the most sought-after, followed by Microsoft, Google and Facebook. In dead last was Apple. As… Read More

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Amazon charges 1 cent for delivery in France to evade ban on free shipping

France last week enacted a new law that does not allow online book retailers to offer free delivery and discounts. The legislation was implemented in part to protect independent bookstores from corporate companies like Amazon. So, in response, Amazon is now abiding the law by charging a one-cent delivery fee for customers who order books online. Amazon is also still offering free… Read More

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Amazon takes aim at Microsoft Azure with new Mobile Services push

Amazon wants make it easier for mobile app developers to integrate cloud services into their apps. The company today unveiled a quartet of new services all targeted at developers who want to build cross-platform applications for mobile devices. The move is a strike against Microsoft Azure Mobile Services, which is also designed to give developers a simple way… Read More

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FTC sues Amazon over kids’ in-app purchases

The Federal Trade Commission has sued Amazon for charging parents for unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the regulator is seeking a court order requiring Amazon to refund all unauthorized charges made through its Appstore, as well as an… Read More

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Amazon jumps into enterprise collaboration with ‘Zocalo’

Amazon just unveiled a new collaboration and document sharing service called Zocalo — using its leadership position in cloud computing to compete more aggressively against Box and others in the market for enterprise applications. Zocalo lets users store, share and collaborate on a variety of file types across devices including iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets. The service works via… Read More

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Amazon wants to give 100% of revenue to e-book authors as Hachette dispute continues

Some prominent authors have publicly voiced their frustration with Amazon amid its ongoing e-book contract dispute with Hachette Book Group. Now, it appears Amazon is responding. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both report that the online bookseller is offering Hachette authors 100 percent of e-book revenue made off their titles. According to a… Read More

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Amazon quietly rolls out Sunday delivery in Seattle and Portland; Coming soon to Bay Area, Boston and more cities

After starting in selected cities around the country, Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service are closer to rolling out Sunday parcel delivery on a nationwide scale. In recent weeks, Sunday delivery has launched in Seattle and Portland, and various other cities are potentially only weeks from going live — including the Boston area and a huge swath… Read More

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Former Amazon employee: Disputed non-compete deal ‘excessive’ and ‘overbroad’

A former Amazon manager is responding defiantly to the company’s lawsuit over his new job at Google — further positioning his case as a new legal test for tech-industry employment agreements. A lawyer for Zoltan Szabadi, the former Amazon Web Services partnerships manager who was sued by the company after taking a job with Google, is asking a King County Superior Court judge to throw out the… Read More