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GeekWire Radio: Amgen and the state of Seattle biotech, with guest Luke Timmerman

Amgen dealt a blow to Seattle’s biotech industry last week with the announcement that it will be closing its large research-and-development campus on Elliott Bay, which dates back to its acquisition of Immunex more than a decade ago. So what does this closure mean for the biotech industry? Our guest this week is Luke Timmerman, the veteran biotechnology journalist, who… Read More

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In epic letter, Amazon asks authors and readers to join its struggle against Hachette for lower e-book prices

Amazon is taking an unprecedented step in its contract negotiations with Hachette, appealing directly to authors and readers to email the book publisher’s CEO, Michael Pietsch, to make the case for lower e-book prices. The company made the appeal in a letter emailed overnight to Kindle authors and published online for readers — criticizing Hachette for dragging its feet… Read More

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John Grisham, Stephen King and more than 900 other authors press Amazon to solve Hachette dispute in NYT ad

Amazon.com is facing another PR backlash over its ongoing dispute with publisher Hachette as a group of more than 900 authors have signed a letter demanding that the Seattle online retailer resolve the fight, and live up to its corporate mantra of “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” The group, operating under the name Author’s United, plans… Read More

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Amazon expands same-day delivery service in NYC, DC, Dallas and 3 other cities

Amazon is expanding its same-day delivery service in six metros, including New York City and Washington D.C. The company announced the expansion Tuesday evening, noting that customers in the Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis and Philadelphia areas will also now be able to have orders delivered on the same day if purchased online by noon. To receive unlimited eligible items on the… Read More

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Amazon employee’s departure hints that more consumer devices are coming

After working at Amazon for two-and-a-half years, Scott Blanksteen is leaving to join VUDU, the video streaming service owned by Walmart. Blanksteen’s departure is notable for two reasons: First, because he is joining a competitor to Amazon’s Instant Video service, and second, because the project he was working on at Amazon has yet to be announced. While at Amazon, Blanksteen… Read More

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Walmart.com redesign borrows a few ideas from Amazon: Product recommendations, fast check-outs

Walmart.com has announced a major site redesign that may be familiar to some Amazon customers. New features include product recommendations based on previous purchases and faster payment methods that will get you to the buy page in one click. But the revamp goes much further, including personalized homepages that take into account local weather and nearest store location. It… Read More

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Amazon jumps into domain registration business

Companies looking to register a new domain name have another provider to choose from: Amazon Web Services. The company launched a domain registration service as a part of its Route 53 domain management product that also provides DNS management and a service to check the health of a web application. The rates Amazon is offering… Read More

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Amazon: Why $9.99 e-books are better for everyone, including Hachette

Amazon has gone public with new details about its high-profile standoff with book publisher Hachette, confirming that the e-commerce giant is trying to lock in a standard price of $9.99 for e-books — and making the case that the lower price is actually better for everyone involved, including the publisher. “Many e-books are being released at $14.99 and even $19.99,”… Read More

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Ex-Diapers.com CEO raises $55M for Jet, looks to battle Amazon with new online ‘shopping experience’

Amazon.com made a bold move three years ago, buying the parent company of Diapers.com for a reported purchase price of more than $500 million. Last year, technology journalist Brad Stone — writing in his book The Everything Store — uncovered some of the heavy-handed tactics that Amazon utilized to take over the fast-growing upstart. Now,… Read More

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Amazon Fresh expands grocery delivery to San Diego

Amazon Fresh continues its expansion across the West Coast, announcing today that it is opening its grocery delivery service in San Diego. With the new service now available in San Diego, customers can pick among 500,000 products, from milk and cheese to shampoo and batteries. Operated as a test in the Seattle area for five… Read More

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We ordered lunch on Amazon, and here’s what it was like

Amazon.com is certainly no stranger to the food market, having delivered groceries to the doors of customers in Seattle — and more recently California — for the past several years via Amazon Fresh. Now the Seattle giant is taking it one step further with a new food takeout service powered by its Amazon Local mobile app. Unlike many… Read More

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Seattle City Council asks Jeff Bezos to treat Amazon.com’s security guards better

The Seattle City Council isn’t happy with how some Amazon.com security workers are being treated. All nine councilmembers penned a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week, asking that he address concerns shared by the Seattle Human Rights Commission over the treatment of workers hired by Security Industry Specialists (SIS), an Amazon subcontractor. The… Read More

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Amazon shares dip more than 11% as Fire smartphone debuts

Investors aren’t too thrilled with Amazon’s most recent quarterly earnings report. Amazon shares were down more than 11 percent on Friday morning, one day after Amazon saw revenue increase 23 percent to $19 billion in the second quarter, but missed expectations with a quarterly loss of $126 million. The Seattle online giant warned that losses in the third quarter… Read More