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Amazon's same-day delivery expands to more cities

San Francisco and Dallas get the super-fast service with new 'get it today' search<p>Amazon has expanded its same-day delivery service in the United States. The web retail giant has officially added San Francisco and Dallas to the list of cities in which the delivery option is available, and has …

Amazon Unveils Store Dedicated Specifically To Wearable Tech

Amazon on Tuesday launched a store dedicated to wearable technology that will sell activity trackers, smart watches, and other products.<p>“Wearable technology is an exciting category with rapid innovation and our customers are increasingly coming to Amazon to shop and learn about these devices,” John …

Report: Amazon Is Working On A New Kind Of Computer Chip

Now Amazon is apparently trying to create its own home-grown computer server chips, according to job postings, new hires and some unnamed sources unearthed by Stacey Higginbotham at Gigaom.<p>That means it could be looking for a faster, cheaper, lower-power alternative to Intel's chips. It would …

Amazon’s Smartphone May Come With A Special Data Plan Called ‘Prime Data’

The Amazon Phone is almost certainly on its way, but the details surrounding its features and selling points are still somewhat unclear. Multiple sources have revealed that 3D effects and gesture-based features will be present on the device, but today another detail has leaked out.<p>BGR reports that …

Amazon and Microsoft follow alternative paths to growth

Bloomberg’s Jonathan Ferro and Caroline Hyde examine results from Microsoft and Amazon<p><b>Microsoft</b> has a new person at the helm. Satya Nadella became CEO just two months ago, and already the company has reported $5.66 billion (£3 billion) in earnings for the 3Q.<p>The company is going into the cloud, …

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Amazon and Google are in an epic battle to dominate the cloud—and Amazon may already have won

In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent.<p>Google is now trying to do something similar in cloud computing. The company last month announced price …

Cloud Computing

The $99 Amazon Prime arrives, with questions in tow

The advantage of Amazon’s subscription service is the convenience of getting your products in two days. CNET takes a look at whether or not it's worth it.<p>Amazon Prime's US members will have to swallow a $20 increase, starting Thursday, that will push their membership fees to $99 a year -- a price …

eCommerce

Amazon Merges Kindle Personal Documents With Cloud Drive

Amazon announced this morning through an email to its customers that all personal documents archived in your Kindle e-reader library are also now being made available from Amazon Cloud Drive. The files will be placed in a new folder called “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” where you’ll then be able to …

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FORTUNE — The battle to control your living room is heating up, and today Amazon (AMZN) stepped up its efforts with Amazon Fire TV, a box for streaming video through a television set.<p>The battle over software performance and specs is a race to the bottom in terms of price. The ultimate winner will …

Amazon’s Set Top Box Will Be A Dongle Like Chromecast, Could Feature OnLive-Style Streaming

Amazon is readying a game console/set top box of its own, and we’ve learned from multiple sources familiar with the device that the Lab126-produced gadget will have a form factor similar to the Chromecast, or in other words it’ll be a stick or dongle as opposed to something like the Apple TV. In …

Amazon-owned Audible lowers royalty rates on self-published audiobooks

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Audible (s AMZN), the digital audiobook site owned by Amazon that launched audiobook rights platform ACX in 2011 as a way for …

Amazon merges Lovefilm Instant and Amazon Prime

Amazon is replacing Lovefilm Instant and Amazon Prime with Prime Instant Video, increasing its investment in exclusive content<p>Amazon is to merge Lovefilm Instant and Amazon Prime to create Prime Instant Video, a new streaming service from February 26.<p>Amazon Prime currently offers members …

Tech Trends

Amazon’s long-rumored Apple TV competitor to launch next month?

Amazon’s TV box, which the company is believed to have been working on for around a year, is to be launched next month, according to unnamed content distribution sources cited by <i>re/code</i> – ahead of the new version of the Apple TV box expected to be unveiled in April.<p>People I’ve talked to who are …

Report: Amazon may release a set-top box in March

Amazon could release its rumored set-top box this March, Recode reports based on interviews with Amazon partners.<p>According to Recode's sources, the unnamed Android-powered box "would compete with Apple TV and Roku's line of products, which make it easy to move video from the Internet onto your TV." …

Fund manager considered cancelling Amazon investment over tax avoidance

Royal London Asset Management demanded clarity over online retailer's tax levels – and locations where that tax was paid<p>A leading City fund manager considered pulling an investment in Amazon from its ethical funds because of the online seller's tax avoidance measures and its employment conditions …

Amazon denies reports it's planning live internet TV service

Amazon is considering moving far beyond its Instant Video streaming service, according to a new report out today. The online retail giant is working on offering a live TV service that would stream over the internet, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. It seems that the project is in its "early stages," …

Amazon Patents “Anticipatory” Shipping — To Start Sending Stuff Before You’ve Bought It

Amazon’s plans for autonomous flying delivery drones are so last year. The ecommerce juggernaut is purportedly working on something far more dystopian: pre-shipment.<p>Amazon has filed a patent for a shipping system designed to cut delivery times by predicting what buyers are going to buy before they …

Christmas tech support in just 9 seconds: Amazon boasts its Kindle Fire ‘Mayday’ button was a huge success

Forget spending hours on the phone with tech support.<p>On Christmas Day, Amazon proved that its new “Mayday” feature, which instantly connects Kindle Fire HDX owners with an Amazon customer service representatives via video chat, more than lives up to its promises. Amazon said that Mayday help …

Amazon Tries To Console Customers After UPS Christmas Fail

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the largest online retailer, offered customers $20 gift cards and refunds on shipping charges after an avalanche of orders caused United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) to miss delivery of some packages by Christmas.<p>Read more on Bloomberg

Christmas Shopping Rush Adds 1 Million More Amazon Prime Members

Amazon has revealed that it added more than one million new Amazon Prime members in the third week of December alone as shoppers pushed to finish their Christmas shopping ahead of the big day yesterday.<p>The growth in the service, which gives members free two-day shipping on a wide selection of …

Amazon Really, Really Wants to Sell More Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

Amazon seems to be selling a lot of its newest Kindle Fire tablets.* But it would like to sell many more. <br>So here’s Jeff Bezos’s newest pitch: Buy a …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon Cloud Drive Photos Adds Video Upload On iOS, And Finally An iPad Version

Amazon today added support for video uploads in the new iOS version of its Cloud Drive Photos app, which also now natively supports iPad and iPad mini. The update comes over a year and a half after Amazon first introduced the capability to store videos in its Cloud Drive Photos service via the …

Amazon is Increasing Its Webstore Seller and Transaction Fees

Amazon is planning to increase its Webstore seller subscription fees and transactions fees on February 1, 2014. As you can see below, the Webstore only transaction fee is the only one that isn’t changing:<p>The Webstore only subscription fee is effectively doubling from $39.99 to $79, the Webstore + …

Internet erupts in parody to Amazon's proposed delivery drones

Depending on execution, parody can be one of the best or worst ways to get a message across. Today, we've seen examples of both lambasting Amazon Prime Air, the company's new plan to use drones to deliver packages to your door. Twitter reacted with the usual mix of humor, disdain, and nitpicking, …

Amazon Kindle Fire commercial mocks the iPad Air with a Jony Ive parody

Amazon is the latest company to take on Apple's distinctive advertising style in its own commercials, this time by pitting the iPad Air against Amazon's 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX using what seems like a thinly veiled parody of Apple's Jony Ive, who frequently appears in the company's promotional …

Supreme Court refuses Amazon’s challenge to online sales tax law

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Keith Bell<p>Can states collect sales tax from online retailers that have no physical presence in the state? For now, the …

Amazon drones won’t replace the mailman or FedEx woman any time soon

Amazon’s new “delivery system,” Amazon Prime Air, promises to get packages to customers “in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles,” and could be in commercial use soon as 2015, the company said Dec. 1.<p>Skeptics have quickly gathered, questioning everything from the project’s safety to …

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15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

Amazon lets users give Prime memberships as gifts

The e-tailer rolls out the new feature -- the ability to purchase the $79-a-year membership as a present -- just before the holidays.<p>Amazon will now let customers buy a one-year subscription to its Prime program as a gift, the company announced Friday, just before the shopping frenzy of …

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