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May 25, 2012
Re "Amazon set to keep share of state sales tax," May 20 To call what Amazon is getting a "rebate" is totally incorrect. A rebate is when you pay for something and get part of that back. Amazon has not payed those taxes; its customers have. A rebate would be if the customers got part of their money back. This is just a rich corporation getting money for nothing. Christopher Latham San Diego ALSO: Letters: Wall Street's casinos Letters: Killing a mountain lion Letters: Obamacare and church rights
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April 23, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Move over, "Fifty Shades of Grey. " Instead of romance, a book by French economist Thomas Piketty on income inequality and capitalism is the No. 1 best-selling book on Amazon.com. Piketty's "Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century" is generating so much interest among economists and policy makers that it's temporarily out of stock on Amazon. PHOTOS: The 10 richest people in the world At nearly 700 pages, it's not a book for beach reading by casual readers -- unless a mix of dense economic data and history is your thing.  Piketty examined decades of historical data from 20 countries to compare income inequality over time and concluded that the U.S. economy has seen the wealth of the 1% grow to dizzying new heights.
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BUSINESS
September 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
Amazon has announced a new device called the Kindle Paperwhite, which is front-lit and has a higher resolution than the company's previous e-readers. The Seattle online retailer said its newest Kindle is thinner than a magazine at 9.1 millimeters and weighs 7.5 ounces. The Kindle Paperwhite also has a long-lasting battery, with Amazon saying the device can stay on for up to eight weeks even if its front light is powered on. PHOTOS: Amazon's newest Kindles The new device will be available for $119 for the Wi-Fi version and it will begin shipping Oct. 1, the company said at a news event Thursday morning in Santa Monica.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
HBO has cut a deal to sell reruns of many of its hit shows to Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Instant Video platform. Among the programs  that will be made available on Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service are "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Girls" and "Veep. " The agreement also covers HBO's miniseries including "Band of Brothers" and original movies such as "Game Change. " As part of the pact, HBO's online streaming service HBO Go will also be available on Amazon's new Fire TV settop box the end of the year.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Amazon.com Inc. is going on a hiring binge. The Seattle-based company said Monday it will immediately begin to fill more than 5,000 full-time warehouse jobs and about 2,000 customer service jobs. The positions are available at 17 distribution centers across the United States, including three so-called fulfillment centers in California: San Bernardino, Tracy and Patterson, the company said in a statement.  PHOTOS: Workers beware: Top cities with falling wages "We're hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate and serve our customers,” said Dave Clark, vice president of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
Just one week after Amazon announced its high-tech, albeit somewhat vague, plans for drone delivery , the online retail giant is beginning to face warlike competition. Amazon drones, meet Groupon catapults. The popular deals website Groupon posted a YouTube video Tuesday mocking all those other companies "that drone on" (get it?) about their "risky, experimental, new methods of package delivery. " (Watch the video above.) QUIZ: Who said it? Looking back to the slightly more low-tech past for innovative ideas, Groupon announced its plans for delivery by catapult.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Most Internet shoppers in California know that, since Sept. 15, Amazon.com and other e-merchants, have been required to collect sales taxes for online purchases. But, what many are just finding out is that Amazon and some competitors also are collecting California's 7.25% base rate plus any local government add-on sales taxes on combined "shipping and handling" charges. According to California's sales tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization, sales tax should be collected when a seller "makes a combined charge for 'shipping and handling' or 'postage and handling,' " if the invoice does not show the actual cost of the individual delivery.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Netflix, Amazon and other digital platforms may be new competition for traditional broadcast and cable networks, but they are also becoming valuable revenue sources as well. On Wednesday, CBS said it was selling more of its library to Amazon for use on its Prime Instant Video Service. This is the second deal this week between the two companies. On Monday, CBS sold rights to stream its upcoming Stephen King miniseries "Under the Dome" just days after episodes air on the network. Shows CBS owns that are headed to Prime Instant include the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" as well the Showtime dramas "The L Word" and "The United States of Tara.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Three independent bookstores have filed a class action suit against Amazon and the six major publishers, accusing them of creating a monopoly in e-book sales. The complaint, filed in New York on Feb. 15, focuses on digital rights management, known as DRM. The stores involved in the complaint are hardly the nation's largest. They are Fiction Addiction of Greenville, S.C., Albany N.Y.'s Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza and Posman Books , which has three locations in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In two previous posts, I discussed the Amazon pilots, a slate of proposed series by the cyberspace bookseller turned virtual moving-picture studio, now streaming online for viewer comment and ratings. (Thousands have already chimed in.) The first post was for background and context; the second looked at six projected children's shows. And now come the comedies, which number eight. One is a cartoon, one is puppet-animated. One is a musical. Basic- to premium-cable in tone, all come with warnings as to adult content.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before analyzing the Redskins' 2014 schedule. The Skinny: Sorry we are a little late today. Had to jump on the HBO/Amazon story and make sure that was in our roundup. Other stories include recaps of Aereo's big day at the Supreme Court and Comcast and Charter are trying to work on a deal to swap and sell some cable systems. Daily Dose: The NFL will unveil its fall schedule this evening. Things to watch for will be what games CBS gets for its new Thursday package.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com is rumored to be working on a smartphone that will go on sale later this year, and a report said Tuesday that users will be able to control the gadget by simply tilting it around in different directions. The rumored device is expected to include four low-power infrared cameras on its front side. Those cameras will allow the gadget to display 3-D effects on the phone's screen, as previously reported . But on Tuesday, tech news site BGR said that those cameras will also help the phone recognize the way users tilt it. By recognizing different tilts, the device will be controlled by users moving it around in different directions.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
After years of rumors, Amazon.com could finally be getting into the smartphone business. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Seattle e-commerce giant will release a smartphone in the second half of the year, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Those people said Amazon plans to announce the phone by the end of June and begin shipping units by the end of September. A smartphone would be the latest hardware addition for Amazon, which already competes against Apple and Samsung in the tablet space with its Kindle Fire.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the arrival of the Amazon Fire TV, the heat is turning up in the market for video-streaming devices. The Fire TV is jumping into a crowd that already includes the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and Roku's numerous streaming gadgets. These devices are all designed to let users stream content from the Internet -- like Netflix and YouTube -- and watch it on their TVs. Amazon's $99 black box isn't the cheapest, it isn't the smallest, and it doesn't have the most content. In fact, Amazon lacks in all of these categories compared with most of its rivals.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Quitters wanted: Unhappy with your job? Feeling unproductive? Take $5,000 and go. At least, that's what Amazon.com Inc. is offering its warehouse employees. In a letter to shareholders this week, Chief Executive Jeffrey Bezos outlined the details of a rare human resources strategy the online retail giant has launched. Dubbed Pay to Quit, the program is offered once a year to employees who work in Amazon fulfillment centers. In the first year, the offer is $2,000. After that, it rises $1,000 every year until it reaches $5,000.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Amazon warehouse workers who hate their job and are eyeing the exit now have a lucrative payout offer. Online retail giant Amazon.com is offering its employees up to $5,000 if they quit, Chief Executive Jeffrey Bezos wrote in a letter to shareholders . Bezos spoke about a program offered to employees called "Pay to Quit" and credited Zappos, another online retailer known for its progressive human resources style, for the idea. The program is offered once a year to employees at its warehouses.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
On Thursday, Amazon announced the launch of its 15th imprint, Waterfall Press. Waterfall Press will specialize in Christian nonfiction and fiction. Amazon's release notes that in 2014, Waterfall Press will publish both fiction and nonfiction, but its lead titles are all nonfiction. They include "The Four Best Places to Live" by Mark Buchanan, "When You Need a Miracle" by Cherie Hill, who has reached bestseller lists as a self-published author, and "The Quiet Revolution: An Active Faith That Transforms Lives and Communities" by Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The editors of the British website the Kernel bought a copy of the e-book "Naughty Daughter Abducted ... (taboo daddy daughter erotica)" on Amazon, and did not like what they saw. "The book is a sick rape fantasy with language and details too graphic for a family-friendly publication to reproduce," they wrote in a story about pornographic e-books being sold by the online retailer. In its heated report ("How Amazon Cashes in on Kindle Filth"), the Kernel found hundreds of e-books that include scenarios of rape, incest and "forced sex" with young girls -- findings that have led to an outcry in Britain . Here in the United States, the 1st Amendment protects some such works as free speech.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Greg Braxton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Amazon Studios is greenlighting two series pilots, continuing its strategy of having customers watch and provide feedback on what shows they would like to see developed into full series. One pilot is "The Cosmopolitans," a half-hour dramatic comedy from director Whit Stillman ("Metropolitan") about a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship. It stars Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny and Dree Hemingway. The pilot is to begin shooting this week in Paris.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Move over, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast -- the Amazon Fire TV has arrived. Amazon jumped into the video-streaming device market last week by releasing the Fire TV, a small, black set-top box that streams video and audio content from the Internet. The $99 gadget will be facing off against rival devices from Apple, Google and Roku . LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2 p.m. as we unbox the Amazon Fire TV. But if there's one thing the Amazon Fire TV has that its rivals don't is a focus on video gaming.
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