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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.
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March 20, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The legendary literary agent Andrew Wylie, known as "The Jackal" for his comes-out-swinging business and negotiating tactics, has long professed his distaste for the book-and-everything-else retailer Amazon. Wylie has represented many of the biggest names of publishing over the last half century, from Vladimir Nabokov to Salman Rushdie. Back in October, when asked if he'd ever sign a book deal with Amazon's new digital publishing arm, he responded thusly: "If one of my children were kidnapped and they were threatening to throw a child off a bridge and I believed them, I might" sign such a deal, Wylie told the New Republic . He also compared Amazon's tactics and evolution to Napoleon.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
"Mozart in the Jungle" -- a satirical look at the classical-music world that stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a thinly veiled parody of conductor Gustavo Dudamel -- has been picked up by Amazon, the online retailer announced this week. The pilot episode of the racy comedy was released online earlier this year. In addition to "Mozart," Amazon Studios has picked up "The After," from "X-Files" veteran Chris Carter; "Transparent," a domestic comedy; and "Bosch," based on the novels by Michael Connelly.
OPINION
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
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.
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.
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
November 2, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
If emails from Amazon's customer service team are a fair indicator, it appears the online retailer considers authors to be direct competitors of other authors. And email chains are all we have to go on, as Amazon did not respond to our request for comment. On Wednesday, Steve Weddle , an author of crime fiction, blogged about how he had tried repeatedly to leave a nice review for "Karma Backlash," a pulpy e-book by his friend Chad Rohrbacher, on its sales page on Amazon. Weddle's review was received but never posted.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
Birds of a feather do flock together in Peru, which boasts more than 1,800 avian species, so Inkaterra Hotels is focusing on these exotic creatures by offering bird-watching experiences at two of its in-country properties. The  four-day, three-night itineraries are based at either the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica , in the Peruvian Amazon, or the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel , in the cloud forest at the base of Machu Picchu. The tours are designed with both novice and expert birders in mind and combine private guided tours with each hotel's existing excursions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A rare cache of buried 19th century gold coins discovered by a California couple on daily walk could be hitting Amazon.com as early as May. Whatever portion of the find is put on the retail site for sale will no doubt attract great interest among rare-coin enthusiasts, who have been set abuzz by what experts are calling the most valuable find unearthed in North America. PHOTOS: California couple discovers cache of gold coins If the coins were melted down, the gold alone would be worth $2 million, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Services in Newport Beach, who recently authenticated the coins.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The Victorian-era detectives of "Ripper Street" have been granted a stay of execution, thanks to Amazon, which ordered a third season of the BBC series that had been canceled last year. The online retail giant announced the new eight-episode season as part of the launch of its Amazon Prime Streaming Video service in the United Kingdom. The third season will stream on Amazon in the United Kingdom before it airs on BBC One, where the first two seasons aired. BBC America, a co-producer of the series, will air the new season after it has aired in the United Kingdom on BBC One. Currently, Amazon does not have streaming rights for the show in the United States.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Netflix has taken to YouTube to make fun of the drone delivery program Amazon.com unveiled last year. In a satirical video, Netflix jokingly announced "Drone 2 Home," a service that allows the company to deliver DVDs the same day users rent them from the company's website.  "That's right. Our fleet of high-tech drones will deliver your disc to you within mere seconds of you adding it to your queue," Netflix DVD division manager Hank Breeggemann said in the video.  PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The video shows drones chasing down customers, crashing and exploding, and even delivering movies to users while they're in the bathroom.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com is gearing up to release an Internet-connected television set-top box as early as next month, according to a report Friday. The Seattle-based online retailer is aiming for a March debut for a product that would go head-to-head with the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and the numerous Roku set-top boxes that are already on the market, according to the technology blog Recode, formerly known as AllThingsD. Details about the device are limited, but Recode said the Amazon set-top box will be based on the Google Android operating system, which is also used by the company for its line of Kindle Fire tablets.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Amazon.com Inc. and The Home Depot Inc., both giants in their respective retail fields, are heralding the arrival of spring with major hiring surges. E-commerce king Amazon said it will take on more than 2,500 full-time workers in several states as the company's stable of fulfillment centers expands. The employees will be hired to pick, pack and ship customer orders at facilities in Virginia, Kansas, South Carolina, Washington and Tennessee. The online retailer said it hired more than 20,000 fulfillment center workers last year and that the median pay at the sites is 30% higher than the pay at traditional retail jobs.
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
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.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon on Thursday updated its iPhone app with a feature that lets users find items within the online store by simply holding them in front of their iPhone's camera. The feature is called Flow, and it's designed to be a quicker way to search for products than by typing their name or scanning their bar code, as were already possible through the Amazon app. The Seattle online retailer is marketing the feature as a way for users to quickly find items that they need to restock on a regular basis, such as their groceries.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch has put away a cavalcade of criminals and ne'er-do-wells during his 20-plus years as an LAPD homicide detective, all the time sticking to his strict code of ethics and sense of justice. But while Bosch - the creation of acclaimed novelist Michael Connelly - has thrived on the page, he has largely been on creative lockdown in other mediums. After selling rights to the Bosch character to Paramount Pictures in the mid-1990s, Connelly, a former Los Angeles Times police reporter whose works have propelled him into the top ranks of contemporary fiction writers, held out hope that his popular literary franchise would eventually spark a cinematic series.
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