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November 8, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Amazon.com on Thursday launched a dedicated wine marketplace on its website. The online wine shop is currently in beta, with thousands of labels searchable by type (red, white, etc.), grape varietal, winery, tasting notes (blackberry, vanilla, oak ... ), professional rating, vintage, ABV (alcohol by volume) or price. So far, customers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington , Wyoming and the District of Columbia (with more states to be added)
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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.
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MAGAZINE
August 24, 1997
I'm an Amazon.com customer even though I love bookstores ("The Book on Amazon.com," by Jonathan Littman, July 20). My husband and I like to prowl the bargain tables. My daughter and I, on our annual "mother-daughter get-together weekend," always find a good bookstore. Once, in New Orleans, our hotel was overbooked, and we were prepared to spend the entire night browsing in an all-night bookstore. (We did finally end up with a room.) So why buy books online? For one thing, as a working professional, my hours are often longer than those of most bookstores, so online is where can I browse, or purchase authors of interest, or even buy gifts with efficiency.
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
November 27, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Internet retailer Amazon.com -- after years of avoiding having any physical presence in California -- is planning to open a third massive distribution center in the Golden State. The new operation is in Tracy, a distant bedroom community for the San Francisco Bay Area south of Sacramento. The facility will be only about 30 miles from a second Amazon center being built in Patterson to the south. Last month, the Seattle company cut the ribbon on a 950,000-square-foot facility in the city of San Bernardino, which started filling orders before the holiday shopping season.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
While most of us were being squeaky-clean in our online activities, a rather dirty war recently broke out in cyberspace over the selling of dirty e-books on Amazon and elsewhere. The affair raises numerous issues of non-prurient interest. The controversy first erupted in the British press. That's appropriate, since it was the British author Charles Dickens who gave us the term "pecksniff. " (See his " Martin Chuzzlewit . ") There the online publication the Kernel unearthed "hundreds of e-books that celebrate graphic rape, incest and 'forced sex' with young girls available for sale from online retailer Amazon.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Amazon.com is back up after nearly an hour in which its website would not load Monday. Some users saw a message saying the website was temporarily unavailable while improvements were being made. Others saw an error saying, “Oops! We're very sorry, but we're having trouble doing what you just asked us to do.” But as of 12:40 p.m., the site was back up and running. PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails The downtime for Amazon comes a few days after Google services were unreachable for a few minutes.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Shan Li
Online behemoth Amazon.com raised the minimum order price to get free shipping to $35, a decision that could give the retailer a big boost during the crucial holiday season. The $10 bump affects the company's Super Saver Shipping, which for years offered free shipping on any orders that cost $25 or more. The move comes just days before the Seattle company releases its third-quarter earnings results. "This is the first time in more than a decade that Amazon has altered the minimum order for free shipping in the U.S. " the company noted in a Tuesday blog post . "During that time, we have expanded free shipping selection by millions of items.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2011 | By Meg James and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Amazon.com is busy stocking its shelves with more programming and will soon offer streams of older CBS-owned television shows, including "Frasier," "Cheers" and "Star Trek," to its online customers. Amazon.com is busy stocking its shelves with more programming and will soon offer streams of older CBS-owned television shows, including "Frasier," "Cheers" and "Star Trek," to its online customers. The move, announced Wednesday, represents the online retail giant's most significant licensing agreement since launching its Amazon Prime subscription service in February to compete with Netflix.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2011 | Barney Jopson
First impressions last. So some people still think of Amazon.com as an online bookseller, the form in which it arrived on consumers' horizons in the late 1990s. But since then Amazon has been acquiring, expanding and diversifying at a dizzying speed. Jeff Bezos, its founder, chief executive and the owner of a wall-shaking laugh, has taken the company into shoes, diapers and flat-screen televisions, as well as cloud computing services and e-readers via its Kindle device. Amazon's non-retail dexterity reached a new level last month when the Seattle-based company unveiled a Kindle-branded tablet computer, the Fire, to rival Apple's iPad.
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 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.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
What wines are selling best on Amazon.com ? You might be surprised. There's more than just the expected popular brands of Cabernet and Chardonnay. Curious about what the top-selling wines on Amazon.com are at the moment, I approached the Seattle-based mega-company to see if anyone could tell me. After much back and forth, I got a list of 10: There are some of the expected  - two Pinot Noirs, two Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style reds, and a Chardonnay; but there are also the unexpected - a Roussanne, a Semillon, and a sweet Black Muscat.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com has sent out invitations to members of the media for an April 2 event at which the company is expected to unveil a video-streaming device. The online retailer is scheduled to hold the event in New York at 8 a.m. PDT, according to a screenshot of the invitation posted by Business Insider . The event is to be led by Peter Larsen, vice president of the company's Kindle division. "Please join us for an update on our video business," the invitation reads. VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
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
June 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc., known for its speedy distribution of books, electronics and other consumer goods, is now trying to break open the grocery market. The AmazonFresh service, running since 2007 in the retailer's Seattle hometown, expanded to select Los Angeles ZIP Codes on Monday. The company is offering customers same-day and early-morning delivery on more than 500,000 products, such as apples, bread and even mozzarella di bufala from the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2010 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: I am a shareholder in Amazon.com Inc. and would like to know if the company's stock can keep up with expectations. Answer: The world's largest online retailer has a reputation for low prices and customer loyalty, but it must spend a lot of money to maintain its rapid growth. That's how high expectations can outpace reality. Amazon's new Kindle e-reader models, aided by price cuts, have proved popular. One downloads books using 3G cellular networks and Wi-Fi, while the other uses only Wi-Fi.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014
Amazon's profit and revenue both grew in the latest quarter but its results fell below what Wall Street was expecting and shares of the world's biggest online retailer declined after-hours. Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow its business and expand into new areas, from movie streaming to e-readers and even grocery delivery. Investors have largely forgiven thin profit margins and zeroed in on the company's solid revenue growth and long-term prospects.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com is continuing to offer customers new deals on its Kindle Fire HDX tablets, with the most recent promotion giving consumers the option of paying for the gadget in four no-interest installments. The Seattle-based online retailer will let customers who buy the Kindle Fire HDX before Dec. 25 spread their payments across 270 days . Through the offer, customers can pay a fourth of their payment upfront, along with shipping costs and any taxes that may apply. The subsequent payments will then be automatically charged every 90 days.
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