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November 14, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Vanessa Hudgens, the star of the Disney "High School Musical" films, is tackling more adult roles in the upcoming "Machete Kills" and "The Frozen Ground. " But the 23-year-old has retained her youthful, slightly punk edge when it comes to her personal style -- she's more likely to don a pair of combat boots on the red carpet than a pair of sparkly stilettos. When she participated in "The 24 Hour Plays,"  Montblanc's creative fundraiser for the Urban Arts Project, in New York City on Monday,  the actress opted for a sleeveless white top, simple black pants and lace-up boots.
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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.
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.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2008 | From Reuters
Amazon.com Inc. has sued the state of New York, challenging a new statute requiring Internet retailers based elsewhere to collect New York sales taxes. Amazon, the world's largest Internet retailer, said in a complaint filed with the state's Supreme Court that the new law, which was passed by the Legislature in early April, was unconstitutional, vague and overly broad. Through its "Associates Program," the company pays unaffiliated website operators around the country a commission if they advertise Amazon on their sites.
BUSINESS
December 17, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Amazon.com Inc.'s stock soared 19% after an analyst set a $400 price target for shares of the fast-growing but money-losing Internet retailer. In a later "clarification" of his views, Henry Blodget of CIBC Oppenheimer & Co. stressed that he was looking at potential gains over a one-year time horizon, not a near-term explosion in the price of the volatile stock. Amazon.com rose nearly $60 in heavy trading on Nasdaq, hitting a record $301.75 before settling back to close at $289, up $46.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
A free Amazon.com service that makes content-sharing easier on multiple Kindles could bring  students one step closer to shedding their heavy backpacks. Called Whispercast , the service creates a single point to purchase and push out Kindle books across a wireless Internet connection. Amazon announced the launch Wednesday. A teacher or administrator can register students to the classroom's Kindles, sort them into groups for subject or grade level, then distribute readings accordingly.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2001 | Michael Hiltzik
Amazon.com lost a round in its legal battle to protect its "one-click" patent. A federal appeals court in Washington lifted an injunction barring Barnesandnoble.com from implementing a similar system, which allows repeat customers to submit online orders with a single mouse click by storing their shipping and billing information and using it for every repeat order. Barnes & Noble declined to say whether it would now add the system to its Web site.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Even for an Oprah Winfrey book pick, "A New Earth" has been a sensation. About 3.5 million copies of Eckhart Tolle's spiritual self-help guide have been shipped since Winfrey, host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," announced her selection four weeks ago. The book has topped the bestseller list on Amazon.com virtually from the moment Winfrey's choice was revealed, and it is the fastest-selling pick ever for Barnes & Noble Inc., according to a statement issued Thursday by Winfrey. It's also a record shipment in a four-week span for any book by Penguin Group (USA)
BUSINESS
December 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Cyber Monday is over, but Amazon.com is still promoting the Kindle Fire HDX by promising customers that it will donate $20 for every tablet that is purchased on Tuesday through Sunday, as part of Giving Tuesday. The offer applies when customers buy a 7-inch or an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX through AmazonSmile , a program recently launched by Amazon. When a customer buys select items through AmazonSmile, the Seattle online retailer will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to a charity of the customers' choosing.
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