August 19, 2013 |
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.
August 6, 2013 |
Jeffrey Bezos is best known for founding Amazon.com Inc. and pioneering online shopping, so his purchase of the struggling Washington Post newspaper stunned media watchers and technology analysts alike. Although Bezos, 49, is an active backer of several oddball endeavors -- among them unearthing old rocket engines from the bottom of the ocean and developing a futuristic clock -- most of his previous investments have gone toward creating new technologies, not reviving ailing industries.
July 11, 2013 |
In the battle of the technology business mega-monsters, Apple Inc. has lost a round to Amazon.com. On Wednesday, a federal judge in New York ruled that Apple “conspired to raise the retail price of e-books” with the aim of cutting into Amazon's market share. The judge said Amazon may now seek damages from Apple. The federal prosecutor in the case claimed this was a big victory for consumers. Well, maybe yes and maybe no. Amazon has become the 800-pound gorilla in the publishing world - actually, make that 8 million . The company sells so many more books than anyone else that it has driven so-called bricks-and-mortar bookstores, both big and small, to near extinction.
July 3, 2013 |
The competition between Amazon and Netflix for content is good news for PBS. Last week, Amazon.com struck a deal with PBS for kids' shows "Caillou," "Arthur" and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" as well as episodes of "Nova," "Masterpiece" and Ken Burns documentaries. Earlier this year, Amazon landed subscription video rights to repeats of "Downton Abbey. " PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Now Netflix has renewed and expanded its own deal with PBS. Some of the content Netflix will have rights to overlap with Amazon, but it also has exclusive rights to certain shows, including the murder mystery "The Bletchley Circle" and "Super Why!
June 25, 2013 |
The heart of rock 'n' roll may be in Cleveland, but Miami, Fla., residents have purchased more music per capita from Amazon.com Inc. than any other major U.S. city in the last year, the online retail giant said Tuesday. Pulling together sales of MP3s, CDs and vinyl records, the Seattle company said Miami also has remarkably diverse music tastes. Miami customers bought more Latin, dance and heavy metal music than any other city. It also topped sales rankings for children's music.
June 11, 2013 |
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.
May 24, 2013 |
Not one to be outdone, Amazon.com has become the latest tech giant to reveal plans for new, outlandish headquarters. The online retailer wants to literally bring the "Amazon" to downtown Seattle with a building that features three glass-dome, greenhouse-like structures capable of housing "mature trees," according to the plans the company filed with the city. Amazon said it believes a park-like and plant-rich environment would provide its employees with many positives "that are not often found in a typical office setting.
April 5, 2013 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission may have booted Henry Blodget off Wall Street, but the former Merrill Lynch & Co. Internet analyst has attracted some big fans for Business Insider Inc., which he co-founded in 2007. A major endorsement for the online news site landed this week in the form of $5 million -- venture capital rounded up by Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos. “Jeff's leadership, vision and philosophy at...
February 4, 2013 |
Amazon.com, looking to spur Valentine's Day gift buying, is cutting the price of its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet by as much as 10%. The Seattle-based online retailer on Monday said it was knocking $30 off the tablet's Wi-Fi versions and $50 off its 4G-capable units. To get the discount, which lasts through Friday, users have to enter "FIRELOVE" as a promotional code during checkout. The discount marks down the Wi-Fi version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD to $269 for the 16-gigabyte model and $339 for the 32-gigabyte model.
January 29, 2013 |
Amazon.com Inc. saw big sales during the holiday season, reporting Tuesday that fourth-quarter revenue rose 22% to $21.27 billion from a year earlier. But the Internet retail giant's sales and earnings missed Wall Street's estimates. Profit for the three months that ended Dec. 31 declined 45% to $97 million, or 21 cents a share, compared with $177 million, or 38 cents, in the same quarter of 2011. Analysts had expected the e-commerce company to post revenue of $22.26 billion and earnings of 27 cents a share.