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September 4, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
A best-selling British author has been caught red-handed slamming others' books on Amazon while praising his own under a number of pseudonyms. It was the assiduous work of Jeremy Duns, another writer, that laid out a case demonstrating that prize-winning mystery writer R.J. Ellory had been writing the "sock puppet" reviews on Amazon. Ellory has admitted to using the sock puppetry -- pseudonymous handles to post positive Amazon reviews of his own books and one-star reviews of others'.
December 5, 2013 | By David Horsey
Jeff Bezos' announcement that Amazon hopes to eventually deliver packages to customers using little flying drones has caused a mini-uproar. From journalists to members of Congress, people are telling Bezos, "Wait just a gosh darn minute, mister!" Among those forwarding legislation to deal with the issue is Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). In comments on the floor of the House of Representatives, Poe said: "Think of how many drones could soon be flying around the sky. Here a drone, there a drone, everywhere a drone in the United States.… The issue of concern, Mr. Speaker, is surveillance, not the delivery of packages.
February 7, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Here's your touch-me-in-the-morning Tuesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --You think you pay too much in taxes? Facebook's upcoming IPO will make founder Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire, but it will also stick him with an eye-popping tax bill that could reach as high as $2 billion . The gigantic tax hit is a consequence of Zuckerberg's plan to exercise stock options worth billions. The move will significantly increase his ownership stake in the company he founded eight years ago. Zuckerberg currently owns almost 414 million shares of Facebook, but he also holds options to buy an additional 120 million shares at the bargain price of 6 cents a piece.
February 14, 2013 | Meghan Daum
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Amazon, the behemoth online retailer and knower of all habits and tastes, has released a list of America's 20 most romantic cities. It's high time. Gandhi might have said the best measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members, but we all know that's a treacly platitude. The best measure of a society is how often its members dine by candlelight, walk along the beach at sunset and give and/or receive heart-shaped Mylar balloons. And that's why Amazon's No. 1 most romantic city is - Knoxville, Tenn.
September 9, 2009 | Randy Lewis
"Money can't buy me love," the Beatles sang in 1964, and Tuesday, it couldn't buy either the stereo or mono box sets of the remastered Beatles catalog at, which reported selling out of both a day before their official release. The online retailer is, however, continuing to take orders for the individual CD reissues, according to an EMI Records representative, who said Amazon will be restocked on both box sets "soon." As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, five of Amazon's 10 bestselling music titles were Beatles albums, and 12 of its top 20 were occupied by the Fab Four.
November 12, 2010
There is a world of difference between a right to speak and an obligation to publish. That distinction became an issue this week when, the world's largest online book distributor, succumbed to pressure and pulled an electronic book on pedophilia. The book is the work of one Philip R. Greaves II, a self-evidently disturbed Colorado man who catalogued various perversions and inanities in "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure. " Greaves is entitled to his shameful views ?
June 15, 2008
I WANTED to thank Reed Johnson for his piece on Lucio Flavio Pinto ["On the Beat in the Amazon," May 18]. It was very informative on a subject near to my heart: the conflicts of native peoples against money and politics in the wilderness areas of Brazil. It's a subject as far-reaching as Brazil's geography, and Johnson summed Pinto's view of the challenge well as "Enabling humans to learn 'how to use' the Amazon 'without destroying it.' " James Traynor Oxnard
April 13, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
The literary community was up in arms over the weekend after discovering what was perceived to be a new policy implemented by online retailer to remove books with "adult" content from its rankings. On Saturday, author Mark R. Probst noticed that his young adult novel, "The Filly," which includes gay characters, had lost its ranking, so he made inquiries. The response he received from Amazon's customer service explained: "In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude 'adult' material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists.
July 29, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez 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.
September 10, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Harry Dean Stanton stars in a new music video for a previously unreleased Bob Dylan song, "Dreamin' of You," streaming exclusively at in anticipation of the release next month of "Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8." Blurring the line between commerce and art, the sepia-toned video follows Stanton at multiple stops on what appears to be a cross-country search through Dylan archival material, echoing the song's atmospheric quest for someone or something that seems just out of his reach.
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