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December 2, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
There's a lot of buzz Monday about Amazon.com - specifically, its plan to deliver packages by drone. Amazon already has a name for the service : Prime Air. It also has a video showing how it works. Which is pretty good, considering what it doesn't have is the, you know, actual service itself . That's a few years off, company founder Jeff Bezos admitted in an interview Sunday on “60 Minutes” in which he unveiled the drone idea. But hey, it's the future. The Pony Express was pretty advanced for its day too. And I'm sure that someone then said, “But where are we going to get all those horses?
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday to talk about the company's efficiencies and recent innovations. During a piece that ranged from delivering groceries to providing cloud computing to the CIA via Amazon Web Services, the most eye-catching item was something that doesn't yet exist: Drone delivery. The company is calling it Prime Air. "These are octocopters," Bezos told Charlie Rose . "These are effectively drones, but there's no reason that they can't be used as delivery vehicles.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Delivery drones are on their way. Amazon.com on Sunday introduced Prime Air , a futuristic delivery system that the company says will get packages into customers' hands in half an hour or less, delivered via unmanned aerial vehicles. The online retail behemoth posted a video on its website that shows images of a recent Prime Air test flight. In the 80-second clip, which you can watch below, a shopper buys an item on Amazon. The item is then placed into a plastic yellow Amazon container and picked up at the end of a conveyor belt by an Amazon drone, which takes off and soars over a grassy field before depositing the package with a thud outside the shopper's doorstep.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Although Amazon.com largely abandoned the battlefield in its long war against state sales taxes last year, the Supreme Court on Monday delivered the final articles of surrender. The court turned down the big retailer's appeal of a New York court ruling upholding a law requiring Amazon to collect sales taxes from customers there. It's about time. You can tell that Amazon knew defeat was coming from the fact that it already was collecting taxes from buyers in New York, pending a final ruling.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Timed for the holidays, Amazon.com has begun letting users send each other Amazon Prime memberships as gifts. Amazon Prime is a $79 service sold by the Seattle online retailer that gives members a number of benefits including free shipping on purchases. With Amazon Prime, users get free two-day shipping on 15 million of the items sold on Amazon.com. Users can also stream 41,000 movies and shows, much like they can with Netflix. Users also get access to "borrow" books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library's catalog of 350,000 e-books.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Amazon announced a free software update for Kindle Paperwhite that will add several new features to the e-reader. Amazon said the update would be delivered over the air automatically in the coming weeks, or via download from its website. The update includes integration with Goodreads, the books-recommendation website that Amazon purchased this year. Features of the new Goodreads integration include the ability to see what your friends are reading, read their reviews and discover new books to read; share favorite passages with your Goodreads friends without leaving the book; and, when you finish a book, immediately rate it from your Kindle.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Amazon said its original series "Alpha House," a political comedy written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau and starring John Goodman, was the most-watched show on its Prime Instant Video service through the weekend. The first three episodes of "Alpha House" debuted Friday on Amazon's online subscription service, with new installments available each week. Its second series, "Betas," a comedy set in Silicon Valley, is set to premiere Friday. The launches of "Alpha House" and "Betas" represent a milestone in Amazon's commitment to original programming.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Alpha House," a new sitcom premiering Friday via Amazon, is the first fruit of the Amazon Studios pilot derby, which this spring gave ordinary citizens with Internet access a chance to rate and comment on a variety of pilots. The retailer-cum-streaming-service has set itself up alongside Netflix and Hulu as a New Force in Television (or "television") to contend with, and, on this evidence, to welcome. Of the eight comedies Amazon offered for inspection (along with six children's shows)
BUSINESS
November 10, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Giant online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is turning up the heat on rivals this holiday season and beyond under a new deal with the U.S. Postal Service for delivering packages on Sundays. Starting this week, the postal service will bring Amazon packages on Sundays to shoppers' doors in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas at no extra charge. Next year, it plans to roll out year-round Sunday delivery to Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix and other cities. Getting packages on Sundays normally is expensive for customers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Amazon on Tuesday announced a program, called Amazon Source, making its Kindle e-readers, tablets and accessories available for independent bookstores to sell to their customers. The bookstores can purchase the devices at a discount and then, in some cases, get a commission on e-books sold through them for the two years following the device's purchase. In its announcement, the online retailer said "several" bookstores will be selling Kindles, and quoted two participating bookstores that have signed on. They aren't exactly typical, as Amazon has made many moves that are counter to the interests of independent booksellers.
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