March 21, 2008 |
Amazon.com Inc. in Seattle apologized to buyers who had to wait as long as six weeks to receive the Kindle electronic reading device. Amazon.com sold out of Kindle devices in 5 1/2 hours after they went on sale in November and has been trying to increase manufacturing capacity, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said.
July 18, 2003 |
Amazon.com Inc., Borders Group Inc. and other retailers were accused in a lawsuit of illegally using patented technology that uses shoppers' information to customize visits to their Web sites. Pinpoint Inc. sued the retailers in U.S. District Court in Illinois, alleging they have infringed four patents that cover personalization technology.
January 6, 2009 |
Amazon.com Inc. said it would start offering movies the day they are released on DVD. The new service is for buyers of the $99 Roku Player and will be available in early 2009, Seattle-based Amazon.com said.
September 12, 2008 |
Amazon.com Inc. customers may soon be able to purchase their favorite Napa Valley wines through the Web. The Internet retailer has approached Napa Valley Vintners Assn. to help inform its 315 members about selling online, said a spokesman for the trade group.
May 3, 2008 |
Amazon.com Inc. sued New York over a new law requiring more online stores to collect sales tax on shipments to residents in the state. The suit challenges the constitutionality of a statute requiring Web companies with no physical presence in New York to collect taxes.
August 7, 2007 |
Amazon.com Inc. has opened its payment system to other websites in a move that would pit it against EBay Inc.'s PayPal. The program, called Amazon Flexible Payment Service, is in an initial testing period, Seattle-based Amazon said.
November 30, 2007 |
Amazon.com Inc. has launched Askville, an information-sharing website where users can ask questions and answer queries from others. The site, opened Thursday to all Amazon customers, has been in beta testing since December 2006. Similar services are offered by Yahoo Inc.'s Answers and other websites such as AnswerBank. Google Inc. also had an "Answers" section, which has been discontinued.
October 28, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. unveiled a program called Windows Azure that stores and runs customers' data and programs in its computer-server farms, stepping up competition with Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. in software that is delivered over the Internet. Windows Azure makes it easier and cheaper for clients to manage their programs, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie said at a conference in Los Angeles.