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Amazon ‘to release smartphone later this year’

Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company aims to announce its new product by the end of June and ship to customers by the end…

Amazon adds delivery of groceries, household goods with Amazon Dash

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc launched a new product named Amazon Dash on Friday that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company’s AmazonFresh service. A black-and-white hand-held wand-shaped remote-control features a microphone, speaker as well as a bar-code reader and links directly…

Author Anne Rice battles ‘mean’ anonymous Amazon trolls

Anne Rice appears to be taking a break from sexy rock and roll vampirism to take on a new form of monster: Amazon trolls. The author claims there's a growing wave of "bullying and harassment" of authors going on in the Amazon books reviews section,……

Amazon preparing to launch free streaming TV service

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online retailer Amazon.com Inc plans to enter the battle for living-room viewership in the coming months, launching a free, ad-supported streaming TV service, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing anonymous sources. Amazon is likely to stream original, self-produced TV series and perhaps licensed programming…

Stock market sinks amid fears over emerging markets

US stocks opened sharply lower Friday amid persistent worries over emerging market economies and a handful of earnings disappointments by US companies. About 40 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 180.40 points (1.14 percent) to 15,668.21. The broad-based S&P 500 fell 15.47 (0.86 percent) to 1,778.72, while…

Florida missionary sentenced for sexually abusing indigenous girls in Amazon

A judge sentenced a former Florida missionary to 58 years in prison Tuesday for recording himself as he sexually abused girls from an indigenous tribe in the Amazon. Warren Kennell admitted to befriending and abusing the girls over several years while he was establishing a church for the Sanford-based New…

Amazon’s drone army welcomed by civil libertarians

The Everywhere Store: Civil libertarians welcome Amazon’s drone army (via Pando Daily) By Yasha Levine On December 7, 2013After 60 Minutes broke Amazon’s ambitious plan for a drone-based delivery system, all sorts of hell broke loose in the bloggershpere. Some raised alarm over safety issues and compiled photo slideshows of gnarly……

While Amazon has drones, Google experiments with robotic helpers

Almost human? Google’s developing robots (via The Christian Science Monitor) In the future, Google Shopping Express might compete with Amazon Prime and other online-to-offline shopping services, according to some reports. Here, the Google logo is modified with two one-Euro coins in an illustration. (Michael Dalder/Reuters/File…   [Robot photo via Shutterstock]…

Harsh Amazon UK work climate brought to light in BBC report

Amazon UK: A tough place to work, but Brits keep clicking (via The Christian Science Monitor) A staff member pushes a trolley as she collects orders at the Amazon fulfillment center in Peterborough, central England, last week. Amazon’s British operations have come under scrutiny after a BBC investigative documentary uncovered…

Jeff Bezos’s alleged ‘plan’ for Amazon drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt

The future is here! Flying robots will, any second now, be delivering your Christmas books, DVDs and gadgets to your door within 30 minutes of you ordering them, thanks to a new initiative announced by Amazon on CBS News’ 60 Minutes on Sunday. It’s a brave new world, a whole…

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