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Amazon expected to unveil first smartphone on Wednesday

Amazon could shake up sector with smartphone (via AFP) Amazon’s mystery unveiling Wednesday is widely expected to be a smartphone, which if managed well could shake up the market and boost the US online giant as a device maker. The company has given few hints, inviting a small group of…

One environmental activist is killed each week while trying to save the Amazon rainforest

No one could accuse Nilcilene Miguel de Lima of being easily afraid. When loggers beat her and burned down her home in Lábrea – in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon – the environmental activist refused to give up her struggle. When they killed her dog and frightened away the…

Report: Amazon set to launch streaming music service

Amazon set to launch streaming music service (via AFP) US online giant Amazon is preparing to launch a streaming music service as early as this week, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The report, citing unnamed sources, said the service would have a more limited catalogue than some rivals but…

Amazon creeps onto PayPal’s turf with expanded middleman role

Amazon.com Inc will start managing subscription payments for start-ups and other companies — the latest in a series of quiet moves the e-commerce giant has made into PayPal’s turf over the past year. The service, which launches on Monday, allows the company’s more than 240 million active users to use…

Human impact on Amazon via deforestation, logging and fires is greatly underestimated, research finds

The Amazon rainforest is taking a much worse beating from human-activity than was previously estimated, according to new research from an international group headed by Lancaster University. With said gross underestimation of human impact, the researchers……

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…

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