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Amazon and IBM battling to win CIA cloud-computing contract

The battle between IBM and Amazon over a lucrative CIA cloud-computing contract is getting more vicious: in a filing released last week, Amazon swiped at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for recommending that both companies re-bid on the proposed…  …

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon spikes sharly after new infrastructure projects, forestry law

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is on the rise sharply, sparking alarm over the future of the world’s biggest rainforest. Between June and last August, Imazon, the first independent monitoring system for the area, detected a 100 percent surge in the clearing of land. That’s in stark contrast to last…

Brazilian town takes a stand against Amazon deforestation

When farmer Luiz Martins Neto first moved to Sao Felix do Xingu a quarter of a century ago, the area had virgin forest, gold and a reservation for the local indigenous people. “They used to say it was the best place to live,” he said. But like many others, he…

Is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos a libertarian? Washington Post journalists would like to know

Writer pleads for the Post’s new owner to explain his politics Jeff Bezos, new owner of the Washington Post, is regarded as a secretive man. But newspaper proprietorship inevitably intrigues the public. Well, to be honest, it is much more intriguing to journalists. So it’s no surprise that the Amazon…

After destroying newspapers, the Internet is now poised to disrupt television

Having turned print media upside down, the Internet now is disrupting television, forcing broadcasters to adapt to tablets and video-on-demand to hold onto views and advertisers. “The gap between what consumers want and the way the industry is delivering it has grown so big that the industry now has to…

Amazon launches online art gallery

NEW YORK — Amazon unveiled yet another business line Tuesday as it works to expand its appeal: Art. The 19-year online retail juggernaut, which began as a bookseller but now does everything from groceries to patio furniture, launched “Amazon Art” to market works from galleries in Miami, San Francisco, New…

The Washington Post sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

(Reuters) – The Washington Post Co said it has sold its flagship newspaper to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. The purchase price is $250 million, subject to normal working capital adjustments, payable at closing later this year. (Reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York; Editing by Gary Hill)…

Amazon and Google chiefs join other corporate tax avoiders at annual Bilderberg confab

Heads of big tax-avoiding firms set to attend secretive group’s four-day summit being held near Watford George Osborne and his Labour shadow, Ed Balls, are on a list of those attending this week’s UK summit of the secretive Bilderberg group alongside the heads of Amazon and Google, both of which…

Internet giant Amazon hit by first strike in Germany

German employees of Amazon staged their first-ever walkouts on Tuesday as the US Internet retail giant was hit by a dispute over pay. Employees at two logistics centres in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig launched a strike with the start of the early shift at 6:00 am (0400 GMT), the giant…

Amazon developing 3-D smartphone screen

Amazon, long rumored to be developing its own smartphone, is working on a screen that allows people to see 3D images without glasses, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal said the Internet retail giant is working on several gadgets to add to its offerings of Kindle tablets and…

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