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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…

Senate approves controversial online sales tax

The US Senate passed legislation Monday that would end years of tax-free online buying by allowing states to collect sales tax for Internet purchases from web giants like Amazon and eBay. The Marketplace Fairness Act sailed through the Senate 69-27, but before becoming law it needs to pass the House…

Ebay warns Internet sales tax unfair to small businesses

Ebay has begun lobbying millions of its users against a bill it claims will impose an unfair tax burden on small businesses. The US Senate is expected to vote early this week on the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that will give states the power to collect online sales tax…

German Amazon warehouse workers protest over working conditions

Hundreds of workers at the biggest German-based site of online retailer Amazon demonstrated on Tuesday, according to a trade union which plans strike action over better working conditions. Some 500 people protested at a site in western Bad Hersfeld, which employs more than 3,000 staff and is among seven Amazon…

Apple denies e-book pricing conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple denied a charge that it schemed with publishers to hike prices for e-books, portraying itself as a hero for prying Amazon’s “monopolistic grip” from the market. “The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simple not true,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in an emailed statement…

DOJ sues Apple, publishers on e-book pricing

The US Justice Department sued Apple and five publishing firms alleging a conspiracy to raise prices and limit competition for e-books, and immediately announced a partial settlement in the case. As the antitrust suit was unveiled, officials said three of the publishers agreed to end the scheme to force retailers…

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