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Amazon takes on Square, PayPal with new iOS-connected 'Local Register' card reader

08/13/2014, 09:08 am

Online retail giant Amazon on Wednesday unveiled Local Register, a new mobile credit card reader and companion app-based payment processing system that allows users to accept plastic payments on their iPhone or iPad.

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Authors to rebuke Amazon over Hachette dispute with full-page NYT ad

08/08/2014, 10:08 am

Nearly 1,000 authors affected by the onging e-book spat between Amazon and Hachette have signed their names to a letter -- set to run as a full-page advertisement in the Sunday New York Times later this week -- imploring the online retailer to settle the dispute and calling on readers to voice their displeasure directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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Amazon stock dips after anaemic third quarter, tepid reception for Fire Phone

07/25/2014, 03:07 pm

On the same day that Amazon begins to ship its new, widely-panned Fire Phone to consumers, shares of the online retailing giant are trading down nearly 10 percent after the company posted a $126 million loss on nearly $20 billion in sales in its fiscal second quarter.

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Review roundup: Fire Phone is good for Amazon, but doesn't stack up to competitors

07/23/2014, 11:07 am

As e-commerce behemoth Amazon gears up for the release of its first-ever smartphone on Friday, technology journalists have begun to weigh in with their thoughts on the device -- and the returns don't look good for Jeff Bezos's brainchild.

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Apple's iPad reaches 78% North American tablet share as Amazon's Kindle Fire passes Samsung, Google

07/22/2014, 01:07 pm

iPad is making gains in North American tablet web usage, reaching an 78 percent share in Apple's "first quarter-over-quarter usage share gain since June 2013," notes a new report by Chitika.

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Amazon launches iOS-compatible Kindle Unlimited, a $10/mo. all-you-can-read ebook plan

07/18/2014, 08:07 am

While the digital music market has been trending toward monthly subscription services for unlimited access, Amazon is now trying the same approach with its dominance in the ebook market, allowing subscribers to read as much as they want for $10 per month.

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Mobile shopping to reach near $50B in 2014 as Apple, Inc. iPad retains 80 percent share of online orders

07/14/2014, 03:07 pm

Apple continues to dominate as the platform of choice among mobile buyers, with iOS representing 54 percent of all phone orders and 80 percent of tablet transactions as the market approaches $50 billion this year.

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Amazon, not Google, next to face FTC's wrath over in-app purchases by children

07/10/2014, 01:07 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it has filed suit against retail colossus Amazon, alleging that the company allowed children to rack up millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases through the Amazon Appstore -- charges similar to those brought against Apple last year.

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Roku outpaces Apple TV in US sales growth and usage for 2013, report says

07/10/2014, 12:07 am

A report published on Wednesday claims set-top media streamers like the Apple TV will be in one out of every four homes by 2015, but market growth of Apple's device is being outpaced by sector giant Roku, at least in the U.S.

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Amazon bends in Hachette dispute, floats deal with authors to resume book sales

07/08/2014, 03:07 pm

More than a month after interrupting sales of books from major publisher Hachette in a dispute over e-book pricing, Amazon has proposed a temporary arrangement in which it would return sales to normal and funnel 100 percent of the revenue directly to authors until the two parties reach an agreement.

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Amazon said to be 'increasingly ruthless' in negotiations with UK publishers

06/27/2014, 09:06 am

Hachette is not the only imprint to find itself under Amazon's thumb as the online retailing giant has begun turning the heat up on smaller publishers in the U.K., demanding terms that one publishing executive likened to a "form of assisted suicide for the industry."

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Amazon's premium Fire Phone seeks to reverse Android's ratchet status

06/22/2014, 05:06 pm

When Amazon launched its Kindle Fire in 2011, the mini tablet's most compelling feature was its discounted low price. With its latest Fire Phone introduction, Amazon has sought to "reverse the ratchet," attempting to distance itself from Android's cheap identity.

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Amazon announces Fire Phone with 4.7" 3D head tracking display & Firefly smart scanner, exclusive to AT&T

06/18/2014, 03:06 pm

Amazon announced its long awaited entrance into the smartphone market on Wednesday in unveiling the new Fire Phone, a device the retailer plans to pit against Apple's iPhone by integrating advanced head tracking technology for dynamic 3D content viewing, as well as new scanning functions that intelligently interpret data from the physical world.

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Apple puts some Hachette e-books on sale as Amazon dispute drags on

06/17/2014, 03:06 pm

With publishing house Hachette locked in a battle with Amazon that has seen the imprint's titles pulled from Amazon's virtual shelves, Apple's iBookstore has become the next-best place for readers to shop as a number of Hachette e-books are now discounted to just $9.99.

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Amazon launches free 'Prime Music' streaming service for Prime members

06/12/2014, 03:06 am

Amazon on Thursday threw its hat into the streaming music service game with Prime Music, a "free" value-added service that touts access to more than one million songs for paying Amazon Prime members.

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Amazon halts preorders of Warner Bros. Blu-rays & DVDs in latest contract dispute

06/11/2014, 08:06 am

Amazon has continued to refuse sales of certain products in its efforts to gain leverage in negotiations with content providers, this time blocking preorders of physical copies of popular upcoming releases from Warner Home Video, including blockbuster hits "The Lego Movie" and "300: Rise of an Empire."

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Amazon Kindle app for iPad & iPhone gains Audible audio book integration

06/10/2014, 10:06 am

Amazon's official Kindle app for iPad and iPhone has been updated to include integration with audio versions of titles when purchased through the service Audible, as well as cloud syncing with Whispersync for Voice.

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Amazon expected to announce 3D sensing smartphone at June 18 event

06/04/2014, 04:06 pm

Amazon on Wednesday announced it will be holding a special media event on June 18 for an as-yet-unannounced product that many expect will be the Internet retailer's first foray into the smartphone business.

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Amazon breaks silence on Hachette dispute, says it is negotiating 'on behalf of customers'

05/28/2014, 09:05 am

After blocking preorders and delaying shipments for titles in the midst of ongoing negotiations with publisher Hachette, Amazon has now spoken out on the dispute, attempting to portray its decisions as advantageous to customers, while also admitting that the issues are not likely to be solved soon.

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With Apple's hands tied in e-book market, Amazon stops taking some preorders from publisher Hachette

05/23/2014, 03:05 pm

Amazon is currently in the midst of a fight with Hachette, one of the so-called "Big Five" largest publishing companies, and has stopped taking preorders for high-profile upcoming titles, including the latest from "Harry Potter" series author J.K. Rowling.

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