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Amazon customers are calling for payment via bitcoin 'ASAP'

Bitcoin has been soaring to new heights, and now folks on Change.org are calling on e-commerce juggernaut Amazon to accept the cryptocurrency as payment "ASAP."

Is Silicon Valley resisting Trump? (It's complicated) Special

Brooklyn - Until recently, tech companies have largely shied away from politics. With Donald Trump’s election, though, they may no longer have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines. But are these companies really willing to stick their necks out?

Amazon announces it will buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

In what is being called a blockbuster of a deal, e-commerce giant Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, including debt.

The 'two pizza rule' is Jeff Bezos' secret to productive meetings

On Friday, Amazon announced that it would purchase Whole Foods for $42 a share in an all-cash deal. That puts Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the helm of a company valued at $13.7 billion.

Amazon thinks you need a wand to order groceries with your voice

Amazon has launched a new hardware product that lets you use your voice to order grocery items from AmazonFresh. Called the Amazon Dash Wand, it features the company's Alexa digital assistant and comes with a magnet so you can stick it to your fridge.

Amazon interested in buying Slack for up to $9 billion

Amazon is reportedly in talks to purchase messaging start-up Slack in a deal worth up to $9 billion. If it goes ahead, the acquisition would be Amazon's largest ever and give it a strong foothold into enterprise tech. Slack is said to be wary.

Amazon preparing 'Ice Phone' to replace long-forgotten Fire Phone

Amazon is reportedly working on a new range of Android smartphones that will see it return to the market it abandoned two years ago. Its "Fire" smartphones failed to ignite the attention of consumers. Amazon is now building new phones known as "Ice."

China's version of Amazon already using drones for delivery

Beijing - It has been four years since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced us to the company's newest innovation, a drone that would deliver packages to our doorsteps within 30 minutes of ordering. China's Amazon clone, JD.com has beaten them to it.

Amazon strikes back at Walmart's free two-day shipping offer

Amazon is making it cheaper to qualify for free shipping. The retailer just lowered its free-shipping minimum to $25 from $35 for customers who aren't members of its Prime membership program.

Amazon unveils its touchscreen Echo Show smart speaker

Amazon has announced its first touchscreen Alexa-powered smart speaker. The Echo Show's display is designed to let Alexa "show" you things like photos and lyrics, rather than communicating solely through voice. Its design could prove divisive.

Op-Ed: Should Amazon drop Breitbart? Yes, for market reasons, too

Washington - The much-touted idea of Amazon dropping Breitbart, as may be expected, is pretty much based on market perceptions in the media. The practical business values, however, may be more accurate long term values as a basis for assessment.

Apple's take on the Amazon Echo could be unveiled in June

Apple could unveil its own smart speaker built to rival Amazon's Echo and Google's Home as early as this June. The company is reportedly close to finalising the device's design ahead of a public reveal at its WWDC developers event in early summer.

'Parrot Heads' documentary soars to No. 1 on Amazon Special

Jimmy Buffett's fans, which are affectionately known as "Parrot Heads," are one of the most loyal fan-bases in contemporary music.

Amazon opens Echo smart speaker tech to every developer

Amazon has announced it's making the voice recognition tech inside its Alexa-powered Echo speaker available to developers building on the Alexa platform. It'll improve the voice input capabilities of third-party Alexa products, developing the ecosystem.

Amazon launches new FreeTime tools to help children online

Amazon has announced the launch of a new service built to give parents the confidence that their children are staying safe online. The company's new Parents Dashboard simplifies monitoring a child's Internet activity, showing what devices are used for.

Amazon to spend about $4.5 billion on its fight against Netflix

Amazon is set to spend a gargantuan ~$4.5 billion on video in 2017, according to analysts at J.P. Morgan, a figure that would put the internet giant much closer to rival Netflix than many industry observers thought.

Amazon is looking into virtual and augmented reality store spaces

Amazon is looking to use cutting edge AR and VR technology to revitalize the physical retail environment. With all sorts of physical store space projects on the go, the ecommerce company thinks virtual and augmented reality could help out in a big way.

Amazon typo took the Internet down on Tuesday

Amazon has revealed the cause of a service outage to its Web Services cloud platform earlier this week. The problem caused many major websites and apps to be inaccessible for a short time. The company blamed human error, citing a typo as the root cause.

Amazon is going to train veterans for jobs in tech

As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Amazon will go through with its plans to train thousands of veterans for jobs in the tech industry.

Amazon to create 100,000 jobs in U.S. by 2018

Over the next 18 months, Amazon has plans to create 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States, which will include full benefits.

Amazon will soon start accepting food stamps

Starting this summer, Amazon will start accepting food stamps from the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program. Seven other online food retailers will start accepting SNAP, too.

US prosecutors ask Alexa: whodunit?

Miami - Amazon's connected personal assistant Alexa may have witnessed a murder. But will she talk?

Amazon is ready to flip the switch on utility-scale wind farm

Elizabeth City - The Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East, located on 22,000 acres of farmland near Elizabeth City, North Carolina, is the first utility-scale wind farm in the state and maybe the Southeast U.S. By the start of the New Year, it will be churning out electricity.

Police union demands Amazon to remove offensive BLM shirt

The largest police union in the United States has urged Amazon to remove a shirt that says "Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter".

Microsoft previews the first Cortana-powered Amazon Echo rival

Microsoft has announced a new Amazon Echo rival based on its Cortana digital assistant. As part of an expansion of Cortana's capabilities, Microsoft has partnered with audio company Harman Kardon to create a smart speaker with the assistant built-in.

Op-Ed: Amazon Go — No checkout shops

Seattle - The DIY version of shopping has been around for a while now, but Amazon Go is a new level – Grab what you need from a physical location and get charged later. The theory now is that this will rewrite the global economy.

Google unveils its take on Amazon's Alexa skills

Google has expanded its Google Assistant developer program to include every app creator as opposed to just private beta testers. It will expand the number of services compatible with Assistant as the company prepares to take on market leader Amazon.

Amazon's Kindle now lets you read e-books in Indian languages

Amazon has finally added support for several Indian languages to its Kindle e-reader. For the first time, books written in languages including Hindi, Tamil and Marathi are available to purchase from the Kindle store. "Thousands" are available at launch.

Amazon's new Echo smart speaker features a seven-inch touchscreen

Amazon is planning an upgraded version of its popular Echo smart speaker with a large touchscreen display, according to a report today. The new device will be physically bigger and include higher-quality speakers but retain the same functionality.

Amazon preparing to banish fake products during 2017

Amazon has announced a new initiative to eradicate fake products and counterfeit sellers from its site. The retailer will introduce new policies that will make it harder for traders to sell fake goods on the site. It is also revising its reviews system.
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