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November 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM ignites holiday sales booster: $7.99 Prime is pulling out the stops this month with a new monthly Prime membership. The $7.99 monthly service includes access to’s library of streaming video content. By adding a monthly option, Amazon’s positioning it as more of a direct competitor to the video services of Netflix and Hulu Plus with similar monthly fees. But access to…


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September 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Thoughts on Amazon’s new Kindles: Ads, phones and more

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Here are six more thoughts on’s Kindle launch — one for every new model the ambitious Seattle tech giant introduced at Thursday’s launch gala inside an airplane hangar here. Don’t dismiss the rumors of a Kindle smartphone just yet. It’s still early days for Amazon’s Kindle business, which could release phones and…


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August 15, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Salesforce lures Amazon techs with lumpia

Another tech company is trying to recruit engineers with the promise of free food in South Lake Union. today was giving away free lunches at the Lumpia World truck parked in the shadow of Amazon’s current headquarters. The free lunches – or maybe the chicken adobo special – gave the truck one of the…


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August 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM

NEW: Street views of Amazon’s skyscrapers

New renderings of the massive new headquarters complex provide the clearest view yet of how the company’s proposed skyscrapers will change downtown Seattle. The latest renderings include photorealistic views of the towers that may be under construction next year. Altogether the project – the largest ever in downtown Seattle, and the largest metro campus of any…


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June 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Report: New Kindles coming July 31

The latest whispers about new Kindles from are coming from CNET, which is reporting that the Seattle company will launch a new, higher-resolution version of the Kindle Fire on July 31. Also planned are new Kindles with black-and-white displays and built-in lights, to compete with Barnes & Noble’s new Nook with “GlowLight.” That’s according to “a…


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February 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Lessons from TeachStreet, folding into Amazon

For every Mark Zuckerberg, there are thousands of entrepreneurs still waiting for their big prize. Sometimes it’s just the promise of a steady paycheck. Consider the fate of Seattle’s TeachStreet, an online education directory that’s shutting down Feb. 15 after five years. Its breakout moment never came, but the company still had an outsized effect on…


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November 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Microsoft Kinect bacon cart debuts in Seattle

The bacon man cometh, to South Lake Union and Fremont. Seriously, he’s giving out free bacon to anyone who asks, courtesy of Microsoft. To grease the skids for Kinect recruiting, Microsoft’s operating a quirky bacon cart — complete with a riddling bacon hawker — in Seattle tech hubs. Microsoft is trying to double the size of its…


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November 14, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Kindle Fire: First take on Amazon’s tablet (updated)

After months of hype and anticipation since its September unveiling, the Kindle Fire has arrived. The $199, color Web tablet appearing in stores today is the boldest leap yet by into the world of consumer electronics, where people are expanding the range of devices they use to access the Internet and digital media. The Fire…


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October 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Kindle Fire’s smoldering privacy issue

It looks like the privacy hullabaloo over’s new Web tablet and exotic browser could end before the device goes on sale. I hope consumers and watchdogs keep paying attention, though. The Kindle Fire doesn’t go on sale until Nov. 15 (though it can be pre-ordered now), but tech experts began questioning the privacy risks of its…


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