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July 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Video: Amazon Fire phone’s kitchen smackdown

A signature feature of Amazon’s new Fire phone is Firefly, an app that identifies products, music and TV shows and makes it easy to order them from the company.

It worked well with pop music but stumbled when I tried scanning a few common products in my kitchen. Perhaps it will get better after the phone goes on sale and people start feeding Firefly more data about products they’re scanning.

Here’s a video of the test:

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Comments | Topics: amazon, E-commerce, fire phone

July 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Review: Fire phone

The Fire phone that begins shipping Thursday is an impressive debut with several cool features. But the price is a bit high for a device designed to help you buy more stuff from Amazon.

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Comments | Topics: 3D, amazon, AT&T

October 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Amazon buying Seattle campus from Paul Allen: The filing

Here’s the entire filing that Amazon submitted today, disclosing its plans to buy its current South Lake Union campus from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Allen originally amassed the land for a proposed urban park but turned it into a tech-focused commercial real estate zone after the park plan failed to win voter support. Buying the land…


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May 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM

NEW: More views of Amazon’s Seattle tower plans

New renderings of’s huge headquarters campus plan were made available today — without the big “DRAFT” labels on the batch that appeared last week. The project was reviewed last night by Seattle’s design commission, which is reviewing how the three towers will fit into the cityscape. The renderings show additional views of the public…


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June 29, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Zuckerberg on Facebook’s culture, Seattle and the intern incident

It was supposed to be off the record, but Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg decided to share during a meeting with a few reporters Wednesday night and agreed to talk openly about the company’s Seattle engineering office.

His extensive answers to a few questions also provided insights into the remarkably successful company’s internal culture and hiring strategy.

Zuckerberg is making one of his periodic visits to the Seattle office – its first real satellite development center, which has grown to about 40 people since it opened last summer.

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The office is an open space on the upper floor of a tower overlooking Elliott Bay. On Wednesday a bunch of desks were pushed aside and chairs set up to create a sort of meeting room, in which Zuckerberg was speaking to a group of potential employees.

But first he spent a half-hour with a handful of reporters, letting a slice of Pagliacci’s Margherita pizza go cold on his plate, while we talked.

He declined to specify how much the Seattle office will grow but he said Facebook is growing its engineering team by about 60 percent a year.

It could grow faster but Zuckerberg doesn’t want it to grow so fast that it overwhelms the company’s culture.


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September 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Newegg — Zappos for geeks — seeks IPO; where’s Amazon?

My first question after seeing that online computer store Newegg is going public was: How many geeks are going to think they deserve friends and family shares? Then I wondered if Newegg tried selling to Amazon, or hopes to sell before the IPO goes through. Newegg really is the geek’s equivalent of Zappos, the online shoe…


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August 25, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Sony’s eBooks get app to work with libraries

Maybe now it’s an actual competition between Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s forlorn “Reader” e-book. Sony today announced a new larger-screen model going on sale by Christmas for around $399. The Reader Daily Edition (aiming to deliver newspapers, perhaps?) has a seven-inch-wide touchscreen and includes 3G wireless service from AT&T. But it’s Sony’s new software and…


Comments | Topics: amazon,, Kindle

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