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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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October 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Starbucks launches digital network, with Yahoo

How about a free digital magazine, video or newspaper while you slurp that latte? They’re being given away by Starbucks on an ambitious new digital media network that’s launching in the company’s stores on Wednesday. The free Starbucks Digital Network includes premium news, entertainment and health content that’s viewable only in the stores on phones, computers…

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March 22, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Expedia boss gets snazzy NY outpost

It’s not quite the Experience Expedia Project, but I’ll bet some folks from the Bellevue travel company will spend time in a spectacular new Frank Gehry building in Manhattan. The building, reviewed in the New York Times today, is the new headquarters for the empire of Expedia’s major investor and chairman, Barry Diller. Visiting Seattleites…

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March 20, 2007 at 3:13 PM

REI says it’s climbing with Mercent

Mercent, the Seattle e-commerce service provider with an Amazon.com pedigree, has given REI’s online sales a boost, the companies announced today. In the first 90 days after the outdoor cooperative plugged Mercent’s system into its back-end retail management system last year, it saw an 11 percent overall increase in sales on the channels handled…

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February 16, 2007 at 9:42 AM

State’s selective taxation

What’s more harsh than the stench of old cigarettes on someone’s breath? The state of Washington’s vindictive attack on smokers who buy their tobacco online. It was the subject of an A1 story in our paper today. I don’t smoke and I think smoking is a bad thing. But the story left me fuming about the…

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February 13, 2007 at 4:58 PM

State AG: Online shopping complaints rising

Washington state consumers reported more problems with online shopping last year, according to a 2006 roundup released today by Attorney General Rob McKenna. But communications services remained the biggest source of consumer complaints, followed by offline retail, collection agencies and auto sales. The AG’s office received 819 complaints about “electronic shopping” last year, making it…

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January 25, 2007 at 4:09 PM

Seattle bookseller rallying online merchants

Phil Bevis, the Seattle bookseller who fought to keep his customer records private from Patriot Act snooping, has another crusade. Bevis is challenging new international postal rates that could hit online booksellers especially hard. Rates are going up 13 percent on average, but Bevis is most upset about a change in shipping categories that will…

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