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June 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Fire phone a turning point for Amazon

Steve Jobs famously had a “reality distortion field” that skewed perceptions of Apple, so people could only see the company in a positive light.

Now Jeff Bezos has “Dynamic Perspective,” a technology on the new Fire phone that lets Amazon.com see what you’re viewing, then alter the image so it seems more compelling.

Jeff Bezos at the Fire phone launch. Photo by Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.

Jeff Bezos at the Fire phone launch. Photo by Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.

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Comments | Topics: Amazon.com, AT&T, Billionaire techies

August 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Bill Gates on his big goals, Google balloons and rockets

Don’t look for Bill Gates to join the other tech tycoons building spacecraft as an avocation.

“In terms of improving the state of humanity, I don’t see the direct connection,” he told BusinessWeek in an interview published today. “I guess it’s fun, because you shoot rockets up in the air. But it’s not an area that I’ll be putting money into.”

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Ellen Banner/The Seattle Times

That sass may make things awkward at the next neighborhood potluck in Medina, especially if Jeff Bezos shows up.

But it’s hard to argue with the priorities Gates has chosen. The world’s richest man is putting most of his energy into battling polio, malaria and childhood mortality rates.

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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 Amazon.com’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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September 28, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Amazon enters tablet battle with Fire and Silk

My Kindle story for Thursday’s paper: NEW YORK — It was widely known that Amazon.com was working on a color, touch-screen version of its popular Kindle, the gadget that established the market for e-readers. But founder Jeff Bezos still surprised the world Wednesday by unveiling the Kindle Fire, a polished and potent 7-inch device with a $199…

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April 27, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Bezos, Dell and Drew Carey fund Seattle’s Qliance

A few billionaire techies are putting money into Seattle’s Qliance Medical Management, a company experimenting with direct-pay medical clinics that operate outside the usual medical insurance system. The company is announcing that it raised $6 million from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, computer baron Michael Dell and Drew Carey, the comedian, actor and co-owner of the…

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