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March 29, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Amazonian expansion

This perhaps doesn’t make him the Prince of Wales, but a British Web site today reported that Amazon.com‘s Jeff Bezos plans to add 1,200 jobs in Wales. This is the largest job-creation project there since 2000. Amazon runs the U.K.-based online store.

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March 7, 2007 at 11:43 AM

Amazon.TV

Amazon.com today launched “Amazon Unbox on TiVo,” a service that offers thousands of downloadable TV shows and movies to the some 1.5 million TiVo subscribers with high-speed Internet connections. As an incentive, Amazon and TiVo will offer $15 in free movie and TV show downloads to those who sign up for the service by April 30….

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February 1, 2007 at 1:46 PM

Wingardium Leviosa!

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in the wildly popular the Potter series, went on sale today in anticipation of its July 21 debut. That spells good news for Amazon.com. Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said the company’s “Deathly Hallows” sales today were up more than 200 percent in the…

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January 29, 2007 at 11:14 AM

Negative five?

Amazon.com today announced a special promotion for its new shoe and handbag store: a negative $5 for overnight shipping on all orders placed through the end of February. The online retailer opened Endless.com in early January, marking its first stand-alone U.S. retail site started from scratch. Already, the site includes the unique (and expensive) feature of…

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November 16, 2006 at 10:37 AM

Vote early, often

Amazon.com today introduced a promotion that allows customers to collectively choose which discounts the site offers during the holidays. For the next four Thursdays, “Amazon Customer Vote” offers four deals at dangerously low prices, but customers can only select one. Voting closes the following Tuesday, with the deals announced that Wednesday. Today’s choices include an Xbox 360…

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September 26, 2006 at 3:17 PM

Amazon un-complicates Unbox

When Amazon.com unveiled its downloadable movie service, Amazon Unbox, users voiced concerns with software features they called invasive. The company, renown for its customer service, apparently listened. Amazon today told Unbox customers that it would add changes to the software Wednesday that include: The ability to choose if the Unbox service starts when Windows starts. Resolution of intermittent…

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September 11, 2006 at 10:46 AM

Amazon Unboxed?

The geeks have spoken, and it looks like not even a free “Star Trek” episode can entice them to say nice things about Amazon.com’s new movie-download service, Amazon Unbox. The online retail juggernaut unveiled Unbox last week (with an offer for one free TV episode), but observers complain that the viewing restrictions impede it from becoming…

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July 11, 2006 at 11:29 AM

Shopping engine seeks video product reviews

Shopping search engine ShopWiki wants to build up its library of Video Product Reviews and plans to pay users to do it. The company is offering $50 for the first 500 product reviews on video that are submitted and approved by the company. The reviews should feature an individual product (a Blackberry), a direct comparison of…

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July 7, 2006 at 5:20 PM

Baby steps

Twinkle, twinkle little star … shoppers are confused by far. Online retail giant Amazon.com plans to make changes to its new baby registry site after more than a thousand customers created registrie — without adding a single item to their lists. Amazon on Wednesday had introduced its new toy and baby stores online, just days after…

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