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An Old Friend Tops Amazon's Bestselling Books of 2016

'Harry Potter and the Extremely Good-Selling Book'

(Newser) - Amazon has released its list of the top 20 bestselling books of 2016, a year in which a new Harry Potter story was released, so the top spot shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. “The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can’t... More »

New Amazon Brick-and-Mortar Store Dumps the Checkout Line

Go ahead, grab what you want and walk out. Amazon Go is watching

(Newser) - Generally, walking into a grocery store, grabbing what you want, and walking out without checking out is a little thing polite society likes to call "shoplifting," but Amazon has eliminated the checkout line without introducing the criminality via Amazon Go, a brick-and-mortar store currently in beta. The lowdown:... More »

Amazon Apparently Trying to Fend Off Megyn Kelly Trolls

After flood of one-star book reviews, some are coming down

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly's new book has been getting the Amy Schumer treatment on Amazon since its release last week, with critics leaving one-star reviews along with comments such as "put some clothes on." Now Amazon has apparently stepped in. Publisher Harper Collins says it alerted Amazon to reviews... More »

Amazon Gets Patent for Tiny Police Drones

They're adorable and potentially civil-liberty-violating

(Newser) - In the future, a cop's partner could be a tiny, shoulder-mounted, voice-activated drone. The Seattle PI reports Amazon received a patent for an "unmanned aerial vehicle assistant" on Oct. 18. Illustrations from the US Patent and Trademark office show a miniature drone perched on a docking station on... More »

Family Sues Amazon After Hoverboard Burns Down Their House

Family claims a defective hoverboard bought off Amazon caused the fire

(Newser) - Amazon is being taken to court after a faulty hoverboard caused a fire that destroyed an expensive Nashville home, USA Today reports. The gadgets, which were a hot item last Christmas, have an unfortunate habit of catching fire and exploding. The Fox family of Nashville, Tenn., found this out the... More »

Apple: 90% of Chargers Sold on Amazon May Be Counterfeit

Apple filed a lawsuit Monday

(Newser) - Buyer beware: Nearly 90% of Apple chargers and cables sold on Amazon could be counterfeit, the AP reports. That's according to a lawsuit Apple filed Monday against Mobile Star LLC. Apple claims the chargers—manufactured by Mobile Star and wrongly bearing the Apple logo—"pose a significant risk... More »

Tech Giant Is Getting Into the Convenience Store Game

Sources say Amazon wants to expand further into grocery market

(Newser) - Amazon is about to expand ever further into the grocery business in a big way, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Plans include opening convenience stores where shoppers can grab perishable groceries (milk, meat, fruit, etc.) to take home while using their mobile phones or touchscreens inside the store... More »

2.8M Bottles of Craft Paint Recalled for Possible Bacteria

Sargent Art warns people with weak immune systems could be at risk

(Newser) - No injuries or illnesses have yet been reported, but Sargent Art isn't taking any chances after finding that 13 different types of its craft paint may be contaminated with a harmful bacteria, Consumerist reports. Per a notice on the art supplier's site and one from the Consumer Product... More »

Walmart Drops $3.3B on an Amazon Killer

Acquisition of Jet.com announced Monday

(Newser) - It's a year-old startup that wasn't yet profitable. Now Jet.com enters the books as the largest-ever e-commerce startup acquisition. Walmart announced Monday that it would purchase the site for $3.3 billion, with all but $300 million of that in cash; the rest takes the form of... More »

Amazon's Bezos Becomes World's Third Richest Person

$2.6 billion isn't a bad day's haul

(Newser) - Thursday wasn't a bad day for Jeff Bezos: a $2.6 billion rise in his fortune and a move up Forbes' billionaire list to become the third richest person on the planet, the magazine reports . The 24-hour windfall that brought the Amazon CEO's net worth up to a... More »

Amazon's New Building Will Resemble ... the Amazon

It'll include 40 to 50 trees, plus 'treehouses'

(Newser) - Amazon is revamping its Seattle headquarters, adding several new buildings, including a 524-foot-tall tower with a dog park perched on top, per Silicon Beat . But the pièce de résistance is a skeletal-like structure made up of three conjoined spheres ( Bloomberg likens them to "melted-together Milk Duds"... More »

Gallon of 'Amazing! LIQUID FIRE' Could Cost Amazon $350K

FAA is more than a little peeved about shipping violation that injured UPS workers

(Newser) - Amazon has been on the Federal Aviation Administration's naughty list for a few years, with at least 24 violations for shipping hazardous materials. But now the agency is proposing a $350,000 fine after Amazon sent, via air, a package labeled "Amazing! LIQUID FIRE" from Louisville, Ky., to... More »

5 Astounding Facts About Walmart's Dominance

Only the DOD and China's military employ more people

(Newser) - Walmart "isn't a unicorn, and it's no longer sexy," Quartz asserts. But there's no denying that the No. 1 company on the Fortune 500 list is a retail powerhouse that seems nearly impossible to overtake. Some astonishing details about how it continues to dominate:
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Jeff Bezos Responds to Trump's Amazon Attack

Amazon founder says presidential candidates shouldn't behave that way

(Newser) - Last Thursday, Donald Trump set his sights on Amazon founder/Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and pulled the proverbial trigger, accusing Amazon of "getting away with murder tax-wise" and claiming the paper was being wielded to protect Amazon from paying more in taxes. One week later, Bezos took aim of... More »

Amazon to Start Selling Own Food Products: Sources

But only certain people will be able to buy new private-label offerings

(Newser) - Happy Belly, Wickedly Prime, and Mama Bear may sound like characters in a children's cartoon, but they're something Amazon likely hopes will prove more lucrative. According to sources familiar with the development, these are names of brands that the online retailer is adding to its private-label offerings, including... More »

Amazon Brings Restaurant Delivery to San Francisco

Where it hopes it can cross its countless startup competitors

(Newser) - As step 496 in its 10,000-step plan to rule the world, Amazon unveiled its restaurant delivery service this week in San Francisco, Wired reports. Already available in a handful of other cities, Amazon's Prime Now is taking the battle to the home turf of its dozens of food-delivery... More »

The Amazon's Muddy Waters Have Been Hiding a Massive Reef

Researchers were 'flabbergasted'

(Newser) - You don't hear a lot of good news about coral reefs these days, so the the discovery of more than 3,600 square miles of undiscovered reef at the mouth of the Amazon River is a pretty big deal. The Atlantic reports researchers in the 1970s caught a few... More »

Uh-Oh, Netflix: Amazon Has Monthly Video Streaming

Company is getting serious about its streaming content

(Newser) - Up till now, Amazon customers who forked over the $99 fee for Prime could also exclusively enjoy its streaming video. Now Amazon is opening its streaming library to the masses with a stand-alone monthly subscription for $8.99—directly competing with Netflix and undercutting its most popular plan by $1... More »

If You Own an Old Kindle, You Must Update It Now

Here's why

(Newser) - If you've been ignoring Amazon's prodding to update your Kindle, you may want to start paying attention. As Quartz reports, any Kindle purchased before 2012 must be updated by Tuesday, March 22, in order to continue being able to connect to the Internet. If you miss the deadline,... More »

Banned From Amazon for Returning 37 Things

Greg Nelson calls axing of his account "egregious"

(Newser) - Returned a few purchases on Amazon? Then take note of Greg Nelson, a computer programmer who saw his account canceled after he returned 37 of 343 items, the Guardian reports. "I could understand if there were evidence that I had somehow tried to abuse the system, but I haven'... More »

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