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Amazon Will Void Its Terms of Service If the Zombies Come

Game developers using Lumberyard software get a pass if living dead show up

(Newser) - Your eyes may usually glaze over while reading companies' terms of service, but a paragraph buried in the ToS for Amazon's newly released game engine is worthy of your attention, CNNMoney reports. Lumberyard's beta version dropped Tuesday, and the company frames its purpose like so : "Whether you... More »

Woody Allen's TV Series Gets a Surprising Star

Miley Cyrus will join Allen, Elaine May

(Newser) - A year after it was first announced, Woody Allen's Amazon TV series finally has a cast. The six-episode series will star Allen himself alongside Miley Cyrus and Elaine May, who last acted in Allen's 2000 film Small Time Crooks, report Deadline and Reuters . Cyrus confirmed her new role... More »

Instead of Jet Noises, Toy F-16 Plays Muslim Prayer

'We're kind of confused on how this would happen'

(Newser) - Bjorn Thorpe was excited to watch his 3-year-old nephew play with the toy F-16 fighter jet he bought him on Amazon for Christmas. It was advertised as making realistic jet noises, but "we put the batteries in and didn't get what we expected," Thorpe tells KING 5... More »

Amazon Yanks Nearly All Hoverboards

Won't be allowed back on US site until makers can prove they won't catch fire

(Newser) - Consumers planning on scouring Amazon to find a hoverboard to place under the Christmas tree may have to look elsewhere. Joining fellow online retailer Overstock.com , Amazon has decided to halt sales of most of the two-wheeled products on its US and UK sites in the wake of recent reports... More »

5 Websites Where We Spent the Most on Black Friday

Amazon takes the cake with a 35.7% share of spending

(Newser) - Black Friday sales were up 7% this year over 2014 while Thanksgiving Day sales jumped 16%, according to Slice Intelligence 's analysis of online sales data. Not only that, but the weeks leading up to the biggest shopping day of the year saw a 14% boost with many sales... More »

Amazon's Vision: 30-Minute Drone Deliveries

Amazon unveils a new prototype in video

(Newser) - It's a bird. It's a plane. It's … well, it's an Amazon drone—and one of these days it just might fly on over to your pad to drop off an Amazon order a half-hour after you place it, the Guardian reports. In a video released... More »

These Are Amazon's 2 Best Black Friday Deals

Need a Fire tablet or new books? You're in luck

(Newser) - No need to scour Amazon for hours: Kinja has already uncovered the best deal on the site this Black Friday. It's for the Amazon Fire tablet , which is normally reasonably priced at $49.99, but is now just $34.99. Want something a bit fancier? The Fire HD 6... More »

Ads Featuring Nazi Imagery Pulled From New York Subway

Ads for Amazon's The Man in the High Castle called 'irresponsible and offensive'

(Newser) - An ad campaign that featured Nazi imagery has been pulled from the New York City subway system. Seats on the 42nd Street shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal were wrapped in Nazi regalia to promote an Amazon video series called The Man in the High Castle based on... More »

Meet the Man Who's Authored 100K Books

Though, technically, they were compiled by a computer

(Newser) - Reading 100,000 books in a lifetime sounds impossible. Authoring that many sounds unthinkable, but that's exactly what Philip M. Parker can proclaim he has done. The professor at business school INSEAD calls himself "the most published author in the history of the planet" and claims 200,000... More »

Amazon Just Made 2 Surprising Moves

Expanded parental leave and a shiny new Seattle bookstore

(Newser) - New moms and dads at Amazon have a new perk: six weeks of fully paid leave, CNNMoney reports. Birth mothers will get an additional four weeks before their due date, plus 10 weeks after the birth, for 20 weeks' total paid leave. Plus, employees can share any unused portion of... More »

Tale of Amazon's Most Prolific Book Reviewer Ends

People either loved Harriet Klausner or loved to hate her

(Newser) - Former librarian Harriet Klausner died on Oct. 15 at age 63, leaving behind 31,014 book reviews on Amazon and a host of critics. Klausner, who started posting reviews on the site in the 1990s and published her last three days before her death, described herself as a "freaky... More »

Amazon: NYT Takedown Was a Mistake-Filled Mess

Rep Jay Carney insinuates piece wouldn't have passed Journalism 101

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos took umbrage back in August at a New York Times takedown of Amazon's supposedly toxic work environment. Now Jay Carney—President Obama's former press secretary and now chief spokesman for Amazon—is on the offensive, via a lengthy response to the Aug. 15 piece that was... More »

Amazon Sues Over 1K Unidentified People

They are 'tarnishing Amazon’s brand,' lawsuit says

(Newser) - "I will post awesome review on your Amazon product, Kindle book, ebook, etc..." If you posted that ad, watch out—Amazon is suing you and more than 1,000 others for allegedly offering to provide fake reviews on the retailer's website, Mashable reports. The company's lawsuit... More »

Zappos' Bizarre Work Culture Will Blow Your Mind

CEO thinks no bosses, new lingo, and flexible rules will revolutionize workplace

(Newser) - Amazon may have acquired Zappos six years ago, but it's likely the work culture at the latter is dramatically different from that of the former. That's because Zappos, under the direction of CEO Tony Hsieh, is pioneering a total revamp of its workplace, including getting rid of all... More »

Say Goodbye to Google, Apple Devices on Amazon

Retailer bans Apple TV, Google Chromecast media-streaming products

(Newser) - Amazon is dumping popular media-streaming devices by two huge rivals to bolster its own video-streaming service, it announced in an email yesterday to marketplace sellers. The retailer won't be accepting any new listings for Apple TV or Google's Chromecast, and all current listings will be yanked from the... More »

Amazon's New $50 Tablet May Help You Speed-Read

Company hopes new features, accessible price point will up its tablet game

(Newser) - Amazon is crossing its screen-swiping fingers that its newest offering will hit what a company senior VP calls the "sweet spot, the consumption of media," announcing its new 7-inch Fire tablet for $50—and a six-pack for $250, essentially giving the purchaser one tablet free, USA Today reports.... More »

Amazon CEO Says He'll Launch Rockets From Florida

Jeff Bezos plans on making spacecraft, launching them from Cape Canaveral

(Newser) - When Jeff Bezos graduated valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High in 1982, he told the Miami Herald that one day he wanted to "build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts, and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the Earth." The Amazon CEO just took a major... More »

Mom Sues Amazon, UPenn Over Daughter's Suicide

Family says she killed herself with cyanide bought online

(Newser) - A nursing student's suicide has led to a two-pronged lawsuit by her family against both her school and Amazon. Arya Singh, a 20-year-old nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania, killed herself in 2013 by ingesting cyanide crystals she bought from the online retailer, says the lawsuit cited by... More »

'Force Friday' Has Arrived

Retailers hold one-day merch event for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' movie

(Newser) - On the fourth of every month, it's easy to find random "May the Fourth be with you" platitudes on social media from Star Wars superfans—but today's "Force Friday" may even lure Jabba the Hutt onto the Internet or into a store on Tatooine. Just after... More »

Hulu Now Offers Commercial-Free Option

For $12 a month

(Newser) - Until today, Hulu's streaming content featured commercials—even if you were a paying subscriber. But as of today, the company announced, you can pay $12 a month for an ad-free version of the streaming service. The move is intended to help Hulu better compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime,... More »

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