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Only One Thing May Force Jeff Bezos to Calm Down

His own employees, worried about their stock: Columnist

(Newser) - Amazon stock tanked yesterday after a lousy quarterly earnings report, and the big question is whether this reality check will change the way Jeff Bezos operates, writes Brad Stone at Bloomberg Businessweek . The company "is spending wildly on new initiatives": everything from new "fulfillment centers" to grocery deliveries... More »

Publishers Can Win Amazon War by Selling Their Books

Publishing industry has long been held hostage by booksellers: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - Amazon is locked in a death struggle with book publishers—particularly Hachette , which is openly throwing down against the online behemoth. And "while Amazon may be the worst thing to have ever hit the book business," writes Michael Wolff at USA Today , dealing with the predominant booksellers (Barnes... More »

Transparent Is 'Best Show of the Year'

Jeffrey Tambor stars in Jill Soloway's new series

(Newser) - Critics are applauding Transparent, the new 10-episode series that's putting Amazon Prime in the spotlight. Multiple reviews call the show, which tells the story of a family whose patriarch has begun living as a woman, "transcendent": It's touching, believable, and extremely funny. Among the comments:
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Writers Break Silence on Secret Amazon Retreat

The bookseller's literary weekend, called Campfire, is famously secretive and lavish

(Newser) - Not much is known about the literary weekend Amazon founder Jeff Bezos hosts in Santa Fe every year, other than that it is lavish and the writers are showered with gifts and even a suitcase in which to carry the gifts home, occasionally on private jets. But the spare-no-expense "... More »

Amazon's Big Buy: Site for Watching Video Games

Twitch brings together millions to view broadcasted gaming

(Newser) - Amazon just bought the fourth-largest source of online traffic in its second-biggest purchase ever, the Wall Street Journal reports—but you may never have heard of the service in question. Twitch is an online channel that offers video gamers a chance to watch each other play. Amazon reached a deal... More »

Bezos-Owned Washington Post Asks Readers to 'Buy It Now'

And Facebook tests 'satire' warning

(Newser) - About a year ago, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post —and this weekend, Post readers noticed something unusual. Mentions of books in Post articles featured a button within the text allowing readers to "buy it now" from Amazon, Mashable reports. Several such buttons appeared, for instance,... More »

Now Amazon Is Picking Fight With Captain America

Disney films can't be preordered

(Newser) - Add another major firm to Amazon's list of enemies: As the retailer's battle with publisher Hachette continues, it's also taking action against Disney, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon has stopped offering preorders of DVDs and Blu-rays of movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent,... More »

Isolated Tribe Says Elders Were Murdered

Also, video shows young members' first contact

(Newser) - A video that purports to show footage of first contact with a formerly isolated tribe on the Brazil-Peru border has been released by Brazil's FUNAI agency, along with some disturbing news from tribe members themselves. As had been hinted at in previous reports, some of the younger members say... More »

Forget Kindle Unlimited, Use the Library

A library card is a much better acquisition, writes Insider Higher Ed columnist

(Newser) - If there were a press release about this product, it might exclaim, "Revolutionary service gives you access to a virtually unlimited number of books!" writes Barbara Fister at Insider Higher Ed . She must be talking about Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited, which gives people access to 600,000... More »

Isolated Tribe Makes First Contact, Promptly Catches Flu

The 5 men, 2 women all contracted influenza in matter of days

(Newser) - When an isolated tribe emerged from the Amazon in recent weeks and initiated contact with Brazilian scientists in the village of Ashaninka near the Peruvian border, some called the move "potentially tragic" —and, indeed, though they were quickly quarantined for their own safety, all five men and two... More »

Amazon to FAA: Let Us Test Delivery Drones

Company seeks permission for commerical flights

(Newser) - Amazon's vision of a fleet of delivery drones is apparently closer to reality than realized: The company has asked the FAA for permission to run test flights on its own property, reports theStreet . Amazon says it's on a ninth-generation prototype that can carry packages up to 5 pounds... More »

Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes First Contact

But move is a risky one for group in Brazil

(Newser) - An Amazon tribe that has managed to remain isolated from the outside world is isolated no more. Members of the unnamed tribe have taken what Science calls the "momentous and potentially tragic step" of approaching a group of Brazilian scientists in the rainforest. (It's believed to be the... More »

Odd Ditches Made Before Amazon Rainforest Grew

Study: Before it was jungle, it was savannah

(Newser) - Some 3,000 years ago, the Bolivian Amazon didn’t look like a jungle at all—it was more like an African savannah. A new study reveals how the ancient landscape took shape, and sheds new light on the mysterious ditches the early Amazonians built there for purposes unknown. The... More »

Stephen King Adds His Clout to Anti-Amazon Letter

Authors think Jeff Bezos is using bully business tactics

(Newser) - Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and Robert Caro are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group. The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with... More »

Amazon Unveils 3D Smartphone

Cheapest model will be $200 for 2-year contract

(Newser) - Amazon today unveiled its long-rumored , much-anticipated smartphone, which it's calling simply "Fire Phone." The phone's most attention-grabbing features include a unique 3D display and something called "Firefly," which allows the phone to identify objects, songs, and TV shows. Here are the details, as reported... More »

Amazon Launches Its Version of Paypal

Users can pay bills, subscription with new payment service

(Newser) - Amazon took a fresh swing at PayPal today by launching a new payment service that enables people to pay for bills and subscriptions, Reuters reports. More specifically, Amazon's 240 million active users will be able to use credit card data stored on the site to pay a phone bill,... More »

Colbert Flips Off Amazon

Comedian makes Hachette beef personal

(Newser) - Amazon has been going to some extraordinary lengths lately to strong-arm publisher Hachette Book Group, and in the process it's made a powerful enemy: Stephen Colbert. Hachette and Amazon have been feuding over e-book pricing, and Amazon has responded by delaying shipments of Hachette's books and making them... More »

Hit Wedding Gift: A Super-Vulgar Card Game

Cards Against Humanity earns spot on Amazon's most-requested list

(Newser) - Many sample phrases from Cards Against Humanity are too disturbing to print here, yet it's become hugely popular—among couples getting married. The card game was the no. 7 most-requested wedding gift item on Amazon last year, the site has revealed. How does it work? Well, it's a... More »

100+ Tech Titans to FCC: Your Plan Sucks

One commissioner also has concerns about anti-net neutrality rule

(Newser) - The FCC's plan to torpedo net neutrality got a truly impressive burst of backlash today, as a huge coalition of some of the biggest names in tech sent an open letter decrying it as "a grave threat to the Internet," the Verge reports. Well over a hundred... More »

Amazon's Top Seller: a 685-Page Economics Book

Thomas Piketty addresses income inequality

(Newser) - Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century may not be a quick read, but it's flying off the (digital) shelves. What makes a 685-page book on economic history, translated from French, Amazon's bestseller ? Well, the reviews have been great; Paul Krugman calls it "truly... More »

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