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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 »

Amazon's Echo May Be 'Next Great Gadget'

Farhad Manjoo compares it to Iron Man's Jarvis

(Newser) - Tech writer Farhad Manjoo has high praise for Amazon's Echo : "Amazon seems on the verge of building something like Iron Man’s Jarvis, the artificial-intelligence brain at the center of all your household activities," he writes in the New York Times . Tech companies have been searching for... More »

SCOTUS Rules on Gay Adoption, Apple ... Batmobile

And other Supreme Court decisions on this busy Monday

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Alabama's top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother's adoption of her longtime partner's children, the AP reports. Before their breakup, one partner bore three children; the other formally adopted them in Georgia, which they were... More »

Starbucks, Amazon Customers in for Unhappy Changes

Starbucks changes loyalty program, Amazon changes free shipping

(Newser) - Both Starbucks and Amazon are in the news for recent changes—and not necessarily good ones:
  • Starbucks is changing its rewards program in a fashion that hurts people who don't spend much per visit. Right now, loyalty program members earn a free food item or beverage after earning 12
... More »

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 »

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