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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 »

Look Out, UPS: Amazon Building Own Delivery Net

As shipping costs rise, Amazon looks to cheapen it

(Newser) - Amazon wants to deliver its own packages to your door—and not just with drones . The online retailing behemoth is already testing its own "last mile" delivery network, taking packages straight to customers in San Francisco, LA, and New York, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move would help... More »

Tech Titans Throw $3.6M at Preventing New Heartbleed

Google, Microsoft, Amazon among firms backing effort

(Newser) - Competing tech giants don't want to see another Heartbleed, and they're putting their money where their mouth is to ensure that they don't. Some of tech's biggest names—Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Dell, to name a few—are now jointly funding an effort to support... More »

(Some) HBO Shows Headed to Amazon Prime

Sorry, no 'Game of Thrones'

(Newser) - Soon, Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream HBO shows—but before you get too excited, be warned that the announcement mostly applies to older programs. Game of Thrones isn't part of the exclusive deal, though seasons of shows like Girls and Veep will appear some three years... More »

Amazon Pays Workers $5K to Quit

Strategy is to keep only employees who truly want to stay

(Newser) - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sent out his annual letter to shareholders this week, and Business Insider takes note of one part in particular about the company's "Pay to Quit" program. Amazon offers some employees up to $5,000 to leave, and Bezos explains that the principle is "... More »

Amazon Unveils $99 Fire TV for Streaming, Gaming

Company goes after Apple TV, Chromecast

(Newser) - Amazon is indeed making a bid to enter living rooms with Amazon Fire TV, a new streaming device that delivers online video, music, and other content to televisions. The company says the $99 device has better speed, performance, and search functions than other streaming boxes such as Apple TV and... More »

Zuck Down $3 Billion in Tough Week for Tech

Google, Amazon bosses see fortunes drop

(Newser) - It's been a rough week for tech stocks, and some of Silicon Valley's top figures have paid the price. Mark Zuckerberg has lost $3.1 billion, Bloomberg reports, as Facebook dropped 11%. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, meanwhile, saw their joint fortunes dip $3 billion, while... More »

Amazon Plans to Stream TV, Movies— for Free

And likely launch a Roku-like streaming box next week

(Newser) - YouTube and Netflix, watch your back: Amazon plans to stream video content for free and rise among the ranks of multimedia power players, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . If it happens, the project will include original series like Betas as well as licensed programming that Amazon could tie to... More »

Amazon Jacks Prime Fee to $99

Amazon.com announces $20 hike, starting next week

(Newser) - After a suspenseful couple of months, Amazon announced today that it will be upping its Amazon Prime fee—but, hey, it could be worse. The $79 rate will jump to $99 after the company initially announced a $40 increase was possible back in January, the Wall Street Journal reports. Existing... More »

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