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Series on Amazon Is Best Rom-Com of Year

'Catastrophe' is more than worthwhile, says Vulture critic

(Newser) - Anyone scraping for something to watch who has access to Amazon Prime's live streaming will want to check out Catastrophe, writes Matt Zoller Seitz at Vulture . In fact, this British TV series is the "romantic comedy of the year," he declares. The first season of six half-hour... More »

Amazon Dumps Confederate Flag

And eBay, too

(Newser) - The movement to ditch the Confederate flag is now steamrolling along: Amazon and eBay today forbid the sale of any flag-related merchandise, reports CNN . (Walmart already did so , as did Sears.) An eBay spokesperson provides an explanation that is beginning to sound familiar after images surfaced of Charleston shooting... More »

Etsy Bans Sale of Spells, Irks Witches, Pagans

Some claim cultural or religious bias

(Newser) - Back in 2012, when eBay banned the sale of spells, potions, and other metaphysical goods, many witches and pagans set up shop with Etsy instead. But they're going to have to shuffle their goods and services yet again, now that Etsy—which went public in April—has quietly banned... More »

Mom's Genius Review of Teen's Crop Top Goes Viral

Mom uses cat to model 'ridiculously small' top

(Newser) - A mom who wasn't happy with the skimpy crop top her 16-year-old daughter ordered off of Amazon gave the $4.99 top (full product name: "Lady Padded Bra Tops Bustier Cutout Vest Crop Top Bralette Tank Blouse") just one star on the site back in April. But... More »

All the Internet Addresses Will Be Gone by the Summer

Nearly all of the 4.3B IPv4 addresses created in early '80s are now in use

(Newser) - Engineers who created 4.3 billion Internet Protocol addresses back in 1981 probably thought that by the time we ran through all those, we'd be puttering around in flying cars. Flying cars are going to be a while , but it looks like our IP numbers are finally up: The... More »

How Amazon Honored Its First Customer

John Wainwright bought a book and had a building named after him

(Newser) - If you were quick on the draw 20 years ago, you might have had a building named after you by Amazon. Instead, as MarketWatch reports, that honor goes to a software engineer named John Wainwright. On April 3, 1995, Wainwright became the fledgling company's first paying customer when he... More »

Amazon Deliveries Coming to Audi Car Trunks

Only in Munich next month in test program, but project could expand

(Newser) - Like Santa sneaking down the chimney, Amazon is planning to drop packages off in customers' car trunks while they're at work or otherwise unavailable for delivery, the New York Times reports. The caveat (for now): Recipients need to live in Munich, have a select Audi equipped with special technology,... More »

Amazon's Dash Button Is an Evil Little Gadget

Ian Crouch: We're now all just rats in giant Skinner boxes

(Newser) - When Amazon rolled out its new Dash button , lots of people initially thought it was an April Fools' joke. Ian Crouch of the New Yorker wishes it were. The Dash is a physical button linked to a specific product that you place around your home; if you're running low... More »

Amazon's Dash Button: It's Now Easier to Spend Money

It's a physical button you stick somewhere, then push to reorder a product

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal admits it held off on writing about the new Amazon Dash Button today because it seemed like an April Fool's joke. Turns out, it's the real deal . Amazon wants people to place these branded buttons in conspicuous places—one for detergent on the washing... More »

Earth Has Just 2 Giant Forests Left

The only 2 unfragmented forest habitats are the Amazon, Congo

(Newser) - To see the Earth's ecology forest for its trees, first we have to acknowledge there aren't many large, intact forests around. In fact, according to a new study published in Science Advances , there are only two such continuous forests left: in South America and Africa, Christian Science Monitor ... More »

Amazon Getting Into the Movie Business

And it's helping to lead a 'golden age' of television: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - First Amazon's Transparent won big at the Golden Globes , then the company scored a Woody Allen television series ; the trifecta comes as the behemoth announces the rollout of Amazon Original Movies—a series of up to a dozen full-length flicks a year that "focus on unique stories, voices,... More »

A Woody Allen TV Show? What It Means

Big things for streaming TV—and likely controversy: James Poniewozik

(Newser) - Woody Allen is set to write and direct a TV series on Amazon Prime , and the news has big ramifications for the filmmaker, the company, and the TV industry, writes James Poniewozik in Time . First of all, the legendary director's willingness to make a TV show proves that "... More »

Amazon Scores Woody Allen's First TV Series

He'll write and direct half-hour episodes on Prime

(Newser) - Woody Allen is getting ready to make his first-ever TV series, though in a press release, he doesn't quite sound prepared: "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin." The filmmaker will write and... More »

Amazon Wants You to Shop While Going Potty

Retailer joins P&G in creating 'Stall Mall' shopping experience from public toilets

(Newser) - Remember when a trip to the restroom used to actually be somewhat restful? Amazon and Procter & Gamble want to make sure you multitask and maximize your toilet time with their new "Stall Mall" campaign, which pushes consumers to "Sit, Shop, and Save!" The companies have teamed... More »

How an Amazon Warehouse Can Ship 700K Items Today

Credit Kiva, the orange robot

(Newser) - How Amazon plans to make it through the holidays: with 80,000 seasonal workers ... and 15,000 robots. Meet "Kiva", the 320-pound orange robot that looks like a Roomba on steroids and acts as the elf to Amazon's Santa: It slides across the fulfillment centers at 5mph to... More »

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 »

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