Amazon offers staff $5 000 to quit

2014-04-13 12:13

Online retailer Amazon is offering employees who aren't happy working for the growing company $5 000 to quit.

Tech giants growing ambitions ‘spook’ Americans

2014-04-07 14:01

The data gathering abilities of Google and other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans, with a majority worried that internet companies know too much.

Amazon workers in Germany go on strike

2014-03-31 19:33

Hundreds of workers at Amazon in Germany have gone on strike again, the first stoppage this year in a pay dispute that has dragged on for months.

Kindle tests Brazil's retail jungle

2014-02-07 22:00

Amazon has started selling its Kindle online in Brazil, expanding from ebooks into retail for the first time in Latin America's biggest market.

Amazon mulls TV streaming service - report

2014-01-22 09:35 has been reaching out to entertainment studios about licensing television programmes for an online streaming service, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Amazon to compensate customers for late gifts

2013-12-27 08:03

Amazon says it will give $20 gift cards and pay shipping costs for customers affected by problems at UPS and FedEx that delayed some Christmas package deliveries.

Google takes on Amazon and Microsoft

2013-12-04 12:27

Google is stepping up its efforts to move into the Internet 'cloud', taking on rivals like Amazon and Microsoft in competition for business customers.

Amazon hit by strike action

2013-10-29 16:15

Workers at two Amazon distribution centres in Germany have again gone on strike over pay and conditions.

Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HDX with live help

2013-09-25 14:45

Amazon is refreshing its line-up of tablet computers with new devices called Kindle Fire HDX, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation.

Amazon upgrades Kindle Paperwhite

2013-09-04 13:01

Amazon is upgrading its Kindle Paperwhite electronic book reader with a sharper display, expanded dictionary and faster computer hardware.

Amazon launches fine art purchasing site

2013-08-07 22:19

Amazon has created a website where customers can buy original and limited edition works of art from more than 150 prominent galleries and dealers.

Amazon founder to buy Washington Post

2013-08-06 08:19

Jeff Bezos, the founder who helped bring books into the digital age, is going after another pillar of "old media": The Washington Post.

Amazon hiring thousands of people

2013-07-29 18:50

Amazon has announced plans to add thousands of full-time jobs as it beefs up its customer-service network.

Amazon's finances fluctuates

2013-07-26 21:15

Amazon's forecast disappointing income and revenue as it grapples with a weaker international market, overshadowing improving profitability.

Apple 'conspired to raise e-book prices'

2013-07-11 11:14

A judge has ruled that Apple conspired with five major publishers to raise prices e-books sales on the Internet

Flipkart raises $200m from investors

2013-07-11 07:20

India's e-commerce company Flipkart says it has raised $200m from investors, among them Naspers and private equity funds.

Appstore dispute comes to an end

2013-07-10 12:36

Apple has dropped its lawsuit against rival Amazon for using the term “Appstore” for its online shop for mobile gadget applications.

Twitter begins cookie-based ad targeting

2013-07-03 21:58

Twitter has said it will begin showing individually targeted ads using cookies, an effective online tracking technology that has also fuelled concerns about internet privacy.

Apple exec challenges e-book conspiracy

2013-06-18 08:36

A top Apple executive downplayed the theory of an e-book price-fixing conspiracy at an antitrust trial.

Apple clashes with Amazon in e-book case

2013-06-07 10:18

Apple attorneys in the US antitrust case on e-books went on the offensive, attacking the credibility of government witnesses and seeking to debunk key elements of the government's case.

Anger over Amazon's UK tax bill

2013-05-16 08:38

Internet giant Amazon came under fresh fire over its British tax status after official figures revealed it only paid £2.4m on UK sales of £4.2bn last year.

3D screen for smartphone

2013-05-09 22:22

Amazon, long rumoured to be developing its own smartphone, is working on a screen that allows people to see 3D images without glasses.

Google tests same-day deliveries

2013-03-29 14:09

Google has begun testing a service for same-day delivery of toys, clothing, groceries or other items ordered online in what could be a challenge to online retail titan Amazon.

Germany demands Amazon worker probe

2013-02-17 18:34

A German minister has called for a probe into allegations that foreign workers hired in Germany by online retail giant Amazon were harassed and intimidated.

Amazon speaks for Kindle Fire with Ivona buy

2013-01-25 11:38 announced the purchase of a text-to-speech technology company in a move aimed at ramping up the capabilities of its Kindle Fire tablet computers.


Amazon to release smartphone

2014-04-12 19:35

Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models.

Amazon steps up TV push with video device

2014-04-03 15:52

Amazon has stepped up its battle for US television viewers, unveiling a new media streaming device touted as simplifying the experience of watching video online.

Questions raised over $10m treasure trove

2014-03-05 12:03

A dealer handling a $10m treasure trove found by a US couple has dismissed a report that the horde may have been stolen and therefore has to be given back.

Amazon developing pay-TV streaming service

2014-01-22 13:13

Amazon is in the early stages of developing a pay-TV streaming service with live programming, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Bezos airlifted by navy for medical treatment

2014-01-05 09:05

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was flown by helicopter from a cruise ship in the Galapagos Islands for medical attention, authorities in Ecuador say.

Amazon's workers in Germany go on strike

2013-12-16 16:35

At the start of the peak period for Christmas sales, hundreds of Amazon's workers in Germany have gone on strike over a continued dispute over pay.

Amazon unveils mini-drone delivery plan

2013-12-02 08:11

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has revealed that his company is looking to the future with plans to use "octocopter" mini-drones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes.

Two new Kindles get power boost

2013-09-25 22:18

Amazon has unveiled upgraded Kindle tablet computers boosting power for the devices while adding a 'Mayday' button for free, live technical support.

Apple hit with injunction in e-book case

2013-09-07 09:24

A federal judge, who found Apple liable for conspiring to fix e-book prices, has entered an injunction intended to bar the iPad maker from further antitrust violations.

Instagram, other sites go down

2013-08-26 07:29

Amazon's unit that runs web servers for other companies has had problems that coincided with outages or slowdowns on several popular websites.

Can Bezos add web savvy to Post?

2013-08-07 11:01 CEO Jeff Bezos is revered as one of the brightest minds in corporate America, but even he is puzzling over how to reverse the financial slide threatening The Washington Post.

Proposed remedy for Apple price-fixing

2013-08-02 16:46

Apple deserves a five-year ban from entering anticompetitive e-book distribution contracts, publishers say.

Mobile shift helps, hurts tech firms

2013-07-27 14:35

With the shift to mobile Internet gaining pace, some of the big tech firms are adapting and others are not.

Amazon criticised over low tax bill

2013-07-14 13:54

Amazon's main German unit paid income tax of just €3m in 2012 after the group channelled sales to German clients of $8.7bn via Luxembourg units.

Tablet wars intensify as prices tumble

2013-07-11 07:32

Tablet prices are plunging amid a flood of new devices and cutthroat competition for market share.

Tech giants' scurry to shun tax

2013-07-07 11:32

An international drive to tackle corporate tax avoidance is underway as western governments try to target a range of tax loopholes.

'Apple conspired on e-book prices'

2013-06-21 09:33

A Justice Department lawyer has urged a judge to find that Apple conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices.

Apple leader: E-book prices went up

2013-06-14 19:05

Apple's chief dealmaker has acknowledged that prices of best-selling e-books rose after the tech giant launched iPad book sales in 2010.

Amazon workers in Germany strike

2013-06-03 12:45

Workers at internet retailer's German operations are set to hold a third one-day strike in a dispute over pay and benefits.

Amazon UK pays $3.7m tax on $6.5bn sales

2013-05-15 13:55's main UK unit paid taxes of $3.7m on its 2012 income, despite group UK sales of $6.5bn, its accounts data shows.

Amazon app store coming to SA

2013-04-18 16:04

Amazon has announced that it will expand its Android-based app store to cover nearly 200 countries and territories – including South Africa.

iPads to fall behind Android tablets

2013-03-12 21:46

Shipments of Apple's iPads will fall behind the growing variety of tablets running Google's Android platform for the first time this year.

Tablets gain more ground on PCs

2013-02-06 22:34

One-third of computers sold worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012 was a tablet, according to a survey.

Amazon music open to Apple users

2013-01-17 20:41

Amazon says its 22-million song music catalogue is now "optimized" for users of Apple devices, making it easier for iPhone owners to circumvent the iTunes store.

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