Elderly given an internet key to family links

2014-07-27 16:00

Two grandmothers mystified by computer tablets have inspired a start-up to develop an application to help the elderly stay in touch.

Retailers swallow online food cost

2014-07-10 13:00

Big retailers are taking a calculated hit to margins to invest in online grocery operations while hoping they can persuade consumers to add more profitable items.

Amazon Luxembourg taxes under scrutiny

2014-07-04 10:32

European officials have asked Luxembourg to hand over documents relating to US online retailer Amazon's tax affairs in the country.

Amazon smartphone could shake up market

2014-06-17 07:20

Amazon's mystery unveiling is widely expected to be a smartphone, which if managed well could shake up the market.

Amazon set to launch streaming music

2014-06-12 09:27

US online giant Amazon is preparing to launch a streaming music service as early as this week, the New York Times has reported.

Amazon, Hachette fight to continue

2014-05-28 13:00

Online commerce titan has said it doubted that it would soon bury the hatchet with book publisher Hachette.

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.


Amazon losses grow, shares tumble

2014-07-25 07:23 has posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as its rapid pace of investment in businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics offset a jump in revenue.

Want to sell your cow? Try Quikr

2014-07-09 19:22

An Indian answer to Craigslist is drawing millions of monthly visitors to its website, exchanging everything from used iPads to cows.

Amazon vows to fight FTC over kids in-app purchases

2014-07-03 12:05

Amazon is prepared to go to court against the Federal Trade Commission to defend itself against charges that it has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorised in-app purchases.

Top 10 SA e-books revealed

2014-06-13 13:01

Here are the top 10 e-books in South Africa bought over the last year.

Mysterious Amazon launch event planned

2014-06-05 08:45

Amazon has put out word of a mystery event at which founder Jeff Bezos will launch something new.

Twitter, Amazon team up for in-app purchasing

2014-05-05 22:18

Amazon has rolled out a new feature allowing Twitter users to select items for purchase on the online retail site without leaving the messaging platform.

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.

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