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Video: Jeff Bezos firm safely lands reusable rocket

NEW YORK — A private space company announced Tuesday that it had landed a rocket upright and gently enough to be used again, a milestone in commercial aeronautics.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Business Wire

Dinosaur claws join annual list of dangerous toys

BOSTON — Dinosaur claws inspired by the movie “Jurassic World” and a quick-folding trampoline are among the items on a consumer watchdog group’s annual list of hazardous toys released Wednesday.

Date: 11/18/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon opens 1st brick-and-mortar bookstore at U Village

SEATTLE — Online retail giant Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore on Tuesday, two decades after it began selling books over the Internet and helped drive a number of shops out of business.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Business Wire

Best Buy to drop all shipping charges starting Sunday

NEW YORK — Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronic chain, will drop all restrictions for free shipping for the holiday season, underscoring big changes in what customers have come to expect when they shop.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Business Wire

Retailers work to speed up holiday deliveries

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Christmas won't come early this year, but the gifts might.Just in time for the winter holiday shopping season, Amazon, Macy's, Wal-Mart and other retailers are working behind the scenes to make sure they can deliver online orders to shoppers faster.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Business Wire

Netflix raising U.S. price for most popular video plan

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 for new customers in the U.S., Canada and some Latin America countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as “House of Cards” and other original programming.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire

Facebook jumps into home repair services

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is the latest technology company that wants to connect you with a handyman who can install a ceiling fan or fix a leaky toilet, following, Google and a slew of startups seeking ways to make money from the $300 billion home-improvement market.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

China’s president will begin U.S. visit at Paine Field

EVERETT — The last time a president of China came to town there was a party going on at Paine Field.It was April 2006. President Hu Jintao was feted at a luncheon in a decked-out Future of Flight museum. He

Date: 09/20/2015 | Local News

Seattle’s population booms as tech companies increase hiring

SEATTLE— Seattle is seeing another population boom as technology companies increase hiring in the area.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Apple unveils latest iPhone, bigger iPad, revamped TV box

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is taking a small step with its latest iPhone while trying to make a bigger leap in other key markets with its largest iPad yet and a long-awaited overhaul of its online video box for TVs.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Business Wire

Jeff Bezos brings his rockets to Cape Canaveral

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — As Elon Musk and SpaceX work to resolve problems that caused a Falcon 9 rocket explosion in June, another tycoon’s company is getting ready to step into the limelight at Cape Canaveral.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Nation & World

Pushing workers is Amazon's prime directive

Did you know that Amazon workers are routinely driven to tears? That they’re scolded for not answering email after midnight? That drones monitor their movements off the clock? That even their

Date: 08/28/2015 | Web Monkey

Amazon to build 5th Texas fulfillment center

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Inc. plans to build a fifth fulfillment center in Texas.An statement Thursday said about 1,000 full-time jobs will be created in San Marcos, 30 miles south of Austin.

Date: 08/22/2015 | Business Wire

Exposé on Amazon's workplace 'really hits close to home'

Amazon? I don't know about you, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've bought something from the online retailer.Once I needed a copy of Jim Lynch's

Date: 08/19/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Is it really that hard to work at Amazon?

Silicon Valley wasted no time in reacting to a New York Times article on what it's like to work at Amazon. The story featured depictions of people pushed to extremes, staff crying at desks and "redrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable."The Seattle-based...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon calls Prime Day a hit; some customers grumble said it sold more products during its Prime Day event Wednesday than on last year’s Black Friday, a sign the promotion was a success despite complaints that the deals were subpar.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon takes heat for ‘lame’ deals on ‘Prime Day’

It was billed as Black Friday in July, but some customers are saying the discounts offered for Inc.’s Prime Day are more like yard sale finds.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Business Wire

In Seattle, some fret over rapid growth

SEATTLE — Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Northwest

Leveling the showroom floor

Most of us would probably say that we want to see the downtowns and small businesses in our communities thrive. They provide jobs. They provide goods and services we need. And it's enjoyable to buy something from someone you become familiar with, an exchange that adds to our sense of...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Editorials

Amazon rolls out free same-day delivery

In another blow to bricks-and-mortar retail stores, is launching free same-day delivery for Prime members in 14 metropolitan areas.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon adds one-hour delivery in New York City

NEW YORK — Amazon will begin offering one-hour delivery from local stores in New York City as competition in the delivery arena increases.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire

Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race

VAN HORN, Texas — An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Business Wire

EBay merchants moving to Amazon

SAN FRANCISCO — EBay’s once-loyal merchants are moving more of their business to, saying they get more for their money by selling merchandise via the Web retailer.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon puts the heat on small businesses

BALTIMORE — Sandy Piper's family has been merchants in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood for more than 40 years, but when she retires someday, she's not sure there will be a business left.Expenses have increased, customers aren't spending more and online shopping has...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Business Wire

Will Trans-Pacific pact benefit U.S. workers?

WASHINGTON — Hardware Sales Inc. of Bellingham does about 25 percent of its online business outside the United States. But going global can be frustrating. Overzealous Australian customs inspectors sometimes confiscate perfectly legal knives. Canada imposes duties that can double...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon launches store for latest inventions

Early adopters, take note: has launched a store section called Amazon Exclusives that features new innovations from up-and-coming brands.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Business Wire

Net neutrality had fewer foes than assumed

Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republican Ted Cruz called it "Obamacare for the Internet" (in his world, fightin'...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Amazon hires former White House press secretary

SEATTLE — Amazon hired former White House press secretary Jay Carney to run global corporate affairs, company spokesman Craig Berman confirmed Thursday.The news was first reported by the website Politico.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Business Wire

Robots have big role at Amazon

DUPONT — Robots do a lot of the heavy lifting at the new fulfillment center, helping 500 human employees fill orders for the Seattle-based Internet retailer.The center is one of 50 around the country and three in the Puget...

Date: 02/14/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon profit up, shares surge reported profit for the holiday quarter that topped analysts' estimates, shrugging off the effects of heavy spending on fast delivery and original video programming to attract customers.The online retailer on Thursday posted a...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Business Wire

Fender’s direct sales irk music retailers

LOS ANGELES — Fender’s curvy Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazz Basses have been must-have features of guitar shop walls for decades.

Date: 01/29/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon executive hopes for era of peace with publishers

NEW YORK — The overseer of’s Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace.

Date: 01/15/2015 | Business Wire

Holiday sales increase 4.6 percent

NEW YORK — A rebounding economy and big discounts fueled Americans to spend more briskly in stores than expected during the winter holiday shopping season.

Date: 01/08/2015 | Business Wire

Holiday shopping deliveries improve

NEW YORK — Christmas came on time this year for most people.After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season.

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

Online retail sales hit a record

SAN FRANCISCO — and other Web retailers sold more products than ever this holiday season, boosted by early promotions and investments in delivery systems that helped avoid the widespread shipping snags of last year.Online shopping is on pace to rise 16...

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

Drones are the hot new gift

Santa’s sleigh isn’t the only thing flying this holiday season.

Date: 12/25/2014 | Business Wire

Shippers confront busiest season on record

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — The next week will be a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the Postal Service, the last connections to deliver many much-anticipated Christmas gifts. And there is no room for mistakes.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Business Wire

Quick price changes confuse online shoppers

NEW YORK — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."A growing number of retailers are using software that...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Business Wire

Amazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan

PORTLAND, Ore. — launched a service Thursday that promises one-hour delivery of household products to its Prime customers in Manhattan.

Date: 12/18/2014 | Business Wire

Amazon wants FAA to speed up drone rules

WASHINGTON — Amazon is warning federal officials that it will “have no choice” but to move more of its drone research overseas if the company doesn’t get approval to test its fleet of unmanned delivery vehicles in the United States — and soon.

Date: 12/08/2014 | Nation & World

Amazon sells its own diapers, baby wipes

ATLANTA — Amazon is launching its own line of diapers and baby wipes exclusively for its Prime members to get more shoppers to sign up for the $99 annual program.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Business Wire

Amazon slashes Fire Phone prices again

The cuts keep coming. Amazon has slashed the price of its struggling Fire smartphone again, to $199 for an unlocked 32-gigabyte version with no contract.

Date: 11/27/2014 | Business Wire

Barnes & Noble’s plans to bring back book sales

Instead of competing head on with Amazon this Black Friday, Barnes & Noble is looking to offer something that the online retailer can't. The bookstore announced this week that come this weekend, it will sell 500,000 signed copies of the latest works from 100 prominent authors.

Date: 11/26/2014 | Business Wire

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