Amazon is currently planning a restaurant delivery service, GeekWire reports.
The company is testing the service with its own employees in Seattle, where Amazon is based. We don’t know which restaurants are participating in the test, but the service appears to be related to Amazon’s new Prime Now one-hour delivery service.
A move into restaurant delivery would put Amazon in direct competition with companies like GrubHub, which allows customers across the country to order lunch or dinner from a wide selection of restaurants and have it delivered.
With Amazon’s experience with logistics and distribution, it will likely enter the game with a number [...]
If you want to get your hands on Amazon Echo—the wireless speaker with a built-in voice-controlled personal assistant—it’s now available to everyone.
The device, which Amazon revealed last November, is a Bluetooth speaker on steroids. The personal assistant (named Alexa) can answer questions, play music on demand, and order Amazon products for you using simple voice commands.
Initially, Echo was only available to Amazon Prime customers on a special waiting list. Amazon was quite conservative in sending out invites, and even when customers purchased it, shipping times turned from weeks into months.
But now, Amazon Echo is available to everyone. It costs [...]
In its ongoing effort to offer faster deliveries, Amazon wants to turn ordinary people into couriers.
The company is currently developing a mobile app that will pay individual users, rather than carriers like UPS, to help deliver packages, The Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon is also considering paying local retailers to store packages en route—either renting space from them or paying a per-package fee.
Such a service could offer Amazon greater end-to-end control over the buying experience, lower shipping costs, and leverage when negotiating with larger carriers. With that said, it’s not clear how Amazon will vet deliveries or who will be held responsible for [...]
Amazon today announced the opening of its first-ever staffed pickup and drop-off location on the campus of Purdue University. The store will allow students to easily receive and return school items and other orders. In addition, Amazon Student and Amazon Prime members at Purdue are now eligible for free one-day shipping on textbooks shipped to the West Lafayette campus area, along with over one million other items when shipped to the new [email protected] location.
With an Amazon Student account, Purdue students will be able to identify the books they need by looking for items with Purdue’s logo and specific class information.
After an order arrives at the [...]
Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Taboola have reached a deal with the makers of Adblock to prevent the service from blocking ads on their sites, Financial Times reports. These companies’ ads are currently slipping through Adblock Plus’s filter, and FT has confirmed that it’s the intentional result of a paid deal between the makers of Adblock and the companies in question.
More specifically, the companies are paying Eyeo—the maker of Adblock Plus—an undisclosed sum of money to be added to an official whitelist, which allows their ads to bypass the plugin.
This really confirms what I’ve been shouting from the rooftops for years: Adblock is a very [...]
If you’re thinking about picking up Amazon’s Fire TV, now would be a good time to do it. It’s currently $79.99, $20 off the normal retail price.
Fire TV is Amazon’s set-top box that it calls “the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, YouTube.com, games, music and more.” With it, you can access over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, millions of songs, and hundreds of games. And it comes with a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.
This is a limited time deal, so click here to get it before the price goes back up.
If you’re in the market for a tablet, Amazon has a great deal for you today. You can pick up a certified refurbished Kindle Fire HD tablet for $159 for the 32GB version ($140 off) or $179 for the 64GB version ($170 off).
Some key details:A Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G is a pre-owned Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G that has been refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new. Includes a full one-year limited warranty, just like a brand-new Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G Features 4G LTE technology, letting you connect to the internet, stream, and download at speeds even faster than Wi-Fi 1920×1200 HD display with polarizing filter [...]
This great infographic, courtesy of TechieSense, will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Amazon—and more. From the company’s history to how to start selling on the site, it details a number of interesting facts and statistics that may be new to you.
Some key takeaways:Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos only makes $81,840 per year. Amazon has approximately 132,600 employees. All of those employees—including Bezos—spend two days every two years working in customer service. When the company’s site went down for 49 minutes last year, the company lost nearly $4.8 million in sales. Amazon uses robots to help retrieve items in its warehouses. Amazon sold 37 [...]
Ello, why you should always read the TOS, Amazon’s Twitch acquisition, the Jimmy John’s hack, a wearable selfie drone, verified Twitter accounts, and more.
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Amazon’s $970 million acquisition of Twitch, the popular live video platform for gamers, was completed on Thursday. You can see the full SEC filing here, which states: “On September 25, 2014, Amazon.com, Inc. completed its acquisition of Twitch Interactive, Inc.”
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, “and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old. Like Twitch, [...]