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Amazon expands its Techstars Alexa Accelerator to London, starts search for second cohort

Amazon expands its Techstars Alexa Accelerator to London, starts search for second cohort

Amazon continues to tap into the developer community to expand the ubiquity of its Alexa voice-based assistant, and it’s taking the strategy international. Today the company opened applications for the Alexa Accelerator, the program for startups building solutions and services for voice-based assistants, which Amazon runs in conjunction with Techstars. Most notably, as part of […]

Amazon begins offering Whole Foods deliveries via its Prime service

Amazon begins offering Whole Foods deliveries via its Prime service

Amazon has taken a big step forward with Whole Foods after it began offering grocery delivery from the retailer through its Prime service. The option is open to Prime Now customers, who get free two-hour deliveries of their products when they spend over $35. An “ultra-fast” one-hour delivery option costs $7.99 for orders of $35 […]

Amazon reportedly paid around $90 million for security camera maker Blink

Amazon reportedly paid around $90 million for security camera maker Blink

Amazon acquired Blink late last year, a maker of affordable, easy to use security cameras powered by AA batteries. The acquisition was reportedly worth around $90 million to Amazon, according to a new report from Reuters, though the terms of the deal were not disclosed by Amazon and it hasn’t provided any comment on the […]

Instacart has raised another $200M at a $4.2B valuation

Instacart has raised another $200M at a $4.2B valuation

Despite plenty of uncertainty swirling around Instacart and its complex relationship with Whole Foods — now owned by Amazon — investors still seem to not be too worried, and are pouring a fresh big round of financing into the startup that values it at $4.2 billion. Instacart said it raised $200 million in a new […]

Amazon is cutting hundreds of corporate jobs, according to a new report

Amazon is cutting hundreds of corporate jobs, according to a new report

In a rare move for the online retail giant, Amazon is laying off hundreds of corporate workers in its Seattle headquarters and elsewhere, according to a Seattle Times report. The corporate cuts come after an eight-year hiring spree, taking the company from 5,000 in 2010 to 40,000 in its Seattle headquarters and gobbling up several […]

Amazon’s Alexa Skills Developer Console gets its biggest redesign since launch

Amazon’s Alexa Skills Developer Console gets its biggest redesign since launch

Amazon today is rolling out the biggest makeover for its Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console – the console where voice app developers create their skills – since its debut back in 2015. The new console has been redesigned with a focus on improving developer workflows, says Amazon. It now offers separate sections for “build,” “test,” “launch,” […]

Bulk retailer Sam’s Club adds free shipping in bid to compete with Amazon

Bulk retailer Sam’s Club adds free shipping in bid to compete with Amazon

If you can’t beat ‘em, shift to a similar business model. In its struggles to adapt to a post-Amazon retail landscape, Walmart subsidiary Sam’s Club is adopting an online membership model notably similar to Prime. The bulk retailer’s new Plus membership gives shoppers the ability to opt out of shipping costs by ponying up $100 […]

Amazon greenlights the fifth season of Bosch

Amazon greenlights the fifth season of Bosch

Amazon Prime Video’s longest running hour-long original series is back for yet another season. The company has greenlit Season 5 of Bosch, the Emmy-nominated series based on Michael Connelly’s detective/crime fiction novels. Bosch follows LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch as he tries to solve the most elusive cases. The fifth season is based on the […]

Amazon may be developing AI chips for Alexa

Amazon may be developing AI chips for Alexa

The Information has a report this morning that Amazon is working on building AI chips for the Echo, which would allow Alexa to more quickly parse information and get those answers. Getting those answers much more quickly to the user, even by a few seconds, might seem like a move that’s not wildly important. But for […]

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