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Amazon said to launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx

Amazon said to launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx

Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The so-called “Shipping with Amazon” program will be an end-to-end shipping solution, with pickups from businesses and shipments made to consumers, per the report. The timeframe for rollout is soon, too: Amazon is said to be […]

NBC exec Jennifer Salke named head of Amazon Studios

NBC exec Jennifer Salke named head of Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has finally found a replacement for Roy Price after the executive stepped down in mid-October over sexual harassment claims. Jennifer Salke will be filling in the top spot at the online studio after serving for six years as NBC’s Entertainment President. “We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Salke will be joining us as the Head of Amazon Studios,” Amazon […]

Now you can use Alexa to create music playlists

Now you can use Alexa to create music playlists

The recent arrival of the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max have demonstrated, if nothing else, what a smart speaker can be when it’s music first. On the other hand, audio’s never been as much of a driver on Amazon’s Echo line, though the company did take a small step in that direction with its […]

Gordon Ramsay can now swear at your cooking through an Amazon Echo

Gordon Ramsay can now swear at your cooking through an Amazon Echo

Amazon’s Alexa ad was the biggest winner of this year’s Super Bowl outside the greater Philadelphia area. The company spilled the beans early, but the spot still managed to drum up the biggest response of the night (outside of some very unfortunate choices from automakers). The silly 90-second commercial centered around some high profile celebrities […]

Twitch now has 27K+ Partners and 150K+ Affiliates making money from their videos

Twitch now has 27K+ Partners and 150K+ Affiliates making money from their videos

Twitch today announced new metrics related to the growth of its game streaming service, including, most notably, that the number video creator Partners who profit from their Twitch content has climbed to 27,000 over the course of 2017, and the number of Affiliate streamers reached 150,000. Until mid-2017, Twitch had only allowed a smaller subset […]

Amazon settles tax optimization dispute with French authorities

Amazon settles tax optimization dispute with French authorities

Amazon has signed an undisclosed deal with the French tax authorities, Amazon told the AFP. From 2006 to 2010, Amazon operated in France using its subsidiary in Luxembourg. This way, the company could pay less taxes. But French authorities think French sales should be taxed in France. That’s why they were asking for $252 million […]

Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon said

Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon said

The competition between Alexa and Google Assistant is fierce. How fierce? Cover all of Las Vegas in Google Assistant ads for CES fierce? Put voice assistance in weird things like a light switch or a fridge fierce? How about “don’t dare utter our competitor’s name in your voice app” fierce? Yep, Amazon has banned Alexa app […]