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  • What's Up With Amazon Product Reviews?

    05/29/2015 10:27:21 PM PDT · by 4Runner · 44 replies
    Vanity | 05/30/2015 | 4Runner
    Lately I've noticed the product reviews on Amazon have become free of typos and misspellings and all errors in usage. This is absolutely weird if you think about it. For the longest time (years) these product reviews were peppered with grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors and inconsistencies as one would kind of expect, coming as they did from purchasers who are not professional writers and who represent a cross section of varying educational and experience backgrounds. Now, however, the reviews from five stars on down to one star all read as though they've come straight out of Consumer Reports magazine....
  • Amazon Prime, now with free, same-day deliveries

    05/28/2015 12:40:16 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    CNET ^ | 05/28/15 | Ben Fox Rubin
    The e-commerce company announces free, same-day shipping on over 1 million items in 14 metro areas across the US. Over 1 million items will be available for free, same-day shipments -- a fraction of the 20 million available in the US for two-day deliveries. Orders must total more than $35 to qualify. The purchase must also be made before noon, or it will arrive the next day. The service will initially be available in 14 metro areas across the US.
  • Walmart Targets Amazon in Potentially Costly Distribution E-Commerce Battle

    05/20/2015 9:20:46 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 26 replies
    Supply Chain 24/7 ^ | 20 May 2015 | Nathan Layne
    If Wal-Mart, the world’s largest bricks-and-mortar retailer, is serious about competing more directly with Amazon - as it has suggested by testing a free shipping club - then it may have to spend well beyond a previously announced investment target on big distribution centers and other costs for its plan. Wal-Mart’s sluggish quarterly results that were released on Tuesday highlighted the importance of growing its online business. Online revenues grew 17 percent globally in the first quarter ended April 30, against a slight drop in overall sales. However, investments in e-commerce shaved 2 cents off the retailer’s earnings per share,...
  • Amazon hinders customers from choosing toys based on sex differences between girls and boys

    05/07/2015 5:58:04 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 42 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Amazon hinders customers from choosing toys based on sex differences between girls and boys By Julio Severo Before social engineers had begun to turn children into amorphous little beings, little girls played with dolls, little houses and kitchen kits, and little boys played with guns, construction kits and action heroes. Amazon has taken a stand for social engineers and against sexual differences between children. In a move sure to electrify homosexualists, feminists and socialists, the online retail giant has deleted the “boy” and “girl” buttons from its online menu, hindering customers from searching and choosing toys based on sex...
  • Amazon sues sites that sell fake reviews

    05/06/2015 3:29:29 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    nakedsecurity.sophos.com ^ | april 13, 2015 | lisa vaas
    <p>Talk about a glowing review: one five-star review given to a light-up USB cable for sale on Amazon had a headline claiming that this product “has lit up my life.”</p> <p>That review was not only glowing, it was steaming, Amazon says.</p>
  • Can Amazon Be An Online Price Club That Tempts Vending Operators?

    05/01/2015 2:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Vending Marketwatch ^ | April 30, 2015 | Emily Refermat
    Amazon.com, a leader in the world of online retailing, is making waves due to the recent launch of Amazon Business, a new marketplace on Amazon.com that combines the selection, convenience and value with new features and unique benefits tailored to businesses. It was one of the reasons Amazon had a booth at the NAMA OneShow last week in Las Vegas, NV. I stopped in while walking the show and talked to the representatives. They were announcing the Amazon Business opportunity and gauging the interest from operators. From what I’ve seen so far, while Amazon Business is in its early stages,...
  • Jeff Bezos' Spaceship Takes Flight

    04/30/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/30/2015 | Alex Knapp
    On April 7, Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson said that the space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would be conducting its first unmanned test flights “later this year.” As it turns out, “later this year” meant “three weeks.” The company has announced that it had conducted the first flight of its New Shepard space vehicle yesterday. The propulsion module, powered by Blue Origin’s BE-3 rocket engine, took the New Shepard space capsule up to a speed of over Mach 3. The capsule then separated from the propulsion module and flew to an altitude of 307,000 feet before beginning...
  • Goat Rentals Take Off In Seattle On First Day Of Amazon Home Services

    04/10/2015 8:23:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    KUOW.org ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jeannie Yandel & Hannah Burn
    When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …Goats.Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery. “We bring the goats and unload him,” said Tammy Dunakin, head goat wrangler and owner of Rent-A-Ruminant LLC. “The second they hit the ground, they’re eating. It’s incredible to watch. It’s kind of like watching marbles scatter when you drop them on the pavement. And the goats start eating everything in sight."And it sounds like ... Dunakin's goats do work for the city – you may have seen them munching on hills alongside Interstate...
  • Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits

    03/30/2015 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    VANCOUVER – Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada. On Monday, the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia. “We are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Amazon Prime Air … including outdoors at a rural test site in Canada,” wrote Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish in an email to the National Post. --- Located a mere 600 metres from the U.S. border, the Canadian testing grounds fulfill a lingering threat by Amazon...
  • Larry Magid: Amazon Inches Closer To Making Delivery Drones A Reality

    03/21/2015 11:31:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 03/20/2015 | Larry Magid
    Share on email View Comments Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (left) shows off Amazon PrimeAir drones to Charlie Rose of CBS News. (CBS) Related Tags:Amazon, Delivery, Drone, FAA, Magid Larry Magid Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safe...Read More You've Earned Points for Reading!Claim points in our Reward Center, and earn more tomorrow. San Francisco (KCBS) —  Amazon scored a victory this week in its battle with government regulators over their plan to deliver products by drone.The FAA has agreed to let the company fly Amazon Prime Air Drones… but with some big restrictions.  One of those restrictions...
  • How's THIS for customer service?

    03/17/2015 9:56:26 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 40 replies
    3/18/15 | Me, myself, & I
    I'd like to hear some opinions about this fine example of "customer service" I recently experienced at the hands of LG Electronics. I purchased a non-smart cell phone from a vendor on Amazon. It was advertised as new, and arrived in the original sealed box. After a few months, the phone's camera stopped working. The battery door was stuck and could not be opened. And the shift key was on the fritz, leaving you with entire sentences in upper case at random times. I contacted Amazon, who contacted the vendor. Two times they contacted them and two times there was...
  • Amazon Tax

    03/11/2015 6:58:12 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 35 replies
    11 March 2015 | NapSCOORDINATOR
    Interenet Tax
  • Amazon shuttering Unbox on March 29th; download your movies now

    02/28/2015 3:06:06 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 18 replies
    Amazon shuttering Unbox on March 29th; download your movies now Once upon a time, Amazon had a product called Unbox that let its customers download rented and purchased movies to their desktop and play them, even when offline. It was a convenient way for travelers to consume content when on the go since you usually can't stream video on a plane or train. Then last month, Amazon seemed to start shifting away from Unbox and over to it's Instant Video platform. Links to download Unbox vanished from the website, and CSRs provided conflicting information on whether it was available or...
  • Jay Carney to Amazon

    02/26/2015 7:27:20 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | Mike Allen | Mike Allen
    Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook will report: “Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins Amazon on Monday as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs.
  • Amazon and Google's rumored moves may be ill-advised (Buying Uber and RadioShack?)

    02/03/2015 2:27:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | February 3, 2015 | Aaron Pressman
    It’s a day of wild stories in the tech sector, with Amazon (AMZN) reportedly looking to open a huge chain of stores and Google (GOOGL) said to want to compete with Uber in the ride sharing market. Neither blockbuster story has been confirmed. Amazon isn’t commenting on the report that it might want to take over stores from near-bankrupt RadioShack. And Google is indirectly denying the report it would take on Uber, a company it has backed via its venture capital unit. But would either move make sense? Both are certainly debatable and full details obviously are not available. There’s...
  • Report: Amazon Interested in Radio Shack Stores

    02/03/2015 8:41:08 AM PST · by bigbob · 52 replies
    Wireless Week ^ | 2-3-15 | Andrew Berg
    Sprint may not be the only company intersted in Radio Shack's soon to be vacant retail stores. According to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon has expressed intersted in the brick-and-mortar locations. Amazon is reportedly intersted in using the stores as a showroom for its hardware, as well as place for customers pick up and drop off merchandise. Amazon currently sells a line of tablets, its Fire smartphone, as well as its new Echo bluetooh speaker and personal assistant. Radio Shack has about 4,000 retail locations in the United States. Reports have surfaced that the company is looking to sell some...
  • Free Today From Amazon - On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision [Kindle Edition]

    01/22/2015 10:33:53 AM PST · by Heartlander · 2 replies
    Amazon ^ | March 1, 2010 | William Lane Craig
    Free today! (From Amazon) On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision [Kindle Edition] This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life. This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately,...
  • Amazon's New Series 'The Man In The High Castle' Is Amazing

    01/17/2015 12:23:28 PM PST · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com ^ | 01/15/2014 | Matt Novak
    What if the Allies had lost World War II, the Nazis had been first to develop the atomic bomb, and the Germans and Japanese had carved up control of United States? That's the premise of the new streaming series from Amazon, The Man in the High Castle — an adaptation of the 1962 book by the same name. And the show is fantastic.N
  • Amazon's New Series 'The Man In The High Castle' Is Amazing (PKD Novel is a new TV series)

    01/16/2015 12:31:35 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 44 replies
    Paleofuture.gizmodo.com ^ | 1/15/2015 | Matt Novak
    What if the Allies had lost World War II, the Nazis had been first to develop the atomic bomb, and the Germans and Japanese had carved up control of United States? That's the premise of the new streaming series from Amazon, The Man in the High Castle — an adaptation of the 1962 book by the same name. And the show is fantastic. Nazi brownshirts control New York City streets, San Francisco is lorded over by Japanese police, and postwar TV game shows prominently feature Nazis in full regalia. The people of the United States seem to more or less...
  • Amazon, ‘Transparent’ Make History at Golden Globes

    01/12/2015 4:02:18 AM PST · by mykroar · 26 replies
    Variety ^ | 1/11/15 | Jenelle Riley
    Amazon proved itself a major player in the television field when its original program “Transparent” won the Golden Globe for best TV series, musical or comedy and star Jeffrey Tambor won best actor. Not only was it Amazon’s first-ever Golden Globe award, “Transparent” also became the first online series to ever win a best series award, comedy or drama, at the annual awards show. “My new best friend,” Tambor said of the digital media company during his acceptance speech. The series stars Tambor as a father of three who reveals he identifies as a woman. There was a lot of...
  • Amazon Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes (New ONE HOUR Delivery)

    12/19/2014 12:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Engadget ^ | December 18, 2014 | Devindra Hardawar
    Amazon's new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us. After all, why bother going to the store when you just need to shell out $7.99 to get anything brought to your door in an hour? But as anyone who's made Seamless or GrubHub food deliveries an essential part of their diet can tell you, this sort of instant gratification can be dangerously addictive. And eventually, you might end up having no reason to leave your house at all. As the Amazon courier handed me a bag...
  • Who Really Discovered America?

    07/14/2002 2:08:47 PM PDT · by blam · 182 replies · 18,652+ views
    Who Really Discovered America? Did ancient Hebrews reach the shores of the North and South American continents thousands of years before Christopher Columbus? What evidence is there for Hebrew and Israelite occupation of the Western Hemisphere even a thousand years before Christ? Was trans-Atlantic commerce and travel fairly routine in the days of king Solomon of Israel? Read here the intriguing, fascinating saga of the TRUE DISCOVERERS OF AMERICA! William F. Dankenbring A stone in a dry creek bed in New Mexico, discovered by early settlers in the region, is one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in the Western...
  • Obama's DOJ is bringing its big guns to the Apple e-book appeal

    12/12/2014 3:03:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2014, 12:11 PM EST | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    The primary job of the Solicitor General’s office is to argue cases before the Supreme Court. Why is it taking Amazon’s side on this appeal? Here’s a surprise. The e-book antitrust trial that went so badly against Apple two years ago is headed to an appeals court Monday and there’s a new name on the docket. Arguing for the U.S., alongside the lawyers for the antitrust division who handled the trial, will be Malcom Stewart, one of the biggest guns in the office of the U.S. Solicitor General. For the Solicitor General’s office to argue a case at this level...
  • Eaten Alive Viewers Outraged Man Wasn’t Actually Eaten Alive

    12/08/2014 7:04:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Time ^ | December 8, 2014 | James Hibberd
    Apparently the only thing worse than promising a man will be eaten alive by an anaconda is for a man to not be eaten alive by an anaconda. Many viewers felt Discovery had pledged adventurer Paul Rosolie would be utterly consumed by an anaconda on his special Sunday night. After all, the show was called Eaten Alive and its official programming guide description told viewers that a man “enters the belly of an anaconda.”
  • The Party Is Over for Amazon: The retail giant was unstoppable—until this year. What happened?

    12/04/2014 7:06:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    New Republic ^ | December 2, 2014 | Danny Vinik
    At Business Insider’s annual Ignition conference Tuesday, CEO Jeff Bezos explained why Amazon's stock price keeps rising despite almost zero profits: The company continues to invest in new businesses, and Amazon’s investors are OK with that. "If you're going to take bold bets, they're going to be experiments," he said. "And if they're experiments, you don't know ahead of time if they're going to work. Experiments are by their very nature prone to failure. But a few big successes compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn't work.” But Amazon hit a road bump in 2014: Its stock is...
  • Amazon Reveals the Robots at the Heart of Its Epic Cyber Monday Operation

    12/01/2014 11:56:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 30, 2014 | Andrea Chang
    This holiday season, Amazon's little helper is an orange, 320-pound robot called Kiva. The robots -- more than 15,000 of them companywide -- are part of Amazon's high-tech effort to get orders to customers faster. By lifting shelves of Amazon products off the ground and speedily delivering them to employee stations, the robots dramatically reduce the time it takes for workers to find items and put them into boxes for shipment.
  • It's that time of year for another reminder of how to donate for free (there is a free lunch!)

    If you enter Amazon's website through this link, you can donate 0.5% of each purchase to the charity of your choice. Mine is the NRA. It bears repeating that this is entirely free....Amazon pays for the donation, not you. A good way to donate if you are going to be doing any Christmas shopping.
  • Radical Ferguson Group Starts Amazon Wedding Registry to Get People to Buy Their Riot Supplies

    11/17/2014 8:58:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 17, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The radical Missouri Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) organization (formerly ACORN) set up a wedding registry on Amazon to get people to buy their rioting supplies. Shipping Address: Shona Clarkson – St. Louis, MO Event Date: August 9, 2016 Couples’ Style: For specific questions about this registry email KeithRose.Ferguson@gmail.com And PLEASE contact KeithRose.Ferguson@gmail.com if you have made a purchase so that we can personally send our thanks and keep you updated on our work. As the (non)indictment announcement approaches, it is so important that we have all of the supplies delivered and ready to be put into use on...
  • Wal-Mart told store managers to match online prices with Amazon

    11/13/2014 5:17:05 PM PST · by dynachrome · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-13-14 | Nathan Layne
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc has informed managers of its roughly 5,000 stores across the United States that they can match prices with Amazon.com Inc and other online retailers, the head of the company's U.S. business said on Thursday.
  • Amazon Testing Air Drones For Parcels Delivery

    11/13/2014 1:18:58 AM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 11/13/2014 | Itar Tass
    The world's biggest Internet-retailer Amazon is going to start testing air drones for delivery of parcels in Britain. Two years after buying the Cambridge startup Evi Technologies, the company turned to looking for engineers and experts who can help with the tests, the Business Insider reported. It is likely that the military specialists will be involved in the tests. The drones will be flying over Cambridge. The date of the start is not yet announced. The project named Prime Air in future will allow the customers to receive their parcels within 30 minutes after the order confirmation. The Amazon drones...
  • Harry Bosch TV series

    11/08/2014 2:06:40 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | November 8, 2014
    Detective Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch  is a literary character created by Michael Connelly in the 1992 novel The Black Echo, and the lead character in a police procedural series now numbering seventeen novels. The novels are more or less coincident in time frame with the year in which they were published. Harry, as he is commonly known by his associates, is a veteran police homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Bosch was named after the 15th century Dutch artist, Hieronymus Bosch. A new TV series - Bosch - based on the character in the books, will be starting in...
  • Teen's quest for Amazon 'medicine' ends in tragedy (died to get high)

    10/25/2014 5:00:19 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat October 25, 2014 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Kyle Nolan did his research -- his mother made sure of that. She didn't want her 18-year-old son heading to the Amazon jungle at all -- let alone, without learning everything he could about the supposed "medicine" with the bizarre name that he insisted would help him turn his young life around. "I really tried to discourage him ... I kept telling him over and over, there are no easy answers in life," Ingeborg Oswald said. But she knew she couldn't stop him. Overshadowed by his "overachieving" triplet brother and sister, Oswald said Kyle "was going through this...
  • Amazon is running out of excuses for losses

    10/23/2014 11:29:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 23, 2014 | Nicole Goodkind
    Amazon.com Inc. reports quarter three earnings today and analysts are expecting a loss of $0.75 per share according to FactSet. That’s a significant jump from their loss of $0.09 per share for the same period last year. Amazon follows a “profitless prosperity” model so losses aren’t unexpected, and typically Wall Street shrugs them off. This year, however, Amazon (AMZN) has seen more than a 20% drop in value on the NASDAQ. Wall Street is becoming restless-- is it time for Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos to start focusing on the bottom line? Yahoo Finance’s Henry Blodget believes that investors are clearly...
  • Paul Krugman Uncovers a Right-Wing Conspiracy at Amazon.com

    10/22/2014 12:12:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    The Times columnist suggests a government crackdown for selling conservative books too quickly. Big-government aficionado Paul Krugman is calling for “public action to curb the power” of an entity he can’t quite bring himself to call a monopoly, even as he nonetheless compares its “abuses” to those of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company. The subject of his ire? “Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America,” Krugman whines. “Does Amazon really have robber-baron-type market power? When it comes to books, definitely,” Krugman insists. “Amazon overwhelmingly dominates online book...
  • Which States Make You Pay an Amazon Sales Tax

    10/05/2014 3:54:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10-1-14 | Greg Bensinger
    Amazon.com today begins collecting sales tax from purchasers in Minnesota and Maryland, marking the 22nd and 23rd states where the online retailer assesses the levy. With the new states, about 69% of Americans—nearly 219 million people—will be subject to tax on their Amazon purchases. That's a big switch from a few years ago, when Amazon fought to protect customers from sales tax, viewing it as a competitive advantage over brick-and-mortar rivals. Now, Amazon perceives itself as disadvantaged versus online rivals such as eBay and Overstock. That's because a 1992 Supreme Court ruling allows states to apply sales tax to any...
  • Mysterious Earthen Rings Predate Amazon Rainforest

    07/10/2014 12:35:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 07, 2014 03:37pm ET | Stephanie Pappas
    Carson and his colleagues wanted to explore the question of whether early Amazonians had a major impact on the forest. They focused on the Amazon of northeastern Bolivia, where they had sediment cores from two lakes nearby major earthworks sites. These sediment cores hold ancient pollen grains and charcoal from long-ago fires, and can hint at the climate and ecosystem that existed when the sediment was laid down as far back as 6,000 years ago. An examination of the two cores — one from the large lake, Laguna Oricore, and one from the smaller lake, Laguna Granja — revealed a...
  • Mineral dust plays key role in cloud formation and chemistry

    05/10/2013 11:29:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 9 May 2013 | Simon Hadlington
    Scientists flew a plane into high up cirrus clouds and used a sampler that resembled a hair dryer to examine cloud formation © Karl FroydMineral dust that swirls up into the atmosphere from Earth’s surface plays a far more important role in both cloud formation and cloud chemistry than was previously realised. The findings will feed into models of cloud formation and chemistry to help produce more accurate assessments of the role of clouds in climate change.Relatively little is understood about the formation of cirrus clouds, wispy ‘horsetails’ that are made of ice crystals and form at extremely high altitudes...
  • The Green Sahara, A Desert In Bloom

    10/03/2008 11:55:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies · 837+ views
    Science News, ScienceDaily ^ | September 30, 2008 | Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel
    Reconstructing the climate of the past is an important tool for scientists to better understand and predict future climate changes that are the result of the present-day global warming. Although there is still little known about the Earth's tropical and subtropical regions, these regions are thought to play an important role in both the evolution of prehistoric man and global climate changes. New North African climate reconstructions reveal three 'green Sahara' episodes during which the present-day Sahara Desert was almost completely covered with extensive grasslands, lakes and ponds over the course of the last 120.000 years. The findings of Dr....
  • Support the NRA each and every time you shop at Amazon.....at no cost to you!!!!

    10/04/2014 11:31:01 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    Shop at Amazon through https://smile.amazon.com and .5% of each purchase will be donated to the NRA. An easy way to donate. Few people know about this. You need to remember to go through that link each time however.
  • Bonkers: Amazon Includes Racism Warning For Tom & Jerry Cartoons

    10/01/2014 10:16:30 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 10/01/2014 | Matthew Balan
    Fans of the zany Tom and Jerry cartoons from the golden age of animation might be in for a shock, as the classic shorts now carry a politically-correct warning on Amazon's streaming video service. On Tuesday, BBC correspondent Sean Coughlan reported that on Amazon Prime, the "Tom and Jerry: The Complete Second Volume is accompanied by the caution: 'Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.'" Coughlan spotlighted the criticism of University of Kent professor of sociology Frank Furendi, who blasted...
  • Amazon to collect Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

    09/23/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | KAVITA KUMAR
    Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state. The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm. The company was vague about what prompted the change, though it said it “will be required” to do so starting Oct. 1. “We’re considering various opportunities...
  • Orwell rep accuses Amazon of doublespeak

    08/15/2014 11:40:02 AM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 08/14/2014 | HILLEL ITALIE
    The literary executor of George Orwell's estate is accusing Amazon.com of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized the online retailer for "turning the facts inside out" by alleging that the British author known for the novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" had urged publishers in the 1930s to join together and stop the rise of paperbacks. "I'm both appalled and wryly amused that Amazon's tactics should come straight out of Orwell's own nightmare dystopia, '1984,'" Hamilton wrote.
  • Monkey Business at Amazon

    Hmm, what's this? We noticed that overnight eight 5-star reviews for Stephen Meyer's book Darwin's Doubt were mysteriously erased. Just vanished. Since these were positive reviews, it is unlikely they were "abusive" which is the normal criterion that Amazon has for removing reviews. Interesting. These kinds of shenanigans always seem to happen when our critics are feeling maximally pressed because they can't answer our arguments on the merits. They thus see the need to resort to schemes and tricks. It's an admission of intellectual defeat. We've also heard claims about people trying to reshelf Meyer's book in the religion section...
  • Kim Komando: 3 surprising things that spy on you that you can't stop

    08/10/2014 12:22:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    Komando.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kim Komando
    Do you ever feel like you're being watched? In the past, you could chalk it up to paranoia, close the curtains and get on with your life. Thanks to technology, it's not just your imagination. You really are being watched in your home, at work and everywhere in between. From online advertisers and hackers to the NSA and other government agencies, everyone is trying to keep tabs on you. And things keep getting worse. If you think you know every gadget and organization that's a danger, think again. Here are three things spying on you that you probably didn't know...
  • Tribe Emerges From Brazilian Jungle Possibly for First Time

    08/02/2014 6:05:03 AM PDT · by fivecatsandadog · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/31/14 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    A remarkable video shows a group of indigenous people seen for the first time by the outside world as they emerged from a Brazilian jungle while fleeing illegal loggers and drug traffickers, according to a Brazilian group that tracks such jungle tribes. The group of men are believed to be natives of Peru but they were filmed in northern Brazil on the banks of the Envira River which runs near the Peruvian border. The encounter took place within the last two weeks, but the video was released today by the Brazilian indigenous authority FUNAI. The tribal men are naked except...
  • Tribe Emerges From Brazilian Jungle Possibly for First Time

    08/01/2014 1:23:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/31/2014 | Peru
    A remarkable video shows a group of indigenous people seen for the first time by the outside world as they emerged from a Brazilian jungle while fleeing illegal loggers and drug traffickers, according a Brazilian group that tracks such jungle tribes. The group of men are believed to be natives of Peru but they were filmed in northern Brazil on the banks of the Envira River which runs near the Peruvian border. The encounter took place within the last two weeks, but the video was released today by the Brazilian indigenous authority FUNAI. The tribal men are naked except for...
  • Book Publishing Needs Socialism to Save It ("need" to suppress competition like France does)

    07/27/2014 2:24:07 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 46 replies
    bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Brian Feinblum
    Book Publishing Needs Socialism to Save It Let me just state up front that I love America and wouldn’t live anywhere else but, I also believe there’s room for a blend of socialism and capitalism to exist in a democratic society, and when it comes to how books are sold or treated, I prefer what the French and other advanced nations do. They protect books and the printed word. I applaud them—and so should you. Here in the U.S., thanks largely to Amazon, books have become commoditized. You can buy clothes based on price—or a desk or the hotel you...
  • Targeted Amazon Ads

    07/22/2014 1:06:53 PM PDT · by chaosagent · 18 replies
    I run Amazon ads on my blog and do pretty well. But I regularly see targeted Amazon ads on other sites like Facebook and Weather.com that show me ads based on things I recently searched for on Amazon. However I have not figured out how to do this with any of the Amazon Associate tools that are offered. Anyone know about how to do this?
  • How The CIA Partnered With Amazon And Changed Intelligence

    07/14/2014 11:17:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    Defense One ^ | 7/11/14 | Frank Konkel
    The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community.
  • Hillary's 'Hard Choices' Plunges Below Amazon Top 100 Less Than Month After Release

    07/09/2014 7:36:07 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 9, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Less than a month after its official release date of June 10, Hillary Clinton's book, "Hard Choices," has today plunged below the Amazon Top 100 list to a humbling #102 as of this writing. Over at Simon & Schuster, the book publisher who paid Hillary a big campaign contribution in the form of a whopping $14 million advance, there is now a lot of angry finger pointing according to the New York Post's Page Six. Just as humbling is the news that Hillary's book has been replaced at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list by Edward...