Amazon (AMZN) roundup: 1) Looking to counter Netflix's original programming push, Amazon says it...

|By:, SA News Editor

Amazon (AMZN) roundup: 1) Looking to counter Netflix's original programming push, Amazon says it will produce 5 of the 14 original shows it agreed to pilots for. The shows include political comedy Alpha House (features John Goodman), startup comedy Betas, and kids robot show Annebots. The first season of Alpha House (13 episodes counting the pilot) will air in November. 2) Amazon is creating a sign-in service for 3rd-party sites/apps/games. The goal is to both keep users logged in to Amazon, and to gain valuable activity data that can be used to push/personalize products and content. But Facebook and Google have major head-starts here.