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Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)

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  • Sep. 6, 2011, 7:48 AM
    As Amazon (AMZN) readies a low-cost tablet, Vodafone (VOD) is showing off its own attempts to deliver a cheaper alternative to the iPad (AAPL): the carrier's German unit recently showed off two private-label Android tablets - one a 7-inch model, the other a 10-inch - with built-in 3G connections.
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  • Sep. 4, 2011, 3:09 AM
    Amazon (AMZN) is testing a new website design geared toward making the site easier to use on tablet computers (of which the firm is about to introduce its own). The new home page is less cluttered with a focus on digital products rather than physical. Amazon won't offer details on when the site will be live for all, but the holiday season is approaching.
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  • Sep. 3, 2011, 7:45 AM
    Amazon.com's (AMZN) "very real" 7-inch Kindle Tablet will arrive in November for $250, MG Siegler writes - a price point just half that of the entry-level iPad (AAPL). Meanwhile, Lenovo's (LNVGY.PK) IdeaPad A1 tablet is pricing at $199. Looks like the mini-frenzy over $99 TouchPads (HPQ) - now back in limited production - may be re-setting the price bar, as Apple works toward a spring upgrade for its $499 iPad 2.
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  • Sep. 2, 2011, 1:43 PM
    DigiTimes' sources claim Barnes & Noble (BKS) will be releasing a new Nook Color this month; like the current version, it's expected to have a 7-inch touchscreen. The Nook Color made headlines earlier this year when IDC reported the device helped Barnes & Noble displace Amazon (AMZN) as the top-selling e-reader vendor in Q1.
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  • Sep. 2, 2011, 7:42 AM
    Netflix's (NFLX) loss of Starz content "illustrates the market power still enjoyed by cable operators over the content studios," and could slow the advance of OTT video, harming Hulu (NWS, DIS, CMCSA) and even Amazon (AMZN), ThinkEquity says. Possible beneficiaries: cable infrastructure suppliers like Harmonic (HLIT).
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  • Sep. 2, 2011, 4:23 AM
    Amazon.com (AMZN) offers to invest in Californian distribution centers and create 7,000 full-time jobs by 2015 in exchange for a reprieve from the state's new Internet sales tax law until 2014. In response, one Amazon opponent asks, "how many (jobs) do we lose in bricks and mortar retail by 2014?"
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  • Sep. 1, 2011, 9:12 AM
    As CenturyLink's (CTL) recently-acquired Savvis subsidiary tries to compete with Amazon (AMZN) and Rackspace (RAX) in the booming cloud infrastructure services market, it's trying to stand out by promoting its value-added services. But it's finding this to be an uphill battle, as many enterprises are content with the "commodity" solutions of market leaders.
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  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:38 PM
    Business Insider claims six companies have made informal bids for Hulu, with most coming at the upper end of a range of $500M-$2B. GOOG, AMZN, and YHOO are considered among the most interested parties, while AAPL and MSFT declined to make bids. One source claims Yahoo's offer could be torpedoed by its board. (previously)
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  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:39 PM
    The latest Kindle (AMZN +1.8%) killer - this time from Sony (SNE -0.5%) - is light, easy-to-navigate and feature-rich, says a TechCrunch review. But will it unseat Amazon and Barnes and Noble's (BKS +1.8%) stranglehold on e-readers? Probably not, but the upgrade in design and form will keep the market percolating with innovation.
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  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:17 PM
    Amazon's web services business (AWS) is becoming a real growth engine for Amazon (AMZN), and Netflix's (NFLX) Adrian Cockcroft sees it maintaining a dominant position in spite of competition from the formidable OpenStack alliance. Cockcroft estimates AWS doubled in size over the past year, and doesn't see a viable alternative arriving for 2-3 years.
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  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:51 AM
    The 10-inch version of Amazon's (AMZN) much-anticipated tablet won't go into mass production until Q1 2012, according to DigiTimes. However, the 7-inch version is expected to start shipping in October. Apple (AAPL) is expected to launch its next 9.7-inch iPad, believed to feature a higher-resolution display, early next year.
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  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:16 PM
    Yelp scales back its year-old deal service that competes with Groupon (GRPN), citing concern that consumers are being overwhelmed with offers.
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  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:20 PM
    Nordstrom (JWN +5.6%) begins offering free shipping and returns for all purchases made online. The cost of shipping is seen by many shoppers as a big drawback of shopping online, but free shipping is a risk to store margins. Only a few big-name retailers offer free shipping with no strings attached; Amazon (AMZN) offers it on orders of $25 or more.
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  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:16 PM
    Dell (DELL) is announcing a public cloud services solution in partnership with VMware (VMW). The service, which puts Dell into more direct competition with Amazon (AMZN) and Rackspace (RAX), allows companies to rent storage and computing capacity on a pay-as-you-go basis. Services were a relatively healthy part of Dell's business in FQ2, growing 6% Y/Y. (previously)
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  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:58 PM
    Wal-Mart (WMT) has stumbled often in internet retailing, but it has been surprisingly successful in digital movie downloads. A year after buying streaming service Vudu, the operation has become the third most popular such service, placing it ahead of similar offerings from Amazon (AMZN) and Sony (SNE) but still far behind Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT).
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  • Aug. 26, 2011, 2:45 PM
    Tablets aren't the only hot market Amazon (AMZN) is trying to attack: the company is ramping its efforts in the daily deals space, targeting customers through a partnership with LivingSocial. Amazon hopes its ability to reach 144M active customers will give it an edge.
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Company Description
Amazon.com Inc is an online retailer. The Company sells its products through the website which provides services, such as advertising services and co-branded credit card agreements. It also offerselectronic devices like Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.