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  • Amazon Stands Up To FTC Demands For More Parental Controls

    Amazon Stands Up To FTC Demands For More Parental Controls

    Amazon is refusing to comply with a request from the Federal Trade Commission to prevent children from making in-app purchases without their parents’ permission. The FTC is demanding Amazon implement a “consent” model similar to the one Apple conceded to earlier this year, according to a letter Amazon to the FTC Tuesday. Amazon believes it has implemented effective… Read More

  • Amazon Is Quietly Launching A Local Takeout Service To Rival Seamless And DeliveryHero

    Amazon Is Quietly Launching A Local Takeout Service To Rival Seamless And DeliveryHero

    Amazon has been tipped to launch a local services marketplace this year to rival the likes of Thumbtack, Angie’s List and Yelp. Now one part of that effort looks like it’s about to go live: the company is now rolling out a food takeout service, a direct competitor to GrubHub, Seamless and DeliveryHero. The offering is initially going to be part of Amazon Local, the… Read More

  • FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    The FAA made it plain this week that Amazon, or anyone else for that matter, won’t be able to deliver packages using a drone in the near future. In a document soliciting feedback regarding drone policy — a “Notice of Interpretation with Request for Comment ” — the FAA calls “delivering packages to people for a fee” a non-hobby or recreation-based… Read More

  • Amazillions Are Streaming Music Via Amazon Prime

    Amazillions Are Streaming Music Via Amazon Prime

    Amazon today released its first numbers offering some insight into how many people are streaming music over its new Amazon Prime Music service a little over a week after its launch. Before you ask, I’ll say straight out that par for the course with Amazon, there are no specific sales numbers: “Prime members streamed tens of millions of songs—that’s millions of hours… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Pulp Friction

    Gillmor Gang: Pulp Friction

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — talk FirePhone and its impact on digital transactions in the material world. For starters, it’s not really a phone as much as an object recognition system that taps directly into the mainline of showteling. Just as mobile has “freed” us from our assigned desks, so too has the… Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone, Facebook's Slingshot and Yo | Crunchweek

    CrunchWeek: Amazon’s Fire Phone, Facebook’s Slingshot, And Yo

    This week Colleen Taylor, Kyle Russell, and myself sat around the round table to dig into the week’s news: Should we buy Amazon’s new Fire smartphone? Is Slingshot Facebook’s mobile moonshot? And, of course, Yo. Just Yo. Read More

  • Amazon Courts Fire Phone Developers With $15,000 In “Amazon Coins”

    Amazon Courts Fire Phone Developers With $15,000 In “Amazon Coins”

    When Microsoft needed to convince developers to build mobile apps for its Windows Phone 8 platform, it took a familiar path: it offered them money to do so. Amazon, however, is going a different route – at least, for now. Instead of outright paying developers to update their apps to work with its newly launched smartphone, the Fire Phone, Amazon is offering up to $15,000 in… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, Ink & Slide, And Slingshot

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, Ink & Slide, And Slingshot

    The podcast is packed this week, with six of us talking over each other about some of the most exciting news of the week. If you didn’t hear, Amazon launched its own smartphone called the Fire phone, complete with special shopping features and 3D effects. Adobe, meanwhile, introduced the Ink and Slide, a digital pen and ruler for artists and designers. And in true Facebook fashion… Read More

  • This Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Is Humanity’s Greatest Achievement

    This Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Is Humanity’s Greatest Achievement

    Sometimes a device comes so close to being perfect that you’d be forgiven for not realizing that with just a single tweak, it can become, in actual fact, perfect. The Kindle Paperwhite is such a device, as an e-reader that Amazon has crafted so well that you pretty much never need look beyond for anything better. But while a regular book ends up with wrinkly pages after being caught in… Read More

  • The Reports Of Fire Phone’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

    The Reports Of Fire Phone’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

    The cynics among us believe that the Amazon Fire Phone is going to be a flop. As Matt Haughey shows us in the above image, a phone attached to a product finder sounds like a mercenary mess, aimed at improving Amazon’s life and not ours. Our own Darrell Etherington believes that the price is too high at $199 (and a wild $649 for an unlocked model). Instead, he believes that it should cost… Read More