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Amazon Prime Now launches in Singapore, its first market in Southeast Asia

It's official -- Amazon has launched its Prime Now delivery service in Singapore, its first market in Southeast Asia. The Amazon apps went live in Singapore early last night local time, and Prime Now

Xiaomi’s take on the Amazon Echo smart speaker costs less than $50

Hot on the heels of reports that Facebook is developing its own take on Amazon Echo, China’s Xiaomi has joined the tech company masses by jumping into the increasingly crowded smart speaker spac

Jeff Bezos says Amazon will ‘keep investing’ in India as rivals raise new war chests

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has pledged to continue to invest in India as it bids to keep pace with rivals in the country that have landed large investments from big name backers. SoftBank and Alibaba have

Is Whole Foods a healthy option for Amazon?

Over the past few years we've seen Amazon testing new ways of getting groceries in consumers fridges, with Amazon Fresh, Amazon Fresh Pickup, drone delivery, and Amazon Go. As I look back with this ac

Amazon ends its unlimited cloud storage plan

Another cloud storage party is over, guys: Amazon is sunsetting its unlimited cloud storage plan for Amazon Drive -- although members of its Prime subscription club will still get unlimited cloud sto

AmazonFresh opens its grocery Pickup locations in Seattle

Amazon has officially begun operating its AmazonFresh Pickup locations in Seattle, letting customers order groceries ahead of time and then quickly grab them on their way home. The service requires as

Why Amazon is eating the world

I recently co-founded a software startup. Each month, I send out an update to our investors. But the past month was a bit different. Instead of just writing about our "internal" news, I wrote about th

Amazon beefs up drone delivery R&D in Cambridge

Amazon is expanding its R&D facilities in Cambridge, UK, with a plan to move into a new 60,000sq ft site in the city with capacity for more than 400 staff.

The death of retail is greatly exaggerated

I’ve been thinking a lot about retail these days and I’ve been connecting the dots between the seeming death of retailers like Ralph Lauren and the book industry. In short, we are feeling

OpenAI sets benchmark for sentiment analysis using an efficient mLSTM

The researchers over at OpenAI were able to use a recurrent mLSTM character-level model trained on Amazon reviews to identify the sentiment of blocks of text. And perhaps more interestingly, the team

Amazon debuts AmazonFresh Pickup, drive-up groceries delivered to your trunk

Amazon’s grocery efforts just got a new level of convenience for shoppers: AmazonFresh Pickup, a drive-in grocery delivery right to your car’s trunk, launching in beta on Tuesday. Shoppers

Amazon’s retail ambitions include furniture and appliances, plus groceries in India

Amazon’s brick-and-mortar retail plans currently focus on its ongoing roll-out of physical book stores, as well as its very limited experiments with cashier-less convenience, but it could expand

Jeff Bezos wants Blue Origin to be the Amazon of the Moon

Not one to be left out, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is also making plans to go to the Moon, just like fellow space magnate Elon Musk . Bezos’ plan, uncovered by The Washington Post

What’s next for books?

I like Digital Reader editor Nate Hoffelder. He is one of the few bloggers about publishing who doesn’t suck up to the industry, nor does he particularly gild the lily. He basically believes tha

Amazon hints at Prime sales in latest filing

Amazon Prime has driven growth for the e-commerce company for years now. But Amazon has traditionally been cagey about disclosing too many details regarding the popular service. In a 10-K filing sum

What happens when you dump the App Store?

In what amounts to one of the purest and most interesting experiments in assessing value of Mac OS’s App Store the founder of Rogue Amoeba posted a description of what happened when he pulled hi

Amazon’s Rekognition learns to guess your age

You know how old you are. You know how old your friends think you are. Heck, you even know how old Microsoft thinks you are. But at the end of the day, does anyone other than Amazon really matter?

Logitech now offers the easiest way to get Amazon’s Alexa in your car

Some car makers are experimenting with putting Alexa in their vehicles, making it possible for drivers to access Amazon’s voice assistance while driving, but Logitech has a new feature that make

Amazon fumbles earnings amidst high expectations

Mixed faces in Seattle today as Amazon delivered its Q4 2016 earnings. The e-commerce company reported lower than expected revenue of $43.74 with better than expected earnings per share of $1.54.

The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

The little talking speaker that could, Amazon’s Echo, is moving into the breakout phase of its success, according to data collected by analysts firm Slice Intelligence. The Echo is coming off a
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