The range of products and services sold on Amazon.com are expanding quickly as part of CEO Jeff Bezos' vision for the Internet retailer.
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March 31, 2011 When Amazon announced its cloud-based music service this week, becoming the first major company to offer a digital storage locker for music, it was the latest example of the online retail giant moving into products and services far beyond its roots.
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March 31, 2011 Google announced it will build its much-awaited fiber optic network in Kansas City, Kan. Cities across the United States vied for the selection, which should give Internet users lightning-fast speeds. Why Kansas and what's Google trying to say?
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March 30, 2011 A number of celebrities have taken to live-tweeting while their pre-taped shows air — including Survivor host Jeff Probst, Mark Cuban on ABC's "Shark Tank," and Anthony Bourdain on Travel Channel's "No Reservations." The audience that has already sprung up on Twitter to turn watching their favorite show into a communal event can now interact directly with one of the people they're tweeting about. It restores the value of watching TV programming live as it airs at a time when secondary options from Hulu to iTunes to DVRs are draining the value of commercials.
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Amazon may be the first major company to launch a cloud-based music service, but Apple and Google may not be far behind.
March 29, 2011 Amazon's new music service promises to enable consumers to store music remotely in the cloud and access it wherever they go. But technology and consumer sentiment may stand in the way of moving music, photos or digital files into the equivalent of a self-storage locker.
This could be you.
March 29, 2011 How it works, what it will cost you and the fight it will start between Amazon and record labels.
March 29, 2011 An EMT posted a picture of the corpse on Facebook. Now the family wants the social networking site to destroy all copies of the picture in its possession.
March 29, 2011 Amazon's service allows users to store music online and access it via any Internet-connected device.
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March 28, 2011 Nintendo is betting that its new 3DS hand-held gaming device will have broad appeal for those hoping to play 3-D games, watch movies and surf the Web on the go. But smartphones already fulfill a wide range of entertainment needs, and consumers have been slow to embrace 3-D TV.
March 28, 2011 Ever since the iPad 2 launch, American consumers have had trouble walking into a store to buy it. Every morning, Apple stores open early and potential customers wait outside. How long can these lines continue — and what's the holdup?
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March 28, 2011 Open source software called Ushahidi allows people to add and update information to maps that anyone with an Internet connection can access. In Tokyo, a crew of volunteers is using the software to map everything — from health services to the location of emergency aid workers — in Japan's hardest hit areas. Patrick Meier, director of the crisis mapping segment of Ushahidi, says that because of the robust Internet infrastructure in Japan and tech-savvy citizenry, online crisis mapping is being utilized to its fullest potential.
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In a Sept. 29, 2008 file photo then President Bush presents Paul Baran a 2007 National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
March 28, 2011 Baran was the inventor of packet switching, or the idea that a piece of information can be cut into pieces, sent through different passageways and be put together at the end.
March 28, 2011 Parents should make a habit of asking their children if they've been on the Internet today. They should should bone up on social media to narrow the gap that separates them from their tech-savvy kids.
The front cover for A Present for Milo, a top children's book app from Ruckus Media Group. This and other kids' books apps are redefining the way children are reading.
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March 28, 2011 With tablets and smartphones taking over the market, children's books have had to adapt. NPR's Lynn Neary takes on the new world of kids' publishing and how it is affecting the way our children read.
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The Amazon Kindle 3G reader, or, alternatively, a tablet.
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March 27, 2011 What if you could buy a tablet with a slightly smaller screen than the iPad for half the price or even less? Hackers have been turning e-book readers into tablets for cheap Internet on the go.
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