The Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office, vaulted into the top 10 of Amazon's best-selling electronics this year. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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How Did We Do On 2015 Tech Predictions? 'Still Waiting'

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The ads for The Man In The High Castle were pulled from the New York subway. Part of the advertisement covered seats in a design that evoked Japan's rising sun flag. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Ivo Cassol is a prominent Brazilian senator from the western state of Rondonia in the Amazon. He made his fortune in timber and cattle ranching. Environmentalists say these activities are responsible for much of the deforestation in the rain forest. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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The Amazon, As It Looks To A Man Who Made His Fortune There

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A joint raid with IBAMA, ICMBIO, Rondonia Police and the Ministry of Defense went to the Jacunda National Forest to track illegal loggers and collect contraband lumber. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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The Claims Are Rosy, But Brazil's Rain Forest Is Still Disappearing

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In the 1970s, the Brazilian government declared the Amazon open for settlement. Rondonia became like Oklahoma during the land rush. The poor and dispossessed of other Brazilian states were encouraged to move in. Quickly, trees gave way to farms and cattle ranches. Deforestation in this part of Brazil now happens in quick phases, where the land is cleared, burned, and readied for cattle to graze. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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In The Amazon's Fire Season, 'You Either Burn Or You Starve'

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Elizeu Berçacola surveys the scene after he and his fellow rubber tappers set afire one of three illegal logging camps. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Deep In The Amazon, An Unseen Battle Over The Most Valuable Trees

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Yelp users, who flock to the platform known for its reviews and recommendations, should be on the lookout for astroturfing — the creation of fake reviews to make a business look more popular. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Don't Necessarily Judge Your Next E-Book By Its Online Review

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Valerie Nethery's LilyEmme Jewelry is among the first artisanal stores to be featured on Handmade, Amazon's new marketplace. LilyEmme Jewelry hide caption

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Amazon Takes Aim At Etsy With A New Craft Site, Handmade

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A person plays Candy Crush Saga on his tablet in Lille, northern France. This year, mobile games revenues are expected to fly past console games and hit more than $30 billion worldwide. Philippe Hugen /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Apple TV, App Makers Try To Move Casual Gamers To Bigger Screen

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Peer reviews can be helpful for a company, but they can also prove problematic. akindo/iStockphoto hide caption

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Peer Review Feedback: The Good, The Bad, The Really Ugly

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Amazon's New Slate Of Shows Is Ambitious; Its Publicity Game Should Be Too

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Fibers from the fique plant, dyed with natural pigments by artist Susana Mejia, are part of the Waterweavers exhibit. In the photo above, the fibers hang to dry in the Amazon jungle. Jorge Montoya hide caption

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Kindle e-readers were piled high at an Amazon Fulfillment Center. The central focus of the nascent European probe will be Amazon's e-book agreements with publishers. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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