Amazon recently premiered its new dramedy Transparent. The massive retailer is banking on its original TV content to rope in new customers.
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September 27, 2014 The company has a history of mediocre self-produced programming, but now it's putting more money and talent into its movies and TV shows. It's betting that better shows will lead to more online sales.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Amazon Fire phone June 18 in Seattle.
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September 11, 2014 While Apple unveils a futuristic new smart watch, Amazon slashes prices on its smartphone for shoppers. Both companies are searching for the innovation sweet spot in mobile.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to sell all e-books for $9.99, while the publisher Hachette wants to vary the prices.
September 4, 2014 Amazon's position is that "instead of selling 100,000 copies at $14.95, you would sell 200,000 copies, let's say, at $8.99 or $9.99," says industry analyst Tim Bajarin.
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Nancy Becker, an Amazon employee in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, speaks at a protest rally outside the company's headquarters in Seattle in December.
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September 1, 2014 Amazon has thousands of workers in Germany and many are unhappy that they're classified as lower-paid logistics workers. The company says they're well compensated for unskilled labor.
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Uber's going the distance to try and crowd out its competition, like Lyft and its signature mustached vehicles.
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August 30, 2014 Also in this week's roundup, Amazon's $1 billion purchase surprises some tech watchers. Yet we're most excited about finding a way to avoid physical exertion at lunch.
Kelly Kelley, who goes by the gaming pseudonym MrsViolence, streams her play nightly for her many fans to watch.
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August 25, 2014 Twitch broadcasts gamers to huge audiences around the world, and it boasts big potential when it comes to advertising dollars. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calls watching gameplay "a global phenomenon."
August 18, 2014 Also: the virtues of Fanny Price; notable books coming out this week.
This undated file photo shows writer George Orwell, author of 1984. The literary executor of Orwell's estate is accusing Amazon.com of quoting Orwell out of context.
August 15, 2014 Also: J.D. Salinger's house is for sale; Lois Lowry says dystopian fiction is "passé."
Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bezos is seen here, has launched a new store and staffed pickup center with Purdue University.
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August 14, 2014 Also: X-Files star Gillian Anderson is writing a book; a new poem by Graham Hillard.
A quote from George Orwell escalates the dispute between online retailer Amazon and publisher Hachette.
August 11, 2014 Also, an interview with Ursula Le Guin; notable books coming out this week.
The cover of Michael Bunker's self published book Pennsylvania Omnibus.
July 25, 2014 Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now many independent authors, both well-known and relatively unknown, say they're making good money without a publishing house.
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July 18, 2014 Kindle Unlimited will give readers access to over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. The service was short on newer releases when it launched Friday.
July 3, 2014 Bestsellers published by traditional means accused Amazon of "unfair pricing." Self-published authors penned a stinging critique of traditional publishing.
Visitors walk through the Hachette Book Group's exhibition in May at BookExpo America, the annual industry convention in New York.
June 25, 2014 Also: Lena Dunham on discovering Alice Munro; Yiddish linguistics.
Brazilian chef Alex Atala, whose restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked among the top 10 in the world, was named one of the most influential people by Time magazine this year.
January 6, 2014 Alex Atala's Sao Paulo restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked among the top 10 restaurants in the world. His cuisines, which showcases irridescent insects, delicate jungle herbs and other ingredients from the Amazon, is pushing the frontiers of gastronomy.
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