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Business
2:45 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Forecast for the Puget Sound regional economy: Pretty sunny

787 production at the Everett Boeing plant is helping lift the Puget Sound region's economy
Ashley Gross KPLU

The national economy will continue to climb out of the recession this year, and the Puget Sound region is forecast to do even better. That’s the word from an economic forecast conference in Seattle. 

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Business
3:45 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Blind protesters march at Amazon over Kindle accessibility

Ashley Gross KPLU

Dozens of visually impaired people with white canes and guide dogs protested outside Amazon.com’s headquarters in Seattle today. They say Amazon’s Kindle e-readers aren’t fully accessible to the blind

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Business
8:54 am
Wed December 12, 2012

National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com

Blind people say Amazon's Kindle devices and apps lack functions that they need
thekellyscope

Update: An Amazon.com spokeswoman did return my call after this story aired, but declined to comment.

Blind people – including former New York Governor David Paterson – are planning to protest at Amazon.com today. They want the company to make its Kindle device and apps more accessible to the visually impaired, especially kids as e-readers start to be used in schools. 

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The Digital Future
5:08 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mark Anderson's 2012 technology predictions in review

Mark predicted 2012 would be a great year for Amazon.
Neff Conner (nffcnnr) flickr.com

It's been nearly a year since Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson unveiled his predictions for 2012. Although the year's not over yet, it looks like things are going the way Mark said they would.

Mark and KPLU's Dave Meyer review the predictions on this month's edition of The Digital Future.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Would Microsoft or Amazon.com buy Netflix? Doubtful, analyst says

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he wants to keep his company independent
JD Lasica

Amazon.com and Microsoft are two of the cash-rich companies that investors speculate may be interested in buying Netflix. But would either of them want to? One analyst says he doubts it.

Activist investor Carl Icahn kicked up the takeover speculation last month when he disclosed that he’s bought 10 percent of Netflix. He says Netflix is too small on its own and needs to be bought by a bigger company – like Amazon, Microsoft or Google.

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Business
10:46 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Is Amazon.com taking over the world?

soumit

Amazon.com recently gobbled up more than $1 billion dollars’ worth of real estate in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The company is growing like crazy – we’ll hear on Thursday how fast quarterly sales and profit are growing. 

It’s spread way beyond retailing – the latest is that Amazon is functioning like a bank – lending money to its third-party merchants. It's just one of the many ways in which Amazon is flexing its muscles. 

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Business
5:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Amazon trying out lockers for delivering your purchases

If you place an order with Amazon in Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C., or London, the lockers will show up as a shipping option.
Matt Jones Flickr

If you’ve bought something recently on Amazon.com, you may have noticed it’s testing a new way to deliver packages. The Internet retailer has quietly installed non-descript lockers where you can pick up an order, rather than having it sent to a personal address.

The pilot program is available in four cities including Seattle.

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election 2012
11:41 am
Tue August 21, 2012

More 'red' books (conservative) bought than 'blue,' Amazon reports

Screen grab from Amazon's page showing the sales of "red" books verses the sale of "blue" books.

Based on book sales, Republicans are dominating Democrats in most of the country (including Washington state), according to a new “election heat map” created by book retailer Amazon.com.

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Business
5:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Why Amazon might make a smartphone

Neerav Bhatt

There’s been growing speculation lately that Amazon has a smartphone in the works. But why?

It’s a crowded market out there in smartphone land. There’s a whole bunch of phones based on Google’s Android software, there’s the Microsoft Windows phone, and of course, Apple’s iPhone.

Also, a small sampling of people on a downtown Seattle street didn't show a whole lot of interest in an Amazon phone.

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Business
9:06 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Amazon.com helps sponsor Lake Union fireworks, blunting criticism

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Amazon.com says it’s helping sponsor the fireworks display at Seattle’s Lake Union. It’s a first for the company, which drew criticism in a Seattle Times article for a lack of philanthropy around the city.

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Amazon
5:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Warehouse workers protest at Amazon corporate offices

Former Amazon warehouse worker, Karen Salasky, addresses protesters at Amazon headquarters.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Amazon will be having its annual shareholder meeting in Seattle on May 24 and Seattle area unions are gearing up. Today, they staged a protest in the plaza below Amazon's new headquarters buildings in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

It was something of a forerunner to a rally planned for the upcoming meeting.  Several union activists carried signs that read,

"Hello, Amazon, see you on May 24."

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Guest post from Geekwire
11:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Science fiction writers battle Amazon.com in pricing dispute

The beginning of a troubled relationship? Amazon and science fiction writers struggle over terms.
James Vaughan KPLU

By John Cook of Geekwire

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos traces his love of books back to some of the classics of science fiction. But now one of the leading author organizations in the genre is taking up arms against the Seattle online bookseller.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America — which hosts the prestigious Nebula Awards – announced on its Web site today that it is redirecting links to other booksellers including indiebound.orgPowell’s, and Barnes and Noble.

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Business
9:45 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Amazon buys office tower space in downtown Seattle

A downtown Seattle property owner says Amazon.com has agreed to buy three blocks where it could build three office towers.

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Other News
4:31 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Actress who sued Amazon over age reveals herself - Junie Hoang

An anonymous actress who sued Amazon.com and its Internet Movie Database for revealing her age has revealed her identity.

It's Huong Hoang of Texas, who may be better known by her stage name, Junie Hoang.

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The Digital Future
4:00 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Technology predictions for 2012

Amazon's first website, circa 1994. 2012 should be a great year for the Seattle-based company.
Amazon.com

2012 will be a big year for TV, voice recognition and Amazon.com.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson has issued his list of top 10 technology predictions for 2012.  He shares some of the highlights on The Digital Future with KPLU's Dave Meyer. 

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