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As Amazon grows, Jeff Bezos ponders how to stave off decay

The expansion of’s empire might seem unstoppable, as the company adds tens of billions in revenue to its top line and tens of thousands of employees to its payroll …

Fair tax collection includes online sales

Various bills to require online retailers to collect all the different sales taxes have stalled in Congress, despite bipartisan support.

Amazon acquires streaming rights for Thursday Night Football

Amazon’s new deal gives Prime Time football a whole new meaning.

UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Amazon tax deal to remain secret in Idaho

Amazon has begun collecting sales tax on internet purchases shipped to Idaho under an agreement reached with state officials earlier this year, but details surrounding the deal aren’t being disclosed.

UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

Amazon allows customers to add cash to their accounts at brick-and-mortar retailers is adding a new service that allows cash to be uploaded to an Amazon account at various brick-and-mortar retailers, which would make it easier for those outside of the …

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research receives largest donation

The Jeff Bezos family has strengthened its longstanding support of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center by giving it its largest gift ever: $35 million.

UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Amazon wants Cheerios, Oreos and other brands to bypass Wal-Mart

Amazon has invited some of the world’s biggest brands to its Seattle headquarters in an audacious bid to persuade them that it’s time to start shipping products directly to online … announces 10th fulfillment center in Texas Inc. has announced plans for a 10th fulfillment center in Texas.

Amazon buys with Middle East e-commerce set for takeoff has agreed to buy Dubai-based online retailer, betting that e-commerce in the Middle East is poised to take off.

Amazon tests grocery pickup service in Seattle

Amazon is testing a grocery pickup service in Seattle. The AmazonFresh Pickup service is currently open only to Amazon employees. Eventually, members of Amazon’s $99-a-year Prime loyalty program will be …

Amazon buys Mideast’s after $800 million counteroffer

Amazon purchased the Middle East’s biggest online retailer on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800 million counteroffer.

UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 2:17 p.m.

Inside Amazon’s battle to break into the $800 billion grocery market

After spending several months analyzing the online retailer’s grocery-shipping hubs back in 2014, that’s exactly how a mechanical engineering student described its approach to selling bananas.

Amazon planning third data complex near Hermiston

Amazon is proposing to build a third data complex west of Hermiston consisting of four data centers.

UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal

With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 …

Amazon says it’s open to pushing content through cable boxes Inc., the e-commerce giant that’s shaking up the entertainment industry, says it’s open to pursuing deals to stream content through cable operators’ set-top boxes, much like Netflix has done …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 5:21 p.m.

Amid boycott of Ivanka Trump-branded products, her perfume is a bestseller on Amazon

Ivanka Trump’s brand of clothing, shoes and accessories has been at the center of a tempest since her father was elected president. But on this past week, the brand …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

‘1984’ publisher orders new printing as sales soar

With “alternative facts” the latest catchphrase, George Orwell’s “1984” is No. 1 on and the publisher has ordered an additional 75,000 copies.

Washington tries to fix paid leave law dormant since 2007

A decade ago, Washington state created a paid family leave program that required many employers to offer five weeks of paid time off for new parents. But the law that …

Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 3:01 p.m.

Amazon to create more than 100,000 new jobs in U.S. in 18 months plans to create more than 100,000 new full-time jobs with benefits in the U.S. in the next 18 months.

Amazon’s latest idea is a flying warehouse that will deliver your stuff by drone

Amazon is exploring the use of giant airships to serve as mobile, flying warehouses that could help the online retail giant deliver more of its goods by drone.

Amazon reports best holiday yet with record orders for Echo said it had its best holiday season yet, having shipped more than 1 billion items through its Prime and Fulfillment services, and receiving a record number of orders for …

Amazon getting bigger slice of holiday online spending pie, data suggest has seen its already dominant share of online shopping rise in the walk-up to the holidays, says e-commerce consultancy Slice Intelligence.

Online retailers like Amazon driving record holiday deliveries

Parcel delivery services expect to deliver a record number of packages this holiday season as and other e-commerce players are busier than ever. And so far, an expert says, …

Pilots who fly Amazon planes suggest company may not deliver

Union pilots who fly products for are taking concerns about pay, working conditions and staffing shortages directly to online shoppers with a digital marketing blitz that suggests the internet …

With shipping industry poised for massive upheaval, can FedEx weather the storm?

Between 10 and 11:30 p.m., as most of this city is winding down for the night, the FedEx Express World Hub is revving up for its busiest hours of the …

Amazon makes its first drone delivery to a real customer has long talked about its ambitions for using drones to deliver small parcels to its legions of customers. Now, it appears the e-commerce giant is one step closer to …

Google opens its digital assistant to developers in race against Amazon’s Alexa

Two months after rolling out its digital assistant, Google is opening its doors to outside developers to help the company chase rivals, particularly, in a critical technology race.

Buffett’s shrinking Wal-Mart stake signals Amazon holiday threat

When Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Vice Chairman Charles Munger lamented the mistakes made in the company’s first 50 years under Warren Buffett, he cited the failure to buy Wal-Mart Stores stock …

Amazon unveils ‘self-driving’ brick-and-mortar convenience store

Call it’s driverless store. The tech giant has built a convenience store in downtown Seattle that deploys a gaggle of technologies similar to those used in self-driving cars to …