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Amazon unveils nearly hands-free streaming TV device

Alexa for couch potatoes is coming: Amazon’s new streaming TV device will let users shout out when they want to turn on the TV, flip channels or search for sitcoms …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Amazon invites Alexa into the living room with Fire TV Cube streaming box

Amazon is placing Alexa at the center of the living room with a new video streaming box that aims to replace remotes with voice commands.


Walmart sues its former head of tax for jumping to Amazon

Walmart sued its former chief tax officer for violating her employment agreement by defecting to online rival Amazon.com, the latest broadside in the slugfest between the two retail giants.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 8 p.m.

Amazon’s TV deal with Jordan Peele among the highest-profile to date for streaming service

Amazon says it has signed a first-look deal with Jordan Peele and his production company Monkeypaw Productions, giving the writer-director of last year’s horror hit “Get Out” a home to …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

Massive Spokane distribution center called ‘Project Rose’ smells a lot like Amazon

The primary structure would have a footprint of 639,000 square feet, but the four-story building would encompass more than 2.5 million square feet, According to information filed with the state.


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Amazon shareholder, former Spokane environmentalist urges Bezos to take an interest in Columbia River Treaty talks

The Columbia River Treaty got a mention at Amazon’s annual meeting. Former Spokane environmentalist John Osborn urged Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to take an interest in treaty negotiations at Wednesday’s …


Motley Fool: A river of profits

With significant and accelerating growth drivers, Amazon.com is well worth considering as a long-term investment.


Amazon’s finance ambitions are said to draw attention from Fed

U.S. banks are keeping a watchful eye on the ambitions of Amazon.com and other technology giants to break into the world of finance. So is the Federal Reserve.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Amazon, Starbucks pledge $25,000 each to campaign for referendum on Seattle head tax

Amazon and Starbucks are among companies that have promised to cut large checks to a campaign collecting signatures for a referendum on Seattle’s head tax.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Seattle approves business tax for homelessness

The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness.


Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a proposal to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Seattle ‘head tax’ proposal advances to vote Monday

A proposal to tax large businesses in Seattle to pay for housing and homeless services has cleared a council committee and now heads to the council for a vote Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Postal Service: More financial loss as mail delivery slumps

The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss on Friday after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

Tech leaders seek more focus on AI at White House summit

Top U.S. tech executives and researchers are planning to press the Trump administration to invest in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs.


Buy tires on Amazon, install them at Sears

Shoppers will be able to buy any brand of tires on Amazon.com, have them shipped to a Sears Auto Center and then bring in their car to get them installed.


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 7:21 p.m.

Not just an ‘Amazon tax’: Some Seattle businesses join head-tax fight

Dozens of Seattle businesses not named Amazon are calling for the city to abandon its proposed head tax, which would raise money for affordable housing and homelessness services.


White House will host Amazon, Facebook, Ford and other major companies for summit on AI

The White House on Thursday plans to convene executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel and 34 other major U.S. companies as it seeks to supercharge the deployment of powerful robots, …


HQ2 cities listen up: Amazon flexing its political muscle sends a message not just to Seattle

The e-commerce titan and Seattle’s biggest single property-tax payer is on a collision course with a majority of the City Council over the proposed head tax. Amazon has played hardball …


Amazon halts Seattle construction project ahead of tax vote

Amazon says it has halted construction planning on a high-rise building in Seattle while it awaits the outcome of a city proposal to tax worker hours.


Amazon introduces kids book program for Prime members

After years spent getting people comfortable ordering books online, Amazon is trying out just delivering them to customers automatically.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 11 p.m.

Seattle arrests 1 in largely peaceful PNW May Day marches

Police in Seattle made one arrest in what were largely peaceful demonstrations on May Day in the Pacific Northwest.


Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to Boston office

Amazon plans to add 2,000 workers to its research and development office in Boston, the company announced Tuesday, confirming reports that the retailer would move into a new waterfront complex …


Leader of German governing party backs Amazon protest

The new leader of one of Germany’s governing parties said she supports a protest against working conditions at Amazon during CEO Jeff Bezos’ visit to Berlin on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Get Into My Car … Amazon begins delivery to vehicles

Amazon’s latest perk … free delivery to your car.


UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Amazon said to be working on home robots

The retail and cloud computing giant has embarked on an ambitious, top-secret plan to build a domestic robot, according to people familiar with the plans.


The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’ support for gay rights

Although the company’s search materials don’t make it explicit, Amazon has quietly made rights for and acceptance of gay and transgender people part of its criteria in choosing a second …


Amazon worker’s median pay in 2017: $28,446

SEATTLE – Amazon says its median employee pay was $28,446 last year. That data, disclosed Wednesday in Amazon’s annual proxy report, is a reminder that while the technologists, business managers …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Amazon partners with Best Buy on smart TVs, a ‘win-win’

Best Buy already sells the Amazon Kindle and other gadgets, but the deal announced Wednesday makes the electronics retailer the only place where you can walk in and buy a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 2:55 p.m.

Amazon cuts a deal with Best Buy, broadens global reach

Amazon is expanding its dominance globally by giving overseas customers access to more than 45 million items via its app.