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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.


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 8:38 a.m.

Trump convenes task force to study U.S. Postal Service

After weeks of railing against online shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a task force to study the United States Postal Service.


Amazon will open Spheres to public twice a month

Amazon is opening its Spheres a bit wider to the public.


Gov. Inslee sticks up for Amazon as Trump tweets continue

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday took to Twitter, President Donald Trump’s preferred medium, to stick up for Amazon after the president’s latest online critique of the Seattle company.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

How you’re tracked online – and what you can do about it

Though Facebook gets the attention because of a recent privacy gaffe, the social network is far from alone in collecting massive amounts of data on you to help marketers sell …


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

Trump goes after Amazon – again – over postal delivery

President Donald Trump is again attacking online retailer Amazon.com, calling its business deal with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages a money-losing agreement that hurts U.S. taxpayers. Federal regulators, …


Amazon shares slump after report that Trump seeking ways to go after company

For more than two years, President Donald Trump has lashed out at Amazon, its founder Jeff Bezos, and the Bezos-owned Washington Post.


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

President Trump goes after a favorite target – Amazon

President Donald Trump took another shot at Amazon.com Thursday, tweeting that the online retailer pays “little or no taxes” and that it uses the U.S. Postal Service as a “Delivery …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Amazon issued patent for delivery drones that can react to screaming, flailing arms

Amazon.com has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures.


Amazon working on a fix for Alexa speakers that laugh at random

In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon.com’s Alexa voice-based digital assistant have reported hearing strange laughing noises at random.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

On Medicaid? Amazon offers recipients a Prime discount

Amazon on Wednesday opened its $5.99-a-month discounted Prime membership to people on Medicaid, giving Amazon an even bigger pool of potential shoppers who may otherwise have been unable to pay …


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos becomes first $100B mogul on Forbes list

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has become the first person to amass a fortune surpassing $100 billion in Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the world’s moguls.


Amazon to buy Ring, maker of Wi-Fi-connected doorbells

Amazon is expanding its home-security business by buying Ring, which makes Wi-Fi-connected cameras and doorbells.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 4:05 p.m.

Stores make push in scan-and-go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide sales case

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides. It’s one of the largest penalties assessed under federal pesticides …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Amazon’s market value tops Microsoft for first time, ranking it third in world

In Amazon’s latest conquest, the company has toppled Microsoft to become the third most valuable company in the world.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 3:12 p.m.

Amazon laying off corporate employees in rare cutback

Amazon is laying off hundreds of corporate employees, a rare cutback for a company that has spent most of the last few years in a frantic growth spurt.


Shipping shakeup? Amazon may deliver some of its own orders

Amazon’s next move may be to shake up the shipping industry.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

UPS, FedEx shares fall on report Amazon readying delivery service

Shares of FedEx and UPS slipped following a media report that Amazon.com is readying its own air delivery service, meaning not only that the companies may see diminished business from …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

Kale to go: Amazon to roll out delivery at Whole Foods

The online retail giant plans to roll out two-hour delivery at the organic grocer this year to those who pay for Amazon’s $99-a-year Prime membership. Amazon.com Inc. said deliveries started …


Couple inundated with mystery packages wants it to stop

A Massachusetts couple says it was fun at first when they started receiving free mystery packages from Amazon that they hadn’t ordered.


Amazon to pay France $250 million in back taxes

PARIS – Online retailer Amazon has reached a deal with French authorities to pay about $250 million in back taxes. Amazon was asked in 2012 to pay the amount over …


Froma Harrop: Big Pharma may own Washington, but it doesn’t own Amazon

President Trump offered few words about health care in his State of the Union address. He did mention drug prices, though. “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

Former Spokane TV anchor gets split-second appearance in Super Bowl ad

Spokanites who regularly tune in to local TV news may get a jolt of deja vu this Super Bowl Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan tackle U.S. health care ‘tapeworm’

Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Amazon to debut cashierless store in downtown Seattle

More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday.


Pullman community leaders stand with DACA

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories President Edmund Schweitzer III’s signature appeared along with those of many other influential business owners – including Apple and Amazon CEOs Tim Cook and Mark Bezos – …


Big tech companies, lawmakers support Microsoft in Supreme Court case

Nearly 300 companies, groups and individuals filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court this week in support of Microsoft in a case that has far-reaching implications for digital privacy across …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

Pope to indigenous: Amazon is ‘heart of the church’

Pope Francis traveled deep into the Amazon rainforest Friday demanding an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold and recognition of its indigenous peoples as the …


Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday.