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UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

Bezos surpasses Gates as world’s richest ahead of Amazon results

A surge in Amazon.com shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer’s earnings report has propelled founder Jeff Bezos past Bill Gates as the world’s richest person.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens

Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them. The company said Wednesday that it’s looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S.


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa.


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 11:48 a.m.

Amazon social network seems a lot like Pinterest

Amazon is launching a new social network aimed at getting its hardcore users to spend even more money with the e-commerce giant.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Ready-to-cook meals from Amazon in bid to expand groceries

Amazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Congressman calls for hearings on Amazon’s Whole Foods bid

Congress should hold hearings to consider the potential effects of Amazon.com Inc.’s proposed purchase of Whole Food Markets, a Democratic lawmaker from Rhode Island said.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

Amazon’s Prime Day proves to be its biggest shopping day ever

The e-commerce giant didn’t disclose a figure but said purchases made by members of its Prime loyalty program, to whom the discount extravaganza is geared, were 60 percent higher than …


Amazon is still inflating discounts despite new name, Consumer Watchdog says

In a bid to promote its deals to consumers, Amazon.com Inc. started displaying current discounts compared to their historic price tags – a strategy that it calls the “was” price.


Dubai online retailer Souq.com says sale to Amazon completed

Dubai-based Souq.com, the Middle East’s biggest online retailer, says its sale to Amazon has been completed.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Nike to start selling sneakers through online giant Amazon

Nike said it will sell some of its sneakers through e-commerce giant Amazon, part of a plan to make its swoosh-branded products available in more places online.


Sports chains’ stock plummets amid Nike joining Amazon roster

Shares in several major sports chains hit 52-week lows on word that Nike may soon be selling its gear directly on Amazon.com.


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

Kroger takes $7 billion hit as Amazon deal compounds struggles

Kroger Co. was already in trouble last week – then Amazon said it would buy Whole Foods. The biggest U.S. supermarket chain – and the parent of the Northwest’s Fred …


Can Amazon persuade enough people to buy fresh food online?

If a $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods goes through, Amazon gets the advantage of using the stores as mini-distribution hubs to deliver items to customers. But online delivery of …


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 8:24 p.m.

Amazon-Whole Foods deal hammers grocery stores; Dow ticks up

It’s rare for a single deal to have a big effect on the broader stock market, but Amazon’s agreement to buy Whole Foods Market did. Investors wondered if Amazon will …


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market in deal valued at $13.7 billion

Online retail giant Amazon is making a bold expansion into physical stores with a $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods, setting the stage for radical retail experiments that could …


Brazil’s rollback of environmental rules a blow to Paris climate pact

Brazil is considering measures that would roll back environmental protections and make it difficult to meet its Paris climate accord targets – a signal it is stepping back from its …


Microsoft exec says company borrows Amazon philosophy as its cloud business grows

Scott Guthrie, who leads Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise unit, said Wednesday at a GeekWire technology conference outside Seattle that Microsoft in recent years has based more of its decision-making on …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

Amazon offers Prime discount to those on government benefits

The move seems aimed at extending Amazon’s reach well beyond the upper- and middle-class customers that underpin its business – right as the e-commerce giant intensifies its battle against a …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Federal Trade Commission rules Amazon must issue refunds

Amazon has started offering refunds to consumers for unauthorized in-app purchases made between November 2011 and May 2016, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. During that time, children spent more …


Settlement allows parents to get refunds for purchases children made on Amazon apps without permission

Parents whose children made Amazon purchases on mobile apps without their permission will begin getting their money back, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. And it turns out that money …


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

Amazon’s stock tops $1,000 for the first time

Amazon, the e-commerce giant that has changed how much of the world shops for books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone. Its stock topped $1,000 for the first …


Microsoft’s weapon in high-stakes cloud-computing battle with Amazon? Freebies

Microsoft has staked its future on the cloud, the range of on-demand computing power and software services bundled into Azure and other products. But Microsoft isn’t banking on snazzy marketing …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

Stream on Demand: Grown-up superhero drama ‘Logan’ and savvy horror film ‘Get Out’ now on VOD

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 6:59 p.m.

Amazon Wants You: Retail giant turns to military vets as it looks for management talent

Rick Nielsen, a former U.S. Navy captain, was just a few years ago at the helm of the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship designed to help Marines stake out …


Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

Amazon is offering a thinner and lighter version of its cheapest, 7-inch tablet, while shaving $10 off the price of an 8-inch model.


Amazon to create homeless shelter at Seattle headquarters

A Seattle nonprofit that converts unused buildings into temporary shelters for women, children and families who are homeless will have a permanent home at Amazon’s new headquarters building.


Stream on Demand: “La La Land” dances to VOD, Hulu launches “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Queen of Katwe” checks Netflix

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.


Review: ‘Lost City of Z’ is a riveting adventure

Though Fawcett’s story is known, it’s almost better if one embarks on this voyage with as little knowledge about him as possible, as Gray weaves this tale of Fawcett’s incredible …


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Bezos says artificial intelligence to fuel Amazon’s success

Amazon.com Inc. is embracing artificial intelligence to deliver goods more quickly, enhance its voice-activated Alexa assistant and create new tools sold to others through its cloud-computing division, Chief Executive Officer …


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

The expansion of Amazon.com’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 …