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Don’t trust the list prices on Amazon, Consumer Watchdog says

March 20, 2017 |

After a barrage of lawsuits directed at the online shopping industry, it appeared Amazon Inc. was starting to phase out list pricing, a controversial practice accused of deceptively inflating how much consumers save through the e-commerce giant.

But a study commissioned by Consumer Watchdog finds…


L.A. Times – Business

Amazon Employee Nearly Kills Internet With Typo

March 3, 2017 |

The internet came crashing down Tuesday due to a single typo made by an Amazon employee in Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to CNN , the employee was trying to fix a problem with the S3 billing system. S3 is part of Amazon Web Services, which hosts hundreds of…
Newser

Amazon Defends Alexa’s 1st Amendment Rights in Murder Case

February 25, 2017 |

Does Alexa have First Amendment rights? That’s one of the questions at the heart of a legal battle between Amazon and Arkansas police. Victor Collins was found dead in James Bates’ hot tub back in 2015, and Bates has been charged in his friend’s murder. Believing an Amazon Echo found…
Newser

Wal-Mart’s online sales jump 29% as it works to make inroads against Amazon

February 22, 2017 |

The nation’s largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its online sales soared 29% in its fiscal fourth quarter, which covers the crucial holiday shopping season. That’s…


L.A. Times – Business

Amazon Wants to Be Its Own Deliveryman

February 3, 2017 |

Amazon isn’t content just being the “everything store.” Increasingly, it looks like it wants to be its own deliveryman, too. The company’s announcement this week of a new air cargo hub in Kentucky is merely its latest foray into building out its own shipping and logistics unit, the AP reports….
Newser

Amazon Expands Into Ocean Freight

January 26, 2017 |

Amazon.com has begun handling shipment of goods by ocean, taking on a role it previously left to global freight-transportation companies and marking the retailer’s latest move to build out its delivery business.
WSJ.com: US Business

Can Alexa help solve a murder case? Police think so, but Amazon won’t give up the data

January 1, 2017 |

When police responded to a home in Bentonville, Ark., one Sunday morning in November 2015, they discovered Victor Collins’ dead body in the backyard. Police records describe a grim scene: Collins’ body was floating face up in a hot tub, his left eye and lips dark and swollen.

The resident who had…


L.A. Times – Business

Run-DMC sues Wal-Mart, Amazon and others for $50 million

December 30, 2016 |

The rap group Run-DMC filed a $ 50-million lawsuit in New York accusing Wal-Mart, Amazon, Jet and other retailers of selling products that traded on the group’s name without permission. 

A founder of the group and owner of the Run-DMC brand, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, was listed as the plaintiff in…


L.A. Times – Business

Amazon May or May Not Be Building a Floating Warehouse

December 30, 2016 |

Amazon has received a patent for what one tech analyst calls the “Death Star of e-commerce”: a floating warehouse hovering more than 8 miles above the ground and “spitting out delivery drones.” ( Editor’s note: To set the appropriate mood, please listen to this while reading the rest of the…
Newser

Run-DMC Sues Amazon and Walmart for $50M

December 30, 2016 |

You know what they say about trademark law: It’s tricky, tricky, tricky. Reuters reports Run-DMC founder Darryl “DMC” McDaniels filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York seeking at least $ 50 million from Amazon, Walmart, and a number of other retailers. The lawsuit accuses the retailers of infringing on the Run-DMC…
Newser