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Amazon celebrates 20th birthday with ‘Prime Day’ sale to rival Black Friday

Amazon celebrates 20th birthday with ‘Prime Day’ sale to rival Black Friday

This coming July 15th, Amazon is celebrating its 20th birthday with a huge global sales event its calling "Prime Day." The e-commerce giant is touting that they will have more deals throughout the day than they do on Black Friday, the shopping extravaganza that takes place every year in the US in November on the Friday after Thanksgiving. There are a few conditions that need to be met in order to take advantage of the sale. Namely, users need to be Prime subscribers.

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Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

This morning we're having a peek at Apple Music in the wild for the first time. While we've gotten an opportunity to use the service earlier this year at Apple's developer conference WWDC, this is the first we're getting to use the service just like everybody else. Our first question is undoubtedly yours, as well: does it make sense for me to give up the streaming music service I already use to start subscribing to Apple Music instead? Deciding whether or not to use the music service built-in to your device as made by its creator is a decision most high-end smartphone users have to make at some point in their lives - why not now?

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Amazon Prime Now launches in London bringing 1hr delivery

Amazon Prime Now launches in London bringing 1hr delivery

In some larger cities in the US Amazon has been offering a service called Prime Now that lets buyers get some items delivered to their location in only an hour. Amazon is rolling Prime Now out to locations outside the US with London being the first place to gain access. For now, only certain postcodes in London are covered by Prime Now's one-hour shipping offer.

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Amazon to have select Prime items shipped from merchants

Amazon to have select Prime items shipped from merchants

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you may find many more items eligible for the service's free two-day shipping option in the near future. That's because the internet retailing giant is testing a program that has Prime items shipped directly from the independent merchants selling who sell them. Normally, only items sold directly by Amazon, or merchants' items that are stored in Amazon's warehouses, are eligible for the Prime two-day shipping option. This change benefit both customers and sellers.

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Amazon offering free shipping on small, light weight items

Amazon offering free shipping on small, light weight items

Following last week's updates to shipping services for Prime subscribers, internet giant Amazon has just announced a free shipping option for regular customers. Dubbed "Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light," small items priced $10 and below, and weighing no more than 8 ounces (230 grams), will ship for free within the U.S. There are a few more criteria orders need to meet, and items won't be arriving in two days or less, but it's an option available for all customers, Prime subscriber or not.

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Amazon tipped in plan for self-branded grocery items

Amazon tipped in plan for self-branded grocery items

Are you ready to have a jug of milk in your fridge with an Amazon logo on it? How about the cereal in your cupboard and the jars of baby food? According to sources that have cropped up, such will be possible in the future, with the retail giant looking to roll out an own-branded line of food and grocery items. Think of it like a store brand, only that store brand is an Amazon brand — a generic product, in a sense, only one likely to be found on Prime subscriber’s shelves.

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Amazon Prime makes same-day delivery free in 14 cities

Amazon Prime makes same-day delivery free in 14 cities

It seems Amazon is continuing its push to improve delivery service in the face of rivals trying to challenge the internet shopping giant. The company just announced that it is making its same-day delivery option free for select Prime subscribers, doing away with the previous $5.99 fee. Amazon says orders will need to be over $35 and placed before noon on the day of delivery. The other limitations include that the service is only available in 14 metropolitan areas, and on roughly one million products.

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eBay considering loyalty subscription service to rival Amazon Prime

eBay considering loyalty subscription service to rival Amazon Prime

Ever since Amazon first launched its Prime subscription service it is has grown in popularity, starting out as unlimited quick delivery and expanding into the media content we see today. Well, eBay is looking into a similar subscription-based loyalty plan, taking on Amazon in the fast, free shipping area. Called eBay+, the company is already testing the service on a limited basis in parts of Germany, with plans to launch nation-wide by the end of the year. eBay buyers who become subscribers pay a yearly fee in exchange for free shipping and returns on all items they purchase.

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Amazon’s Prime Now to deliver items from local stores in Manhattan

Amazon’s Prime Now to deliver items from local stores in Manhattan

Amazon took a big step today in not only competing with just about every online retailer on the web, but also local merchants in the Manhattan, New York area. The company has announced that its Prime Now service will now also deliver goods from local shops and grocery stores to people living in select Manhattan zip codes. This is offered in combination with the service offering one-hour delivery times of items purchased from Amazon's own online store.

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Netflix is killing Reality TV

Netflix is killing Reality TV

Reality TV shows and "unscripted" shows are on their way out, so says the chief content officer at Netflix. Speaking at an investor conference this past week, Netflix' chief content officer Ted Sarandos suggested that "the kind of disposable nature of reality, basically doesn't have much of a long shelf life. It hasn't been a great category for us." As the reality television show dies, so re-rises the scripted show and Netflix Originals series like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and House of Cards.

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