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Amazon launches Black Friday Deals Store, Prime Day users wary

Amazon launches Black Friday Deals Store, Prime Day users wary

Over the summer, Amazon created a lot of hype surrounding their newly-created shopping holiday, dubbed “Prime Day.” They promised “more deals than Black Friday.” Well, while it's possible that they might have been technically correct, shoppers didn't seem to think that there was anything worth celebrating. However, the real Black Friday is around the corner, and Amazon is changing up the game this year.

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Amazon unveils Call of Duty: Black Ops III midnight deliveries

Amazon unveils Call of Duty: Black Ops III midnight deliveries

Amazon has announced that Prime Now will be making certain special nighttime deliveries of the game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The service, obviously, will only be available to Amazon Prime Now members, but is an attractive option regardless, perhaps one of the most intriguing the company has announced in a while. Standing in line will no longer be necessary, at least in 20 U.S. metropolitan regions.

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White 6-inch Kindle now available in the UK

White 6-inch Kindle now available in the UK

The white 6-inch Amazon Kindle has been around in Japan and China for a while now, but was offered nowhere outside of those countries. In other parts of the world, we had only the black Kindle as an option. That has now changed with Amazon offering the white Kindle to buyers in the UK. Fans of the white color in the US and other countries are still stuck with the black version only.

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Amazon sued by drivers challenging contractor status

Amazon sued by drivers challenging contractor status

That didn't take long. Less than a month after calling for delivery drivers, Amazon's drivers have followed in the same footsteps as Uber and Lyft drivers, suing the company for benefits. The lawsuit is part of a much larger issue, one that is being dealt with by several companies: whether drivers like those making Amazon's deliveries and picking up Uber riders should be classified as employees or contracted workers.

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Amazon Echo can now give Yelp restaurant suggestions

Amazon Echo can now give Yelp restaurant suggestions

Alexa, the personificaiton of Amazon's Echo Bluetooth speaker, isn't exactly the most popular among the main virtual assistants. The product itself hasn't exactly been the most wanted thing in the market, with a niche purpose that mostly ties in with Amazon's core business of selling you stuff. But like Siri or Google Now, much of Alexa's functionality depends on the services that integrate with the platform. Luckily for owners of the Echo, Amazon has expanded its functionality to include Yelp recommendations for interesting local establishments.

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Fallout Beer may be the strangest Fallout 4 tie-in yet

Fallout Beer may be the strangest Fallout 4 tie-in yet

When you think of Fallout, there are a few things that come to mind. Pip-boys, super mutants, bottle caps, and of course, Nuka-cola. What you probably don't think of is beer. After all, the only stuff you can find in-game is pretty generic, and only gives you a meager boost to strength and charisma, while dropping your intelligence. In the real world, however, there's finally an alcoholic beverage worthy of a Wasteland wanderer.

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Amazon Prime Now 1-hour delivery comes to SF Bay Area, San Antonio

Amazon Prime Now 1-hour delivery comes to SF Bay Area, San Antonio

The future of local, on-demand delivery and shopping continues to spread across the US, as Amazon Prime Now has brought its one-hour delivery service to both the San Francisco Bay Area and San Antonio, Texas. Prime Now's service is available to those already subscribed to Amazon Prime and living in the cities where it's offered. Prime Now first launched in New York City last December, and since then has expanded to 17 cities coast-to-coast, including today's two additions.

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Amazon Prime Now brings restaurant delivery to Portland

Amazon Prime Now brings restaurant delivery to Portland

Last month we reported that Amazon had decided to venture into the world of food delivery – and I'm not just talking about groceries. If you happen to live in Seattle, you've been able to get food delivered from a variety of restaurants straight to your door, via Amazon's Prime Now mobile app. Today, the online giant has announced that they will be expanding this service to include Portland, Oregon.

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Amazon files lawsuit against hundreds of fake reviewers

Amazon files lawsuit against hundreds of fake reviewers

The discerning Amazon user knows what to keep an eye out for: non-verified reviewers who sing praises about a scarcely-known product, loads of 5-star reviews that are all suspiciously short and similar, and other similar activities. The Web is full of sites where shady sellers can pay for fake Amazon reviews, and while the Internet retailer has implemented steps to combat them, it has just taken things a step further.

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Amazon Prime Fresh moves to pay service, angers customers

Amazon Prime Fresh moves to pay service, angers customers

In most parts of the US, Amazon users aren't familiar with AmazonFresh because the service isn’t offered. AmazonFresh is a grocery delivery service that has been offered free in Seattle since 2007 before expanding to a few other cities over the last year. With AmazonFresh, orders over $50 were delivered to the buyer's door with no delivery fee.

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Triby connected speaker will offer Amazon’s Alexa

Triby connected speaker will offer Amazon’s Alexa

If you’re familiar with Amazon’s Echo speaker, you’ll also be familiar with its voice service, Alexa. Today, Amazon announced that Invoxia’s own connected speaker, Triby, will work with the Alexa voice service; this will make it the first third-party device with such support, likely paving the way for a larger lineup of similar gadgets. Triby itself is shaped somewhat like a basket, and is designed to stick to your fridge door.

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Amazon’s travel service Destinations has been shutdown

Amazon’s travel service Destinations has been shutdown

In late April of this year, Amazon introduced “Destinations”, a hotel booking site that had been rumored for several months before its launch. The site’s arrival came about without much fanfare, and apparently it hasn’t seen the sort of attention Amazon was aiming for. Yesterday, Amazon made the surprise announcement that it has shut down the service, the reasons for which weren’t stated.

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