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Amazon bolsters AWS with Cloud9 acquisition

Amazon bolsters AWS with Cloud9 acquisition

Amazon Web Services is looking to bulk up its development tools, with the reveal today that it has acquired Cloud9. For the uninitiated, Cloud9 is a service that allows developers to collaborate and code in real time. Developers from around the world can use Cloud9 to write code together in an integrated development environment (IDE), offering up a full, cloud-based Ubuntu workspace.

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Prime Day 2016 becomes Amazon’s biggest sales day ever

Prime Day 2016 becomes Amazon’s biggest sales day ever

Amazon held its second annual Prime Day event yesterday, and it looks like it was a smashing success for the online retailer. In a statement today, Amazon said that worldwide orders were up 60% over 2015's Prime Day, with orders in the US jumping an impressive 50%. The increase in orders helped turn Prime Day 2016 into the single biggest sales day in Amazon's history.

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Amazon Prime Day 2016 kicks off with deals on TVs to dog food

Amazon Prime Day 2016 kicks off with deals on TVs to dog food

Amazon Prime Day has officially returned, and even though the range of items getting a discount seems to be just as eclectic as last year, there are some big ticket items for Prime users to consider. The annual sale is exclusive to Amazon Prime members and will last today only, with Amazon attempting to challenge Black Friday for sale supremacy.

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Amazon’s Seattle spheres will have employee ‘treehouses’

Amazon’s Seattle spheres will have employee ‘treehouses’

You've probably seen Amazon's work-in-progress spherical Seattle biodomes by this point -- they're essentially large glass spheres with a somewhat angular frame, and at least per the renders that have been released, they'll be gorgeous to look at upon completion. The company plans to fill these domes with thousands of plant species, turning them into a veritable earthy paradise for its workers to chill in. Amongst those plants will multi-storey 'treehouses,' as well.

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Audible Channels launches with original podcasts and more

Audible Channels launches with original podcasts and more

Audible has launched a new on-demand service called Channels, something it is offering to Premium members for free and on its own for $4.95/month for everyone else. The service focuses on exclusive and original content -- it's basically a podcast service to complement Audible's long running audiobook service. Content is split up into channels based on category, such as “20 Minutes of Relaxation,” “Meow! For Cat Lovers,” “Front Row Comedy,” and more.

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Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Amazon's second Prime Day is quickly approaching, with the online retailer kicking off the massive sale on July 12. Those with an Alexa-enabled device can get in on the action a little early, however, as Amazon is offering $10 off your first order of $20 or more when you place it through Alexa. That promotion runs from today, July 8, through the end of Prime Day.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Amazon and Warner Bros deal gives Prime Video tons of new movies

Amazon and Warner Bros deal gives Prime Video tons of new movies

Amazon has scored an exclusive movie deal with Warner Bros that brings a slew of movies, including some well regarded ones, to the Prime Video platform. The deal makes 33 movies exclusive to Amazon Prime Video (as far as streaming goes, that is), the roster of which includes all of the Lethal Weapon and Matrix movies, Ocean’s Eleven, three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, and more.

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Amazon bookstore and cafe may launch in NYC by early 2019

Amazon bookstore and cafe may launch in NYC by early 2019

Amazon Books, a physical retail store in which Amazon sells physical books, currently exists on the west coast and may be making its way east in the next couple of years. According to a new report, Amazon is planning to launch a New York City store in either late 2018 or early 2019, offering paper books and a cafe like all the brick-and-motor bookstores it put out of business years ago.

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Lexa app puts Amazon’s Alexa on your Android device

Lexa app puts Amazon’s Alexa on your Android device

There’s a new app that puts Amazon Alexa in your pocket, and it’s called Lexa. Available for Android, the Lexa app uses Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service to let mobile users interact with Alexa and get a response…the same way they would with an Amazon Echo device. The company bids its app as a way for developers and manufacturers to play around with Alex and test it for their own products; anyone with an Android device can use it, though, making it a low-barrier way to use Amazon’s personal assistant.

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Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon is looking make ordering products a whole lot easier for folks who have both an Amazon Prime account and an Alexa-enabled device. Today the company announced that it will now let customers place orders for products that qualify for Prime shipping through Alexa. Previously, Alexa only allowed for users to reorder items they had purchased in the past or make orders using suggestions from Amazon's Choice.

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Walmart puts pressure on Amazon with ShippingPass expansion

Walmart puts pressure on Amazon with ShippingPass expansion

Walmart has thrown down the gauntlet in its battle with Amazon, announcing today that ShippingPass - Walmart's version of Amazon Prime, which offers free two-day shipping for online orders - is now available to all customers in the US. Previously, ShippingPass was available to a select number of customers, but Walmart has determined that there's enough benefit to rolling out the program on a nationwide scale.

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