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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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ASUS ZenFone 2 coming to USA unlocked for $199

ASUS ZenFone 2 coming to USA unlocked for $199

Pricing on the USA version of the ASUS ZenFone 2 is revealed in an set of unlocked editions coming exclusively to Amazon. No carriers have been named thus far - the phone (large version and small version) will be coming to Amazon unlocked, available for users to add a SIM card to depending on the carrier they're already signed up with. Or want to switch to. The larger phone will compete with the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note series with a display size of 5.5-inches.

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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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Google tipped to show “Buy” buttons in mobile search results

Google tipped to show “Buy” buttons in mobile search results

This latest insider info will surely ruffle Amazon's and eBay's furthers. Sources familiar with the matter claim that Google will be slowly rolling out a new feature on its mobile search results that will show a "Shop on Google" for sponsored search results, which will take users to a new page to make tweak the order and make a purchase. This dangerously encroaches on the territory of the two largest e-tailers but it could also sour Google's relationships with other retailers already paying Google for some prime spots on its search results.

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Amazon Echo is finally becoming your shopping assistant

Amazon Echo is finally becoming your shopping assistant

Back when Amazon launched its Echo, a digital personal assistant squeezed inside a cylindrical speaker, the obvious question was "why can't I shop?" Now, roughly six months into its slowly-staged roll out, Echo is finally getting the ability to do voice-controlled shopping, with a new firmware update pushed out today adding support for re-ordering items you've previously purchased, all using nothing more than spoken commands.

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Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Amazon Prime is enticing to some because of the discounts it offers on shipping, including a free option for those who spring for the $99/year subscription plan. Wal-Mart, it would seem, has felt the crunch because of this and will be challenging it. The company recently announced it will be offering a new unlimited shipping option for those who shop online, doing so with a flat-rate price of $50 per year. With this, the products will take up to three days to arrive, just a touch longer than Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping.

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Amazon Studios gives thumbs up to 6 kids shows

Amazon Studios gives thumbs up to 6 kids shows

Amazon Studios has given the thumbs up to half a dozen pilot episodes for children's shows, potentially boosting its programming for kids -- a category its biggest competitors have also been moving to fill. Children's programming is an important aspect of any video streaming service considering how large the potential viewer base is, yet until the relatively recent past many services have paid little attention to the category. This follows in step with efforts on both Hulu and Netflix's part to increase programming for kids.

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Amazon patent details how drones will find you, talk to each other

Amazon patent details how drones will find you, talk to each other

Like all government agencies, the FAA moves slowly. Drones move quickly, and Amazon wants to strap packages to them for delivery. The well-documented issues pit the pragmatic FAA against the anxious Amazon brass; Amazon wants drones delivering packages yesterday, and the FAA is in no rush to decide how and when drones can be used for commercial use. Most recently, the FAA agreed to reconsider their ‘line of sight’ mandate for flying drones; great news for Amazon. Undeterred, or buoyed by the promise of FAA regulations going their way, Amazon is filing new patents for drone deliveries.

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