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Amazon Echo to be sold at over 3,000 US retail stores

Amazon Echo to be sold at over 3,000 US retail stores

With Black Friday quickly approaching in the US, and thus the onslaught of the holiday shopping season, Amazon has just announced that its Echo, the internet-connected speaker and digital assistant, is making a formal move from the online marketplace to the physical retail environment. Amazon says that in the near future over 3,000 stores will begin selling the Echo, including Home Depot, Staples, Sears, BJ’s, P.C. Richard & Son, Brookstone, RadioShack, and Fred Meyer locations.

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Hiku takes on Amazon Dash Button with help from Walmart, Peapod

Hiku takes on Amazon Dash Button with help from Walmart, Peapod

A few months ago, Amazon revealed that what was thought to be a late April Fool's joke was actually a real product. While the Dash Button may have some merits, offering some degree of convenience or laziness, it was practically wasteful and limited. It seems, however, that idea caught someone else's imagination. Hiku Labs has just announced its second gen hiku shopping button, or sphere if you wish, that helps you remember your shopping list and even buys them for you thanks to Walmart Online Grocery and Peapod.

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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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Etsy ASAP takes on Amazon with same-day delivery

Etsy ASAP takes on Amazon with same-day delivery

Your anniversary is tomorrow, and you need something special, fast. The internet is full of options with next-day shipping, but sometimes you want something with a more personal touch. Etsy is one of my favorite places to find unique creations, and now it looks like you'll be able to get those creations even faster than before.

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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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Facebook adds dedicated shopping feed to mobile app

Facebook adds dedicated shopping feed to mobile app

As further evidence of social networks at large pushing into the e-commerce market, Facebook is now testing a new shopping feed on their mobile app. Users may notice a new tab labelled "Shopping" in the "More" menu. As you would expect from the company that collects all your personal data, the tab showcases products for sale based on users' profile and interests. Along with a search bar, a timeline is displayed with photos of products available from a number of retailers.

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Amazon Dash gets 11 new ways to make you a repeat customer

Amazon Dash gets 11 new ways to make you a repeat customer

Amazon's recent Dash Buttons — those physical buttons that let customers re-order a specific product, like laundry soap or coffee, with a single press — is powered by what they call the Dash Replenishment Service. DRS is actually a little-known program that Amazon lets manufacturers use with their connected appliances and devices to automatically re-order items when they become low. For example, a water pitcher that orders new filters when it's getting close to replacement time.

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Amazon’s Dash Button is free-after-push to all on Prime

Amazon’s Dash Button is free-after-push to all on Prime

Amazon's Dash Button, offering one-touch shopping for specific household items, is opening up with free buttons for any Prime members who use the service. Launched back in March though only for select Amazon shoppers, as of today the Dash Buttons are now available for any Prime subscriber in the US who wants one.

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Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

It isn't surprising that Google is being hit with lawsuits, chief among which are antitrust charges. After all, a giant makes for a big, easy target. It also isn't surprising to hear Google take to its online soapbox to proclaim its innocence, while pointing out the weakness of the other party's arguments. What we have now, then, is a legal "he said, she said" between Google and the European Commission's antitrust body, which could eventually lead to the most high-profile lawsuit Google will be facing in that region.

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Apple redesigns website, combining store and product pages

Apple redesigns website, combining store and product pages

You might not notice it right away, but Apple has launched a fairly substantial redesign to its website. There is no longer a dedicated online store section to the website. The "store" tab has been removed from the main navigation bar, and the address "store.apple.com" now redirects to the homepage. Does this mean Apple doesn't want people buying things from them online anymore? Nope, they've just added a dedicated "Buy" button to the top of each product page.

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Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

A childhood spent watching The Jetsons teased us with one tantalizing aspect of our potential future: a home filled with buttons that, when pressed, cause things to happen. Food to appear. A robot to appear. Whatever that non-labelled unassuming button was programmed for, push it and it’ll happen. If you were like most kids watching the show, you wanted that future. Really, really wanted it. When do you finally get that magical button? That future is now upon us thanks to Amazon, only it looks like an advertisement and it is far too little, too late.

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Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

In case you thought those Amazon Dash buttons would turn out to be an elaborate joke, Amazon has made them officially official: any Prime subscriber can now buy them for $5, and once the button arrives they can then use it to spend more money on whatever the related product is. So, essentially, you’ll pay money for this so that you can more easily spend money later. Or something like that. The buttons are available for a variety of products: toilet paper, laundry detergent, macaronic and cheese. The important things in life.

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