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Amazon’s new writing curriculum helps students learn to write

Amazon’s new writing curriculum helps students learn to write

Amazon acquired a company called TenMarks several years ago, and today it has released a writing curriculum through it for teachers and students. This online curriculum is designed to help teachers guide students through the maze that is learning to write; it involves online activities that can be completed using a smartphone or other connected device.

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Amazon’s $13.7bn Whole Foods buy just got FTC approval

Amazon’s $13.7bn Whole Foods buy just got FTC approval

Amazon's controversial move to acquire Whole Foods Market has been given the go-ahead by the US Federal Trade Commission. The decision was confirmed today by the FTC, with its Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition, Bruce Hoffman, issuing a statement that the Commission would not be beginning an investigation into the deal. The scale of the agreement had led some industry watchers to predict the FTC would weigh in with the idea that a merger could be anti-competitive.

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Google, Walmart team up to keep Amazon at bay

Google, Walmart team up to keep Amazon at bay

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods not only shook up the supermarket market, pardon the redundancy, it was also a wake up call to its rivals, showing what the retail giant is capable of or willing to do to get an edge. Google and Walmart are definitely not taking things sitting down but rather than hit Amazon separately, they’ve decided to join forces to deliver a more powerful punch. Starting next month Walmart becomes the third but also the biggest store accessible from Google Express, combining Walmart’s supplies and Google’s machine learning to try and outdo Amazon.

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Amazon cancels free Echo Dot orders after discount fluke

Amazon cancels free Echo Dot orders after discount fluke

If you were one of the lucky few that got to place an Amazon order for a free Echo Dot during a brief window on Friday, we've got some bad news for you (assuming you haven't already got the email). Just as many shoppers expected, the smart speaker was made free as a result of a discount code issued in error, and Amazon has said that it is canceling these orders, but will be giving those affected a small credit in apology.

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Galaxy Quest TV show project gets new writer at Amazon

Galaxy Quest TV show project gets new writer at Amazon

Just under two years ago, we learned that Amazon would be making an original television show based on the popular 1999 sci-fi movie hit Galaxy Quest. The show, which was being shopped around by Paramount, was eventually picked up by Amazon Studios, but it derailed at some point in the past, slowing to a stall. That has changed, according to a new report, as Amazon has tapped a new writer to take over the project.

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Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

A clandestine Audible promotion made Amazon's Echo Dot free for a short window, though the deal was only stumbled upon accidentally on Friday afternoon. The promotion, only disclosed when Echo Dot buyers had the smart speaker in their cart and had reached the checkout stage, was listed only as an "Audible Promo" credit. However, it reduced the normally $49.99 device to free.

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Amazon Alexa just raised the stakes ahead of HomePod

Amazon Alexa just raised the stakes ahead of HomePod

Amazon's war on the Google Assistant - and pre-emptive assault on Apple's HomePod - continues today, streamlining the ways for Alexa to spread to third-party hardware. The retail behemoth has been pushing Alexa as a simple way for device-makers to add AI smarts to their products without going to the time-consuming hassle and expense of developing their own virtual agent. Now, it's even closer to being a plug-and-play process.

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Essential Phone ships next week: Here’s how to get one

Essential Phone ships next week: Here’s how to get one

After weeks of hearing Essential promising that a release date was just around the corner, we now finally know when the Essential Phone will be available for order. Just one day after shipping notifications started going out to those who reserved an Essential Phone, the company announced that the phone is available today. If you're interested in picking one up, there are a few places where you'll be able to find the Essential Phone.

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Trump’s Amazon attack might spell bad news for Whole Foods merger

Trump’s Amazon attack might spell bad news for Whole Foods merger

President Trump, it seems, is going to war with corporate America. At the same time three executives are making news for exiting Trump's manufacturing council - garnering some negative reactions from the President on Twitter - Trump has renewed an attack on Amazon. Earlier today, President Trump laid into Amazon, criticizing it for doing damage to retailers across the US.

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Amazon will pay for popular Alexa skills to keep Echo’s edge

Amazon will pay for popular Alexa skills to keep Echo’s edge

Making skills for voice agents isn't just a hobby now, with Amazon opening up its wallet for those who make popular skills for Alexa. Intended to encourage developers to adopt Alexa as their virtual assistant platform of choice, the reward will be offered to those making skills in the US, UK, and Germany initially. However, Amazon is playing coy with exactly how much developers might hope to make.

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Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM get Amazon Alexa support

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM get Amazon Alexa support

Ultimate Ears has announced the arrival of Amazon Alexa support for its UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM speakers, enabling both to be used as smart speakers in conjunction with an Android smartphone. The new functionality arrives in the form of app and firmware updates, all of which are free, of course. Once updated, using Alexa with the speaker is as simple as tapping a button.

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Amazon Instant Pickup further blurs the line between online and physical retail

Amazon Instant Pickup further blurs the line between online and physical retail

Between its announced buyout of Whole Foods and revealing physical retail stores of its own, Amazon's brick and mortar aspirations are plain. It's little surprise, then, that we're we're seeing Amazon launch a new service called Instant Pickup in five cities around the US this week. The idea behind Instant Pickup is pretty straightforward: select from hundreds of "need-it-now" items on Amazon and obtain them up in person at physical pick up locations.

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