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Amazon Spark melds Instagram and Pinterest to sell you more stuff

Amazon Spark melds Instagram and Pinterest to sell you more stuff

Amazon may be the go-to online retailer for a huge number of people, but the sales behemoth now wants to be a glamorous lifestyle boutique as well as a bargain warehouse. The company has launched a new feature, Amazon Spark, in its iOS app, taking ideas from Instagram and Pinterest in the grand scheme of making you buy more stuff. The premise? You'll be more likely to open your wallet if you see things looking pretty.

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Amazon Prime Day 2017 was, unsurprisingly, another big success

Amazon Prime Day 2017 was, unsurprisingly, another big success

Say what you will about Prime Day's sometimes lackluster deals, but the annual sale seems to working out wonderfully Amazon, which has hosted Prime Day for three years running now. Amazon announced today that Prime Day 2017 was once again its biggest sales day of the year. We've come to expect that from Prime Day, but what's particularly interesting is that Prime Day 2017 also managed to become the biggest sales day in Amazon history.

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Amazon reveals Alexa’s Prime Day deals

Amazon reveals Alexa’s Prime Day deals

Prime Day kicks off for the third year in a row on July 11, and as expected, Amazon is offering all sorts of incentives for voice shoppers using Alexa. In fact, Amazon want so badly for you to use Alexa to shop deals that it's rolling out an bunch of Alexa-exclusive offers today and keeping the deals rolling until July 17. That means almost two weeks of deals that are exclusive to Alexa shoppers.

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Amazon Prime Day returns next month

Amazon Prime Day returns next month

Amazon has announced that its annual Prime Day sale will return again this summer. This is the third year in a row that Amazon has offer its Prime-only sale, and this year promises to be bigger than the last two. Not only is Amazon expanding Prime Day to three new regions this year, but it will also be offering these Prime deals for more than 24 hours.

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Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google is finding itself in quite a bit of trouble with the European Commission this morning. The Commission has found that Google violated EU antitrust laws by giving search preference to its own comparison shopping service at the expense of its competitors. As a result, Google is going to have to pay a record fine that climbs into the billions.

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Amazon Prime Wardrobe takes the biggest fear out of online clothes shopping

Amazon Prime Wardrobe takes the biggest fear out of online clothes shopping

In its quest to get as many Prime subscribers as possible, Amazon has been packing it with more and more services. This year alone we've seen the launches for services like Prime Reload, Prime Reading, and Anime Strike, but today Amazon is going either further by launching a Prime service that is arguably bigger than any of those. Its name is Prime Wardrobe and it promises to "bring the fitting room to you."

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Amazon plans to stop in-store shoppers from online price checking

Amazon plans to stop in-store shoppers from online price checking

For years, we've walked into retail stores only to pull out our phones and compare the prices we see to those online, generally using a website like Amazon to see if we're getting a good deal. Now that Amazon is beginning to expand into retail spaces of its own, it has to worry about those same pricing comparisons. In a fantastic bit of irony, Amazon could use a new patent to outright prevent people from comparing prices in its own stores.

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Amazon Prime subscriber? Amazon Reload is a no-brainer

Amazon Prime subscriber? Amazon Reload is a no-brainer

Amazon has quietly launched Amazon Reload, promising Prime subscribers a 2-percent reward back on every purchase as long as they jump through a few hoops. The deal builds on Amazon's gift card system, though it can be funded with any debit card or bank account. Effectively, in return for preloading cash into your Amazon account, the retail behemoth is promising 2-percent cash back on whatever you buy.

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Amazon Prime price lowered for some Americans

Amazon Prime price lowered for some Americans

Amazon Prime can be a handy service to have, especially if you're a cord cutter or you do a lot of shopping on Amazon. The issue with it is that at $99 per year or $10.99 per month, it can be a little on the expensive side for some folks. Today Amazon announced an initiative to help with just that, revealing that it will offer discounted Prime subscriptions to low-income customers in the US.

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Walmart’s new automated drive-up ‘kiosk’ is the grocery store of the future

Walmart’s new automated drive-up ‘kiosk’ is the grocery store of the future

Walmart just made a surprise announcement -- it has launched a drive-up 'kiosk' in Oklahoma City, one where customers are given their groceries in a pre-assembled package via an automated system. The actual shopping part of the buying arrangement is completed ahead of time via the company's website in the comfort of your home or office. If all this sounds familiar, that's because it is: Amazon is working on something similar, having just launched its own drive-up grocery store in Seattle.

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Amazon planning entry into Australian retail market

Amazon planning entry into Australian retail market

As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon has already managed to find success outside of North America, including countries like the UK, Germany, and Japan. But now it seems the company's next target is Australia, a country that has yet to fully embrace online shopping, and where physical retail stores still dominate consumers' shopping habits.

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AmazonFresh Pickup finally opens its doors in Seattle

AmazonFresh Pickup finally opens its doors in Seattle

It's no Amazon physical store, but it's the closest you'll currently get to one. Amazon has finally made its AmazonFresh Pickup service available to the public, but only if you reside in Seattle. While Amazon would still prefer that its users have their fresh groceries delivered directly, the drive-in pickup could help convince those still reluctant customers to embrace the modern age where you won't even have to go out for such menial tasks as buying groceries.

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