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Saturday, April 21, 2018

#EndorseThis: NRA Makes Porn For Unhinged Gun Owners, John Oliver Calls Them Out

The National Rifle Association is run by hypocrites who use the same manipulation tactics they accuse the media of using. You probably knew that, but few journalists have been exposing the NRA’s shameless propaganda like John Oliver of HBO. In today’s clip (a tad longer than usual, but well worth it) Oliver takes on some […]

March 5, 2018

Can These Corporate Titans Reform Health Care — And Tame Big Pharma?

President Trump offered few words about health care in his State of the Union address. He did mention drug prices, though. “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs,” he said. “In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. … That […]

January 31, 2018

Who Really Pays For Subsidies To Big Business?

The hustlers claim that job incentives are a sound investment of our tax dollars, because those new jobs create new taxpayers, meaning investments soon pay for themselves. Hmmm … not quite. In fact, not even close. Last year, a watchdog outfit called Good Jobs First tracked the 386 incentive deals since 1976 that gave at […]

January 22, 2018

Amazon Takes On Etsy, Launches Craft Site Handmade is finally launching a long-rumored marketplace to rival handcrafted e-commerce site Etsy. Handmade at Amazon went live Thursday.

October 10, 2015
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Why Children’s Programming Is The New Front Line In The Streaming Battle

Once you conquer adults, the next step is children, at least in the TV streaming world.

August 26, 2015
Top News, Books, Amazon, Independent Bookstore, Community, Reading, Literature, Borders, Barnes & Nobles

Are Independent Booksellers Replacing Big-Box Retailers?

If not Amazon, then the independent bookstore is your source for the printed word.

May 21, 2015
Internet, Domain Names, Celebreties, Google, Amazon, Privacy, Lifestyle, Entertainment

Celebs Play Defense As They Snatch Up New Internet Addresses

Big businesses and celebrities buy up new domain names, leaving only the .sucks for the rest of us.

April 14, 2015
Netflix, Amazon, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Television, Theater, Acting, Playwrighting, House of Cards, The Americans, Law And Order, Media, New York City

More Playwrights Satisfying TV’s Hunger For Talent

In the golden age of television, struggling playwrights and actors find jobs and paychecks working for shows like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘The Americans.’

April 8, 2015

Hachette, Amazon Reach Deal On Book Sales After Fight

Inside the end of the high-profile publishing feud.

November 13, 2014

High Court Weighs When Workday Ends In Amazon Case

Learn more about the big labor case facing the Supreme Court.

October 9, 2014

Amazon Founder Strikes Deal To Build U.S. Rocket Engines

The rockets will “eliminate reliance” on Russian engines.

September 18, 2014

Bezos Names New Publisher At Washington Post

Washington (AFP) – The Washington Post has a new publisher, owner Jeff Bezos announced Tuesday in his latest move to reshape the prestigious daily for the digital era. Bezos, the Internet entrepreneur and founder of Amazon, named Fred Ryan as publisher and chief executive, replacing family scion Katharine Weymouth. Ryan is a former Reagan administration […]

September 2, 2014

Amazon Vs. Hachette: Soul Searching In Techie, Bookish Seattle

By Katharine Schwab, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — In this city famous for its independent bookstores and pungent coffee shops — brick-and-mortar institutions that value touch, taste and long, rainy afternoons — a high-profile conflict about the business of selling e-books has left many readers feeling conflicted. Their dilemma: balancing an addiction to the convenient […]

August 13, 2014

Hachette Pushes Back After Amazon Alleges Price Fixing

New York (AFP) — Hachette Book Group has defended itself against accusations of pushing up prices for e-books amid a simmering dispute with online retail giant Amazon. “Hachette sets prices for our books entirely on our own, not in collusion with anyone,” the American head of the publishing group, Michael Pietsch, wrote in a letter […]

August 11, 2014

Over 900 Authors Join Effort To Press Amazon On Hachette

New York (AFP) — More than 900 authors have signed a letter urging U.S. online giant Amazon to end its simmering dispute with publishing group Hachette over book pricing. The open letter circulated by bestselling author Douglas Preston that blames Amazon for the standoff is also due to appear in a full-page ad in Sunday’s […]

August 8, 2014

Amazon Launches 3D Printing Store

San Francisco (AFP) — Amazon announced Monday the launch of an online store for 3D printed items to allow consumers to customize and personalize items like earrings, pendants, dolls, and other objects. The store offers more than 200 items including nylon wallets, wax seals, cookie cutters, and bobbleheads. “The introduction of our 3D printed products […]

July 28, 2014

Amazon Loss Widens Despite Climbing Sales

By Glenn Chapman San Francisco (AFP) — Internet retail titan Amazon reported a money-losing quarter despite impressive growth in sales, sending shares plummeting by more than 10 percent. The Seattle-based firm said that it had a net loss of $126 million in the quarter that ended June 30, widening the deficit from $7 million in […]

July 25, 2014

Amazon Seeks U.S. Permission For Drone Tests

Washington (AFP) — Online giant Amazon has sought permission for drone test flights in the United States, saying it is moving forward on plans for deliveries using the unmanned aircraft. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration made public this week, Amazon said that because of restrictions on drones in U.S. airspace, it has […]

July 11, 2014

Authors Call On Readers In Amazon Book Battle

New York (AFP) – Big-name authors are calling on readers to help them get out of the cross-fire in a battle between online giant Amazon and French publishing powerhouse Hachette. An open letter to readers picking up momentum online Thursday had racked up more than 60 signatures including those of Lee Child, James Patterson, Hilary […]

July 4, 2014

Amazon Expected To Unveil Its Own Smartphone

New York (AFP) – Amazon plans a mystery unveiling — widely expected to be a smartphone — on Wednesday to delve into a super competitive market dominated by Apple and Samsung. The company has given a hint as to what is in store and invited a small group of media to the Seattle event to […]

June 18, 2014

Ecuador Says U.S. Scientists Unethically Sold Indigenous Blood

Quito (AFP) – U.S. scientists took thousands of unauthorized blood samples from an indigenous group known for a unique genetic profile and disease immunity, some of which have been sold, Ecuador charged Monday. There were some “3,500 procedures” in which blood was drawn without authorization from 600 Huaorani, who live in a corner of Ecuador’s […]

June 17, 2014

Amazon Launches New Device For Streaming Video

New York (AFP) – Amazon on Wednesday unveiled a new media streaming device, ramping up its challenge for the living room against rivals such as Netflix. The Amazon Fire TV device, which fits in one’s hand and connects to television sets, aims to boost the U.S. online giant’s efforts to capture viewers for its Prime […]

April 2, 2014

Supreme Court Considers Limiting Business-Method Patents

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sounded ready Monday to curtail the use of certain business patents in a case involving a patent for a computerized risk analysis of international financial transactions. Use of such business-method patents has soared in recent decades. Once granted, they can give a firm or […]

April 1, 2014

Supreme Court Will Hear Case

By Jay Greene, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case in which warehouse workers are seeking compensation for the time they must wait to go through security screening at the end of their shifts. Former employees of Integrity Staffing Solutions, which provides temporary workers for Amazon, […]

March 3, 2014