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April 10, 2015

Amazon Receives FAA’s Drone Blessing

After whining publicly and doing the corporate equivalent of taking its toys to someone else’s house, Amazon has managed to wrest broad permissions from the FAA to test its drones in the United States. The good news here is that America has loosened up its restrictions and allowed for an economic powerhouse to more quickly innovate in the tech space. The bad news is that Amazon has demonstrated that it can affect US policy through the sheer force of its economic powers.

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March 31, 2015

The Amazon Dash Button: True One-Click Ordering

Amazon has announced the impending arrival of the Amazon Dash Button, one of the most brilliant initiatives the company has ever created. It is literally a branded button that you stick in your house and connect to the Internet. When you push it, the button tells Amazon to order more of a particular product, which is then shipped to your house. That’s it—and it’s genius.

Amazon has one true goal: to get you to buy more stuff as easily as possible. It’s why they’re working so [...]

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March 30, 2015

Amazon to FAA: We’re Moving to Canada

Last week, news hit that Amazon was making good on its threats to vacate the United States for drone testing, citing interminable delays in gaining testing approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Reported by Reuters, the news came in response to the FAA finally approving one of Amazon’s a drones for testing in the United States—and that Amazon had already moved onto newer designs.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showing off an Amazon Prime Air drone [...]

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March 16, 2015

Hulu, Amazon, Yahoo Fighting Over Seinfeld Catalog

Consider it the Holy Grail of video streaming: the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that streaming services like Hulu, Amazon, and Yahoo are looking to snap up the rights to offer their subscribers the entire 180-episdoe catalog of Seinfeld episodes. And apparently a deal is close to being finalized.

According to the report, Netflix—arguably the largest video streaming service around—has already declared that it’s out of the running for the show. Last year, Netflix snapped [...]

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February 23, 2015

UPDATED – Magic: New Startup Promises Everything, Can Deliver Nothing

Update!

One of Magic’s co-founders, David Merriman, reached out in response to our post yesterday:

“Hi, co founder of Magic here.

We’re trying our best to get through the waitlist! As you stated in your article, we did not expect such high demand so quickly, but we’re currently scaling to meet that demand. We are committed to this 100% and have a passionate team behind it.

We have the waitlist in order to make sure everyone in the system gets [...]

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February 23, 2015

Target Drops Minimum Order Total for Free Shipping Down to $25

Some of the biggest online retailers offer free shipping tied to a “minimum order” total. Amazon, for example, will ship for free only if your order is $35 or more. Walmart’s minimum is even higher, at $50.

It appears Target spotted an opportunity to steal some business — the company just dropped its own minimum for free shipping to $25. So if you’re the type that only buys smaller items, you may wind up qualifying for free shipping through Target, [...]

 
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February 19, 2015

Samsung Acquires LoopPay to Compete with Apple

Confirming rumors from this past December, Samsung has acquired Massachusetts-based LoopPay in an effort to compete with Apple Pay, and perhaps even Google’s recently rumored Plaso system.

Announced yesterday, Samsung boasted that “LoopPay’s technology has the potential to work in approximately 90 percent of existing point-of-sale (PS) terminals,” with “no investment in new infrastructure required by merchants.” Essentially, it’ll help Samsung jump into the mobile payments game [...]

 
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February 12, 2015

Microsoft Reportedly Acquires Surface Pen Maker N-Trig

It seems as if Microsoft is doubling down on its stylus for the future of the Surface line, as reports out of Israel say that it’s acquired N-trig, the maker of the Surface Pen. If the report is accurate, Microsoft has dropped $200 million on N-Trig.

The report out of Israeli business publication Globes offers up some more details, saying that N-trig had already owned a 79 percent stake in the digital pen company – and, more tellingly, that it was recently in dire financial [...]

 
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February 6, 2015

BlackBerry Stock Bounce Prompts Investigation

Last month, we all had a small chuckle when rumors started to fly that Samsung was in talks to buy BlackBerry – rumors that were debunked within the same day. Interestingly, the rumors sparked a huge bounce in BlackBerry’s stock value – after which it fell pretty hard to more realistic levels. As it turns out, regulators in the United States and in BlackBerry’s native Canada are taking a close look at what happened to see if the stock bounce was specifically engineered by intentionally [...]

 
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February 4, 2015

Money You May Like: Taboola Raises $117 Million to Focus on Personalization, Globalization, and M&A

Over the past seven years, Adam Singolda has been on a mission to help people find content they may like via recommendations placed at the bottom of articles on websites across the Internet. At first, Taboola, his company, focused exclusively on video recommendations, then made its way into recommending editorial and sponsored written content. Now the company is serving up over 200 billion recommendations per month to more than 550 million users across a wide array of publications that [...]

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