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Amazon greenlights the fifth season of Bosch

 Amazon Prime Video’s longest running hour-long original series is back for yet another season.
The company has greenlit Season 5 of Bosch, the Emmy-nominated series based on Michael Connelly’s detective/crime fiction novels.
Bosch follows LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch as he tries to solve the most elusive cases. The fifth season is based on the novel Angels… Read More

NBC exec Jennifer Salke named head of Amazon Studios

 Amazon Studios has finally found a replacement for Roy Price after the executive stepped down in mid-October over sexual harassment claims. Jennifer Salke will be filling in the top spot at the online studio after serving for six years as NBC’s Entertainment President. “We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Salke will be joining us as the Head of Amazon… Read More

Amazon to take on UPS, FedEx via “Shipping with Amazon”

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Amazon’s plans to take on UPS and FedEx are reportedly coming to fruition. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the online retailer’s new shipping service, named “Shipping with Amazon” (SWA), will roll out in Los Angeles in the coming weeks. With SWA, Amazon will pick up packages from businesses and ship them to customers, relying almost entirely on Amazon’s shipping infrastructure.

Aside from first starting in LA, SWA will first serve third-party merchants that already sell on Amazon. The company plans to send drivers to pick up shipments from these businesses and deliver the packages for them. While shipping and delivery will mostly go through Amazon, anything outside of the retailer’s reach will be given to the USPS and other shipping services for the “last mile” portion of the delivery.

In the future, Amazon reportedly wants to open up SWA to businesses that aren’t affiliated with the site—meaning Amazon could ship and deliver packages from companies of all sizes. Amazon also believes it can compete with UPS and FedEx by making SWA more affordable for business customers, but its pricing structure hasn’t been revealed.

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Amazon said to launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx

 Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The so-called “Shipping with Amazon” program will be an end-to-end shipping solution, with pickups from businesses and shipments made to consumers, per the report. The timeframe for rollout is soon, too: Amazon is said to be readying the service for its first launch in LA in… Read More

Alexa, print money: Even Bezos stunned by Q4 Amazon income

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The fact that Amazon made lots of money in 2017, both in the full year and its fiscal fourth quarter, may not surprise anybody who keeps tabs on the retailer/cloud services provider/video streamer/drone operator.

But the newsworthy thing about its latest quarterly financial report (PDF), released on Thursday, comes from comparing it to a prior earnings report from October 2017: just how bad Amazon was at predicting its bonkers Q4 income.

Amazon’s October guidance predicted (PDF) an operating income not exceeding $1.65 billion for Q4 2017—a pretty sky-high estimate, considering that the company reported $1.3 billion of operating income in Q4 2016. But that was nothing. Amazon’s Q4 2017 operating income was actually $2.1 billion—a cool 69-percent jump over the same period last year.

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Amazon launches a Polly WordPress plugin that turns blog posts into audio, including podcasts

 Amazon today is launching a new Amazon Polly WordPress plugin that gives your blog a voice by creating audio versions of your posts. The resulting audio can be played from within the blog post itself, or accessed in podcast form using a feature called Amazon Pollycast, the company says. The plugin itself was jointly designed by Amazon’s AWS team and managed WordPress platform… Read More

Amazon expands Prime Now delivery to Whole Foods, but only in four markets

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Since Amazon bought Whole Foods last year for 13.7 billion, we’ve seen the online retailer dish out discounts and outfit many Whole Foods locations with Echo devices for you to buy along with your free-range chicken. Now, Amazon is integrating Whole Foods into its Prime Now delivery service, allowing Prime customers to order select Whole Foods items and get them delivered within two hours.

However, this new endeavor isn’t a sweeping change yet—Prime Now delivery for Whole Foods orders is only now available in some Austin, Dallas, Virginia Beach, and Cincinnati neighborhoods. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans to expand the service to other markets, but it’s unclear how long the expansion will take.

Customers can search through the Whole Foods section of the Prime Now website online or on Amazon’s mobile apps to select items to order. Fresh produce, meat, seafood, and some alcohol will be available, but not all Whole Foods items are eligible for quick delivery. Two-hour delivery is free for all Prime members with orders of $35 or more, and customers can pay an extra $7.99 to have their items delivered within one hour.

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