Amazon seeks drone permission

Jul 13, 2014

Amazon seeks drone permission

Amazon is asking the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS’ “60 ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. sues Amazon over charges for children's online game buys

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon Thursday for charging parents for what their children spent on online games without parental authorization. The FTC said Amazon let kids playing online games to spend real money from their parents’ accounts on virtual items — coins, ...

Jun 6, 2014

Amazon's drone dream sparks race for better sensor

by Thomas Black

In the quest to build drones that can enable companies such as Amazon to make door-to-door deliveries, engineers are racing to overcome a fundamental challenge: helping unmanned, suitcase-sized aircraft see where they’re going. The answer is developing sensors that are smart enough to keep ...

May 24, 2014

Amazon escalates standoff with publisher Hachette

If you’re hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you’ll have to go somewhere besides Amazon.com. An ongoing standoff between Amazon and one of the leading New York publishers has intensified. The online retailer, which already ...

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

Dec 9, 2013

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

by Jun Hongo

Leave it to the country’s online retail giant to create Japan’s version of America’s latest Christmas shopping spree. Amazon Japan on Monday launched a Cyber Monday campaign to boost holiday shopping, hoping the tradition takes root in Japan and creates a bonanza comparable with ...

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Dec 3, 2013

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Japanese publishers and distributors of electronic books are increasingly alarmed by the upcoming consumption tax hike in the absence of a system to tax e-books and other digital content purchased from overseas vendors such as the U.S.-based Internet giant Amazon.com Inc. and Japanese online ...

Amazon to deliver packages in U.S. via drones

Dec 2, 2013

Amazon to deliver packages in U.S. via drones

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed Sunday that his company is looking to the future with plans to use “octocopter” minidrones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes. The U.S. retail giant’s ambitious project still requires additional safety testing and federal approval, ...

Stores, Amazon go head-to-head for holidays

Dec 2, 2013

Stores, Amazon go head-to-head for holidays

This holiday shopping season in America, it’s Amazon versus everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers away from the likes of Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now physical stores are fighting back as the contest for customers heats ...

Sep 25, 2013

Amazon Japan begins online sales of OTC drugs, vitamins

Amazon Japan has begun online sales of over-the-counter drugs such as cold and digestive medicines, as well as vitamin supplements and other low-risk pharmaceutical products. The online retailer’s move came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration lifted a ban on online drug sales as ...