Dec 31, 2015

Amazon donates profits from far-right anthem to refugees

Online retail giant Amazon said on Thursday it will donate the profits from the online purchase of a tune released by the far-right anti-migrant PEGIDA movement to refugees in Germany. Entitled “Gemeinsam sind wir stark” — German for “Together we are strong” — the ...

Nov 21, 2015

Half of Amazon tree species are in danger, study says

About half of the 15,000 tree species in the Amazon — the world’s most diverse forest — are threatened by deforestation, an international study said on Friday. The report lays bare the destruction of a vibrant and sprawling ecosystem that often is referred to ...

Nov 18, 2015

Amazon starts music distribution service in Japan

Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it has launched a music-streaming service for customers in Japan who pay membership fees for its online shopping site. In the Prime Music service, Amazon.com’s Prime customers, who pay an annual fee of ¥3,900, will have access to more than ...

Sep 25, 2015

Amazon launches video services, new devices in Japan

U.S. online giant Amazon said Thursday it is launching its streaming video service in Japan along with its Fire TV devices. “Prime members in Japan now have unlimited 24/7 streaming of thousands of U.S. and Japanese movies, TV shows, anime, music concerts and more, ...

Amazon in new gadget offensive, led by $50 tablet

Sep 18, 2015

Amazon in new gadget offensive, led by $50 tablet

Amazon unveiled a major home electronics push Thursday, led by a $50 tablet computer and other devices aimed at budget-conscious, gadget-hungry consumers. The low-cost, seven-inch (18-centimeter) Fire tablet is part of an upgraded line being launched by the online retail giant, along with updated ...

Haruki Murakami's new essay hits bookstores, bypassing online venders

Sep 10, 2015

Haruki Murakami's new essay hits bookstores, bypassing online venders

A new essay by novelist Haruki Murakami hit bookstores across Japan on Thursday straight from the publisher under an arrangement aimed at helping businesses fight off the onslaught from online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc. Kinokuniya Co., a Tokyo-based bookstore operator, directly bought 90 ...