Aug 15, 2014

George Orwell executor accuses Amazon of dystopian crime of doublespeak

The literary executor of George Orwell’s estate is accusing Amazon of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized the online retailer for “turning the facts inside out” by alleging that the British author ...

Aug 15, 2014

Amazon surge in Japan lifts Yamato's express deliveries

As more Japanese use mobile phones to shop online, Asia’s biggest parcel shipper is ready. Yamato Holdings Co. is seeing so much demand for everything from computer disks to electrical parts by customers of Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers in Japan that it ...

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 ...