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Once a modest online seller of books, Amazon is now one of the largest companies in the world, and its former CEO, Jeff Bezos, is the world’s most wealthy person. We track developments, both of Bezos and Amazon, its growth as a video producer, the popular Prime service, as well as its own hardware, which includes the Amazon Kindle e-reader, Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, and Amazon Fire TV streaming boxes.

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Amazon skipped a hearing and now its lobbyists are banned from EU Parliament.

Fourteen Amazon employees can no longer access the European Parliament building without an invitation, WIRED reported Wednesday. And it’s all because they skipped a hearing about working conditions in its fulfillment centers and declined to let policymakers tour them (Amazon blamed the busy holiday period, WIRED said).


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What makes the Echo Hub stand out?

Basically, it’s just a better smart home device than the company’s Echo Show smart display, but there’s more to it. The Verge’s Jen Tuohy gives you the rundown. Be sure to check out her full review for more detail.


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Amazon’s Freevee is reportedly on its way out.

The company’s five-year-old ad-supported streaming service could still survive if users revolt against the introduction of ads in Prime Video, according to Adweek.

But even if it does sunset the Freevee app, Amazon will reportedly keep the free, ad-supported tier around, incorporating it into Prime Video and using Freevee content to draw customers and funnel them toward its paid tiers.


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The second half of Invincible season 2 drops on March 14th.

It feels like the first half of Invincible’s second season only just dropped, but Amazon’s already gearing up to debut the second half next month.


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Samsung’s older TVs lose option to view a Ring doorbell’s camera feed.

As of this week, Samsung TVs released between 2018 and 2021 can’t show a video feed from the Ring Doorbell Pro, according to a support page. The news comes after Samsung also announced it would be dropping its TV’s built-in Google Assistant support as of March 1st, 2024.

Between this and the subscription price increases, it’s been a frustrating week for Ring owners.


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Next season’s streaming-only NFL playoff game might be on Prime Video.

Amazon isn’t part of the incoming ESPN / Fox Sports / Warner Bros. streaming juggernaut, but it has the NFL.

The Wall Street Journal and Deadline report Prime Video will be home to the next streaming exclusive postseason football game, beating out NBCU’s attempt at a Peacock repeat thanks to a right of first refusal clause in its Thursday Night Football deal.

Peacock’s stream peaked at more than 24 million viewers for a game last month between Kansas City and Miami.


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Amazon might show you the name and photo of who’s delivering your package.

This is part of a test meant to protect Flex gig delivery drivers, according to a report from The Information. The company may also provide Flex drivers with Amazon-branded stickers and lights to put on their cars, since these drivers often use their own vehicles to make deliveries.

The move is likely in response to last year’s report from The Information, which says Flex drivers have been threatened and even shot after getting mistaken for an intruder.


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Mr. & Mrs. Smith’s showrunner only wants to make season 2 if they can “kick our own asses.”

Mr. & Mrs. Smith’s season one finale absolutely leaves open the possibility for more installments down the line.

But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Francesca Sloane says that while the show’s creative team has plenty of ideas what they might want to do next, “we would never want to make a season two if we couldn’t kick our own asses, in terms of taking down season one.”


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Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says this past holiday season was “record-breaking.”

The ecommerce giant reported a whopping $170 billion in revenue last quarter as part of its earnings results released today. “As we enter 2024, our teams are delivering at a rapid clip, and we have a lot in front of us to be excited about,” Jassy writes.

Amazon also revealed a new AI chatbot this afternoon, called Rufus, which is supposed to help you find more products to buy on Amazon.


Amazon’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith series is a clever interpolation of the classic spy fantasy

The Mr. & Mrs. Smith series starring Donald Glover and Maya Erskine cleverly reworks the original movie’s spy fantasy into a layered drama about relationships.