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Posts tagged with Amazon

Potter finale sets Amazon pre-order record

The forthcoming final Harry Potter book has become Amazon's most ever pre-ordered item - and the pre-ordering isn't finished yet.

Online orders for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows passed the previous 1.5m mark set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yesterday.

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Amazon extends 1-Click patent to gifts

Amazon has extended its controversial patent on "1-Click" shopping to include items bought as gifts for others.

The original 1999 patent allowed customers to purchase products with just one click after entering their address and credit card details for upfront storage. but drew fire including a boycott when Amazon sued rival Barnes & Noble for using a similar method.

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Interview: Paul Cook, CEO of PositiveFeedback

Paul Cook is CEO of PositiveFeedback, a firm that provides targeting tools for online retailers and for ad agencies.

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Amazon increases its investment in China

Amazon has expanded its investment in Chinese Internet company Joyo.com, which the company bought for $75m in 2004.

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told the Wall Street Journal that Amazon would invest more capital into China, where it trails behind its biggest local competitor, Dangdang.com.

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Amazon to take adverts on UK site

Amazon is to let companies place ads on its UK website for the first time.

Advertising network eType will handle the backend for what will be a significant foray in to the ad space, according to Media Week.

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Amazon bans Zlio from selling its products

Zlio, a French startup which lets users set up their own DIY shops, has suffered a blow, as e-commerce giant Amazon has stopped Zlio shopkeepers from listing its products.

Interestingly, this ban only applies to the US, and Zlio shopkeepers in Europe will still be able to list Amazon's products. Zlio users set up their own DIY shops and earn affiliate commission on the products they sell.

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Amazon to launch DRM-free music store

Amazon has confirmed plans to open a music download store later this year, offering all songs free of DRM copyright protection.

The much-anticipated move will see Amazon offering music from EMI, which recently cut a deal with Apple to sell its music DRM-free through the iTunes store.

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Amazon snaps up camera review site

London-based digital photography site dpreview.com has been bought by Amazon in a deal showing the value of trusted reviews on niche products.

Started as a hobby site nine years ago, dpreview specialises in independent reviews of digital cameras and accessories, as well as discussions forums and buyers’ guides.

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Mpire widgets give affiliate e-commerce opportunity

US online shopping gateway Mpire has launched a number of widgets designed to generate revenue for Amazon and eBay affiliates.

The widgets, when displayed on a user's web page, chart trends across a range of retail product categories, each allowing site visitors to make a purchase that is linked to a publisher's affiliate account.

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Amazon to offer music downloads?

Amazon looks to be taking on Apple's iTunes by opening its own music download store, with rumours suggesting the service will be DRM-free.

According to The Independent, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been in discussions with the four major labels to persuade them to allow their music to be sold without DRM protection.

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Amazon posts 32% rise in Q1 sales

Online retail giant Amazon has posted a 32% rise in sales for the first quarter to just over $3bn (£1.5bn).

The company said pre-tax profits had risen from $96m (£48m) to $144m (£72m) year on year, but expects sales and profit growth to slow in the second quarter.

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Index invests in 'Russian Amazon'

Rusian book, music and game retailer Ozon.ru has landed £9.1m in an investment round led by Index Ventures, and also involving Holtzbrinck Ventures and Cisco Systems.

Ozon.ru intends to use the capital to develop its logistics, expand product lines and establish new distribution centres across Russia.

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