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Dec 19, 2014

Insight – Amazon’s cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – This spring, Taser International Inc (TASR.O: Quote, Profile, Research) won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data centre in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser.

Dec 19, 2014

Insight – Amazon’s cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – This spring, Taser International Inc (TASR.O: Quote, Profile, Research) won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data centre in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser.

Dec 19, 2014

Amazon’s cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data center in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser.

Dec 15, 2014

Big tech aims at talent shortage with ‘Hour of Code’ campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Call it the thinking man’s
ice bucket challenge: an hour of code.

Last week, everyone from U.S. President Barack Obama to top
model Karlie Kloss tried their hand at writing software for one
hour in the global campaign by nonprofit Code.org to make coding
less intimidating to students and teachers.

Dec 11, 2014

Amazon job posts hint at global ambitions for same-day delivery

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is considering expanding its same-day delivery program globally, recent job listings show, underlining the importance of fast shipping to its ability to compete with the instant gratification offered by brick-and-mortar stores.

The No. 1 U.S. online retailer is also looking to add a same-day delivery option on all items sold by third-party merchants on its site, a move that some logistics experts said may help offset the high costs of speedy, last-mile delivery.

Dec 9, 2014

Amazon warns U.S. FAA it could move more drone research abroad

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc plans to shift more of its drone testing outside U.S. borders unless it gets quick permission from U.S. regulators to conduct outdoor trials, the company said in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration late on Sunday.

The U.S. online retailer has already started conducting outdoor tests “in other countries with regulatory environments more supportive of small (unmanned aircraft systems) innovation,” according to the letter written by Amazon vice president of global public policy Paul Misener.

Dec 2, 2014

Once-lost letter of Beat era, found in California, to be sold at auction

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An 18-page letter written by Beat-era icon Neal Cassady that transformed Jack Kerouac’s writing style will be auctioned off this month as the highlight of a collection of work that could fetch about $500,000.

The 16,000-word, stream-of-consciousness missive, which was shown to reporters on Monday for the first time, was missing for decades until it was found among several unopened boxes in a garage in Northern California a few years ago.

Dec 1, 2014

Amazon rolls out Kiva robots for holiday season onslaught

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has
installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 U.S. warehouses, a
move that promises to cut operating costs by one-fifth and get
packages out the door more quickly in the run-up to Christmas.

The orange 320-pound (145 kg) robots, which scoot around the
floor on wheels, show how Amazon has adopted technology
developed by Kiva Systems, a robotics company it bought for $775
million in 2012. Amazon showcased to media on Sunday ahead of
Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Nov 20, 2014

EBay retools local delivery push in renewed bet on retail

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – EBay Inc is
retooling its local delivery program and extending more
logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of
the e-commerce giant’s sprawling base of marketplace sellers, an
executive said on Wednesday.

More of eBay’s smaller sellers, including some with annual
sales under $100,000, will allow shoppers to buy items online
that can be picked up in stores, an option now used by big
companies such as Best Buy Co Inc and Toys ‘R’ Us.

Nov 12, 2014

Amazon to keep investing in cloud despite margin pressure

LAS VEGAS, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc plans
to build data centers in every large country over time as part
of a broader investment push that will eventually make the
Internet retailer’s cloud computing arm the largest part of its
business.

In a roundtable with reporters on Wednesday, Amazon Web
Services chief Andy Jassy did not provide a timetable for these
investments in the AWS unit, which provides Internet-based
computing and data management to corporate clients.

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      "Deepa Seetharaman is a San Francisco-based reporter covering e-commerce companies, including Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc. She previously covered the auto industry from Detroit and wrote about airlines, hotels and the U.S. stock market from New York. She joined Reuters in June 2008 after studying journalism and history at Northwestern University."
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