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  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 11- Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Amazon has made great strides into the hardware arena as it seeks to boost sales of digital content and puts its online store in front of more users.

  • 10 online retailers going from clicks to bricks Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:41 PM ET
    A guest attends the opening of Athleta's NYC Flagship Store, November 19, 2013 in New York City.

    A number of brands have turned the tables, first developing their virtual presence, and later moving into the physical space.

  • Some Amazon employees may get $5,000—to quit Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:05 AM ET
    An employee stacks items to be shipped at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Amazon said it has started a program called Pay to Quit, in which it offers workers at its fulfillment centers between $2,000 and $5,000 to quit.

  • Amazon to buy digital comics company Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Online retailer Amazon said Thursday it's buying digital comics company comiXology for an undisclosed sum. Amazon said the acquisition will help it offer more and better digital comic books and graphic novels. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell $14.79, or 4.5 percent, to $317. amid a broader market sell-off.

  • Credit card fraud jumps, so what's being done? Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    Credit and debit card fraud is a multibillion-dollar problem, but putting an exact figure on the cost is not that easy.

  • Big data knows you're pregnant (and that's not all) Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    Secret consumer scores threaten privacy and fairness. Consumer advocacy groups call on regulators to police this new industry of predictive scoring.

  • April 3- Canadian department store operator Hudson's Bay Co, which bought U.S. luxury chain Saks Inc last year, forecast weaker-than-expected 2014 earnings as it spends more to build up its online shopping sites.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, April 2- Amazon.com Inc made a play for the increasingly crowded home entertainment arena by unveiling the $99 "Fire TV" video and game streaming device on Wednesday, with hopes of boosting its main online retail business over the longer term.

  • FRANKFURT, April 2- Deutsche Post, the world's biggest postal and logistics group, is betting on emerging markets and an e-commerce boom to boost profits through 2020, it said on Wednesday in unveiling its new medium-term financial targets.

  • BERLIN, March 31- Hundreds of workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany went on strike on Monday, the first stoppage this year in a pay dispute that has dragged on for months. A spokesman for the Verdi labour union had said that about 500 of around 1,200 workers at Amazon's distribution centre in Leipzig were expected to strike.

  • BERLIN, March 31- Hundreds of workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany went on strike on Monday, the first stoppage this year in a pay dispute that has been dragging on for months. A spokesman for the Verdi labour union said about 500 of the around 1,200 workers at Amazon's distribution centre in Leipzig were expected to strike.

  • Amazon.com says not planning free TV service Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 28- Amazon.com Inc has no plan to offer a free streaming TV service, a spokeswoman said on Friday following a report that the online retailer might turn up the heat against Netflix and Hulu.

  • Amazon says no plans to offer free video service Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    Amazon shoots down speculation that it plans to offer a free streaming media service.

  • Japan tax hike? We aren't worried: Rakuten CEO Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 7:04 PM ET
    Hiroshi Mikitani, chairman and chief executive officer of Rakuten

    Japan's looming sales tax hike has dented sentiment, but the bite on consumers may prove a boon for online retailers, ecommerce titan Rakuten's CEO said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- Online retailer Amazon.com Inc plans to enter the battle for living-room viewership in the coming months, launching a free, ad-supported streaming TV service, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing anonymous sources.

  • Scam targeted lonely women     Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrea Day reports on an international scam where victims were reeled in with loving emails from supposed U.S. soldiers overseas.

  • *Investing online, to launch in Spain, Italy and China. STOCKHOLM, March 27- A drive to increase wages for Asian clothing workers is likely to hit profit margins at world No.2 fashion retailer Hennes& Mauritz as weak consumer demand and stiff competition make it hard to pass on the cost to shoppers, it said on Thursday.

  • STOCKHOLM, March 27- Hennes& Mauritz, the world's No.2 fashion retailer, missed first-quarter profit forecasts as it invested to catch up with rivals online in an increasingly competitive budget clothing market.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 26- Amazon.com Inc will drop prices on most of its cloud computing services starting April 1, the largest U.S. online retailer said on Wednesday, a day after rival Google Inc outlined a major price cut of its own.

  • Amazon follows Google in slashing cloud computing prices Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 26- Amazon.com Inc will drop prices on most of its cloud computing services starting April 1, the largest U.S. online retailer said on Wednesday, a day after rival Google Inc outlined a major price cut of its own.

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