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Tax Refund
5:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

TurboTax Offers Taxpayers Option Of Getting Refund In Amazon Gift Card

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Paul Sakuma AP Photo

From car dealers to appliance stores, businesses know tax refund season is an important time of year. The average tax refund so far this year is $3,200 and more than three-quarters of taxpayers get a refund. 

Seattle's Amazon.com undoubtedly gets a boost already from that influx of cash. But this year, the company is aiming for more.

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Matters Of The Heart
2:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com

"Fog can’t obscure the love and positive energy for this cute couple as they bring in the new year with a kiss."
Tim Durkan

It appears love is in the air in Washington state. 

The state is home to four of the 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. as ranked by Amazon.com. Leading Washington's pack is Seattle, which came in second place after San Antonio.

The online marketplace ranked cities using the number of romance-related purchases made by consumers in each city. Considered purchases include romance novels, books about relationships, Barry White CDs and romantic comedy movies.

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urban planning
9:36 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Seattle Planners OK 3 Globes at Amazon.com HQ

City of Seattle

City planners have approved the plans for three large globes that will be part of the new headquarters for Amazon.com in downtown Seattle.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the connected globes will range from 80 to 95-feet tall and house retail space open to the public.

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Business
5:07 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Analyst Says Amazon Prices No Longer the Cheapest

AP Photo

Seattle’s online retail giant Amazon has built its reputation on low prices. But now an analyst says Amazon is no longer the thriftiest retailer out there. 

Amazon offers more stuff than most big-box retailers, but if you want a food processor or a knife set, Bed Bath & Beyond is now cheaper, according to a new report by Anthony Chukumba, an analyst with BB&T Capital Markets.

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Amazon jobs
10:16 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Amazon.com Looks to Fill 7,000 Jobs in 13 States

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2010 file photo, an Amazon.com package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service driver in Palo Alto, Calif.
Paul Sakuma Associated Press

Amazon.com Inc. is looking to fill 7,000 jobs in 13 states.

The company says it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, which currently employ about 20,000 workers who pack and ship customer orders.

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Business
3:50 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Amazon.com Posts 2Q Loss, Higher Revenue

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Ross D. Franklin Associated Press

Amazon.com is reporting a loss in the second quarter as higher revenue was not enough to make up for rising operating expenses.

Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that its loss was $7 million, or 2 cents per share, in the April-June quarter. That's down from earnings of $7 million, or 1 cent per share, a year ago.

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Business
2:39 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Amazon shareholders tell Bezos: Enough with the violent products

Associated Press

Once a year, Amazon shareholders have a chance to ask billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos anything they wish. At this year’s annual meeting, a number of them urged Bezos to stop selling brutal video games and other products that glorify violence. 

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e-books
10:07 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Amazon makes Kindle app to make e-books accessible to the blind

Blind protesters marching outside Amazon's headquarters in December
Ashley Gross KPLU

Amazon has released an app that makes it easier for the blind to read Kindle electronic books on iPhones. Advocates for blind people say it’s a significant step for a company that’s lagged other technology companies in making accessible products.

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Amazon earnings
3:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Amazon profit falls, but analyst says not to worry

An Amazon Kindle Fire HD is seen on introduction in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.
Reed Saxon Associated Press

Amazon’s first-quarter profit dropped 37 percent, but at least one analyst says that’s nothing to worry about; it's all part of Amazon's master plan to keep edging out competitors by investing deeply.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Next REI leader will have to confront the Amazon.com threat

Steve Cyr

REI may soon need a new leader if CEO Sally Jewell is confirmed as Interior Secretary. The next person to lead the outdoor gear retailer will confront a threat from another Northwest company – Amazon.com.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

How are employers observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

President Lyndon Johnson shakes hands with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., after handing him one of the pens used in signing the Civil Rights Act of July 2, 1964 at the White House in Washington.
U.S. Embassy New Delhi

If you’re looking forward to a long weekend, you’re in the minority. The number of employers closing for business on Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been inching up in recent years, but it’s still only 32 percent.

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Business
2:45 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Forecast for the Puget Sound regional economy: Pretty sunny

787 production at the Everett Boeing plant is helping lift the Puget Sound region's economy
Ashley Gross KPLU

The national economy will continue to climb out of the recession this year, and the Puget Sound region is forecast to do even better. That’s the word from an economic forecast conference in Seattle. 

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Business
3:45 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Blind protesters march at Amazon over Kindle accessibility

Ashley Gross KPLU

Dozens of visually impaired people with white canes and guide dogs protested outside Amazon.com’s headquarters in Seattle today. They say Amazon’s Kindle e-readers aren’t fully accessible to the blind

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Business
8:54 am
Wed December 12, 2012

National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com

Blind people say Amazon's Kindle devices and apps lack functions that they need
thekellyscope

Update: An Amazon.com spokeswoman did return my call after this story aired, but declined to comment.

Blind people – including former New York Governor David Paterson – are planning to protest at Amazon.com today. They want the company to make its Kindle device and apps more accessible to the visually impaired, especially kids as e-readers start to be used in schools. 

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The Digital Future
5:08 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mark Anderson's 2012 technology predictions in review

Mark predicted 2012 would be a great year for Amazon.
Neff Conner (nffcnnr) flickr.com

It's been nearly a year since Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson unveiled his predictions for 2012. Although the year's not over yet, it looks like things are going the way Mark said they would.

Mark and KPLU's Dave Meyer review the predictions on this month's edition of The Digital Future.

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