Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has invested in Acquia, a company that hosts many websites based on the Drupal content management system. Amazon’s investment was disclosed in a blog post by Acquia co-founder and chief technology officer Dries Buytaert.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has expanded its same-day delivery service in six new areas, including New York City, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Dallas. The same-day delivery service includes more than one million eligible items. In these cities, you will be able to order items by noon and have them at your house by the end of the day seven days a week.
Amazon.com has elected former MTV CEO Judy McGrath to its board of directors, starting October 1st. McGrath left MTV in 2011 after working at the company for 30 years. She was named chairman and CEO of MTV in 2004 where she oversaw MTV, MTV2, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, and Logo.
Yesterday Indian e-commerce company Flipkart announced that it has raised $1 billion in funding. Flipkart competes against Amazon.com in India. Shortly after Flipkart announced the funding news, Amazon.com’s CEO Jeff Bezos said that the company is going to spend $2 billion in its India division.
Amazon.com briefly put up a website for an unlimited e-book and audiobook subscription service called Kindle Unlimited, according to GigaOm. Amazon.com is planning to offer users with unlimited access to 600,000 digital books for $9.99 per month. The pricing of the service is comparable to Oyster and Scribd, which charges $9.95 and $8.99 per month, respectively. Some of the titles that Amazon.com will offer through the Kindle Unlimited subscription includes The Hunger Games, 1984, Flash Boys and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Babak Parviz is a former Google executive that led the development of Google Glass. Parviz also led some of the efforts of the smart contact lens project while at Google. He has now been hired by Amazon.com. “The primary reason for the move is being excited about what we might accomplish at Amazon,” said Parviz in an e-mail with CNET.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has filed a lawsuit again Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) for hiring one of its former cloud computing employees after he took a job with Google’s cloud computing division, according to GeekWire. Amazon said that the employee’s new job violates a noncompete clause. Amazon believes that this should have prevented the employee from working for a competitor for 18 months after leaving Amazon.com.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is planning to launch a marketplace for local services this year to compete against companies like Angie’s List and Yelp. According to TechCrunch, part of that launch will include a food takeout service, which would rival companies like DeliveryHero, GrubHub, and Seamless.
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