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Amazon Prime membership price may increase by $20-$40

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The Amazon Prime membership may increase by $20 to $40 per year. Currently, Amazon Prime costs $79 per year and it has been this way for years. Amazon Prime includes free two-day shipping on physical goods and it offers unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies from Amazon Instant Video. Amazon said that the rise would be due to the rise in fuel charges and shipping costs. Amazon is “considering” the change right now and it may fall through. It is unknown how many Amazon users are signed up with Prime. Apparently, Amazon Prime members spend approximately twice as much compared to regular Amazon shoppers ever year.

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) may be launching their own virtual pay TV service

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is in talks with big media companies about licensing channels for their own online pay TV service, according to sources with The Wall Street Journal. These talks are in early stages and it is uncertain about when it will move forward.

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Amazon will start shipping packages before you buy them

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Amazon.com has been working on innovative approaches to logistics. The company is going to start testing a program where they would ship items that they think you will like before you press the purchase button. Amazon.com gained a patent for “anticipatory shipping,” which is a way for the company to send items to shipping centers in areas where they believe the items will sell well. This method could lead to a cut in delivery times.
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Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) workers have voted against unionizing

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) workers at a distribution center in Delaware have voted against unionization. A group of up to 30 people at the warehouse were in charge of the vote. Around 27 of the 30 workers voted and 21 of them voted against unionization. The union would have been associated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly received emergency kidney stone surgery on New Year’s Day

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According to CNBC, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos received emergency treatment on New Year’s Day for kidney stones. Bezos was airlifted from the Galápagos by an Ecuadorian navy helicopter. Bezos was in the area on a cruise ship. He was flow to the U.S. later on for treatment.

Amazon.com to collect sales tax in Indiana, Nevada, and Tennessee

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Amazon.com consumers in Indiana, Nevada, and Tennessee will now have to pay sales tax on purchases. Amazon.com agreed to begin sales taxes in the three states starting in 2014.

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Zappos to get rid of job titles in favor of Holacracy model

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Zappos is an e-commerce company that is owned by Amazon.com. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has decided to get rid of job titles and management positions as part of a system called “Holacracy.” The term Holacracy is from the Greek word “holon,” which means a whole inside something larger. The term is all about self-governing. Zappos is dividing the company into 400 circles. Inside of a circle, a worker can have more than one job.
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Amazon sold over 36.8 million items on Cyber Monday

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Amazon.com has reported that the 2013 shopping season was their biggest so far in terms of sales and services. Amazon.com announced that on Cyber Monday, over 36.8 million items were ordered worldwide. This is up from 26.5 million items last year.
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