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    The big box book chain stores are dying like flies, next target is the iPad and the publishers themselves.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/te...ted=all?src=tp
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleUte View Post
    The big box book chain stores are dying like flies, next target is the iPad and the publishers themselves.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/te...ted=all?src=tp
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    Songs from these 25 CDs you purchased from Amazon in the past are now available for you in Cloud Player for FREE
    Fleet Foxes, "Fleet Foxes" Slightly Stoopid, "Chronchitis" Taylor Swift, "Speak Now" Sublime, "40 Oz to Freedom"

    The Avett Brothers, "I and Love and You" 311, "Music" 311, "311" Russell, Leon, "Will O'The Wisp"

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    Dear Mac Williams,

    We thought you'd like to know that eligible songs from 25 CDs you have purchased from Amazon are being added to your Cloud Player library. This means that high-quality MP3 versions of these songs are available for you to play or download from Cloud Player for FREE. You can find your songs in the "Purchased" playlist. Please note that some songs from the above CDs are not eligible for this feature and may not be available in your Cloud Player library.

    In addition, we're excited to announce AutoRip. Now when you buy any CD with the logo, all songs from the MP3 version of that album will instantly be delivered to your Amazon Cloud Player library for FREE.
    That's pretty awesome. I got that email just now.
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    By the way, I bought that Leon Russell album from Amazon in January of 2000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleUte View Post
    The big box book chain stores are dying like flies, next target is the iPad and the publishers themselves.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/te...ted=all?src=tp
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    Well they're definitely taking over South Lake Union and the Denny Triangle. That area is blowing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    That's pretty awesome. I got that email just now.
    I love Amazon Cloud player. Far superior to iTunes in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    I love Amazon Cloud player. Far superior to iTunes in my opinion.
    A big steaming pile of poo is far superior to itunes.

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    Counterpoint: Amazon sucks.

    Has anyone noticed the new "Add-On" program at Amazon? Now certain products are ONLY available (as far as I can tell) when you make an order $25 or larger, if for Amazon Prime members. I just tried to buy a $5.95 item, which is available for free shipping w/ Prime, except that Amazon won't complete the order unless I add another $24.05 worth of products to my cart. So basically, for some items, Amazon Prime only gives you free 2-day shipping if you're buying more than $25 worth of goods. I can't even buy it if I offer to pay normal shipping.

    Lame.
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    So I checked and I am now able to order stuff from this new Amazon Prime Now (1 or 2 hour delivery) service...

    We tested out Amazon's one-hour delivery service, and it worked so well it was a little creepy




    With its latest mobile app, Prime Now, Amazon is one step closer to world domination.
    With the app, which is available on iOS and Android, Amazon Prime subscribers have the option of free two-hour delivery — or delivery within an hour for $7.99. The app also encourages you to pay a $5 tip to the couriers.
    Prime Now service finally launched for select zip codes in Austin on Wednesday, making it the sixth city in the nation to have it. Prime Now originally launched in New York City in late 2014, later expanding to Baltimore, Miami, Dallas and Atlanta.
    In the name of journalism, The Daily Texan tested out the service by placing two separate orders for two very important items. The first was a Barbie Collector’s Edition Texas A&M University Ken Doll, at the request of Texan film critic Alex Pelham. The second was 125 feet of bubble wrap, because the Texan knows how to have fun. The first item was hyper-specific, the second big and bulky.
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    http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2015...-little-creepy

    I think I'll order me up some bubble wrap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    I think I'll order me up some bubble wrap!
    What? And pass on the Barbie Collector’s Edition Texas A&M University Ken Doll???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paperback Writer View Post
    What? And pass on the Barbie Collector’s Edition Texas A&M University Ken Doll???
    Yeah, I'm not into that but it looks like Amazon has plenty of stock for you...

    31k423AsIhL._SY355_.jpg

    http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Texas-U.../dp/B00E9VPQGY

    The review look good too...

    Came wrapped very safely and nicely in a box. Love this doll because I am an Aggie fan and so is my sister. I got two so she can have one too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Yeah, I'm not into that but it looks like Amazon has plenty of stock for you...

    31k423AsIhL._SY355_.jpg

    http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Texas-U.../dp/B00E9VPQGY

    The review look good too...
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    In the credit card thread, imanihonjin mentioned:

    Also, if you use this card with subscribe and save (and have 5 subscribe and save subscriptions) you can save 20% on those subscribe and save items (15% for signing up for 5 subscribe and save items and 5% with your new amazon prime card). Pretty sweet deal on tons of items that you likely use and buy anyway.
    I thought this sounded like a good deal, but I only have two things on subscription there:

    1. Air filters for my furnace
    2. Cleaning solution for my electric razor

    Evidently I am missing out. What else do you all have on subscription at Amazon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark Addison View Post
    What else do you all have on subscription at Amazon?
    American Girl magazine. That's it. You don't have that on subscription?! You are missing out my friend.

    We only have the virtual Amazon Store Card (5% back on all AMZN purchases), not the Visa Rewards card.
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    BTW... I agree with the OP. Amazon has, essentially, taken over the market that I work in (SMB hosting). My employer has completely given up on the space. Subsequently, I had to move my personal web/mail server to another provider... after 20 years of being the same place.



    But did I capitulate like Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail and move to AMZN?!

    HELL. NO.

    (But everyone else I know did.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark Addison View Post
    In the credit card thread, imanihonjin mentioned:



    I thought this sounded like a good deal, but I only have two things on subscription there:

    1. Air filters for my furnace
    2. Cleaning solution for my electric razor

    Evidently I am missing out. What else do you all have on subscription at Amazon?
    Deodorant, toilet paper, dishwasher pacs, soap, etc....

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    From Wikipedia, the publication story of The Martian, by Andy Weir:

    Andy Weir, the son of a particle physicist, has a background in computer science. He began writing the book in 2009, researching related material so that it would be as realistic as possible and based on existing technology.[6] Weir studied orbital mechanics, astronomy, and the history of manned spaceflight.[7] He said he knows the exact date of each day in the book.[8]
    Having been rebuffed by literary agents when trying to get prior books published, Weir decided to put the book online in serial format one chapter at a time for free at his website.[6] At the request of fans, he made an Amazon Kindle version available at 99 cents (the minimum he could set the price).[6] The Kindle edition rose to the top of Amazon's list of best-selling science-fiction titles, where it sold 35,000 copies in three months, more than had been previously downloaded free.[6][8] This garnered the attention of publishers: Podium Publishing, an audiobook publisher, signed for the audiobook rights in January 2013. Weir sold the print rights to Crown in March 2013 for over US$100,000.[6]
    The book debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list on March 2, 2014 in the hardcover fiction category at twelfth position.[9]

    Who wants the old school style of the publishing business again?

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    Don't have a mirror? Now you can pay Amazon $199 to have Alexa to take a creepy full-body 360* shot of you and tell you your outfit looks bad.

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0186JAE...ableAutoPlay=1

    About the product

    • Introducing Echo Look—everything you love about Alexa, and now she can help you look your best
    • Using just your voice, easily take full-length photos and short videos with a hands-free camera that includes built-in LED lighting, depth-sensing camera, and computer vision-based background blur
    • See yourself from every angle with the companion app. Build a personal lookbook and share your photos.
    • Get a second opinion on which outfit looks best with Style Check, a new service that combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists
    • Echo Look helps you discover new brands and styles inspired by your lookbook
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    Amazon giving me another reason to leave my house less often...

    Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at $13.7 billion

    Jeff Bezos speaking at the new New York Economic Club luncheon in New York on Oct. 27, 2016. Amazon buys Whole Foods for $42 a share in cash


    Amazon said Friday it plans to acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 a share, in a deal valued at $13.7 billion.


    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey will remain CEO of the grocery store chain after the deal closes, and the store will continue to operate under the Whole Foods brands.


    The deal is expected to close in the second half year.


    "This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market's shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers," Mackey said in a statement.


    Whole Foods has been under pressure from Jana Partners hedge fund and money management firm Neuberger Berman, which have called on Whole Foods to sell itself. The investors have criticized Whole Foods for its poor performance, and have suggested the chain could be merged with another grocer.


    Amazon has been pushing to expand its online grocery business.
    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/16/amazo...7-billion.html

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    When will Amazon get into the shipping business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    When will Amazon get into the shipping business?
    last year
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Amazon giving me another reason to leave my house less often...
    Wow. Never figured you to be a Whole Foods kind of guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Wow. Never figured you to be a Whole Foods kind of guy.
    Yeah, I am addicted to their asparagus water... That stuff is crack:

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    I told him he was a goddamn Nazi Stormtrooper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Yeah, I am addicted to their asparagus water... That stuff is crack:
    What. The. Heck?

    I love the warning about it not being pasteurized and therefore it may contain harmful bacteria and should be avoided by children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Who the crap would buy something like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    What. The. Heck?

    I love the warning about it not being pasteurized and therefore it may contain harmful bacteria and should be avoided by children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Who the crap would buy something like that?
    The story about the asparagus water is almost as funny as the product itself.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...take/31152405/



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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    What. The. Heck?

    I love the warning about it not being pasteurized and therefore it may contain harmful bacteria and should be avoided by children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Who the crap would buy something like that?
    Maybe the same people that buy the mushrooms...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Maybe the same people that buy the mushrooms...

    Maybe they're just extremely light.

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    Amazon's HQ2 finalists were announced recently and David Burge gave a rundown of the pros and cons of each city.

    https://twitter.com/i/moments/954078583957278720

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