The Amazon Economy

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has changed the way that global consumers go shopping.

Ecommerce groups rush to deliver the goods

Bringing orders to the buyer on time is taking on increasing importance

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Explore how variations in key assumptions can change Amazon’s potential market value and share price
Warehouse to powerhouse

IBM boosts global data centre network

US tech group to add nine facilities in cloud computing race

Audioboom inks content deal with Audible

Tie-up will allow app users to listen to book snippets

Parcels surge hits Christmas deliveries

Chaos reported as shortage of drivers compounds problems

Luxembourg old town, shot from the hill

How Luxembourg reeled in Silicon Valley

Chill wind blows through country that opened its doors to the world

BlackRock leads Coupang investor drive

US group leads $300m investment in online retailer

US envoy defends Facebook over tax

Barzun says ‘we made these rules and they are playing by them’

(left to right) prototype humanoids created by Asratec, Toshiba and Aldebaran are designed for use in construction and domestic work

The ghost in the machine gets smarter

Outside investors seek to monetise opportunities, in rescue, healthcare and reconnaissance

Amy Landecker and Jeffrey Tambor (right) star in ‘Transparent’
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Will streaming bring a new golden age of TV?

Amazon and Vimeo’s success shows what an online studio with no history of making TV can come up with

Surge of deliveries brings gift of innovation

Logistics industry seeks ways to meet consumers’ holiday demands

Vodafone looks at Tesco’s Blinkbox

Telecoms group wants to launch home broadband internet service

Digital VAT changes threaten start-ups

Epetition calls for delay in introducing EU regulations

US retail groups shop at home not abroad

Rise in domestic deals follows unsuccessful foreign acquisitions

Amazon chief Bezos takes long-term view

Decision to end Hachette spat cuts losses and changes tack

the logo of Amazon Web Services

Amazon web services: prodigal sums

The company is a great retailer but it shouldn’t be a conglomerate

Amazon and publisher bury the hatchet

Hachette deal offers new digital model but leaves publishers wary

Wanted: rival to Amazon

Publishers look for allies in fight with e-retailer

Amazon-Hachette deal ends bitter chapter

Dispute set the literary world against its most powerful retailer

Audiobook stages comeback in apps era

Number of audio titles published in the US more than doubled in 2013

Podcasting enjoys a renaissance

Boom in spoken word content lures advertisers

Amazon to test drones in Cambridge

Online retailer seeks engineers and experts for flight tests

Competition, the Commission and comfort letters

Wallonia’s tax incentives attracting overseas companies – but also regulatory attention

Crowdworkers form digital networks

People paid for small online tasks are sharing tips on practices

Aggressive tax avoidance troubles large investors

Investors fear reputational and commercial problems

Crashes question commercial space flights

Success in space travel needs investment most entrepreneurs are likely unwilling to make

Amazon’s venture in China raises concerns

Investors are sceptical the group can win in the market

T-Mobile / Amazon: scary vision

Amazon is in the midst of its reckoning. T-Mobile’s is approaching

Mad Men network says BBC deal makes sense

AMC Networks buys 49 per cent of UK broadcaster’s US channel

Amazon: Muddy river

The group has a history of losing focus when times are good

Amazon shares drop as loss widens

Deficit of $437m is worse than expected

Spying fears prompt Amazon German centres

Company responds to concerns about US internet surveillance

Mob justice is a dangerous business

Politicians resemble gangsters roaming around extorting money from unpopular individuals

Amazon strikes new Simon & Schuster deal

Publisher regains some control over ebook prices as others feud

Hackers use suppliers to gain access

Cyber criminals are developing increasingly sophisticated techniques to breach company firewalls

Android operating system and icons
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Technology review: Robot wars

Contenders target Google’s version of Android

Google v Amazon: shopping spree

The search company has launched an Amazon-like service

Could Amazon plus Uber be the click-and-collect dream combo?

Amazon starts UK same-day deliveries

Online retailer steps up competition in postal market

Google says Amazon is biggest search rival

Schmidt claims search group just one of many ‘windows on web’

Hidden CEO risks are hard to control

Regulators and boards know little about ‘tone from the top’