Tag: Amazon

New Name, Same Free Stuff: Amazon Rebrands Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming

Photo: Tashatuvango (Shutterstock) To put it bluntly, being a gamer can be expensive as shit. Between dropping hundreds of dollars on hardware and having to spend upwards of $60 on the latest games, blasting fools, or orbital striking them as The Root’s news editor Monique Judge is fond of doing in GTA Online, can sometimes […]

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Amazon relaunches Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming

Amazon today announced it’d be renaming its Twitch-based extras program for Amazon Prime subscribers. So goodbye, Twitch Prime. Hello, Prime Gaming. New name, same awesome benefits. 👑 #PrimeGaminghttps://t.co/AeAwWpk1Ba pic.twitter.com/pR0KDGTr85 — PrimeGaming (@primegaming) August 10, 2020 Bezos’s baby has been making more of a push into the gaming industry in the last year or so. It’s […]

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Amazon rebrands Twitch Gaming as Prime Gaming to broaden audience

Amazon has rebranded its Twitch Gaming membership benefits program as Prime Gaming. The move is part of an attempt to broaden the appeal of the benefits to players who don’t have Twitch livestreaming accounts or don’t consider themselves to be enthusiast gamers. One of the little-known secrets about Twitch Gaming is that you are a […]

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An ‘A League Of Their Own’ Reboot Starring A ‘Broad City’ Creator Is On The Way From Amazon

A League Of Their Own is officially coming back, this time as a TV series on Amazon Prime. The Hollywood Reporter said on Thursday that Amazon Prime has ordered a series created by Broad City‘s Abby Jacobson based on the beloved movie about women’s baseball during World War II. Jacobson and Will Graham created the […]

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Lena Waithe Reportedly Working on New Series About Open Marriages

Photo: Leon Bennett (Getty Images) Lena Waithe is never not working. The 36-year-old writer, showrunner, producer and actress is reportedly working on a new drama series centered around open marriages. Advertisement According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series is part of her massive, overall deal with streaming giant Amazon and is tentatively titled Open. Should […]

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Starfinder is an interactive Alexa voice game starring Laura Bailey

Amazon is launching Starfinder, an interactive Alexa game featuring the voice actors Laura Bailey (of The Last of Us Part II) and Nathan Fillion. It’s a new way to entertain yourself in today’s stay-at-home culture. The first three episodes of Starfinder are available starting today on any Alexa-enabled device, including Amazon Echo, Fire TV, and […]

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COVID got the world addicted to (computer) tablets — we made some pie charts about it

While most industries suffered during the pandemic, things went well for one technological sector: tablet computers. According to a recent report from analyst firm IDC, the global tablet market recorded 18.6% year-over-year growth in Q2 of 2020. In actual numbers, this meant there were 38.6 million tablets shipped across the world during that three month period. What’s […]

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Antitrust experts weigh in on breaking up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Gary Reback is perhaps best known as the lawyer who helped convince the U.S. Department of Justice to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in the 1990s. He watched the majority of the House Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this week with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook […]

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Tech Companies Report Huge Profits as 40 Million Americans Face Evictions

A day after a congressional antitrust hearing where lawmakers questioned the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, and Facebook, those companies reported earnings that show they’ve made billions during a pandemic that has put 40 million Americans at risk of eviction.   On Thursday, e-commerce giant Amazon reported $88.9 billion in net sales this financial quarter (up […]

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ProBeat: Slowing AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud revenue growth is a good thing

COVID-19 means work, learning, and life in general are increasingly happening online. Shouldn’t that mean more cloud usage and thus more cloud revenue? Yes, and it does. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to more cloud revenue growth for the three tech giants. Microsoft reported its fiscal Q4 2020 earnings last week, while Amazon and Alphabet […]

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The Future of Trust-Busting Is in Joe Biden’s Hands

Throughout the hearing, the figures who really came off looking inept were the federal antitrust enforcement agencies—the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust division. These agencies already had most of the evidence Congress had on hand. Representative Jerrold Nadler presented an email showing Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram out of fear […]

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Amazon reports $88.9 billion in Q2 2020 revenue: AWS up 29%, subscriptions up 29%, and ‘other’ up 41%

Amazon today reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter of 2020, including revenue up 40% to $88.9 billion, net income of $5.2 billion, and earnings per share of $10.30 (compared to revenue of $63.4 billion, net income of $2.6 billion, and earnings per share of $5.22 in Q2 2019). North American sales were up 43% […]

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Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs

The four horseman of the techpocalypse – the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google – joined the US House of Representatives today for an antitrust hearing. We watched every second of the more than five and a half hours of Congress’ grilling of some of the richest men in the world so you wouldn’t […]

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Antitrust hearing: Amazon, Facebook, and Google were questioned 2x more than Apple

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, the House Judiciary Committee questioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai over Webex. But they weren’t all questioned equally. Most of the questions were directed at Bezos, Zuckerberg, and Pichai — each of […]

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke about a policy that is meant to prevent the company from using seller specific data to help it determine what products it should manufacture and sell itself. “What I can tell you is, we have a policy against using […]

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Tech CEOs will survive antitrust hearings but can’t stop investigations

Given my background as a political science major, lawyer, and journalist, I shouldn’t be dispassionate about today’s Congressional antitrust hearing on the market power of online platforms, which will bring the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google into a single (virtual) space for questioning. This is the sort of feat that only a governmental body can pull […]

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Anthony Starr Reveals How Giancarlo Esposito Will Put ‘The Boys’ Season 2 On A ‘Bizarre Trajectory’

Giancarlo Esposito only briefly appeared in the season finale of The Boys, but it was clear from just those few moments that the actor would have a much greater impact on the gleefully brutal superhero satire when it returned for its second season. (You don’t just cast Gus Fring for a bit part.) In a […]

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Amazon launches Fraud Detector in general availability

Amazon today announced the public launch of Fraud Detector, a fully managed service powered by machine learning that identifies potentially fraudulent activities like online payment and identity fraud. First unveiled during Amazon’s re:Invent 2019 conference last December, it’s now generally available for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers in select regions. Every year, online fraud costs […]

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America’s Largest Unions Are Calling on the FTC to Stop Amazon

On Thursday, a coalition of some of America’s largest unions representing millions of workers  filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission to address Amazon’s exploitation of the Covid-19 pandemic to further expand its dominance over U.S. markets and labor. “We are highly alarmed by Amazon’s conduct during the unprecedented crisis brought about by the […]

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google CEOs to face antitrust committee that owns $100K+ of those companies’ stocks

Business Insider’s Aaron Holmes reports that three of the lawmakers tasked with leading an antitrust investigation into the operations of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google own more than $100,000 in stocks of those tech firms — not the best way to run a probe. In their coverage, Holmes noted that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin […]

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‘The Boys’ Are Having A Whale Of A Time In A Gory First-Look Clip From Season 2

Executive producer Seth Rogen previously promised that Amazon Prime’s The Boys would be even more outrageous for a sophomore season. Anyone who watched last year’s batch of episodes will realize that’s a pretty hefty promise to fulfill. Will showrunner Eric Kripke meet the high bar that he was instrumental in setting? The season’s first trailer […]

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Amazon’s ‘Utopia’ Teaser Finds ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn Remaking A Cult Favorite

Utopia, the American remake of the darkly comic British cult hit of the same name, hasn’t had a utopian history. Half a decade ago, it was supposed to reunite the Gone Girl team of director David Fincher and writer Gillian Flynn over at HBO, with Rooney Mara to star. After that fell through, Fincher and […]

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‘Shaun Of The Dead’ Stars Simon Pegg And Nick Frost Are Back Together In Amazon’s ‘Truth Seekers’ Trailer

When Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get together, hilarity tends to ensue. We’re talking Spaced, we’re talking Shaun of the Dead, we’re talking Hot Fuzz, we’re talking The World’s End, we’re talking… Paul, I guess? I remember laughing once or twice. But everything else? Very good to great, including the pair’s recent Shaun of the […]

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