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Why Amazon is launching a smartphone

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June 18, 2014
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Despite its late entry, Amazon could grow the smartphone market overseas and use the phone to spur more sales of its catalog of products, say analysts. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters


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Amazon Tips Off Investors to Tilt-Friendly Smartphone

Amazon Tips Off Investors to Tilt-Friendly Smartphone

TheStreet (June 5, 2014) — Amazon announced it will launch a new product on June 18th in Seattle. The online retail giant teased the market with a Twitter photo of a shiny black device with the Amazon logo. A launch video shows mostly young white consumers swaying with the off-screen product and appearing very impressed with the device. If you answer the invite as a developer, the invitation asks questions about experience with gyroscopes and accelerometers. Many expect the smart phone to be tilt-friendly and move with the user, as opposed to relying on finger swiping motions. Amazon isn't expected to try to make a profit on the new product. Video provided by TheStreet
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Amazon to Fight FTC Over Charges of Unauthorized App Purchases

Amazon to Fight FTC Over Charges of Unauthorized App Purchases

TheStreet (July 3, 2014) — Amazon said it was prepared to take the Federal Trade Commission to court in defense of allegations it had failed to prevent unauthorized transactions by children on its tablets. Amazon said it would fight any U.S. regulator fines levied against it on those charges, countering that its parental controls are already far stricter than those the FTC requires. For instance, Amazon's Kindle has settings whereby parents can limit the time children spend on devices. PINs can also be assigned to authorize in-app purchases. The FTC imposed a $32.5 million fine on Apple earlier this year on similar charges. Video provided by TheStreet
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Images Of Rumored Amazon Smartphone Leaked

Images Of Rumored Amazon Smartphone Leaked

Newsy (Apr. 15, 2014) — BGR has leaked images of what could be Amazon's smartphone. The outlet's been right about Amazon leaks before. Sources expect an announcement in June. Video provided by Newsy
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