Amazon, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection., Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as books, movies, music & games, digital downloads, electronics & computers, home & garden, toys, kids & baby, grocery, apparel, shoes & jewelry, health & beauty, sports & outdoors, and tools, auto & industrial.

Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Examples of the services offered by Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS), and Amazon Mechanical Turk.


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Connected Lab to host Amazon Echo's first ever Hackathon in Canada
Remember the 2013 film Her? The Oscar-winning science fiction rom-com featuring an intelligent computer operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson? This March, as part of Amazon Echo's first... more
Amazon to Launch First AWS Region in Canada This Year
Amazon plans to open a Web Services region in Montreal this year. It would be the first AWS region in Canada. "We are very proud that Amazon Web Services has chosen Québec as the home... more
Amazon Celebrates Record Holiday for Commerce Company in Canada
This year marked the busiest holiday ever for, the company says, with a record number of packages shipped during the season. Globally, this holiday was a record-breaker for the... more
Amazon Releases Video Showing Drone Delivery in Action, Asks for 'Regulatory Support'
Amazon has been talking about delivery drones since 2013. The retail giant has even been testing drones in Canada. Now Amazon has released videos to describe how its drone delivery service,... more
Shopping Concierge, Big Apple Buddy, Helps Canadians Order from American Amazon
Cross-border shopping is growing, but big retailers are not making it easy to shop from America. For example, Amazon doesn't allow buyers outside of the U.S. to purchase a wide range of... more
TriNimbus Named Canadian Partner by Amazon Web Services
TriNimbus announced today that it has been named a Premier Consulting Partner by Amazon Web Services as part of the AWS Partner Network. The Canadian company was also recognized as one of the... more
Shares in Shopify Jump 23% Following Integration with Amazon
Shopify this week announced that it has been selected as the preferred migration provider for Amazon Webstore merchants. The Canadian company also noted that it now is providing its merchants... more
Amazon Launches 'Prime Day' to Attract More Subscribers
More than 90 years ago, holiday shopping found its official start the Friday after Thanksgiving, eventually becoming Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Over the years, Amazon has... more
Why Go All-In on Amazon Web Services Cloud
The momentum in enterprise adoption of cloud technologies is undeniable. The tipping point of cloud adoption is here. Enterprises are no longer asking if they should utilize cloud technology. They... more
Amazon's Dash Button Helping Push Internet of Things into Mainstream
The Internet of Things (IoT) has long been the dream of large businesses, technological experts, and entrepreneurs alike. Taking every object around us and connecting them in some way to the web at... more
Amazon Canada Opens Online Clothing and Shoe Store
Amazon has brought clothes and shoes to its Canadian online store. Roughly 1.5 million items for men, women, and children are now for sale on the retail giant's ecommerce platform, in one of its... more
Amazon Launches Wearable Tech Store in Canada this week announced the launch of its Wearable Technology store, a new category where customers can discover the latest products in wearable technology including activity trackers and... more
Amazon, OpenTable Among Latest to Launch Apple Watch Apps
OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations, this week released an app for Apple Watch in Canada.   “Our Apple Watch app is a natural extension of our popular iPhone app and... more
Amazon Testing Drone Delivery at Secret Site in Canada
Amazon is testing its drone delivery service in Canada, reports The Guardian. The retail giant has set up a secret site in BC after experiencing frustration dealing with the US federal... more
Guess Who Everyone Wants to Work For?
So, who does everyone want to work for? The same companies as always, basically. According to the most recent survey from talent strategy firm Universum Global, computer science majors across... more
Amazon Bolsters Canadian Presence with Toronto Office for 800 Employees
Amazon is opening a new office in downtown Toronto. The office, with space for up to 800 employees, will bolster the company's presence in Canada. Amazon will occupy five floors of a recently... more
Netflix for Books: Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited
Amazon today introduced Kindle Unlimited. The new subscription service allows customers to freely read as much as they want from 750,000 Kindle books for only $10 per month. “We are... more
Amazon Entering Movie Business a Nightmare for Hollywood
Amazon is about to disrupt Hollywood. Again.The Seattle-based company that sells almost everything under the sun kicked off its year with a massive triumph over the major Hollywood studios at the... more
Amazon Offers Canadians Free Unlimited Photo Storage with Prime Photos
Amazon today introduced Prime Photos for customers in Canada, providing free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. Tens of millions of members around the world already enjoy Prime. And... more
Canada to Samsung, Google, BlackBerry: Better Privacy Control Needed for Mobile Apps
Some of the world's biggest tech companies are being targeted by an open letter about privacy. Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has joined more than 20 counterparts from around the world in... more
Amazon Launches Same-Day Delivery in Toronto and Vancouver
Starting today, customers shipping to Toronto and Vancouver can browse a vast selection of items and receive same-day delivery on Amazon says customers can place orders as late as noon... more
Amazon Brings Innovative Career Choice Program to Canada
Amazon announced this week it is bringing its innovative Career Choice program to employees in Canada. The program is designed to expand the choices available to its hourly employees in their... more
Amazon Adds Canadian Shipping to,, and More
Quidsi, an Amazon company, this week announced the rollout of international shipping on several e-commerce sites. Shipping to Canada—as well as more than 60 other countries—can be... more
Amazon Introduces Student Program for University Students in Canada
Today, Amazon introduced Amazon Student. Amazon Student is a program created for university and college students, where anyone currently enrolled can get unlimited free two-day shipping with... more
Amazon Unveils 'Fire' Smartphone
At Seattle's Fremont Studios, Amazon is expected to announce its own smartphone. UPDATE: Amazon has indeed announced a smartphone. Called the Amazon Fire phone, it features a 4.7-inch... more
Twitter and Amazon Partner to Make Shopping by Hashtag an Actual Thing
Twitter is teaming up with Amazon to let users shop directly from their tweets. When links to products appear in a tweet, by sending a reply to that tweet with hashtag #AmazonCart, customers can... more
Canadians Snubbed Once Again by Amazon with Latest HBO Partnership
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: an Internet streaming company adds a new service in the U.S. and Canadians are shut out from accessing it. The latest in a far-too-plentiful... more
How Digital is Transforming Canada's $500 Billion Retail Industry
From mobile to social, the rapid adoption of digital technologies, devices and services by consumers is reshaping our entire economy. This digital tsunami is transforming multiple industries and... more
Amazon Launches Fire TV, a Set-top Box for Video Streaming That Doubles as a Gaming Console
Amazon today unveiled a video streaming device. Called Fire TV, the set-top box can stream video directly to television. The device will compete against the likes of Apple TV and Roku, while... more
Canadian April Fools' Day Jokes That Had Us Laughing All Morning
April Fools' Day is all wrapped up. Below we share five of our favourite Canadian-made jokes involving tech companies. 1. Teambuy eliminates the need for credit cards with the W.A.L.L.E.T. 2.... more
Amazon Introduces Zero-Click Ordering Feature that Automatically Buys Everything for You
Today Amazon introduced an improved version of its famous One-Click Ordering feature. Called Zero-Click Ordering, the online retail giant now lets consumers buy stuff without having to do anything.... more
Today’s Internet Experience Was 25 Years in the Making
The fact that I am writing on a device that has no connection cables yet has high speed access to the internet is a testament of the advancement in internet accessibility and sustainability.... more
Toronto's Slyce Raises $11 Million from Beacon Securities and Others
Visual product search platform Slyce, today announced the close of their latest funding round with over $10.75 million raised, increasing their total funding to just over $14.5 million. The round... more
This is the Most Admired Company in the World, According to Fortune
Fortune's annual list of the World's Most Admired Companies has been released and once again Apple is on top. It's Apple's seventh year in a row on top of the list thanks to ranking number one... more
YouTube: Don't Read the Comments, and Other Hilariously Remade Tech Company Slogans
A list of "honest company slogans" for major corporations is blowing up on Imgur this week and tech firms are far from immune to the roasting. YouTube's revised slogan is "Don't Read the... more
Amazon Wants to Ship Your Products Before You Even Buy Them
After announcing its curious experiments with delivery drones, Amazon appears to be keeping news media on its toes, to the point where even a relatively mundane announcement gets a sci-fi spin.... more
Amazon Upstaged by Over-the-Top 'Super Drone' Delivery
Capitalizing on Amazon's preposterous attention-grabbing announcement of their PrimeAir drone delivery experiments, building materials wholesaler BuildDirect has produced a parody video unveiling... more
Amazon Testing Delivery of Packages via Drones
Amazon is testing delivering packages via drones. Jeff Bezos, the online retailer's chief executive officer, revealed the news Sunday on CBS show "60 Minutes." According to him, drones could... more
Amazon and Trulioo Join Tech Fest Hiring Fair
On November 28 Techivbes is hosting a one-of-a-kind recruiting event called the Techvibes Tech Fest. We've assembled a lineup of some of the coolest tech companies in Vancouver and are giving their... more
Amazon Starts Selling Groceries in Canada – but Will Consumers Bite?
Amazon is making another play for marketshare in Canada. On Thursday, the American ecommerce giant began selling grocery and automotive products on its Canadian site. While Amazon has begun... more
LinkedIn to Open Large Office in Downtown Toronto Next Year, Sources Say
Last week, Techvibes broke the news that Amazon plans to open a massive office in the currently under-construction Telus Garden development in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This week, Techvibes... more
Apple Takes Over as World's Most Valuable Brand, BlackBerry Falls off List for First Time
For the first time in the history of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report, there is a new top brand. Apple this year boosted its brand value by an impressive 28% to trump Coca-Coca,... more
Amazon Reveals Which Canadian Cities Pamper Their Pets the Most
Amazon this week released new data that looks at which cities in Canada pamper their pets the most. After compiling sales data of all pet item sales since the launch of the Pets store... more
Amazon Reveals the Most Well-read Cities in Canada
For the first time, Amazon has revealed its list of the "most well-read cities in Canada." Amazon determined its list by leveraging data from all book sales in print and Kindle formats... more
Amazon Expands in Canada, Prepares to Open New Development Centre in Vancouver
Amazon is expanding in Canada. “I am opening a new dev center in Vancouver in March if you know any devs or managers who would be interested in AWS EC2,” wrote Amazon engineering... more Launches Mobile Shopping App for Canadians today launched the Amazon Mobile App for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone in Canada. The App allows customers to browse and shop for products, compare prices, read reviews and... more
Amazon Surprises Readers and Publishers, Abruptly Shutters Canadian Newsstand for Unknown Reason
Amazon is dismantling its Canadian newsstand. The move leaves readers without access to hundreds of digital newspapers and magazine previously purchasable from the company’s online... more
Amazon Launches Prime Service Offering Canadians Unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping today announced the launch of Amazon Prime, a membership program that provides “all-you-can-eat” Free Two-Day shipping to customers for an annual fee of $79.  The Prime... more Launches Fulfillment by Amazon in Canada announced today the launch of Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), a new service for third-party sellers that provides access to Amazon's fulfillment and customer service resources and... more
Netflix CEO Takes Jab at Amazon: 'Prime Video is a Confusing Mess'
Reed Hastings, the chief executive officer of Netflix, is not known for taking jabs at competitors. But this week he swung at Amazon, whose Prime service recently added a video streaming component... more
The Tech Billionaires That Gained and Lost the Most Money in 2012
The arena of billionaires can be a harsh one. Sure, on hand you have multiple billions of dollars, which is thousands of times more than the average human will earn over an entire lifetime of... more
Amazon Improves Delivery Times Across Canada, Adds 100 Full-time Jobs
Amazon Canada today announced plans to open a new fulfillment centre this fall in Delta, BC, creating more than 100 new full-time jobs. This 200,000 square foot facility is the company's first on... more
Amazon Expands the Kindle Family
Less than one year ago, Amazon introduced Kindle Fire—combining 15 years of innovation into a fully-integrated, end-to-end service for customers. Kindle Fire quickly became the most... more
Amazon Opens Game Studio, Launches Social Game on Facebook
Online retail giant Amazon has opened a gaming studio and launched its first title, Living Classics. The title is a social game for Facebook. "Amazon Game Studios is exactly what it sounds like: a... more
The Mobile Apps Online Shoppers Love the Most
As we've noted recently, m-commerce is really taking off on mobile devices. Now research firm Nielsen has tracked the most-used shopping apps for smartphones in June based on their unique audience... more
Amazon Hosts Event to Hire Up in Vancouver
Amazon continues to hire agressively in Vancouver and they're hosting their first summer networking event in hopes of meeting Vancouver's tech talent. Included in Amazon's BC expansion are two new... more
Kobo Officially Launches Writing Life, the DIY Author Platform
A little over a month ago the Canadian-born ereader company Kobo released a beta version of Writing Life, a DIY platform for authors that competes directly with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publisher.... more
Amazon Hiring Aggressively in Canada to Develop Silk Web Browser
Techvibes has learned that Amazon will be hiring agressively in Canada with a number of internal teams expanding their presence in the Vancouver office. Included in the expansion are two new... more
Amazon Poaches Microsoft Windows Phone Senior Director Ahead of Rumoured Smartphone Launch
Amazon has poached a senior director of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, according to his updated LinkedIn profile and a tweet from his handle, @RobWill53. Robert Williams is now Amazon's App... more
Turn Your Twitter Stream into an Ebook for Kindle with Toronto's E-Read MyTweets
Amazon's Kindle ebooks are fanastic for eye-friendly reading with their e-ink displays. But in an era of short attention spans, who really has time to read a whole book? Reading is much more... more
Apple iPad Accounts for 91% of Tablet Traffic, Samsung Galaxy in Second with Less Than 2%
Apple's iPad dominates in many categories, from the most apps—650,000 iOS apps and 225,000 built specifically for the iPad—to marketshare (anywhere from 62% to 75% globally, depending... more
Kobo Now Supports Google Play, a Feature That Kindle Fires and Nooks Don't Have
Canadian-born Kobo has announced that its Kobo Vox ereader-tablet hybrid now gives customers access to more than 500,000 apps as part of its support for Google Play— a notable feature that... more
Kobo Launches 'Writing Life' Platform to Compete With Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing
Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing has been a smash hit with new and established authors alike. Now, Canadian-born Kobo is entering the fray with its own self-publishing ebook platform. Calling... more
Apple's iPad is Actually Gaining Marketshare as Amazon's Kindle Fire Falls Off a Cliff
For the past year and change, one big story in tech has been how competing tablets finally started to eat into Apple's iPad marketshare. From a dominant peak of 95% in 2010, the iPad slowly lost... more
Amazon Canada Launches Baby Store with 25,000 Products from 500 Brands
Canadians are always a little envious of Americans when it comes to Amazon, because US consumers have access to a much more expansive store. Today, Amazon added one major storefront to its Canadian... more
Half of Amazon Kindle Fire Owners Plan to Buy an Apple iPad 3
If the rumours are true, we're less than two weeks away from a March 7th unveiling of Apple's third-generation iPad. The wealthier and more fanatic iPad 2 owners will likely update, while most... more
Tech Companies Manage Their Reputations Well, Apple Does it Best [STUDY]
Apple has the very best corporate reputation score among all major brands and companies in America, according to Harris. The firm's 2012 Reputation Quotient survey uncovered this year's best... more
Google is the Least Diversified Technology Company
Dan Frommer over at SplatF decided to figure out how diversified today's top technology companies are. There's a thousand ways to slice and splice the sort of data he uses, so his results can... more
Apple's iPad Accounts for 88% of Ad Traffic on Tablets; Amazon's Kindle Fire in Distant Second with 4%
Two years after Apple unveiled its first iPad, the pioneering tablet continues to dominate the space. Despite the best efforts of heavyweight competitors like Samsung and Research In Motion,... more
Another Daily Deal Site in Trouble: Amazon's LivingSocial Bled $558 Million in 2011
Most of the small daily deal startups seem to shutter after a few months, lost in an overly crowded market. Most of the big ones just seem to bleed massive amounts of money. Groupon's biggest... more
Toronto's Wattpad is Finally Available on Amazon's Kindle Fire
Toronto startup has informed Techvibes that its mobile reading app is now available on Amazon's Kindle Fire. Before, it was noted that Amazon was controversially blocking certain competing... more
RIM Stock Surges 10% on Talks of Amazon Takeover
Shares of Research In Motion surged 10% this morning over rumours that surfaced yesterday that Amazon may be in talks with the company over a merger. Amazon hired an investment bank in the summer... more
Amazon Almost Bought RIM, Companies Still in Talks
Online retail behemoth Amazon hired an investment bank in the summer to consider the feasibility of buying RIM, but didn't end up making an offer, according to Reuters. Citing "people with... more
War? Amazon is Playing Dirty With Canadian Competitors
Amazon's premier tablet, the vaunted Kindle Fire, is playing dirty. The device, currently available only in America, is quietly choking off key competitors, including prominent Canadian ones.... more
9 Interesting Things You Should Know About Amazon
Amazon is a pretty amazing company, what with having revolutionized ecommerce and all. It started as an online bookseller but has become a storefront for myriad other goods. Now, as the creator the... more
The World's 5 Most Powerful People in Tech
With the 2011 edition of the World's Most Powerful People now released, it's interesting to observe how potent the technology industry is. While the majority of the listees are leaders of big... more
Toronto-born Kobo hammers another nail into legacy publishers' coffin, decides to launch publishing arm
Toronto-born Kobo is creating a publishing arm that deals directly with authors, a la Amazon, according to CBC News. The new service is expected to launch in 2012, CEO Michael Serbinis said.... more
Blending ebooks with web: Amazon launches new file format for Kindle that integrates HTML5 and CSS3
Amazon has released Kindle Format 8, the company's latest file format designed specifically for the Android-powered Kindle Fire. With the release, it looks like Amazon has the goal of blending... more
Amazon Kindle Fire makes a 2 horse race
The announcement of the Amazon Kindle Fire has the press abuzz discussing the future of the tablet market. Some have stepped off into some alternate reality stating the Kindle Fire will kill off... more
5 Things You Ought to Know About Amazon's New Kindle Fire
Amazon today unveiled its first Tablet, the Kindle Fire. Here are 5 things worth knowing about this forthcoming mobile gadget: 1. What's the hardware like? The Kindle Fire has a 7-inch... more
Amazon unveils the Kindle Fire tablet but shows no love for Canada
Amazon today unveiled its Kindle Fire tablet. The Fire is a wifi-only, 7-inch, Android 3.1-powered tablet priced at a very low $199—less than half of the cheapest iPad at $499, thus placing... more is hiring: work for AbeBooks in Victoria or Amazon in Vancouver
AbeBooks and Amazon are hiring three talented, self-directed Software Engineering Managers: two to work for AbeBooks in Victoria's stunning and historically rich inner harbour and one to work for... more
Amazon wants to offer up ebooks Netflix-style
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Amazon is looking to offer a subscription to e-books, similar to how Netflix offers movies. It might be its own offering, or it might be integrated with... more
Specs and details of Amazon's 'very real' tablet have been revealed
TechCrunch's MG Siegler today claimed to have used the still-veiled Amazon tablet, confirming many of the rumours swirling around the secret device to be true. According to MG, who says he cannot... more
Amazon to launch dual-core 7-inch tablet this fall, quad-core 10-inch tablet in 2012
Digitimes has reported that Amazon will be launching a dual-core, 7-inch Android-powered tablet in October, and then a quad-core, 10-inch version in early 2012. The smaller tablet is expected to... more
The Pros and Cons of Selling on Amazon
This article was writen by Charles Nicholls, founder of SeeWhy. There are clear pros and cons of selling on Amazon. The Harry Potter franchise of e-books has recognized this and will not be... more
Amazon launches Kindle Cloud Reader, an HTML5-based gem of a multi-platform app
Today, announced Kindle Cloud Reader, its latest Kindle reading application that leverages HTML5 and enables customers to read Kindle books instantly using only their web... more
Amazon launches Local, the first real threat to Groupon's throne
Sitting smugly on the dais despite crowding competition, Groupon's crown—while heavy—is nonetheless secure upon the Chicago company's head. For now. Forbes dubbing the Groupon "the... more
Amazon owns the e-reader space. Now it's looking to tackle tablets too
When Apple launched the iPad last year, other mobile device makers scrambled to pump out a tablet to tap into the new consumer market that Steve Jobs created. But they didn't really take the time... more
Amazon Vancouver is hiring and wants to tell you about it
Amazon is hiring for their new Vancouver office and are hosting a info session/mixer night on June 20th in Yaletown. The Amazon Vancouver team is excited to be hosting our second mixer event... more pushes to patent one-click payments in Canada - and if successful, may change our patent laws's Canadian arm,, is pushing to have a patent for its one-click purchasing technology in Canada as it has in the U.S. And if it succeeds in its attempt, it could change the way... more
Amazon founder invests millions into B.C. startup General Fusion
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of online retailing giant Amazon, has joined a group of investors giving $20 million to General Fusion, a B.C. startup in the nuclear fusion space. The company is... more
Should companies like Amazon give away their e-readers for free?
Common in today's world of "freemium" models, group-buying coupons, etc., is the general notion that everything in the Internet Era should be free, or as close to it as possible. It has made it... more
Amazon steps on Netflix's toes with streaming TV and movie service - is Canada next? is rolling out a TV and movie streaming service to U.S. customers. The service is granted to "Prime" customers, who pay $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping on all orders. Now,... more
Borders files for bankruptcy; Toronto's Kobo jumps out to reassure concerned customers
Borders, a major book retailer chain, has filed for bankruptcy. The news shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been following their financial statements; nonetheless, it strikes a blow... more
Amazon's Jeff Barr to visit University of Victoria campus to discuss AWS
Cloud computing. Some say it's a mere trend or fad.But most agree it will play a significant role in the future of our increasingly digital society. If you are interested in learning more... more
Week in Review: A look at the hottest content
Top 5 Posts This Week: Rachael Chesnutt's Guide on How to Get Fired Through Social Media Why Netflix's dominance in the U.S. is not translating to success in Canada The art of pitching... more
Amazon to open Canadian office in Vancouver
Amazon acquired Victoria's AbeBooks in 2008 giving them their first office in Canada. Turns out they must be happy with BC as they're opening another office in Vancouver soon. The Amazon... more
Kindle is Amazon's all-time best-selling product; Kobo and Nooks sell out during holidays
Amazon's e-reader, the Kindle, is now the online retailer giant's best-selling product of all time. Toronto's Kobo Inc., a subsidiary of the Chapters/Indigo chain, maker of competing e-reader... more
Amazon and Google hate Canada, but Toronto's Kobo is to the rescue
Amazon Canada isn't selling its famous Kindle e-reader to Canadians this holiday season, despite it being a hot ticket on the Christmas wishlist of many Northern bookworms and curious cats. (Citing... more
Following firestorm, Amazon pulls 'The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure' from store
Following hundreds of anger-infused comments over a highly controversial self-published book, online retail giant Amazon silently pulled the book from its site yesterday. The book's title? The... more
E-reader technology advances as E-ink screens develop colour displays
Apple iPads and Barnes & Noble Nooks have rich, colourful screens, but their LCD screen technology drains battery power and sunlight renders them almost impossible to read from. That's 90% of... more
News in Short: Bestseller Ebooks outsell print editions 2 to 1; Facebook voyeurism popular in the office
Best-seller Ebooks outsell hardcover editions 2 to 1 Ebooks are outselling their print counterparts "across the board," according to Steve Kessel, the senior vice president of Amazon Kindle. But... more closer to patenting One-Click in Canada has won a battle in its legal fight to patent an online payment system in Canada, closing a chapter in its fight over technology that allows shoppers to buy items with one click of... more
Nurturing the e-book industry with consumer choices, Amazon launches new product called 'Kindle Singles'
Always looking for a dime, online retailing titan Amazon has launched "Kindle Singles," which are essentially cheaper, tinier e-books, but packaged in a cute little marketing bow. According to... more
Thanksgiving Day Tech Roundup
We know you're going to be really busy on Thanksgiving today, but why pass up on your daily dose of sizzling hot tech news? Have both. Here are some top tech stories to get your grey matter... more
Amazon expresses interest in offering television shows and movies online
Apple's iTunes and Netflix have lit a competitive fire under Amazon, who has begun talks with major media companies about offering unlimited viewings of older television shows and movies online, in... more
Amazon Web Services presents Startup Challenge in Canada, U.S., and elsewhere. Do you have what it takes?
The annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) Startup Challenge is back with an expanded world footprint: startups in 22 countries across the Americas, Asia, and Europe can enter to win. This year, AWS will... more continues to bet on the Kindle
The ubiquitos Kindle eReader.  I see them almost everytime I travel downtown by public transit. The Kindle is the #1 selling item on for two years running. It’s also the... more
News in Short: America makes iPhone "jailbreaking" legal, Kindle enables social networking
U.S. passes law to legalize mobile device jailbreaking In the U.S., pwners of Apple's iPhone will be able to deliberately break electronic locks on their devices in order to download... more
News in Short: E-book sales eclipse hardcovers, Google goes green with wind-powered data centres
Google goes green: Wind-generated energy powers data centre The search engine giant's energy unit has entered into a deal to buy wind power from NextEra Energy for 20 years, intended to power the... more
Vancouver library stocks Amazon Kindles on shelves
The West Vancouver Memorial Library may be Canada's first library to let cardholders borrow the Amazon Kindle e-reader. The municipal library recently purchased six Kindles, and has just... more
News in Short: Kindle gets 2nd price cut in 2 weeks, Google enters online travel market
“The iPad is raising hell with everybody.” Amazon cut the price of its more expensive Kindle model, just a week after it cut the price of its cheaper model—all in an effort pull... more
News in Short: E-Books take longer to read, Facebook to recognize faces in photos
Study claims e-books slows pace of reading Web-usability mastermind Jakob Nielsen of Nielsen Norman Group conducted a study that pitted the Kindle 2 and iPad against print. The... more
Amazon boosts iPad, not kindle, with audio and video e-book enhancements
Amazon's Kindle is caught awkwardly between the cheap Nook by Barnes & Noble and the fanciful iPad by Apple. Its recent attempt to ease the bleeding of its wounds was - pun... more
As e-reader market explodes, cost of the devices get slashed
It's like the Sony's business model on the PS3: sell the console to break-even, or even suffer a loss, and profit off the games. Because what's a device without its constant flow of new content?... more
Do e-readers belong in the workplace?
You may bring a paperback book to work to read on breaks or the train ride in, but you probably don't keep it in your pocket or whip it out at the office desk. The e-reader, being a tech gadget,... more
Copyright bill stirs the pot of intellectual property controversy
A new copyright legislation is set to hit the House of Commons as soon as next week. The new bill will be tabled soon as confirmed by the government. It will aim to provide a much-needed update to... more
Kobo e-reader grew from Canadian roots
Kobo is, as many already know, Borders' new e-reading device, launched to compete for market share with Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook, though boasting a lower price... more
Feds grant Amazon approval to open Canadian warehouse
Today the Canadian federal government granted Amazon approval under the Canada Investment Act to set up a fulfilment centre warehouse in Canada.  As part of the deal, Amazon will invest more... more
WTIA hands out Industry Achievement Awards
The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) honored the winners of its 15th Industry Achievement Awards (IAA) at an awards ceremony last night.  The annual event celebrates and... more
Canadian Financing Forum panels announced
Vancouver's Canadian Financing Forum is coming up in two weeks on January 28th and the panel sessions are shaping up. The Keynote Luncheon panel "Smart Grid and Energy efficiency Initiatives" will... more
Amazon Kindle DX Now Available In Canada
Amazon announced this morning that the Kindle DX is now available for pre-order in Canada. The Kindle DX which sports a large 9.7” screen compared to the regular Kindle with only a 6”... more
Hacked: Amazon Kindle
Amazon's popular (and sometimes controversial) e-reader, Kindle, has been hacked this week.  What this means for users is that it allows for all purchased content to be transferred off the... more
Amazon EC2 adopts eBay like cloud auction model
Responding to user demand, Amazon has expanded its on-demand computing EC2 offerings. It is auctioning off unused EC2 capacity through Spot Instances which enable you to make a bid for computing... more
Amazon’s cloud outage highlights infancy of the technology
Seattle based Amazon, the online retailer who is more talked about these days for its Web Services aka Amazon EC2 cloud computing, had a massive outage last week due to hardware failures triggered... more
Kindle comes to Canada announced today that the Kindle is now available to Canadians... but without some key features. "We know that Canadians are passionate about books and reading, and we're excited to... more
Why there’s no Kindle for Canada
Ian Andrew Bell is a Techvibes Guest Contributor and this post was published on his blog earlier today. Canadians want their Kindle.  The device, which Forrester predicts Amazon will sell 1.8... more
Canadians Want Their Kindle, And They Want It Now launched the Kindle internationally yesterday, in over a 100 countries, but skipped a few, including Canada (see our story from yesterday: Amazon Skips Canada In Its Global Kindle... more
Amazon Skips Canada In Its Global Kindle Launch
Its been a looong wait for wannabe Kindle-rs in Canada, and looks like it is not over yet. announced today that the Kindle is now on sale in over 100 countries, and can be pre-ordered... more
Amazon's data could rock online advertising
This morning Om Malik pointed out that thanks to the buzz around its Kindle e-reader and cloud computing success, it can be easy to forget that Seattle-based Amazon is an e-tailer at heart. Malik... more
Amazon One-Click Patent application refused in Canada
The Canadian version of's "one-click" patent application (Canadian Patent Application No. 2,246,933) was rejected by the Patent Appeal Board earlier this year with little fanfare. It is... more
Amazon acquires Portland-based Lexcycle makers of iPhone ebook app Stanza
You never know. There might be something to this whole iPhone thing and Portland. Today, Portland-based Lexcycle was acquired by a little bookstore up in Seattle called Amazon. “We are... more
Who do you want reading to you?
Amazon's new Kindle 2 has a synthetic voice that can read e-books aloud.  While described as an "experimental" feature, it has surprisingly good command of nuance and inflection and some... more
Shortcovers: A Bookstore in my iPhone?
Indigo Books and Music Inc. is moving aggressively into the booming e-book market tomorrow (February 26th) with the launch of a new service called Shortcovers. The new service will take Amazon's... more
Seattle's Smartsheet has Viagra moment
Last month Bellevue-based, a SaaS-based work management tool, announced the completion of a $1.25 Million Series B round of financing led by the Madrona Venture Group and Founder... more
Four months in the works - Amazon acquires AbeBooks
Four months to the day of their acquisition annoucement, Seattle's announced today the completion of its acquisition of AbeBooks. AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books, with over... more buys Shelfari
John Cook of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer just got the exclusive on's acquisition of Seattle's Shelfari. No transaction details were announced but Shelfari is blogging about it. This... more to acquire AbeBooks
Huge news from Vancouver Island – Victoria’s AbeBooks has been acquired by The transaction sees Seattle-based get the worldwide leading marketplace for used,... more

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