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From: MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories - Amazon Announces Third Annual ‘Prime Day’ for July 11

Following the debut of “Prime Day” in 2015, and its return in 2016, Amazon this morning announced the third annual Prime Day will arrive next month, on July 11. Amazon calls this year’s event an “epic day of deals on everything you’re into,” and like previous iterations you’ll have to be subscribed to Amazon Prime to gain access to the discounts.

Prime Day is expanding this year as well, beginning officially on July 10 at 6 PM PT and lasting a total of 30 hours into July 11, with “new deals as often as every five minutes.” Additionally, Amazon has expanded the sale to 13 total countries in 2017, including the U.S., U.K., Spain, Mexico, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium and Austria.


To give a spotlight on small businesses throughout Prime Day, Amazon said that nearly 40 percent of the Lightning Deals that appear during the event will come from small businesses and entrepreneurs.

“Our members love Prime Day and we have been thrilled by the response over the last two years. It is inspiring us to make it even better this year for Prime members,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President, Amazon Prime. “Every part of our business is working to deliver more deals for a record number of shoppers. This year’s Prime Day is too big for 24 hours – so we’re giving Prime members 30 hours to shop!”

Deals will be organized by more than 20 themes, including topics like pet lovers, gardeners, techies, artists, and more, so shoppers can quickly find items that they’re interested in. To entice users to engage with Alexa devices, Amazon is introducing even more Alexa-exclusive deals discoverable through Echo devices and Fire Tablets.

Similar to last year, Amazon is touting its TV deals in 2017, saying that a large variety of brands will be sold on Prime Day and specifically naming the new Element 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV – Amazon Fire TV Edition. Amazon said that Prime Day 2017 will represent “one of its largest volume TV deals in history,” with a record amount of inventory, but Amazon reminded shoppers the TV category is the one likely to sell out the fastest.

To prepare, Amazon encourages shoppers to visit the Amazon app on iOS [Direct Link] to preview, track, shop deals, and set up alerts. Leading up to July 11, the company is also offering discounts on various subscriptions and items across the website every day, and starting today that includes discounts related to Amazon Music Unlimited, Prime Video, Kindle Unlimited, Audible, and Prime Pantry items. More information about the items on sale now can be found on Amazon’s Prime Day webpage.

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From: BGR - Target wants to beat Amazon at its own game with next-day ‘essentials’

If you need to replenish your stock of any random household item, but absolutely refuse to actually go to a store to accomplish that task, Amazon is the most obvious alternative. The company’s Prime service — specifically Prime Pantry — is the closest thing most of us will ever get to having a personal assistant run to the supermarket to buy us toilet paper, but now Target wants a slice of the pie, and its new Target Restock service just launched a pilot program that promises even faster delivery of the most basic products for the home. 

Target Restock works a bit differently than any other next-day shipping service you’ve probably ever used. Instead of selecting just individual items and requesting them be sent, you get a box. Not a box of that item, but a box full of whatever products you can fit inside of it, and then that whole box is delivered the following business day for a flat fee of $4.99.

So, since the fee is the same whether you buy a single bottle of laundry detergent or an entire box of stuff full of snacks, cat litter, cereal, toilet paper, and whatever else, it actually ends up being a pretty reasonable stand-in for a trip to the store. That is, unless you really only need one thing, in which case it might not even be worth it.

The pilot program just launched in Minneapolis, and you need to be a Target REDcard holder in order to participate, but any Target devotees in the Twin Cities who want to try it out can do so on the Target Restock web portal.

From: BGR - President Trump attacks Amazon on Twitter, says it doesn’t pay ‘Internet taxes’

In the latest clash between President Donald Trump and Jeff Bezos, Trump accused the Bezos-led Amazon of not paying taxes.

“The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying Internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!,” the president penned on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/880049704620494848

Amazon technically does not own The Washington Post. Bezos himself purchased the newspaper in 2013 for a reported $250 million.

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While it’s unclear what “Internet tax” the president is referring to, Amazon does indeed collect sales taxes on items it sells on its platform.

In the first quarter of 2017, Amazon paid $229 million in income taxes on approximately $1 billion in profits. Total revenue for the quarter was $35.71 billion. Amazon paid $475 million in income taxes on operating income of $1.07 billion.

It’s unclear what prompted the latest attack by Trump, but it may stem from a recent report by The Washington Post surrounding Trump and fake Time magazine covers hanging in his various properties.

The newspaper found that a number of Time magazine covers in several of his golf clubs were deemed fake, including one from March 1, 2009. On this particular cover, it says “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” There is also a second headline, which reads: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!”

A Time spokesperson confirmed to The Post the covers are fake and has asked The Trump Organization to remove them.

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The shot at the tech giant, which is now valued at $450 billion and has made Bezos one of the wealthiest men in the world, comes after the White House hosted “tech week” to discuss several areas in which the federal government can improve efficiencies and help tech companies with regulations.

As part of the discussions, the White House said it needs to update its technology and shift some of its data to the cloud, which could be a huge boost to Amazon and its valuable Amazon Web Services unit, the backbone of many businesses.

Bezos, along with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt were spotted on camera.

This is not the first time Trump has gone after Bezos, Amazon and The Washington Post, a paper he has derided constantly on social media.

In 2016, Trump said that Amazon actually controlled the Washington Post and accused it of having an unlevel playing field and not paying taxes.

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“… Amazon, which, through its ownership, controls the Washington Post, should be paying massive taxes — but it’s not paying, and it’s a very unfair playing field and you see what that’s happening and what that’s doing to department stores all over the country,” Trump said. “Very, very unfair. And you’re talking about billions and billions of dollars. They should be paying those taxes.”

He also made several other comments about Amazon on the campaign trail, noting Bezos and Amazon have an antitrust problem because of the size and scale of the company.

“He thinks I’ll go after him for antitrust,” Trump said during the campaign. “Because he’s got a huge antitrust problem because he’s controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing.”

Amazon has not yet responded to a request for comment on this article from Fox News.

Fox News’ Cody Desperina and Judd Berger contribued to this article. Additional reporting by Fox News.