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Amazon's video streaming device debuting in April?

While Amazon has yet to make any official announcement, word on the street is that the company's rumored video streaming device could be shipping as soon as early April, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Reportedly, the Amazon device could come with a variety of apps from other companies for streaming music, movies, and games, along with access to the company's own Video on Demand store and Instant Video service.

Rumors of the video streaming device have floated since last year. In October, it was said that Amazon approached a variety of app developers and cable TV providersRead more

ShopRunner: Amazon Prime fee hike will 'drive' away customers

Amazon rival ShopRunner is hoping to lure away Amazon Prime members by throwing a few barbs at the Internet retail giant and offering its own subscription service for free.

Following Amazon's announcement of a fee increase for Prime on Thursday, ShopRunner, which offers a two-day free shipping membership for various retail brands for $79 a year, took the opportunity to promote its service, while basically saying that Amazon is wasting money on its video-streaming service.

ShopRunner is offering a one-year free trial that specifically targets Prime users. The site's brands include Neiman Marcus, Brooks Brothers, PetSmart, and Blue … Read more

Pay more for Amazon Prime, less for Office 365

CNET Update takes the sting out of it:

In this episode of Update:

- Pay $20 more for Amazon Prime starting on April 17. At $99, it still is a good deal, if you use the perks of free shipping, video streaming and Kindle book rentals. If you only care about the service to save on shipping, look back on how much you spent last year to see if Prime is worth it. Amazon says standard shipping for most items is around $4 to $5.

- Avoid the price-hike pain for one more year by gifting yourself Prime, and "… Read more

Amazon's Prime fee hike: Is this just the beginning?

It took Amazon nine years to raise the fee for its Prime premium membership. It won't take nearly as long for the next price hike to show up.

Amazon's $20 increase in its fee sets a precedent for the company to raise its fees in the future, with the company having laid out the argument that it is facing rising fuel and transportation costs. It won't come without benefits, as Amazon races to add services and other perks to justify the increases. And the company will likely tread cautiously, sensitive to upsetting its most loyal of customers. … Read more

The 404 1,444: Where we're trapped in a phone booth (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Amazon Prime fee jumps to $99 a year.

- The most legendary phone booth in the country is back, with conferencing.

- Here's a map of said phone booth and one of the first transcribed conversations that took place there.

- The best theater in the galaxy: now you can watch "Gravity" in zero gravity.… Read more

How to lock in another year of Amazon Prime at $79

This morning Amazon announced the price for its Prime service is going up $20 per year to $99. The price increase isn't a lot of money, considering what you get with the service, and most people (judging from Twitter, at least) won't take issue with the increase. At the end of the day, Amazon Prime at $99 can still be a tremendous value. Rick Broida has a breakdown of what you're getting for your money in his post, "Amazon Prime: Still a good deal at $99?"

With that said, if there happened to be a … Read more

Amazon Prime at $99. Poll says it's a turnoff for many

Amazon's new $99 subscription rate could cause it to lose a fair number of Prime subscribers, at least based on the results of a new poll.

On Thursday, the retail giant announced that it's raising the annual cost of its Prime subscription service to $99 from $79. Prime offers several benefits, including free two-day shipping, a large Instant Video library, and free e-book lending. To defend its first-ever price jump in nine years, Amazon cited increased fuel and transportation costs.

But will Prime subscribers swallow the higher price when it comes time to renew?

In a poll taken … Read more

Amazon Prime: Still a good deal at $99?

Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod, you guys -- so much news! First, the comments system is back up and running, so tell me everything you've wanted to say for the past five days. No doubt you had thoughts to share regarding that PopCap game bundle, Levana baby monitor ("A baby monitor? Really?"), and, of course, Republic Wireless shocker. (Speaking of which, there's more Republic news coming later -- stay tuned!)

Second, as you've probably heard by now, Amazon just announced that an annual Amazon Prime subscription will now cost $99, a price increase of $20.

That's … Read more

Amazon said to be adding a music-streaming service

Amazon is said to be looking to create its own version of Apple's popular iTunes Radio. According to The Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant has reportedly been in talks with major record labels to create its own music-streaming service.

The service would reportedly be available to Amazon Prime customers -- who pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and Amazon's video-streaming service. The music service is said to be like iTunes Radio that plays music based on user preferences, rather than a subscription service like Spotify that gives users unlimited music access.

Amazon would limit how … Read more

Amazon Prime Instant Video arrives in the UK

Amazon is having a bit of a spring clean in the UK, combining its Prime free one-day delivery service with its streaming video offering -- a move that will see Lovefilm Instant turning into Amazon Prime Instant Video.

For 79 pounds per year (approximately $132), UK customers will get unlimited access to Amazon's library of more than 15,000 movies and TV shows, as well as the company's free one-day delivery when you buy from its site, along with other goodies like the power to borrow Kindle books.

Read more of "Amazon Prime Instant Video arrives in the UK, for £79-a-year&… Read more