With Amazon Prime Air, your purchases could soon be hovering in a sky above you -- but technological and political hurdles will likely get in the way.
By Clay Dillow
FORTUNE -- The perks of an Amazon Prime membership just keep getting curiouser and curiouser. Amazon (AMZN) -- which announced just last month that it is teaming with the U.S. Postal Service to begin making Sunday deliveries -- late Sunday unveiled MOREDec 2, 2013 1:20 PM ET
It's not just a loyalty-shipping program.
FORTUNE -- Last Friday, Amazon (AMZN) announced customers can now officially give others a $79 Amazon Prime membership -- a move that came just before the official start of holiday season.
Users simply add an Amazon Prime membership to their online cart, enter the recipient's email address, then select a virtual delivery date.
When it debuted in 2005, Prime was notable for two-day shipping. But the loyalty MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 26, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Amazon's founder fondly recalls the company's first CFO at her memorial.
FORTUNE -- Jeff Bezos remembers trying to recruit Joy Covey as Amazon's (AMZN) chief financial officer during the mid-1990s. Bezos had flown down from Seattle to California specifically to interview her over lunch.
"She had some brilliant, insightful questions about Amazon -- and I got to interview her, too," Bezos lightly quipped at Covey's memorial service, held Thursday at Stanford Memorial MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 22, 2013 1:16 PM ET
Is the company's predicament really as desperate as he makes it out to be?
FORTUNE -- Business Insider's Henry Blodget has a message for Apple "fans" -- an expression he used eight times in the space of one heavily illustrated post Friday, starting with the headline:
Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It
Buttressing his message is a deck of slides -- including the one above MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2013 4:52 PM ET
The U.S. Postal Service, though independent and self-financing, is still an arm of the federal government. Is it odd for a private company to contract it out? Yes, but it won't stay that way.
FORTUNE -- Why does Amazon's (AMZN) new deal with the U.S. Postal Service to provide Sunday deliveries to Amazon Prime customers seem so unsettling? I can think of three reasons: the exclusivity (we'll get mail on Sundays, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Nov 12, 2013 7:00 PM ET
How the models underlying today's supercomputing prowess are costing us its success.
By Joshua Klein
FORTUNE -- Big Data and the cloud are putting supercomputer capabilities into everyone's hands. But what's getting lost in the mix is that the tools we use to interpret and apply this tidal wave of information often have a fatal flaw. Much of the data analysis we do rests on erroneous models, meaning mistakes are inevitable. MORENov 5, 2013 1:00 PM ET
The e-commerce giant's latest quarter was more of the same in some respects -- not necessarily a bad thing.
FORTUNE -- Amazon (AMZN) has long focused on heavy investments into expansion, even at the expense of its bottom line, and the company's latest quarter proved no different.
For the e-commerce giant's third quarter 2013, it reported a loss of 9 cents per share on sales of $17.09 billion. While the loss was expected, the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 24, 2013 6:42 PM ET
Amazon's latest 7-inch tablet is its most significant update yet.
FORTUNE -- This year marks the first time I'm jazzed about the Kindle Fire -- and not because I interviewed CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle earlier this month.
No, the problem with Kindle Fires in years past, particularly that first generation, was the tablet experience reminded us that Amazon had catching up to do. The software could sometimes be sluggish, the features limited. MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 2, 2013 12:01 AM ET
On the downside: Nokia -65%, Nintendo -14%, Dell -10%
FORTUNE -- Interbrand has released its 2013 report on the Best Global Brands, and although most of the coverage Monday focused on the changing of the guard at the top of the list -- with a sugar-water company, Coca-Cola (KO), ceding the No. 1 spot it held since 2000 to a technology company, Apple (AAPL) -- the results were a little more MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 30, 2013 8:34 AM ET
Jeff Bezos shows Fortune the lighter, faster future of the company's Kindle tablet line and its new way to help users befuddled by their new devices.JP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 25, 2013 12:00 AM ET
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